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About the Guest:
Founder of Heudia Health
Ed is a serial entrepreneur with 25 years public health, product development, and quality management experience. Throughout his career Ed has always been a passionate engineer who has utilized technology to solve critically important problems by arriving at win-win solutions and by building/supporting effective product development teams.
He is intensely focused on improving outcomes for vulnerable populations through the empowerment of community-based care teams, capacity building, and community engagement. He was nominated for the National Medal of Technology and innovation for his work to align medical care with the social determinants of health. Ed has made it his mission to inspire human ingenuity and create community champions that are necessary to promote widespread improvement in the health and wellbeing of our Nation’s most vulnerable individuals.
His research into the problem of Childhood Obesity led to key discoveries and innovations which advanced the art of population health that has progressed to form a most impactful digital health platform called AccessMeCare.
AccessMeCare™, serves as a Social Outreach & Community Engagement platform that creates supportive relationships and collaborative links between People in Need and People who Care to Increase Access to Care, Eliminate Health Disparities, and Reduce Avoidable Healthcare Cost.
About the Episode:
On episode 75 of Entrepreneur Rx, host John Shufeldt interviews Ed Connors, a serial entrepreneur with a diverse background in engineering, aviation, and electronics. Ed has been in the healthcare and public health space for the last 25 years, focusing on addressing health disparities and improving access to care. He is currently the founder of Heudia Health which has created a platform called AccessMeCare.
The platform was inspired when Ed noticed a child with obesity in one of his STEM education programs. This led him to develop a technology platform that brings together different community organizations to address complex health problems. AccessMeCare aims to eliminate barriers to care, improve collaboration, and help individuals find the most appropriate centers of care.
In this interview, Ed emphasizes the importance of community engagement and team building in implementing technology solutions. He also highlights the need to focus on proactive care and reducing barriers to access. Ed encourages healthcare professionals to not only rely on technology but also to understand the ecosystem and build relationships with stakeholders.
Entrepreneur Rx Episode 75:
About Heudia Health:
Heudia Health is a technology-driven healthcare company. Our digital health platform AccessMeCare™ improves access to health services and social wellness for millions of people while also reducing the cost of care to the individual, healthcare provider, hospital, and payor.
The reasons Heudia exists are because:
1. Lack of access to resources and income inequality are the primary drivers of poor health in America. Managed Care Organizations and Healthcare Providers are under constant pressure to reduce cost of care.
2. They need scalable solutions to proactively engage individuals whose poor utilization of primary-care, prenatal care, and preventative care services result in an excessive amount of hospital admissions, readmissions, and the improper utilization of Emergency Department Services.
Understanding Heudia’s Platform- AccessMeCare™ is a digital health platform that serves as a Virtual Social Worker that puts value-based care in the palm of everyone’s hand! It empowers individuals to engage with personally relevant health and health-related social service providers on their own or when guided by a friend, family member, or care provider.
Demolishing healthcare barriers: Healthcare barriers often prevent vulnerable populations from receiving the crucial medical care they need. Ed Connors’ work has shown that addressing these barriers requires understanding the social determinants of health, creating strategic partnerships, and leveraging technology. By aggregating data and streamlining access to resources, platforms like Heudia Health can raise the stage of care while reducing avoidable hospital visits, contributing to a more equitable health landscape.
Impact of technology on healthcare: Technology plays a pivotal role in improving healthcare access, especially for marginalized communities. However, as emphasized by Ed, technology should be an empowerment tool rather than the strategy itself. It needs to be user-friendly and inclusive, designing with the end-user in mind and considering various factors such as digital literacy and access to connectivity, which can propel healthcare solutions that truly make a difference.
Strategies for community mobilization: The root of successful healthcare initiatives lies in community mobilization and engagement. Ed’s approach showcases the significance of building relationships with stakeholders, from individuals to community organizations. The key is in integrating local resources, sharing information, and collaborating on a common goal, which can create a synergistic effect in improving healthcare access and addressing health disparities in vulnerable populations.
00:00:05 – Introduction,
John Shufeldt introduces the podcast as Entrepreneur RX, focusing on helping healthcare professionals own their future. He welcomes guest Ed Connors, a serial entrepreneur with a background in engineering and public health.
00:00:48 – Ed’s Background and Origin Story,
Ed shares his background and how he came into the healthcare space. His initial focus was on addressing childhood obesity through education, but he quickly realized the need to address community-level factors. This led him to develop the AccessMeCare platform, initially aimed at improving primary care access.
00:05:08 – Addressing Healthcare Disparities,
Ed discusses how the AccessMeCare platform has expanded to address healthcare disparities. By bringing together community-based organizations and improving access to care, the platform has shown promising results in improving access to prenatal care and reducing avoidable emergency room visits.
00:07:09 – Barriers and Challenges,
Ed shares the barriers he has faced, including being an outsider in the healthcare space and the challenge of accessing capital. He emphasizes the importance of focusing on proactive care and addressing social determinants of health to reduce healthcare costs and improve outcomes.
00:10:35 – Impact and Future Plans,
Ed discusses the impact of the AccessMeCare platform, with over 40,000 users and success in addressing mental behavioral health needs. The platform addresses a wide range of social determinants of health and focuses on improving access to preventive and primary care. The goal is to continue expanding the platform’s reach
00:17:07 – Barriers to Healthcare Access,
Ed discusses the insurance, knowledge, and fear barriers that prevent people from accessing healthcare. He shares a story of a woman who faced these barriers and highlights the importance of addressing them for improved healthcare outcomes.
00:18:10 – Navigating the Healthcare System,
John shares his own experience of helping a friend navigate the complex healthcare system. They discuss the daunting nature of the system and how many people fall through the cracks without proper guidance.
00:19:16 – Impact of the Access Me Care Platform,
Ed shares the impact of the AccessMeCare platform and how it has helped vulnerable individuals navigate the healthcare system. He emphasizes the importance of community engagement and team building in implementing technology solutions.
00:21:13 – Turning Barriers into Opportunities,
Ed reflects on how barriers can be turned into opportunities for business growth. He mentions the impact of the pandemic on healthcare vulnerability and the need for innovative solutions to address the resource constraints in the healthcare industry.
00:23:03 – Overcoming Connectivity Challenges,
Ed discusses the challenge of reaching populations with limited internet access. He shares an example of how they helped a client secure funding to provide internet and cell service to underserved communities. The importance of building trust and adapting outreach methods is also highlighted.