Five questions with Gary Pederson on life plan communities
I sat down with Gary Pederson, to learn more about his thoughts on life plan communities. Read on to hear his opinion on this sector and why he thinks technology can positively impact the future of healthcare.
1. Why did you take this position?
I am very excited about my role for many reasons. For one, I believe our aging citizens deserve to receive the highest level of care possible. This comes easy when life plan communities have access to integrated technologies. Secondly, MatrixCare is the leader in the post-acute community. Not only that, but we have a strong appetite for making the investments needed to develop, deliver, and support providers across the care spectrum. Lastly, I’ve been fortunate to play many roles in healthcare technology and this opportunity aligns perfectly with that experience.
2. What is your proudest career achievement?
Over the years, I have been on teams that have delivered many multi-million dollar contracts. I’ve been apart of dozens of partnerships with healthcare clients across the country. However, my proudest career achievement is the number of professionals that have become successful contributors in this business with the help of my mentorship.
3. How do you see the LTPAC (or LPC) industry changing?
Quality measures tied to reimbursements or penalties will continue to drive innovation. So, this innovation will be focused on care coordination, therapeutic accountability, patient and family engagement, wellness planning, and community-based care. As such, companies that can deliver in these areas will have the most impact in improving the lives of seniors.
4. What role does technology play in the future?
While today’s seniors are not necessarily versed in all things technology, chances are high that their children and grandchildren are. As systems are deployed to deliver more resident-specific care-planning, the families will be connected more than ever. This will ensure that grandpa and grandma are receiving the appropriate clinical attention, and are playing an active role in their own health.
5. If you did not have a career in technology, what would you be doing?
Likely a very poor, homeless singer-songwriter. Because I played the guitar for several years as a youngster and later developed a knack for writing poems. One day, I’d like to find a musical collaborator and produce a song that my kids can enjoy.