Month: June 2017


Robin Farmanfarmaian is an entrepreneur, founder, professional speaker and investor working in cutting edge technology and medicine. Currently, Farmanfarmaian is an Angel Investor and VP at Invicta Medical, a medical technology company focusing sleep apnea. A lifelong philanthropist, she is the Co-Founder and Board of Directors (formally Executive Director) for the Organ Preservation Alliance, catalyzing breakthroughs in organ banking for transplants and tissue engineering. She is also the Co-Founder of Somni-Labs. Previous work includes President of Innovation for Jobs, COO of Arc Fusion, VP at Singularity University, and a Founder of Morfit & the Exponential Medicine conference. Her book, “The Patient as CEO; How Technology Empowers the Healthcare Consumer”, is a #1 Best Seller on Amazon.

A Hot topic that should be on your agenda today:  Innovation

Avoid the B word.  Bureaucracy.  How can you infiltrate your company with entrepreneurial energy and growth?  Either hire entrepreneurs or buy companies and bring them with you.  Look for companies that align with your mission who closed their series A and buy them.

How have you created results from thinking and doing things differently?:

Using virtual reality for paralysis to retrain the brain to help people gain motor control.  Mind Maze.

Setbacks that you learned from:  The power of the right teams

Joined the wrong team, was not respected and not jiving with her values.  Learned the importance of choosing the right teams and surround yourself with givers.  Check out “Give and Take” by Adam Grant (also check out the TED Talk).

Proudest Leadership Moment: Inspiring people and Perspective

Through experience, be mindful and don’t be stressed out about it.  Perspective is key.  Robin’s advice is to work out on a daily basis and listens to 1-2 hours of music minimum.  Thirdly, get sleep!

An exciting project or focus:  Combating the opiate epidemic

Long term chronic disease patients get access to what they need while avoiding addiction.  She believes health coaches will provide much support and needed guidance to the problem.

Robin’s 101 Course to Outcomes Improvement

1.  What is the best way to improve healthcare outcomes?

Patient-centric value based healthcare.

2.  What is the biggest mistake or pitfall to avoid?

     a. Practitioners:  Not allowing the patient to be in control.  Treating the patient as a victim vs. someone with a voice on the healthcare team. 

       b. Patients:  Not asking questions and not taking control.  You are not a victim, this is your life.  Maximize your life! 

3.  How do you stay relevant as an organization despite constant change?

Define the number you want to impact and commit.  “Impact 100 million patients.”

Book Recommendations:  

1. The Patient as CEO – Robin Farmanfarmian

2. The Fourth Transformation – Robert Scobel

Closing Thought:  You can do it, dream big.  Just dive into the deep end with goals and metrics.

The best way to reach Robin:  patientasceo@gmail.com or just google search her, she’s the only one in the universe with the name.

Resources:

Robins Website – http://thepatientceo.com/

MindMaze -MindMaze is pioneering a breakthrough computing platform that captures brain activity upon intent, creating a new operating system for computers – a brain O/S.

Actavalon -Curing cancer by repairing the p53 protein.

Reflection.io – Refection helps you track &analyze everything you need to know about the performance your own apps, competitors, and platforms.

Scott Becker is the former Chairman of Healthcare Law and has served on the board at McGuire Woods LLP since 2008.  He also serves as the founder and publisher at Beckers Hospital Review.  He graduated from Harvard Law School, where he studied with President Obama.  His career in healthcare has encouraged leaders in healthcare to speak up and take their organizations and patient outcomes to the next level.
 
Hot Topic that should healthcare leaders agenda:  Being patient care focused, how to do this better each year.  Being niche focused and customer centric.
 
Setbacks that you learned from:  Not taking roles that were exciting to me just to take the next step in climbing the ladder.  Do things that excite you and energize you!
Proudest leadership moments:  When people that worked with me in my law firm rose to the top and became a partner.  Helping others succeed “arrive” and grow into leaders themselves.  Be a level 6 leader.
 
An exciting project you’re working on:  Growing the Becker’s Hospital Review Executive meeting to a new level with the leadership of my partners, we’re hosting the brightest minds in healthcare.  Creating something exciting and interesting that entertains and teaches in a way that also improves healthcare.
 

Scott’s 101 Course to Outcomes Improvement

1.  What is the best way to improve healthcare outcomes?

Getting the right people together to solve focused clinical problems.

2.  What is the biggest mistake or pitfall to avoid?

Hiring the wrong people.  Have the right people in place that have ethics, drive, and motivation.  

3.  How do you stay relevant as an organization despite constant change?

Listen.  Be open to feedback from your team and act on it to make a difference.

Scott’s Recommended Books
Resources:
Closing Thought:  The great challenge is to find things that excite you that will get you out of bed in a purposeful way.  Find them and that’s how you’ll stay in the game without effort.
 
