Nov 05

Call for Nominations: 2017 Seattle Health Innovator of the Year Awards

Dear Health Innovation Colleague,

Nominate the 3rd Annual Health Innovator of the Year for 2017 here (Google form).

Nomination should only take approx 20 minutes of your time and can be completed on a computer, tablet or phone.

This award is for your peers, your teammates, your collaborators, your staff!

The Seattle Health Innovator of the Year Awards are intended to recognize and encourage individuals who engage in the hard work of driving progress in health and health care.  We recognize that progress comes from both innovative ideas and exceptional execution by individuals. These awards are for our colleagues whose efforts we respect and whose examples we want to see more of. We want to encourage innovation in healthcare delivery, life sciences, population health, and new ways of financing health services.

Who has changed your way of thinking, over the past year?

2017 Awards will be made in each of the following categories:

Imagination: This category is to recognize individual achievement in conceiving new ways of solving problems in the health sector via new methods, ideas, products, services, or business models.

Perseverance: This category is to recognize individual achievement in demonstrating tenacity over time in the face of adversity and in transforming health innovation challenges into opportunities.

Customer-focus: This category is to recognize an individual member of an innovation team who maintains focus on the customer and builds deep, long-term relationships by better understanding, anticipating, and fulfilling stated and latent customer needs.

External collaboration:  This category is to recognize an individual who has put aside organizational boundaries and has established effective relationships with innovators in other companies.

Nominees must be individuals with a genuine connection to the Greater Seattle Area (broadly construed as Western Washington) involved in health innovation.  Nominees may be from care delivery, health and wellness, health IT, life sciences, payers/purchasers etc.

Now’s your chance!  Nominate the next Innovator of the Year here.

Nominations are due by Wednesday, November 22.  Winners will be announced at the Seattle Health Innovators Holiday Gathering on Thursday Dec 14

You are invited: register for the 2017 Health Innovation NW Holiday Party at this link.


Scott Kennedy
Health Innovation NW
Treasurer

Health Innovation NW is a Washington non-profit corporation.  Our mission is to empower individual change agents in health and life sciences to connect, to educate the community, and to directly advance health innovation.

Aug 09

Career Resilience for Health Innovators

“The Only Thing That Is Constant Is Change (especially in Health Care Innovation!)” – Heraclitus

by Kristin Helps, RN  

The concept of one lifelong linear career is over! You might not be able to predict exactly where your career path will take you but if you can learn how to be resilient, you can be successful. If you are a clinician who is interested in expanding your career into the technology space or someone with a business or IT background with no medical background looking to transition into the health care space join us to hear from individuals who have done it!

Come meet a diverse panel of Seattle area health care technology and innovation leaders and learn how you can enhance your own career resilience. You will hear their unique perspectives on the strategies they have used to manage their own careers, what they have done to expand their skill sets, how they tackle uncertainty, drive innovation in their organizations and are transforming what it means to be in healthcare innovation. Making a change in healthcare is a marathon, not a sprint and we want to help our community prepare for the opportunities ahead. ​ Sponsored by the Cambia Grove, Seattle Health Innovators, and Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

This event is $12 in advance (plus transaction fee), $15 at the door. In addition to your RSVP, please register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/career-resilience-managing-your-future-in-health-care-innovation-tickets-36593281490 get the advance ticket price.

Our panel:

Mark Long, PhD – Senior VP of Digital Innovation at Providence St. Joseph Health

Dr. Melissa DeCapua, DNP, PMHNNP – Design Researcher at Microsoft

Cassie Wallender – Chief Product Officer & Co-Founder at Invio

Kristin Helps, RN, BSN, MS Informatics – Clinical Faculty at University of Washington

Agenda:

5:00 – 5:30 Happy (Half) Hour, Check-in, light refreshments

5:30 – 5:40 Community Announcements

5:40 – 6:4​0 Panel Discussion

6:4​0 – 7:00 Adjourn and Networking

About the Emerging Leaders Series:

Join us at the Cambia Grove in a three-part series for Emerging Leaders. Health care innovation and technology is growing in our region with many new and diverse career opportunities. This series will focus on personal and professional development, both for people looking to enter this field and for those looking to take the next step in their career. You’ll learn more about these exciting new opportunities, how to transition your career into this innovative space or into a leadership position, and how to build your personal brand. Come network with other professionals, and meet and hear from leaders in this industry. Sponsored by the Cambia Grove, Seattle Health Innovators, and Healthcare Information Management Systems Society (HIMSS).

