The seed of transformative innovation in healthcare has to take root somewhere, and the most fertile ground is an innovator’s local community. So says David Nace, M.D., vice president for clinical development, McKesson. He participated in McKesson’s Better Health Portland event held March 5.
By starting locally, innovators have a greater chance of influencing policies that will be beneficial to their proposed innovation, according to Nace. And, by starting locally, innovators can collaborate and establish partnerships with other community healthcare stakeholders to build consensus and acceptance for their ideas. All are lessons learned well by the local healthcare innovators in Portland.
The Better Health Tour
Like politics, all healthcare is local. But what can local businesses do to transform their organizations and the community in an ecosystem as complex as healthcare? The Better Health Tour is an opportunity for local healthcare leaders to engage in candid and meaningful conversations about the future of healthcare in select cities. The conferences in Portland, Boston and the Twin Cities enable an exchange of ideas between local leaders across organizational barriers, industry segments, traditional interests and points of view. The aim is to help broaden perspectives, to challenge and redefine priorities, and to catalyze the development of innovative approaches that will strengthen the local healthcare ecosystem.
That’s why McKesson is presenting the Better Health Tour. It’s not a marketing event or a trade show. We believe that the challenges of healthcare will only be solved by generating practical ideas, innovative approaches and new growth in the healthcare industry at the local level. The events have been designed to identify opportunities that will enable transformative innovation and provide participants with a new framework for thinking about the practical solutions that will lead to better health for both their own organizations and the community.