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StartUp Health NOW celebrates the innovators, industry leaders, and entrepreneurs who are reimagining health and wellness.

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StartUp Health NOW celebrates the innovators, industry leaders, and entrepreneurs who are reimagining health and wellness.

    Health Innovation Implementation: Dr. Robert Wilson on How Partnering with PreventScripts Enhanced His Medical Practice

    Health Innovation Implementation: Dr. Robert Wilson on How Partnering with PreventScripts Enhanced His Medical Practice

    Typically on this show we talk to the health tech founders – who we call Health Transformers – that are creating the tools and platforms that will modernize our health system. This week we have a different kind of guest who will help round out the picture of how healthcare innovation goes from idea to real-world implementation.



    Our guest is Robert Wilson, MD, a family physician who runs CovenantCare Family Practice, a multi-site medical practice in Tennessee. Dr. Wilson popped up on our radar because he was an early partner for PreventScripts, a startup that’s part of the StartUp Health portfolio. PreventScripts, led by Brandi Harless and Natalie Davis, MD, has created a platform that helps family doctors like Dr. Wilson identify patients who would benefit from chronic care management. Think about a patient who is pre-diabetic and all signs point towards a long battle with Type 2 diabetes. While Dr. Wilson might be too overextended to identify and coach this patient before the disease sets in, PreventScripts can identify the risk and put the patient on a clinically-proven program. Patients with chronic diseases, or the risk of disease, get heightened care between visits, and Dr. Wilson gets added reimbursement.



    We wanted to talk to Dr. Wilson to understand why he was interested in partnering with a health startup, as this is one of the key hurdles for any health innovator. How do you find the right clinical partner, a place to prove out your brilliant idea in the real world, and then iterate based on user feedback?



    In the conversation, we’ll get into the real-world challenges that Dr. Wilson faces, his motivation for evolving his practice, and how PreventScripts has helped him fill gaps in patient care.







    Learn more and connect with the team at PreventScripts.







    Entrepreneurs: How to get investment from StartUp Health startuphealth.com



    Investors: How to invest in StartUp Health Moonshots healthmoonshots.com

    Want more content like this? You can subscribe to the podcast as well as other health innovation updates at startuphealth.com/content.

    Sign up for StartUp Health Insiderℱ to get funding insights, news, and special updates delivered to your inbox.









    Passionate about Type 1 diabetes? If you’re an entrepreneur or investor, contact us to learn how you can join our T1D Moonshot.

    Looking to break down health barriers? If you’re an entrepreneur or investor, contact us to learn how you can join our Health Equity Moonshot.

    • 22 min
    KP Yelpaala Shares the Mission & Vision Behind StartUp Health’s Health Equity Moonshot

    KP Yelpaala Shares the Mission & Vision Behind StartUp Health’s Health Equity Moonshot

    As our listeners will know, StartUp Health invests in what we call health moonshots. These are big, audacious health goals that guide us as we push innovative health entrepreneurs — our global army of Health Transformers — to collaborate and focus on long-term impact. We have health moonshots around curing cancer, improving women’s health, ending the opioid crisis, and we’ve recently added another focused on Type 1 diabetes.



    This week, we launched a Health Equity Moonshot at the Clinton Global Initiative in order to build a framework that re-orients these inspiring problem solvers to tackle the challenge beneath the challenge, the social and systemic factors that drive health inequities. This transformative initiative will be integrated into all of StartUp Health’s other health moonshots, breaking down silos and encouraging local and global collaboration.



    Leading StartUp Health’s Health Equity Moonshot is Kaakpema “KP” Yelpaala, a global health entrepreneur and long-time Health Transformer (he is the CEO & Co-founder of StartUp Health portfolio company InOn Health) who has dedicated his life to reducing health disparities. Yelpaala is an American of Ghanaian heritage and sits at the intersection of the immigrant and Black experiences in the United States.