Parking in the 1800 9th building is now $10 after 3pm!

*All tickets are non-refundable and non-exchangeable*

May 05

Digital Health Innovation Forum

Digital health is a red hot area for investors. In 2016, over $13 billion was invested in digital health startups. Like the Space Needle, “digital health” always seems modern. But in the US, the digitization of the health sector has been underway for decades.  In January, Lisa Suennen predicted that “we will soon see an end to the term “digital health” because   “pretty much everything is digitizing and yet we don’t call it digital banking or digital transportation or digital aviation”.  I believe the term is going to be around for quite some time because it taps into irreversible trends that touch each of us in our daily lives, not just when we need medical help.

The May 11, 2017 Seattle Health Innovation Forum will feature a panel discussion including these digital health leaders:

  • Mark Rivera – Sr Software Lead – Microsoft Health
  • Steve Wimmer – Sr Director, Strategy and Innovation – Providence Health Services
  • Swatee Surve – CEO – Litesprite Behavioral Health

The moderator is Jeff Pasek, a consultant with many years in this field. The forum will be held at the Cambia Grove, with light refreshments from 5:30-7:30.  It’s $12 and includes plenty of networking time with others interested in digital health innovation.  To register and more details about the event see this link.

To get on the Seattle Health Innovators mailing list sign up at our Meetup site.

Feb 06

2017 Seattle Health Innovation Meetups Begin

The first Seattle Health Innovation Forum of 2017 is Wednesday Feb 8 on the 3rd Floor of the Seattle Tower from 5:30-8:00. We host around 6 events per year year addressing different opportunities for innovators to make a difference in healthcare. The first of this series is titled “Better living through big data: building a healthy culture in the digital age”,

This is an exceptional opportunity to meet others sharing an interest in health innovation and to participate in a moderated discussion about the convergence of health analytics, cognitive science, and digital health technologies. For more information and registration (free with RSVP) see this link.

The Seattle Health Innovators meetup group is a program of Health Innovation NW, a Washington non-profit corporation formed to provide educational programs, connect innovators, and to promote innovation in the health sector. We are an all-volunteer community.  Our active core includes physicians, nurses, allied health professionals, health IT professionals, and others who work with healthcare providers, payers, research, academia, and in health startups.

We welcome newcomers along with those who have been part of our community since we started  in 2013. Let us know if you are interested in getting involved in planning upcoming events.

 

Nov 30

Who are the 2016 Health Innovators of the Year?

Seattle is growing a strong health innovation community and the 2016 recipients of the Health Innovation NW Innovator of the Year awards prove it. Successful innovation in an industry as complex as healthcare requires a combination of imagination, customer focus, collaboration, and perseverance. This year we are recognizing a remarkable set of individuals who exemplify these qualities:

IMAGINATION

This award recognizes individual achievement in conceiving new ways of solving problems in the health sector via new methods, ideas, products, services, or business models. The 2016 awardee is Dr. Ingrid Swanson Pultz.

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Ingrid Swanson Pultz, Ph.D is the Chief Scientific Officer at PvP Biologics.  Dr. Pultz co-led an undergraduate team in 2011 that conceived of the KumaMax project that identified an enzyme that could be used for improved digestion of the gluten protein found in wheat, rye, and barley. As a post-doc, and then as the Principal Investigator of her own lab (the Pultz Lab) at the UW Institute of Protein Design, she built upon this work generating next-generation enzyme candidates using computational protein design. She and her colleagues designed and tested a synthetic enzyme to digest gluten before it gets to the small intestine, where it causes inflammation for people with Celiac Disease. At PvP Biologics, Dr. Pultz is working towards getting FDA approval for this new drug for sufferers of Celiac Disease.

