Deirdre Baggot, who is a healthcare business strategist and an expert in the healthcare payment industry, began her career as a staff nurse. Later, she moved to work for the University of Michigan System. Baggot made another move in 2006 to Denver, Colorado when the Cardiac and Vascular Institute of SCL Health offered her the senior administrator position. In her short time there, Baggot was able to help over 500 people. Her next job was with GE Healthcare Partners, and it was here that she was able to make several improvements to the healthcare payment system.
Throughout her career within the healthcare system, Baggot has implemented her strategies in over 200 healthcare systems countrywide. She has spoken at numerous conferences and has written over 20 papers on the topic of bundle payments within the healthcare system. She has served in leadership capacities at the Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Academic Healthcare and The University of Michigan Health System. Visit on her twitter for more updates.
Baggot has been working solely as a consultant since 2010 and has not looked back. She gives the credit to a former CEO who gave her a push into the consulting game. Baggot believes that her favorite part of what she does is that she gets to help a lot of people. She spends time listening to her clients about what their needs are and works hard to solve their problems. This, in itself, is why her job is challenging. It takes time to find the answers for her clients. It is not easy to reconstruct a business model when the market itself is shrinking in this particular industry.
There is one trend in the health industry that Baggot tends to be most excited and that is wearables. Wearables, like the Fitbit, allow individuals to take their own health care into their own hands. There is a positive accountability with the wearable devices. Baggot believes that the biggest challenge to the healthcare industry is politics. When the current president was elected, there was some uncertainty as to what the future of healthcare was going to be.