Health:Further, Nashville’s Health Innovation Festival, Announces Introduction of Clinician Innovator & Entrepreneur Track, Calling for Clinicians Dedicated to Change

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Believing that too much health innovation has moved forward without clinician involvement, Health:Further, Nashville's annual health innovation festival, creates Clinician Innovator & Entrepreneur Track, with partnership from American Medical Association and others.

Clinicians are the people who understand the needs of both the patient and the organization. It makes sense that their seat at the table should be a priority when it comes to innovation.

Today Health:Further announced the first round of speakers for its Clinician Innovator and Entrepreneur track, one of six content tracks at the 2018 Health:Further Festival. Featuring discussions around the crossroads of clinical work and innovation, and including presentations by the American Medical Association, the Society of Physician Entrepreneurs, ModernMD, and the Physician Entrepreneur Summit, the full day of programming will be dedicated to exploring what happens when innovation sits in the hands of those who deliver it: clinicians. Now in its fourth year, Health:Further, which takes place in Nashville on August 27-29, has added this program to the festival schedule with the goal of cultivating a significant clinician turnout, as the clinician perspective is vital to the mission of the Festival - namely, better and more sustainable healthcare for all.

Health:Further takes a new approach to innovation by bringing together an open community of innovators, payers, providers, clinicians, entrepreneurs, politicians, and other stakeholders at its annual Festival dedicated to the pursuit of two ideals: health is a human right, and health must be supported affordably and sustainably. In response to a rapidly changing landscape, many health innovations have moved forward without adequate clinician input, often failing to effectively improve patient outcomes or meet the needs of care providers. Health:Further believes that by bringing clinicians to the table, we can make healthcare better for everyone.

Health:Further has a history of attracting some of the industry’s best and brightest individuals looking to support their mission, and the organization acknowledges the value of bringing the right partners to the table. Organizations partnering with Health:Further include The ModernMD, the American Nurses Association, DOC, MidlevelU, and Doctorpreneurs.

“Clinicians are the people who understand the needs of both the patient and the organization. It makes sense that their seat at the table should be a priority when it comes to innovation, because the truth is, healthcare is not going to be as good as it can be without the input of those actually providing the care,” said Marcus Whitney, Health:Further CEO. Dr. Charlotte Wu, Assistant Professor at Boston University School of Medicine, and Founder and Principal at Harness Health System, who is speaking at the event notes, “Clinicians play a crucial role in health innovation. Working in the interface between patients and systems provides the unique opportunity to help ensure that health innovations both address real patient needs and are effectively integrated into our complex health care system."

With thousands of attendees from across the healthcare industry, the Health:Further Festival is uniquely positioned to facilitate conversation about health innovation that includes clinicians. Sessions at the Clinician Innovator and Entrepreneur Track will feature thought leaders discussing how to leverage a clinical background to develop meaningful innovation, ways to balance a clinical career with the demands of entrepreneurship, and effective ways to lead change in large provider organizations.

Clinician attendees will also have the opportunity to connect with entrepreneurs and provide valuable insight into clinical needs. Additionally, the event will feature an investing seminar for those who want to begin investing in early stage healthcare innovation, or who want to improve the investing they’re already doing.

“We've created a truly unique Clinician Innovator track, unlike anything else out there, that is dedicated to anyone looking to leverage their clinical background in new and interesting ways-- whether you're a clinician just starting to learn about the innovation space or an experienced entrepreneur with a growing business, there is something here for you," says Mario Ramirez, MD, Chief Medical Development Officer at Briovation.

Headlining the speakers for this content track will include serial entrepreneur, physician, and innovator Dr. Lyle Berkowitz, who is the Chief Medical Officer and EVP of Product at MDLIVE and President of the MDLIVE Medical Group, one of the largest virtual primary care groups in the nation. Dr. Griffin Myers, CMO and Co-Founder of Oak Street Health, will also be taking the stage. Dr. Myers notes "At Oak Street Health, we are focused on innovation that delivers value to patients rather than volume of services. That type of innovation is best achieved by taking a fresh look at healthcare challenges, which is exactly what Health:Further encourages attendees to do. I'm excited to share our story with the Health:Further audience and participate in the kind of high-caliber discussions that move the industry forward."

Additional speakers include: Meg Barron, Director for Digital Health Strategy at the American Medical Association, Dr. Derek Dubois, founder and CEO at DOC, the nation’s leading community and recruitment site for clinicians and scientists exploring non-clinical careers, Dr. Andrew Lasher of Aspire Health, Dr. Robert Moskowitz of Satchel, Dr. Bonnie Clipper of the American Nurses Association, Erin Tolbert of MidLevelU, and Dr. Gregory Goodman of ModernMD.

In order to encourage cross-pollination of ideas and build connections across the entire industry, all tickets to the 2018 Health:Further Festival will include access to all of the content tracks, regardless of background or industry segment.

Tickets for the Health:Further 2018 Festival are now available at

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