A Compelling Speaker on Healthcare Innovation

In media interviews, speeches and workshops, Dr. Jay Bhatt demonstrates the power of combining a doctor’s insight, innovative technology and community action.

Jay has advanced the public debate over health equity and inclusion, with real-world insight into how everyone can reach their highest potential for health.

Public Health Delivery and Innovation

Advancing public health is my goal.

Federal, state and local governments have neglected lifesaving investments in the public health infrastructure that allows quick response in emergencies. As a public health professional, Dr. Bhatt introduced new ways to monitor local health risks, deploy a citywide public health plan, use big data, build public-private partnerships, allocate resources and build cross-agency teams at the local, state and regional levels. Jay brings his expertise to the discussion of the coronavirus pandemic and other health emergencies:

  • Anticipating COVID-19 outbreaks and controlling the spread of infection, including engaging lessons from past epidemics such as H1N1 and Ebola, while in a leadership role at Chicago’s health department;
  • Addressing the impact of isolation on mental health;
  • Treating isolation’s effects on the elderly-long-term illness, depression, dementia, abuse-and using technology as part of the solution;
  • Using data tools to predict where help is needed, from test data to the CDC’s Social Vulnerability Index;
  • Caring for the neighborhood as a patient: Improving health by addressing school performance, housing insecurity, environmental hazards, trauma, violence;
  • Reducing caregiver burnout and maintaining quality care as workloads and deaths rise; and
  • Using data, predictive analytics, machine learning, and AI to redesign inspections such as food protection, lead, environmental, and high-risk screening/care navigation.

Redesigning Healthcare

It’s an extraordinary time and opportunity for data. … It allows you to ask different questions in the exam room about what’s really happening between those two 15-minute visits.”

Jay is a "doctorpreneur", an agent of change within the healthcare system. He shares his experience and ideas in embracing new technology, improving education and research, and creating partnerships among caregivers, providers, business executives and community leaders:

  • Making Medicare and Medicaid funding more sustainable and health systems more accountable;
  • Using the Medicare Advantage program and state Medicaid programs as innovation levers to redesign health delivery;
  • Managing opioid misuse and treating prescription drug addiction;
  • Employing mobile health apps that delay or prevent onset of chronic disease;
  • Assuring quality rural healthcare from frontline doctors and specialists;
  • Bringing best practices to doctors and hospitals, making healthcare more effective and affordable;
  • New care models for the underserved and vulnerable;
  • The use of Community Health Workers to improve outcomes, reduce costs, and provide economic mobility; and
  • Lessons for healthcare from the internet economy and other business sectors.

Social Needs, Social Determinants of Health, and Health Equity

For me personally as a primary care doctor in an underserved community on the Northwest Side of Chicago, I see firsthand the challenges that clinicians face. … We want to make it easier for clinicians to do the right thing and to do the things they have trained to do.“

Improving health means treating the entire community, addressing underlying risk factors and creating the economic prosperity that allows residents to take better care of themselves. Jay talks about:

  • Framing social needs, social determinants and health equity and making the business case;
  • Improving health equity and reducing treatment disparities;
  • Using community resources more effectively to include data scientists, pharmacists, social workers and community health workers;
  • Investing public and private funds through community development financial institutions;
  • Guiding the business role in improving community health and economic prosperity;
  • Moving from reaction to prediction;
  • Employing "Chamber of Health" partnerships to cut healthcare costs and reduce chronic illness; and
  • Working with nontraditional partners.

Age-Friendly Health Systems and Caregivers of the Future

As someone who as a second-year resident in the ICU after my fifth patient had passed, I was in a position where I didn’t know what to do.”
We are best positioned as physicians and medical students to bring the bedside to the boardroom. … If we don’t as physicians contribute our voice and our action to shaping health policy for our patients and their families, and for the many stakeholders that work in health care, then someone else is going to do it for us.”

Jay’s prescription for improving health and healthcare stem from his experiences in the community, public health school, public administration, medical school and residency, as a primary care doctor, and as a technology innovator. He talks about how healthcare workers will adapt to social and technological change:

  • Expanding adoption of telehealth treatment via computers, smartphones and remote monitoring devices;
  • Using artificial intelligence to address workforce shortages and improve care through robotics in surgery, virtual nursing assistants, automated image diagnosis, schedulers and other tools;
  • Demanding corporate and hospital boards that reflect their communities;
  • Attracting and training a more diverse and inclusive cadre of caregivers, whose perspectives make care more responsive and effective;
  • Coaching healthcare teams to improve performance and resiliency;
  • Focusing on caregiver wellness to improve safety, reduce stress, extend careers and live longer.

Dr. Jay wants to partner with you to achieve your goals.