Customer-Focus in a Startup Company

This award recognizes an individual member of health innovation startup team who maintains focus on the customer and builds deep, long-term relationships by better understanding, anticipating, and fulfilling customer needs. The 2016 awardee is Jared Munir.

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Jared Munir, M.Eng. is a Technical Account Manager at Translational Software. Mr. Munir provides customer support to the clinical labs who are customers of Translational Software’s interpretive reports. He was nominated by many customers whose testimonials describe exceptional performance. Typical comments describe “unwavering commitment to help anyone in our organization regardless of their need for technical background”, “even through email, Jared gives off a sense of cheerfulness that helps the laboratory work through these issues without added frustration or stress”, and “exemplifies the exact type of mentality, attitude, and focus on customer care that every business dreams to achieve.” These customer stories bring to life the impact that is possible by working at an individual level to achieve better results. 

Customer-focus in a Healthcare Delivery Organization

This award recognizes an individual working for a healthcare delivery organization who maintains focus on those served, builds deep relationships, and fulfills stated and latent needs.The 2016 awardee is Kim Wicklund.

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Kim Wicklund, MPH, is Manager, Patient Engagement at Group Health Cooperative. Ms. Wicklund spearheaded the Plain Language Initiative at Group Health where she led a multidisciplinary group that collaborated to remove jargon from patient-facing communications and advocated for making plain language a Group Health communication standard. She also provides leadership around shared decision-making and self-management support for chronically ill patients. The “Living Well with Chronic Conditions” program has been successful for many years. However, her team observed that for many patients with chronic illnesses, the very action of coming to Group Health for a program meeting was infeasible. To this end, she sought funding through an internal grant mechanism to test the feasibility and acceptability of an online version of this self-management program. That program has since served over 1300 Group Health members.

Collaboration of Healthcare Institutions with Startups

This award recognizes exemplary performance by an individual with a healthcare institution who established effective relationships working with innovators in startup companies.The 2016 awardee is Dr. Douglas Maurer.

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COL Douglas Maurer, DO, MPH, FAAFP practices full-service Family Medicine to a diverse patient population at Madigan Army Medical Center. A practicing physician and teacher, with a full-time job, Dr. Maurer makes time to meet with, support and perform research with early stage health companies. This provides growing companies with access to and understanding of a large real-world healthcare system. Dr. Maurer’s work provides an inspiring example of how an individual in a large organization can champion and collaborate with innovators to advance progress in healthcare.

Collaboration Across Healthcare Institutions

This award recognizes exemplary performance by an individual within a healthcare institution who has put aside organizational boundaries and established effective relationships with innovators in other institutions. The 2016 awardee is Dr. Lisa McFerrin.

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Lisa McFerrin, Ph.D. is the Bioinformatics Project Manager for Seattle Translational Tumor Research at Fred Hutch.  Her progressive work on developing Oncoscape creates a collaborative platform and community that unites the clinical, genetic, and computational fields to advance the understanding of cancer biology and improve patient care. Lisa’s work has been truly forward-thinking in recognizing that the future of healthcare will rely on bioinformaticists working hand in hand with researchers and clinicians.  Oncoscape under Lisa’s management is helping to create an open source tool that unifies researchers, clinicians, programmers and patient data across the world to work together and learn from each other to speed translational research and cure cancer.

Perseverance in Healthcare Delivery Innovation

This award recognizes exemplary performance by an individual within a healthcare institution who has demonstrated tenacity over time and has transformed challenges into opportunities. The 2016 awardee is Dr. Sunita Mishra.

