HIT In­no­va­tors

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11 lead­ers driv­ing tech-based im­prove­ments in pa­tient health­care.

A num­ber of HIT ex­ec­u­tives, pol­icy mak­ers and in­dus­try in­no­va­tors are lead­ing the dig­i­tal dis­rup­tion of health­care. In the fol­low­ing list­ing, Health Data Man­age­ment ed­i­tors pro­file some of these visionaries who are seek­ing new and bet­ter ways to use cut­ting-edge tech­nol­ogy to im­prove pa­tient care.

Michael Blum

Ti­tle: Direc­tor

Or­ga­ni­za­tion: Cen­ter for Dig­i­tal Health In­no­va­tion, Univer­sity of Cal­i­for­nia, San Fran­cisco

Blum be­came direc­tor of UCSF’s Cen­ter for Dig­i­tal Health In­no­va­tion four years ago, af­ter hav­ing served as chief med­i­cal in­for­ma­tion of­fi­cer for the fa­cil­ity. He man­ages the ini­tia­tive, which aims to lead the trans­for­ma­tion of health­care de­liv­ery from em­piric, gen­er­al­ized dis­ease-based di­ag­nos­tic and treat­ment ap­proaches to in­di­vid­u­al­ized pre­ci­sion medicine. In his role as direc­tor, Blum, a car­di­ol­o­gist and clin­i­cal pro­fes­sor of medicine, co­or­di­nates and lever­ages UCSF’s in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy as sets. CDHI is work­ing to de­velop new tech­nolo­gies, apps and sys­tems that will cre­ate large new datasets to en­able im­prove­ments in pa­tient care. Cur­rently, UCSF and GE Health­care are team­ing up to de­velop ad­vanced an­a­lyt­ics to sup­port the next gen­er­a­tion of clin­i­cal de­ci­sion sup­port sys­tems hosted on a cloud plat­form. The project in­cludes the devel­op­ment of a li­brary of “deep learn­ing al­go­rithms” that can be em­bed­ded in de­ci­sion sup­port and aid in quicker di­ag­noses in acute sit­u­a­tions such as trauma.

John Brown­stein

Ti­tle: Chief In­no­va­tion Of­fi­cer Or­ga­ni­za­tion: Bos­ton Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal

Brown­stein comes from a ca­reer as a suc­cess­ful en­trepreneur, and now is ap­ply­ing those gifts at Bos­ton Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal, where he fo­cuses on em­ploy­ing in­for­mat­ics and big data an­a­lyt­ics. At Bos­ton Chil­dren’s, he leads a 50-per­son mul­ti­dis­ci­plinary team fo­cused on dig­i­tal in­no­va­tions that af­fect both clin­i­cians and con­sumers. He has pi­o­neered HOW dig­i­tal epi­demi­ol­ogy, which uses di­verse dig­i­tal data sources to un­der­stand pop­u­la­tion health. Brown­stein has led the devel­op­ment of pa­tient-fac­ing pub­lic health sys­tems, in­clud­ing HealthMap, Vac­cine Finder and MedWatch, which sup­port pa­tient in­ter­ac­tions with the health­care sys­tem. In gen­eral, he de­scribes his job as help­ing to shep­herd promis­ing tech­nolo­gies through the com­mer­cial­iza­tion process and to pro­mote a cul­ture of in­no­va­tion within the or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Eric Dish­man

Ti­tle: Direc­tor, Pre­ci­sion Medicine Ini­tia­tive Co­hort Pro­gram

Or­ga­ni­za­tion: Na­tional In­sti­tutes of Health

Last year, Dish­man was named direc­tor of the Pre­ci­sion Medicine Ini­tia­tive Co­hort Pro­gram. In that role, he leads NIH’s ef­fort to build the PMI land­mark lon­gi­tu­di­nal re­search study of 1 mil­lion or more U.S. vol­un­teers to ex­pand the coun­try’s abil­ity to im­prove health and treat dis­ease through pre­ci­sion medicine. He comes to NIH with a deep un­der­stand­ing of the ini­tia­tive, hav­ing played a crit­i­cal role as a mem­ber of the PMI Work­ing Group that de­lib­er­ated in­ten­sively for sev­eral months last year to de­velop the de­sign for the study. Be­fore com­ing to NIH, Dish­man was gen­eral man­ager of the health and life sciences group for In­tel; dur­ing his time at In­tel, he launched the an­a­lyt­ics-driven Col­lab­o­ra­tive Can­cer Cloud to share ge­nomic imag­ing and clin­i­cal data among providers with a goal of gen­er­at­ing a di­ag­no­sis and treat­ment plan for use by clin­i­cians within 24 hours.

