A Doctor in the House
Good evening, podcast listeners! We’ve got a great episode for you this week as Richard Aldous speaks with his Bard colleague Pavlina Tcherneva about the recently announced deal with Greece before discussing the promise of disruptive new healthcare technologies with Philip Auerswald.
First we welcome Pavlina Tcherneva, Associate Professor of Economics at Bard College and a research scholar at the Levy Economics Institute, to the show to help explain what happened with the latest bailout of Greece to allow it to stay in the eurozone, and what this means for the future of Europe. She describes a deal that seems to contain more austerity than was initially proposed, and calls some of its economic incentives perverse. She discusses why the economic situation in Greece today is in some ways worse than was America’s Great Depression, and compares the decision to bail out Greece to Ireland’s austerity experience.
We’re then joined by Philip Auerswald, Associate Professor of Public Policy at George Mason University and the cofounder and co-editor of Innovations, a quarterly journal from MIT Press about entrepreneurial solutions to global challenges, to discuss how we might reduce spiraling costs of healthcare. He describes how innovative new technologies might help us cut costs in the system, pointing to mobile platforms as critical new tools for boosting efficiency and curtailing waste. He also discusses the challenges inherent to the implementation of these disruptive new approaches to healthcare, including the protection of data and the government’s role in regulating these new methods.