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This week, UW Medicine unveils the first two episodes of its new podcast series, “The Transformer”.

The series was conceived as a way to help staff and clinicians learn more about trends in the rapidly shifting healthcare landscape and the work UW Medicine is undertaking to transform care delivery to meet new requirements, financial challenges and treatment innovations.

UW Medicine leaders and practitioners will go in-depth on topics ranging from creating an engaging patient care experience to how new innovations and technologies are changing medicine to the hard work of achieving healthcare equity.

New podcasts, hosted by former KIRO-TV reporter Josh Kerns, will be released every few weeks. The first episodes will be available on the UW Medicine Care Transformation website, as well as downloadable on iTunes and Google Play.

Episodes One, Parts 1 and 2 feature Dr. David Flum, surgeon and UW Medicine associate medical officer, and Dr. Josh Liao, internist and associate medical director of contracting and value-based care.

Episode One, Part 1: “This All Comes Down to Chickens”

A discussion of the current state of healthcare, including insurers and policymakers, and the shift from the days when paying for care was simple.

Episode One, Part 2: “Acronym Bingo”

The whys and hows of the healthcare road ahead and the unscrambling of the alphabet soup of acronyms that dominate the care transformation conversation.

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