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Dr. Cheryl Pegas reminds us why Walmart Health is such an important player in Health and Healthcare.

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Today in health, it, we take a look at health conference

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day two up here in Boston.

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My name is bill Russell.

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Alright, day two of the health conference.

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Let me give you a little of what happened today.

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So I did a lot of interviews today, so my day was stilted.

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I did go to a couple of the sessions, got to see the Walmart presentation,

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general session, got to see the.

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Cigna.

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Presentation.

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As well as the Mayo clinic presentation, but at the end of the day, I didn't

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get to a lot of general sessions.

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I did go to one breakout session.

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And that was, Glen Tullman and Jonathan Bush.

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And I won't go into that a little bit in, in a minute.

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And I did some interviews.

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So you will hear some of those later this week.

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I did talk to Mike McNamara.

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the president and CEO,

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from impact health the company that did all the.

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Screening for the conference.

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They did all the testing.

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And screening for the conference.

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And I thought it was a fascinating interview just to understand how they ramp

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those things up, who they're doing it for.

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They do it for companies like MGM grand, opening up Las Vegas.

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Again.

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They do it for states.

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They do it for large employers.

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And obviously they do it for conferences as well.

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And we had a really cool discussion, got some statistics from him on

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how that process really went down.

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They, process between four and 5,000 people.

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Onsite doing the COVID testing.

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And I thought the process was pretty good now.

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Granted there could have been more people there, but

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at the end of the day, it takes 20 minutes to process the test.

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So there's 20 minutes built in there and there's going to be a line of some kind.

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And, you just have to do that.

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I was making note to someone who said they didn't like the line that.

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My line took about 20 minutes, but the reality was if that line went

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any faster, they didn't have enough seats for us all to social distance

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and to sit appropriately apart.

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So at the end of the day, the line couldn't really go any faster.

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Anyway.

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And the line was actually interesting.

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Cause you met some people that you hadn't seen in a while.

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You had a great conversation and the 20 minutes.

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Seeing like three minutes.

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So I really enjoyed the process.

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Enjoy the conversation with Mike McNamara.

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Look forward to sharing that.

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With you.

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I talked to Derek Baird used to be with Avia and I had known Derek

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for a while and really appreciated the work that he did at Avia.

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He left there.

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And went to be the president of the north America operation.

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For sense, sign health.

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Another interview I did this morning.

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Interesting company in the data space.

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It's a pretty busy space right now.

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Very hot space.

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And we talk a little bit about that, about the competition in that space,

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and also making the transition from Europe to the U S so the set

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sign has a very large presence

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in the UK.

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Working with NIH and they are bringing those same capabilities over to the U

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S and we talk a little bit about that.

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So that's going to be.

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A good conversation as well.

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And then I did spend some time with Glen.

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Tullman talking about the Walmart announcement and it's

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an exciting announcement.

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And I think a precursor to a lot of other announcements that are

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going to be coming down the pike.

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You're going to hear that.

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Interview on Monday, I believe.

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I think I'm going to air that instead of a news day show.

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Because I'm not really gonna have time this week to record a new state show.

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So we will.

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Air that in its entirety.

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With regard to some of the other events.

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Of the day.

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So I thought one of the more interesting ones was Dr.

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Cheryl Pegas.

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She is with Walmart health.

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And I love how she frames things up a great communicator.

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One of the things you started off with was that.

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I think it's one of those things that just escapes us.

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We just don't even think about.

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But it's not oh my gosh, Walmart getting into healthcare.

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Walmart has been into healthcare.

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And this is why the business insider story.

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I just made me giggle when I saw that Walmart was getting out of

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healthcare and I thought that there's no way Walmart is getting out of

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healthcare and sure enough, it's not.

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And let me give you their perspective on this, because I

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think it's really interesting.

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She talks about.

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Affordable, accessible and human centered care.

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And one of the things that they focus in on is the fact that

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we're on 40% of health is based on social determinants.

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About 30% is based on personal behaviors, right?

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Our decisions that we make, and then 20% is actually clinical care.

