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KP Yelpaala of InOn Health: Health Equity Isn’t Just the Right Thing to Do, It’s Also Good for Business



Today’s guest is Kaakpema “KP” Yelpaala, the CEO and Co-founder of InOn Health, a StartUp Health portfolio company that delivers patient engagement solutions with an emphasis on cross-cultural communication. This conversation you’ll hear is pulled from a Fireside Chat at the StartUp Health Festival @ ViVE and is hosted by Katya Hancock, a partner at StartUp Health. The two discuss KP’s work at InOn Health, which centers around health literacy and patient communication. And they also dig into health equity – an area of particular passion and focus for KP – to try to get beyond the hype and the buzzwords. They tackle the question: what is it going to take to break down barriers and open up access to care for all people? For one thing, he says, we have to realize that health equity isn’t just the right thing to do, it’s also good for business.

Learn more and connect with the team at InOn Health.

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Health Transformers Live: Gray Oncology Solutions, Gennev, AvoMD, Valera Health



This week we wanted to break from our typical format and introduce you to four inspiring founders from the StartUp Health portfolio.

This episode is excerpted from an on-stage Health Transformer discussion that was held at the StartUp Health Festival @ ViVE in Miami Beach in March. You’ll hear from André Diamant, PhD, CEO & Founder of Gray Oncology Solutions, about how they’re improving efficiency in cancer care. Jill Angelo, CEO & Founder of Gennev, talks about how they’re improving women’s health in their post-reproductive years. Yair Saperstein, MD, CEO & Co-founder of AvoMD, explains how they’re crowdsourcing knowledge in order to put the best decision support tools in the palm of the physician’s hand. And finally, Tom Tsang, MD, CEO & Co-founder of Valera Health, explains how his company is bringing comprehensive mental health services to the virtual healthcare ecosystem.

The session was hosted by Lauren Schafer from StartUp Health. In addition to sharing the moonshot missions of each of their companies, they talk about changes seen in health innovation due to COVID’s impact, their biggest messages for partners and investors, and more.


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Why Jonathan Bush Calls His New Startup Zus “The Waterboy for Health Innovation”



Our guest on this episode of StartUp Health NOW, Jonathan Bush, has been pushing and prodding and challenging the status quo since the dawn of the digital health revolution.

He did it first as the CEO & Co-founder of athenahealth back in the late 90s, where he collaborated with Todd and Ed Park to build one of the industry’s first internet-based healthcare companies. For that work, Fortune included Jonathan Bush in its list of “34 Leaders Who Are Changing Healthcare.”

Now, Bush is back with an ambitious new startup called Zus Health, which uses a library of software tools to enable digital health companies to build their own unique experiences.

StartUp Health President & Co-founder Unity Stoakes sat down with him on stage at the StartUp Health Festival @ ViVE earlier in March to hear about what he’s building and where he sees health innovation growing next. And, why he likens Zus to being “the waterboy for health innovation.”



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The Tipping Point for Telemedicine, with Amwell’s Dr. Roy Schoenberg



Our guest this week is telemedicine pioneer Roy Schoenberg, MD, MPH, the Co-CEO and President of Amwell. COVID was an absolute game changer for telemedicine adoption, and Amwell was right there to seize the momentum. But before COVID, Dr. Schoenberg and his team labored for 14 years trying to bring the dream of telemedicine to reality. They learned a lot along the way, and we’ll hear some of those lessons in this conversation between Roy and Unity Stoakes, StartUp Health’s President and Co-founder. The chat was held on stage at the StartUp Health Festival, which occurred at ViVE in Miami Beach in March 2022. You’ll hear Dr. Schoenberg’s philosophy on health automation – why that shouldn’t be a dirty word – and a bit on why they acquired Conversa Health, a StartUp Health portfolio company that made its name building healthcare chatbots. Dr. Schoenberg also delivers some hard-won wisdom to today’s healthcare entrepreneurs, like the fact that persistence is the name of the game. If you want to change health, he says, you have to be ready for the long fight.


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Transcarent’s Glen Tullman on Building the Next Healthcare Ecosystem



This week is another StartUp Health Festival @ ViVE special, as we bring you a main stage conversation between Glen Tullman, CEO of Transcarent, and Unity Stoakes, the President and Co-founder of StartUp Health.

In the conversation, held in front of a live audience, Tullman pulls back the curtain on what he’s building at Transcarent, and how it builds on the success he saw at Livongo. Tullman explains why healthcare is entering the era of “Big Customer” not “Big Tech” and why, if we want to make healthcare efficient and affordable, we have to completely rethink the process, not just make the current system work a little more smoothly.

Stick around for the end of the interview, where Tullman gives some practical wisdom to entrepreneurs and innovators who are early in the journey.


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Live From the StartUp Health Festival @ ViVE 2022



This week’s podcast is coming to you live from the StartUp Health Festival @ ViVE in Miami Beach where Health Transformers have come together from around the world. StartUp Health’s Media Director, Logan Plaster, interviewed 26 Health Transformers on the first full day of the Festival, learning more about the news our portfolio companies are ready to announce to the StartUp Health community. In this conversation, Logan chats with our Social Media Coordinator, Rachel Freeman, about key takeaways from his interviews: including covering the basics in healthcare, developing surgeries that will solve a multitude of health problems, an exciting announcement from Welwaze, and so much more.


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How HLTH and StartUp Health Are Uniting the Health Innovation Ecosystem, with Rich Scarfo



On January 18, 2022, StartUp Health announced a multi-year partnership with HLTH, the leading platform for bringing together the health ecosystem around innovation, entrepreneurship, and technology. In order to understand more about the partnership, we sat down with Rich Scarfo, President of HLTH. In addition to hearing his take on the recent news, we get to hear some war stories about what it has been like to be in the event business during COVID-19, and how HLTH thrived in the face of some daunting challenges.

Join us in Miami Beach in March for StartUp Health @ ViVE 2022: startuphealth.com/vive

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Livongo/Teladoc Merger Creates $37B Remote Health Company and Sets a New Standard for Digital Health Valuations.



A few months before Livongo and Teladoc Health inked a deal that valued Livongo at $18.5B, Jennifer Schneider, MD, MS, President of Livongo, took the stage at the StartUp Health Festival. Her telling of the company’s mission – to empower people with chronic conditions to live better and healthier lives – provides important context for the historic merger.

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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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Marty Makary, MD and Zubin Damania, MD

StartUp Health Festival: Fireside Chat, Dr. Marty Makary, MedPage Today



Marty Makary, MD, MPH, New York Times bestselling author, ‘The Price We Pay’, Johns Hopkins surgeon and professor of public health, and Editor-in-Chief of MedPage Today, talks with ZDogg Industries Founder & Creator, Zubin Damania, MD, at the StartUp Health Festival in San Francisco. January 13, 2020. Host: Zubin Damania, MD, Founder & Creator, ZDogg Industries

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