Eugene is Vim’s Chief Medical Officer, a practicing physician, on the teaching faculty at Stanford CERC

 

Why is innovation so hard to come by in healthcare?

Three big barriers to innovation in healthcare as I see it:

1. Entrenched stakeholders – payers, purchasers, providers and patients all have different incentives. There is both a careful balance and even a co-dependency between these different stakeholders that perpetuates the status quo in healthcare that is very difficult to disrupt.

2. Lack of scalability – because healthcare delivery has traditionally been done by human beings, there is intrinsic variation in the way care is delivered in one care setting vs another. As a result interventions that may improve value often do not translate effectively from geography to geography.

3. Lack of talent and leadership in healthcare – Healthcare delivery is notoriously difficult to change yet most front line providers do not have the skills to understand strategic issues.

 

How do you see Vim’s place within the digital health landscape?

Vim is the ‘last mile’ to getting patients and their providers to not just engage actively but also actually change their behavior.

 

What was the main reason you joined Vim?

At some point in my full-time practice as a doctor, I realized that most of the things I did that had the biggest impact on my patient’s lives did not reimburse well or at all. The perverse incentives built into our healthcare system is what stands in the way of doctors taking the best care of their patients. I joined Vim because I believe we making steady progress at Vim toward changing these perverse incentives and giving patients a chance to have affordable, effective healthcare.

 

What three adjectives would you use to describe the Vim culture?

Driven, tireless, authentic

 

What is your spirit animal and why?

Chimpanzee – always curious, enthusiastic and I like bananas