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UCSF’s Dr. Michael Blum Talks How COVID-19 Changed Expectations Around Virtual Care at the Highest Institutional Levels



As a cardiologist and the Chief Digital Transformation Officer at the University of California, San Francisco, Dr. Michael Blum assesses and deploys digital health technology across UCSF’s multi-layered health system. In this week’s podcast episode, we get an inside look at how one of the biggest, most advanced hospital systems in the United States thinks about health innovation, what successful integration looks like, what he looks for in a startup partner, and how COVID-19 changed expectations around virtual care at the highest institutional levels. This episode is pulled from a recent StartUp Health Fireside Chat where StartUp Health’s Editor-in-Chief, Logan Plaster, interviewed Dr. Michael Blum in a live session, which was attended by a panel of founders from the Startup Health portfolio.

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Conversa Health Built on Its Virtual Care Platform to Quickly Launch COVID-19 Screening Tools for Frontline Workers




How LifeBio Is Using the Power of Storytelling to Improve Mental Health for Seniors



In 2020, the coronavirus caused a societal lock-down like this generation has never seen before. Many who were already isolated and lonely — like seniors – were put into a desperate situation. Beth Sanders, CEO and Co-founder of LifeBio, a startup that’s been with StartUp Health since 2014, has always had a heart for isolated and lonely seniors. She’d worked with them for years, helping them to tell their stories, using what’s called reminiscence therapy. But COVID-19 put LifeBio and this important work into overdrive. Not only was the work needed more than ever, but LifeBio was able to connect the dots between fighting loneliness and improving health outcomes. Turns out a phone call with a trained conversationalist can fight depression, anxiety and keep you mentally nimble. Their findings got the attention of health systems, insurance companies, and even won them a coveted SBIR grant. Logan Plaster, Media Director at StartUp Health, caught up with Sanders to learn more about how LifeBio works and the critical role of storytelling in healthcare in a post-COVID world.

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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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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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Dispatch From the Frontlines of a U.S. Pandemic Response With KnowNOW’s Dr. Marcelo Venegas



StartUp Health’s senior writer Nicole Clark talks with Dr. Marcelo Venegas about how he’s expanding his telemedicine platform, KnowNOW, to screen and treat COVID-19 patients. As a doctor at urgent care facilities in Queens, Venegas offers candid insights into what’s working and what’s not at the epicenter of the US’ pandemic response. Learn more about KnowNOW’s COVID-19 platform at knownowhealth.com.

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Stephen Sokoler, Journey Meditation

Meditation Together, Virtually: the App Helping Meditation Beginners During COVID-19



At Journey Meditation, Stephen Sokoler is rooting the practice of meditation back in its origins – community. In this episode, StartUp Health’s ventures team member Maxim Owen talks with Sokoler, Journey’s founder & CEO, to learn about the startup’s app, Journey LIVE. The app connects users with meditation instructors who lead group meditation classes that teach users how to become familiar with their thoughts and themselves, leading to greater calm, clarity, and peace of mind. And because peace of mind is something we all so desperately need during these turbulent times, Sokoler is offering the app for free throughout the duration of the coronavirus pandemic. Listen here, then visit this link to start your free trial.

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Rishi Madhok, Rejuvenan

The Telehealth App Bridging Care Gaps During COVID-19



At a time when telehealth startups find themselves uniquely positioned to alleviate the demand on health systems caused by the coronavirus, Rejuvenan has set itself apart through the platform’s preventative care model. In this episode of the StartUp Health NOW podcast, a Rejuvenan user shares how the app helped her get quick medical relief during a COVID-19 shelter-in-place order, and CEO Rishi Madhok goes under the hood to explain how Rejuvenan’s blockchain tech is driving care costs to zero.

Original interview with Rishi Madhok, MD, CEO & Co-founder of Rejuvenan Global Health was at the StartUp Health Festival in San Francisco on January 13, 2020. Interview with StartUp Health Chief Medical Officer, Howard Krein, MD, PhD.

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Andrea Riposati, Dante Labs

The Italian Innovator Using Whole Genomic Sequencing to Combat COVID-19



In this new Pandemic Response series, StartUp Health’s senior writer, Nicole Clark talks with Italy-based Andrea Riposati, CEO of Dante Labs, about how his DNA tests are being used to sequence the whole genome of patients with COVID-19. His aim? To understand what genes play a role in our reaction to the deadly disease.

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