What we're about

The mission of Chicagoland Healthcare Innovators (CHI) is to create the area's most exciting and effective networking and education forum on the topic of healthcare innovation. The goal of this forum is to strengthen the Chicagoland healthcare innovation ecosystem.

We believe that the time is right to establish this group because of the tremendous change occurring in the health and wellness space, both in the US and globally. Drivers for this change include the shifts towards accountable care, value-based and population-based medicine. Additional drivers are recent advances in big data, mobile and connected computing, social computing, online collaboration and advanced manufacturing methods.

CHI is unique in that it bridges across the full spectrum of our metropolitan area's incredibly diverse portfolio of organizations providing products and services in the areas of healthcare, wellness and life sciences.

CHI will hold networking/education events on the first Thursday of every month, alternating between locations in downtown Chicago and the northern suburbs. Over time, our goal is to grow this Meetup so that it also hosts other types of in-person events.

CHI was co-founded in 2014 by three members of the Chicago health innovation ecosystem: Bernhard Kappe, President of Pathfinder Software, Steve McPhilliamy, Partner at Insight Product Development and Randy Horton, Managing Principal at 94 Westbound Consulting. CHI is sustained by volunteers and we are always looking for new ones. We are also seeking event sponsors.

CHI draws inspiration from Life Science Alley in Minneapolis and MassMEDIC in Boston.

CHI is relevant to a broad range of people and companies including, but not limited to:

People working in private industry, non-profits, academia and government.

Organizations of all sizes from the largest and most established Fortune 100 enterprises to the newest startups.

An incredibly wide range of organizations concerned with health, wellness and life sciences, including:

• Payers

• Private payers

• Government payers

• Providers, including

• Large provider systems

• Independent physician practices, hospitals and specialty providers

• Universities and academic teaching programs

• Pharmaceutical and other types of therapeutics companies

• Medical device manufacturers

• B2B product suppliers and distributors

• Retail pharmacy providers

• Healthcare benefit management companies

• Digital healthcare product and informatics companies

• Medical societies and industry associations

• Wellness management entities

• Foundations

• Public health and community health organizations

• Healthcare investors

Companies providing specialized products and services to the above organizations including, but not limited to:

• Professional services such as product design, advertising, architecture, legal, financial, business and clinical consulting, clinical trials management and other types of contract research

• Business process outsourcing (BPO) including revenue cycle management and medical waste disposal

• Medical packaging

• Product safety testing

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