Issue 2, June 21, 2021
America faces daunting and complex healthcare challenges that include and go beyond the current pandemic. In myriad ways, innovative healthcare companies are developing solutions to improve access to care, battle disease, strengthen population health, and meet the needs of underserved communities. This newsletter will offer examples of Healthcare Leadership Council members answering the call.
Latest Press Release
Statement by Healthcare Leadership Council President Mary R. Grealy on the Supreme Court's Affordable Care Act Decision
The Newest Frontier of Health Equity
Health leaders will be addressing the existing inequities in the American healthcare system and discussing strategies to drive health equity through access, technology, supply chains, clinical trial diversity and more.
Texas Health Resources
Romilla Batra, M.D.
Chief Medical Officer
SCAN Health Plan
Harlan Levine, M.D.
President of Strategy and Business Ventures
City of Hope
Team Lead, Oncology Early Clinical Development Ops
Philip Parks, M.D.
Vice President, Healthcare Innovation
June 30, 2021 - 2:00 PM ET
Anthem-Epic Data Collaboration Will Improve Patient Care, Health Outcomes
Anthem, one of the nation's largest health benefits companies, and Epic, a leading health information company, have announced a collaboration to provide secure, bi-directional, exchange of health information between healthcare providers and Anthem's affiliated health plans, which serve millions of Americans. This effort will enable Anthem to analyze consumer health information provided by clinicians and deliver data-driven insights to flag potential care needs and inform treatment decisions. Both Anthem and Epic are Healthcare Leadership Council members.
Ashok Chennuru, Anthem's Chief Data and Insights Officer, said, "This effort helps bring the industry into the next step of its evolution where the right information gets to the right people at the right time - resulting in a more seamless healthcare experience and consumers receiving the care they need - where and when they need it."
Alan Hutchinson, Vice President of Population Health for Epic, said, "By better bridging communications between providers and health plans, this connection is making it possible for patients to receive timely access to appropriate care. This effort will also give clinicians more time to focus on delivering care and improve quality for consumers."
Marshfield Clinic Research Underscores Effectiveness of COVID-19 Vaccines
A study conducted by the research arm of Wisconsin's Marshfield Clinic shows mRNA vaccines to be 91 percent effective after the second dose against SARS-CoV-2 and 81 percent effective after the first dose. The findings are scheduled to be published in the New England Journal of Medicine on June 30. The Marshfield Clinic Research Institute's Integrated Research and Development Laboratory was the sole reference laboratory in the nation to support this study and received a $22.5 million CDC grant to perform the work.
Jennifer Meece, Ph.D., director of the Integrated Research and Development Laboratory, said, "Study participants were found to have shed the virus for a shorter duration, had reduced fevers and were sicker for a shorter time. They were also found to be less likely to spread the vaccine to others, highlighting how the vaccine continues to improve the health and wellbeing of those being vaccinated and those who are in contact with the vaccinated."
Marshfield Clinic Health System CEO Susan Turney said, "This is further evidence that these vaccines are safe and effective. They keep you and those around you significantly safer. We know there are some individuals who can't receive the vaccine, but I urge every person who can take the COVID-19 vaccine to do so." Marshfield Clinic is a member of the Healthcare Leadership Council.