    In this StartUp Health NOW podcast episode, Yelpaala will share his vision for a Health Equity Moonshot and why it is necessary today.



    Want to join this Health Equity Moonshot? If you’re an investor who believes in this vision, we want to hear from you. Are you a founder focused on breaking down health barriers for historically marginalized communities or who has been held back based on systemic bias in race, ethnicity, gender, or sexual orientation? We want to hear from you.









    Entrepreneurs: How to get investment from StartUp Health startuphealth.com



    Investors: How to invest in StartUp Health Moonshots healthmoonshots.com

    Want more content like this? You can subscribe to the podcast as well as other health innovation updates at startuphealth.com/content.

    Sign up for StartUp Health Insiderℱ to get funding insights, news, and special updates delivered to your inbox.



     

    • 25 min
    The Future of Virtual Health, with Amwell’s Dr. Roy Schoenberg & Murray Brozinsky

    The Future of Virtual Health, with Amwell’s Dr. Roy Schoenberg & Murray Brozinsky

    We’ve talked extensively on this podcast about how COVID ushered in a period of rapid adoption of telemedicine. According to McKinsey, we went from around 11% of people using telehealth to around 46% during the pandemic.



    Few companies in the world were better poised to capitalize on this moment than Amwell. What’s so interesting about Amwell is that they weren’t created to meet this moment. They have been patiently and persistently ringing the telemedicine bell since 2006. Back then, seeing your doctor over your computer seemed like a pipe dream, or worse, some dystopian future.



    Now, well, things look a bit different. Building the infrastructure to deliver healthcare virtually is an idea whose time has come. And Amwell’s persistence has made them a world leader in the market.



    Now, Amwell is expanding the definition of virtual care. Last year they acquired StartUp Health portfolio company Conversa Health, which uses chatbot functionality to automate care in between visits to improve efficiency and outcomes.



    This episode of the podcast is pulled from a Fireside Chat where we sat down with Roy Schoenberg, MD, CEO and Co-founder of Amwell, and Murray Brozinsky, CEO of Conversa Health. The chat, which was moderated by Steven Krein, CEO and Co-founder of StartUp Health, pulls back the curtain on how these two companies came together, the lessons learned from the process, and what it all means for the future of virtual care. Roy and Murray are a wealth of wisdom and experience when it comes to digital health, so it was a powerful conversation. Hope you enjoy.











    Entrepreneurs: How to get investment from StartUp Health startuphealth.com



    Investors: How to invest in StartUp Health Moonshots healthmoonshots.com

    Want more content like this? You can subscribe to the podcast as well as other health innovation updates at startuphealth.com/content.

    Sign up for StartUp Health Insiderℱ to get funding insights, news, and special updates delivered to your inbox.









    Passionate about Type 1 diabetes? If you’re an entrepreneur or investor, contact us to learn how you can join our T1D Moonshot.

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Why Jon Miller, Former CEO at AOL and IAC, Joined StartUp Health’s Board of Directors

    Why Jon Miller, Former CEO at AOL and IAC, Joined StartUp Health’s Board of Directors

    Jon Miller is best known for being a former CEO of AOL, Head of Digital Media at News Corp, and Chief Executive of the media powerhouse IAC.



    With all of that experience in media, Miller might seem like an interesting choice for the StartUp Health board of directors, which he joined recently. After all, on the board he joins the likes of Toby Cosgrove, MD, whose pedigree as the former head of the Cleveland Clinic needs little explanation.



    Obviously, Miller’s experience in business, finance, and media has been vast, but how does that translate to health moonshots, these audacious goals that guide investments at StartUp Health? To find out, we called him up for a chat. Specifically, we wanted to know what tools of media could be used to speed up health innovation and help startups bring their solutions to market more successfully.



    What we learned was that many of the advancements and opportunities Miller has seen in media over the last couple decades – advancements in consumerism and community – are absolutely core to improving health in scalable digital ways.



