Doctors making house calls might seem like a relic of the past, but the act of caring for patients in their own home is experiencing a revival. Only this time, it’s highly dependent on technology. This special episode features a panel discussion from a Digital Healthcare Innovation Summit (DHIS) Spotlight Episode earlier this year. Moderated by Ellen Herlacher, Principal, LRVHealth, this panel offers insights from entrepreneurs who founded some of the most innovative tech startups that are bringing change and disruption to the home health field. Hear how they’ve approached this dynamic and fast-moving market, learn about the challenges they’ve faced and their strategies for overcoming them, and leave with an understanding for where they see the biggest opportunities ahead.
Moderator: Ellen Herlacher, MBA
Ellen Herlacher is a healthcare investor with over a decade of experience in investment management, healthcare operations and corporate strategy. Before joining LRVHealth in 2020, Ellen was director of Tufts Health Ventures, the corporate venture arm of Tufts Health Plan. Prior to joining Tufts, she held roles including manager of Emerging Businesses at Athenahealth, investment manager at Goldman Sachs and consultant at Bain & Company. Ellen earned a B.A. from Cornell University and M.B.A. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Founder & CEO
Stephanie Tilenius is the Founder & CEO of Vida Health, a virtual care platform that treats a whole person – and a whole population – by addressing a full range of chronic conditions and the behavioral conditions that accompany them. Vida is deployed in Fortune 500 companies and large insurance carriers and health plans. Before starting Vida, Stephanie led large consumer and enterprise platforms and P&Ls at Google, eBay and PayPal. She sits on the Board of Seagate Technology.
Rami Karjia, MBA
Co-Founder & CEO
Rami is the CEO of Medically Home. He began his journey in healthcare with McKinsey & Co, working together with health systems to improve patient flow across different areas of their hospitals. After a few years in the US, he moved to Asia to lead the firm’s Operations practice in the region. After over a decade with McKinsey working with hundreds of clients across the globe, Rami wanted the challenge of taking on an operating role allowing him to personally put into practice what he had been advising his clients for many years. He joined Flextronics as President of Flextronics’ Global Services & Software business (the leading technology repair and reverse logistics company globally) where he was responsible for a business of 15,000 employees with operations in 25 sites across the Americas, Europe, and Asia focusing on forward logistics/distribution and reverse logistics/repairs and spare parts, enabled by leading-edge software solutions. Since 2015, Rami’s efforts have been focused, with his co-founders (Raphael Rakowski and Andy Lipman), on scaling Medically Home Group as its CEO. Medically Home Group is the first commercially viable Virtual Hospital healthcare technology services company, providing all tools allowing its health system customers to safely bring hospital-level care where patients live. As part of that, Medically Home’s team of nurses and physicians in its Mission Control Medical Command Center in Boston provide Virtual Hospital care to patients across Massachusetts, as well as additional customer operated command centers, providing Virtual Hospital care to patients across Florida, Wisconsin, Oregon, California, and Ohio.
Co-Founder & CEO
Christopher McCann is the CEO and Co-Founder of Current Health, which he founded while at medical school. Current Health’s mission is to ensure every human has the ability to lead a healthier and longer life by predicting disease onset and delivering treatment earlier. Current Health is the leading remote healthcare platform and in 2020 experienced 8,500% growth in revenue and more than doubled headcount globally. Current Health counts some of the world’s leading healthcare institutions and pharmaceutical organizations as customers. Christopher holds a degree in computer science and splits his time between the company’s offices in Edinburgh and Boston.
Vijay Kedar, MBA
Co-Founder & CEO
Vijay Kedar is the Co-Founder and CEO of Tomorrow Health, a healthcare technology company that enables patients to manage healthcare at home through the coordination of medical equipment, supplies and services. Tomorrow Health is currently partnered with over 125 leading health plans and hospital systems and a range of home-based care providers to serve patients managing a range of acute and chronic conditions. The company is backed by investors including Andreessen Horowitz, Obvious Ventures and Box Group. Prior to founding Tomorrow Health, Vijay was an executive at Oscar Health, a technology-driven health insurer. At Oscar, Vijay launched the company's complex care management program as Senior Director of Care Innovation and led the company's Texas division as General Manager. Prior to Oscar, Vijay was a healthcare private equity investor at Goldman Sachs. Vijay received a BA from Harvard College and an MBA from Harvard Business School.