In this episode Ron brings Dr. Leah Houston back on the show. Here she discusses the deeply personal story of her recent health journey with her mother and what she has learned from it. She explains how even as a doctor, the healthcare system can be extremely confusing and difficult to navigate, and how that needs to change. She also talks about how her patient identity was stolen and the headaches that has caused her. Leah also gives an update on her company, HPEC, and what she sees in its future.
Leah Houston, MD is a board-certified Emergency Physician. While practicing emergency medicine across the US for nearly 10 years she recognized a common problem: uncompensated administrative burdens related to physician employment and credentialing are a leading cause of administrative waste and physician burn out.
She began HPEC in 2018 when realizing that Blockchain could solve the obstructive regulatory problems in healthcare with its distributed ledger technology. HPEC is building a platform that will give every physician a self-sovereign digital identity attached to their credentials in order to create the Decentralized Autonomous Organization of physicians and surgeons. This is essentially a democratic physicians guild. HPEC will streamline the current antiquated and laborious process of credentialing, reduce administrative waste, improve access to care and give physicians sovereign ownership of their data and employment rights. The organization will also create an opportunity for physicians to communicate more efficiently about policy and practice and in turn improve patient care.
A lifelong advocate, innovator, and investor she has spent time lobbying for public policy and healthcare reform. She understands the problems that plague the healthcare system from the inside and out, and has dedicated her time to repairing the current global healthcare crisis. HPEC will restore physician autonomy to the practice of medicine, will begin in the United States and expand.