Long-time readers know that my work is going through something of a transition, with one foot in the “grass roots / we ain’t got nothin” world and the other foot in the “BMJ author / Mayo Visiting Professor / NEHI patient engagement fellowship” world. Long-time readers also know I’m nothing if not candid, so while it’s thrilling to be moving into more dignified circles, there’s still a part of me that reacts to news like this by just saying:
OMG: Molly Coye is joining NEHI!
Molly Joel Coye, MD MPH (@MJCoye) has left UCLA’s Global Lab for Innovation in Health and has become NEHI’s new Social Entrepreneur in Residence. Why am I excited? Who is Molly Coye? Well:
- An elected member of the Institute of Medicine, which I often quote, she was a co-author of their most-cited reports on medical safety & quality, To Err is Human and Crossing the Quality Chasm. (This makes her a goddess, on my planet.)
- From NEHI’s announcement: “Dr. Coye has also served as Commissioner of Health for the State of New Jersey, Director of the California State Department of Health Services, and Head of the Division of Public Health Practice at the Johns Hopkins School of Hygiene and Public Health” [and much more]. (And on top of her medical work, she has “an MA in Chinese History from Stanford University, and is the author of two books on China.”)
- From UCLA’s announcement: “Under Dr. Coye’s leadership, the Institute for Innovation and the Global Lab have been tremendously successful and productive. Among the many important projects overseen by Dr. Coye and her team are included the Doximity Colleague Connect pilot, the Zipnosis online diagnosis and treatment service, the Vivify Health Remote Home Monitoring Platform, the Virtual Visits pilot project, the Patient Voice user experience-based design approach to value-based care, and the launch of Real Time Referrals and eConsult.”
- From the iHealthTran blog in 2013: “She received the Information Technology Innovator Award from HealthCare Informatics and was named one of the 25 Most Influential Women in Healthcare by Modern Healthcare Magazine. Elected to the National Academy of Sciences’ Institute of Medicine in 1994, Dr. Coye co-authored two landmark reports on healthcare quality, To Err Is Human and Crossing the Quality Chasm. She also chaired the IOM’s Committee on Access to Insurance for Children, and co-chaired the Committee on Patient Safety Data Standards.”
- Finally, I asked the members of our Society for Participatory Medicine (patients and clinicians) if any of them have first-hand experience with her, and within a few hours got these responses:
- “She is on my ‘good-guys’ list”
- “I’ve worked with her … She is thoughtful, well organized, and pleasant to work with.”
- “Sincere and an extraordinarily diplomatic ambassador.”
- “delightful to work with and an amazingly competent person”
I like innovation, optimism, brains, insight, and practical experience. And as I blogged about NEHI when I first got this fellowship, NEHI is action-oriented – not just a “think” tank, a “think-and-do” tank. They’re about “evidence, action, and policy impact.” Thanks too to the Commonwealth Fund – as the NEHI release says, “Dr. Coye’s work will be supported in part by a grant from The Commonwealth Fund.”
So this will be fun. And productive, I’m sure. Life is good.