RamaOnHealthcare May 30, 2023
Welcome to RamaOnHealthcare. This Platform provides a new means to identify, manage, and utilize information within rapidly changing healthcare today.
Mohan Nair: Today, I speak with an avid healthcare trailblazer on the road to Healthcare Transformation, Rama S. Juturu of RamaOnHealthcare. Why is this important? I have interviewed several thought leaders who act on their thoughts, and Rama is one to note.
Mohan Nair (MN): Many overuse the term “healthcare transformation.” Consequently, it has different meanings. Let’s start with your description of healthcare transformation and its impact on today’s industry.
Rama Juturu (RJ): Mohan, I have enjoyed our conversations over the last few years on healthcare matters.
Fixing healthcare to impact lives positively has been a long-term personal undertaking for me. Healthcare transformation is a strategic move to new thinking, empowering consumers with personal data, and bringing humanity to healthcare. Real World Data and empathy are the catalysts to keeping people healthy, saving lives, and reducing healthcare costs. In addition, private sector innovation, community involvement, and consumer adoption are essential in ensuring health equity, quality, access, lowering cost, and comprehensively transforming the means to accomplish that.
Healthcare transformation is a strategic move to new thinking, empowering consumers with personal data, and bringing humanity to healthcare.
MN: I see a healthcare world filled with so much talent! So why is it taking decades to transform? What is driving this transformation (or getting in the way of making it a reality), and where do you foresee its impact on healthcare and health?
RJ: Yes! There is no shortage of those wishing to fix healthcare! For decades, the US healthcare system has been highly regulated, built for fragmentation, fee-for-service, and highly complex, with thousands of health plans and networks, ICD, and CPT codes for reimbursement. As a result, consumers and providers are frustrated with bureaucratic tasks while long wait times, medical errors, costs, and dissatisfaction continue to rise.
The system is massively broken and can’t be fixed by the public sector alone; hence change has been prolonged and sporadic. And sadly, ample data shows our healthcare system is not producing great outcomes for the effort and money spent. For example, the Commonwealth Fund published on Jan 31, 2023, compares the U.S. to other high-income countries. We spend nearly 18 percent of our GDP on health care. Yet, the U.S. has the lowest life expectancy among high-income countries and the highest rates of avoidable deaths. And in 2021, our healthcare cost was $12,914 per person!
The system is massively broken and can’t be fixed by the public sector alone; hence change has been prolonged and sporadic.
I firmly believe the US healthcare system is at an inflection point today. By embracing digital technologies, data, AI, reinventing primary care, and leveraging social determinants of health, we will soon see healthcare transformation and improved outcomes.
I firmly believe the US healthcare system is at an inflection point today.
MN: Rama, many years ago, you told me of this dream of maturing your involvement with transformation. You were designing a platform! How would you describe The Platform for Healthcare Transformation, and why is it so important and needed in healthcare today?
RJ: The digitization of vast healthcare content and rapid change across the industry demands timely access and curation of information specific to the individual or company. As needs are unique, the ability to filter large amounts of informational content is essential. This is where The Platform for Healthcare Transformation helps tremendously.
The Platform is a learning system and an enabler for users. It provides a dashboard with a workspace, seamless workflow, quick and easy access to curated content, member page, member reports, privacy controls, and sharing content and collaboration among team members.
After years of development, it went live on Jan 1, 2023. It is free. Among our immediate signups are healthcare college students, associates, influential healthcare executives, and professionals. Most recently, we accelerated the speed of the platform to enhance performance while saving time for our users.
MN: There is just too much to digest in the digital world, despite everyone thinking they can! What are the compelling problems in the digitized healthcare content world, and how does your platform offer a solution?
RJ: The Platform allows creating and saving information from custom searches, filters, and reports and readily locating relevant human-vetted articles from the best publications and authors. Users may also add content from other sources. The Platform provides the potential ability to readily manage and build upon inspiration, information, ideas, and insight to create products or services specific to the interest of the user.
The Platform provides the potential ability to readily manage and build upon inspiration, information, ideas, and insight to create products or services specific to the interest of the user.
