Augmented reality. Machine learning. Connected devices. Around the world, innovators are using technologies like these to build the future of medicine. They’re creating smart home solutions to help clinicians care for patients with Alzheimer’s. They’re developing artificially intelligent software to enable consumers to make the right decisions about their healthcare spending.
But without the guidance of physicians, these innovations might never make it to the patients who need them most. The healthcare system is complex. It’s crisscrossed with regulations. New products and services that aren’t HIPAA-compliant, that don’t fit into existing workflows, and that can’t securely exchange data will fail to be adopted.
The American Osteopathic Association (AOA) understands this. For more than a hundred years, the AOA has worked tirelessly to ensure the welfare of patients by promoting public health and encouraging scientific research. Recognizing the potential of new technologies to amplify these efforts, the AOA has recently decided to engage directly with the innovators who are reimagining their industry.
They’ve opted to use their distinctive philosophy of medicine to influence the direction of health-tech innovation. They’ve chosen to work side-by-side with entrepreneurs to build startups dedicated to safeguarding the health and wellbeing of patients everywhere. And they’ve done all of this by agreeing to become a tenant of Catalyst HTI.
“The evolving landscape of healthcare technology too often has little input from the physicians who are the primary users,” said Matthew Kremke, VP of business development at the AOA. “By working with Catalyst HTI, the American Osteopathic Association hopes to help inform technology development, putting product designers with physician users to create solutions that improve safety and quality for patients.“
There are two types of fully licensed physicians in the United States, MDs and DOs or Doctors of osteopathic medicine. Their education and training are similar and equally rigorous, but DOs practice a different philosophy of medicine. They tend to focus on prevention and wellness, partnering with their patients to help them get healthy and stay well.
The AOA is the professional home for over 132,000 physicians and medical students. It is the sole accrediting agency for osteopathic medical schools, and provides board certification in 18 specialties, including family medicine, orthopedic surgery, and anesthesiology.
Once it’s completed in early 2018, Catalyst HTI will be a first-of-its-kind, 180,000 square foot health-tech industry integrator. It will bring established healthcare organizations like Kaiser Permanente, Terumo BCT, and CU Anschutz together with cutting edge startups like BurstIQ, Telespine, and CirrusMD – effectively integrating the healthcare industry at the point of innovation.
The presence of the AOA within Catalyst HTI will ensure that many of the new ideas, processes, and technologies developed within the building are informed by the osteopathic approach to medicine. Most importantly, it will lead to the creation of new products and services that will enable physicians of all kinds to interact with their patients at a meaningful level – improving the experience of care for everyone involved.
On behalf of our community, it’s my great honor to welcome the American Osteopathic Association to Catalyst HTI!