Oct 8, 2018

Top 10 healthcare CEOs

Top 10
healthcare services
Hospital Leadership
Harry Menear
5 min
healthcare CEOs
We take a look at the top CEOs transforming the healthcare industry, based on a list written by Robert Reiss and his team at Th...

We take a look at the top CEOs transforming the healthcare industry, based on a list written by Robert Reiss and his team at The CEO Forum Magazine for Forbes. Reiss interviewed the CEOs of over 750 healthcare organisations to whittle down the list.

10. Ron Williams – RW2 Enterprises

Ron Williams is the chairman of RW2 Enterprises, a consulting firm that advises senior executives of Fortune 100 companies on transformational leadership strategy, board preparedness and business strategy, according to his official site. Prior to RW2, he served as the CEO of insurance company Aetna Inc. Williams is a graduate of Roosevelt University and holds an MSc in management from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). 

9. Alan B Miller – Universal Health Services

Alan B Miller founded Universal Health Services (UHS), which is listed as #276 on the Fortune 500, in 1979, and serves as the company’s Chairman and CEO. Between 1990 and 2000, UHS was consistently recognised by the Wall Street Journal and Fortune Magazine as the healthcare provider with the highest return for shareholders. Miller’s management ethos centres on “total patient care… treating both the body and the mind”. He insists USH will continue to “drive health transformation over the next decade”. Miller received his MBA from the University of Pennsylvania.

8. Kevin Lamb – Advanced Tissue

Kevin Lamb is the founder and CEO of Advanced Tissue. Since 2000, Lamb has led the company to become the premier supplier of wound care medical supplies in the United States. Now, Advanced Tissue supplies the majority of hospitals nursing homes, home health care providers, cancer centres, alternate care facilities, and managed care organisations in the country. Interestingly, Lamb has also produced over 14 feature films, and brings this unique experience to transform his company’s patient engagement tactics. He told Forbes: “We are connecting with people through customised videos, delivered on rechargeable LCD postcards. Our easy-to-understand content maximises the chances of patients retaining information.”

7. Dr. Stephen K Klasko – Jefferson Health

Dr. Stephen K Klasko currently serves as the President and CEO of Thomas Jefferson University and Jefferson Health, a 13-hospital network in and around Philadelphia. The two organisations are, according to Klasko, “leading the revolution for ‘real people’ in two industries often caught in old traditions - healthcare and higher education”. Since his arrival at Jefferson Health in 2013, the company has grown its revenue to over $5bn and now has a total of 13 hospitals – a sharp increase on its original three.

6. Jo Ann Jenkins – AARP

Jo Ann Jenkins has served as the CEO of the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) since 2014, having joined the organisation in 2010. Jenkins is frequently praised for her work to “redefine AARP’s vision, challenge outdated beliefs and spark new insights that allow people to adapt to the new realities of aging – with relevant solutions to everyday issues such as health, financial resilience, digital and social connectivity”, according to the AARP. She is also author of the book Disrupt Aging: A Bold New Path to Living Your Best Life at Every Age, which AARP says “has become a signature rallying cry for revolutionising society’s views on aging”.

5. Dr. Graham Gardner – Kyruus

Dr. Graham Gardner is the co-founder and CEO of Kyruus, which provides search engine, scheduling and data management solutions to healthcare networks to improve quality and efficiency of customer care. According to Forbes, Kyruus “works with over 400 hospitals transforming the patient-provider model by evaluating physicians through a ‘moneyball’ AI type system”. Prior to joining Kyruus, Gardner was employed as a Venture Executive at Highland Capital Partners, where he co-founded health management company Generation Health.

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4. Sandra L Fenwick – Boston Children’s Hospital  

Sandra L Fenwick has served as the CEO of Boston Children’s Hospital since 1999, and was named President in 2008. The institute is regarded as the foremost paediatric facility in the US, and the leading organisation in the field of paediatric research worldwide, according to Forbes. When interviewed, Fenwick spoke of her methods as being cantered around “supporting innovation across the entire continuum, from the building blocks of basic science, to the cures, treatments and devices they’re translated into, and finally to the clinical trials and commercialisation”.

