Q&A con Tyler Wilson: Director ejecutivo de la asociación nacional para la terapia del protón

por Sean Ruck, Contributing Editor | March 09, 2015
Tyler Wilson
From the March 2015 issue of HealthCare Business News magazine

With NAPT’s annual conference taking place March 30 to April 2 in Washington, D.C., HCBN caught up with executive director Tyler Wilson to find out more about the association’s first new director in 25 years and only the second ever (an interview with founder and former director Leonard Arzt can be found on page 44).

HCBN: What is your background?
I am an association executive and an attorney. I’ve been in health care for 15 years and have been in Washington for 20-plus years with a strong government affairs and lobbying background. Previously, I worked on behalf of the orthotics and prosthetics industry and more recently, durable medical equipment. I moved over to the proton community in September of 2014.

HCBN: What items are at the top of your “to-do” list for your first few months with the association?
The proton community needs to continue to work together on advocacy, communications and public relations. We also need to go beyond working strictly within the proton community and add others that are cancer treatment stakeholders. Part of NAPT’s challenge is to get all of the disparate segments of the community to work together.

These challenges we face are really collective challenges, so we need an approach where everyone is weighing in and helping to build a consensus among the different centers. The various centers are organized differently, of course, with some being not for profit and others having a for-profit model.

There’s a great benefit from the centers being able to share ideas and network. But beyond that, let’s take the conversation about public affairs, for instance — there’s only so much one center can do on its own. Highlighting the benefits of proton therapy with a collective effort and moving forward is part of what we are able to do as a national organization.

HCBN: What are your long-term goals for the organization?
I want to make sure that every proton therapy center, whether currently treating or under construction, is a member of the association. I want to make sure our membership is comprehensive and that we have the resources — not only monetary resources, but also the means for working effectively with the different departments at the different centers.

This means the PR and marketing teams, the business development department, the clinicians, and the center administrators, as well as the technology providers and other vendors. All of those mentioned have an interest in making sure their centers (or their customers if they are technology providers) are receiving proper compensation for the health care they’re delivering and serving patients with the best therapy possible.

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