FutureCite met with Reg Joseph on several key questions on how to improve health in western health. In Episode 1, Reg talks about shifting our focus from primarily acute care to the prevention of chronic diseases in the community – such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and mental health as a key to improving future Living.
Chronic disease is one of the key issues facing western health today. We cannot manage well diseases like cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and mental health in our acute care settings. Our acute system focuses on one symptom or disease or action, rarely the entire patient.
The outcomes for patients are not improving, and the costs to treat these diseases in the acute setting is immense. For example, our senior’s population are complex patients with multiple health challenges. Many of the challenges our seniors face would be much better managed in a community health setting to address the social determinants of health as well as health issues for those patients.
About Reg Joseph
Reg was hired as the CEO of Health City in February 2018. While new to the role at Health City, Reg is no stranger to the health ecosystem. He brings to the role a wealth of expertise in both the biomedical sciences as well as business development and his vision of how to deliver on the goals of Health City reflect that experience. Reg has 20 years’ experience spanning the biotechnology and high technology sectors. Reg has served in a variety of C-level and board positions with local medical technology-based start-ups. He currently serves on the Board of BioTalent Canada as Chair. He also sits on BioAlberta’s policy committee and serves as President of the Board for the Seniors Association of Greater Edmonton (SAGE). He has a B.Sc. in Physiology and an MBA in Finance.
About Health City
Health City is an economic development initiative that catalyzes, accelerates and connects the health innovation ecosystem in Edmonton and the surrounding region. It represents a hub of expertise in health and health industry that supports the broader innovation ecosystem in our region. Health City relies on the programs and services in its ecosystem – through projects and initiatives to scale SMEs to global markets, and services and programs in its ecosystem to strengthen SMEs enabling them to be global contenders.