8:00 am - 4:30 pmThursday, September 4
Paul Brest Hall East
Entrepreneurship in Digital Health
Paul Brest Hall East
Entrepreneurship in Digital Health
PhD, MD, MBA, Senior Vice President, University of Utah Health Sciences
Chief Medical Officer, Vocera Communications
Co-founder, Eliza Corporation
COO, Stanford University Hospital and Clinics
MD, CEO, Kaiser Permanente Medical Group
The healthcare industry represents nearly a fifth of U.S. GDP and it is going through a period of dramatic transformation. Patients expect more and the healthcare system needs to deliver. Entrepreneurs... Read more


The healthcare industry represents nearly a fifth of U.S. GDP and it is going through a period of dramatic transformation. Patients expect more and the healthcare system needs to deliver. Entrepreneurs are filling in the gaps but carving out a niche in this complex landscape isn’t easy. How can patients and healthcare providers help ignite healthcare innovation and entrepreneurship? In this Stanford Medicine X special event, you will learn about new opportunities and gain some practical insight from ePatient scholars, industry leaders, and groundbreaking innovators.

Some questions to be explored at this day-long event:

  • What previously unimagined business models are emerging and proving successful?
  • What are some pressing unmet needs by patients, providers, payers, and health systems?
  • How can ePatients help drive entrepreneurs to work on problems that actually matter to patients?
  • What role can healthcare providers play in healthcare innovation and entrepreneurship?

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Dr. Vivian Lee graduated from Harvard-Radcliffe College at age 19 and was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to study at Oxford University, where she received a Ph.D. in medical engineering. Returning to Harvard Medical School, she earned her M.D. with honors. She completed her residency in Diagnostic Radiology at Duke, where she also served as Chief Resident and trained as a fellow in Body and Cardiovascular MRI and Thoracic Imaging at NYU. In 2006, she added three more initials after her name, graduating as valedictorian with an MBA degree at NYU's Stern School of Business. She went on to serve as the inaugural Vice Dean for Science, Senior Vice-President and Chief Scientific Officer of New York University Langone Medical Center. Lee’s research credentials are equally impressive. She’s published more than 150 peer-reviewed studies, is the author of Cardiovascular MRI: Physical Principles to Practical Protocols, and is currently the principal investigator for three NIH R01 grants. She’s also the acting chair of the Association of American Medical College's advisory panel on research. In July, 2011, Lee headed West with her husband, Benedict Kingsbury and their four daughters to settle in Salt Lake City. She currently leads the University of Utah Health Sciences, which includes five major schools (School of Medicine, School of Dentistry, and colleges of Nursing, Pharmacy and Health) and a health care system comprised of four hospitals, dozens of clinical and research specialty centers, a network of 10 Salt Lake City-area health centers, a health plan, and over 1,000 board-certified physicians serving patients from six western states. Lee sees the current challenges around health care not as a threat but as an unprecedented opportunity to rethink everything we do and transform our system.

Over the past 2 years, she’s focused on streamlining processes and improving efficiency in health care to provide the highest quality care at the lowest possible cost. Two of her key initiatives have been implementing Lean Management principles into the health care system and creating a new costing tool called Value-Driven Outcomes (VDO). She is dedicated to ensuring that patients in the University of Utah's Region have access to the best and most efficient health care available. When not working, Lee and her family have been exploring Utah’s backcountry and discovering all of the different activities made possible by what the state claims is “the greatest snow on Earth.”

Bridget Duffy, MD, is the Chief Medical Officer for Vocera. Prior to founding ExperiaHealth, Dr. Duffy served as chief experience officer of the Cleveland Clinic–the first senior position of its kind in the nation—leading the institution in establishing patient experience as its top strategic priority. She is a frequent speaker on the subject of why the patient experience matters and how it impacts clinical outcomes. Her work has earned her the Quantum Leap Award for taking the risk to spur internal change in her field and has led her to be featured in HealthLeaders magazine as one of "20 People Who Make Healthcare Better."

Dr. Duffy attended medical school at the University of Minnesota, and she completed her residency in internal medicine at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis, Minn., where she created and served as medical director for one of the first "hospitalist" services in the country. Dr. Duffy also served as medical director of Medtronic, Inc.

Alexandra Drane is a co-founder, chief visionary officer and chair of the board at Eliza Corporation, the pioneer and recognized leader in Health Engagement Management.  Alexandra also co-founded EngageWithGrace.org and SeduceHealth.org.

Alexandra has proven herself as a visionary, whose ideas on using data and technology to engage people in their health, happiness and productivity have been adopted by the nation’s top healthcare organizations.  She sits on the Board of Trustees for Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, TEDMED Board of Advisors, Harvard Executive Sleep Council, and the Board of Directors and Operations Committee of the Coalition to Transform Advanced Care (C-TAC).


James Hereford is the chief operating officer at Stanford Hospital and Clinics, where he is responsible for all inpatient and ambulatory operations. He also has executive responsibility for Human Resources and other administrative functions.

Previously, he was chief operations officer at the Palo Alto Medical Foundation, where he was responsible for operations serving over 800,000 people in the San Francisco Bay area. While there, he implemented a lean management system. He also was the lean champion charged with implementing the Group Health Management System while serving as executive vice president of the Group Health Care Delivery System in Seattle.

Hereford holds bachelor's and master's degrees in mathematics from Montana State University and is a faculty member in the University of Washington's Master of Health Administration program. He also teaches in the Business Operations Excellence master's program at The Ohio State University.  He is a member of several local and national organizations and boards, including the Healthcare Value Leaders Network. He is the past chair of the Washington State Health Care Authority Health Information Infrastructure Board, and One Health Port, a health care security service located in Washington State.

Robert Pearl, MD, is executive director and CEO of The Permanente Medical Group. As CEO of the largest medical group in the nation, Dr. Pearl is responsible for the health care of 3.4 million Kaiser Permanente members. The Permanente Medical Group comprises approximately 8,000 physicians and 33,000 staff members and operates 21 medical centers in Northern California. He was selected as executive director and CEO of The Permanente Medical Group in 1998. In addition, he is the president and CEO of the Mid-Atlantic Permanente Medical Group, which serves 500,000 members in Maryland, Virginia and the District of Columbia.

Board certified in plastic and reconstructive surgery, Dr. Pearl received his MD from the Yale University School of Medicine. He completed his residency in plastic and reconstructive surgery at Stanford University and currently serves on the faculty as a clinical professor of plastic surgery. In addition, he is on the faculty of the Stanford Graduate School of Business and teaches courses on strategic thinking and strategic change.

Selected by Modern Healthcare as one of the most powerful physician-leaders in the nation, Dr. Pearl has published more than 100 articles in various medical journals and has been a contributor to many books. He has made more than 100 presentations at national meetings in the areas of both clinical medicine and medical economics. In the past several years, he served as a visiting professor at Duke University School of Medicine, Haas School of Business and Harvard School of Public Health.

As a frequent lecturer on health care, Dr. Pearl is an advocate for the power of physician-led, integrated medical delivery systems. He believes that organizations like Kaiser Permanente, in which physicians collaborate rather than compete, and in which a multi-specialty medical group works in partnership with a not-for-profit health plan and hospital system, are able to provide superior quality of care over fragmented, insurance-based systems.

Over the past decade, he has been a leader in implementing advanced information technology systems across Kaiser Permanente. By combining an integrated delivery system with Internet technology, he believes that Kaiser Permanente is uniquely positioned to redefine the practice of medicine as we know it today and develop the health care solutions for the 21st century.

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