17 episodes

We share stories from trailblazing entrepreneurs on how to build a digital health business from 0 to 1.

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    • 5.0 • 25 Ratings

We share stories from trailblazing entrepreneurs on how to build a digital health business from 0 to 1.

    Lessons from Andrew Arruda, Flexpa, on enabling access to patient healthcare data

    Lessons from Andrew Arruda, Flexpa, on enabling access to patient healthcare data

    This week, we’re super excited to chat with Andrew Arruda, CEO, and Co-Founder of Flexpa, the fastest way for your digital health app to connect to new Patient Access APIs

    Founded in Jan 2021, Flexpa allows its customers to support linking data sources from Medicare, individual & family, and employer group plans from Unitedhealthcare, Anthem, Humana, and more. In this episode, we learn about Andrew’s unique journey into healthcare entrepreneurship as a confluence of the pandemic, love, near-death experience and friendship, the changing landscape of healthcare data regulations, and running a solid fundraising process.

    In June 2022, Flexpa announced an $8.5M seed round led by General Catalyst.

    • 43 min
    Lessons from Troy Bannister, Particle Health, On the evolving landscape of healthcare data exchange

    Lessons from Troy Bannister, Particle Health, On the evolving landscape of healthcare data exchange

    This week, we’re super excited to chat with Troy Bannister, CEO and Co-Founder of Particle Health, a user-friendly API platform shaping the new standard for healthcare data exchange. Founded in 2018, Particle Health’s comprehensive API uniquely combines data from 270 million plus patients’ medical records by aggregating and unifying healthcare records from thousands of sources. With this approach providers are able to easily obtain clinical data points without complex technology integrations, putting actionable patient health data at their fingertips.

    In this episode, we learn about Particle Health’s founding story, define healthcare data access and frameworks and the regulatory tailwinds for healthcare data access in the broader healthcare system. Is healthcare ready for the blockchain? We find out here!

    Particle Health raised $25M to accelerate their platform growth from Canvas Ventures. The financing brings the organization’s total capital raised to $39M.

    • 30 min
    Lessons from Karan Singh, Headspace Health, Reinventing new GTMs and business models in mental health

    Lessons from Karan Singh, Headspace Health, Reinventing new GTMs and business models in mental health

    This week, we’re super excited to have Karan Singh, COO and Co-Founder of Headspace Health, a leading provider of mental health and wellbeing solutions, touching the lives of over 100 million people in 190 countries
    As Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer, Karan drives clinical strategy, business development, research, and oversees daily operations for Ginger. He has worked across the healthcare ecosystem, from consulting with leading bio-pharma clients at ZS Associates to commercializing a health data analytics solution at Humedica. Karan holds his MBA from MIT Sloan and graduated with his Bachelors from UC Berkeley.

    Founded in 2011, Ginger provides personalized mental health support from behavioral health coaching, therapy, psychiatry, and self-care resources, all from the privacy of a smartphone.

    Last year, Headspace and Ginger merged to form Headspace Health, which is valued at $3B. Before Ginger was acquired, Ginger had raised $220M+ in funding. Now Headspace Health combines Ginger’s therapy, psychiatry and coaching offerings together with Headspace’s mindfulness and meditation services. Mindfulness by Headspace, human-to-human support by Ginger. Through their flagship Headspace brand, they have touched the lives of over 100 million people in 190 countries through mindfulness tools for managing stress, sleep, and focus. Headspace for Work and Ginger is distributed through over 3,500 enterprises today.

    In this episode, we talk about what it was like founding Ginger, and establishing new business models (one of the first digital health companies that sold to employers at scale), and the incredible journey a decade later touching over 100m lives globally. Karan is extremely humble and grounded and I think we can learn a lot from his leadership style and his perspectives and philosophy on founder work-life balance.

