Hayley Young. PICTURED: Wellpepper CEO Anne Weiler and CTO Mike Van Snellenberg.
Gold Award Wellpepper Seattle
Former Microsoft employees Anne Weiler and Mike Van Snellenberg transformed the quality of patient care in 2012 with their Seattle-based technology startup, Wellpepper. They were motivated to improve patient experiences and reduce health care costs after seeing firsthand how the system failed their own loved ones. Weiler endured the frustration of lack of continuity of care when her mother was discharged with no instructions after six months in a rehabilitation hospital. Van Snellenberg discovered missing and conflicting instructions and symptom warning lists while caring for his father, who was battling cancer. So they figured out how to use digital technology to deliver treatment plans to patients when they are discharged from the hospital. Wellpepper provides a mobile engagement platform that helps patients better understand and adhere to their care and treatment plans and helps health care organizations track and improve outcomes. Wellpepper’s digital treatment plans can be customized for each health system’s own protocols and personalized for each patient. The programs are used in pre- and post-surgical care, preventive medicine, rehabilitation and neurology. Wellpepper believes that health care providers today need to engage more actively with their patients — not just in the hospital or medical office, but also after patients go home with their care plans in hand.
Silver Award SCI Solutions Seattle
SCI Solutions makes it easier for health care organizations to improve patient experiences and have healthier bottom lines with its cloud-based management software. The SCI platform helps in managing referrals, orders, tests and procedures; scheduling patient appointments and obtaining insurance authorizations — and making all of it a seamless process across health care communities, from independent physicians and diagnostic centers to large-scale health systems and hospitals. It creates the means for health systems to offer an interconnected web of care, addressing every aspect of a patient’s needs, such as lab work, imaging, surgery and primary/post-op care.
Within the critical world of health care, what happens when the patient is the hospital building? How do Healthcare Facility Directors & Construction Managers make needed changes to their aging buildings, while ensuring no downtime or loss of comfort to their patients?
Dr. Paul Ramsey begins most weekday mornings by rowing on Lake Union. On weekends, he’s likely to do bike rides of 50 or 100 miles. These rituals — daily journeys, if you will — have helped prepare him for a 40-year-plus career in medicine and administration.
In a partnership with the Washington Health Alliance (WHA), Seattle Business magazine this year selected one category from the WHA’s annual Community Checkup ranking of health care organizations and looked at the overall performance of the medical groups serving commercially insured patients.