A Healthy Idea

A Healthy Idea

By Iman and Nico
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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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
49:11
July 19, 2020
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!
52:37
July 2, 2020
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!
37:32
June 25, 2020
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/#/
42:18
June 9, 2020
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/
27:55
May 22, 2020
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.
39:45
May 6, 2020
Self Care Catalysts on Going Digital - Patients as Drivers of their Own Health, Part 1
Today we sat down with Grace Castillo-Soyao, the Founder of Self Care Catalysts. Self Care Catalysts uses intelligence and analytics on patient real world evidence (RWE) to inform behavioral interventions, product life-cycle management, and clinical care. In Part 1 of this episode, we chatted on the power of digital apps in patient-driven care as her company is all about putting the patient first and really seeing the patient as a valued consumer. Grace is leading the company's ability to enable patients to be advocates of their own health through solutions such as Health Storylines, an app to safely store and track information on your medications, symptoms, mood, weight, blood pressure and more. We hope you enjoy the chat as much as we did, and learn more about how data and the patient-experience is enhancing healthcare today. To learn more about Self Care Catalysts, you can visit them at their website at https://www.selfcarecatalysts.com/
19:17
April 26, 2020
How Technology can Help Women Take Control of their Sexual Health with Cassy Gibson, Co-founder and CPO @ Kliit Health
In today's episode, Iman and I are hosting Cassy Gibson, the co-founder and Chief Product Officer of Kliit Health. Kliit health a digital health platform dedicated to enabling women to talk to trusted sexual and reproductive health experts about their health. For as little as $10 a session, users are connected to OBGYNs, Nurse practitioners, sex therapists, and other health experts through a secure live chat. Kliit is fully on-demand, meaning no contracts and no subscriptions. Before founding Kliit Health, Cassy was a UX designer at Sidebench, where she designed user experiences on the leading edge of healthcare innovation. Her previous client includes some of the largest healthcare systems in the world, including, the American Heart Association, The Texas Medical Center, and the Children's Hospital of Los Angeles. Accolades for Kliit Health They were participants in the  Grid110 accelerator program in LA and were also participants in the Vital Voices incubator program They were the winners of the  Afrotech Health Challenge @ the 2019 Afrotech Conference, one of  the largest multicultural tech conferences in the United States They were one of 4 winners at the Harvard Business School's inaugural Black New Ventures Competition Today we touch on a few different subjects: The state of sexual health education in the US and how misinformation can lead to adverse health effects The Benefits and Growth of the Telemedicine industry  How to Recruit Medical Professionals onto your Digital Health Startup The Power of Word of Mouth Recruiting Designing products for 2 distinct users To learn more about Kliit Health, you can visit them at their website at https://www.kliit.com/ A breakdown of today's episode: 02:30 - 08:00: Introduction to Cassy and Inspiration to Kliit 08:30 - 12:30: Current State of University Sex Education/Healthcare 13:00 - 16:00: Examining Different User-Bases 16:00 - 17:45: Getting Healthcare Professionals on the Platform 18:00 - 20:00: The Effect of COVID-19 on Digital Health 21:00 - 26:00: Opportunities and Industry Hurdles in Prescribing Treatments 26:30 - 29:00: How to Run an Open Beta 30:00 - 33:00: Designing a Product for both Doctors and Patients 33:30 - 36:45: Assembling a Diverse Team 37:00 - 39:30: When to go to the OBGYN? 40:00 - 43:40: Favorite Customer Experiences 44:00 - 46:20: Designing for Patient-Centered Care 46:30 - 48:40: Next Steps towards Growth and Creating a Movement
49:02
April 3, 2020
IKONA Health, Using VR to Transform the Patient Experience
Today’s podcast is on IKONA Health, a company using VR to deliver better patient care. We sat down with Tim Fitzpatrick; a US NAVY veteran turned trader on Wall Street + entrepreneur due to a life-changing back surgery early on in his career. We also have Todd Maddox, Ph. D, a learning scientist and former University Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Texas at Austin. We talk about all things VR, patient-centered care and education, experiential learning, and trail-blazing a new product category. Other Topics Discussed Today: · The original motivation for IKONA Health (5:50) · How to navigate selling to large institutions + smart pivots (22:47) · The unique challenges of selling VR products (28:11) · The future of VR businesses (36:07) · Why every product team should have a psychologist (44:00)
59:57
March 15, 2020