Takeda is a patient-focused, values-based, R&D-driven global biopharmaceutical company committed to bringing Better Health and a Brighter Future to people worldwide. Our passion and pursuit of potentially life-changing treatments for patients are deeply rooted in over 240 years of distinguished history in Japan.
Takeda Digital Ventures (TDV) is a Corporate Venture Capital (CVC) group investing in the most promising value-based care companies that are using digital capabilities to improve outcomes and experiences throughout the patient journey.
As the digital health investment arm of a top 10 global biopharmaceutical company, an investment comes with privileged access to our organization and assistance to form commercial collaborations and partnerships. Our team acts as guides, opening doors within global Takeda, encouraging closer relationships and efficient business development outreach.
Our Investment Partners have taken multiple companies through seed to successful exit. We have deep investment and hands-on operational expertise backed by a network of Operational Partners and Advisors that you can lean on to help build your company. Joining our portfolio also opens the door to the leaders of all the value-based care companies we’ve invested in: peers that can help you achieve success.
98point6 Technologies builds and licenses software to power exceptional virtual care experiences for providers and patients based on years of clinical use across millions of patients.
Its flagship 98point6 Technology Platform consists of turnkey, cloud-based software that harnesses the power of artificial intelligence bundled with time-tested, automated practice standards. The platform includes a physician-facing Clinician Console, patient-facing branded app and professional services and support. Available as licensed software, the 98point6 Technology Platform empowers health systems to create and grow premium virtual care offerings that give providers a significant technology lead in a rapidly evolving and competitive marketplace.
Make care flows work harder than care teams with Awell.
Awell is a technology company for virtual-first care providers. Care teams use the Awell no-code platform to design, operate and improve care flows to automate, coordinate and standardize work.
Using the Awell platform results in faster time to market, lower engineering costs and improved outcomes. 20+ healthcare organizations have realized results such as 40% reduction in length of stay, 25% reduction in emergency room admissions and near doubling of life expectancy for lung cancer patients.
Life-changing virtual mental health care across the full clinical spectrum.
Brightside Health delivers life-changing mental health care to people with mild to severe clinical depression, anxiety, and other mood disorders, including those with elevated suicide risk. Powered by proprietary AI, purpose-built technology, and a world-class clinician network, Brightside Health combines precision psychiatry and leading-edge therapeutic techniques to offer timely care and improve patient outcomes across the entire clinical spectrum, affordably and at scale.
Hello Heart is the only digital therapeutics company to focus exclusively on heart disease, the leading cause of death worldwide. Through a connected mobile device that uses AI, behavioral science, and personalized digital coaching to drive lifestyle changes, Hello Heart empowers people to reduce blood pressure and predicts serious heart issues before they occur. Validated in peer-reviewed studies, Hello Heart is easy to use and works alongside an employer’s benefits ecosystem. Leading employers across most major industries are realizing immediate and sustained results for member engagement, clinical outcomes, and reduced cost of unnecessary cardiac procedures. Founded in 2013, Hello Heart is a member of the American Heart Association’s Innovators’ Network and is part of the CVS Health Point Solutions Management Program.
Verbal is the first virtual care AI assistant to offer real-time feedback and QA on 100% of calls, allowing managers to skip manual audits and giving agents the support they need to do their best work.
The IMPACT Initiative is a pre-competitive consortium dedicated to supporting virtual first care (V1C) companies and their commitment to patient-centric care.
Hosted by the Digital Medicine Society (DiMe) and the American Telemedicine Association (ATA), IMPACT members are working to expand access to high quality, evidence-based virtual first care for patients, healthcare providers, and payers to improve clinical and health economic outcomes, enhance access, and provide a better overall patient experience.
IMPACT members collaborate to develop open-access, action-oriented resources that address specific barriers to V1C access and scale, including, partnerships and contracting toolkits, payment model and policy innovation, care transitions, and evidence generation.
Podcasts for health innovators, by health innovators.
Digital Health Today features the leading innovators and the latest innovations. Tune into our podcasts to hear leaders and entrepreneurs from around the world who are developing, implementing and scaling digital solutions for today’s health and wellness challenges. Join our community and learn more about the latest advances, leading research and best practices for growing and scaling digital health solutions.
This summit will focus on how to build sustainability in V1C through ensuring all patients’ perspectives are built into conversations around V1C as well as looking crucially at the reimbursement and investing landscape, the new entrants within the V1C Ecosystem and how traditional providers are shifting to this new model. Led by leaders in the industry, the Virtual-First Care Summit will ensure you leave enlightened and forward-looking.
This summit boasts an outstanding range of speakers from different stakeholder groups. Our carefully chosen speaker faculty ensures all important perspectives are covered within the multi-stakeholder ecosystem of Virtual-First. Gain exclusive insights from industry leaders, including C-Suites from top payers and Virtual-First Care companies. Our speaker faculty is not one to miss! Scroll below to take a look at the speaker faculty.
This 1 and a half days will be packed full of dynamic and interactive learning, with multiple networking breaks throughout to ensure you can get the most out of the summit and connect with others across the Virtual-First Care Industry. Enhance your understanding alongside your peers through a mix of interactive round tables, presentations, panel discussions, fireside chats (and more!).