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Sunita Mishra, MD, MBA is the Medical Director, Innovation for Providence St. Joseph Health. For over 15 years that she has practiced medicine she has brought a visionary quality to her work, from her advocacy of evidence based protocols in a medical group in Singapore in the 1990’s to her current role leading innovation strategy at a large care delivery system. Initiatives that have been rolled out with her partnership include the new Express Care service that has provided more convenient access to over 20,000 patients, offering virtual visits, home visits, and retail clinics. Dr. Mishra has also advised digital health startups in their go-to-market strategies. She is interested in learning how we can use technology to make healthcare more consumer centric and how health systems can use technology to enhance their care delivery.

Perseverance in Health Transformation Advocacy

This award recognizes long term individual achievement in the advocacy of human-centered transformation of the healthcare system. The 2016 awardee is Dave Chase.

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Dave Chase is the co-founder of the Health Rosetta Institute and the Executive Director of “The Big Heist”, a satirical film about the need for change in the healthcare system. Mr. Chase has been a change agent in healthcare for over 20 years, from his role growing Microsoft’s healthcare vertical, through his journey as the founder of a patient-engagement company, Avado, and its successful exit to WebMD in 2013. Dave is a passionate advocate in the battle to fix the broken American healthcare system. He understands it inside and out and writes provocative pieces for Forbes and on LinkedIn. He’s honest about the journey as an entrepreneur, and yet supports innovative businesses through his role as a VC at Quad Aim Fund and Cascadia Capital. He’s the champion of Health Rosetta, an open source project aimed at creating a new health ecosystem.

 

2016 Seattle Health Innovators Holiday Party and Awards Night

Please join us as we celebrate another great year in Seattle’s health innovation community by honoring these individuals and by also recognizing the efforts of everyone involved in working for better health and better health care. Our Holiday Party is Thursday evening from 5:30-8:00 at the SURF Incubator, 999 Third Avenue, Seattle WA 98104. Prior registration is appreciated at this link.

 

 

Oct 10

2016 Seattle Health Innovator of the Year Award Nominations

As announced in the last Seattle Health Innovators meetup on Oct 3, we’re seeking nominations for the 2016 Health Innovator of the Year Awards, due Monday November 14, 2016.  We hope that you can use this process as a way to recognize top performers on your team as well as others in the community you find worthy of recognition. This annual awards program is a grassroots effort to give health startups and the health innovation community a way to say “thank you” to each other and to their collaboration partners.

Nominations:

There are four different awards, one for each of the following attributes of successful innovation:  Imagination, Customer focus, Collaboration, and Perseverance. It’s easy to nominate someone using this form:  Nominate an innovator here!

Nominees must be individuals with a genuine connection to the Greater Seattle Area (broadly construed as Western Washington) involved in health innovation.  Nominees may be from care delivery, health and wellness, health IT, life sciences, payers/purchasers etc.

Your nomination effort is essential to the success and sustainability of this program. It can take less than 15 minutes to fill out the form. The person you nominate will appreciate that you took this opportunity to honor them.

Judging:

Unlike other awards programs that require mass online voting (and thus become popularity contests) we’re doing this as a juried selection process. A team of respected leaders from the Seattle Health innovation community will be recruited to review and select the awardees.  The evaluation criteria to be used are described on the Call for Nominations page.

We will announce the recipients of these awards at our December holiday party on Dec 1, 2016, which will again be held at the SURF Incubator. For a profile of last year’s (2015) awardees see this post

Thank you for your support and nominations!

Health Innovation NW

 

Sep 14

Patient Engagement: Insights from the Open Notes Movement

examroomSharing clinician visit notes with patients can be a provocative way of promoting patient engagement.  The Seattle Health Innovators’ forum October 3rd will feature these leaders from the Open Notes movement discussing lessons from their experience implementing this innovation:

Joann Elmore, MD, MPH Professor of Medicine at the UW School of Medicine and practicing attending physician at Harborview Medical Center will provide an overview and lead the panel discussion with

• John Santa, MD, MPH, formerly with Consumer Reports, now OpenNotes Director of Dissemination

• Thomas Payne MD,  Professor of Medicine, UW, whose major professional interest is the use and evaluation of electronic health records

• Amy Fellows, MPH, Executive Director of We Can Do Better, an Oregon non-profit whose mission is bringing people together who share values of better health care for all

• Homer Chin MD, MS, former CMIO for Kaiser Permanente Northwest, currently an affiliate professor in Medical Informatics at the Oregon Health and Science University and working with EHR vendors to implement functionality that supports Open Notes.

