There’s a Better Way Episode 5

More Is Not Always Better: Making Interoperability Work for Patients & Clinicians

The affordability and interoperability of healthcare in America is a uniquely American problem that requires a uniquely American solution. Sam Lambson is helping create such a solution.

As other guests have shared, there’s often a strong link between a parent’s profession and the career their child chooses. In other words: “The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.” In this episode, Melanie sits down with someone who understands this connection firsthand: Sam Lambson, the Vice President of Interoperability at Oracle Cerner. While Sam was growing up, his father worked in tech and manufacturing, which led him to move the entire family to Hong Kong just as Sam was entering high school. During his time in Hong Kong, Sam learned about the power of connection and the role of technology in the world—lessons which stuck with him as he moved into adulthood.

Today, he calls himself a “technologist at heart” as well as an evangelist for “all things interoperability.” Since joining Oracle Cerner in 2015, his mantra has been to “make care more affordable, accessible and better coordinated.” During the episode, Sam shares his beliefs on innovative solutions for healthcare affordability in America, and how technology can drive results at scale to improve care for millions. He also shares more about his remarkable career path, what inspires him, and how he navigates such a critical and exciting role.

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Sam Lambson

Vice President of Interoperability, Oracle Cerner

Sam’s mantra is to make healthcare more affordable, accessible and better coordinated. Since his time consulting with the largest healthcare systems in the country, Sam has been passionate about improving healthcare processes. At Oracle Cerner, he acts as an evangelist for all things related to interoperability and data liquidity. The end goal is to ultimately provide patients with almost full control over their medical data.

Melanie Marcus

Chief Marketing Officer, Surescripts

Melanie joined Surescripts as Chief Marketing Officer in 2017, bringing with her more than 20 years of experience working at the intersection of marketing, technology and healthcare. Based in our Arlington, Virginia, office, she loves serving as “chief storyteller,” helping people understand how technology unites our fragmented healthcare system.

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