HxRefactored Sneak Preview: Fran Melmed, Founder, Context

Fran1-300x300Next in the HxRefactored Conference preview series is Fran Melmed.  Fran is the founder of a management consulting firm that works on workplace wellness.

What is your burning mission in health and why?

FM: Helping people make everyday decisions that lead to immediate and long-term health and well-being. Why? Because don’t we all deserve that?

What is your patient story?

FM: I can remember going through a difficult time in my 20s immediately after college graduation. It was amplified by the sudden death of a colleague. My father, a psychiatrist, set me up with a phone interview with a colleague of his. This colleague interviewed me for about 15-20 minutes and then wrote me a scrip for Prozac. I was amazed and alarmed at how quickly and with what little information about me he wrote that prescription. It was one of my first interactions where I saw how poorly served we are by a health system that’s rushed.

What new health-related website, app, or technology do you think will improve health?

FM: I’m excited about wearables and sensors. As these become frictionless and integrated with the entire system, I believe they’ll do much to improve communications among patient teams and support patient’s insights, behavior, and decisions.

Why should people come to your session?

FM: Because I know the employer space, I’ve been through the trenches, and I’ve come out smarter.

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