Category: Entrepreneurs

GoCheck Kids CEO Kevon Saber shares vision with pediatricians

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December 17th, 2020 by

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Kevon Saber, GoCheck Kids CEO

Vision impairment is the most common disability for children, and it’s usually very treatable if detected early. But pediatricians struggle with vision screening. Wall charts are cumbersome to administer and as a result practices take shortcuts and miss a lot of cases. Kevon Saber is on a mission to change that. GoCheck Kids, where he’s CEO, uses a smartphone based tool for easy vision screening that integrates with the electronic health record.

In this episode of the HealthBiz Podcast, Kevon traces his journey as the son of Persian and Mexican parents living in immigrant neighborhoods, through Santa Clara University, Stanford, Silicon Valley and now Nashville. Many of the kids he grew up with have struggled –some are dead or in prison. Meanwhile, Kevon is a proponent of diversity in healthcare leadership, and wants his team to reflect the communities they serve.

Kevon is re-reading (or listening to) a few books:

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By healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of Health Business Group

Real-time patient feedback. Podcast interview with Feedtrail CEO Paul Jaglowski

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December 10th, 2020 by

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FeedTrail CEO, Paul Jaglowski

Paul Jaglowski, CEO of Feedtrail has taken patient experience surveying to the next level, collecting real-time information from patients during their encounters. Big guys like Press Ganey, Qualtrics and NRC are looking over their shoulders at the new kid on the block.

Paul has gone from baseball player to management consultant to startup executive in a few short years. Along the way he’s collected a 30 under 30 award and contracted COVID-19. Thankfully he’s recovered in time to be in the running for 40 under 40.

For reading, he recommends The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz (which was also recommended by previous guest Alex Zapesochny) and The Bottom Billion: Why the Poorest Countries are Failing and What Can Be Done About It, by Paul Collier.

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By healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of Health Business Group

Friends do business together: Podcast interview with Clerio Vision’s Totterman and Zapesochny

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October 29th, 2020 by

Mike Totterman and Alex Zapesochny grew up on the same street of immigrants in Rochester, NY. Two decades later they joined with Sasha Latypova to co-found iCardiac Technologies, a high-tech success story that helped pharmaceutical companies measure cardiac safety in clinical trials. Now, with Clerio Vision they’re plotting to revolutionize the world’s eyesight with innovative contact lenses and a noninvasive procedure to replace LASIK. I’ve been along for the ride, as an investor and board member in both companies.

In this episode of the HealthBiz podcast, Alex and Mike talk about entrepreneurship, spinning technologies out of universities, making partnerships last, and what they do in their spare time. 

As I re-listened to the interview, I was struck by the wisdom they shared about how to turn a cool technology into a real business. It’s hard to do but there are some best practices to follow.

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By healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of Health Business Group

The 30 Years’ War for value-based care: Podcast with Archway’s Dave Terry

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October 22nd, 2020 by

When Dave Terry started his career in healthcare three decades ago, he noticed something odd and disturbing. The fee-for-service model meant doctors were paid for quantity, not for quality or cost effectiveness. Since then he’s been working to do something about it: for the first twenty years at American Practice Management, then Partners Healthcare and Harborside Healthcare. He made progress, but also learned the limitations of acting against entrenched interests.

For the last decade he’s gotten even more serious, co-founding Remedy Partners in the wake of the Affordable Care Act and then Archway Health, where he is CEO. Archway helps physicians jump into the meaningful risk-based payment models that are finally on offer from the Feds and private carriers.

I compared Dave’s quest to the Thirty Years’ War, but reminded him that there was a Hundred Years’ War, too, so he better gird himself.

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By healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of Health Business Group

Pharma jumps into digital health: Podcast interview with Medullan CEO Ahmed Albaiti

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October 20th, 2020 by

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The pharmaceutical industry is one of the last to be transformed by the digital revolution. But companies like Roche and Novartis have been experimenting for a long while, and the fruits are finally ripening.

Medullan CEO Ahmed Albaiti is a digital health pioneer. In this episode of the HealthBiz podcast, he takes us on a trip down the memory lane of digital health, sharing pharma’s successes and failures. We discuss the shock brought on by COVID-19 and why software is often classified as a medical device. He also shares his vision for an integrated and harmonized future for pharma, payers, providers –and patients.

I’m proud to serve as chairman of Medullan’s advisory board.

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By healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of Health Business Group