Trends in Hospitals and Health Systems as Investors in Innovation

Across the Table

Oct 7 2020 • 19 mins

The modern world has seen the healthcare system evolve and join forces with complementary disciplines in an effort to provide superior solutions and services. A prime example is the relationship between private equity and healthcare, with companies in these sectors identifying significant growth in provider-driven joint ventures.

Tackling the evolution of such partnerships on this episode of Across the Table are McGuireWoods partners and hosts Amber Walsh and Holly Buckley, joined by Scott Becker, a partner in the McGuireWoods Healthcare Group and Chief Content Officer of Becker’s Healthcare.

The group kicks off the discussion with just one question: “tell us some of the more interesting things that you’ve seen health systems doing relative to their venture arms and their kind of partnerships with private equity.” (1:09) Scott explains that this partnership evolution must be analyzed based on the two types of ventures that exist: provider-driven joint ventures and hospital venture-related operations in the technology space. The group then examines these two ventures, providing brief information about each and discussing the significant changes in the space over the last 10-15 years.

·     Provider-driven joint ventures (01:56)

·     Hospital venture-related operations (02:51)

·     Technology-driven solutions innovation funds are investing in (05:29)

·     Origin of the talent and ideas in these partnerships, does it come from the health

·     system or where? (06:40)

·     Has COVID increased or damped interest in these venture arms? (08:35)

·     Private equity funds vs. health system, which should we trust? (10:44)

·     Commercialization, the goal of the venture funds (14:55)

·     The future of these partnerships (16:39)

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