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LAVA Healthcare: Dr. Molly Coye, "The Role of Invention and Innovation at the UCLA Health System"
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LAVA Healthcare: Dr. Molly Coye,

When: Friday February 15, 2013
7:30AM to 9:30AM
Where: Pepperdine University (in West LA, not Malibu)
6100 Center Drive
Los Angeles, California  90045
United States
Contact: Richard Koffler

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This month we feature Dr. Molly Coye, chief innovation officer at the UCLA Health System, covering the topic, The Role of Invention and Innovation at the UCLA Health System.

Molly oversees the UCLA Innovates HealthCare initiative, and is responsible for developing other initiatives, programs and strategies that promote and nurture innovation across the UCLA Health System to improve the quality of care delivered locally and globally. More on Molly's impressive background here.

About LAVA Healthcare

No one disputes that the U.S. healthcare system is a mess that has been deteriorating for decades. Many argue that increasing legislation and regulation will worsen the problem, others argue its the best solution.

LAVA Healthcare is an ongoing conversation about how we might fix the mess applying innovation across a wide range of dimensions including technology, business models, patient involvement, offshore outsourcing, and training programs.

The main goal is to foster innovation, while allowing our community to learn, be inspired, make valuable new business relationships and re-establish old ones. And perhaps even perhaps even influence public policy.

Who should participate? Everyone with an interest in the U.S. healthcare system such as technologists, life-sciences professionals and vendors, medical practitioners, healthcare providers, policy makers, and consultants of all types.

LAVA Healthcare operates with monthly meetings, a blog, and a LinkedIn group.

Each meeting features a presentations by one a healthcare innovator or investor who believes his/her ideas will have significant effects on the cost and quality of our healthcare system. Following the short presentation by the innovator, the audience criticizes, applauds, grinds, brainstorms, embellishes, refines, and pokes holes into the idea. There are no panelists or talking heads at the front of the room. The group leads the conversation: Is it a large problem? A small problem? A problem at all? Why is it a problem? What can be done about it? The conversation is directed and textured by the experience and knowledge of every member of the audience who poses questions, tells stories, and proposes answers.

Meetings are governed by five simple rules:

  • Have fun, explore new and old ideas, make new friends and reconnect with old ones.
  • Nothing is off topic as long as its about healthcare.
  • No talking-head lectures: Everyone is a panelist.
  • No preset course: The group leads the conversation.
  • Self-promotions and sermons instantly lose the floor at moderator's sole discretion.

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