Healthcare Transformers are extraordinary and passionate entrepreneurs and innovators on a mission to solve one of the great challenges of our time: fixing a broken healthcare system in ways that significantly reduce costs and dramatically improve care.
Natasha and Kwaku, Co-founders of GoGoHealth (@gogohealthllc), are on a mission to allow patients experiencing illness or discomfort to easily describe their symptoms to their provider and get medical advice, a diagnosis, and a prescription via computer or mobile device. GoGoHealth’s clinical protocols software uses intelligent diagnosis algorithms to gather symptoms and health history data that provides a complete view of patient’s history. These are presented to patients as simple question and answer choices which are saved as part of their electronic health records. Using GoGoHealth’s EHR-integrated platform, providers can also choose to create their own easy-to-design clinical algorithms using a wide range of design and algorithm flows. GoGoHealth is headquartered in Atlanta, GA.
Alan’s passion for healthcare solutions began with his thymic cancer diagnosis in 2005. Frustrated with the limited resources available to effectively navigate the healthcare system, he leaned on his longtime friend Dr. Nancy Snyderman, NBC’s Chief Medical Editor, for support. After Alan’s recovery, the friends realized there was a need for a service to help patients and caregivers make better decisions amid the healthcare system’s many complexities. In June 2012, they launched CarePlanners (@careplanners) to provide patient and caregiver navigation, coordination, and organization solutions through a nationwide team of healthcare experts (e.g. – registered nurses, social workers, Medicare experts, insurance and billing specialists, and other healthcare advocates) and a sophisticated set of online decision-making support tools. CarePlanners is headquartered in New York City. Alan, an attorney to the burgeoning Internet marketplace in the late 1990s, was also one of the Internet’s earliest entrepreneurs, holding senior leadership positions at About, Flexplay, and OpenSky. Dr. Nancy Snyderman is a surgeon, a caregiver, and a journalist.
Sundeep is a serial entrepreneur on a mission to revolutionize the way physicians and patients leverage lab testing to make better decisions leading to improved health. Sundeep is Co-founder and CEO of Medivo (@gomedivo), which he co-founded with Jason Bhan, MD, and Destry Sulkes, MD, and is headquartered in New York City. The company recently raised $7 Million in a Series A from Safeguard Scientifics. Sundeep’s previous company Medsite was acquired by WebMD in 2006.
Kurt, Founder and CEO of Aver Informatics (@averinformatics), is working to make health care data more accessible so organizations can easily translate their enterprise data into actionable insights that lower healthcare costs and improve care. Aver is a modern social, big data platform with patent-pending technology that helps health organizations leverage their enterprise data without needing teams of analysts, technologists, and data scientists. Aver is headquartered in Green Bay, WI.
Dave and Bassam are entrepreneurs on a mission to make it easier for patients and providers to communicate. Together, Dave and Bassam co-founded Avado (@avado), a Patient Relationship Management system dubbed “GPS for Healthcare” that is the next generation, EHR-neutral patient portal built for the new requirements facing healthcare providers such as medical homes and Accountable Care Organizations. In addition to his role as CEO of Avado, which is headquartered in Seattle, Dave is co-editing and writing a book for HIMSS on patient engagement and is a regular contributor to Reuters, Forbes, and TechCrunch. Previously, Dave founded Microsoft’s healthcare platform business leading it to be the underlying technology for the majority of healthIT systems. Bassam, CTO of Avado, has held leadership roles in companies such as Microsoft, Scalix Corporation, and Fidesic including selling one business to CheckFree for $1 billion.
Halland co-founded itMD (@itmdnet) with four other physicians and technologists who are on a mission to help patients deal with the difficulties and inefficiencies of accessing their medical imaging records. itMD is a cloud-based medical image sharing company that enables the on-demand exchange of medical imaging information from anywhere to anyone. Users on the itMD Network can easily send, share, and access medical imaging information online with just a web-browser or mobile device, thus no special software is necessary. itMD is empowering patients to connect with their doctors and allowing organizations to share data with healthcare providers/recipients with a collaborative, cloud-based application. itMD helps drive the ability to improve the quality of healthcare and decrease costs. itMD is headquartered in Miami, FL.
Leon, Founder and CEO of Oxitone Medical, is on a mission to dramatically improve patient safety by enabling early clinical response to acute pulmonary or cardiac dysfunction symptoms through continuous monitoring of pulse oximetry. Oxitone has developed the world’s first wrist pulse oximeter without a fingertip probe enabling comfortable, remote, and continuous monitoring of blood oxygen level, pulse rate, beat-to-beat variation, and activity out of the hospital environment anywhere, anytime throughout day and night. Oxitone is headquartered in Isreal.
Steven (@drseisenberg) is a serial entrepreneur and physician on a mission to make cancer suck less. Along with Co-founders Kenny and Unha, Steven founded GratefulMed (@chemotopia), headquartered in San Diego, CA, as the first application that prepares patients for every aspect of the journey through chemotherapy treatment. GratefulMed offers a supportive community of real patients helping and learning from one another and timely and pertinent information for cancer patients as they go through the different stages of chemotherapy. Steven is also a co-founder of California Cancer Associates for Research and Excellence (cCARE), California’s first statewide private practice of medical oncology, and Lyrical Life which is dedicated to using personal connections and music as a part of a patient’s healing process.
Jonathon and Christian are entrepreneurs on a mission to improve emergency care by putting digital innovations in the hands of EMTs and Firefighters. Jonathon (CEO) and Christian (President & CTO) co-founded Beyond Lucid Technologies (@JonathonFeit / @BeyondLucid). The company’s MEDIVIEW™ Platform is designed to connect First Responders with care facilities, including Accountable Care Organizations. It is the first electronic patient care record system built specifically for disaster management, including integrated satellite-based GPS that works both online and offline (i.e., when the network shuts down), and telehealth capabilities that let care providers access prehospital data within 30 seconds, making patient pre-registrations possible at last. Jonathon and Christian co-founded Beyond Lucid Technologies in 2009, while completing their MBAs at Carnegie Mellon University, which is an early investor in the company. Dell and Microsoft are partners, and the company received an NIH grant in 2010.
Derek is an entrepreneur on a mission to make everyone a “Greatist,” someone who simply makes better choices for their fitness, health, and happiness. Derek is the Founder and CEO of Greatist (@greatist), the fastest-growing site in the health and fitness space with nearly 2 million unique users per month. Greatist, launched in 2011 in New York City, is the first brand to focus on creating a new type of high quality social content consumers can trust. Greatist has been seen on TIME, Fortune, Forbes, Mashable, Men’s Fitness, TechCrunch, The Wall Street Journal, and Health Magazine. Prior to Greatist, Derek was at Clicker.com (acquired by CBS) and NBC Universal’s Digital Entertainment Strategy & Operations. Read Greatist’s Health and Fitness Manifesto at greatist.com.
Seth, Co-Founder and CEO of IntelligentM (@imaintelligentm), is on a mission to transform clinical hand hygiene monitoring in healthcare settings, drive down infection rates, and improve outcomes for patients and costs for providers. IntelligentM is a revolutionary Hand Hygiene Compliance Improvement Solution for healthcare facilities. Use of the iM System results in decreased Healthcare Acquired Infections (HAI’s) and their substantial associated costs. IntelligentM is headquartered in Sarasota, FL.
Veer is a serial entrepreneur on a mission to improve people’s health through daily behavior change. Veer is CEO of Maxwell Health (@maxwellhealth) and DailyFeats (@dailyfeats), which he co-founded along with Morley Ivers, President & COO, and Vinay Gidwaney, Chief Product Officer. Maxwell Health and DailyFeats are headquartered in New York City and Cambridge, MA. DailyFeats is profitable and growing rapidly with numerous partners including Walgreens and Cigna. Veer’s previous company Control-F1 was acquired by Computer Associates in 2005.
