Liberation 2018: What we learned from today’s healthcare visionaries

Tamara Cull Tamara Cull
Senior Vice President, Aveus

Liberation 2018 has come and gone, but from the many insightful conversations and powerful speaking sessions centered on collaboration, community and engagement, we’re more energized and inspired than ever thinking about how to put these conversations into action.

So, what does liberating healthcare mean in the context of these themes? Here are three key takeaways we heard from Liberators over the past few days that will allow us to push forward with the innovation of new technology.

  1. Welcome failure, and celebrate fast failure. Deborah Gage, President and CEO at Medecision and Andrew Chacko, MD, MSE, FAPA, Founder and Principal at ChackoMD, emphasized why failure is critical to innovation. Dr. Chacko challenged us to embrace the fear of failure—or at least recognize it—because if innovation is truly important to you, you must create an environment that fosters creative problem solving where people feel safe to fail.
  2. Embrace the outsider perspective. Tan Le, Founder and CEO of EMOTIV, detailed her powerful story as a refugee and posed the benefits of being an outsider when pioneering a new technology in healthcare. She shared that it’s easier to develop a distinctive vision of how things could be different when you have the hardwired experience of the outsider perspective, calling us to value something other than the norm, to cultivate the perspectives it can offer, and to never surrender your uniqueness for the comfort of fitting in.
  3. We’re 25 years into a 40-year healthcare transformation. Governor Mike Leavitt, Founder and general partner of Leavitt Partners and Former Governor of Utah, addressed where the industry’s been, where it’s headed, and the nation’s challenge at hand with the transition from fee-for-service to a value-based model. According to Leavitt, it’s a big enough barrier that the only remaining option is to create a uniquely American healthcare system. This system will require us to persevere through a complex transition, but with all major hurdles, you have a choice to fight it and die, accept it and have a change, or lead it and prosper.

We were challenged with this final call to action: How will we as the healthcare industry create this new uniquely American healthcare system?

About the author

Tamara Cull is the Vice President of Aerial Advisory Services for Medecision. With 23 years of healthcare industry experience, Tamara has a proven track record in the successful planning and direction of population health management programs. She maintains expertise in negotiating and securing support for needed changes, increasing clinical, quality and financial outcomes for organizations while simultaneously enhancing services for members.

Medecision’s Aerial Advisory Services team helps healthcare organizations avoid potential roadblocks and find the most efficient use of people, processes and technologies to meet their distinct population health strategy goals. The team of consultants guides each client on an individual journey to strong, sustainable care management programs that enhance performance across their organizations—driving results and impacting bottom lines. For more information on how our team can support your goals, please visit


One Response to “Liberation 2018: What we learned from today’s healthcare visionaries”

April 20, 2018 at 7:48 pm, Julie Schwab said:

Sounds like fantastic work!

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