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The Inventor: Dr. Patrick Vinck

Updated: Feb 6

In this episode, I’m talking with Dr. Patrick Vinck about how a brilliant young scholar with a background in biochemistry and molecular bio-physics transitions into a family doctor. We’ll also explore his interest in a more efficient way to bring quality healthcare to underserved populations of Arizona. In addition to all this, Dr. Vinck is also an inventor, and he’ll tell us about his development of a device to more accurately measure the progress of pregnant women in labor. This will definitely be a “why didn’t I think of that” moment. I hope you’ll join us.

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Dr. Patrick Vinck. Dr. Vinck is a health tech entrepreneur and board-certified Family Physician. He is the inventor and cofounder of AmniCam and the Arizona Medical Director at PopHealthCare.

AmniCam is an early-stage medical device company focused on developing technology to improve labor outcomes. AmniCam’s first product leverages innovative 3D scanning technology to objectively monitor cervical change during labor.

PopHealthCare is a home-based primary care model caring for a vulnerable long term care population. Dr. Vinck is responsible for improving the clinical care of more than 2,000 lives through strategic oversight of quality, utilization management, and redesign of the primary care delivery model to meet the needs of patients and insurers alike. He is also a champion of the patient experience as well as provider engagement.

He was previously the associate medical director at lora Health, where he led an integrated team of doctors, nurses, behavioral health specialists, and health coaches to proactively engage high-risk Medicare Advantage patients. Through this team-based and tech-enabled model, patients experienced a 40% decrease in hospitalizations. Dr. Vinck received the Iora Provider of the Year in 2016, a peer-selected award from across the organization.

Dr. Vinck’s Prescription for Success:

Number 1: “We’re in an amazing time in the history of humanity and I think the biggest risks we can take are not taking risks.”

Number 2: “I think in general [clinicians are] a pretty risk averse group, good and appropriate for our patients. But when it comes to exploring other parts of life, I think it’s important [to] investigate other things that make you happy [to] have a well rounded life and don’t be afraid to try things.”

Number 3: “The goal of everything I try to do is whatever situation I’m presented with, try [to] make that situation a little bit better than it was before. “

Number 4: “Everything we do is a learning opportunity and…neither good nor bad. It’s important to step back…and appreciate what’s going on and learn from it.”

Follow Dr. Vinck:

Dr. Vinck on Twitter: @PatrickVinckMD

Amnicam website:

Amnicam on Twitter: @Amnicamllc

Notable quotes from Dr. Vinck’s interview:

I think our system is designed to [provide] sick care and not so much health care.
There is a lot of importance in specialty care…but at the end of the day, we also need a strong family care system.
It’s been really exciting to see the improvement in hospitalization rates just as a function of good quality primary care. The patients know their provider can come out to see them very quickly and that type of relationship-based care, I think, is key to to driving these outcomes.
A doctor with an idea is dangerous unless you have an engineer and friends to help you execute these things.
I was always really interested in [the] more advanced sides of medicine in terms of technology and development. But then going through medical school and toward the end of training I realized that what we really need are also technology systems in [medical] operations.
At the end of the day, I don’t know of any examples where better data given to clinicians produces worse outcomes.

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