A week ago I heard a couple of speakers at an Ashoka Fellows symposium in St. Paul. One was Dr. Rushika Fernandopulle, founder of Iora Health (http://www.iorahealth.com/). Rushika is a talented and articulate physician who is starting from scratch with a new primary care model. It is a team approach that moves beyond the fee for service payment system. It is a model that is long overdue. He has been at this for a decade and is getting real traction with successful clinics in four locations across the country – with plans for many more.
I was inspired by Ruskika’s passion and tenacity. I’d recommend listening to some of the online videos featuring him. He is improving primary care in the ways that we envision improving maternity and newborn care. Just tweaking the current broken system gets us nowhere. In late September and early October I presented our vision to the American Association of Birth Centers conference (with Amy Romano) and to the University of Minnesota Nurse Midwifery program symposium (with Tanya Muller, our midwife director at the Minnesota Birth Center). It was very encouraging. There are many fired up folks ready to make big changes to improve the care of mothers and babies.
I am excited to see what comes next.