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Bringing video games to healthcare: How Akili Interactive’s Matt Omernick fused passions to improve lives

September 18, 2020

If there is an archetype of a typical healthcare entrepreneur, Matt Omernick is not it.

An artist and computer animator by trade, Matt spent 15 years in the games and entertainment industry before a chance social encounter would inspire the founding of Akili Interactive, a prescription digital medicine company that builds clinically-validated cognitive therapeutics that look and feel like vide…

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Serial entrepreneur and radiologist Khan Siddiqui shares his journey and keys to innovative thinking at Tales from the Trenches

July 16, 2020

Once a curious kid in a small town in Pakistan, now a leader at the forefront of healthcare innovation, Khan Siddiqui lives by the notion that if you’re not failing, you’re not trying hard enough.

Having spent his career solving some of healthcare’s biggest challenges, Khan always starts with the problem, not the solution. With this mindset, he went on to create several successful health tech …

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Maven’s Kate Ryder shares her startup journey and advice for founders at Tales from the Trenches

June 10, 2020

Almost 80 percent of household healthcare decisions are made by women — women are most likely to take care of family members when they get sick and often guide how and when their children and families go to the doctor. However, the vast majority of digital health startups are founded — and run — by men.

It was that observation that led Kate Ryder to found Maven in 2014. Now, Maven operates the…

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“Not bits and bytes but human lives”: Strata Decision Technology CEO Dan Michelson on healing healthcare

March 4, 2020

At our February Tales from the Trenches™, Dan Michelson joined us to share insights from his 20-year healthcare career and journey as CEO of Strata Decision Technology.

Before joining Strata Decision Technology, Dan spent 12 years at Allscripts as the Chief Marketing and Strategy Officer. Dan was an integral part of the leadership team that grew Allscripts from a $50 million company with 50 …

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Shelly Sun shares how she went from risk-averse accountant to first-time healthcare founder at Tales from the Trenches

January 21, 2020

In late 2001, Shelly Sun took on the task millions of American adults face every year: finding high-quality home care for an elderly relative.

Shelly left that experience with a new understanding of the unique needs of aging adults — and the inspiration to leave her career in accounting and create a new kind of home healthcare company. Today the company Shelly built, BrightStar Care, delivers …

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