About Health Tech Idaho

Closing the Gaps

We are a group of healthcare and health tech industry professionals who believe we must look to innovators and disruptors to achieve affordable, high-quality care. Many of these change agents – and the work they do – lack the visibility and environment to demonstrate their innovations. Additionally, capital investors interested in funding healthcare innovation can’t see potential sources for the next big disruption.

We are determined to close these gaps.

Better Care Together

Our Mission

Health Tech Idaho brings together the innovators and disruptors of healthcare and health tech in Idaho, the Mountain West, and the Pacific Northwest. This hub for visibility, communication, and events, allows entrepreneurs, start-ups, early-stage companies, and investors to interact and leverage their strengths because together we can achieve better care at a lower cost. 

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Meet the Team

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Rourke Yeakley, MD, MHA

Dr. Yeakley is a practicing emergency medicine physician who has been involved with innovation his entire career. He has been awarded multiple US and foreign patents and is always looking for methods to improve healthcare delivery. He is the President of Idaho HIMSS and is an innovation advisor for data and artificial intelligence companies. As the Saltzer Health Chief Innovation Officer, he disrupted acute care medicine by creating the Mountain West’s only 24/7 advanced acute care medical facility which has dramatically lowered healthcare costs for patients and significantly reduced emergency department visits. Dr. Yeakley is a frequent speaker on topics including healthcare innovation, population health and artificial intelligence. He has previously spoken at HIMSS, AMTC and other national conferences.

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Molly Zimmer, MBA

Molly Zimmer leads the Innovation Center of Excellence at St. Luke’s Health System in Boise, Idaho. She is an experienced presenter, facilitator, design-thinker, and passionate evangelist for the “yes, and!” mindset that allows big ideas to thrive and evolve. In her current role, spreads the practice and culture of innovation within the health system. Her desire is to harness the brilliance of all levels of the workforce, give employees throughout the system tools and opportunities to innovate, and share the magic of de-risking potential solutions through recognizing and testing critical assumptions. Molly is active in Boise’s innovation ecosystem, chairing the MedTech track for Boise Entrepreneur Week and supporting local startups and entrepreneurs.

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Lexi Jensen

Lexi Jensen is a Registered Nurse at St. Luke's working as a Continuous Improvement Coach in the Innovation Center of Excellence. In the Innovation Center of Excellence, Lexi works to help others design with their customer in mind. She helps others realize their assumptions and helps foster empathy in projects through leading test design and implementation. Lexi is a resource in accelerating your Value Proposition and Business Model. She additionally owns a videography and photography business, A&D Jensen Productions, that specializes in telling business' stories, commercials, interviews, and more.

Jason Hudson

Jason has worked as an analyst and instructional designer for St. Luke’s the past three years. By utilizing a less-is-more approach, he brings creative clarity to complex information and data through graphic design, video production, education materials, and live trainings. With over 22 years of public speaking experience, he has led thousands of lectures, workshops, and retreats focused on servant leadership, personal reformation, and group dynamics. In his spare time Jason enjoys making the best pizza in Caldwell for his wife, Katie, their three teenagers, and anyone else who shows up to eat at their table.

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Nick Crabbs

Nick is a partner and founding member of Vynyl, a product development firm that works with corporations, institutions, and investors to build unique mobile, web, applications that are technically excellent, visually appealing, and create real & measurable business value. Prior to his work with Vynyl, Nick spent nearly a decade working for some of the nation's largest banking institutions, local municipalities, and large enterprise environments as an IT specialist and manager. Embracing his more entrepreneurial endeavors, community engagement and tech evangelism Nick has worked with several start-ups, local community organizations and leadership with large-scale events to leverage his knowledge and expertise in technology, management and recruiting to judge events, offer mentorship, speak on panels, and contribute to a growing tech and entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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