Season 4: Episode #132

Podcast with Jared Antczak, Chief Digital Officer, Sanford Health

"Technology integration is one of the greatest opportunities that we have in healthcare"

paddy Hosted by Paddy Padmanabhan
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In this episode, Jared Antzack, Chief Digital Officer at Sanford Health, discusses the special considerations that go into serving their widely dispersed population and how they design digital solutions for that population. Sanford is a large health system that primarily serves the rural population across the upper Midwest, stretching over 250,000 square miles.

Jared’s role at Sanford ranges from being clinician-facing and consumer-facing to bridging their needs across technology, business needs, and consumer experiences. He states that digital is both about the front-end aspect of technology that users interact with as part of a broader experience and the back end that includes the infrastructure, architecture, databases, interfaces, and networks. Jared points to how the digital divide has become a social determinant of health and how they are removing the friction points to enhance digital patient experience and engagement. Take a listen.

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Show Notes

06:01Can you talk to us about your priorities and how that is impacted?
08:17 When you talk about the types of care that are important to the populations you serve are we talking about primary care, managing chronic conditions, or acute care procedures? What is the most important gap or need now that someone in your role would be focused on?
10:14 Can you give us an example of a digital enablement that you've launched and implemented that addresses your needs?
15:05How do you go about making your technology choices when it comes to implementing the solutions you referred to?
19:28What is the need you're trying to address? What is your advice for someone who is listening to this podcast, wants to approach you, and offer you a solution?
21:46 Should innovators be considering some very specific attributes of your population as they develop their solution for your population? What is your advice here?

About our guest

Jared Antczak serves as Sanford Health’s chief digital officer, overseeing digital strategy and transformation initiatives to enhance consumer and caregiver engagement, support care delivery, improve business processes and expand health care access through virtual care.

Antczak joined Sanford Health in 2022 after serving in leadership positions at Highmark Health, Intermountain Healthcare and Atrium Health. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Brigham Young University-Idaho and an MBA from Wake Forest University, in addition to a product executive certification (PEC) and an information technology infrastructure library (ITIL) certification. He is also a certified professional in healthcare information and management systems (CPHIMS).

Originally from around Salt Lake City, Utah, Antczak lives in Sioux Falls with his wife, Charlene, and their six children.

Jared Antczak serves as Sanford Health’s chief digital officer, overseeing digital strategy and transformation initiatives to enhance consumer and caregiver engagement, support care delivery, improve business processes and expand health care access through virtual care.

Antczak joined Sanford Health in 2022 after serving in leadership positions at Highmark Health, Intermountain Healthcare and Atrium Health. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from Brigham Young University-Idaho and an MBA from Wake Forest University, in addition to a product executive certification (PEC) and an information technology infrastructure library (ITIL) certification. He is also a certified professional in healthcare information and management systems (CPHIMS).

Originally from around Salt Lake City, Utah, Antczak lives in Sioux Falls with his wife, Charlene, and their six children.

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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