“Being in a pioneer in virtual first care means continual growth. I’m excited for us all to be together again at the summit to share our wins, learnings, and strategize on our collective vision of better healthcare”
“Virtual-first care has the opportunity to improve patient access and health equity. With V1C, patients can easily start their care journeys anytime and anywhere that works best for them. I look forward to discussions on how healthcare organizations can build personalized, efficient, and comprehensive care solutions that guide patients through their care journeys”
“Virtual-First care is an exciting area in healthcare as it provides the opportunity to develop innovative new models of care. We can completely rethink the way that we care for patients – whether that be through the creation of truly individualized care modalities based on the patient’s unique needs, or real-time collection of patient feedback. As a clinician, it is so empowering to work alongside a multi-disciplinary care team that incorporates patient and caregiver input at every step of the care continuum. I look forward to connecting with peers and fellow innovators in the virtual care space.”
“The pandemic fueled rapid adoption of telehealth and a new group of companies that have rebuilt care delivery from the ground up with a virtual-first approach. I look forward to engaging payers, employers, policy makers and other V1C companies as we discuss the future of V1C care and its ability to deliver convenient, accessible and satisfying care experiences, great clinical outcomes and a lower total cost of care.”
“Virtual-first care has the opportunity to drastically improve patient access and outcomes, but we’re still in early innings. This conference is a great way for virtual-first care pioneers to continue to push the whole virtual-first model of care forward to realize this opportunity”
“As economic forces related to the labor market and the cost of capital are acting on healthcare in a post-pandemic economy, how will these factors impact the evolution of virtual care? How will consumers respond to diagnostics and treatment via virtual care? Which specialties have the product-market fit for virtual service delivery over the long term? How do we ensure that multiple virtual care outlets don’t further divide the existing fragmented delivery system? I look forward to gathering with colleagues to consider these urgent questions at the Virtual-First Care West Summit.”
2023 Speaker Faculty
Bruce Meadows is the Managing Partner of Takeda Digital Ventures (TDV)–a corporate venture capital group for Takeda investing in the most promising Virtual First Care companies that are using digital to improve outcomes and experiences throughout the patient journey. Since 1999, Meadows has been a Partner of several healthcare investment funds including NM Rothschild and GBS Ventures in Australia.
Upon completing his MBA in Switzerland, Bruce saw the importance of having operational experience as an investor and joined Stryker Orthopedics to lead their European thoracolumbar spine business. Meadows oversaw the European sales and marketing strategy and influenced manufacturing and R&D activities. At Stryker, Bruce spent a great deal of time in the operating room to be close to healthcare professionals and patients–a value he has taken with him throughout his investing career. Bruce was then recruited as a founding Partner of Ares Life Sciences, a €1 billion fund investing in all stages of healthcare companies. Amongst other investments he also conducted the leveraged buyout of Esaote, an Italian medical imaging company developing advanced data analysis and connectivity tools. His next investment role was at MD Start, an incubation stage fund where he was involved in founding several companies including CorWave and LimFlow.
Previous to Takeda Digital Ventures, Bruce was the Senior Investment Director of MTIP, a Swiss based healthcare fund. Here he led the group’s digital health strategy that ultimately resulted in investments in Tyto Care and Quanta Dialysis Technologies. Meadows has also been a director of many portfolio companies–leading them through IPOs and trade sales.
Bruce contributed as a part time Professor of Entrepreneurial Finance at Webster University giving back to the next generation of entrepreneurs. Bruce has an MBA from IMD in Lausanne (Switzerland) and a First Class Honors Degree in Biotechnology from the University of Queensland (Australia).
Chevon Rariy, MD is a Venture Partner at Takeda Digital Ventures (TDV) where she leads efforts to identify, execute, and manage strategic investments for the venture capital firm. In partnership with TDV and Takeda, she provides leadership in the evolution of virtual care models to enhance differentiating value including supporting TDV portfolio companies and founders within the Venture Studio to transform health and improve lives.
Dr. Rariy has more than 15 years’ experience within the digital health industry. Functioning as a senior executive in various markets including government, academic, private, Fortune 5, to start-up, she brings expertise in building, managing, and scaling successful national digital health innovative platforms and companies for large populations. Within the primary, specialty, and home care space, Dr. Rariy has a proven track record of advising on investment strategies and potential of new product care design at the intersection between care delivery and digital technology while developing partnerships that have demonstrated value to consumers & patients, clinicians, insurance, health systems, and communities including rural and other underrepresented communities.
Prior to joining TDV, Dr. Rariy served as Chief Medical Officer of Clinical Strategy at Care Medical, the clinical care delivery arm for Amazon Care at Amazon, a URAC accredited/HITrust certified, national, virtual first primary care platform providing preventative, urgent, and wellness care. Prior to that, Dr. Rariy led a national Virtual Health care delivery program in specialty care, oncology, chronic disease management, and health & wellness as enterprise Vice President and Chair of Virtual Health for Cancer Treatment Centers of America/City of Hope. She also served as a medical director of endocrinology and in academia as Assistant Clinical Professor where she maintained a clinical practice specializing in endocrine oncology, oncology side effect management, chronic disease management (e.g. diabetes, obesity, hypertension, etc.), prevention, and women’s health.
Dr. Rariy is double board certified in both Internal Medicine and Endocrinology. She is fellowship trained at Harvard Medical School’s Brigham & Women’s Hospital and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC), with a medical degree from Harvard Medical School. She is located in the midwestern United States with her husband and sons where they enjoy exploring the beauty of nature.