Venkat is a physician, pharmaceutical marketer, and serial entrepreneur on a mission to reinvent how pharmaceutical brands communicate with healthcare professionals (HCPs). Venkat is the Founder and CEO of Medikly (@medikly), a turnkey enterprise platform provider that helps bridge the digital gap between pharma and HCPs. Medikly is headquartered in New York City and its customers include top-10 pharmaceutical companies and healthcare marketing agencies. The company is growing quickly and is backed by Strategic America and the digital health accelerator Blueprint Health, among others.
Samer is a serial entrepreneur on a mission to make it easier for people to find and book appointments with alternative healthcare and wellness practitioners ranging from acupuncturists and chiropractors to massage therapists, physical therapists, and personal trainers. Samer is the Founder and CEO of Zeel Networks (@dailyzeel), headquartered in New York City. Zeel has raised over $1.5 million in seed funding from angel investors including Esther Dyson, Ravi Mhatre, Tim Kendall, and Matt Ocko. Samer was recently EIR at Lightspeed Venture Partners. Samer’s last venture, career site Vault.com, was acquired by private equity firm Veronis Suhler Stevenson in 2007.
Nadeem is a serial entrepreneur on a mission to reinvent how people track and manage their health. Nadeem is the Founder and Chief Alliance Officer at Basis (@mybasis), which he manages with Jef Holove as the CEO, and is headquartered in San Francisco. The company has raised $9 Million in a Series A from Norwest Venture Partners & DCM. Jef was previously CEO at wireless photo card maker Eye-fi and spent almost a decade at Logitech.
Asif, Michael, and Fahad, Co-founders of Caremerge (@caremerge), are on a mission to transform healthcare coordination for seniors and their families. Caremerge is a communication, care coordination, and transitions platform with an immediate focus on senior healthcare. The Caremerge mobile/web apps allow care providers, families, caregivers, and patients to access and exchange key information to facilitate efficiency and timely care decisions. Caremerge is headquartered in Chicago, IL.
Hesky is a serial entrepreneur on a mission to revolutionize and simplify the way families manage their children’s health. Hesky is Founder and CEO of CareDox (@caredox) — also known as MotherKnows (@motherknows) — headquartered in Palo Alto, CA. CareDox has raised $1.7 Million in a Series A from First Round Capital, Charles River Ventures, Giza Ventures, and Band of Angels. Hesky’s previous company Shoplocal was acquired by Tribune and Gannett in 2004. Hesky is also Chariman and founder of High Gear Media, a leading automotive content network.
Nir and Jason, Co-founders of Arpeggi, are on a mission to make it easy and affordable for anyone to translate genomic data into actionable information. Combining the team’s experience in big data and analytics with the expertise of third co-founder David, leader of the Genetics and Genomic Medicine Lab at Virginia Tech, Arpeggi offers a cutting-edge and versatile technology for high-speed analysis of next-generation genomic sequencing data. Arpeggi is headquartered in Austin, TX.
Eric and Aditya are entrepreneurs on a mission to make patients better by making them better patients. Eric is the President and CEO of Rip Road (@riproad), Aditya is the COO. Based in New York City, Rip Road develops personalized patient health management programs enabling providers and health plans to engage patients on their mobile devices so that patients learn to communicate with their providers, actively manage their health conditions, and adhere to their treatments and health regimens. Prior to Rip Road, Eric co-founded the Common Short Code Industry in the US for text messaging. He has also worked for multiple startups including Mainspring, which was sold to IBM, and Europe Online Networks, which raised over $100 million. Aditya has led the development of mobile communications efforts for several major brands. Before launching Rip Road, Aditya helped AT&T Wireless launch text messaging and mobile web in the U.S.
Chris is an entrepreneur on a mission to ease the burden of cancer treatment. Chris is the President of Lindi Skin (@lindiskin), founded by Lindy Snider in 2003 with a line of skin care products designed for the skin-related side-effects of cancer treatment. Lindi Skin’s new social, curating platform allows users to find personal care, dietary, and convenience items that have been a) approved by doctors & experts as appropriate for people living through cancer, and b) reviewed and recommended by others with similar medical conditions and treatment schedules. Lindi Skin is based in West Conshohocken, PA.
