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Apr 19, 2018

Anne C. Beal, MD, MPH, is dedicated to improving health care in the United States, particularly for vulnerable patient groups. Her career is devoted to providing access to high quality health care and has included delivering health care services, teaching, research, public health, and philanthropy.

Dr. Beal is Senior Vice President and Head of Global Patient Solutions for Sanofi, an integrated, global health care company focused on patient needs and engaged in the research, development, manufacturing, and marketing of health care products. In that role, she is supporting a culture of patient-centeredness that ensures patients, their needs and priorities, come first in all of the work of Sanofi.

Prior to that, she was the Deputy Executive Director and Chief Engagement Officer for the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) in the US, which was created by the Affordable Care Act to improve health care delivery and outcomes by helping people make informed health care decisions based on research that is guided by patients, caregivers, and the broader health care community. As PCORI’s first Chief Officer for Engagement, Dr. Beal was charged with ensuring that the voices of patients and other stakeholders are reflected in their research portfolio. In her role as Deputy Executive Director, she helped to see that PCORI worked efficiently and effectively to carry out its mission as the nation’s largest research institute focused on patient-centered outcomes research.

Earlier in her career, Dr. Beal was President of the Aetna Foundation, the independent charitable and philanthropic arm of Aetna Inc. The Foundation promotes wellness, health, and access to high-quality health care for everyone, and its programs focused on addressing the rising rate of adult and childhood obesity in the US; promoting racial and ethnic equity in health and health care; and advancing integrated health care and care coordination.

Dr. Beal’s career in philanthropy started at the Commonwealth Fund where she was Assistant Vice President for the Program on Health Care Disparities and oversaw their programs on eliminating health disparities, collecting race/ethnicity data in health care, cultural competency, supporting the safety net, and training and development of minority health policy leaders.

Early in her career, Dr. Beal, who is a board certified pediatrician, worked with a mobile medical unit project delivering health care services to children living in homeless shelters throughout New York City. She was also a health services researcher at Harvard Medical School in the Center for Child & Adolescent Health Policy at Massachusetts General Hospital. In addition, she was Associate Director of the Multicultural Affairs Office of Massachusetts General Hospital, an attending pediatrician in the division of General Pediatrics, and held faculty positions both in Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health.

Dr. Beal’s research interests include social influences on preventive health behaviors for minorities, racial disparities in health care, and quality of care for child health. While at Harvard, she was the principal investigator of research projects supported by the National Institute of Health (NIH), the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), the Commonwealth Fund, and other private foundations. She has served on several regional and national advisory boards including the Institute of Medicine (IOM) Committee on Future Directions for the National Healthcare Quality and Disparities Reports, the New York State Public Health Council, served as Chair for the New York State Minority health Council, was co-chair of the Healthcare Disparities Technical Advisory Panel for the National Quality Forum (NQF) Ambulatory Care Measures’ Project, and was elected to the Board of Grantmakers in Health, as well as AcademyHealth, the professional society for health services researchers and health policy analysts.

In addition to publishing in the peer-reviewed medical literature, Dr. Beal is also the author of The Black Parenting Book: Caring for Our Children in the First Five Years. Dr. Beal has been a pediatric commentator and medical correspondent for Essence Magazine, The American Baby Show, ABC News, and NBC News. Dr. Beal holds a BA from Brown University, an MD from Cornell University Medical College, and an MPH from Columbia University. She completed her internship, residency, and National Research Service Award fellowship at Albert Einstein College of Medicine/Montefiore Medical Center in the Bronx.

00:00 What Patient centricity means.
03:00 Sanofi’s definition of patient centricity.
04:30 The 3 pillars of Dr. Beal's strategic framework.
05:25 Patient input developing patient insights (patients as partners).
06:00 Patient business strategy.
06:30 Patient outcomes and solutions.
08:15 Navigating and improving patient outcomes through physicians.
12:00 EP168 with Gary Frazier of Om Healthcare.
19:30 Market access capability and how we need a similar capability around patients.
20:50 “So there’s the research that needs to be done as your bringing a product to market, but then there’s the real world impact.”
21:40 “The more we have the data to understand that, the more we can say ‘OK, here’s how things should really work for patients and for which patients.’”
22:25 “There a gap between prescription and outcomes.”
22:40 We we need real-world trials.
26:35 How Dr. Beal sees pharma collaborating with payers and providers.
26:45 “Around the patient is always a win-win situation.”
29:25 Sanofi’s new initiatives.
31:50 You can learn more by visiting and search for “patient centricity” and “patient engagement.”