Dr. Vik Bakhru is currently the Chief Operating Officer at ConsejoSano, a leading venture-backed health technology platform for Spanish speakers that enables payers, providers and patients to simplify care, increase engagement and lower costs. Previously, Dr. Bakhru was Chief Operating Officer of First Opinion, Inc., a venture backed, digital health start-up based in San Francisco, CA. Before First Opinion, Inc., Dr. Bakhru served as Chief Medical Officer for Abercrombie & Kent Global Health, a Fortress Investment Group portfolio company that facilitates high quality, affordable medical travel. In addition, Dr. Bakhru worked as a Director at New York Presbyterian Hospital/The University Hospital of Columbia and Cornell in New York City where he managed an annual spend base of approximately $600 million for the purchase of all clinical goods and services.
Prior to his role at NYP, Dr. Bakhru worked with the Foundation for International Medical Relief of Children (FIMRC), a nonprofit he founded while completing his medical degree at The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences in Washington, DC. FIMRC (www.fimrc.org) is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing health care access in underserved areas of the developing world through a network of health centers in nine countries across 12 project sites. FIMRC now boasts a team of over 3,000 full-time staff and volunteers.
Dr. Bakhru earned a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from The George Washington University as part of the Seven-Year Integrated Medical Program. After his undergraduate and medical education in Washington, DC, Dr. Bakhru did residency training in general surgery in Philadelphia and subsequently earned a Master of Business Administration degree in Health Care Management from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Dr. Bakhru serves on the Board of Directors for several organizations including the Nanubhai Education Foundation (www.nanubhai.org), Aspire Global Health (www.aspireglobalhealth.org) and FIMRC. Dr. Bakhru’s professional affiliations include membership in the American College of Surgeons, the American Medical Association and the American Telemedicine Association.
America spends an estimated $3 trillion on health outcomes, yet the health of its population ranks below other developed countries. A growing chorus of experts now conclude that the poor quality of health in America isn’t due to healthcare expense, but social determinants - the social, economic and environmental factors among individuals and communities.
Where we are born, live, work and grow impacts our health. But it’s only a part of the equation. Distribution of money, resources and power have an additional correlation. Without these factors taken into consideration and incorporated into the healthcare approaches, technologies and models of the future, healthcare delivery risks ineffectiveness.
This presentation will discuss the role that social determinants of health will have on population health, and how technology and innovation can help customize care to enable healthier lives regardless of circumstance and drive better patient outcomes.