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Capturing the pulse of healthcare innovation spanning leaders across the healthcare ecosystem.

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    • 4.9 • 92 Ratings

Capturing the pulse of healthcare innovation spanning leaders across the healthcare ecosystem.

    Chris Altchek, Cadence, on delivering care outside of the four walls of the hospital

    Chris Altchek, Cadence, on delivering care outside of the four walls of the hospital

    In this episode, I sat down with Chris Altchek, CEO and Founder of Cadence. Founded in 2019, Cadence is a health tech platform that combines personalized clinical care with a breakthrough technology platform. With this Cadence offers consistent care for people managing chronic conditions, such as congestive heart failure, type 2 diabetes, hypertension and COPD, from the comfort of their home. Cadence recently raised a $100M Series B round, putting its latest valuation at $1 billion.

    During our conversation, Chris and I discussed:


    Chris’s career journey and entry into healthcare
    How Cadence is scaling remote monitoring to serve large patient populations
    How the pandemic changed the healthcare system’s perception of remote care
    The future of Cadence and his advice for MBA students interested in the space

    • 34 min
    Jerrica Kirkley, Plume, on rebuilding the trans healthcare experience

    Jerrica Kirkley, Plume, on rebuilding the trans healthcare experience

    Our guest on this episode is Dr. Jerrica Kirkley, co-founder & Chief Medical Officer of Plume. Plume delivers gender-affirming care via telehealth for trans and non-binary individuals, currently operating in 41 states. Plume provides hormone-replacement therapy, such as estrogen and testosterone, as well as letters of support for gender-affirming surgery or changing name or gender markers for its patients. Jerrica and her cofounder, Plume CEO Dr. Matthew Wetschler, raised a $14M series A round of funding last year Craft Ventures.

    In this episode, Jerrica and I discussed:


    Her journey to starting Plume
    Her experience as a patient and provider of gender-affirming care
    The current anti-trans political climate and Plume’s role as an advocate for the trans and nonbinary community

    To celebrate Pride Month 2022, please consider a donation to The Trevor Project.

    • 43 min
    Kelsey Mellard, Sitka, on solving the specialty care access problem

    Kelsey Mellard, Sitka, on solving the specialty care access problem

    Our guest on this episode is Kelsey Mellard, founder & CEO of Sitka, a virtual specialty consultation company facilitating primary care and specialty communication via video consults, also known as eConsults or “curbside consults”. Sitka and their virtual specialty provider network, Sitka Medical Associates, work with payers, provider groups and accountable care organizations to improve access to specialty care while avoiding unnecessary specialist costs. Last year, Sitka raised a $14M series A round of funding led by Venrock.

    In this episode, Kelsey and I discussed: (1) her journey to starting Sitka and how her time in the public sector has impacted her career (2) how Sitka closes the specialty access gap by removing scheduling inefficiencies and virtually connecting PCPs and specialists, and (3) her experience as an early-stage founder, including how she navigated taking parental leave as a Series A CEO

    • 50 min
    Dr. Somi Javaid, HerMD, on expanding access to female sexual health

    Dr. Somi Javaid, HerMD, on expanding access to female sexual health

    In this episode, we chatted with Dr. Somi Javaid, Founder & Chief Medical Officer of HerMD. Dr. Somi Javaid is a board-certified OBGYN and pioneer in the women’s sexual healthcare space. She founded HerMD, a female-forward, insurance-based women’s healthcare center to help educate, advocate for, and empower women to take control of their health care. Recently, HerMD raised $10 Million in their Series A fundraise to bring their unique healthcare model to women across the US. JAZZ Ventures led the Series A round.

    We discussed:


    Watching her mother struggle to receive the care she needed and experiencing personal job dissatisfaction and burnout led Dr. Somi Javaid to found HerMD, a clinic specializing in menopause and female sexual health, designed to empower both patients and clinicians to create a positive care experience.
    The importance of promoting access to innovative therapies treating menopause and female sexual health disorders through insurance reimbursement, opening physical locations in “flyover” states, and championing education and patient advocacy.
    The rise of female healthcare-focused startups is likely to persist in conjunction with more VC funding, with opportunities for consolidation and collaboration across brands.

    • 52 min
    Isabelle Kenyon, CEO & Founder of Calibrate, on setting a new standard of care for managing metabolic health

    Isabelle Kenyon, CEO & Founder of Calibrate, on setting a new standard of care for managing metabolic health

    In this episode, I sat down with Isabelle Kenyon, CEO and Founder of Calibrate. Founded in 2020, Calibrate is a metabolic health company on a mission to change the way the world treats weight. In August of 2021, Calibrate raised a $100M Series B round led by Founders Fund and Tiger Global. Since then, the company has hired hundreds of new employees and onboarded thousands of new patients, released its first Results Report, and geared up to launch its first enterprise clients.

    Isabelle and I discuss: 1) Isabelle’s own interactions with the healthcare system and why these experiences led her to commit to spending her career building a better, more consumer-centric system, 2) Why Calibrate’s emphasis on metabolic health represents a paradigm shift in how we treat weight loss and obesity, 3) Calibrate’s clinical model that combines medication, a holistic curriculum guided by synchronous 1:1 video coaching, and community, 4) The company’s plans to expand access to treatment through enterprise partnerships, and 5) Isabelle’s focus on developing both her own and her company’s self-awareness as Calibrate’s leader.

    • 43 min
    Kristina Saffran and Erin Parks, Co-Founders of Equip, on redefining the eating disorder narrative

    Kristina Saffran and Erin Parks, Co-Founders of Equip, on redefining the eating disorder narrative

    In this episode, I sat down with the co-founders of Equip, Kristina Saffran and Erin Parks, PhD. Equip provides virtual, evidence-based eating disorder treatment, and the company has expanded rapidly over the last few years. In February 2022, it raised a $58 million Series B funding round from The Chernin Group, Tiger Capital, General Catalyst, and other existing investors.

    Erin, Kristina, and I discuss: 1) how they met and why starting a company together was the right move, 2) what’s happening in a person’s body and mind when they have an eating disorder, 3) Equip’s family-based treatment model and the company’s holistic approach to defining access, 4) why virtual care works well for eating disorder treatment, and 5) lessons that Erin and Kristina have learned from each other as co-founders and their advice on navigating the co-founder experience.

    • 45 min

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RS2300 ,

Huge fan of this podcast

The hosts here clearly work hard to identify companies that we should be paying attention to. It’s not just a great podcast, but a leading indicator of people and organizations on the rise. A must listen.

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🤯 guests, 🤩 hosts

Wow - the guests that they’ve gotten are extraordinary... the last episode on COVID was super insightful. And Vivien Ho (host) is a rising talent in the space. Keep your eyes peeled for her - she has huge potential and see her being HUGE in the startup healthcare space in the near-term... the Gary Vee of Healthcare?

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