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Meet the 2015 Harvard InciteHealth Fellows

JD Harris 

JD HarrisHarris works as a Medical Scribe at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, where, apart from seeing patients, he observes clinical and administrative practices as well as the pitfalls in the primary care system. A med-school hopeful who is compelled to fix things, Harris imagines using existing technology to improve the value, coordination, and patient focus of primary care.

What do you plan to focus on during your fellowship this year?

“It’s true that primary care practitioners lack the proper systems to treat their patients’ non-medical needs as anything more than peripheral concerns. And it’s also true that patients, for whom these non-medical needs are indeed very central to their lives, often feel personally neglected by their providers. So currently, our group is focused on simplifying the systems that manage complex healthcare to accommodate and even engage the human at the center of the data swarm, and to support the providers in giving care.”

What’s the most exciting part of being granted this fellowship?

“At this point in my life, I’ve found that few things are as exciting and personally validating as finding a community of people that you admire and with whom you identify. The fellows of InciteHealth represent some of the brightest care providers, economists, and technologists in health today. But also, the fellows are (in a good way) totally regular. I remember the sense of relief that I felt at our first dinner together when we casually discussed topics like rock-climbing instead of, say, healthcare tax code. But always, these conversations seemed to find their way back naturally, comfortably to healthcare – the matter at hand. Over the next year, I’m most excited to continue these relationships and to contribute to the InciteHealth community.”

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Jenni Whalen

Jenni Whalen

    Jenni Whalen is the Executive Assistant of Editorial at Upworthy. She was previously MedTech Boston's Managing Editor and has an MS in Journalism from Boston University, as well as a BA in Psychology from Bucknell University. Whalen has written for Greatist, Boston magazine, AZ Central Healthy Living and the New England Journal of Medicine, among other places. She has also worked as a conference planner, ghost writer, researcher and content developer.

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