FROM: U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH AND HUMAN SERVICES
Apr 02, 2015
By: Rhette Buttle, Director, Private Sector Engagement
Earlier this month, Secretary Burwell traveled to San Francisco. During her trip, she had the opportunity to meet with private sector leaders on a myriad of issues including precision medicine, how to better transform our healthcare delivery system and implementation of the Affordable Care Act. One of those meetings was held at Rock Health with several entrepreneurs who are doing innovative work in the healthcare space, and some of whom have started businesses thanks to the Affordable Care Act.
Rock Health is a seed and early-stage venture fund that supports start-ups building the next generation of technologies transforming healthcare. During her visit, Secretary Burwell did a lot of listening, but also engaged in lively discussion focused on how the department could better support entrepreneurs and innovation. The Secretary was able to hear from leaders in the field about how we can better collaborate with innovators who seek to deliver better health care at more affordable cost; and work together to leverage data to empower consumers.
Secretary Burwell was encouraged to hear from entrepreneurs who were able to get access to quality affordable healthcare for the first time thanks to the Affordable Care Act.