May 16, 2016
Crain’s Health Pulse
May 16, 2016
Heritage Award Winners Selected
A panel of judges from New York City's health care industry yesterday announced the inaugural winners of the Heritage Healthcare Innovation Awards. Sponsored by Heritage Provider Network, a physician-led managed care organization, the awards honored five leaders who have championed innovations in health care. The Heritage Healthcare Organizational Leadership Award, honoring an organization that has fundamentally changed how health care is delivered, went to the Primary Care Development Corp.'s Chief Executive Louise Cohen. The Heritage Innovation in Healthcare Delivery Award, which recognizes an innovator in the development of new modes of diagnosis, treatment, and care, was given to Dr. Albert Siu of the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai for his research on the "hospital at home" concept. The award for Technology Innovator, for an individual or institution that uses technology to create scalable improvements in health care delivery and patient outcomes, went to Yaopeng Zhou, chief executive and co-founder of Smart Vision Labs. The company's technology transforms a smartphone into a device that gives access to cheap eye exams through telemedicine. The honor for Research Investigator in Translational Medicine Award went to Dr. Hollis Potter, radiology department chairman of the Hospital for Special Surgery. The Heritage Individual Healthcare Leadership Award, for a leader who has had a significant impact, was given to Northwell Health's Michael Dowling. A complete list of the 25 finalists is online here. "The judges had a very difficult time. The quality of innovation was just dramatic," said Dr. Richard Merkin, Heritage's president and chief executive, speaking of the field of more than 200 nominees.