Re­becca Kaul

Ti­tle: Chief In­no­va­tion Of­fi­cer Or­ga­ni­za­tion: Univer­sity of Texas MD An­der­son Can­cer Cen­ter

MD An­der­son hired Kaul to de­velop the in­sti­tu­tion’s new In­no­va­tion Cen­ter. She is re­spon­si­ble for lead­ing or­ga­ni­za­tional strat­egy to ac­cel­er­ate re­search, im­prove pa­tient care and find new rev­enue streams by har­ness­ing in­sti­tu­tional data and ex­per­tise. Kaul also col­lab­o­rates with in­no­va­tors within MD An­der­son to de­velop strate­gies for com­mer­cial­iz­ing new ideas and is work­ing to es­tab­lish re­la­tion­ships with startup com­pa­nies and other in­dus­try part­ners. Pre­vi­ously, she was at the Univer­sity of Pitts­burgh Med­i­cal Cen­ter, where she was chief in­no­va­tion of­fi­cer and pres­i­dent of UPMC’s Tech­nol­ogy Devel­op­ment Cen­ter, now known as UPMC En­ter­prises. She cre­ated sev­eral joint ven­tures and spinoffs for UPMC.

Christo­pher Ross

Ti­tle: Chief In­for­ma­tion Of­fi­cer Or­ga­ni­za­tion: Mayo Clinic

Ross is driv­ing a num­ber of cut­ting-edge ini­tia­tives at Mayo Clinic, one of the most re­spected provider net­works in the coun­try. Un­der Ross’ lead­er­ship, Mayo Clinic is en­gaged in ad­vanced use of big data, an­a­lyt­ics and ma­chine learn­ing to drive clin­i­cal dis­cov­er­ies that are be­ing trans­lated into im­proved pa­tient care. Ross has broad ex­pe­ri­ence in many facets of health­care, in­clud­ing serv­ing as the ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent and gen­eral man­ager of the clin­i­cal in­ter­op­er­abil­ity busi­ness for Sure­scripts. He has 30 years of di­verse ex­pe­ri­ence in health­care, in­for­ma­tion tech­nol­ogy and gov­ern­ment.

Omkar Kulka­rni

Ti­tle: Direc­tor, Health­care In­no­va­tion Ac­cel­er­a­tor

Or­ga­ni­za­tion: Cedars-Si­nai Med­i­cal Cen­ter, Los An­ge­les

Kulka­rni leads a part­ner­ship with Tech­stars, a health ac­cel­er­a­tor that seeks to sup­port com­pa­nies de­vel­op­ing emerg­ing uses for tech­nol­ogy. Tech­stars has part­nered with Cedars-Si­nai with the in­tent of help­ing health­care star­tups get to mar­ket more quickly. Kulka­rni leads the ef­fort, which is a three-month res­i­den­tial pro­gram in Los An­ge­les, phys­i­cally lo­cated at Cedars-Si­nai. In the part­ner­ship, 10 health­care star­tups are se­lected to par­tic­i­pate, fo­cused on in­no­va­tive tech­nol­ogy and care de­liv­ery in health­care. Kulka­rni fo­cuses on ways to sup­port and ac­cel­er­ate the pace of in­no­va­tion at those com­pa­nies, through ro­bust men­tor­ship from both the Tech­stars and Cedars-Si­nai com­mu­ni­ties.

Rasu Shrestha, MD

Ti­tle: Chief In­no­va­tion Of­fi­cer Or­ga­ni­za­tion: UPMC

Shrestha, trained as a ra­di­ol­o­gist, has been a key ar­chi­tect of an in­no­va­tive uni­fied ap­proach to im­age view­ing across 20 Univer­sity of Pitts­burgh Med­i­cal Cen­ter hos­pi­tals and 30 imag­ing cen­ters. He also serves as the ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent of UPMC En­ter­prises, the in­no­va­tion and com­mer­cial­iza­tion arm of UPMC, and leads a team of more than 200 tech­nol­ogy pro­fes­sion­als. UPMC En­ter­prises funds in­cu­ba­tors and leads ef­forts to com­mer­cial­ize tech­nol­ogy prod­ucts and ser­vices de­vel­oped at UPMC. Shrestha says UPMC is look­ing for ways to com­mer­cial­ize its data gov­er­nance best prac­tices and in­for­ma­tion man­age­ment models.

