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OR034 Advancing Precision Health with Linda Molnar, Scientist, Entrepreneur, Thought Leader

Episode 36

Linda Molnar is a scientist, entrepreneur, strategic advisor and thought leader focused on precision health.  She is the Founder and Chair of the Inaugural Technology for Precision Health Summit (COUPON:  TPH25 for 25% off!!).  She’s also a Strategic Consulting at LKM Strategic Consulting and previous Co-Founder and CEO of Simpatica Medicine.

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What got you into healthcare?  She was a kid who loved math and scientist.  Her mom had rheumatoid arthritis and a passion to contribute in the area.  She’s always been fond of the physical sciences and the recent sequencing of the genome had a huge impact on the focus of her career today.

Hot Topic that should healthcare leaders agenda:  We need more leaders like Laura Esserman at UCSF who will stand up for using the latest available technology to improve outcomes.  More leadership is necessary to sift through the information overload and bring clarity of mission and vision.  Get uncomfortable and get out of your comfort zone.

How have you guys improved outcomes with Precision Medicine:  Linda is fascinated by the ability to monitor RNA as an avenue provide clinical utility.  Being able to utilize the data from RNA for predictive and preventative medicine is the future of outcomes improvement.

Proudest leadership moment: The opportunity to work to launch the cancer nanotechnology program with the NIH.  It was a big risk but hugely rewarding.  Linda encourages all leaders to sit in other seats to gain an appreciation.  Rather than simply visit the FDA for example, work side by side with them to truly appreciate their perspective.  

Tell us about a setback that you have had and what you learned from it: 

The biggest frustration and set back in healthcare is the negative effect policy has on innovation and outcomes improvement in healthcare.  We have to include policymakers in innovation discussions.  Linda and the Health2.0 Team are working to have those conversations on December 12 and beyond.

Linda’s 101 Course on Outcomes Improvement:

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

Policy and Incentive Alignment.

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

We must be able to work with others to get the job done.  Rather than solely work with first principles, use the base of knowledge to get results.

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

Build your network of thought leaders and stay informed.

4. One area of focus that should drive everything else is:

People.  You must have the properly aligned people in place to be successful.

Recommended Book/s:

Any book by Eric Topol; The Patient Will See You Now, Creative Destruction of Medicine

Closing Thought:

The future of healthcare is bright.  Technology will be a huge driver of the value precision health brings and policy change will surely follow.

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The Best Way To Contact Linda:

Linkedin:  Linda Molnar