In this week’s episode of the LTC Heroes podcast, we speak with Taylor Davis, President of KLAS Research, at the HIMSS Global Health Conference & Exhibition. We discuss healthcare technology and Taylor’s experience working as president at KLAS research.

Taylor attended HIMMS to see people from healthcare provider organizations that he often meets with via Zoom and staff members from KLAS. Seeing everyone at the conference was an emotional experience after spending so much time apart following the pandemic.

While Taylor has been at KLAS for a while, he’s quite new to his role as president. Some of the lessons and learning curves from joining the role include Taylor’s change from trying to be one of the heroes in long-term care to supporting those heroes. 

KLAS has many goals, and one is to make healthcare the safest place for technology, both for adoption and selecting solutions.

Taylor shares some of the challenges he meets in his role, such as connecting with leaders in the healthcare industry. Like many businesses, KLAS also has challenges growing some of the company’s new initiatives. In addition, he talks about how he manages team members.

Rapid-Fire Q/A

What non-existent job do you wish existed in our industry?

I wish that there was an empowered quality officer. You have quality officers, but often their hands are tied to be able to go and create the type of change they need to within an organization. 

And we don’t want to offend different physicians, and talent, and anyone else. And it has to be the right person who could create teamwork and redefine workflows.

Who inspires you the most?

My wife, without a doubt. I married somebody who’s absolutely amazing. We’ve just been on such a great journey. She thinks unlike anybody that I’ve ever known before. 

She constantly surprises me with the way that she approaches things in life.

What’s something that you will not be doing ten years from now?

I don’t know about that. I’m probably overly optimistic in life. So I tend to think that I’ll be doing everything that I’m doing now. 

If you had to pick one cause to dedicate the rest of your life, what would it be?

There’s one cause that I care more about than healthcare. I have two kids who have special needs. 

Creating a better world and helping the whole world understand the value of special needs, and creating safety for them is something that I probably care about more than anything else.

Your house containing everything you own catches fire. After saving your loved ones, pets, and kids, you have time to safely make a final dash to save one item. What would it be and why?

My family knows what this would be. I grew up in Idaho. I’m an Eagle Scout. 

I love to camp. I love the outdoors. 

We have a little trailer to go up into the mountains. So if the house was burning, I’d be moving the trailer away from the house, so it didn’t catch fire, also because it’s got all of our camping stuff inside it.

It’s so healing for me to get off the grid, to be in quiet places, and be outdoors, and live in Utah. And so that’s a big piece of who I am.  So I’d go and save the trailer.

Discover how Taylor Davis, President at KLAS Research, manages his role by tuning into the latest episode of the LTC Heroes podcast.

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