Category: Entrepreneurs

Interview with Dock Health CEO Dr. Michael Docktor

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May 27th, 2021 by

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Dock Health CEO Dr. Michael Docktor

I met Michael Docktor a few years ago when I was consulting to Boston Children’s Hospital on digital health and he was a gastroenterologist and leader of an innovation team there. As a digital native, he was among many physicians in his generation who couldn’t understand –and wouldn’t put up with– the disconnect between the smooth, high quality experience he had on his iPhone and the comparative Dark Ages of hospital IT systems, even at the top rated pediatric hospital in the country.

He co-founded Dock Health to help doctors get away from PostIt notes and scratch pads and shift to a simple, HIPAA-compliant approach to managing daily administrative tasks.

In this episode of the HealthBiz podcast, we talk about what it means to grow up with the name doctor, what he learned about physician needs at Boston Children’s, and his vision and progress to date at Dock Health.

He’s reading The Checklist Manifesto by Atul Gawande and looking forward to reading Backable by Suneel Gupta with Carlye Adler.

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

Interview with HighRoads CEO Brian Kim

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May 20th, 2021 by

 

Brian Kim has made his career in the business of healthcare, from health plans to biotech to the early days of Internet health, and then on to claims processing.

As CEO of HighRoads for the past six years, Brian is helping plans exit the spreadsheet era and gain the ability to create, sell and manage a myriad of insurance offerings. In this edition of the HealthBiz podcast, Brian shares his progress at HighRoads and lays out his vision for the future of health insurance –including an epiphany he had while hiking in the Grand Canyon.

Brian is the third guest to recommend the book, The Hard Thing About Hard Things by Ben Horowitz, so I finally checked it out from the library.

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

Podcast interview with Papa CEO Andrew Parker

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April 15th, 2021 by

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Andrew Parker, Papa CEO

Andrew Parker is a son of South Florida. He’s also the son and grandson of entrepreneurs and an independent spirit, so it was pretty clear what career path he’d ultimately pursue. Papa –which offers Family on Demand– was born from Andrew’s experience arranging a youthful pal for his own Papa, a fairly demanding guy, at least in Andrew’s telling. When Papa was pleased with the service, Andrew knew it would appeal more broadly.

After being selected for Y Combinator and raising investment funds, it was off to the races. Papa Pals have been providing companionship and help with everyday tasks, combatting loneliness, sustaining independence, and making life more fun. The newly launched Papa Health adds Papa Docs to the mix, helping seniors navigate primary care, urgent care and manage their chronic conditions.

In this episode of the HealthBiz podcast, Andrew and I discuss his early career in telehealth, the founding of Papa, and experiences during the pandemic.

Andrew didn’t grow up as a big reader, and he still prefers audio books to the printed word. His favorite book, Meditations by Marcus Aurelius is a classic in the true sense of the word.

Meanwhile, If your business needs strategy consulting support please reach out to me at dwilliams@HealthBusinessGroup.com. We have experience throughout healthcare and life sciences, including with real world evidence companies similar to CorEvitas.

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

Making diabetic foot ulcers history. Interview with Podimetrics CEO, Jon Bloom

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April 1st, 2021 by

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Podimetrics CEO, Jon Bloom

As an anesthesiologist, Jon Bloom was distressed to participate in so many foot amputations for diabetic patients. He vowed to do something to consign this barbaric, Civil War era procedure to the dustbin of history. Eventually, he met up with some like-minded co-founders at an early Hackathon and the result was Podimetrics.

A decade later, the team has developed and deployed a technology and care management solution that is putting their goal in reach. Of course in the US healthcare system, amputations are lucrative for providers but prevention isn’t. So that’s an extra hurdle Podimetrics has had to clear.

In this episode of the HealthBiz podcast, Jon traces Podimetrics’ path. But we also carve out time to discuss high school marching band, why it took him 8 years to graduate from college, his dreams of being a punk rock musician, and what my son Harry Williams was like as a Podimetrics summer intern.

If your healthcare or life sciences business needs strategy consulting, I’d be happy to discuss. We have two decades of experience working with companies whose strategic opportunities and challenges are similar to Podimetrics. Contact us here.

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

Interview with SonderMind CEO Mark Frank

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March 25th, 2021 by

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SonderMind CEO Mark Frank

Mark Frank has a great sense of timing. He graduated from West Point just in time for 9/11 and had a summer job at Lehman soon before its collapse. Then a few years ago, he had an insight that a mental health wave was coming as stigma fell, mental health parity rules took effect, and as stresses increased. He co-founded SonderMind where as CEO he’s helping make behavioral health more accessible, approachable and utilized. 

In this episode of the HealthBiz podcast, Mark describes how his upbringing in Atlanta, Japan and Germany shaped his outlook and how family members have influenced his enlistment in the military and his path with SonderMind.

At Health Business Group, we have two decades of experience in developing robust strategies for telehealth and remote patient monitoring companies whose strategic opportunities and challenges are similar to SonderMind’s. If you need strategy consulting help, please reach out.

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