Speaker Profile

CEO, Workit Health

Lisa McLaughlin is a social entrepreneur and the Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Workit Health, a telehealth addiction care company creating an entire new channel for reducing drinking and drug use backed by the National Science Foundation. She is the recipient of the TechWeek Detroit Technology Woman of the Year award for 2017. Lisa serves as a Desai Accelerator Mentor for early stage technology companies and as an advisor to a number of biotech startups. Lisa has held leadership positions at some of world’s most respected digital health and learning companies. She developed one of the first social sector technology service models in the health informatics space and has facilitated a wide range of learning innovation labs for foundations (Gates Foundation, Hewlett Foundation) and universities. She has extensive training and experience in addiction research, crisis referral, alcohol and drug treatment aftercare, wilderness therapy, disaster response, and college completion. Lisa was previously an Innovation Fellow at the University of Michigan School of Information building social impact programs at the intersection of information science and social innovation (MSI/MSW).


Emerging Therapeutics Showcase: Designing Telehealth Addiction Care in an Opioid Crisis: Modernization, Personalization, and Access
Drug overdoses killed more Americans last year than the entire Vietnam War. In an era of unprecedented loss and growing addiction care deserts, designing telehealth addiction care models that meet patients where they are is a public health mandate. Machine learning advances and personalized care engines are fueling moonshots that are already changing how we treat addiction and improve health for the two in three Americans with an addictive behavior. Lisa McLaughlin will provide her perspectives on what we can do to speed up the progress and make sure technology is being put to its best use, bridging the research to practice divide in a space long overdue for an update.

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