San­tosh Mo­han

Ti­tle: Chair, In­no­va­tion Com­mit­tee Or­ga­ni­za­tion: Health­care In­for­ma­tion and Man­age­ment Sys­tems So­ci­ety

Mo­han heads HIMSS’ In­no­va­tion Com­mit­tee, which iden­ti­fies emerg­ing tech­nolo­gies and pro­cesses that pos­i­tively im­pact health­care by im­prov­ing the care ex­pe­ri­ence; in­di­vid­ual and pop­u­la­tion health; and re­duce costs, and dis­sem­i­nat­ing what mem­bers find through­out the HIT com­mu­nity. Mo­han cur­rently serves as the Head of the More Dis­rup­tion Please (MDP) Labs at athenahealth, fos­ter­ing the next gen­er­a­tion of health­care in­no­va­tors. Prior to join­ing athenahealth, Mo­han served as a Dig­i­tal So­lu­tions Man­age­ment Fel­low at Stan­ford Health Care and helped the or­ga­ni­za­tion achieve EMRAM Stage 7 in­pa­tient and out­pa­tient val­i­da­tions.

Eric Topol, MD

Ti­tle: Direc­tor of the Scripps Trans­la­tional Science In­sti­tute and Chief Aca­demic Of­fi­cer Or­ga­ni­za­tion: Scripps Health

Topol fills a va­ri­ety of roles, in­clud­ing that of pro­fes­sor of ge­nomics and Gary and Mary West En­dowed Chair of In­no­va­tive Medicine at the Scripps Re­search In­sti­tute. But through all of them, he prods the health­care in­dus­try to look at in­no­va­tive ways to use tech­nol­ogy to pro­vide bet­ter, less ex­pen­sive and more widely ac­ces­si­ble care to pa­tients. Un­der his guid­ance, the Scripps Re­search In­sti­tute is play­ing a piv­otal role in en­rolling par­tic­i­pants in the Na­tional In­sti­tutes of Health’s Pre­ci­sion Medicine Ini­tia­tive.

Joe Ran­dolph

Ti­tle: Pres­i­dent and CEO Or­ga­ni­za­tion: The In­no­va­tion In­sti­tute

Ran­dolph leads The In­no­va­tion In­sti­tute, a health­care in­cu­ba­tor and provider of med­i­cal de­vice and health­care in­no­va­tion so­lu­tions. The in­sti­tute has ex­pe­ri­ence in fund­ing and sup­port­ing health­care in­no­va­tion world­wide. Founded in 2013, the in­sti­tute has three dis­tinct el­e­ments: an in­no­va­tion lab, an in­vest­ment fund and an en­ter­prise devel­op­ment group.

Ran­dolph pre­vi­ously was ex­ec­u­tive vice pres­i­dent and chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer of St. Joseph Health, one of the largest mul­ti­state Catholic health­care sys­tems in the na­tion. Be­fore be­gin­ning his ca­reer at SJH, Ran­dolph worked for three other health­care sys­tems, both for-profit and non­profit, in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia. Ti­tle: Founder

Or­ga­ni­za­tion: Pa­tien­tLink En­ter­prises

Willis has been work­ing to de­velop soft­ware for Pa­tien­tLink, a com­pany that of­fers ap­pli­ca­tions that in­te­grate pa­tient data with elec­tronic health records. The com­pany’s so­lu­tions use FHIR and Di­rect se­cure mes­sag­ing to au­then­ti­cate and trans­mit en­crypted data to trusted re­cip­i­ents. The nearly 20-year ef­fort to de­velop the ap­pli­ca­tion seeks to en­able a fast and cost-ef­fec­tive way to en­ter dis­crete data into elec­tronic med­i­cal records. In ad­di­tion to her devel­op­ment work, Willis has been able to steer Pa­tien­tLink into a num­ber of ven­dor re­search part­ner­ships.

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