As the cofounder and CEO of Oshi Health, Sam is combining his passion for redesigning healthcare around the needs of patients with a mission to increase access to the high quality, whole-person care that two of his family members have needed to manage their digestive conditions. He has held leadership roles across healthcare technology and tech-enabled services companies focused on improving population health. These include scaling a tech-enabled diabetes management company, a data-driven health system patient acquisition platform and population health tools for a leading electronic medical record (EMR) company. Sam lives in New York City with his family and enjoys meeting other innovators in healthcare, deepening his knowledge of how our bodies and brains work and cheering on Philadelphia sports teams and NYCFC.
Timothy Law, DO is Chief Medical Officer,
Vice President Integrative Care Delivery at Highmark. Dr. Law leads efforts on Living Health
Solutions Collaborations, the Clinical Quality
Governance Committee, the Utilization
Management Prior Authorization team,
Federal Employee Program and VBR – True Performance.
He began as a member of the Medical Policy Team, where he drove completion of HM CED (Coverage with Evidence) policy to
allow better access to new technology for
our strategic partners and our members. He
now leads the Medical Policy Team as part of his direct reporting structure in Clinical Services. He also serves as chairman of the
Care Management and Quality Committee.
Dr. Law is telehealth lead on Highmark’s Covid-19 Command Center team, and led
the team in the organization of adding over 1000 codes for inclusion in the coverage policy during the pandemic, helping to bring virtual care to patients in the midst of a pandemic.
A board certified physician with two
decades of clinical experience, Dr. Law
serves as the Medical Director and Principal Investigator of the Ohio Musculoskeletal
and Neurological Institute (OMNI) at Ohio University with multiple NIH grants funding research in healthy aging and wellness.
Dr. Law is in active clinical practice as a rural Family Doctor in Central Ky. He uses virtual health and house calls to perform full service family medicine to include obstetrics and minor orthopedic and dermatologic surgeries.
In addition, he has an aesthetics practice for
over 15 years. Trained by vascular surgeons
at the Chandler Medical Center in
Lexington, KY. He also took his post
graduate aesthetics training at the
Pfenninger Procedural Institute nearly 20 years ago. He currently does traveling Botox
and Filler parties around the country and is collaborating medical director for his aesthetics practice in Beverly Hills, CA.
Dr. Law earned his medical degree from
Ohio University Heritage College of
Osteopathic Medicine, and an MBA in Health Care Management from Indiana Wesleyan University. He completed family
medicine residency at Ireland Army
Community Hospital, Fort Knox, KY.
Johanna Esser has lived with Crohn’s disease since 1996, and finally gained the tools to manage her symptoms and find relief through Oshi Health’s whole-person, virtual-first care. Now that she has her energy back, she enjoys gardening, cooking, and spending time with her loved ones. She lives in Kutztown, Pennsylvania, with her husband, dog, and guinea pig.
Brian serves as Vice President of Provider Collaboration and Network Transformation for CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield. He leads the company’s provider and network-related business functions, including network strategy, network operations, practice transformation, provider contracting, advanced payment model (APM) design, and healthcare delivery partner relations. In addition to day-to-day management of the networks function, Brian is leading the company’s 5-year transition from “Volume to Value” in all the company’s lines of business, moving from fee-for-service to payment models designed to drive value creation and improvements in outcomes. Brian is joined in this effort by a team of experts in value-based payment models, practice transformation, data analytics, contracting strategies, and relationship managers, each dedicated to making healthcare more affordable, accessible, and equitable for the people in communities CareFirst serves.
An entrepreneur at heart, Brian has worked in the healthcare sector for over 25 years, serving in various leadership roles in large and small provider organizations, start-up companies, and a multi-national Fortune 500 company. He served on several corporate, non-profit and community Boards of Directors in the past and currently serves on the Boards of Maryland and DC’s Health Information Exchange (CRISP), the Prince George’s Chamber of Commerce, and the Advisory Board for Health Payer Specialist.
Lucia Savage is a nationally-recognized expert on health care regulation, digital health and health information privacy. Using strategic advice to advance digital technology to deliver health care, she drives the Omada Health’s privacy, regulatory and public policy strategies. Founded in 2011, Omada Health is one of the oldest virtual-first digital healthcare providers in the U.S. and has provided well-established cardio-metabolic and physical therapy protocols via a virtual-first approach to over 500,000 individuals.
Ms. Savage also is:
- An Advisor to Evidation Health, a digital health research platform that measures health in everyday life and enables anyone to participate in ground-breaking research and health programs,
- A member of the Board of Directors of Tidepool, a 501(c)(3) that is developing an open-source, fully interoperable closed-loop insulin pump (clearance pending at FDA) that allows people with diabetes to see and understand their own data; and
- A member of the Board of Directors of Academy Health, where she is chair of its Committee on Advocacy and Public Policy.
Lucia is Rock Health’s 2021 Top 50 in Digital Health for her policy acumen and digital health advocacy, is a contributing author to Amazon bestseller “Mobile Medicine: Overcoming People, Culture and Governance”, and has testified before the Senate Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions on health information interoperability and digital health.
Prior to joining Omada, she served the Obama Administration as Chief Privacy Officer at the U. S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT. Lucia has a B.A. with Honor from Mills College and received her Juris Doctor summa cum laude from New York University School of Law.
As a Senior Medical Director on the Enterprise Virtual Care and Retail Health teams, Dr. Adusumalli drives clinical and technology initiatives to support CVS Health’s virtual care and retail health strategies within the Healthcare Delivery organization. He is particularly focused on health information technology, population health, quality improvement, and patient safety activities.