    • 35 min
    Lessons from Kristina Saffran, Equip Health, Delivering patient- and margin- first tech-enabled services model for eating disorders

    Lessons from Kristina Saffran, Equip Health, Delivering patient- and margin- first tech-enabled services model for eating disorders

    This week, we’re super excited to chat with Kristina Saffran, CEO and Co-Founder of Equip Health, a leading virtual, evidence-based eating disorder treatment provider. Founded in 2019, Equip Health helps families recover from eating disorders at home. Equip provides virtual, evidence-based care provided by a dedicated five-person team that empowers families to help their loved one achieve lasting recovery. Kristina has dedicated her life to ensuring people have access to quality and affordable treatment. Before starting Equip, Kristina was CEO and Co-Founder of Project HEAL which she started at age 15. Project HEAL is a foundation that provides funding for eating disorder treatment grants to those without financial access and has a network of 100,000 people across 40 chapters worldwide.  She is a Mental Health Advisory Board Member at Verily Life Sciences and previously worked as a research coordinator at the Stanford University of Medicine after graduating from Harvard in Psychology.

    In February 2022, Equip announced that they raised a $58 Million Series B Funding Round led by The Chernin Group, joined by Tiger Global, General Catalyst, Stripes Group and more, to scale access to their treatment.

    In this episode, we talk about Kristina’s experience with eating disorders, her journey through nonprofits and academia to eventually founding Equip, and how she has scaled a tech-enabled services business profitably in all 50 states. 

    • 37 min
    Lessons from AmirAli Talasaz, Guardant Health, Building a leading precision oncology company to IPO

    Lessons from AmirAli Talasaz, Guardant Health, Building a leading precision oncology company to IPO

    This week, we’re super excited to have AmirAli Talasaz, co-CEO and co-founder of Guardant Health, a leading precision oncology company focused on helping conquer cancer globally.

    Founded in 2011, Guardant Health is focused on helping conquer cancer through the use of its proprietary blood-based tests, vast data sets and advanced analytics.  Guardant’s solutions include treatment selection, recurrence detection and early detection of cancer. The Guardant Health oncology platform leverages capabilities to drive commercial adoption, improve patient clinical outcomes and lower healthcare costs across all stages of the cancer care continuum.

    Through multiple rounds of private financing, Guardant Health raised over $500 million from investors including Sequoia, Khosla, Lightspeed, OrbiMed, and Softbank, and Pear! and Guardant completed a successful IPO in October 2018.

    • 43 min
    Lessons from Corbin Petro, Eleanor Health, Delivering on a value-based care model for complex populations

    Lessons from Corbin Petro, Eleanor Health, Delivering on a value-based care model for complex populations

    This week, we’re super excited to have Corbin Petro, CEO and Co-Founder of Eleanor Health. In this episode, we cover how Eleanor Health utilizes a value-based care model for health plan's most vulnerable and complex populations. We dive into different levels of risk and discuss tradeoffs for a startup at different stages. Founded in 2019, Eleanor Health provides evidence-based, whole-person care specializing in addressing the unique complexities of individuals and populations with substance use disorders and mental health needs. Eleanor Health leverages proprietary technology and data-driven insights, compassionate teams, and value-based payment to deliver superior clinical and financial outcomes.

    Eleanor recently announced last month that they raised a $50M Series C Round led by General Catalyst with participation from Warburg Pincus, Townhall Ventures, Northpond Ventures and Rethink Impact.

    • 34 min

Customer Reviews

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25 Ratings

25 Ratings

conniekj ,

Informative and useful

Perfect for an entrepreneur who wants inspiration and tactical advice on how to build / grow. Vivian is able to dig deep and clearly does her homework on each founder and startup. It’s clear that founders feel comfortable talking to her and sharing real insights.

Libie M ,

My new favorite podcast

If you’re a fan of How I Built This or have any interest in health tech, this is the podcast for you. Vivian asks great questions and brings on incredible guests. Highly recommend!

amywchiang ,

Insightful!

Great podcast to stay abreast of the health tech landscape and learn more about cool innovations and business insights from amazing guests in the space. I especially love the interview/conversational format - Vivien’s ability to ask deep, sharp questions keeps the content super interesting and engaging!

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