Friday Mar 10, 2017

"Finding Your Voice in the Health Reform Debate"

Tom Lawry

Director of Worldwide Health Microsoft

Introduced by: Jenny Andrews

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The American healthcare system is the largest economic and social issue of our time and it’s in dire need of change. We spend more per citizen on health services than any country in the world and yet our results put America at the bottom of most rankings for quality and outcomes.


Each day the media bludgeons us with reports on the problems with the health system followed by proponents and pundits putting forward “soundbites for change” that fit neatly into two-minute news segments. Listen carefully and you begin to understand the problem. You see, every day in America nine billion dollars change hands in healthcare. The reform debate is less about the addressing the underlying issues and more about the politics of how to spend this money.

While there are many complexities to the healthcare delivery system, there are fundamental “trends and truths” that every American can and should understand.

This presentation does not present any views on any reform proposals. Instead, it provides information and a framework to help you formulate or confirm your own views on any health reform proposal in keeping with your values and social priorities.

About the Speaker

Tom Lawry serves as Director of Worldwide Health for Microsoft. In this role, he works with providers, payors and life sciences in planning and implementing innovative technology solutions that improve the quality and efficiency of health services delivered around the globe.

Prior to Microsoft Tom served as a Senior Director at GE Healthcare with global responsibilities for revenue cycle management and operational performance solutions.
Lawry was founder and CEO of Verus, a U.S.-based healthcare software company named as one of the Top 100 Fastest Growing Washington Companies for three consecutive years and to the Deloitte Fast 500 Technologies list.

For fourteen years Lawry served in various executive management roles in hospitals and integrated delivery networks in the United States and has published over 30 articles on topics relating to use technology and software to innovate healthcare