Leveraging technology to take better care of members today and tomorrow

By Regence
May 08, 2020
Innovation Matters Regence BlueShield of Idaho Sean Robbins

Regence BlueShield of Idaho President Sean Robbins participates in statewide Innovation Matters program

Main photo: Courtesy of Idaho Technology Council

The Idaho Technology Council is the state’s premier member-driven organization focused on leading the way toward a knowledge-based economy in Idaho with initiatives around talent, access to capital and commercialization. The group hosts conferences and events, prepares key reports and serves as a force multiplier and advocate for the interests of Idaho’s varied and geographically dispersed technology sector. To advance its mission, the council has begun a weekly streamed video program called Innovation Matters.

The program’s host, Idaho Technology Council CEO Jay Larsen, recently reached out to Regence BlueShield of Idaho President Sean Robbins to ask him to participate in the first weekly show in May. During the May 7 program, Larsen raised questions about the emergence of telehealth during the COVID-19 pandemic, the role of technology more broadly and how health care might look and function in the future.

The next guest on the show was Lynn Hoffmann, CEO of Intermountain 3D, a made-in-Idaho company started in 2014 to bring commercial 3D printing capabilities to manufacturers, product designers and entrepreneurs. The firm has recently gained broad recognition for its novel 3D-printed respirator, which was developed to help alleviate widespread shortages of personal protective equipment. In addition to her fulltime role with Intermountain 3D, Hoffman also serves as vice chair of the Regence BlueShield of Idaho Board of Directors.   

This was the first appearance for Regence on Innovation Matters, the only weekly technology focused show of its type in the state.

You can view the May 7 show below or by visiting the technology council’s YouTube channel as well as its podcast site.