Hacking Health Care: Exploring the Evolution of Health Care Technology in a Post Pandemic World
Kai Tao is a seasoned women’s health provider with extensive experience in health policy, programs and clinical operations. Her clinical experience includes opening a birth center for underserved women in Arizona to starting affordable male reproductive health services, such as vasectomies. For the last 15 years, she has been practicing as a Certified Nurse Midwife with a large FQHC and academic center providing full scope intra-partum care (aka delivering babies on the weekend). Prior she ambulatory care operations, overseeing 17 health centers statewide including the Quality Assurance Department and opening an in- house laboratory. In 2013, she worked under Governor Quinn as a Senior Policy Advisor to the Director at the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services. She co-created the Illinois Family Planning Action Plan- a multipronged approach to expanding contraceptive access via payment reform. She served on the American College of Obstetrics & Gynecologist’s (ACOG) Patient Safety and Quality Improvement Committee from 2010-2015 and continues to serve as an ACOG surveyor for the Safety Certification in Out -Patient Excellence (SCOPE) and the Voluntary Review of Quality of Care (VRQC). Prior to starting Juno4Me, Kai was the Deputy Commissioner/ Chief Program Officer for the Chicago Department of Public Health overseeing the Maternal, Infant, Child and Adolescent Health Bureau and STI/HIV Bureau. Kai participates in multiple perinatal health committees, is currently an active voting member for the Illinois Medicaid Advisory Council and is a board member with Health and Medicine Policy Research Group. In her free time, she advises on clinical matters related to Covid-19 collection and mass testing. Kai received her Master of Science and Doctor of Nursing from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and her Master of Public Health from Harvard School of Public Health.