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Dr. Jean Wright is Chief Innovation Officer at Atrium Health, the second largest public healthcare system in the United States. As Chief Innovation Officer, Dr Wright focuses on working with teams to raise the bar for patient care and population health through human-centered design, business development and novel medical technologies. Dr. Wright has been recognized as one of the Top 30 Chief Innovation Officers and one of the 25 Most Powerful Women in Health IT in the United States. Prior to working at Atrium Health, Dr. Wright practiced as a pediatric anesthesiologist and intensivist. She has also held positions as a Physician Executive at Emory, Chair of Pediatrics for Mercer, and Executive Director for Memorial Health’s Children’s and Women’s Hospital in Savannah, and was Chief Medical Officer for Atrium Health Cabarrus. She is also a former health services researcher who has served on federal advisory committees, and has given testimony in the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate. Dr. Wright holds a Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Michigan, a Medical Degree from Wayne State University and a Master’s Degree in Business Administration from Emory’s Goizueta School of Business. In 1998 she was awarded an honorary doctorate of divinity from Westminster College, and in 2000 she was recognized by the American College of Physician Executives with the Physician of Excellence Award.  Press play on this episode if you want to learn how and why to break into the field of health care innovation!


  • Why Dr Wright says that human-centered design and design thinking is one of the most important things to learn about
  • Why curiosity will set you apart in the health care field
  • The hidden benefits of understanding analytics and algorithms (for our graduated Java Junkies, look up General Assembly)
  • How being a self-starter will make you stand out as a candidate- anywhere
  • How the major stereotypes are changing in the medical field, especially in the health care innovation field 
  • Why Dr Wright  describes medical school as a ‘gateway drug’
  • How empathy and innovation go hand and hand
  • Why Dr Wright said she’d do her job for free (seriously, she really said that)
  • Why you should watch the movies Flash of Genius, The Martian and Flash of Genius because they’re great examples of innovation
  • Check out A Sherpas Guide to innovation
  • Take a look into the free guide: The Innovation Engine Guide to Design Thinking Sessions
  • If you want to learn what it’s like to be Chief Innovation Officer at Atrium Health tune in to T4C episode #327
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