Rural areas account for 80% of the landmass of the United States with fewer than 9% of all physicians practicing in these areas. That's unfortunate, because of the 24 million Americans living in rural America, 10 million of which are over the age of 65, account for more than 150 million specialist visits each year. On average, these elderly patients commute 42 miles each way.
This creates an enormous opportunity. By using telemedicine technology to export their specialists to underserved areas, major metropolitan health systems are able to grow market share and maximize efficiency, while generating substantial revenue for rural hospitals that are now able to provide broader service to local residents.
Innovator Health is focused on supporting the more than 1,800 rural hospitals across the United States by providing a technology platform so engaging that their local patient populations will choose to access their care locally, rather than commuting to urban communities for medical services. For more about the physician distribution crisis, please refer to .
As both a practitioner of telemedicine and a technology executive, Dr. Sommer understands the importance of creating telemedicine systems that exceed expectations. With a focus on reliability and simplicity, Dr. Sommer’s vision is to deploy Innovator Health technologies so that all Americans have access to the highest level of care.
Dr. Sommer received his Doctor of Osteopathic degree and holds a Master’s in Public Health from Nova Southeastern University's College of Osteopathic Medicine. Dr. Sommer also has more than 20 years of military service and two combat deployments in support of the Global War on Terrorism. It was his work in these austere environments that generated his passion for telemedicine. Dr. Sommer went on to earn his Master’s in Business Administration from Duke’s Fuqua School of Business and he is a Health Policy Fellow of the American Osteopathic Association.
Dennis Kopp serves as the Chief Operations and Strategy Officer of Innovator Health. Dennis joined the company in 2017 after spending the previous 30+ years working at large corporations in a variety of leadership and executive positions. Most recently, Dennis was the Innovation and Product Development Director at Johns Manville, a Berkshire Hathaway Company, and Global Director of Avery Dennison Performance Polymers Division. He also spent nearly 20 years with GE as the General Manager of GE Petrochemicals, Global Director of Procurement and the General Manager of GE Energy Services Strategic Marketing.
Dennis has commercialized numerous new product lines, launched and lead new businesses like the Johns Manville Subsea Insulation Division and is listed on multiple patents. He grew up in a military family as both parents served in the USAF, grew up in Chicago and graduated from Northern Illinois University. Dennis enjoys traveling globally and meeting new and interesting people. On his spare time, he plays golf, works outdoors, and helps others that need it the most.