Dr. Adusumalli joined CVS Health in August 2022. Prior to joining CVS Health, Dr. Adusumalli was an Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine at the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and served in multiple leadership roles, including as Assistant Chief Medical Information Officer for Connected Health, where he led ambulatory connected health strategy and technology for the enterprise, and as the Deputy Director of the Penn Medicine Nudge Unit, the health system’s embedded behavioral design team. Outside of Penn, Dr. Adusumalli is highly involved with the American College of Cardiology, where he currently serves as President of the Pennsylvania Chapter and helps to lead digital transformation initiatives for the national organization.
He received his medical degree from the Medical College of Virginia where he graduated AOA. He completed his internal medicine training at the Massachusetts General Hospital and went on to cardiovascular disease fellowship training at the University of Pennsylvania during which time he served as chief fellow. Simultaneously, he earned a Master of Science degree in Health Policy Research from the University of Pennsylvania with a focus in healthcare improvement, patient safety, and clinical informatics. He additionally holds a Master of Biomedical Informatics degree from the University of Pennsylvania. He is board certified in internal medicine,
cardiovascular disease, echocardiography, and clinical informatics. Dr. Adusumalli continues to practice inpatient and outpatient cardiovascular medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and Philadelphia VA Medical Center. Additionally, he teaches about clinical informatics and digital transformation topics as an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Medicine and Adjunct Professor of Healthcare Management at Penn’s Perelman School of Medicine and Wharton School.
Susan Conover is the Cofounder and CEO of Piction Health. Prior to starting Piction Health, she trained as a mechanical engineer at the University of Texas at Austin, and worked in management consulting at Oliver Wyman, before returning to school for two Master’s degrees at MIT and the Singapore University of Technology and Design focused on product development. She was diagnosed with melanoma 3 times, which sparked her passion for ensuring every person with a skin issue gets the right care at the right time.
Ardy Arianpour is CEO & Co-Founder of SEQSTER the leading healthcare technology company that puts the patient at the center of all their health data. He is a visionary health tech executive with 20+ years driving innovation in biotech, life sciences and digital health. Prior to starting SEQSTER, Ardy launched several clinical and consumer-based genetic tests as CCO of Pathway Genomics, and served as SVP of Ambry Genetics, which sold to Konica in 2017 for $1 Billion.
As a key player in the 2013 landmark SCOTUS decision scrapping gene patents, Ardy played an instrumental role in expanding genetic testing access with the launch of BRCA testing benefiting patients and family members across the country.
Ardy received his BS in Biological Sciences from UC Irvine and an MBA from Marshall Goldsmith School of Management. He was a Medical, Marketing, and Media’s (MM&M) Top 40 Healthcare Transformer and San Diego Business Journal 40 under 40. Ardy is on the Digital Health Advisory Board of UCSD and Faculty for NextMed.Health. He is known for coining the term “Health Data is Medicine™”
Joe Connolly is the co-founder and CEO of Visana Health, a virtual-first gynecology clinic he founded from his mother’s experience with endometriosis. Joe’s worked in the virtual-first care space for nearly a decade, including in clinical evidence development, economic evidence development, sales, implementations, and product. Joe’s a founding member of IMPACT, the virtual-first medical practice collaboration committed to supporting virtual-first care companies and their commitment to improving patient outcomes.
Previous to founding Visana, he worked in digital health at Boston Scientific, where he created and scaled a virtual-first digital healthcare solution to health systems. Joe’s a thought leader in the virtual care space and publishes a popular blog on virtual-first care. Joe has a BS in Bioengineering from Clemson and an MEng in Biomedical Engineering from Duke.
Sheena D. Franklin is the Founder and CEO of K’ept Health, a health-tech company dedicated to helping individuals with chronic skin diseases, and the practitioners who treat them, thrive through accessible telehealth care and inclusive A.I. diagnostic recommendations. Prior to starting K’ept Health, she worked as a senior healthcare government relations director and public policy advisor for some of the nation’s leading trade associations and companies, including Walgreens Boots Alliance. Sheena has been awarded several awards for her leadership work in developing national policy advocacy campaigns and patient advocate initiatives. She has a master’s degree from The George Washington University and is a graduate of Clark-Atlanta University.
Tracy Rico MHA, RN is the Director of Virtual Care Services at Superior HealthPlan, a subsidiary of Centene Corporation. Her current focus is on improving health outcomes through interoperability and innovation. She has spent the last 10 years increasing access to care by building the virtual care strategy of Superior HealthPlan and Centene Corporation and developing and implementing the first clinical interoperability strategy for Superior HealthPlan.
Tracy began her career as a Registered Nurse and is passionate about creating partnerships that channel resources to needy populations in support of continuity of care. She participates in several Texas Health and Human Services Commission committees to support interoperability and virtual care initiatives and is a Board Member for the Texas e-Health Alliance and the eHealth Exchange.
Dr. Ali Parsa is a British-Iranian healthcare entrepreneur and engineer. He’s the founder and CEO of Babylon, the revolutionary artificial intelligence and digital health company. Babylon’s mission is to put an accessible and affordable health service in the hands of every person on Earth.
By combining cutting-edge AI technology and the best available medical expertise, Babylon gives people 24/7 access to affordable, holistic health services. The company is home to a large, passionate team of scientists, clinicians, mathematicians and engineers—all recruited from over 60 different countries. With over 3 million users, Babylon is transforming the way healthcare works across Europe, North America, Asia, the Middle East and Africa.
