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A Healthy Idea is a podcast solely dedicated to exploring the digital health space. We interview founders, early team members, and VCs to understand how technology and entrepreneurship are changing the healthcare space.

Hosted by Iman Bendarkawi and Nico Medellin.

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A Healthy Idea is a podcast solely dedicated to exploring the digital health space. We interview founders, early team members, and VCs to understand how technology and entrepreneurship are changing the healthcare space.

Hosted by Iman Bendarkawi and Nico Medellin.

    Using Behavioral Economics to Improve Patient Outcomes with Matt Loper, CEO of Wellth

    Using Behavioral Economics to Improve Patient Outcomes with Matt Loper, CEO of Wellth

    Have you ever wondered why human beings tend to do things that are against their best interests, especially when it comes to taking care of their own health? The team at Wellth definitely did!

    We sit down with Matt Loper, CEO, and founder of Wellth, a rising star in the digital health space! Using Behavioral Economics, Wellth inspires positive behavior change for patients with chronic behavioral and physical health conditions. Medication non-compliance is such a large problem, that studies believe that medication non-compliance poses a $300B annual burden on the healthcare ecosystem. 

    To tackle such a large problem, the Wellth platform offers different features like personalized messaging, celebratory videos from family and...actual cash payments! 

    We talk about a variety of topics, everything from partnering with providers and health insurers, raising a $11M Series A, to Matt's personal story on why he founded Wellth. We talk about the role of behavioral economics and gamification in digital health and how it is changing the lives of patients!

    We are so excited about this episode, and the future of Wellth!

    You can see the shortlist of the amazing results Wellth has produced here: https://www.wellthapp.com/outcomes

    • 49 min
    Upgrading Clinical Care through Telemedicine in a Post-COVID World with Ijaz Arif and Dr. Arshad Ali

    Upgrading Clinical Care through Telemedicine in a Post-COVID World with Ijaz Arif and Dr. Arshad Ali

    In our latest episode, we spoke with the founders of VeeMed, Ijaz Arif  and Dr. Arshad Ali on how telemedicine is filling the gaps that exist in the clinic, especially post the outbreak of COVID-19. VeeMed is a telehealth platform that enables physicians, nurses, and clinical experts to accompany the patient on each step of their healthcare journey. They offer a suite of products to healthcare providers to digitally connect to patients, so the continuum of care is never disrupted. Patients are at the center of their tech, aiming to always provide "care on time"!

    VeeMed began with a spark of inspiration that brought together three forward-thinking men: a U.S. board-certified intensivist, a Duke and USC alumnus and technology entrepreneur, and a seasoned telemedicine evangelist. Since 2016 – only a year after two of the founders were recognized for innovation by President Barack Obama – VeeMed has worked hard to pair groundbreaking technology with deep clinical expertise, and operational excellence. They arrived to a turnkey telehealth solution that has been at the forefront of healthcare continuity during the coronavirus.

    We talk about the two eras of telemedicine: Pre COVID-19 and Post COVID-19. This is due to the dramatic spike seen in telemedicine! We talk about how there's been the rapid adoption and advancement of telemedicine in our society that would have taken us 5 years to achieve had the coronavirus not occurred. It's an amazing accomplishment for healthcare and it's being supported by companies like VeeMed leading the charge.

    VeeMed's current activities include partnering with Intel to provide a telehealth solution for Banner Health to fight COVID-19 -- while also managing their current suite of technologies, and supporting patients as active doctors themselves. What an unbelievable team and we so enjoyed talking to them! Please check out VeeMed at their website https://veemed.com/ for more. And check out Ijaz Arif and Arshad Ali on LinkedIn too!

    • 52 min
    Leveraging Global Demand for US Medical Expertise with Telehealth Services, with Babak Movassaghi and Christopher Lee, co-founders of InfiniteMD

    Leveraging Global Demand for US Medical Expertise with Telehealth Services, with Babak Movassaghi and Christopher Lee, co-founders of InfiniteMD

    Interested in a doctor's opinion from a world-renown Mass General Hospital on a head injury? InfiniteMD has you covered!

    InfiniteMD is a platform that lets patients around the world access healthcare specialists (think Oncology, radiology, dermatology, hematology, etc.) in the US for second-opinions on their medical care. 

    In this episode, we spoke with the founders of InfiniteMD, Babak Movassaghi (PhD, MBA) and Christopher Lee (MSE, PhD) on how virtual care is expanding globally - especially on their platform! 

    Since starting the company in 2015, InfiniteMD has brought on over 2,400 specialists onto their platform! In the US alone, 1.5 million people have access to the InfiniteMD platform.

    In today's episode, Babak and Chris discuss parts of the secret formula to building a successful telehealth platform. For example,


    How do you get medical specialists to join your platform?
    How do you create a platform that specialists and patients both love?
    Customers or Providers? Which should you acquire first?

    InfiniteMD also boasts some pretty amazing results. Over 20% of patients that use this platform are given a new diagnosis and ~82% of all cases at InfiniteMD have resulted in a change in treatment plan or additional diagnostic testing. 

    Super interesting use of technology -- even more so with a lens on the global patient population! Please check out InfiniteMD at their website https://www.infinitemd.com/for more. And check out Christopher and Babak on LinkedIn too!

    • 37 min
    Using the Power of Habit to Manage Chronic Disease, with Chris Lento, Head of Strategic Partnerships @ Noom

    Using the Power of Habit to Manage Chronic Disease, with Chris Lento, Head of Strategic Partnerships @ Noom

    In today's episode, we are interviewing Chris Lento, the Head of Healthcare Strategic Partnerships at Noom.    

    Noom is a world-leading behavior change company. Through combining AI, mobile, and psychology with the expertise of over 1,000 personal coaches, Noom helps people live healthier lives by changing their long-term habits. More than 50 million people benefit from the Noom platform, including its virtual diabetes prevention program, which was the first of its kind to be recognized by the CDC. Noom is already being used by leading healthcare and pharma companies to improve treatment outcomes for patients worldwide, which is exactly where our guest Chris makes strides! 

    Noom as raised $100 Million worth of funding and is backed by the likes of Sequoia and RRE Ventures. 

    Chris leads the partnership growth and commercial development of Noom. We sit down with him to talk through how Noom can create more effective solutions for the critical problem of treatment adherence today. We also discuss the power of the patient journey and where the Commercial side of the pharma world can learn more about value creation through patient empathy - he explains this is how Noom truly shined.    

    If you're bullish on the future of digital health, then you have to check this episode out - Noom really is at the forefront of the industry!    

    You can learn more about Noom at https://www.noom.com/#/

    • 42 min
    Bringing Psychiatry into the 21st Century with David Mou, Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer @ Valera Health

    Bringing Psychiatry into the 21st Century with David Mou, Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer @ Valera Health

    In today's episode, we are interviewing David Mou, the Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer at Valera Health.

    Valera Health is a one-stop-shop for patients to manage their mental health using a digital platform.

    Patients can access their therapist and psychiatrist in one place, with a dedicated health coach to help coordinate their care and support their wellness goals throughout your treatment.

    Valera Health also partners with providers to deliver real-time insights into patient needs, allowing care managers to deliver timely personalized interventions to patients.

    In this episode, we cover topics like:


    The issues with current mental health treatment
    How Valera Health differentiates itself in a competitive market
    The status quo of therapy before the use of technology
    How Psychiatry regulation is changing due to COVID-19

    This is an episode that you won't want to miss.

    You can learn more about Valera Health at https://valerahealth.com/

    • 27 min
    Serving Refugees through the Power of Technology with Zahra Al-Khateeb, COO @ Hikma Health

    Serving Refugees through the Power of Technology with Zahra Al-Khateeb, COO @ Hikma Health

    In today's episode, Iman and I are interviewing Zahra, the Chief Operating Officer at Hikma Health.

    Hikma Health is a nonprofit start-up that creates customized data systems for nonprofit organizations providing healthcare to underserved and refugee populations. Their platform analyzes health data to support the delivery of personalized healthcare to refugees.

    We sit down with Zahra to chat about a few different topics. For example:


    What does it mean to be to a "nonprofit start-up"?
    How does Hikma operate when all employees are part-time?
    Which software features Hikma decided to focus on and why?
    What is Hikma Health's long-term strategy for revenue?
    How do you flatten the COVID-19 curve in refugee camps?


    Hikma Health was started with the support of the MIT Media Lab Refugee Learning Accelerator, it was the runner-up in the MIT $100K accelerator competition, and were the winners of the 2019 Harvard Business School's New Venture competition for social enterprises.

    • 39 min

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