EvergreenHealth representatives recently heard some solutions to issues the hospital presented to a class of Eastlake High School students. The Kirkland-based hospital has a partnership with Lake Washington School District to help provide innovative occupational experiences to students through the district’s “Signature Programs.”
“We are very proud to partner with schools and students across the region to work to prepare for our future together,” EvergreenHealth CEO Bob Malte said in a statement. “We’re committed to supporting our schools, and helping students get hands-on experience to become part of the solution to challenges we face as health care providers, and collectively as a community. We’re both impressed and encouraged by these students’ dedication to innovative problem solving, and we look forward to continuing this partnership in new ways.”
EvergreenHealth asked the students to tackle three problems: pain-management education, praising and incentivizing groups, and increasing awareness of travel medical care.
The students from the Sammamish Start-ups class divided into teams and presented their solutions to a panel from EvergreenHealth at the Sammamish Chamber of Commerce meeting on Dec. 17. The students’ ideas included a partnership between EvergreenHealth and airlines to provide travel health information and clinics; a webpage that would alert travelers to the risk of illness in their destinations; and a pain-management algorithm that would update patient files.
EvergreenHealth’s partnership with LWSD’s Special Programs aligns with its new initiative to find technological solutions to issues in health care. It recently partnered with New York-based startup EHR.Works to develop more efficient workflows and processes for the Digital Health Pilot Program.