As an intern for MedHealth, a regional collaboration connecting medical device and digital application innovators to major healthcare systems, I am assisting in transferring client data to a new CRM platform, coordinating the annual MedHealth mixer, and helping the program director with daily tasks. Founded in 2015, MedHealth has recently gained more momentum and recognition in the Michigan healthcare ecosystem. For this reason, establishing new and efficient ways to organize client data and create networking spaces is vital. Moreover, migrating to a new CRM platform will help efforts to secure funding from the EDA for future projects.
Through conversations with my program director, Stacey Frankovich, I have come to understand the broader significance of my work for MedHealth. Although Detroit is not known as a med-tech hub, opportunities for economic growth and improved health services are constantly growing. I am working with key stakeholders to harness these opportunities for the people of Detroit. My experience with MedHealth has already expanded my knowledge of important social issues. Before this summer, I had limited knowledge about the U.S. healthcare system. I am now only beginning to understand the immense barriers to improving and expanding access to quality care. DukeEngage Detroit strives to assist in rebuilding the community through entrepreneurship, yet this is the first year they have pursued a health-related project. This is exciting because economic growth and individual health and well-being reinforce each other thereby contributing to community-wide prosperity. This dynamic is especially important for Detroit. MedHealth and many of its partners recognize how social and community contexts shape health outcomes. In a city dealing with rampant racial and socioeconomic inequities, targeting these health determinants through innovation is critical. I am excited to continue working with MedHealth to bridge the gaps between health policy and innovation through creative events and data analytics.