Within the Platform development, we have also ensured speed, security, privacy, and scalability with quick and easy access to high-quality content anywhere and anytime to help all users with efficiency and effectiveness.
MN: It is quite an accomplishment to create The Platform of Healthcare Transformation with the availability of more than 100,000 curated articles organized by smart topics about healthcare transformation. Tell us about the effort it took to create this and your motivation.
RJ: Imagination and innovation led to the development of the Platform. Access to timely content is essential in the rapidly evolving healthcare environment, and we saw the need to make accessible and leverage current information to aid those impacting lives. Reader engagement analysis also demonstrated the importance of content strategy as well.
Access to timely content is essential in the rapidly evolving healthcare environment…
Fortunately, curating articles from more than 1,000 nationally recognized publications provides me an immense opportunity to gain insights into trends, potential, and opportunities within healthcare. I have done this daily for more than 20 years. In addition, we have created and sent more than 2,500 unique online newsletters (with 20 most current articles each) to thousands of individual readers daily since 2015 – free of charge to the reader. We have a global readership also.
MN: Is the Platform capable of connecting with other networks to generate and share content, and how does it help look for opportunities and create value for the organization?
RJ: The Collaboration, Networking, and Comment features are now in active development for the Platform! We are designing this functionality for the next release.
MN: I have been proud of our alliance over the years and grateful for the opportunity to lead select Q&As with leaders. You are being interviewed, and I am compelled to ask the question we all fear. What is the one thing you want the healthcare industry to stop doing?
RJ: We should exit from medical coding and fee-for-service payments to care for patients. We should reinvent Primary Care on the lines of retail, digital care, and self-care and empower consumers and caregivers with data by offering a subscription model. We are heading in this direction. There has been a lot of momentum and excitement. I hope for better outcomes for the community and the self-management of health.
Thank you, Mohan. It has been my pleasure!
RamaOnHealthcare has been curating content daily and delivering free daily online newsletters since 2015. We have received fantastic feedback; here are a few testimonies:
RamaOnHealthcare is a daily must-read for those in medicine wanting to keep up with digital, and that should be everyone in medicine. — Vijay Shah, MD, Chairman of Medicine, Mayo Clinic
RamaOnHealthcare is an important, experienced curator of what’s happening in U.S. healthcare. Their newsletter is a “must-subscribe” for anyone hoping to keep abreast of important activity in our industry. — Dr. Sachin H. Jain, President, and CEO, of SCAN Health Plan
Every clinician should subscribe to the RamaOnHealthcare daily newsletter to keep current and provide better care in a dynamic digital and AI world. The online newsletter comes directly to my inbox at about 6 am daily and provides the most recent insights (and great Thought Leadership) impacting healthcare today. It also has a SmartSearch of 100,000+ professionally curated articles and recently launched a great platform! — Dr. Alejandro Badia, MD, FACS, Founder, Chief Medical Officer, OrthoNOW
RamaOnHealthcare is one of my daily MUST-READ summaries of healthcare. Rama Juturu does an amazing job! — Vince Kuraitis, Principal/Founder, Better Health Technologies, LLC
About Mohan Nair
Mohan Nair is the CEO of Emerge Inc, and all about innovation and transformation. He is a three-time corporate executive and three-time emerging business executive with two exits. He is also a ten-year SVP/Innovation Officer and a three-time best-selling author. He is a sought-after keynote speaker and moderator. He is a Sir Edmund Hillary Fellow for Aotearoa New Zealand, Innovator-in-residence to MOVAC capital, and advisor to Caramed. Find him at on LinkedIn.
About Rama S. Juturu
At the core, Rama is a virtual healthcare researcher, analyst, strategist, and thought leader. With over two decades of healthcare experience and over four decades of IT experience, Rama finds passion in consuming complex industry trends via the world wide web and distilling them into timely, bite-size pieces. It doesn’t stop there. He understands that delivering success in the new healthcare economy will require a professional transfer of this intelligence to vast ecosystem participants. Rama is honored to ignite everyone’s day with enablement and possibility in transforming the healthcare industry.