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Listen to 5 healthcare entrepreneurs deliver insight from the startup trenches


Inefficient work flow, lack of creativity, inability to recognize the problems are just a few issues that hinder innovation. Healthcare is constantly going through trial and error with innovative ideas to improve the industry. It’s always trying to figure out what works, what can be improved and what is obsolete.

Innovation doesn’t just come from scientists spending countless hours in a lab or inventors dedicating their entire lives to one product. Innovation can be a philosophy or just a willingness to try a different tactic.

Meet five innovators who are in the trenches changing healthcare. Each will deliver a unique point of view during MedCity CONVERGE,’s summit on innovation and healthcare convergence July 9-10 in Philadelphia.


CONVERGE will feature five speeches from these experienced, successful innovators in the healthcare industry. From entrepreneurs to doctors-turned-inventors, these five will offer their thoughts on different issues for people trying to change the business work flow of healthcare.

Solome Tibebu, Cognific

Improve clinical outcomes and efficiency through clinician-patient teamwork. Everyone, from payers to providers and digital health startups to more established companies, have focused on patient engagement for real behavior change. But, what is the key to that? The therapeutic alliance between the clinician and patient is the answer: Learn how clinicians and patients together can create structure and accountability for meaningful change.

Tibebu is the founder of Cognific, an innovative SaaS-based mental health technology to improve mental health outcomes in patients, manage costs, and increase clinical throughput. She is also the founder of Anxiety In Teens, a mental health resource site for teens she started when she was 16 years old.

Dr. Amy Baxter,

Doctors designing devices — overcoming the obstacle of language. Sometimes the barrier to creation is not funding or technology, but language. One successful startup almost wasn’t simply due to the difficulty of sourcing and understanding medical device language. How language plays an unexpected role in creation, and how even a doctor learned to communicate. Baxter will explain the path of doctor to innovator in her speech as well as some unforeseen challenges along the way.

Baxter is now director of Emergency Research for Pediatric Emergency Medicine Associates at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Scottish Rite and a clinical associate professor at Georgia Health Sciences. She was inspired by a traumatic doctor’s office incident involving her son to invent Buzzy.

Russ Graney, Aidin

Reimagining hospital discharge: A case study in making healthcare data actionable. Integrating data into the healthcare landscape is at the center of many innovations in healthcare — yet collecting and analyzing data is not enough. Graney discusses how to deploy quality data to ensure it gets to the right person, at the right time.

Graney is CEO and a co-founder of Aidin. Prior to founding Aidin, Graney worked with Monitor Clipper Partners and oversaw executive-level operational and strategic projects at multiple investments in the healthcare industry, including the integration of a newly acquired case management services company. Russ was formerly a consultant with Bain & Company where he advised Fortune 50 companies in the telecommunications, financial services and consumer products groups, and also founded and led a charter school in the Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.

Justin Hibbs, aptitude

Change the Same. Operating under the same business model for more than 30 years is stability. It can also be quite successful – it has birthed the largest group purchasing organization in healthcare, customer satisfaction is at an all-time high, and business has increased by 200 percent  in the past 12 months. Some would advise to stay the course and defend the status quo. However, to the contrary, we deemed it ripe for innovation. We poked, we probed, and next thing you know, we re-imagined an important aspect of the business of healthcare.

Hibbs was in charge of leading the research efforts of the aptitude pilot. Previously, Hibbs served as senior director of strategy & marketing at VHA, playing a pivotal role in developing and implementing the go-to-market approach for the highly successful VHA LYNX. He has also worked closely with suppliers to discuss strategies and initiate campaigns designed to increase contract penetration within healthcare organizations.

Jonathan Michael, Sixth Sense Healthcare Innovations

Empowering patients through technology. Mobile technology touches most of our lives in many ways including healthcare. We have seen the diabetic community benefit from many advances including real-time measurement of BSG and insulin pumps that communicate with glucose meters.

Michael is an e-patient with cystic fibrosis as well as a paramedic. Having been at either end of the healthcare spectrum gives him a unique perspective to the challenges that face both patients and caregivers. During his career as a full-time paramedic, Michael served as the education coordinator for the paramedic program at a suburban Pittsburgh hospital. Since then, he has transitioned to educating his fellow e-patients as well as developing innovative software for personal telemedicine.

Those five insightful talks from innovators are just the beginning of our agenda for MedCity CONVERGE. Register now to hear from all of our brilliant speakers and meet the companies we have selected to be displayed in our Startup Showcase. Join us in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, July 9-10. 

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