In today’s digital age, health systems are using a variety of emerging and evolving technologies like machine learning, voice recognition, natural language processing, and predictive analytics to streamline workflows and provide high quality care. Providers are exploring new tools to bridge the gap between themselves and their patients, and patients are taking control of their own health through online support networks, mobile apps, and cutting-edge wearables.
Cedars-Sinai and our accelerator program are right at the center of all the action, putting innovative solutions at our clinicians’ fingertips and empowering our patients to engage in understanding and improving their health using technology tools.
As the Managing Director for the Cedars-Sinai Accelerator Powered by Techstars, I’m working with promising startups and bringing together founders, mentors, and investors to deepen Cedars-Sinai’s impact on the industry.
With prior experience at a growing startup, within a health system IT department, and at a large EMR vendor, I can relate to the goals our companies seek to accomplish — and the challenges that they face. I’ve heard a lot of honest feedback from clinicians and investors about what they value and need, which has informed my understanding of how these different industry players think and operate.
I’m inspired by the work I’ve seen at the accelerator in the past two months, and invigorated by what I know is coming. Since applications for this class closed in March, we have reviewed hundreds of companies, each giving us a glimpse into the future of care delivery. For every company considered for the program, we evaluate the leadership team, product concept, market fit, traction, and business model. We feel confident that we are engaging with companies who are well positioned to solve real-world problems in our industry. Over the past few years, we’ve seen more investments, bigger partnerships, and larger, later-stage deals in the digital health realm. As our industry changes and matures, I am confident that companies will continue to disrupt and transform healthcare delivery.