CEO, Spirit Healthcare
Chris Barker wants to make the world a healthier and happier place by empowering people to take control of their healthcare. As CEO of Spirit Healthcare he helps people understand how to make best use of NHS resources and utilise new technology to stay healthy.
Launched in 2009, Spirit Healthcare develops a range of products and services that manage and monitor long-term health conditions, such as respiratory diseases and diabetes. The business has enjoyed rapid growth over recent years, leading to acquisitions and relocation. This year Spirit Healthcare has taken over the care of three GP surgeries – managing the care of nearly 16,000 patients; seen its EMPOWER diabetes education programme improve uptake rates for people recently diagnosed with diabetes from a national average of under 10% to over 45%; and launched the latest version of its mobile health platform that achieved a 67% reduction in hospitalisations in people with severe respiratory disease.
Aside from creating innovative technologies, Chris guides the business to help other organisations achieve their goals, namely by working with South Leicestershire College to provide apprenticeships and a number of charities.
Chris describes his vision for Spirit as, “making the world a healthier and happier place by building the best healthcare team of people on the planet.”