Head of innovation and director of innovation and venture strategy, Catalyst by Wellstar and Wellstar Health System
Jaimie Clark is focused on the digital future of healthcare.
"We really need to design care around patients and where they are," Clark said.
Clark serves as the director of innovation and venture strategy for Marietta, Georgia-based Wellstar Health System and co-founded Catalyst by Wellstar, a company-within-a-company fund with $100 million to invest in startups developing technologies such as virtual reality, robotics and software. Catalyst has supported companies such as Marani Health, RIF Robotics, 410 Health, Moth+Flame and Spatial.
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"We really like to look across industries and identify those partnerships that are going to help us accelerate healthcare," Clark said.
Clark led the Catalyst team in developing a solution to critical nurse staffing challenges in the aftermath of the workforce crisis during the early phases of the COVID-19 pandemic. The initiative, which included creating a scheduling platform, will expand into an independent company called Propala this quarter.
Another key accomplishment for Clark is "Compassionate Conversations," a virtual reality training program developed with technology company Moth+Flame designed to teach healthcare professionals about communicating bad news to patients.
"We think that this could create a big impact on how physicians are trained and how empathy is evoked when having really hard conversations," Clark said.
Before joining Wellstar, Clark worked on the digital health and engagement team at Novant Health in Charlotte, North Carolina.