Archives     Advertise     Editorial Calendar      Advertiser Index     Subscribe     Contact Us    

Embracing Innovation & Change Benefits Us All


There's no question: Nashville reigns as the healthcare capital of the United States. If we embrace innovation, our vibrant city can retain - and expand - its leading edge.

For years, top names in healthcare have conducted industry-changing work here, while building a harmonious and collaborative community within the sector. To stay competitive, Nashville's healthcare leaders must recognize the signposts and grow accordingly. While our city boasts some of the nation's top corporate names in the industry, we are also home to hundreds of smaller, highly innovative healthcare companies working on the next wave of industry-changing solutions.

To put it in Music City terms, Nashville's current healthcare sector is akin to country music royalty. This is the golden moment - the career pinnacle - where the artist must choose. Keep blazing creative trails or fall back on greatest hits? Fortunately for Nashville, our city's inspired DNA compels us to keep moving forward, exploring new frontiers together. We will not fade into the sunset if we keep expanding our horizons.

What does that look like for our healthcare sector? Our team at the Nashville Entrepreneur Center's Project Healthcare initiative sees firsthand the power in collaboration across sectors within the industry. Much like movable social determinants of health determine roughly 80 percent of length and quality of life according to some studies, Nashville's healthcare industry's future will be determined by how much we embrace growth and innovation. We cannot afford to neglect this.

My best-case scenario would involve key players recognizing the value of Nashville healthcare innovators and entrepreneurs in telehealth, artificial intelligence and machine learning, virtual care technologies, and community and social services programs - each addressing the industry challenges of cost, access, quality, safety, and equity. This collaboration will contribute to the vibrancy of the sector and those larger institutions directly. Fortunately, many leading companies already see this as part of their corporate strategy. To progress, we must rally together to accelerate these capabilities - combining the knowledge, wisdom and experience of industry giants with the exuberance and enthusiasm of cutting edge entrepreneurs. Our entire industry will flourish if we do.

As Nashville's leading healthcare entrepreneurship initiative, Project Healthcare exists to bridge the communities of healthcare business leaders and entrepreneurs. To those who have built the Nashville healthcare sector as we know it, I offer thanks for your decades of commitment and an invitation: Come join us as we map out our future, together.

Just like Music City's greatest hits are often co-writes, collaboration will pave the way for healthcare's brightest future.

Healthcare executive Eric Thrailkill is chairman of Project Healthcare, an initiative of the Nashville Entrepreneur Center designed to provide innovators the tools and resources to successfully scale solutions targeting healthcare industry challenges. For more information, go to


Project Healthcare


Related Articles:

Recent Articles

Grant Creates Center for Maternal, Pediatric Precision Therapeutics

Vanderbilt University Medical Center has been awarded a five-year, $6 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to serve as a center of excellence for Maternal and Pediatric Precision in Therapeutics (MPRINT).

Read More

Change in Respiratory Care Strategies for Preterm Infants Improves Health Outcomes

A decade's worth of data shows that neonatologists are shifting the type of respiratory support they utilize for preterm infants, a move that could lead to improved health outcomes.

Read More

The Fear of the Unknown: Anxiety and the Upcoming School Year

Nurture the Next Discusses Ways to Help Children Cope as they Return to School

Read More

Older Age, Chronic Co-Morbidities Associated with More Severe COVID Disease in Children

Over the course of the pandemic, researchers nationwide noticed differences in COVID-19 disease between children and adults.

Read More

Envision Healthcare Shares Resources to Support Clinician Mental Health

National Medical Group Uses Systematic Professional Well-Being Approach to Support Clinicians' Wellness

Read More

Monroe Carell Jr. Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt Debuts New State-of-the-Art Maternal Fetal Clinic

Expectant parents never imagine they'll face tough decisions about treatments or surgeries for their unborn babies following a potentially devastating fetal diagnosis. But for thousands of families each year, this is a harsh reality.

Read More

Answering the Call to Train More Physicians

Local healthcare leaders address the growing need for doctors nationwide

Read More

Back to School with COVID

After enjoying a taste of 'return to normal' earlier this year, the Delta variant has changed the trajectory of the pandemic and plunged communities into crisis again.

Read More

Addressing Kids' Health in Tennessee

New plans designed to impact social determinants of health among Tennessee's kids

Read More

ACS Updates Children's Surgery Verification Program Standards

Updated standards from ACS Children's Surgery Verification Program emphasize new patient care expectations for participating hospitals.

Read More

Email Print



Eric Thrailkill, Health Tech, Healthcare Innovation, Nashville Entrepreneur Center, Project Healthcare
Powered by Bondware
News Publishing Software

The browser you are using is outdated!

You may not be getting all you can out of your browsing experience
and may be open to security risks!

Consider upgrading to the latest version of your browser or choose on below: