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, two Analysts at Accenture.
Where to listen
Ep. 1: IKONA Health, Using VR to Transform the Patient Experience
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/
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.
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/
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
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)