About Our Show

The Problem is an anthological podcast dedicated to fighting the Hydras of Healthcare — those complicated, big hairy issues that impact healthcare on the societal level. Every season, you’ll hear about a different big, massive problem, and each episode within that season will feature a different discipline or industry’s take on that problem — how it’s being addressed, how it’s being talked about, and the trials and triumphs of those involved — clinically and personally. This season is all about opioids. Over the next episodes, The Problem will talk about how we — local communities, Indiana and the United States — got into this crisis, how people suffering from addiction are treated, and how the needle can be moved on addiction. This is a podcast for anyone who might be interested in how these problems have developed and are approached. You don’t need a PhD to be affected by them, so you shouldn’t need a PhD to learn more about them.

Behind the Mic

Phil Lofton

Show Host

I’m the host of this podcast! Within the Regenstrief Institute I serve as the Digital Content Specialist, overseeing videography and podcasting. I’m a novelist, a percussionist, and a public health nerd, but first and foremost, I’m a storyteller. I’m drawn to the stories of medicine — the beauty of discovery, the struggles of doctors, patients, and everyone else in health care, and the shared human experiences that revolve around the health care setting.

Behind the Show

The Regenstrief Institute

Founded in 1969 in Indianapolis, Indiana, Regenstrief Institute is a local, national and global leader dedicated to a world where better information empowers people to end disease and realize true health.

The Regenstrief Institute and its researchers are responsible for a growing number of major health care innovations and studies. Examples range from the development of global health information technology standards that enable the use and interoperability of electronic health records to improving patient-physician communications, to the creation of models of care that inform practice and improve the lives of patients around the globe.