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InSecurity Podcast: Pete Fronte on Helping Patients Understand and Find Relevant Healthcare Studies

As the COVID-19 pandemic progresses, you may find yourself looking back in wonder at all the fun (and not-so-fun) things you used to do before the outbreak hit.

For instance, knowing how so many illnesses are spread by being in close proximity to others, how do you feel now about going to the doctor’s office in person? Remember when that was a thing people actually used do that? Did we really need to do that as often as we did – or did we just do it because we thought we had no other option?

According to our friends over at, patients are more than ready for easier access to healthcare professionals. A new study on telemedicine adoption shows that in the early days of COVID-19, 71% of patients had considered telemedicine as a diagnostic option, and half had already gone through with a virtual appointment. Patient adoption at the beginning of 2020 was up 33% over the previous year, and venture capital funding for telemedicine companies surged in the first quarter of 2020 to $788 million. The telemedicine market as a whole is expected to reach $185.6 billion by 2026.

Here’s a tough question: after the pandemic passes, will telemedicine continue its meteoric rise, and (like remote work) become fully accepted as the new normal?

On this week’s episode of the InSecurity podcast, Matt Stephenson has a chat with Pete Fronte, Founder and CEO of Altura, a 20 year old company which has built a mechanism that connects medical clinical studies with the people who need to be studied. In the contemporary world of telehealth and everything-from-home, people need that access now more than ever.

COVID-19 is the new ‘real-life horror movie’ on everyone’s minds. But people still need access to studies on cancer, heart disease and every other healthcare issue that existed prior to 2020… listen to the podcast to find out more.


About Pete Fronte

Pete Fronte is the Founder and President/CEO of Altura. During the past 20 years, Pete has been a leader in engaging people for better health via health studies, health experience surveys and health programs. He has been a catalyst for developing innovative processes and technology to accelerate the study and adoption of new medical interventions (E.G.: drugs, biologics, medical devices, wearables).

Pete’s passion centers on expanding participation in health studies by engaging and enabling patients and health care providers (HCPs). He is a recognized leader in patient-centered outreach, including Patient Study Life Cycle™ management. Today, he continues to lead the expansion of clinical research, evidence based medicine, and real world studies into primary care and organized healthcare settings nationally. He has spearheaded innovative technology such as Altura's Study Engagement Platform™ on HCP Studies mobile app, which is available in 23 countries.

Pete’s experience in the industry includes collaborating with medical groups, integrated health systems, pharmacy and medical management companies, research centers, institutional review boards (IRBs) and study sponsors to design and implement innovative study awareness and patient centered projects that include HIPAA compliant utilization of various forms of electronic health data, as well as mobile applications and web portals.

Pete is currently a member of the Institutional Review Board at St. Joseph Health in Orange County, California, and is active in various healthcare and clinical research trade associations. He is a national speaker and writer on subjects such as innovative patient and HCP engagement programs for clinical studies, and health program/ site based clinical research operations, and the integration of clinical research within primary care and organized healthcare systems.

About Matt Stephenson

Insecurity Podcast host Matt Stephenson (@packmatt73) is the regular host of the InSecurity podcast and video series at events around the globe. Matt has spent the last 10 years in the world of data protection and cybersecurity. Since 2016, he has been with Cylance (acquired by BlackBerry in 2019), extolling the virtues of artificial intelligence and machine learning and how, when applied to network security, this cutting edge technology can wrong-foot the bad guys.

Prior to the COVID-19 shutdown, Matt was on the road over 100 days a year doing live malware demonstrations for audiences from San Diego, to DC, to London, to Abu Dhabi, to Singapore, to Sydney. He says that one of the funniest things he’s ever been a part of was blowing up a live instance of the notorious ransomware NotPetya just six hours after the news broke, in Washington DC, directly across the street from the FBI headquarters. As soon as he detonated the malware (on a VM, of course) a parade of police cars with sirens blaring roared past the building he was in. Matt is pretty sure they weren't there for him, but you never know...

Every week on the InSecurity Podcast, Matt gets to interview interesting people doing interesting things all over the world of cybersecurity and in the extended world of hacking. Sometimes, that means talking about hacking elections, or the coffee supply chain... other times, that means delving deep into the world of social manipulation or the sovereign wealth fund of a national economy.

The InSecurity podcast is about talking with the people who build, manage or wreck the systems that we have put in place to make the world go round... we hope you enjoy the show.

The InSecurity Podcast

About The InSecurity Podcast

Every week on the InSecurity Podcast, host Matt Stephenson interviews leading authorities in the security industry to gain an expert perspective on topics including risk management, security control friction, compliance issues, and building a culture of security. Each episode provides relevant insights for security practitioners and business leaders working to improve their organization’s security posture and bottom line.

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