Regional Agenda

Post Liftoff PGH 2020, the Jewish Healthcare Foundation has identified six objectives that could take us to new frontiers of population health and safety in our Regional Agenda for Leadership in Health Technology.

Regional Agenda for Leadership in Health Technology

1. New Models of Primary Care

Speakers at Liftoff PGH, including Amir Rubin, CEO & President of One Medical, outlined a vision for the primary care practice of the future. One Medical believes that the patient should be at the center of all business decisions — an undervalued concept in an industry known for long wait times and frustrating patient experiences. Through a combination of AI technologies to reduce provider burnout and new business structures to improve patient experience, the primary care practice of the future could make a routine trip to the doctor as painless as ordering an appliance on Amazon. You can watch Amir’s talk here.


2. A Revolution in Health Professions and Education

With new technology, health education in the United States can further push boundaries at the frontlines of care. A new generation of Community Health Workers (CHWs) will revolutionize public health armed with 5G-enabled smart phones. CHWs have already demonstrated an ability to manage chronic disease better than a traditional doctor’s office, and now with 5G technology in the U.S., rural and community-based settings will have new avenues for access to the healthcare workforce and services.

New technology will also revolutionize medical education. What if surgery didn’t require seven years of specialized schooling? Given the right tools, people without a medical education can learn to perform surgery through competency-based training, believes Justin Barad, Founder & CEO of Osso VR. His company uses virtual reality to train the surgeons of the future using safe, efficient, and effective methodology, raising questions about how the medical school of the future can pivot to use these technologies to make a medical degree quicker and less expensive. Check out Justin Barad’s talk at Liftoff PGH here.


3. Price, Safety, and Quality Transparency

As a patient, it is nearly impossible to know how to find the highest quality care at the lowest cost. At Liftoff PGH, we displayed a bold vision for reimagining how consumers shop for and pay for their health care. The future healthcare marketplace is seamless, transparent, and predictable, with upfront pricing, and technologies that integrate the overall patient experience with payment and insurance. Journalist Jeanne Pinder, in a recent TED Talk, outlines this problem and points toward creative solutions. Check out the presentation here.


4. Automated, Autonomous Patient Safety

Pittsburgh has staked its place as a global leader in developing autonomous technologies for self-driving cars. So why can’t we use the same underlying technologies in health care to prevent medical error? At Liftoff PGH, Michael McShea from Johns Hopkins University and Dr. David Classen from the University of Utah explored new technologies that can revolutionize patient safety. Powered by artificial intelligence and machine learning, autonomous data monitoring systems can predict and actually prevent cases of medical error before they occur. These systems could also help to create public reporting systems and inform pay-for-performance initiatives. View the Liftoff talk here.

5. Compensating for the Effects of Aging

Aging no longer needs to be synonymous with a steady and inevitable decline in health; a new wave of technologies is allowing seniors to age in place and maintain a high quality of life. Through generous support from the McElhattan Foundation, Liftoff PGH explored how innovations can also improve the end-of-life experience specifically using a combination of high-tech and high-touch solutions that allow patients to prioritize what matters to them at the end of life.

6. New Perspectives on “Successful Maternity”

The United States currently ranks as one of the worst countries for pregnancy and birth outcomes like mortality and morbidity rates—especially for Black moms. A panel of experts and innovators at Liftoff PGH explored how we can reimagine the entire maternity experience—from flushable, private pregnancy tests, to apps in pregnancy that can help care teams identify problems early. We encourage you to watch the panel here.


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