The 2016 Leaders in Health Care Awards: Outstanding Achievement in Delivery of Digital Health

Winner: David Baker, University of Washington; Silver Award: HealthSparq

David Baker
Professor of Biochemistry, University of Washington, Seattle

Designing a whole new world of proteins to address 21st-century problems in biomedicine, energy and technology is all in a day’s work for David Baker.

Baker, who is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Sciences, is leading a team of researchers tackling the problem of protein folding with an online puzzle video game. A world-renowned expert in proteomics, Baker has his research group developing methods to predict and design the three-dimensional structures of proteins.

Working with the UW Center for Game Science, Baker created an online game — Foldit — that has allowed more than 300,000 citizen scientists to help solve one of the most difficult problems in biology: protein structure. His research team embedded biochemistry simulations in the game. Foldit is just one of the many projects his lab is working on. His team’s work is frequently published in Science and Nature and other journals.
In 2012, the Center for Game Science and Foldit made Fast Company magazine’s list of the World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies. “We aim to be a ‘company factory’ spinning out new companies based on new designed proteins in the Seattle area,” Baker says.


HealthSparq is rewiring the way people interact with the health care system. The company is a leading provider of comparison tools that let consumers shop for more than 400 medical procedures based on cost and quality information. Using HealthSparq’s tools, people can see the total cost of care they’re responsible for paying out of pocket and also the amount their insurance will cover. HealthSparq is committed to disrupting the way people interact with health care, giving them more information and control than they have ever had before.

Seattle Business Magazine to Honor 18 Outstanding Leaders in Health Care

Seattle Business Magazine to Honor 18 Outstanding Leaders in Health Care

Honorees to be celebrated on March 2.

Seattle Business magazine has announced finalists for its 2017 Leaders in Health Care Awards. Chosen by a panel of judges, the finalists are individuals and institutions leading the effort to improve Washington's health care sector. This year's finalists are:

1.    Benaroya Research Institute at Virginia Mason
2.    Al Fisk, MD, The Everett Clinic
3.    Genoa
4.    Group Health Cooperative
5.    Cynthia Hecker, Northwest Hospital & Medical Center
6.    Bryce Helgerson, Legacy Salmon Creek Medical Center
7.    Norm Hubbard, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance
8.    Peter Myles McGough, MD, UW Medicine
9.    Navos
10.  Pacific Medical Centers
11.  Oliver W. Press, MD, PhD, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
12.  Paul Ramsey, MD, UW Medicine
13.  SCI Solutions
14.  Seattle Genetics
15.  Preston Simmons, FACHE, Providence Health & Services, Everett
16.  Jeffrey J. Tomlin, MD, EvergreenHealth
17.  Virginia Mason Medical Center
18.  Wellpepper

Gold and silver award winners will be honored at the Leaders in Health Care Awards gala on March 2 at Bell Harbor International Conference Center in Seattle. Winners will be recognized in a variety of categories, including Outstanding Medical Center Executive, Achievement in Community Outreach and Innovation in Health Care Delivery. For more information, contact Michael Romoser at West Monroe Partners is presenting sponsor for the 2017 Leaders in Health Care Awards program.