Passionate Pioneers with Mike Biselli

Passionate Pioneers with Mike Biselli

Conversations with the innovators, game changers, and PIONEERS who are deeply passionate and relentless in solving the problems that our world is facing!

Reinventing Cancer Care Philanthropy Through Impact Investing

This episode’s Community Champion Sponsor is Ossur. To learn more about their ‘Responsible for Tomorrow’ Sustainability Campaign, and how you can get involved: CLICK HERE---Episode Overview: What if philanthropy and investment could work hand-in-hand to revolutionize cancer care? Our next guest, Alice Pomponio, is pioneering a groundbreaking model to do just that.As the Managing Director of BrightEdge - the American Cancer Society's impact investment arm - Alice is harnessing the power of venture capital to fuel mission-driven healthcare startups. By investing in innovative technologies across the cancer care continuum, BrightEdge aims to not only generate financial returns, but also drive tangible improvements in cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment, and survivorship.Join us as Alice shares her personal journey that led her to this role, and explains how BrightEdge is reshaping the landscape of cancer philanthropy. Discover how this unique model is unlocking capital, amplifying impact, and bringing more equitable solutions to patients in need. Let’s go! Episode Highlights:Alice shares her personal story of how tragedy transformed into a strategy to drive impact in the cancer spaceShe explains how BrightEdge, the American Cancer Society's impact investment arm, is pioneering a unique model to generate financial returns and drive mission-driven innovationAlice discusses how BrightEdge invests across the entire cancer care continuum - from prevention to diagnosis to treatment to survivorshipShe highlights how BrightEdge leverages the American Cancer Society's deep expertise and vast network to support and accelerate its portfolio companiesAlice outlines the future vision for BrightEdge, including plans to further infuse impact considerations into investment decisions and unlock new sources of capitalAbout our Guest: Alice brings an extensive experience in life sciences and business, coupled with her passion for the American Cancer Society’s lifesaving mission.She is an expert in rare disease and precision oncology, and focuses on disruptive technology adoption and companion diagnostic/therapeutic co-development strategies with an eye toward value-based care. Most recently, she was an advisor at Red Sky Partners LLC and the founder and managing director of Accendo. At Red Sky Partners, Alice advised high-growth life sciences and health tech companies on go-to-market and product value strategies. In 2018, she founded Accendo to accelerate entrepreneurial consumer-facing approaches to patient access and affordability of quality care.She held prior strategy and operational leadership roles at Radius Health, AstraZeneca, and Sanofi Genzyme, where she launched multiple US and global specialty products and championed orphan drug and health equity initiatives across the globe. Her public sector experience spans innovation, trade, and healthcare policy through roles in the UK Government and US Office of Management and Budget.Alice holds a Master of Public Policy from Harvard University and a Bachelor of Science in Biology from MIT. She serves on the Boards of Massachusetts Biotechnology Council, MassEcon, and PhagePro Inc. Additionally, she is a faculty member at Harvard-MIT HST Sloan Healthcare Ventures, a role she will retain during her tenure with the American Cancer Society.In addition to her industry experience, Alice is a longtime American Cancer Society and American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network volunteer leader.Links Supporting This Episode:BrigtEdge Website:
April 15, 2024

