Maternity Care and Technology: Why Collaboration is Key in Moving the Needle

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Wednesday, June 8, 2022
12:00pm— 1:00pm
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Samad Wahid Salim Ahmed Nivedita Nagaraj Sarah Frew Bruce Antell Hannah Plon Jon Leibowitz Michael Rovinsky
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with featured speaker Anish Sebastian, CEO and Co-Founder, Babyscripts

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During our webinar "Should I Stay or Should I Let It Go? Accelerating Partnerships in a Pandemic," we will discuss how the pandemic’s impact has affected our healthcare system and physicians in medical practice.  With over 48 million reported Covid-19 cases to date in the U.S. and nearly 800K deaths reported as of December 1, physicians on the front lines have experienced tremendous stress as both clinicians and small business owners. Indeed, the pandemic has dramatically accelerated concerns about independent medical practice viability.

For decades prior to the pandemic, the healthcare industry had been undergoing dramatic changes which made conditions favorable for physician practices to consolidate. We will discuss how physicians have increasingly moved from independent practice to employment working for hospitals, health systems, employer health clinics, and even insurance companies. More recently, with the growth of value-based reimbursement, physician-led and built companies backed by private equity investors have offered physicians opportunities to participate in new models of clinical practice that offer an alternative to the fee-for-service treadmill.

The history of physician partnerships with health systems and the pre-Covid dynamics of these ventures will be explored.  The strengths, weaknesses, and opportunities for medical practice partnerships with a health system today during a pandemic will be highlighted along with other options for physicians to partner. For physicians in practice, “Should I Stay or Should I Let It Go?” is such an important question even in normal times. To that end, we conclude our series by offering a practical multi-dimensional decision-making framework for physicians contemplating their next steps during these challenging times made even more urgent by the pandemic. The current era of the “Great Resignation” can be transformed into your next great redirection and rejuvenation for patient care delivery.

Anish Sebastian
CEO and Co-Founder, Babyscripts

Anish co-founded Babyscripts in 2014 with the vision that internet-enabled medical devices and big data would transform the delivery of pregnancy care. Since the inception of the company, Anish has received numerous accolades including being named a “Champion of Change” for precision medicine by the White House, one of the Top 40 Transformers in healthcare by MM&M Magazine, Healthcare Transformer by the Startup Health Academy in New York, and a Minority Business Leader honoree by the Washington Business Journal. Anish Sebastian is also the architect of the first "Prenatal Care Moonshot,” focused on eliminating maternal mortality by 2030 through mobile/digital technology, and Babyscripts. 

In his role as CEO he has raised over $20 million in venture/angel financing for furthering his vision of a data centric model in prenatal care, which includes the closure of a Series A-1 of $6 million led by Philips in 2019. He has led the Babyscripts product team, guiding the direction of the product from its inception, finding the product market fit, and fully commercializing it in multiple markets. Currently Babyscripts is installed in 50 health systems that manage over 200K pregnancies annually. Anish has successfully led several research endeavors, including two key studies of Babyscripts product that have been published in academic journals, including JMIR, and presented at ACOG.

Anish is a frequent speaker on the future of healthcare. He has spoken at several venues including the BioIT Showcase, Burrill Digital Health, Healthdatapalooza, NPR, mHealth Summit, Drexel University School of Medicine, GW School of Public Health, Startup Health Festival, and JP Morgan Healthcare Conference. See below for a list of his speaking and media events.


Fees and Registration:

  • Participation is free to Dues-Paying Members of the WHCMAA and Current WHCM Program Students (join or renew here).
  • Non-members are welcome to participate for a $20 fee. 
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Registration deadline:
Wednesday, June 8th at 10:00am ET

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