3. Nick Desai – Heal

Nick Desai is the CEO of Heal, a ‘doctors on demand’ digital health startup in California, which connects patients to licensed primary care doctors in person. Heal provides personal primary care, rebooting the ‘family doctor’ relationship for a digitised world, while maintaining a balance between efficiency and efficacy. Desai told Forbes that an ability to look at medications, environmental factors, lifestyle and diet, the company has “reduced unnecessary prescriptions, tests and referrals by 51% – resulting in cost savings of $27mn in just 40,000 house calls”.

2. Dr. Toby Cosgrove – Cleveland Clinic

Over the course of 13 years, Dr. Toby Cosgrove ran and improved the Cleveland Clinic, an $8bn health system with locations in Ohio, Florida, Nevada, Canada, Abu Dhabi, and a facility currently under construction in London, which is set to open in 2020. The network is now regarded by Forbes as the best run healthcare system in the United States. In May 2017, Cosgrove announced he would be stepping down from the CEO role, but remaining with the organisation in an advisory capacity. Cosgrove told Forbes: “The organisation will continue to innovate and adapt to the changes taking place in healthcare. Advancements have changed and will continue to change how we treat patients.” On 1 January 2018, Dr. Tom Mihaljevic took Cosgrove’s place as CEO.

1. Dr. Alan Bauman – Bauman Medical

Dr. Alan Bauman is the co-founder and CEO of Bauman Medical, and one of the world’s leading innovators and medical practitioners in the field of restorative hair treatment and surgery. Bauman medical was formed in 1997 and has treated over 20,000 cases (8,000 of them surgical in nature) since its inception. Bauman is also recognised by Forbes for being a pioneer of new technology, namely robotics, and new treatments, such as stem cell therapy. Bauman said when interviewed: “We are setting a new standard for medical practices across the country. The technologies we offer can transplant one hair follicle at a time artistically and our results are seamless and virtually painless”. The core ethos of Bauman Medical is that cutting-edge solutions to cosmetic issues with hair loss provide effective support for long-term mental wellbeing.

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Dec 10, 2018

Top 10 healthcare innovations for 2019

medical devices
Top 10
Catherine Sturman
6 min
healthcare innovations
We take a look at some of the top 10 healthcare innovations which are transforming the sector

We take a look at some of the top 10 healthcare innovations which are transforming the sector

10. Telehealth

The telehealth market is booming. Consumers are leading increasingly busy lifestyles, with up to 60% favouring digitally-led services. Providing clinical care at a distance, increasing accessibility and eradicating potential delays has given patients greater control, boosting patient satisfaction and overall engagement. Such is its exponential growth, The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in the US has recently released its proposed Physician Fee Schedule and Qualified Payment Programme updates for 2019, where telehealth services has been heavily featured, in order to deliver ‘different access points’ for patients.  

9. Mobile technology

Consumers have become accustomed to accessing their data through the use of various digital tools, where the use of mobile and tablet health apps has tripled from 13% in 2014 to 48% today. Catering to this growing market, British based start-up Babylon Health is making waves on a global scale. Partnering with the National Health Service (NHS) and private health provider, Bupa, it has also cemented its presence across the flourishing Chinese market, with a membership base exceeding 1.4mn citizens across Europe, Asia and Africa. By partnering with global juggernaut Tencent, Babylon’s artificial intelligence system has enabled both parties to interact directly with users, identify specific illnesses, deliver health status assessments, and triage necessary actions. The mobile app is available to over a billion users and linked to more than 38,000 medical facilities in China alone.

8. Artificial intelligence 

Artificial intelligence (AI) applications, such as predictive analytics for patient monitoring has provided significant financial savings. Applications that target hospitals and medical institutions include patient monitoring and transcribing notes for electronic health records (EHRs). The European Union is set to invest $24bn into artificial intelligence (AI) by 2020 in a bid to catch up with Asia and the US, who have invested heavily in AI and cloud services. This year, Google revealed its plans to harness AI and machine learning across a multitude of consumer technologies, particularly in healthcare. “If AI can shape healthcare, it has to work through the regulations of healthcare. In fact, I see that as one of the biggest areas where the benefits will play out for the next 10-20 years,” Google CEO Sundar Pichai has previously stated.

