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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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inHealth CEO Harry Kim on Why Lifestyle Therapeutics Are the Next Frontier in Health




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After a meeting at a StartUp Health event years ago and recognizing a kindred mindset in the other, two CEOs from our portfolio, Jim Iversen of Sen-Jam Pharmaceutical and Anupam Khandelwal of Sagesurfer, decided to join forces and develop a digital therapeutics app, which just hit the app store, to help patients track their MS-related symptoms for personal awareness purposes.

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Pregnancy in the Time of COVID, With ROBYN Founder Alli Kasirer



Today’s podcast is a throwback to one of our favorite interviews from 2020 thus far. Back in early May, we linked up with Alli Kasirer, CEO of a company called Robyn, for an interview on StartUp Health TV. Robyn – online at we are robyn.co – is a digital health company that acts as a 21st century guide for aspiring, expecting and new parents. They cover everything from fertility coaching to infant sleep training, with a modern, tech-forward sensibility. When COVID hit, demand for virtual services for expectant and new parents skyrocketed, and Kasirer and her team stepped up to the challenge. If you want to watch the full conversation, you’ll find it on the Startup Health YouTube channel, at youtube.com/startuphealth.

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Surviving the Pivot: How Two Founders Re-Shaped Their Business to Thrive in a Post-COVID World



When the pandemic first hit, Dr. Jennifer Meller, CEO & Founder of Navimize, and CTO Kavita Mangal knew they were going to have to work fast. How could the duo utilize their existing platform, but adapt to the new conditions brought forth by COVID-19? To do this, says Meller, the team had to shift focus and channel their platform solely around the needs of their customers. In this StartUp Health NOW episode, Dr. Meller and Mangal share what held the company together at the start of the pandemic, and how they’ve repurposed their technology for the “new normal.”

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How Joint Academy CEO Jakob Dahlberg Is Transforming Osteoarthritis Care



According to the Arthritis Foundation, one in four Americans will develop hip or knee osteoarthritis in their lifetime. Experts suggest we have yet to reach a maximum fixed lifespan, creating an overwhelming demand for accessing treatment options that address joint pain and immobility.

One of StartUp Health’s rising stars. Jakob Dahlberg, Co-founder and CEO of the Swedish based telemedicine company Joint Academy, has created an interactive digital treatment program for arthritis.  In this episode of StartUp Health NOW, Dahlberg talks about the companies mission, response to the current pandemic, and how creating a digital joint therapy platform is addressing a gap in healthcare.

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MedHaul CEO & founder Erica Plybeah and Nathalie Occean, Director of Quality and Community Engagement

MedHaul’s Leaders Break Down What’s Needed to Create Racial Equity in Silicon Valley and Beyond



At MedHaul, CEO & founder Erica Plybeah and Director of Quality and Community Engagement Nathalie Occean are solving one of the oldest challenges in health: transportation. Each year, nearly four million adults and children with chronic conditions miss or delay medical appointments because they don’t have a ride. At MedHaul, the Memphis-based entrepreneurs have developed an Uber-like platform that books non-emergency transportation for people with special needs in low-income communities across 10 U.S. cities, and counting. In this StartUp Health NOW podcast episode, Plybeah and Occean share how they’ve continued to scale during COVID-19 and break down the core challenges that ultimately set the stage for why Black founders receive less than 1% of venture capital.

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Toyin Ajayi

Cityblock Scales Up to Meet the Needs of NYC’s Hardest Hit During COVID-19



When the pandemic first hit, Toyin Ajayi, MD, Chief Health Officer & Co-founder of Cityblock, says her team knew, instinctively, that the patients Cityblock serves would be some of the hardest hit. Their patients are people without a financial or social safety net who live in communities where, because of poverty and racial health inequities, they experience poorer outcomes from the virus. “We want people to know that it is both possible and necessary that we serve these populations and that we do it well.” In an interview for StartUp Health NOW, Ajayi shares how Cityblock adapted and scaled their community-based health services to meet covid-specific needs, from on-demand in-home visits that follow COVID-19 safety guidelines, to one-on-one outreach to their most vulnerable members through culturally-competent telehealth visits and SMS communication.

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Beyond Lucid Technologies

The Health Transformer Making EMS COVID-Ready



One day after the WHO declared COVID-19 a pandemic, Beyond Lucid Technologies announced that it would be appending its EMS health information exchange platform, adding the ability to receive and sort fire and EMS encounters involving patients suspected of suffering from, or being exposed to, the deadly coronavirus. In this fireside chat with the company’s CEO & Co-founder Jonathon Feit, he shares how his platform is transforming EMS in over half of the United States.

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Kevin Dedner, Founder & CEO of Henry Health

Meet the Health Transformer Addressing Racial Disparities in COVID-19



Kevin Dedner launched Hurdle (fka Henry Health) in 2018 to address the mental health care gap for black men. Now, he’s expanding his vision for a culturally-competent mental health system with plans to offer Hurdle’s behavioral health services to other disenfranchised communities. In this episode of the StartUp Health NOW podcast, Dedner shares his vision for Hurdle’s next chapter and offers insights into the pandemic’s racial disparities.

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