    Listen in to hear Miller explain that vision and why he’s more excited than ever to support a global army of health tech entrepreneurs – this band of like-minded founders we call Health Transformers.











    Entrepreneurs: How to get investment from StartUp Health startuphealth.com



    Investors: How to invest in StartUp Health Moonshots healthmoonshots.com

    Want more content like this? You can subscribe to the podcast as well as other health innovation updates at startuphealth.com/content.

    Sign up for StartUp Health Insiderℱ to get funding insights, news, and special updates delivered to your inbox.









    Passionate about Type 1 diabetes? If you’re an entrepreneur or investor, contact us to learn how you can join our T1D Moonshot.

    • 19 min
    Affectifi’s ThinkHuman Platform Uses Streaming TV to Make Emotional Regulation Easy, Fun, and Accessible

    Affectifi’s ThinkHuman Platform Uses Streaming TV to Make Emotional Regulation Easy, Fun, and Accessible

    Emotional regulation. It’s a fancy term for something very simple, and something we often take for granted. Emotional regulation is a person's ability to effectively manage and respond to an emotional experience. We do this work unconsciously all day long, deciding how to respond when we’re cut off in traffic or when we see something we disagree with on social media.



    How we respond to emotional situations can have massive ramifications for our lives, yet we don’t typically spend much time thinking about it or trying to improve.



    Our guests this week, Melissa Cesarano and Ilya Lyashevsky, got their PhDs at Columbia University studying the science of this field, called social-emotional learning. Now, they’ve poured their academic work into a startup called Affectifi, which StartUp Health backed last year.



    In this conversation, we’ll hear from Mel and Ilya about their unique methodology for teaching emotional regulation to young people. It’s a platform called ThinkHuman and it actually piggy-backs training modules on top of popular content on streaming platforms like Netflix and Disney+.



    Listen in to hear how it works.







    Learn more and connect with the team at Affectifi.







    Entrepreneurs: How to get investment from StartUp Health startuphealth.com



    Investors: How to invest in StartUp Health Moonshots healthmoonshots.com

    Want more content like this? You can subscribe to the podcast as well as other health innovation updates at startuphealth.com/content.

    Sign up for StartUp Health Insiderℱ to get funding insights, news, and special updates delivered to your inbox.









    Passionate about Type 1 diabetes? If you’re an entrepreneur or investor, contact us to learn how you can join our T1D Moonshot.

    • 35 min
    At Trusty.care, Joseph Schneier Is Building a Better Infrastructure for Medicaid and Medicare Benefits

    At Trusty.care, Joseph Schneier Is Building a Better Infrastructure for Medicaid and Medicare Benefits

    This week on StartUp Health NOW we’re talking to Joseph Schneier, the CEO and Co-founder of Trusty.care, a company that joined StartUp Health in 2018. Joseph holds a special place here at StartUp Health because not only is he a four-time serial entrepreneur, but he’s heading up his second StartUp Health-backed company.



    Joseph's latest endeavor, Trusty.care, is a platform that makes sense out of the byzantine world of Medicaid and Medicare benefits. It’s not flashy work – which Joseph is the first to admit – but therein lies the opportunity for impact. The chance to build a better infrastructure for health, the pipes and roads that make health insurance a more palatable, patient-centric experience.



    Trusty.care is making waves in the Medicaid/Medicare benefits market, and in this interview we pull back the curtain on that success and get a glimpse of what Joseph is planning next.











    Learn more and connect with the team at Trusty-care.



    Entrepreneurs: How to get investment from StartUp Health startuphealth.com



    Investors: How to invest in StartUp Health Moonshots healthmoonshots.com

    Want more content like this? You can subscribe to the podcast as well as other health innovation updates at startuphealth.com/content.

    Sign up for StartUp Health Insiderℱ to get funding insights, news, and special updates delivered to your inbox.









    Passionate about Type 1 diabetes? If you’re an entrepreneur or investor, contact us to learn how you can join our T1D Moonshot.

    • 21 min

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