Healthcare and law may seem unrelated, but this episode of the Busine$$ of the V aims to demonstrate just how intertwined they really are. Dr. Dweck and Rachel are delighted to welcome Delphine O’Rourke, one of the few and esteemed attorneys focusing on women’s health. Delphine is extremely subspecialized in the field of law, and she is a trailblazer in the field of women’s health legislation. Her primary concern is, as she puts it, “what can I do to contribute to advancing the health and wellness of women?”

This discussion emphasizes the importance of a woman having both medical and legal support. It addresses modern-day issues such as electronic medical records, telehealth, and the overall physician shortage in the United States. Delphine approaches each of these topics with the same fiery passion and demonstrates the significance of putting patients first. Medicaid is a program she strongly supports, and emphasizes how important it is for all states to accept and expand this program. If you are interested in the seismic shifts in the women’s health and wellness industry, Delphine O’Rourke is the person to follow!

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TOPICS COVERED:

  • When Delphine first began practicing law, she realized that women’s health was a relatively small niche.
  • Medicaid required the involvement of more lawyers, and it was no longer just a clinical issue.
  • In the United States, approximately 98.6 percent of babies are born in hospitals.
  • Rachel suggests that Delphine’s engagement was dual in nature: she was concerned with both the mother and the baby, as well as with reducing the number of legal suits.
  • Delphine: “What can I do to contribute to advancing the health and wellness of women?”
  • Dr. Dweck discusses her unfavorable experience with electronic medical records. Delphine adds: “It’s a good idea in theory.”
  • When it comes to the EMR, a lot of pretty amazing technology is on the horizon, according to Delphine.
  • We learn that the field of digital health is teeming with innovation.
  • Although telehealth has both advantages and disadvantages, it has helped many people access basic medical care.
  • Contrary to popular belief, telehealth was effective for patients beyond the age of 60.
  • Dr. Dweck expresses her concerns regarding the shortage of doctors and other healthcare professionals.
  • Interesting fact: the emergence of home clinics is highly likely.
  • Delphine’s overview of the Affordable Care Act.
  • Rachel is astounded by Delphine’s enthusiasm.
  • What happens when public health emergency ends?
  • HOT FLASH: It has been estimated that only about 71% of providers accept Medicaid. That’s compared to 85% who take Medicare and 90% that accept private insurance!

QUOTES:

“Talking to the lawyer in regard to maternal fetal health is never my first choice.” (Dr. Dweck)

“I don’t know what people’s impressions are of attorneys, but bursting with enthusiasm is not necessarily a stereotype that I would’ve had.” (Rachel)

“We saw a lot of activity in telemedicine through the pandemic. I think that where opportunity really lies is the bridge between the traditional health system and innovation.” (Delphine)

FURTHER RESOURCES:

Goodwin: goodwinlaw.com

Delphine @LinkedIn

LINKS FOR BUSINE$$ OF THE V:

Website: www.businessofthev.com

Dr. Alyssa Dweck: https://drdweck.com

Author Rachel Braun Scherl: www.sparksolutionsforgrowth.com/about-rachel-braun-scherl/

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