Before Babylon, Dr. Parsa created Circle, which became Europe’s largest partnership of clinicians, with some £200m of revenue, 3,000 employees and a successful IPO. The Independent Healthcare Awards presented Dr. Parsa with an Entrepreneurial Achievement award for establishing Circle. He was given the Royal Award for the Young Entrepreneur of the Year for founding his first business, V&G.
More recently, Dr. Parsa won the Lloyd’s Bank British Excellence Award for Leader of the Year, the Nexus Media Group HealthInvestor Award for Outstanding Contribution by an Individual and was listed in The Times 100 people to watch. The Health Service Journal recognized him as one of the ‘50 most influential people in UK healthcare’. He was featured in the Maserati 100, a list that recognizes game-changing entrepreneurs who are disrupting the world of business. Dr. Parsa also won the CEO Award by Finance Monthly and ACQ5’s UK Game Changer of the Year. He is a UK Cabinet Office Ambassador for Mutuals and has a PhD in Engineering Physics.
Vijay Patel is partner and co-founder of CVS Health® Ventures and Vice President of enterprise business development for CVS Health. In his role, he is responsible for proactively identifying and executing opportunities across the enterprise through strategic partnerships and investments. Patel joined the company’s Boston Digital Innovation Lab in 2015 where he led the company’s efforts to develop strategic partnerships with and investments in digital health and technology companies. Patel structured the first set of connected health and price transparency partnerships for CVS Health. He also founded the CVS® Digital Leadership Program to attract and retain early career talent.
Patel earned his bachelor’s degree from the Jerome Fisher Program in Management and Technology at the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. Previous to CVS Health, he worked as an investment professional at H.I.G. Growth Partners and Bain Capital.
Thomas Vande Casteele is the Co-Founder & CEO of Awell, a low-code platform used by clinical and product teams to design clinical workflows and integrate them into their tech stack.
Since launching in 2018, Thomas and his team enabled care organizations in the US and Europe to improve the lives of more than 150,000 patients across a wide array of medical conditions. Awell’s customers achieved results such as 50% increase in care team capacity, 40% reduction in length of stay and 25% reduction in emergency room admissions.
Prior to founding Awell in 2018, Thomas was an entrepreneur in e-commerce and digital marketing where he spent 8 years improving customer journeys for companies like Samsung, Audi and Nestlé before becoming obsessed with value-based healthcare principles. He is passionate about how software can help care teams perform at the very best of their abilities.
Thomas is also co-author at CareOps.org
Dr. Sameer Berry, MD, MBA is a gastroenterologist and physician-entrepreneur dedicated to using evidence-based, whole-person care to improve the lives of patients with digestive disorders. Dr. Berry practices on both sides of hybrid care delivery, holding leadership roles in private practice gastroenterology in Manhattan, as a Clinical Assistant Professor of Medicine at Mount Sinai Health System, and as Chief Medical Officer at Oshi Health, a venture-backed virtual-first specialty care clinic for digestive health.
Dr. Berry serves as a principal investigator on randomized-controlled trials in gastroenterology and has more than twenty publications in peer-reviewed journals. His grant-funded research focuses on the validation of digital health technologies, integrated care delivery, remote patient monitoring, bundled/capitated payments, telehealth regulation, and site-of-service differentials.
He has practiced in a broad variety of clinical settings including the Cleveland Clinic, Veteran Affairs (VA), Memorial Sloan Kettering, county hospitals, homeless clinics, LGBT+ centers, assisted living facilities, and in-home care. He earned a doctor of medicine degree from Oakland University, a masters in business administration from Duke University, completed his residency in Internal Medicine at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles and his fellowship in gastroenterology at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. He is a member of the AGA, ACG, ASGE, ANMS, and ROME Foundation.
Branden currently serves as a Principal at Providence Ventures, a Seattle- and Menlo Park-based venture capital firm focused on digital health and tech-enabled healthcare services. Since joining PV in 2019, Branden has made investments in OrthAlign, MacroHealth, Arrive Health, and Kno2.
He currently sits on the boards of MacroHealth, Arrive, Omada, and Kno2 as an observer. Prior to joining PV, Branden was an investor at Transformation Capital, a Boston, MA-based growth equity firm focused on healthcare IT and tech-enabled healthcare services. Before Transformation, Branden led corporate development at ShoutStore, an early-stage e-commerce platform for physician practices. Prior to ShoutStore, Branden spent most of his time in an investor role at Strathspey Crown, a Newport Beach, CA-based investment firm that made a wide range of investments across healthcare, spanning early- and late-stage investments.
Branden holds an MBA from The Wharton School and a degree in Mathematics from Northwestern University, where he was a Ryan Scholar.
Michelle Snyder is a Partner at McKesson Ventures, investing in healthcare technology and service companies that are creating new models of care. In addition to investing, she also brings over 25 years’ healthcare industry experience in marketing, strategic planning, public policy, and general management. Prior to joining McKesson Ventures, she was Chief Marketing Officer at Welltok as well as an early executive at Epocrates, where she worked for over a decade to build the company into one of the most recognized brands among clinicians. Michelle also spent time in strategy and policy consulting at the Wilkerson Group, Lewin Group and Georgetown Center for Health Policy Studies.
Michelle received her M.B.A at the Kellogg School of Management and her undergraduate degree at Carleton College. While happy to have grown up in the Midwest eating cheese and cheering for the Packers, she is now happy to call the Bay Area home enjoying the ocean, mountains and warm(er) weather with her family.
Ezequiel “Zeke” Silva III, MD, FACR, FSIR, FRBMA, RCC, is a graduate of the University
of Texas at Austin. He completed medical school and residency at Baylor College of
Medicine before pursuing a fellowship in vascular and interventional radiology at
Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dr. Silva is Chair of the AMA/Specialty Society RVS Update Committee (RUC) and
immediate past Co-Chair of the AMA Digital Medicine Payment Advisory Group (DMPAG).
He is also a member of the Texas Medical Association (TMA) Delegation to the American
Medical Association and is on the TMA Council on Legislation.
He is the immediate past-chair of the American College of Radiology (ACR) Commission on
Economics and is a founding board member of the Neiman Health Policy Institute. Dr. Silva
serves on the editorial board of the Journal of the American College of Radiology for which
he authored the standing column “Reimbursement Rounds” from 2010 to 2016. Last month,
he was awarded the William T. Thorwarth Award for excellence in economics and health
He previously served as the chairman of economics for the Society of Interventional
Radiology and editor of the Interventional Radiology Coding Guide. He served on the board
of the Radiology Coding Certification Board for five years and is a Past President of the
Texas Radiological Society. He is President-Elect of the Bexar County Medical Society.
Dr. Silva has approximately 70 peer-reviewed publications and book chapters, more than 50
non-peer reviewed publications and over 50 CME approved scientific lectures and exhibits,
to his credit. As lead author, Dr. Silva’s 2016 paper on alternative payment models was
awarded the “Best of 2016” by the Journal of the American College of Radiology. Also, in
2016, Dr. Silva and collaborators were semi-finalists for Aunt Minnie’s Scientific Paper of
His academic achievements are largely focused on payment policy and quality initiatives in
radiology and across health care.
More recently, Dr. Silva has also been a leader during the COVID-19 pandemic, focusing on
digital health applications, including telemedicine, digital therapeutics and augmented
intelligence. He was an invited presenter to the CMS and White House COVID-19 Task
Force. “Lessons from the Front Lines: COVID-19” and also served as webinar faculty for the
AMA “Coding for Telemedicine and COVID-19” attended by several thousand interested
In San Antonio, Dr. Silva is a member of the board of directors for the South Texas
Radiology Group and Diagnostic Imaging Management. He is the Medical Director of
Radiology at the Methodist Texsan Hospital. He is an adjunct professor at the UT Health-San
Antonio. Locally, Dr. Silva has been recognized among the “40 Under Forty: San Antonio’s
Rising Stars” and is a multi-year recipient of San Antonio’s “Best Doctors” as chosen by his
peers across the medical community. He was recently recognized as a “Health Care Hero” by
the San Antonio Business Journal for his efforts during the COVID-19 public health
Jill FitzGerald, MSW, LICSW, Senior Vice President of Clinical Operations at Confidant Health is a clinical leader and operations expert. She has designed and implemented innovative care-team models across multiple states and care settings to align high-quality behavioral health service delivery with value-based payments. At Confidant Health, Jill is designing the future of virtual care for addiction by leveraging both her clinical expertise and the use of technology to support data-driven care-team model design, implementation, and intervention efficacy. Jill has over 20 years of experience working, innovating, and teaching in the behavioral health space. She received her bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Vermont, and her master’s degree in Clinical Social Work with a Specialization in Law from Fordham University.
Dr. Kristin Dean is a board-certified Family Practice Physician based in San Diego, CA. Dr. Dean attended medical school at the University of Florida College of Medicine, after which she moved to Los Angeles to complete her residency training in Family Medicine at Kaiser Permanente. Her career interests then led her to to the growing field of telemedicine and she accepted a position with Included Health (then known as Doctor On Demand) in August 2014. She is honored to be part of a team whose mission is to raise the standard of healthcare for everyone, in an innovative and patient-centric manner. Dr. Dean currently serves as the Senior Medical Director of Clinical Education and Quality for the Included Health organization. Within this role, she focuses on the delivery of high-quality virtual care. This work has included various quality initiatives, including: the Antibiotic Stewardship program, the development of evidence-based clinical guidelines for virtual care, and assisting with the launch of Virtual Primary Care. Dr. Dean has also published several articles in the field of telehealth.
Ellen is the Chief Product Officer at Wellinks, a digital health company focusing on improving care for patients with chronic respiratory conditions. She thrives at the intersection of software, services, and user experience, and focuses on translating high level business strategy into user-first product design and development. She previously founded and managed the acquisition of a connected medical device startup where she raised funding, directed design, and led product development. She received her degree from Yale University, where she also served as a Design Fellow at the Yale Center for Engineering Innovation and Design and a Mentor in Residence at the Tsai Center for Innovative Thinking at Yale.