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Which is interesting because, sometimes we forget that sometimes we put a

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lot of emphasis on political care.

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And forget that an awful lot of what goes on that impacts people's

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health is outside of critical care.

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And I'm going to paraphrase here so

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she was conveying her view of healthcare.

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And she said, my job is to make sure that people feel that accessing healthcare

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is as easy as planning their vacation.

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The focus is on access.

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We have to not stay in our private offices from nine to five, Monday

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through Friday, but we have to provide care the way people live.

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And sometimes people think about healthcare on Saturday afternoon.

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Go figure.

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And that's where Walmart comes in while we're, it has a couple of things going

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for them that are pretty interesting.

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One to me, is that.

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They're everywhere, right?

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Their stores are literally everywhere and she cites that 4,000

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of their stores are actually in medically underserved communities.

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And she said our people live in these communities.

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And part of what they do as an organization is they listen to

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their employees and what their employees are telling them.

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And one of the things she noted that I found interesting as well, was that one

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of the benefits that they have is people feel healthcare is accessible when they're

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talking to people that they recognize people from their community, people that

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are from the same demographic as them.

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And so they employ people in that community.

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They employ people to deliver care in that community.

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And when they come in, they're actually talking to their neighbors.

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And so that is one of the, I think interesting aspects of Wal-Mart's.

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Plan.

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The other aspect obviously is where else can you do so much

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around your health in one visit?

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And she drove that point home a couple times.

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I don't know if I have a specific quote in here, but it's, it is one

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of those places where you can go.

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And you can see a clinician.

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You can actually see a dentist.

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You can go to a pharmacy, you can get food that you need.

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You can get a durable goods and items that you need for health.

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There's just so much you can do in a single visit.

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And that is impressive.

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Again, I thought it was a really great presentation of

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why Walmart is in healthcare.

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And why Walmart is a player in healthcare.

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Now, do I expect Walmart to be standing up hospitals know?

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And she talks about that.

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We partner, we want to partner.

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We want to partner with long-term care facilities.

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We want to partner with people delivering care in the home.

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We want to partner with the local care communities, and it's one of the

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reasons that they selected epic as their EMR so that they can integrate

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into the larger healthcare ecosystem.

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Again, great conversation.

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Really interesting.

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I could talk about the Jonathan Bush and Glen Tullman presentation.

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It was brilliant.

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It was funny.

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It was engaging.

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It was interesting to think about what they're doing today in healthcare,

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what they have done in healthcare and what is possible in healthcare.

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These are two great storytellers and they did a phenomenal job in that presentation.

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I might go back to that another time.

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But in the interest of time, I do want to cover the fact that Sirius computer

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solutions, which serious health care is a part of an announcement was

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made today with the intent of CDW to purchase serious health care, which

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I think is a pretty big announcement.

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It'll be interesting to see how that plays out.

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I think this is just the nature of the fact that there's just a lot

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of money out there in the space.

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And I think we're seeing some of that money get put to use.

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In the form of consolidating assets in the industry.

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Sirius healthcare has a great reputation in the industry.

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And I'm not just saying that because they're a sponsor of the show.

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They have great talent within their organization.

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They hire great people and they have done great work within the industry.

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I know a lot of people have relied on them pretty heavily.

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For things like cybersecurity things like moving to the cloud, things like EMR.

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Hosting and disaster recovery planning amongst a million

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other services that they offer.

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So we're going to keep an eye on that one.

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We're excited about the potential and the possibilities there, and just

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wanted to make you aware of that.

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So that's all for today.

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Check back off and we're going to continue to post.

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Information on the health conference, different interviews, and maybe

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one more of these diaries.

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We have a whole day tomorrow, I'm going to be doing a bunch of

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interviews and more conversations.

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So I'll continue to share those.

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Into next week, leading up to the chime conference where we are going to do not

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a live Newsday episode with Drexel nigh,

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but an onsite recorded episode of Newsday.

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And I hope to have some of our friends from the industry stop

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by and join the conversation.

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I think that will be a blast.

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