Tell me a little about your background?
· My wife, Lori, is my favorite person. We have three biological children (ages 14, 11, and 6) and our godson is 13.
· I played college baseball and my wife played college tennis at Lipscomb University (Go Bisons!).
· We love spending time together as a family and spend most nights at a field or gym where our children are competing.
· I have an undergraduate degree in accounting from Lipscomb and a MAcc from the University of Tennessee. However, given my Kentucky roots, I still bleed blue.
· I’ve spent the majority of my 20-year career on the provider side of healthcare with four different start-ups and nearly a decade of healthcare consulting at Advisory Board.
· I fell in love with mission-based healthcare work during my consulting career when working for organizations like Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles and Shriner’s Hospital for Children.
· I’ve continued that mission focus with my last two startups, Groups-Recover Together, an outpatient opioid addiction treatment provider, and now Osso VR, a virtual reality training and assessment platform for healthcare professionals that improves quality and safety.
· I serve as the Chief Financial Officer of Osso VR where our mission is: “Improve patient outcomes, increase the adoption of higher-value medical technologies, and democratize global access to the latest surgical techniques.”
What do you love the most about your work?
· I love waking up every day knowing that the work we’re doing at Osso VR can/will truly change the world. We have the opportunity to make the world better, safer, and more equitable for all. I like to tell anyone who will listen that if/when we execute on our mission at Osso, a surgery in Tanzania will be equally as safe as a surgery in any world-class US facility.
· I’m incredibly grateful to be working for Dr. Justin Barad, the CEO of Osso VR, who is as brilliant, inspirational, focused, and fun as any leader I’ve ever worked with. We have such a talented team at Osso – I’m so fortunate to get to work with all of them.
How did you get involved in working with PreventScripts?
· I heard Brandi speak at a Health Further conference in Nashville half a decade ago. I loved her passion for the problem she was/is trying to solve and when I found out she was from Paducah I decided to introduce myself as a fellow Kentuckian (Logan County High School, Class of ’96).
· We have stayed in touch over the years and she asked me to officially come on board as an advisor a few years back.
· I love helping people help people.
What do you like about what PreventScripts is building?
· We’ve been saying for years that we need to accelerate the transition from volume to value in healthcare. PreventScripts is doubling down on value by creating innovative way to engage at-risk populations in taking a much more active role in managing chronic illnesses. And maybe more importantly, PreventScripts is helping to prevent impending chronic diseases with lifestyle change. In my humble opinion, this is what healthcare should be all about, keeping patients healthier. PreventScripts is not only tackling the Triple Aim, but also Quadruple Aim, including Physician Burnout, by automating patient risk identification, prevention and behavior change within their practices.
What keeps you up at night?
· Historically, I would say my kids.
· Simply put, I want to make a difference. I want to leave this place better than I found it.
“I love Helping People Help People”-Josh Willeford on PreventScripts