March 01, 2020

Innovating Primary Care for Value


Innovations in Healthcare will be holding a session delivering value in primary care during its 2020 Digital Annual. The Digital Annual Forum, converted from its traditional live format, will be held virtually on Monday and Tuesday, March 16 & 17, 9 AM to 12PM EDT both days. Registration is free and open to the public.


Primary care plays an essential role in increasing access to care. From screening to health promotion to essential health services, primary care is a health system’s first line of defense. Yet globally, primary care systems are stymied by insufficient resources, workforce shortages, and low-reimbursement rates. Across different contexts, health innovators are developing new approaches to care delivery to strengthen primary care, from health information technologies that can expand access to care to more supportive payment models. This session will highlight some of these innovative approaches, focusing on practical challenges to scaling innovations, and how policymakers can support innovations to ensure that patients receive first-access, comprehensive, coordinated, and continuous care.


Register now to be a part of this important discussion with:


Mark McClellan, MD, PhD, is Director and Robert J. Margolis Professor of Business, Medicine and Health Policy at the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy at Duke University. He is

a physician-economist who focuses on quality and value in healthcare, including payment

reform, real-world evidence, and more effective drug and device innovation. He is former administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and former commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, where he developed and implemented major reforms in health policy. He is an independent director on the boards of Johnson & Johnson, Cigna, and Alignment Health Care and is co-chair of the Accountable Care Learning Collaborative and the Guiding Committee for the Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network.


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Adam Boehler serves as the first Chief Executive Officer of the new U.S. International Development Finance Corporation. He was appointed by the President and unanimously confirmed by the Senate on September 26, 2019. Boehler has extensive experience in

investment, entrepreneurship, and innovation both in and outside of the United States government. Prior to his confirmation, he served as Senior Advisor to the Secretary Deputy Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, and Director of the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. In this role, Boehler oversaw the work of 600 individuals focused on innovation in the American healthcare system aimed at creating better outcomes for patients and lowering the cost of healthcare. Prior to his government service, Boehler founded three successful businesses. He is widely regarded as a leader in the healthcare and private investment sectors. Most recently, he served as CEO of Landmark Health, a company he founded that delivers round-the-clock medical care to chronically ill patients in their homes.



Gita Pillai, PhD, is the Chief Executive Officer of Possible Health, an organization implementing best practices to improve access to high-quality, affordable healthcare. The organization has been recognized for innovation and remarkable results by Sappi design competitions, the Schwab Foundation, GiveWell, and others. Pillai has more than 20 years of leadership experience with programs that achieve health outcomes at scale and health system improvements to sustain positive change. Her experience spans several countries in South Asia, Central Asia, Africa, and South America. She has a reputation for engendering commitment and participation and stimulating joint planning and action among diverse stakeholders including NGOs, government departments, and communities. She maintains a steadfast focus on quality, equity, and universal coverage, especially in fragile settings and among resource- poor populations. Pillai received her MPH from the University of Michigan and her PhD from Johns Hopkins University.

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Andrés Gutiérrez, MBA, is Co-Founder and CEO of Médica Santa Carmen , a growing network of kidney dialysis, laboratory, and nephrology clinics serving public- and private-pay patients in Central Mexico. As a CEO he likes to be known as the “Chief Experience Officer” by directing his company’s commitment to radically change the life and well-being of individuals living with chronic kidney disease. Gutierrez earned his BS degree in Mechanical Engineering and MBA from the University of Texas at Austin. He is an Endeavor “Global Entrepreneur,” part of Nasdaq’s Milestone Maker 2019 recognition program. In 2015, he was an EY Entrepreneur of the Year Mexico finalist. In 2014, he was named one of “30 Promises of Mexico” by Forbes Mexico. He is a member of the Innovations in Healthcare network, a Board Member and Trustee of the Mexican Kidney Foundation (FMR), member of the Mexican Hemodialysis Provider Association (AMEPH), and various other healthcare and public health networks. He worked at Procter & Gamble as a process engineer, and at SBC Communications (now AT&T) in various leadership positions.

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Monisha Ashok, MPA,is a Market Access Advisor in the Center for Innovation and Impact (CII) in the Global Health Bureau at USAID. She leads strategic planning, market shaping, and financing efforts to accelerate the introduction and scale-up of innovative global health products and services across disease areas. She also leads the center’s work on value-based care focused on low- and middle- income countries, which explores patient-centered innovations in measurement, delivery, and payment models that improve outcomes and lower costs. Ashok is a former Project Leader at the Boston Consulting Group in Washington D.C., where she led strategy, organizational design, and operations projects for private and public sector clients. She has a deep passion for global health and previously worked with the World Bank on a national study on healthcare availability and quality in India. She holds an MPA in International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School and BAs in Economics and Public Health from the University of California, Berkeley.




Sunil Wadhwani

Sunil Wadhwani is an entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist residing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He co-founded and was Chairman and CEO of IGATE Corporation, which provides a broad range of Information Technology services. He is the Founder-Donor of the nonprofit WISH Foundation in India. WISH has developed a unique Public Private Partnership (PPP)-driven, innovation-led model for transforming the primary healthcare system in the lowest income areas in India and other developing countries and is managing over 300 health centers using this model. The foundation recorded more than 5 million patient visits in 2018. Wadhwani also co-founded the nonprofit Wadhwani Institute for Artificial Intelligence. WIAI applies the power of AI to address major societal challenges in areas such as healthcare, agriculture, and education.