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Here, Innovative Healthcare is NOT an oxymoron

From cancer research to health tech innovation, Seattle is home to medical pioneers who are reshaping the health and medical world.

Often known for Boeing, Starbucks, Microsoft and Amazon, Seattle also has a remarkable medical and research community that’s paving the way with industry leaders in innovation and technology. Here’s a snapshot of a few of these leading organizations that call Seattle home:

As the largest private foundation in the United States, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation works on a global scale to enhance healthcare with goals to fight infectious diseases, AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and polio. Aside from this massive global health division, the Gates Foundation also awards grants to organizations and agencies with similar missions to end disease and improve health, like UNICEF, United Nations Foundation, and PATH.

Made up of leading research teams and cancer specialists at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, Seattle Children’s Hospital, and UW Medicine, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance (SCCA) is ranked one of the “Top Five Best Hospitals in the U.S. for Adult Cancer Care” by U.S. News & World Report, and has been ranked in the top ten cancer care hospitals in the U.S. for 12 years running. Individually, these institutions have earned numerous accolades for providing exceptional cancer care, and they also each have world-class research divisions. Together, they are shaping the future of healthcare.

PATH is a global health organization, that creates simple, effective tools for medical fieldwork in developing countries. PATH’s vaccine vial monitor, for instance, is a small sticker on the side of a vaccine vial that indicates if the medicine has been overexposed to heat, rendering it unusable. The innovative initiatives at PATH have broad reach, helping to bridge the gaps that create global health inequities.

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and his sister Jody established the Allen Institute in 2003 to promote the advance of brain and cell science research. The Allen Institute provides free data and tools to research scientists around the globe that are pioneering new treatments for brain, spinal cord and cell diseases. The new headquarters in Seattle’s South Lake Union neighborhood is located shoulder to shoulder with other leading Seattle medical facilities like UW Medicine, Fred Hutch, Seattle Cancer Care Alliance and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Xealth is a new digital healthcare startup that is allowing physicians to prescribe more than medication. Considering that ninety percent of patients say they would use physician-prescribed apps and services to help manage their chronic conditions, Xealth enables doctors to prescribe nutrition plans, exercise routines, and guides for expecting mothers—from pregnancy to pediatrics. Doctors can see if patients are using and engaging with the content, allowing them to adjust as needed.

Seattle’s medical and research community is chock full of industry thought-leaders, stakeholders, and providers, creating a rich environment for learning and innovation. We invite you to host your next meeting or convention among this community. Contact our team to start the process.

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