Name: Kathryn Pearson Peyton, MD
Business: Mammosphere, nonprofit mammography cloud storage and image exchange
Location: Jacksonville, Florida, U.S.
Reason for starting: As a breast imaging radiologist (Stanford & UCSF training) with 3 generations of my family afflicted with breast cancer, I realized that we have a major problem in the world of breast cancer screening: access to prior mammograms. Mammosphere is a 501(c)(3) organization that provides a technology platform to hospitals and imaging centers in order to securely store and exchange mammograms and other breast exams. This improves earlier detection of breast cancer and reduces additional unnecessary imaging, thereby resulting in improved patient outcomes and reduced healthcare costs.
How do you define success? Success for me, personally, is feeling energized and passionate about family, work, and friends. Success for Mammosphere would be connecting a multitude, if not ALL, breast centers to securely store and exchange all essential prior mammograms, providing an important improvement to women’s healthcare: saving lives, improving well-being (reduced patient anxiety, radiation exposure; earlier breast cancer detection), and reducing wasteful healthcare costs.
Biggest Success: My biggest success would be raising two wonderful boys. Mammosphere’s biggest success would be in generating tremendous collaborative interest from providers, payers, patients, breast cancer advocacy groups, and policymakers – all with motive to improve women’s wellness and well-being. Mammosphere is installed and connecting breast centers in Florida, with hopes of expanding nationally and perhaps globally.
What is your top challenge and how have you addressed it? Healthcare IT is slow to adopt our new disruptive technology, despite its security features, efficacy, and tremendous return on investment.
Who is your most important role model? My husband. He has the greatest emotional intelligence of anyone I have ever known: able to connect with all people and bring out the very best in everyone he meets.
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