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.

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*

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.

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.

 

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.

 

 

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