Empowering Expectant Mothers Through Virtual Care with Anish Sebastian

This episode’s Community Champion Sponsor is Ossur. To learn more about their ‘Responsible for Tomorrow’ Sustainability Campaign, and how you can get involved: CLICK HERE---Episode Overview: How can technology reinvent the standard of prenatal and postpartum care? According to our next guest, Anish Sebastian, the answer lies in delivering a new virtual care model for expectant mothers.As the co-founder and CEO of Babyscripts, Anish is on a mission to eliminate maternal mortality and improve access to care through innovative digital solutions. Under his leadership, Babyscripts has built a clinically validated platform that allows providers to manage up to 90% of pregnancies virtually, empowering earlier detection of risks and the automation of elements of care. While together, Anish shares his insights on leveraging remote patient monitoring, data-driven experiences, and strategic partnerships to transform the maternal healthcare landscape. Discover how Babyscripts is redefining the patient-provider journey and championing a new era of proactive, personalized prenatal and postpartum care. Let’s go!Episode Highlights:Anish's personal experience with high-risk twin pregnancies inspired his mission to improve maternal health outcomesBabyscripts is delivering a new virtual care model for prenatal and postpartum care, leveraging remote monitoring and digital toolsUnder Anish's leadership, Babyscripts has partnered with over 75 health systems managing 250,000+ pregnancies annuallyBabyscripts' research efforts have resulted in multiple first-of-their-kind publications validating the benefits of their platformAnish's vision is to transform maternal care and ensure expectant mothers have access to the support and resources they needAbout our Guest: Anish Sebastian is the co-founder and CEO of Babyscripts, an innovative maternal healthcare company focused on reinventing the standard of prenatal and postpartum care through the delivery of digital education and remote patient monitoring experiences. In his time as CEO, Anish has led product development and has orchestrated partnerships with more than 75 health systems around the country that manage over 250K pregnancies annually, as well as partnerships with multiple national health plans and 30+ managed care organizations. Anish has led several evidence-based research endeavors that have resulted in multiple first-in-kind publications and white papers, further quantifying and validating the benefits of the Babyscripts product, including a pilot with GW-MFA for Babyscripts maternal mental health product, which is in beta-testing at the site and will be the subject of a focused research study. He is a recognized thought leader in the field of maternal healthcare and technology and a frequent speaker on the future of healthcare.Links Supporting This Episode:Babyscripts Website: CLICK HEREAnish Sebastian LinkedIn page: CLICK HEREAnish Sebastian Twitter page: CLICK HERE Mike Biselli LinkedIn page: CLICK HEREMike Biselli Twitter page: CLICK HEREVisit our website:
April 8, 2024

Streamlining Healthcare Transactions through AI-Powered Insights with Rajeev Ronanki

This episode’s Community Champion Sponsor is Ossur. To learn more about their ‘Responsible for Tomorrow’ Sustainability Campaign, and how you can get involved: CLICK HERE---Episode Overview: How can artificial intelligence and predictive analytics transform the healthcare industry? According to our next guest, Rajeev Ronanki, it lies in simplifying the business of care.As the CEO of Lyric, Raj's leadership is marked by a commitment to reimagine healthcare through the lens of AI by reducing complexity and maximizing efficiency. With over 25 years of experience in innovation across healthcare and technology, Raj shares his valuable insights on leveraging machine learning, predictive modeling, and responsible AI to empower health plan payers with increased accuracy and cost savingsJoin us to learn how Raj and the Lyric team are driving innovation, harnessing the power of AI to simplify transactions, enhance collaboration between payers and providers, and ultimately deliver personalized, proactive care. Let's go!Episode Highlights:Leveraging AI, machine learning, and predictive analytics to simplify the business of healthcareDriving innovation to increase payment accuracy and transactional efficiency for health plansEnhancing collaboration between payers and providers through transparent data sharingEnabling personalized, proactive care by predicting potential health trajectoriesAdvocating for responsible and human-centric approaches to deploying AI in healthcareAbout our Guest: Rajeev Ronanki has over 25 years of experience in innovation-driven industry and social change across healthcare and technology. As the CEO of Lyric, his leadership is marked by a commitment to reimagine healthcare, through the lens of artificial intelligence, to reduce complexity and help simplify the business of care.Previously, Raj spearheaded the transformation of Elevance Health into a digital health platform as President of Carelon Digital Platforms. Prior to that, he established and led Deloitte’s life sciences and healthcare advanced analytics, artificial intelligence, and innovation practices. A best-selling author and an authority on AI in healthcare, Raj is a coveted speaker, recently headlining the inaugural TED AI conference. He champions responsible AI, advocating for human-centric approaches, fairness, and bias reduction in technology. His career is a testament to his visionary leadership, constantly pushing the boundaries of healthcare technology.Links Supporting This Episode:Lyric Website: CLICK HERERajeev Ronanki LinkedIn page: CLICK HERERajeev Ronanki Twitter page: CLICK HERE Mike Biselli LinkedIn page: CLICK HEREMike Biselli Twitter page: CLICK HEREVisit our website: CLICK HERESubscribe to newsletter: CLICK HEREGuest nomination form:
March 25, 2024

