A couple of weeks ago I attended the XX in Health retreat in the Bay Area. One of the Rock Health’s initiatives, XX in Health, aims to drive change in healthcare by connecting and empowering female visionaries. At this retreat, a selected group of 130 female leaders came together to share their stories and discuss healthcare challenges and opportunities. The event had a particular significance for me, as it was a combination of two of my biggest passions: health/healthcare and women initiatives.
Hearing the stories of “battle to success” from female leaders such as Colleen Retain (COO, Health Care Services Corporation – with $50bn in revenues), Janet Widmann (Executive VP of Markets, Blue Shield), Bridget Duffy (Chief Medical Officer, Vocera), and Julie Goonewardene (President, KU Innovation and Collaboration & AMA Board of Trustees) was fascinating! Although I knew this would be a great event from the beginning, I walked away a lot more informed, inspired, and empowered than expected.
It’s important to increase the participation and leadership of women in any industry. However, after the event, I realized that women are uniquely positioned to have a particularly high impact in the healthcare industry. Read on to see my highlights for why women play such an important role in the healthcare reform.
1) Women are Chief Medical Officers in families: As Anula Jayasuriya (MD & Founder of Evolvence Fund) talked about, 80% of women are currently the Chief Medical Officers at their homes. They are the ones making decisions about the family’s health insurance, choosing doctors when needed, and taking care of family members when they are ill. As potential customers and decision makers, women are uniquely positioned to understand and tackle healthcare issues and design creative and scalable solutions. (more…)