Kelly Connolly is the CEO & founder of Honor Clinic, a primary care clinic providing improved patient outcomes at a 75% discount through proven practices, technology, and efficient business models. After a successful executive career managing businesses for Fortune 500 & FTSE 100 healthcare organizations in the US & Asia, Kelly moved to Boston to lead the Honor Clinic and pioneer a new way of offering healthcare.
1. What drove you to start your company? How has your work history become the catalyst for what you’re doing now?
I was working abroad to make healthcare more accessible and affordable for developed and developing countries, regardless of class, education or income. However, with the new American presidential administration elected in 2016, it became clear the affordability and accessibility of healthcare in my own home country is a major challenge. Finding an answer or progressive solutions also became of grave importance to me because my family has worked in healthcare and/or was supported by government programs.
2. What problem do you aim to solve in today’s healthcare community?
I’m passionate about securing accessibility to primary care and taking on and solving the inability of government, providers, and patients to afford or continue to afford healthcare.
3. Why the city of Boston? What makes it the ideal environment for the Honor Clinic?
Boston is a healthcare hub of providers, payers, device and pharmaceutical manufacturers. Boston attracts global leaders who are driven by research, collaboration and change. Boston also fosters a healthy and progressive startup environment making it ideal for innovative and out of the box thinking.
4. Healthcare is a hot button topic in today’s politics. If you could have the White House’s ear and resources, what initiatives and policies would you implement?
I would advocate a single payer system (or Medicare for all) to reduce inefficiencies, waste, and cost while monitoring quality metrics across the entire system. Unfortunately, such a system would be a challenge under the existing infrastructure. However, I do believe the government can purchase devices and drugs on behalf of all providers. In addition, I feel it’s important that the government continue to fund Medicaid as it’s been implemented while exploring and supporting capitation, which is a payment model designed specifically for the healthcare industry. Without Medicaid, the cost to the system could skyrocket via ER visits and delayed treatment. Conversely, capitation would encourage preventative care rather than pay per procedure which can poorly affect patient treatment incentives.
5. If you were given three wishes to aid your dream and cause, what would they be?
I only get three? Okay, first I would love to have access to and support from the brightest minds in healthcare. Secondly, I would reduce the cost of healthcare by 75% making it affordable to most if not all. And finally, I think it’s of the upmost importance to have a fun work environment and a meaningful and relevant company mission that motivates employees for all the right reasons.