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Cleveland, OH
Cleveland Clinic
May 13-15, 2019

Kezia Fitzgerald

Co-Founder, CEO & CTO

Kezia has always been a problem solver, creating and innovating solutions to many every day obstacles. She discovered a need for change in how vascular access lines were being managed during her daughter Saoirse’s treatment for Neuroblastoma. Seeing the impact of this problem on her daughter and her family, she created and iterated the design of the CareAline® Sleeve for PICC Lines and the CVC Wrap for Central Lines while Saoirse was in treatment. Kezia did this while she was battling her own cancer at the same time. After Saoirse’s death, Kezia and her husband Mike started CareAline Products, LLC and brought her innovations to market. Knowing how they had helped their daughter get through treatment more safely and comfortably inspired Kezia and Mike to make them available to all children and adults with PICC and Central Lines. CareAline® Sleeves and Wraps are supported by evidence, FDA registered medical devices used by hospitals, and loved by thousands of patients and caregivers worldwide.

May 14, 2019
1:30pm - 2:10pm
Room 22

What role do patients currently play and what role could they play in a healthcare system focused on delivering personalized care and outcomes based on financial incentives?  In almost every other sector of the economy, solutions are built from the end user upwards. Tesla, Amazon, Apple all start with what the consumer wants. Yet in healthcare, more often than not, we deliver a solution and expect the patient to follow it. To change this, we must change the culture. No technology and no new service will create the change.

In this session, we hear from three patient innovators who will share their stories and discuss what’s required to transition patients from feeling like numbers to feeling like people again.

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