Seattle Health Innovators is an independent non-profit community group whose mission is to empower individual change agents in health and life sciences.  We provide opportunities such as this forum to help innovators connect with each other, to educate the community on opportunities, and to directly advance health innovation via service projects. Learn more about how to get involved with our work at this event. Early-bird registration is $10 at this link.

 

Agenda

5:30-6:00 Networking, light refreshments

6:00-6:10 Community Announcements

6:10-7:00 Program

7:00-7:30 Networking

7:30  Adjourn

May 22

Insights on Primary Care Innovation

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The panel discussion at the Innovations in Primary Care Forum on May 9 provided an unusual glimpse into the future of healthcare. Jennifer Gee, a healthcare entrepreneur with a nursing background, organized the panel and moderated a fascinating discussion that held the attention of over 90 people for over an hour. It was a rare opportunity to hear directly from leaders experimenting with new healthcare delivery models in a candid conversation about their challenges and successes. Each of the panelists has been associated with multiple models of payment, support, an care delivery and is an expert in tailoring to the populations they serve.

The panel included:

Jennifer Gee: Moderator

David Kwok, Exec Dir, Hope Central

Scott Shreeve MD CEO Crossover Health

Erika Bliss MD CEO Qliance

Martin Levine MD Medical Mkt Dir, Iora Primary Care

Matthew Thompson MD, DPhil, Vice Chair Research, UW Primary Care Innovations Lab

Jenn started the discussion by asking for a brief overview of each organization, how they started and how they have pivoted to their current models. All started with the intention of transforming the primary care experience with an increased emphasis on building enduring relationships with their patients by seeing them where they are. For example, Iora clinicians see patients in the home and hospital in addition to the clinic setting. Crossover Health works with large employers, offering onsite and nearsite clinics (Apple was an early customer) and now is expanding into specialty care. Qliance emerged from he concierge movement, a response to rushed/pressured aspects of the fee for service world and uses a monthly fee model. Visits are 30-60 minutes with physicians or nurse practitioners. Hope Central, a non-profit serving the Medicaid population in South King County has had to go the other way, starting with two pediatricians and one child psych provider using a subscription model but has now adopted a more traditional fee for service model due to the challenging regulations. UW Medicine has a large delivery system that is moving from fee for service to value-based models.

Jenn then asked the panel to describe the technical innovations they’ve made since starting. The panel covered the integration of mental health into primary care. When opened up to audience Q&A the panel explored such issues as pain management, telehealth, health system consolidation, and their frustrations from current Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems.

The panel discussion and audience Q&A ran overtime, although the audience did not seem to mind. Jenn asked the panelist if they would answer her final questions for publication on the Health innovators website: We are grateful that they took the time to respond. Here are their answers:

Dr. Erika Bliss from Qliance:

How do you see your model evolving over the 5 year period?

Qliance is focused in the near-term on evolving our care model to further expand the capabilities and scope of primary care and population health management for our clients.  To do that, we are offering new models of payment that are an extension of our original monthly-fee model that enable employers to guarantee access to excellent primary care for all of their employees while only paying the full price for those who use it.  They also get population health and convenient urgent care access for everyone from a trusted healthcare partner who can tie everything together and do all the follow up needed.  We expect that this model, as it evolves in response to the needs and feedback of our clients and the market, will set the standard for primary care in the future, much as we have done to date with our pioneering work in the Direct Primary Care model.
Are there opportunities for practice models like yours to collaborate – i.e. group purchasing, shared analytics, software development, shared referral – cost/quality data, even a shared outpatient surgery center?