Donald Jones is a globally recognized leader in digital medicine, digital therapies, technology enabled health services and virtual-first healthcare delivery. He is a sought out as a speaker, advisor and board member. He works across the spectrum of healthcare, pharmaceutical, medical device, wearable, smart apparel, material science and healthcare companies. He is an Operating Partner with Takeda Digital Ventures. He sits as an independent director on multiple boards of VC and PE backed companies. Don has advised the Boards and executive suites of many of the largest pharmaceutical and medical device companies including Dexcom, Resmed, Cepheid, Sanofi, Teva, Astra Zeneca, Genentech, Otsuka, Novo Nordisk and the Verily/Sanofi joint venture, Onduo. He is a Senior Advisor with both McKinsey & Co. and the GLG Institute. Jones serves as Chief Digital Officer of the Scripps Research Translational Institute (SRTI), collaborating with the renowned Eric Topol, MD, where they co-founded Scripps Digital Medicine, the world’s first digital health clinical trial center and the non-profit West Health Institute, raising over $130 million. At JP Morgan Healthcare in 2021, Don founded IMPACT, the Virtual First Medical Practice Collaboration, in partnership with DiMe (Digital Medicine Society).
Beginning in 2002, Don led Qualcomm Wireless Health Global Strategy and founded its healthcare subsidiary. In 2005 he founded the international Wireless Life Sciences Alliance, merging it with HIMSS in 2016. Earlier in his career, Don was COO of MedTrans (re-named AMR), in which he was instrumental in growing from $4.5 million into the largest emergency services provider in the world (now Global Medical Response), with over 38,000 EMS personnel, 7000 ambulances and 450 medical aircraft. He was Founder and Chair of EMME, Mexico’s largest consumer membership healthcare provider and largest private practice, with over 450 physicians. As advisor to the Board of AMR, he helped build the largest medical group in the US, under the EmCare brand (now Envision Healthcare), with over 25,000 physicians. In 2014, EvoNexus recognized Donald Jones as Digital Health Innovator of the Year. Don conceived the $10 million Qualcomm Tricorder XPRIZE, a global competition for a consumer device which successfully makes medical diagnoses. The XPRIZE was awarded in Hollywood in April 2017.
Dan is a Partner at Flare Capital Partners, where he has led investments into and sits on the Boards of Somatus, Eden Health, Oui Health, Vita/Vytyl Health, Votive Health and Elektra Health. Dan was a practicing Internal Medicine Physician at the Massachusetts General Hospital and had a Faculty appointment as an Instructor in Medicine at Harvard Medical School from 2010 until 2019. Prior to joining Flare Capital, Dan served as a Medical Director at the Harvard Pilgrim Health Plan, leading Population Health Analytics, Value-Based Purchasing, and General Strategy. Dan also spent time as an entrepreneur and operator in the Health IT Industry, co-founding and managing two separate businesses in the Electronic Health Records and Online Medical Education industries.
Dan’s other interests include Healthcare Policy and Global Health. Dan served on Former Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker’s Board of Nursing Home Administrators from 2016 to 2020. He has served as a Senior Health Policy Advisor for the Campaigns of Governor Charlie Baker, Congressman Joseph Kennedy III and Congressman Jake Auchincloss. He has worked to expand healthcare infrastructure in the developing world, serving as a consultant for the Clinton Foundation Health Access Initiative (CHAI) in Ethiopia.
Dan earned a BS with honors from the University of California, San Diego, an MD Summa Cum Laude from the Morehouse School of Medicine, and an MBA from the
Harvard Business School. Dan completed his Internal Medicine Residency at the Massachusetts General Hospital.
Dr. Nie is a board-certified geriatric psychiatrist with diverse experience in clinical, academic, administrative, and business development settings.
Dr. Nei is a Clinical lead and subject matter expert for behavioral health startups through all phases of development, including merger and acquisition. She oversees all care delivery systems, steers program and product development, shapes technology- based measures to audit program performance, resolves challenging workflows and facilitates further scalable growth building upon a robust quality- and patient-focused foundation.
Dr. Nei achieved and maintained Joint Commission Accreditation: Developed clinical workflow protocols based on evidence-based best practices, established policies and procedures, created the quality department and peer review process using defined clinical quantifiable measures. She developed the medical staff office, reformed the organizational structure, and established process improvement protocols and by-laws. She is faculty attending physician at UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine and has published in two academic textbooks about neurocognitive disorders and women in healthcare.
Education: Geriatric Fellowship from University of California San Francisco; General Psychiatry internship and residency training, Emory University School of Medicine; Medical Degree from Emory University School of Medicine 2006.
Lisa LaCarrubba is the Medical Director for CloseKnit Health, a new Virtual forward primary care practice, and a board-certified family physician. Prior to joining CloseKnit, Dr. LaCarrubba was the Medical Director for Clinical Reengineering at Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield New Jersey, responsible for the clinical aspects of value-based programs including practice transformation, quality, attribution, employer group activation and implementation of new models of care and collaboration. Additional health plan experience includes overseeing quality, wellness, credentialing, appeals and case and utilization management. Dr. LaCarrubba practiced with North Country Health System in Newport Vermont where she served as chief of staff, medical director for Derby Green Long Term Care Facility, chair of the Pharmacy and Therapeutics committee and Quality Consultant. She is a member of the American Academy of Family Practice, The American Association for Physician Leaders and is co-chair of the New Jersey Immunization Network. Dr. LaCarrubba received her undergraduate degree from Villanova University and her MD from UMDNJ (now Rutgers) Robert Wood Johnson Medical School. She completed a family residency at Mount Holly Memorial Hospital where she served as chief resident.