The best way to contact Scott:
312-750-6016

Scott Alexander is the Vice-President of Innovation and Product Development for Mercy. He oversees the organization’s identification, development, and deployment of new non-provider revenue streams and guides the development of technology to better serve Mercy’s non-provider operations. Scott joined Mercy’s supply chain division, ROi, as head of sourcing, innovation, and marketing in 2015 with a decade of healthcare experience. Prior to Mercy, he worked for Medtronic/Covidien, Nasolux, and The Innovation Factory in roles spanning marketing, sales, strategy, innovation, and venture capital.

Scott graduated Summa Cum Laude, with Honors from the University of Georgia with degrees in Marketing and Management Information Systems. He received his MBA from Wake Forest University with a concentration in Finance. He holds over one dozen patents and patent filings in the field of medical technology and healthcare information systems.

Scott Alexander’s 101 Course to Outcomes Improvement

1.  What is the best way to improve healthcare outcomes?

          Set a compelling Vision.

2.  What is the biggest mistake or pitfall to avoid?

          Ensure the environment is conducive to success.

3.  How do you stay relevant as an organization despite constant change?

          Trust your people to do the work, be present and intervene when necessary.

4. What is the one area or focus that should drive all else in your hospital?

          Know your mission and surround yourself with people that will help create it.

Recommended books:

The Lean Startup – Eric Rise

The Art of Selling – Tom Hopkins

Death be not proud – to remind of your WHY you’re in healthcare

Closing thought:  Look around and figure out how to take care of others and create the environment for success.  Without margin, there is no mission.  You have to have A+ players and surround yourself with the right people and trust them to fulfill their roles in the mission.

The best way to contact Scott Alexander: 

@sfalexand

scott.alexander@mercy.net

About Mercy

Mercy, named one of the top five large U.S. health systems in 2016 by Truven, an IBM company, serves millions annually. Mercy includes 43 acute care and specialty (heart, children’s, orthopedic and rehab) hospitals, more than 700 physician practices and outpatient facilities, 40,000 co-workers and more than 2,000 Mercy Clinic physicians in Arkansas, Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma. Mercy also has outreach ministries in Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas.


 

Benjamin Anderson is the hospital CEO at Kearny County Hospital.  He's an innovator, strategist, speaker, board member, mentor, social justice advocate, husband, and father.  His focus is rural healthcare and he's committed to making it better for the people in the communities he serves....

Benjamin's 101 Course to Outcomes Improvement

1.  What is the best way to improve healthcare outcomes?

Measure what matters

2.  What is the biggest mistake or pitfall to avoid?

Instate change without asking people what matters

3.  How do you stay relevant as an organization despite constant change?

Focused on Value Based care with Master of Health Care Delivery Science Program at  Dartmouth College

4. What is the one area or focus that should drive all else in your hospital?

Above all else, Mission.  

Recommended book: John E. Wennberg - Tracking Medicine

Closing thought:  Sister Marie Jean Ryan - Harm [due to broken processes] is avoidable and we have a moral obligation to prevent it in our healthcare delivery system.  A dollar wasted or a life harmed or lost is a tragedy.  Be more than a plant manager, but a mission-driven entrepreneurial innovator that designs a system that serves patients.

Resources:

Dartmouth College Health Care Delivery Science Program

The best way to contact Benjamin: 

620-355-7111

banderson@kearnycountyhospital.com

Mrs. Anita Pramoda serves as the CEO at Ediom (a Vizient Venture), Board Director at Dignity Health Foundation, Board Director at the Federal Reserve Bank (SF) and Board Director of at Health Catalyst.  She encourages us to make healthcare awesome - to wrap ourselves around the patient, help them live the best quality of life they can live, democratize data, make sense out of it, use it to enhance life! She's excited about how much technology can help and also humbled by how much it cannot do. She keeps her mind open on how to join hands together and collaborate to improve healthcare.

Mrs. Pramoda's advice:  Listen to your customers and understand their problems!

"Bad outcomes are the enemy.  Anyone who wants to help combat them are our friends!" 

Anita's 101 Course to Outcomes Improvement

1.  What is the best way to improve healthcare outcomes?

Through collaboration and exchange of ideas and testing outcomes against data.

2.  What is the biggest mistake or pitfall to avoid?

Losing empathy.  It is the CARE part of healthcare.  

3.  How do you stay relevant as an organization despite constant change?

Change is a friend, not a threat.  It is an opportunity to question our innermost assumptions.  Lifelong learning is key.

4. What is the one area or focus that should drive all else in your hospital?

How does this help patients health?  Show patients empathy and care. 

Recommended book: 

1. Contagious by Jonah Berger - how messages spread

2. Information gap theory - Prof Loewenstein

Closing thought:  Our focus in improving healthcare outcomes is a marathon, not a sprint, let's pace ourselves and ensure what we do is sustainable.  Make great contributions in the process.

The best way to contact Anita: 

apramoda@gmail.com