Transforming Care Through Virtual Innovation with Dr. Sarah Pletcher

This episode’s Community Champion Sponsor is Ossur. To learn more about their ‘Responsible for Tomorrow’ Sustainability Campaign, and how you can get involved: CLICK HERE—Episode Overview: How can virtual care and innovative technology transform healthcare delivery? According to our next guest, Dr. Sarah Pletcher, it requires reimagining care models by leveraging cutting-edge solutions. As System Vice President and Executive Medical Director for Strategic Innovation at Houston Methodist, Dr. Pletcher leads the nationally renowned health system in developing and accelerating pioneering care strategies for the next decade.An accomplished surgeon and telehealth trailblazer, Dr. Pletcher shares her valuable insights on virtual nursing programs reducing burnout, wearables enhancing patient monitoring, expanding hospital-at-home offerings, implementing ambient AI for safety, and rolling out system-wide virtual rounding capabilities. Join us to learn how Dr. Pletcher is driving innovation at Houston Methodist, enhancing experiences and outcomes through tech-enabled, forward-thinking care delivery. Let's go!Episode Highlights:Pioneering virtual nursing programs that reduce burnout and retain staffLeveraging wearable sensors and remote monitoring to enhance patient careExpanding "hospital at home" and virtual care offerings to improve accessImplementing ambient AI and computer vision for safety and efficiencyRolling out system-wide virtual rounding capabilities in every patient room  About our Guest:Dr. Sarah N. Pletcher is the System Vice President and Executive Medical Director for Strategic Innovation at Houston Methodist. In this role, she leads the health system on strategy, development, acceleration and execution of new care models and innovations that will move the health system into its next decade. Prior to joining Houston Methodist, Dr. Pletcher was the founder of the Centers for Connected Care & Telehealth at Dartmouth- Hitchcock, where she led the health system in the selection and implementation of new strategies utilizing telehealth technology platforms, and developed new clinical products and telemedicine programs across multiple specialties, and in multiple settings. This work includes a national scale telemedicine program which includes more than 60 specialties and six 24/7 hospital service lines, covering 100 hospitals across 10 states, and providing care through 20,000 patient encounters every month. As a consultant, Dr. Pletcher has advised health systems, policymakers, and investors about disruptive technologies and new business models that can provide value in serving populations. With over 25 years of healthcare innovation experience, she is frequently sought as a thought leader and invited speaker in areas of telemedicine, mhealth, innovation, clinical quality improvement, provider education and rural program development; and has been the principal investigator on over 15 million dollars of grant and foundational funding to advance these initiatives.Links Supporting This Episode:Houston Methodist website: CLICK HEREDr. Sarah Pletcher LinkedIn page: CLICK HEREHouston Methodist Twitter page: CLICK HEREMike Biselli LinkedIn page:
March 18, 2024