Most definitely – I think there is a huge opportunity now for like-minded and like-operating organizations to collaborate to deliver premium quality primary care that really makes a difference for clients.  Group purchasing, shared analytics, shared software development, and shared referral information are useful, but I think what is even more powerful is just the ability to work together to offer a broad geographical reach with a variety of practice styles so people have a choice.  The key would then be to partner with either self-insured companies or payers to offer essentially a primary care ACO where the network of high-performing primary care practices like ours reduce overall costs and increase quality by reducing unnecessary referrals, directing people to high-performing specialists (regardless of system they belong to) and eliminating the need for excess utilization of advanced care.  It’s a pretty simple idea, but with the potential for very powerful results, since most of our organizations are seeing roughly a 20% reduction in total cost of care for patients who use our services, and that’s without benefit of any special narrow networks or contracting relationships.
What are the current challenges in your business that entrepreneurs could help you address?

One way that entrepreneurs could help us develop our business would be to become purchasers of Qliance under our new Access to Active™ model and help us understand the needs of their particular sector by using our services.  This is always how we’ve gotten the best information on how to solve for the market’s needs.  To be truly honest, a lot of the technology and tools already exist to make what we do work, we just need partners who are interested in engaging and using our platform of services to help us understand where to expand next.

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Dave Kwok from Hope Central:

How do you see your model evolving over the next 5 years?

We don’t really see our model changing that much, but we do hope to expand to other neighborhoods with mixed socioeconomic demographics. We’d also like to expand into family medicine.

Are there opportunities for practice models like yours to collaborate – i.e. group purchasing, shared analytics, software development, shared referral – cost/quality data, even a shared outpatient surgery center?

What are the current challenges in your business that entrepreneurs could help you address?

Standardized technology platforms for data interchange between healthcare entities. Standardized electronic medical record. Better low-cost EMR’s (interface, reporting, API’s). More flexible insurance plans that allowed greater autonomy in the use of well-care dollars.

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Dr. Matthew Thompson from the UW Primary Care Innovations Lab:

How do you see your lab evolving over the next 5 years?

With the growing need for more efficient, more effective, and more cost effective health care, the primary care field will expand. Added to this is the growing need for ongoing care of people with multiple conditions/chronic disease as well as growing interest in wellness. I see the need for more opportunities for the PCI Lab to engage with companies and technologies that need to be tested, evaluated, implemented in the primary care space growing. Whether this is ways of integrating wearable wellness tools, new ways of providing technology that allows more to be done in single visits, or better ways to engage patients and caregivers in health. In addition, the interfaces in primary care are going to need to improve dramatically, including how data is entered, used, and analysed. Therefore I see more engagement with more companies and innovations, and PCI  Lab being established as the ‘go to’ group for innovations in primary care in the US.
Are there technologies or models you’ve seen deployed in low resource settings that can work in newer practice settings here?

Some low resource settings have been ahead in terms of use of some point of care tests, for example point of care malaria tests have transformed primary care management of fever in many countries, others have adopted handheld ultrasound scanning. Probably the biggest learning point has been the innovation in health care delivery teams, many lower resource settings use health care providers who are not doctors, but provide excellent service for their level of training – this type of model, where the doctor is important but not the sole member of the primary care health care team is needed in high resource settings (and is in fact happening), in order to make best use of all the health care team’s expertize, and not rely so much on doctors.

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Dr. Marty Levine from Iora Primary Care:

How do you see your model evolving over the 5 and 10 year period?

I think our model nationwide will move in two simultaneous directions.  One direction will emphasize convenience care for the majority population and include novel ways to meet care needs with far less office visits with doctors, but there will need to be a part of the practice with more intense care for those with chronic conditions.  The other direction will emphasize expanded chronic care services for populations like those served in Seattle presently (Medicare).

