Gandhi-Sign of a Leader
Gandhi: sign of a great leader. Thank you @JaanaUolamo

Welcome back to our 3-part series on what possibly could improve health outcomes! We mentioned what innovation means and how to go about bringing large-scale change [in the healthcare world] in our last blog post. This post is a continuation of the same principle, however, highlights some real-world examples of who some of those change-makers are who are actively working towards challenging the status quo in an attempt to co-design the future of health care.

It is important to point out that the below accolades by no means represent a complete list as there are many more leaders and influencers all around the world who are doing great things every day to build innovative solutions with and for Patients. Our aim is to help our readers know of a few example entities out there to help them kick-start their own [change] campaign (if they really want to) in realizing the change for positive health outcomes.

HIMSS

Let’s turn our attention to one of the upcoming events which aims to encourage innovation in healthcare while also identifying some of the leaders at or behind that event. HIMSS (The Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society) is a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through Information Technology (IT). HIMSS leads efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using technology. The annual HIMSS event, HIMSS18 in Las Vegas, happens to be coming in three weeks from today (MARCH 5-9, 2018) and promises to be the stage where stakeholders from within and outside healthcare come together to accelerate the pace of innovation and growth in this sector.

UPMC Enterprises

The city of Pittsburgh has a rich history. “The Steel City” has successfully swayed away for its prominent role in the Industrial Revolution to nowadays a state-of-the-art innovation hub. UPMC Enterprises, the venture capital arm of UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center), is busy advancing design and technology to help create and invest in health care innovations that impact the lives of millions of patients in meaningful ways. Rasu Shrestha MD MBA , Chief Innovation Officer, is the man in charge of leading the change at UPMC Enterprises. Here is a recent snapshot with Dr. Shrestha giving out a useful talk on how he and UPMC are helping lead on the healthcare innovation front:

UPMC @RasuShrestha
UPMC @RasuShrestha
Rasu's wisdom!
Rasu’s wisdom!

The Magic of PINKSOCKS

Let’s change our focus from a state-of-the-art innovation center, like UPMC Enterprises, to a more patient-centered approach to changing healthcare at the grass-roots-level. THE PINKSOCKS TRIBE, as the name rightly points out, is a community of people who share a common belief of sharing patient stories to help impart a positive impact on the world and change it for the better. Nick Adkins is one of the leaders behind this movement. The kilt-wearing pink socks and bike-riding guy is trying to change healthcare from ground-up by promoting, among other things, pink-colored items: socks, for example, and by spreading the power of connection with others. Nick’s mantra: Love More. Fear Less, is an example of the motivation to share the good by conquering one’s fears.

Nick Adkins and the Power of Pink Socks
Nick Adkins and the Power of Pink Socks
#pinksocks
#pinksocks
Pink Socks: lots of them!
Pink Socks: lots of them!

Aligning Medicine, Business, Communications & Health Technology

Alright. Though there are perhaps many more examples of influencers who reflect leadership on various fronts, we will limit this blog post with yet another example citing a personality who is helping empower the Patient and Physician communities solve their most pressing problems.

Meet Dr. Geeta Nayyar M.D. M.B.A. A nationally recognized leader in healthcare information technology as well as a board-certified practicing physician, Dr. Nayyar is on the forefront of encouraging the role of women in HealthIT while also addressing the challenges in integrating healthcare organizations and practitioners with patient-centered solutions using innovative approaches in medicine, business, communications and technology.

As a HIMSS16 Social Media Ambassador, Dr. Geeta Nayyar, has been working actively to be the voice of innovation from within the Medical Community. She is the host of the Topline MD TV, a platform and an alliance helping transform the standard of healthcare delivery and leading the initiative for improved access to healthcare to enhance the overall patient experience.

Geeta Nayyar, MD MBA: True Innovators
Geeta Nayyar, MD MBA: True Innovators

Dr. Nayyar is also part of the HIMSS 2018 class of Social Media Ambassadors. You can access the complete list here.

We truly hope this blog post gave you a glimpse of the latest in healthcare innovation space where a number of entities, promoters and personalities are working hard to shape the future of healthcare not just in the U.S. but in many places around the globe. Change is not readily conceived and change-makers at all levels can have a huge influence on both the speed and quality of the change that all of us (Patients, Providers, Healthcare stakeholders) are hoping to realize in the near future. We end this post with the below image of how all of us can help motivate ourselves and others to play a role in shaping up our own future:

Innovate!
Innovate!
Be the change...
Be the change…

We shall be back with the third and last episode of our three-part series to talk about all the joy and spirit of understanding others with some more real-world examples of who some of those change-makers are.

Adios until then.

The Team @AppointmentNotify

Note: This post is author’s own depiction and analysis and has not been endorsed or solicited in any shape or form with or for the entities cited therein. AppointmentNotify is not affiliated with any organization or individual quoted in this blog post. The purpose of the post is to only add value to our readers and make them familiar with the healthcare innovation landscape.

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