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2:30 - 3:15 pmSaturday, September 17
LK 101
DIY disruption: innovating from within
LK 101
DIY disruption: innovating from within
Director of Product Operations, athenahealth
Dignity Health
Cambia Grove Innovation Hub
Startup Health
Anyone paying attention to the way healthcare operates knows it’s bad. The industry is starved for innovation. Starting with a conversation around the need for novel approaches to solve health care’s... Read more


Anyone paying attention to the way healthcare operates knows it’s bad. The industry is starved for innovation. Starting with a conversation around the need for novel approaches to solve health care’s pain points, leaders from the innovation arms of Dignity Health, Cambia Health and athenahealth will discuss how they are creating new pipelines to creative solutions by actively wooing, nurturing, and colliding with the next generation of innovators and startups.

Representing the health system, software vendor, and payer worlds, the companies will discuss:

  • The catalyst for launching their internal business development platforms and/or accelerators
  • Successful development business models aimed at lowering the high barriers of entry into health care for developers, entrepreneurs, providers, and even patients with great ideas
  • The blueprint for fostering innovation from seed idea to implementation
  • What it takes to build and run a successful “disruptive” community and innovation pipeline
  • What they look for in startups, and how they are currently serving up new Marketplace innovations, apps or value-add services that increase profitability, drive operational efficiencies, and improve quality of care
  • What the most-future proof tech infrastructure (e.g., developer portals on API-friendly, open platforms) to support and scale innovation looks like
  • Secrets to making the most of DIY Disruption, whether you’re running the largest innovation arm or the smallest startup

This conversation will spark dialogue about how entrepreneurs, students, patients or anyone with a novel approach to fixing what’s broken in health care can partner with large stakeholders for success.

An alumna of Stanford Graduate School of Business, Mandira Singh servers as Director of Product Operations at athenahealth and runs the company’s MDP program. Prior to joining athenahealth, Mandira was an investment professional at Essex Woodlands, a growth equity and venture capital firm focused on healthcare. At Essex Woodlands, Mandira invested across sub-sectors of healthcare, spending the majority of her time on services and IT investments. Mandira started her career at J.P. Morgan, where she worked in the North America Healthcare Coverage Group and then the Private Equity Co-Investing group in New York.

Sanjay Shah is the Director of Strategic Innovation at
Dignity Health. Sanjay supports advancing Dignity Health’s innovations efforts
by primarily focusing on four bodies of work; realizing intellectual property
developed at Dignity Health, developing built for purpose companies, creating
avenues to combine Dignity Health’s organizational talents and expertise with
those of entrepreneurial companies, and executing strategic co-investments with
health IT and services companies. Working in concert with Dignity Health
employees and physicians, Shah works to anticipate emerging trends and
technologies with the goal of incubating, studying, and scaling efforts to
improve the delivery and access of care.

Prior to Dignity Health, Sanjay spent four years with the
California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF), where he served as a senior program
officer with the foundation's Innovations for the Underserved program and
Health Innovation Fund. While at CHCF, Sanjay led multiple initiatives and
investments that focused on creating access to efficient, affordable and high
quality health care. Before joining CHCF, Sanjay worked as a consultant with
The Inovo Group, building innovation capabilities into client organizations and
culture. Sanjay also completed a fellowship at the University of Michigan
Medical Innovation Center, where he focused on identifying, validating, and
creating commercially viable solutions to support patient care.

Sanjay received a bachelor's degree in business
administration and marketing and a master's degree in business administration
with a dual focus in finance and marketing from Wayne State University.


Matt leverages broad experience working across healthcare sectors to identify, create, and strengthen meaningful partnerships and interactions between Cambia’s Direct Health Solutions companies and their target customers. Based out of Cambia’s Seattle office, Matt also serves as Deputy Director of the Cambia Grove innovation hub.
Prior to joining Cambia, Matt spent over a decade in management consulting, where he provided insight and analysis to shape transformative strategies and transactions for some of the largest organizations in nearly every sector of healthcare, including major payers, providers, pharma/biotech/medtech companies, and global health organizations. Much of Matt’s work focused on strategies to enable healthcare organizations to become more sustainable and consumer-centric as they navigated health reform, rising cost pressures, and an uncertain future, including development of value-based care approaches, retail/exchange capabilities, government programs (Medicare/Medicaid) strategies, and diversification as new pathways to growth. 
Matt earned his MBA and MPH degrees from the University of California at Berkeley, and earned a Bachelor’s in Business Administration from the University of Southern California. An avid outdoorsman, Matt is also a founding board member of Tiny Trees, an innovative outdoor preschool startup that is seeking to provide a scalable early education alternative by using city and state parks as classrooms.
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