Call for Nominations: 2018 Health Innovator of the Year

Dear Health Innovation NW Colleague,

Nominate the 4th Annual Health Innovators of the Year for 2018 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 Innovators 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, new ways of financing health services and uses of technology.

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

 2018 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 Friday, November 9th.  Winners will be announced at the Seattle Health Innovators Holiday Gathering on Thursday Dec 6.

Feel free to reach out with any questions!

Scott Kennedy

Health Innovation NW

Treasurer

kennedyscottp@gmail.com

(206) 755 3594

Meet the 2017 Seattle Health Innovators of the Year

Evidence of the increasing maturity of Seattle’s health innovation community was on full display at the Annual Health Innovation NW Awards Night held at the Cambia Grove on December 14, 2017. This was the third year of the annual health innovation awards program. This  program is designed to celebrate the heroes among us who exemplify exceptional performance in traits necessary for successful innovation: Imagination, Customer-centered, Collaboration, and Perseverance. Separate awards were made ito individuals Startups, Institutions, and Community Non-Profit sectors. Over 100 people came out to celebrate the accomplishments of 2017 and to prepare for another great year.

Imagination

The awardees in the Imagination category:

Institutional sector:  Tonya Palermo, PhD, from Seattle Children’s Research Institute

Community Non-profit sector: Suzanne Gwynn, Ladybug House

Startup sector: Mike Van Snellenberg, Wellpepper

Customer-centered

The awardees in the Customer-centered category:

Institutional sector: Vince Barrailler, Washington Health Benefit Exchange

Startup Sector:  Cassie Wallender

Collaboration

Awardees in the Collaboration category:

Institutional sector: Michael McClain, MD, First Hill Surgery Center

Public Health sector: Hanna Oltean

Startup sector: Avadhut Joshi, Translational Software

Perseverance

Awardees in the perseverance category:

Institutional sector: Tony Blau MD, UW Principal Investigator ITOMIC trial and All4Cure

Community Non-profit sector:  Dellann Elliott Mydland, The EndBrainCancer Initiative

Startup Sector: Chris Wood, Clario Medical Imaging

 

2017 Seattle Health Innovators President’s Awards

This year in addition to the annual Health Innovator of the Year awards for exemplary traits shown above, the Board also designated four President’s Awards for innovation in four areas of great interest in the coming year:

Regulatory Science Innovation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shawn Swanson, MedsForAll

Pain Management Innovation

Zachary Fisk MD, Anesthesiologist

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Patient-Centered Care Innovation

Tony Quang, MD, JD  Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology, UW, VA

 

Regulatory Science Innovation

Dema Poppa, Invio

For more information about these awardees and the 2017 Health Innovator of the Year Awards Program please see the agenda from the event:  Health Innovator Awards 2017 presentation 20171214 2000 pdf

Health Innovation NW

Health Innovation NW is a Washington State non-profit corporation dedicated to building a supportive community of individuals interested in transforming health and healthcare. We grew from the Seattle Health Innovation Forum meetup group, founded in 2013, that has over 1,700 members.

2017 Seattle Health Innovators Holiday Party and Awards Night

Health Innovation NW is hosting its Third Annual Health Innovator of the Year Awards on Dec 14th, 2017 from 5:30- 8:0pm at the Cambia Grove in Seattle. This event is a chance to celebrate the vibrant health innovation community that has formed in the greater Seattle area and to recognize the heroes among us who are making a difference in healthcare.

This event is an ideal holiday party for health innovation teams. Seattle is becoming an international health innovation hub, and it’s time to let the world know we’re here and that we support each other’s success. Over the past years, some companies sponsor their employees to attend this event so that they get to have a catered holiday event and enjoy the company of other health innovators. This is a cost-effective way to bring your entire team together and to build a supportive community.

The 2017 Seattle Health Innovator awards recognize individuals who by their imagination, customer focus, collaboration and perseverance demonstrate that improvements in access, delivery and quality of health care are possible and achievable. From our call for nominations to the public we have selected a group of 15 award finalists. This years’ cohort comes from across the healthcare industry, including  care delivery, life science research, public health, patient advocacy and government.

The 2017 Health Innovator Finalists are as follows:

Innovator Title Organization of innovator
Cassie Wallender Chief Product Officer Invio Inc.
Chris Wood CEO Clario Medical
Dellann Elliott Mydland Founder and President The EndBrainCancer Initiative (formerly the Chris Elliott Fund)
Dema Poppa Founder Invio Inc.
Hanna Oltean Epidemiologist Washington State Department of Health
Michael McClain, MHS, MS, PA-C Executive Director First Hill Surgery Center (Joint Venture of Swedish and The Polyclinic)
Shawn Swanson CEO MedsForAll
Suzanne Gwynn Founder Ladybug House
Tony Blau, MD Founder All4Cure
Tony Quang, MD, JD Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology VA and UW Medicine
Vincent Barrailler CIO Washington Health Benefit Exchange
Tonya Palermo, PhD Professor at University of Washington School of Medicine Seattle Children’s Research Institute / UW
Zachary Fisk, MD Anesthesiologist Acute Pain Therapies
Avadhut Joshi, PhD Clinical Pharmacogenomics Lead Translational Software
Mike Van Snellenberg Sugarpod Team CTO Wellpepper

Space is limited. It is best to register early in case it sells out. Register for the 2017 Health Innovation NW Holiday Party and Awards Ceremony here.  (https://www.eventbrite.com/e/seattle-health-innovators-holiday-gathering-awards-gala-tickets-39530116643)

About the Health Innovator of the Year Awards:

In 2015, the Seattle Health Innovators decided to add recognition of local health innovators to their holiday meeting. A selection committee was formed, and the first cohort of nominees and winners was selected. 2017 is the 3rd year of the event. See a list of the past awardees here:

About Health Innovation NW:

Health Innovation NW is a Washington State non-profit organization dedicated to empowering individual change agents in health and life sciences to connect, to educate the community, and to directly advance health innovation. The group is run by volunteers and sponsors multiple Seattle Health Innovators meetups each year, a group with over 1600 members.

We are a grassroots organization formed because of the need to create deeper connections within the health innovation community in Seattle. We started by organizing the Seattle Health Innovation Forum in May 2013. After 3 years of organizing events together, in 2016 we founded Health Innovation NW, a Washington non-profit corporation, so that we can take our collaboration to new levels. There is so much more we can do together to make a positive impact locally and globally. Learn more at www.healthinnovator.org.

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.

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.

 

 

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

 

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