Season 4: Episode #126

Podcast with Tarun Kapoor, MD, SVP and Chief Digital Transformation Officer, Virtua Health

"Incrementalism is not a bad thing in digital health"

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In this episode, Tarun Kapoor, MD, SVP and Chief Digital Transformation Officer at Virtua Health talks about the diverse population segments they serve in Southern New Jersey and how they drive digital health priorities and investments. He also discusses how to drive digital health programs in an incremental fashion and gain stakeholder buy-in within the organization for digital health.

Tarun discusses the current state of the digital health startup environment, the longer-term technology solutions landscape, and how to make smart decisions with limited resources. Take a listen.

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Show Notes

00:36 Tell us about your background, how you got into this role, and the populations you serve at Virtua Health.
04:22What are your key priorities for the organization? How does the digital transformation function fit into those?
07:15As the Chief Digital Transformation Officer, how are you directing your investments? Also, how are you factoring in your populations’ expectations from a digital enablement standpoint?
16:29What challenges did you have to deal with when you implemented the tech, the data, or the infrastructure?
18:59 There are thousands of solutions to pick from once you’ve designed the experience. Right from the native EHR system, nimble young startups to enterprise-class tech firms and everything in between. How do you make that technology choice?
23:12 What's your advice to startups who are listening to this episode?
25:53 Is there a rubric that you use when it comes to building a case for a new solution where there isn't adequate data for you to say whether it's going to work or not, especially in a margin constrained landscape like health care providers?
28:05 Is there something you’d like to share with your peers?

About our guest

Tarun Kapoor, MD, MBA, is senior vice president and chief digital transformation officer at Virtua Health. In this role, he oversees Virtua’s Digital Transformation Office and orchestrates Virtua’s enterprise-wide master plan in support of an intuitive care journey for all consumers.

Previously, Dr. Kapoor was the president of VirtuaPhysicianPartners™ and the senior vice president and chief medical officer for Virtua Medical Group (VMG), a clinician multi-specialty medical practice. Dr. Kapoor joined VMG as a hospitalist in 2008, where he was the associate director of the Virtua Hospitalist Group, helping grow the practice from 12 physicians to its current size of more than 110 clinicians.

In addition, he joined Virtua’s Medical Informatics team in 2010, helping to develop and implement its inpatient electronic medical record, including full deployment of CPOE and electronic Medication Reconciliation. Prior to joining Virtua, Dr. Kapoor was regional director for EmCare’s Mid-Atlantic Hospitalist Division. During his tenure with EmCare, Dr. Kapoor developed 16 inpatient care programs for Clinical Staffing Solutions, which was subsequently acquired by EmCare. Dr. Kapoor trained in internal medicine at The George Washington University Hospital, where he stayed on an extra year to serve as chief resident and clinical instructor. He obtained his medical degree from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson, his undergraduate degree in government and chemistry from Cornell University, and his executive Master of Business Administration from the Fox School of Business of Temple University.

Tarun Kapoor, MD, MBA, is senior vice president and chief digital transformation officer at Virtua Health. In this role, he oversees Virtua’s Digital Transformation Office and orchestrates Virtua’s enterprise-wide master plan in support of an intuitive care journey for all consumers.

Previously, Dr. Kapoor was the president of VirtuaPhysicianPartners™ and the senior vice president and chief medical officer for Virtua Medical Group (VMG), a clinician multi-specialty medical practice. Dr. Kapoor joined VMG as a hospitalist in 2008, where he was the associate director of the Virtua Hospitalist Group, helping grow the practice from 12 physicians to its current size of more than 110 clinicians.

In addition, he joined Virtua’s Medical Informatics team in 2010, helping to develop and implement its inpatient electronic medical record, including full deployment of CPOE and electronic Medication Reconciliation. Prior to joining Virtua, Dr. Kapoor was regional director for EmCare’s Mid-Atlantic Hospitalist Division. During his tenure with EmCare, Dr. Kapoor developed 16 inpatient care programs for Clinical Staffing Solutions, which was subsequently acquired by EmCare. Dr. Kapoor trained in internal medicine at The George Washington University Hospital, where he stayed on an extra year to serve as chief resident and clinical instructor. He obtained his medical degree from Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson, his undergraduate degree in government and chemistry from Cornell University, and his executive Master of Business Administration from the Fox School of Business of Temple University.

About the host

Paddy is the co-author of Healthcare Digital Transformation – How Consumerism, Technology and Pandemic are Accelerating the Future (Taylor & Francis, Aug 2020), along with Edward W. Marx. Paddy is also the author of the best-selling book The Big Unlock – Harnessing Data and Growing Digital Health Businesses in a Value-based Care Era (Archway Publishing, 2017). He is the host of the highly subscribed The Big Unlock podcast on digital transformation in healthcare featuring C-level executives from the healthcare and technology sectors. He is widely published and has a by-lined column in CIO Magazine and other respected industry publications.

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