May 4, 2021

Below are the Contents of our current ABL Healthcare Online News & Trendletter + Mimi Grant’s Blog/Vlog

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Larry BlocherLarry Blocher, MD, JD, is CEO of BioOptions, which provides human tissues and biological materials to researchers and scientists for molecular and genomic research, including drug and biomarker discovery, validation of drug targets, and development of diagnostic tests and devices. BioOptions provides fresh tumor tissue, blood, and other biological fluids delivered the same day or overnight from their extensive network of physicians, hospitals, and clinical labs. The company also provides frozen and FFPE samples via its considerable biorepository. Its biospecimens are collected at facilities throughout the U.S. in compliance with all applicable laws, regulations, and ethical guidelines. Larry is a licensed physician and attorney with 25+ years of experience in healthcare and medical science as both a practicing physician and attorney. Since 2001, he has been assisting researchers at the leading biotech, pharma, and academic research centers in obtaining human biospecimens for their studies. As an entrepreneur, he has been an officer and founder at several healthcare-related companies, as well as VP of Network Development at UniHealth, UniMed Management Company. Larry has joined the ABL-Health OC Round Table.

Melissa HannaMelissa Hanna, JD, is Co-Founder and CEO of Mahmee, a comprehensive prenatal and postpartum care coordination platform that increases positive health outcomes for moms and babies, backed by Serena Williams and Mark Cuban. By using its proprietary HIPAA-secure technology, Mahmee’s staff of certified and trained maternity support professionals are able to deliver proactive, ongoing education and guidance to new families everywhere at a fraction of the cost. Melissa has worked in operations and strategy at startups in healthcare, education, digital media, and consumer goods. Prior to launching Mahmee, in 2014, she was Assistant Director of the Eugene Lang Entrepreneurship Center at Columbia Business School. Her modus operandi has always been to forge cross-industry collaborations and partnerships to solve big challenges, and she believes that equitable access to healthcare for women and children is a challenge we can all solve by working creatively together. Melissa has been featured in Entrepreneur, Business Insider, Cheddar TV, Black Enterprise, USA Today, and more. Named to Inc. Magazine’s “2019 Female Founders 100” list, Melissa has joined the ABL-Health LA Round Table.


  • 5/05 – ABL-Health OC Zoom TableTaking Healthcare AI from Potential to Reality; Featured Member Presenter: Ed Buckley, CEO of Select Data
  • 5/11 – ABL-Health SV Zoom TableHow to Be A ‘Best Place to Work’; Featured Member Presenters: Royal Ambulance’s Steve Grau, President & CEO, and Eve Grau, co-owner and VP of Human Resources
  • 5/12 – ABL-Health SF Zoom TableLessons Learned from the Fine Art of FOCUSING; Featured Member Presenter: Dave Brown, CHEQS (Consumer Health Engagement & Quality Solutions)
  • 5/20 – ABL-Health OAK Zoom TableWith COVID Receding, Let’s Address Medication Errors!; Featured Member Presenter: Arup Roy-Burman, MD, CEO of Elemeno Health
  • 5/21 – ABL-Health LA Zoom TableINTEROPERABILITY IS COMING – at last!; Featured Member Presenter: Gabe Stein, EVP of GeBBS Healthcare Solutions and its Payer Solutions Division

Guest Blog by Roseanne Judson

5 Ways the COVID-19 Pandemic Changed the Healthcare Industry for the Better

With thanks to guest blogger Roseanne Judson, we learn of innovative approaches applied by healthcare organizations in the crucible of COVID that savvy teams will take with them into the emerging new normal. [Image credit: Unsplash]

Due to the pandemic, healthcare spending saw historic fluctuations in 2020. In fact, a recent Peterson-KFF Report reveals how healthcare spending dropped by 8.6% in the second quarter of 2020, and by 2.4% through the third quarter before finding steadier footing.

As the country slowly recovers from the ongoing effects of COVID-19, the healthcare industry learned to cope with the extreme financial fluctuations caused by the pandemic through these five key changes:

In summary, they are: Streamlined services; Expansion of virtual care and learning; Adaptive supply chain; Coordination between organizations; and More ways of working together… CLICK HERE TO READ THE REST OF THIS POST.

Mimi Grant’s Vlog:

Lessons We Can Learn Today from the Last Great Epidemic

Once before – during my lifetime, we faced a fatal disease and ELIMINATED it. Lessons were learned during “The March of Dimes” campaigns we can still apply to eliminating COVID. WE CAN DO THIS, AGAIN!

CLICK HERE to watch Mimi’s 4-minute vlog.

Lessons from the Last Great Epidemic

Beyond their Round Tables, ABL Members stay connected with each other through the ABL Healthcare Online. This bi-weekly emailed publication provides Member News, Healthcare Industry & Government Trends. And, for those interested in the latest in Healthcare IT Member News and Trends, the ABL Technology Online is also available.  For a complimentary subscription, fill out the form at the bottom of this page.

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