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Podcast: What Healthcare Can Learn From Baseball


Neil Kudler, MD, joins our podcast to discuss how analytics changed baseball—and medicine. But first, the story of a major league hacking scandal.

Hello and welcome to the second episode of our podcast, Data Book. This week, your co-hosts, Jack Murtha and Tom Castles, ask a very timely question: What can healthcare possibly learn from baseball?

It might sound like a stretch. But the truth is, America's national pastime has been refining its approach to data and analytics for years. You might know what we're talking about if you've seen the film Moneyball. So, then, it seems reasonable that baseball might indeed have something valuable to offer healthcare. After all, if sports teams can figure out how to use information technology to win championships, it's possible that their knowledge can translate to healthcare and better patient outcomes.

To learn more, we speak with Neil Kudler, MD, chief medical officer of the clinician-minded consulting firm Vertitech IT. He's been looking at medicine through a big data baseball lens for a few years, and he's subsequently crafted ways to improve care. (He's also a Mets fan.)

But before Data Book dives into that interview, the show tells the tale of baseball's most notorious high-tech hack. It's an unsettling story with big implications for the game and the world at large.

Finally, Data Book ends with a few thoughts on the MyFitnessPal data breach. Is this hack the start of a new wave of cyberattacks?

Data Book spotlights the best stories and insights in healthcare technology. Big data and artificial intelligence are changing medicine and the world, but innovation also brings grave cybersecurity concerns. Every week, this HCA podcast explores the people and plots behind the health-tech evolution—and the solutions to its problems.

Whether you’re a healthcare executive, a tech junkie, or someone who’s simply interested in the health tech that is reshaping our minds, bodies, and society, Data Book is for you. (Learn more about the ideas and goals that are driving our team here.)

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