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On this fifth episode of Health Care by the Numbers, our host Todd Searls interviews Jessica Kim Cohen, a health and technology reporter with Modern Healthcare. At Modern Healthcare since 2019, Jessica writes about health care business, policy news and health care trends with a focus on digital health and innovations in technology. Before joining Modern Healthcare, she worked at Becker’s Hospital Review where she explored an expansive roster of technology topics. She has also been published in the Chicago Reader, Chicago Health Magazine, Baltimore City Paper and Baltimore magazine, and other regional news outlets. 
 
We can all see that technology and digital health delivery are increasingly important in the health care landscape. As just one example, use of electronic health records has grown enormously over the last twenty years due to both federal requirements and significant public and private investments. This means that everyone in the health care space needs to understand technology – this is not just for CIOs anymore. Jessica and Todd discuss how systems and providers are adapting to this world.  
 
The episode also digs into how access to technology creates equitable access to high quality care. There have been serious challenges in getting broadband internet access in rural areas – a huge issue as telehealth becomes increasingly important during the COVID 19 pandemic. There are exciting opportunities for patients to take charge of their own care with at-home health engagement platforms, but patients need to be trained and comfortable using these new tools. This episode covers many of today’s opportunities and challenges with technology and digital communication.


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Jessica Kim Cohen
Health and Technology Reporter, Modern Healthcare
Jessica Kim Cohen has covered health technology and transformation for Modern Healthcare since February 2019. She writes about topics such as AI, drones and medical software that makes physicians want to pull their hair out. She is most interested in how new technologies are changing how we experience healthcare. 
 
Before joining Modern Healthcare as a technology beat reporter, Jessica worked at a healthcare communications company called Becker’s Hospital Review. She was able to explore an expansive roster of technology topics there. Here’s one of her favorites: “CDC creates ‘Oregon Trail’-style computer game to boost flu awareness.” 
 
She serves as membership director of the Asian American Journalists Association-Chicago chapter, where she spearheads recruitment and mentorship efforts. She graduated from Johns Hopkins University with honors in 2016 with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology.
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Todd Searls
Vice President of Business Development, Sales, & Marketing

Todd Searls has 20 years’ experience serving healthcare communities of all sizes. He has led both his own and other Healthcare IT consulting companies, including leading a 250-client network of providers. He brings success in operations, marketing and sales, C-Suite and payor relationships. Todd has a bachelor’s degree from the University of Kansas. He lives in Lincoln, Nebraska.

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