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Aidar Health Scores FDA Clearance for New Breath-Based “Tricorder” Health Monitoring Device



In this episode, we talk with Sathya Elumalai, CEO & Co-founder of Aidar Health, a StartUp Health company since 2016. Sathya and his team in Baltimore have invented something that could change healthcare as we know it. It’s a simple-looking device that you hold in your hand and breathe into for 30 seconds. From that simple act, the device — MouthLab — can pull more than 10 vitals. What’s even more impressive is that they’ve clinically validated the health tests at the highest level. Sathya breaks it all down in our interview and explains his moonshot vision for the future of remote monitoring and chronic disease management.

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GE Healthcare’s Karley Yoder Builds Bridges With AI



Karley Yoder made a name for herself in the digital health world at Doctor on Demand and Apple before launching a career at GE Healthcare, where she now serves as Vice President and General Manager of Artificial Intelligence. Today, she works to find the signal in the noise surrounding AI, helping the company leverage its potential to improve patient outcomes, rather than to apply, as she puts it, “technology for technology’s sake.” Yoder joined the StartUp Health community at a recent Fireside Chat, where she explained how impact-driven AI can help to expand care teams, why effective partnerships are built on practical approaches to problems, and how an ecosystem of “GE-plus-others” can help ensure positive, sustainable change.

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Cloudbreak’s Jamey Edwards Breaks Down the UpHealth Mega Deal and Why SPACs Work



Jamey Edwards, the CEO and Co-founder of Cloudbreak Health, has been in telemedicine for years, but his health moonshot impact is about to get a lot bigger. Thanks to a SPAC (which he breaks down in the podcast), his company has been “rolled up” into a new publicly-traded mega-company called UpHealth, which will bring to bear hundreds of millions of dollars and combine the offerings of multiple digital health entities.

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Cleveland Clinic’s Dr. Toby Cosgrove Sees Moonshot Potential in an After-COVID World



While this may be the first global pandemic Toby Cosgrove, MD, has experienced, he’s seen a lot in his nearly 50-year career. The Executive Advisor and former CEO and President of Cleveland Clinic is also a former heart surgeon, a Vietnam War veteran, and now a member of the StartUp Health board of advisors and our Health Moonshot Impact Force. As Dr. Cosgrove sees it, COVID-19 has shifted the national healthcare puzzle to reveal its missing pieces, creating new openings for improvement and innovation. These include new delivery systems for healthcare, greater collaboration, better use of data, and accelerated innovation. In a recent conversation with the StartUp Health community led by Steven Krein and Unity Stoakes, Dr. Cosgrove shared his thoughts on our current moment and what comes next.

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A Moonshot Vision for Healthcare Virtual Reality With Dr. Brennan Spiegel



Dispense with everything you know about virtual reality. So says Dr. Brennan Spiegel at the opening of his new book, VRx: How Virtual Therapeutics will Revolutionize Medicine. Dr. Spiegel, our guest on this episode of StartUp Health TV, directs the Center for Outcomes Research and Education at Cedar Sinai Hospital in L.A. He’s one of the most influential and forward-thinking figures in health innovation today. The conversation went deep into the potential for virtual reality to transform therapeutic care, well beyond what many people see as possible.

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The Surprising Secret to Doctor.com’s Success



Andrei Zimiles and Reed Mollins, founders of Doctor.com, are longtime friends and longtime friends of StartUp Health. The two met as pre-teens at summer camp and led parallel lives before becoming partners and entrepreneurs, dropping out of high school at age 16 and transferring out of and into the very same colleges. And just as their friendship has been something of a journey, so, too, has their professional relationship, from Doctor.com’s origins at rented desks in a dusty Soho co-working space (the two vividly recall a garbage bag duct-taped over a broken window) to its acquisition this past fall by Press Ganey.

Zimiles and Mollins joined StartUp Health back in 2013 and returned to share their hard-won wisdom at a recent Fireside Chat. In a wide-ranging conversation amongst friends, the duo explained how their attitude towards sales and approach to building partnerships took Doctor.com from its humble beginnings to its lucrative exit.

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Walmart Could Magnify Americans’ Access to Healthcare — With the Help of Key Startups



In the era of social distancing, a doctor’s appointment looks a little different than it did a year ago. But Evan Schnur, Director of Healthcare Information and Strategy at Walmart, says the experience will continue to evolve, even after in-person visits resume. Schnur trained as a pharmacist and currently leads the development of the growing range of healthcare services at Walmart Health, which now include primary care visits, diagnostics, and dentistry. The massive scale of the world’s largest company by revenue offers new avenues for prevention and treatment that could shatter the paradigm for medical care. In a recent StartUp Health Fireside Chat, Schnur explained what that future might look like and why healthcare startups might play a key role.

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Particle Health’s “Quark” Sandbox Gives Healthcare Companies Secure Access to Their Medical Data



In this podcast episode, CEO and Co-founder Troy Bannister reveals what his Brooklyn-based startup has been working on for the last 2+ years. And now, with Quark, their new HIPAA-compliant platform that converts EMR data into an easily digestible format, health tech app developers can play around with Particle’s API that makes patient data instantly and securely available. Bannister also explains why, because of shifting patient data regulations, the time is now to innovate and destroy the fax machine for good.

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Brand Newland Is Fighting Opioid Overprescribing by Improving and Standardizing the Surgery Experience



Established with the goal of improving recovery time and bettering outcomes for patients undergoing surgical procedures, the Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) protocols have revolutionized that experience. Unfortunately, variations in surgical practices do not allow every patient to benefit. Brand Newland, CEO and Co-founder of Goldfinch Health, hopes to change that. Through Goldfinch, Newland is making sure that employers are able to provide their patients with the best surgery options available; An opportunity for patients to recover faster, employers pay less in sick leave, insurance companies pay for fewer complications and setbacks. Finally, and perhaps most importantly at this moment in history, faster recovery times mean less reliance on opioids. And Newland sees his work at Goldfinch as a critical upstream component to fighting the opioid crisis.

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