Chris Hermann, MD, PhD  Founder and CEO

The Healthcare QualityCast

Chris Hermann, MD, PhD Founder and CEO

April 20, 2021

Chris Hermann, MD, PhD Founder and CEO

Chris Hermann, PhD is the Founder and CEO of Clean Hands – Safe Hands (CHSH). He has over 14 years of experience working in medical technology design and healthcare. His background, as a physician and engineer, has given him a unique perspective to bridge the gap between engineering and medicine. His in-depth technical and clinical knowledge have allowed him to lead multidisciplinary teams to address complex clinical problems. These teams have created several medical devices, biologic therapies, and electronic sensors that are used clinically or are in clinical trials.

Dr. Hermann started and led the multi-institution research collaboration that developed the core technology utilized in the CHSH system. The research team included investigators from Children’s Healthcare, Georgia Tech, Emory School of Medicine, the GA Tech Research Institute, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Over the last 10 years, the research team has secured and executed more than eight state and federal research grants totaling over $3.2M. Unlike most clinical research grants, these projects were heavily focused on rapid iteration engineering development and completely driven by the real-world needs of clinicians. Dr. Hermann is the lead inventor for the patents related to the CHSH technology and serves as the connection between the clinicians and engineers.

Outside of his clinical experience, Dr. Hermann has over ten years of experience in a variety of leadership development training, experiential education, and team-building roles. These include running and facilitating high ropes/challenge courses, climbing leadership development programs, and high adventure sailing programs. He has a Ph.D. in Bioengineering, an MS in Mechanical Engineering, a BS in Biomedical Engineering with High Honors from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and an MD from the Emory School of Medicine. 

Here in Episode #114, Chris starts our show with a leadership mindset to push for innovation and continuous improvement. We learn that Chris is an engineer, a physician leader, and an entrepreneur with no lack of passion for improving the health care industry. Chris gives us a great overview of SHCH’s technology and approaches to help save lives. He gives us key takeaways that healthcare leaders should understand when improving compliance for hand hygiene; as well as great insights on the change management elements with hand hygiene. 

We explore the impact of the Hawthorne Effect on hand hygiene compliance across healthcare. Chris shares how his team is using a systematic problem-solving approach to help their clients reduce infections overall 65%. He highlights a big opportunity around quality professionals helping to push for transparency in the standards for hand hygiene compliance and infection prevention. Chris challenges our beliefs in whether we’re making chicken scales or chicken feeders. He calls out burnout as both the biggest opportunity and the biggest challenge for health care leaders to overcome today. And Chris shares the top attributes of a quality person in healthcare. 

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