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While the pandemic may have dramatically advanced our virtual care ambitions, even pre-pandemic many people noted that care outside of the hospital resulted in improved outcomes for some groups of patients. In a recent conversation at the Digital Healthcare Innovation Summit, leaders in care delivery for a variety of patient needs—as well as payer representatives—explored how innovative care models can better address complex diseases like eating disorders, can engage and empower home caregivers and community pharmacies and physicians, and better employ a limited healthcare workforce. In many ways, the panelists explained, it’s a logistics problem. But smarter approaches to predictive modeling, assessment triage, and needs-matching are helping solve some of our biggest healthcare disparities.
Billy Deitch, Partner, Oak HC/FT
Billy Deitch, a Partner at Oak HC/FT, joined the firm in 2018 and focuses on growth equity and early-stage venture opportunities in Healthcare. Billy currently serves on the Boards of Cerebral and Olive. He is also a Board Observer at Brightline, DispatchHealth, and Everside Health. He is actively involved with Circulo and Oak’s prior investments in OODA Health (acquired by Cedar). Prior to joining Oak HC/FT, Billy was Vice President at Francisco Partners, a technology-focused private equity firm. Billy was previously an Associate at TPG Growth, the early-stage investment platform of TPG Capital. He began his career in the Media & Communications investment banking group at UBS and also worked with the lending platform Funding Circle. Billy received a Bachelor of Arts degree, cum laude, from Yale University and an MBA from the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was an Arjay Miller Scholar.
Mark Prather, MD, Co-Founder & CEO, DispatchHealth
On a course to reinvent our country's approach to healthcare delivery, Dr. Mark Prather co-founded DispatchHealth in 2013, a leading provider of comprehensive, home-based medical care. Serving as CEO, Dr. Prather drives the organization's overall vision and development of what's poised to be the world's most integrated, convenient, high-touch system of care in the home. His team of carefully curated innovators brings together the best startup, clinical, and engineering skillsets to execute on his unique, industry-transforming business model. Since launching, DispatchHealth has delivered high-acuity care to hundreds of thousands of patients, with industry-leading patient satisfaction scores and medical cost savings exceeding $350 million. Dr. Prather's background is rich with both clinical and entrepreneurial experience. He practiced as a board-certified emergency medicine physician for more than two decades, founded and served as President of US Acute Care Solutions, an integrated acute care physician staffing organization serving approximately six million patients annually, and partnered in multiple medical industry startups, including iTriage, an early digital patient navigation tool. He received his undergraduate degree in Molecular Biology at Vanderbilt University and attended medical school at UCLA, where he graduated Alpha Omega Alpha. Dr. Prather completed his residency training in emergency medicine at Denver Health and served as Chief Resident. He then obtained a Master of Business Administration from the University of Colorado School of Business.
Kristina Saffran, Co-Founder & CEO, Equip
Kristina Saffran is the cofounder and CEO of Equip, a virtual program that delivers modern eating disorder treatment through family-based care that promises lasting recovery at home. Prior to Equip, Kristina founded Project HEAL, a leading grassroots eating disorder non-profit dedicated to treatment access. Kristina is an Ashoka Fellow, a Forbes 30 under 30 social entrepreneur, and a Facebook Community Leadership Fellow, and graduated from Harvard College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology in May 2014.
Brandon Kerns, President & CFO, Russell Street Ventures
Brandon is the President and CFO of Russell Street Ventures, an innovative healthcare platform focused on launching and scaling companies that serve some of our nation’s most vulnerable and underserved patient populations. He was most recently the Chief Financial Officer of Landmark Health, a national, risk-bearing house call provider serving chronically ill patients. Prior to Landmark, he was Vice President at General Atlantic, a global growth equity firm, where he focused on healthcare services and IT investing.
Katherine Knutson, MD, MPH, Senior Vice President, United Health Group; CEO, Optum Behavioral Care
Katherine Hobbs Knutson, MD, MPH is a Senior Vice President at United Health Group and CEO of Optum Behavioral Care. She is an Adult and Child Psychiatrist and adjunct Assistant Professor at the Duke University School of Medicine. Through Optum Behavioral Care, Katherine is redesigning behavioral health care delivery, creating a scalable model to improve efficiency, quality, and access. Prior to Optum, Katherine was the Chief of Behavioral Health and Blue Cross North Carolina and drove value transformation through integrated care, quality improvement, and development of alternative payment models for behavioral health. At Duke Health, she practices in integrated care settings treating individuals with serious mental illness and substance use disorders. Katherine was the Chief Medical Officer at Alliance Behavioral Healthcare (2017-18), Director of Community Psychiatry at the Children’s National Health System (2014-15), and Associate Medical Director for Psychiatry for the Massachusetts Medicaid program (2013-14). She has conducted health services research on psychiatry telephone consultation programs, behavioral health predictive modeling, and care management interventions that incorporate peer and family support.