7. Blockchain

Blockchain is estimated to reach over $5.61bn by the end of 2025, even though it remains dependent on the ability to record and store information conveniently, economically and securely amongst different applications and systems. Providing transparency and eliminating third-party intermediaries, processes are streamlined, reducing healthcare costs exponentially. Unlocking the ability for providers to deliver a value-based healthcare system and enhance patient engagement, blockchain could save the industry up to $100-$150bn per year by 2025 in data breach-related costs, IT costs, operations costs, support function costs and personnel costs, according to BIS Research. Partnering with pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline (GSK), Ethereum blockchain-based supply chain platform, Viant sought to accelerate the pace of blockchain-based supply chain systems. Accenture and supply chain giant DHL have also developed a blockchain-based serialisation prototype which tracks pharmaceuticals from the point of origin to the consumer.

6. Health wearables

With the rise of lifestyle diseases, such as diabetes, more consumers are turning to health wearables that monitor glucose, heart rate, physical activity and sleep to gain a greater understanding of their health conditions. Following on from the release of the first Bluetooth headset back in 2000, the growing interest in wearables has seen monitoring our health and data become standardised. This data can be analysed by sophisticated algorithms to drive long-term diagnosis and support. Partnering with Google, health wearables company Fitbit is exploring the development of consumer and enterprise health solutions. Its acquisition of HIPAA-compliant health platform, Twine Health has seen the business enhance its clinical services by bringing on board a coaching platform, empowering people to seek better health outcomes.

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5. Electronic health records tools

From 2018-2022, the electronic health records (EHR) market is expected to grow at a compound average rate of 6% per year Providers and organisations continue to house fragmented technologies which create barriers towards collaboration and data sharing opportunities. This is further exacerbated if a patient straddles both public and private healthcare. Technology giant Apple has integrated patients’ medical records into its Health App as part of its iOS 11.3 beta. The data is encrypted and protected with the user’s iPhone passcode. Partnering with hospital providers and clinics, patients are now able to view their medical records from multiple providers within one platform. Johns Hopkins Medicine, Cedars-Sinai, Penn Medicine, UC San Diego Health and even the Cleveland Clinic have implemented this technology.

4. Healthcare transportation 

Non-emergency health transportation remains a key issue worldwide, preventing patients from getting to or from a doctor’s appointment. 25% of lower-income patients have missed or rescheduled appointments due to lack of transportation, costing US health systems up to $150bn each year. Transportation companies such as Lyft and Uber have therefore entered the market by partnering with state governments to reduce these costs and deliver personalised patient care.

3. 3D Printing 

Healthcare providers are set to represent the second largest industry sector in 3D manufacturing. The Food & Drug Administration’s decision to release its first comprehensive framework advising manufacturers of 3D medical products highlights its growing impact where more than 100,000 knee replacement surgeries are completed each year using 3D-printed, patient-matched surgical guides, for example. Through this process, surfaces and structures can be optimised for strength, weight and material use. Consultation between surgeons and patients has also been bolstered, where patients can better understand the complexity of his or her specific needs.

2. Genomics

As consumers get more involved in the management of their health, consumer genetics and research companies have grown in popularity and scale. People want to further understand their genetic makeup, leading personal genomics and biotech company 23andMe to become one of the largest consumer-based organisations worldwide. Interestingly, this year, the company has entered a four-year collaboration with GSK to develop new treatments, but using human genetics as the basis for discovery.

Not only looking to develop treatments by analysing human genetics, pharmaceutical companies are looking to even remove hereditary genes which pass diseases down generations. In 2017, human embryos were successfully ‘edited’ through gene editing tool, CRISPR (Clustered, Regularly Interspaced, Short Palindromic Repeats), eradicating hypertrophic cardiomyopathy within 42 embryos.

1. Vertical integrations

As healthcare providers aim to provide greater transparency, promote collaboration and lower escalating patient costs, 2018 has been the year for a significant number of vertical integrations. CVS Health’s $68mn takeover of health insurer Aetna is a case in point. By influencing more of the supply chain, it will gain significant negotiating power to reduce costs for payers and patients, develop personalised solutions and improve overall outcomes. It will also promote the eradication of delays in process by removing any third parties within traditional business models. Other notable integrations are Optum’s acquisition of the DaVita Medical GroupHumana and Kindred Healthcare and Cigna and Express Scripts.

Reports have indicated that not only has the number of healthcare deals more than doubled in the last five years, the size of deals has also grown as a result of repeat investor interest, highlighting that this trend is here to stay.

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