Andrey and Jeff, Co-founders of Care at Hand (@careathand), have designed a mobile early warning system for elderly home care that decreases readmissions and empowers home care workers with less formal training to document health observations more easily. Care at Hand’s technology platform transforms those observations into predictive alerts to supervising nurses for early disease detection and improved outcomes. Care at Hand is headquartered in San Francisco, CA.
Mitesh, Sachin, and Derek are a team of physicians and entrepreneurs on a mission to transform the way medical research is communicated to doctors and ease the burden of hospital accreditation. They co-founded Docphin (@docphin), a platform for healthcare providers to personalize, share, and connect through medical research, while enabling hospitals to meet new accreditation and funding requirements. Mitesh (CEO), Sachin (COO), and Derek (CTO) launched Docphin nationally in May 2012 at three medical centers and by August it had spread to over 35 of the top health systems in the country including Harvard, Penn, Johns Hopkins, Stanford, and UCSF. Docphin has partnered with several national organizations including the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC). Docphin is a graduate of Rock Health, is a 2012 DCtoVC finalist, and is based in New York City.
Eve is an entrepreneur on a mission to reduce the cost and accessibility of behavioral health solutions and transform evidence-based psychotherapy. Eve is the Co-founder and CEO of Empower Interactive (@empowerco), a telehealth and e-learning company, which is headquartered in San Francisco. Eve has held product, strategy, and business development roles in companies such as Microsoft, Zazzle, and eCert, and has also been a member of the investment teams at Amadeus Capital Partners, Vector Capital, and Greylock Partners.
Chris and Liam founded GetHealth (@gethealthapp) at the age of 22. Their friendship started as musicians (trombone and French horn) in the National Youth Orchestra of Ireland and continued as students in college, with Chris studying business and law at University College Dublin and Liam studying Engineering at Trinity College Dublin. Having finished college, they found that many programs for improving your health were dull, boring, and difficult. Whether it was complicated calorie-counting regimes or the latest fad-diet, Chris and Liam wanted to find a way to cut through the noise and make the process of getting healthy simple, fun, and engaging. They saw the solution to this problem lay in the ever-increasing use of mobile and online technology as a part of our daily lives. With this in mind, they set out to re-imagine what it means to change behaviour and help people live healthier, happier lives. With the healthcare problems of today, there is a need for personalities that will act as a catalyst for people to engage in their health and pioneer change. Now, they’re embarking on adventures and opportunities as healthcare entrepreneurs, working hard to change people’s lives and give them the tools they need for that to become a reality. GetHealth is headquartered in Ireland.
Bill is a Board Certified Neurotherapist on a mission to revolutionize therapeutic treatment options by giving clinicians the ability to easily and cost-effectively use neurofeedback to help patients train their brains to be more adaptive and healthy. Bill is CEO of BrainPaint, which he co-founded with Cora Scott, President, and is headquartered in Malibu. BrainPaint is profitable and growing rapidly with over a 125 customers including Promises treatment centers and hospitals in 35 states and 7 countries.
Sherwin is an entrepreneur on a mission to leverage technology to disrupt, disintermediate, and improve the entire in-home caregiving service delivery industry. Sherwin is the Founder and CEO of CareLinx (@carelinx), an online professional caregiver network that provides solutions to help consumers & institutions easily find, screen, manage, and pay caregivers who match their specific needs and budget. CareLinx is well positioned to capitalize on the growing demand for caregivers with the aging of our population. CareLinx, headquartered in San Francisco, has raised $1.5 million to date and has several thousand caregivers in its network across the United States. Prior to founding CareLinx, Sherwin was a successful healthcare analyst and trader at a Hedge Fund.
Adam, Founder of Cerora (@cerora1), is a scientist and entrepreneur on a mission to deliver actionable diagnostics information regarding brain health and function to patients, physicians, and companies. To date, there is no portable, objective, accurate, and affordable diagnostic tool to assess brain function and to assist in patient decision making for neurologic and neuropsychiatric diseases. Cerora is changing this paradigm by offering objective biomarker data to physicians, certified athletic trainers, nurses, and emergency medical technicians to aid them in the diagnosis and management of concussion and Alzheimer’s disease. Cerora is headquartered in Bethlehem, PA.