Dr. Demetria Malloy is an internist who serves as a Regional Vice President, Strategic Physician Executive for Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield’s National Accounts Team. She has had leadership roles in the payor industry for over ten years, following a clinical and academic research career with formal training in health inequities and whole health population strategies. In her current role as a Strategic Physician Executive in National Accounts, Dr. Malloy works closely with the Account Management and Sales teams for National Accounts to focus on clinical strategy, complex cases, performance trends and integration of clinical programs for employer clients and their employees.
Matt joined Lemhi Ventures Fund III in August of 2022 but is no stranger to the partnership, having known and or worked with the Lemhi GP’s for many years. Prior to Lemhi, Matt was most recently part of Google’s life sciences arm Verily, where he led a number of business development efforts as part of the Onduo virtual clinic business. Matt previously served as head of corporate and business development at RedBrick Health, where he was the first employee hired by the founding team. RedBrick was one of the pioneers in aligning incentives and rewards to healthy behavior change. Matt has extensive experience in healthcare startup growth, including business development, sales, channel partner success and strategy.
Matt contributes a wealth of M&A, fundraising, and strategic consulting expertise, including an investment banking and research tenure at the healthcare boutique TripleTree, and as an independent business coach and advisor to healthcare startups.
Matt has an MBA in Entrepreneurship from San Diego State University and a BA and MEd in psychology and counseling from the University of San Diego. He currently serves as a board observer of Lemhi portfolio company Mendota Health, an in-home wound care business.
Seth Staton is a dynamic healthcare executive with extensive experience in health tech and building innovative clinical programs. As the Head of Clinical Program Development & Innovation at Walgreens Health, he is responsible for developing and implementing solutions across retail, virtual, and in-home care delivery channels that improve patient outcomes and drive business growth.
Seth has a proven track record of success in the healthcare industry, having held leadership positions at Fortune 100 organizations and early stage companies. Prior to joining Walgreens Health, he served as the Vice President of Virtual Care at CareMore & Aspire Health, where he was responsible for overseeing telehealth programs and leading digital health strategy.
Emily Mischel is the CEO and Co-Founder at FlexTogether, a Cedars-Sinai Accelerator company. FlexTogether provides virtual pulmonary rehab to COPD, ILD, Long-Covid and other chronic lung disease patients to reduce shortness of breath and improve quality of life. Emily is passionate about creating innovative digital health solutions that remain accessible to underserved populations. Emily has experience in marketing, entertainment/video production, and financial services. Emily holds a M.S. in Social Entrepreneurship from USC Marshall School of Business and a BA in both American Studies and English and World Literature from Pitzer College.
Barbara Levy, M.D., FACOG, FACS, is a lifelong advocate for advancing the quality of women’s health.
She was elected as the first female president of AAGL in 1994-1995.
In 2012 Dr. Levy joined the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) as the first full-
time woman physician leader. Her clinical work focused on evidence-based, equitable, comprehensive care for women throughout their life course. In addition to her clinical focus, Dr. Levy has served as a member, and then Chair, of the AMA RBRVS Update Committee, and is currently Vice-Chair of the AMA CPT Editorial Panel
She currently holds clinical professorships in Obstetrics and Gynecology at the George Washington
University School of Medicine and Health Sciences and UCSD Health. Dr. Levy is Chief Medical Officer at
William Cherniak BSc MD MPH CCFP(EM)/DABFM is an Emergency physician with training in family
medicine and global public health. He is a co-founder and board chair of Bridge to Health Medical and
Dental Canada & USA and the founder and CEO of Rocket Doctor Inc, a Medicaid-focused Shopify for
clinicians that integrates a unique support system, advanced AI-fueled software and wireless medical
devices to enhance care. Bill has had research published in the New England Journal of Medicine, the
Lancet, Academic Medicine, PLOS ONE and given numerous speeches in Europe and North America on
digital health as well as global public health and development.
Bill completed his medical school at the University of Calgary and residency at the University of
Toronto. He completed a cancer fellowship at the U.S. Federal Government’s Center for Global Health
in the National Cancer Institute/National Institutes of Health as well as a Master in Public Health at
the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, with a concentration in health in crisis and
humanitarian assistance, while a Sommer Scholar with a full-scholarship. He is an Adjunct Professor
with Northwestern University, Associate Faculty at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public
Health and an Assistant Professor at the University of Toronto’s Department of Family and
Community Medicine, Division of Emergency Medicine.
Jeff is a Sr. Director of Engineering at One Medical, where he’s worked since 2018. In prior roles, he’s served as a software engineer, product manager, entrepreneur, and executive coach. He’s worked across a broad range of company sizes and industries prior to healthcare, from enterprise software at Slack, consumer civic tech at Sean Parker’s Brigade, and content farming at Jason Calacanis’s Mahalo
Dr. Neil Parikh is the Chief Medical Officer of Thirty Madison, focused on implementing technology to deliver care at scale. He oversees the clinical, research, and strategic partnership organizations within the company. Prior to Thirty Madison, Neil was President of Oscar Medical Group and Senior Medical Director at Oscar Health leading Care Delivery, where he oversaw Oscar’s clinic and telemedicine operations, complex case management, and clinical concierge services. Neil is also an Assistant Clinical Professor at the University of California Los Angeles, where he has been teaching and practicing since 2014. Neil completed his Internal Medicine residency at Cedars Sinai, his MBA at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, and his MD at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California. Neil stays connected to philanthropy through Amply, a giving platform he co-founded, and as a member of the Healthcare Advisory Council to the Ronald McDonald House NY. He splits his time between New York and Los Angeles with his wife and two sons.
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