Adam Darkins, MD
President and CEO, Empiricon LLC; Chief Strategy Officer, AristaMD
Adam Darkins, MD is nationally and internationally recognized for his achievements in building virtual care networks that increase access to care, reduce the costs of care and assure the quality of care. After qualifying as a physician from Manchester University Medical School in the UK, Fellowship of the Royal College of Surgeons of London, and accreditation as a neurosurgeon he experienced first-hand the challenges of care delivery from traditional “bricks and mortar” assets when acuity of a patient’s condition and distance from care impact mortality and morbidity. Then, as a Medical Director in London, he leveraged health information and telecommunication systems to transition services from acute hospitals, and nursing homes, into primary and community care settings. A Masters in Public Health Medicine from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine gave him the background in health needs assessment, evidence-based practice and health economics to leave clinical practice and work full-time designing, building, implementing and managing virtual care programs. Recruited by the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) in 1999 for this unique skill-set he, and the team he created at VA, built the largest and most sophisticated telemedicine/telehealth programs in the world. By 2014, when he left VA to join Medtronic Inc, over 600,000 Veteran patients were receiving care annually via VA’s national telehealth program that served all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. On any given day, over 90,000 Veterans with complex chronic conditions were able to live independently by virtue of technology-assisted care coordination programs. The care/case management services these programs provided used remote monitoring technology to risk-stratify patients according to acuity, and proactively intervene to reduce hospital admission and length of stay. His publication of these outcomes, derived from routine cost/quality management data, provided the business case to take these programs to very large scale, and then sustain them as mission-critical services.
Between 2014 and 2017, as Vice President of Innovation and Strategic Partnerships at Medtronic Inc, Adam Darkins worked nationally and internationally, addressing access and cost challenges in health care systems – leveraging his experience with care coordination and virtual care delivery systems as outcomes incentives for new payment models, including risk-sharing.
Since July 2017 he has focused on providing bespoke consultancy services to help develop appropriate clinical, technology, business process and change-management strategies for organizations seeking to become pre-eminent players in a future where health informatics, telehealth and machine-learning will transform health care systems world-wide. He is also: Deputy Chairman and Non-Executive Director for Medibio, a company developing predictive algorithms for diagnosis and management of mental health conditions; a Trustee of the Swinfen Trust a charitable organization providing humanitarian assistance via telehealth to over 70 countries; an Editorial Board Member for the Journal of Telemedicine and eHealth; and on the Advisory Board of North Carolina State University’s Assist Program, a National Science Foundation Engineering Research Center for Nanotechnology.