Bronwyn is a physical therapist on a mission to deliver mobile applications for physical therapists that transform the delivery of care. Bronwyn is Co-founder and President of FORCE Therapeutics (@forcetherex), which she founded with her husband Mark Lieberman, a serial entrepreneur and technology executive, and is headquartered in New York City. FORCE Therapeutics has raised seed funding from prominent CEO investors including Thomas Layton, John Pleasants, Joseph Varet, and Randall Winn.
Robert is a serial entrepreneur on a mission to provide true clinician and patient collaboration for positive patient outcomes. Robert is the Founder and CEO of @Point of Care 360, a continually updated point-of-care reference tool and platform for the clinician, which interfaces with customized real-time patient-care journals. Robert is also the founder, president, and CEO of Projects In Knowledge and founder and past president and CEO of MedPage Today. Previously, he was the president of CMEinfo.com, co-founder of Fingertip Formulary, and editor of Genome. In 2009, Stern was named one of the 100 most inspiring and influential people in life sciences by PharmaVOICE.com.
Melissa & Anaïs, Co-founders of TalkSession (@talksession), are on a mission to empower patients to talk about mental health issues by easily finding and connecting with trusted mental health professionals. TalkSession’s online platform allows patients to find relevant mental healthcare providers and equips those providers with tools to enhance the quality of care delivered and improve treatment outcomes. TalkSession is headquartered in New York, NY.
Blain, Royce, and David, Co-Founders of WalkJoy, are on a mission to restore balance, improve gait, and reduce falls for people with peripheral neuropathy and the elderly. WalkJoy and Walking Health represent landmark development in restoring of gait and balance for PN patients as well as providing important walking diagnostics in all patients. WalkJoy and Walking Health deliver precise measurement, convenience, and ease of use — resulting in a paradigm shift in gate lab analysis and ongoing patient care and monitoring for most of the adult patient population. WalkJoy is headquartered in Long Beach, CA.
Rebecca is an entrepreneur on a mission to help people save money on healthcare by bringing transparency to health expenses. Rebecca is the Founder and CEO of Cake Health (@cakehealth), a free web service that makes it easy for people to understand and manage all their health expenses. Rebecca was recently named as one of “15 Women in Tech to Watch in 2012″ by Inc. Magazine. Cake Health, based in San Francisco, CA, is a Rock Health graduate and has raised seed funding from prominent investors such as 500 Startups, George Zachary and Kirill Sheynkman.
David is a dermatologist on a mission to make it easy and affordable for anyone to get online access to board-certified dermatologists and get immediate assistance in the diagnosis and management of skin diseases. David is CEO of Direct Dermatology (@directderm), which he co-founded with Rajnish Gupta, MD, PhD, and is headquartered in Palo Alto, CA. Direct Dermatology has received funding by California HealthCare Foundation and angel investors.
Faheem is a young entrepreneur who recently left Harvard University to become one of the first Thiel Fellows and pursue his dream of rethinking healthcare by leveraging technology, data, and elegant design to make quality care more accessible. Faheem is Founder of Care Dojo (@caredojo) and is headquartered in New York City. Faheem is a recipient of $100,000 from Peter Thiel and the Thiel Foundation’s “20 Under 20” Thiel Fellowship program.
Andrei, Co-founder and President of Doctor.com (@doctor), is on a mission to improve the way doctors and patients connect online. At the core of Doctor.com’s platform is a proprietary database of more than 2.5 million healthcare providers that is updated hundreds of times every day. Driving these updates are the thousands of hospitals and medical practices that actively use the Doctor.com platform to showcase their unique services and connect with new patients. Available via a network of partner websites or at Doctor.com, patients use the platform to find and compare providers, book appointments, receive treatment-related alerts, and share feedback about their experiences. Doctor.com is headquartered in New York, NY.