Although AI is thought to be in its infancy, it is already changing the way we think about health care. Expectations are high about AI and at the speed that it is moving it brings hope in many areas of health care. The Seattle Health Innovation Meetup group’s next event is Thursday September 13 at 4pm at the Cambia Grove and will focus on how AI might – or might not- change how healthcare is delivered. Please pre-register at this link.
Join these speakers from the Allen Institute Artificial Intelligence Incubator, KenSci, and CuraCloud as we explore the possibilities with those who are using this technology for patients, providers, payors, and researchers.
This is the kickoff to our 2018-19 season of events. We will give you, the audience, an opportunity to announce your projects in progress or services that could be helpful to others.
Lauren Krainski is a Partner at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence (AI2) start-up Incubator. The AI2 incubator helps early stage start-ups, entrepreneurs, and corporate partners build large, AI-first companies that solve high-impact problems. Prior to AI2, she advised start-ups and enterprises in M&A, business development, technology commercialization, and other C-level engagements through multiple management consulting and investment banking roles.
Ankur M. Teredesai, Ph.D., is the co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of KenSci. He also holds a Professorship in Computer Science & Systems at the University of Washington. His research spans data science with its applications for societal impact in healthcare. Teredesai has significant industry experience, having held various positions at C-DAC Pune, Microsoft Research, IBM T.J. Watson Labs, and a variety of technology startups. He has published over 75 papers on machine learning, has managed large teams of data scientists and engineers, and deployed data science solutions in healthcare. His recent applied research contributions include cost and risk prediction for readmission due to chronic conditions such as congestive heart failure.
Ed Butler is Vice President, Marketing and Corporate Development, CuraCloud Corporation, a Seattle startup that provides AI-enabled medical imaging analytics and genomic testing protocols to healthcare providers and researchers. Ed has been a senior advisor to hospitals, health plans, and government agencies including IDX Systems and GE Healthcare in the US and the NHS in England.
4-4:30: Happy (half) hour, check-in, light refreshments
4:30-4:45: Spontaneous Participation: We will have an opportunity for you to share what you are working on or ask others to join you in moving your innovation forward. Any topic, not just AI! The purpose of this informal super-quick stand-up is to connect people who have ideas to those who can help them. Any idea is welcome, however far along it is!
4:45-5:45: Panel discussion
5:45-6:00: Adjourn and networking
Hope to see you there for great conversation, snacks, and action!
Please RSVP but you can always come last minute & pay at the door too!
**Parking in the 1800 9th building garage is now only $10 after 3pm! **
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:
Organization of innovator
Chief Product Officer
Dellann Elliott Mydland
Founder and President
The EndBrainCancer Initiative (formerly the Chris Elliott Fund)
Washington State Department of Health
Michael McClain, MHS, MS, PA-C
First Hill Surgery Center (Joint Venture of Swedish and The Polyclinic)
Tony Blau, MD
Tony Quang, MD, JD
Associate Professor of Radiation Oncology
VA and UW Medicine
Washington Health Benefit Exchange
Tonya Palermo, PhD
Professor at University of Washington School of Medicine
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:
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.