-Are there opportunities for practice models like yours to collaborate – i.e. group purchasing, shared analytics, software development, shared referral – cost/quality data, even a shared outpatient surgery center?

We do lots of collaborating now.  We work with several different innovative organizations.  This is managed through the Boston headquarters.

What are the current challenges in your business that entrepreneurs could help you address?

In Seattle, our growth is dependent upon sales of Humana medicare insurance because we have an exclusive relationship with Humana.  Some insurance sales are done with Humana-employed agents, but most are done by independent agents who sell different insurance plans.  Insurance sales are complicated and most customers do not understand the benefits and costs of plans well when they purchase them and, instead, focus on a key attribute or two (eg, total cost, or choice of doctor).  Even independent insurance agents, pressured to do all sales during the open enrollment period from ~10/15 to 12/7 often have limited understanding of the plans they are selling.  There seems to be a real opportunity for an entrepreneur to figure out how to simplify the sales experience and make the public better consumers than simply looking at total cost or choice of doctor.  Increasingly, people are purchasing insurance by phone or online.

Mar 28

Innovation in Primary Care

The healthcare delivery system is slowly adapting to the modern consumer. It also faces relentless pressure from those who pay the lions’ share of healthcare costs- employers, health insurance organizations, and taxpayers. This is a hard combination of customers to please. One one hand are consumers who want easy, convenient, affordable access to a deep network of excellent medical providers. On another side are the businesses and payers who want “population health”, i.e. cost containment via risk stratification, measurable outcomes, preventive health, and chronic condition management, and perhaps a narrower network of providers who help them manage these risks. The winning innovators will be the ones who can find the best ways to combine these perspectives.

The major innovations in primary care today are in new business models and in new consumer experiences, driven in part by predictive analytics. I use the term “consumer” rather than “patient” in this context because in the new primary care paradigm there is a blending of wellness programming for people who are not yet sick and the traditional sick-care services. Some new primary care organizations call their patients “members” just like insurance companies. These are dynamic times. Even our vocabulary for describing stakeholders is becoming outdated. This probably means it’s a good time to be an innovator.

On May 11, 2016 the Seattle Health Innovation Forum will convene some of the country’s leaders in this historic shift in primary care for a discussion with the community at the Cambia Grove. Some consider these new models as “disruptive innovation” because of the potential for transforming the relationships people have with their health insurance companies, their employers, and with their primary care providers. If you are in the Seattle area that evening, we hope you can join us  Pre-registration for this event is highly encouraged.

We are excited to have these leaders who are creating the next generation of Primary Care on the panel:

Innovations in Primary Care Agenda- May 11, 2016

5:30-6:00 Networking

6:00-6:10 Community Announcements

6:10-7:00 Panel on Innovations in Primary Care

7:00-7:30 Networking, individual Q&A

I hope to see you there.

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The Seattle Health Innovation Forum is a grass-roots community of people working in health startups,  healthcare institutions, academia, biotech, investors, and others interested in the transformation of health and health care. Founded in 2013, we organize forums and other projects to improve awareness of the opportunities to make a difference in health.

Feb 19

The future of health innovation

Health and healthcare is a $3 trillion industry in the US and is growing faster than the GDP because of an aging population and from advances in health technology that make it possible to live longer and more productive lives. It is an industry in transition. Billions are being invested in new approaches to improving health outcomes and lowering costs.  What are the catalysts for change? Who are the innovators ? Who is getting funding? Where are the exits for new health companies? What role is the consumer playing?  How do new developments in life sciences, wellness, and IT translate into business opportunities for innovators?

For our first Seattle Health Innovation Forum of 2016 on March 2nd, we’ve invited Kevin Cable to describe these major trends driving innovation in healthcare. Kevin is a co-founder and the Managing Director of Cascade Capital, a leading middle market investment bank based in the Pacific Northwest and heads their efforts in Digital Health and Healthcare Services.

The forum will be held 5:30-7:30pm on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at the Cambia Grove. Registration is at this link.

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