Unleashing AI to Propel Value-Based Care with Jay Ackerman

This episode’s Community Champion Sponsor is Ossur. To learn more about their ‘Responsible for Tomorrow’ Sustainability Campaign, and how you can get involved: CLICK HERE---Episode Overview: How can innovative technology accelerate the shift to value-based care? According to our next guest, Jay Ackerman, CEO of Reveleer, it starts by empowering healthcare organizations with AI-driven data analytics.As a veteran enterprise software leader, Jay is focused on Reveleer's mission to streamline quality improvement, risk adjustment, and member management through their transformative platform.While together, Jay shares his vision for leveraging natural language processing and machine learning to digest clinical data at scale and he reveals how Reveleer helps health plans and providers unlock insights, enhance outcomes, and confidently execute value-based care initiatives.Join us to learn how Jay and his team are pioneering the future of data-driven healthcare delivery! Let’s go! Episode Highlights:Pioneering the use of AI, NLP, and machine learning to digest massive clinical data setsHelping healthcare organizations accelerate the transition to value-based care modelsReducing administrative burdens on providers through intelligent data workflowsUnifying disparate clinical data sources to enhance quality improvement and risk adjustmentDriving the future of data-driven healthcare through advanced analytics capabilitiesAbout our Guest:Jay is an Enterprise Software executive responsible for setting the vision, strategy, and objectives for Reveleer. As a leader, he is also keenly focused on shaping and stewarding the culture at Reveleer to attract a robust collaborative team, while driving an innovation mandate to execute our mission to accelerate value-based care.He is a seasoned software and services executive with over 30 years of experience in various leadership capacities. While at Reveleer, he established the company as a leader in SaaS solutions to enable our customer set to take control of these critical value-based care programs. Before Reveleer, Jay was the Chief Revenue Officer at Guidance Software, a publicly traded software security company. He is equally proud of his contribution to the success of ServiceSource, where he was the Worldwide Head of Sales and Customer Success at ServiceSource and WNS North America. WNS, where he was the President & CEO. Both organizations grew rapidly and joined the public markets. Jay holds his MBA from NYU’s Stern School of Business and a bachelor’s degree in economics from Connecticut College. Jay recently concluded a ten-year stay on the Board of Trustees at Lawrence Academy, a college preparatory school he attended in Massachusetts. Jay resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two boys and can often be found on the weekend coaching or cheering on his boys.Links Supporting This Episode:Reveleer Website: CLICK HEREJay Ackerman LinkedIn page: CLICK HEREReveleer Twitter page: CLICK HERE Mike Biselli LinkedIn page: CLICK HEREMike Biselli Twitter page: CLICK HEREVisit our website:
March 11, 2024

Streamlining Mental Health Screening with Ernie Wallerstein

This episode’s Community Champion Sponsor is Ossur. To learn more about their ‘Responsible for Tomorrow’ Sustainability Campaign, and how you can get involved: CLICK HERE---Episode Overview: How can we positively impact mental healthcare through technological innovation? According to our next guest, Ernie Wallerstein, CEO of Mental Health Technologies, it starts by enabling quantifiable improvements in patients' journeys to wellness.Driven by a passion to address the growing challenges of providing mental health and substance abuse services, Ernie and his team built an innovative SaaS platform that seamlessly integrates validated psychometric testing into healthcare providers' existing workflows.While together, Ernie shares how MHT's technology empowers medical professionals to -screen patients, objectively collect mental health data, and enhance billing practices. Ernie also reveals his vision for horizontally integrating the entire mental health process and leveraging data analytics to proactively identify negative treatment trends.Join us to learn how Ernie and the MHT team are streamlining mental health screening through technological innovation! Let’s go! Episode Highlights:Integrating seamlessly into existing EHR/EMR systems to minimize workflow disruption for healthcare providersAchieving over $1 million in annual recurring revenue while bootstrapped, without VC or PE funding60% patient completion rate for MHT's assessments, demonstrating strong engagementPositioning MHT's data analytics capabilities to predict optimal assessments and identify negative treatment trendsAddressing a critical need by enabling better identification and care pathways for mental health/substance abuse  About our Guest: Ernie Wallerstein is revolutionizing the mental health industry by enabling quantifiable and qualitative improvements in patients' journey to wellness. Through his innovative SaaS assessment platform, medical practitioners can seamlessly administer a range of validated psychometric tests, providing a comprehensive understanding of patients' mental health.Links Supporting This Episode:MHT Website: CLICK HEREErnie Wallerstein LinkedIn page: CLICK HEREErnie Wallerstein Twitter page: CLICK HERE Mike Biselli LinkedIn page: CLICK HEREMike Biselli Twitter page: CLICK HEREVisit our website: CLICK HERESubscribe to newsletter: CLICK HEREGuest nomination form: CLICK HERE
March 4, 2024

Expanding Clinical Education to Develop Healthcare’s Workforce with Kyle Swinsky

This episode’s Community Champion Sponsor is Ossur. To learn more about their ‘Responsible for Tomorrow’ Sustainability Campaign, and how you can get involved: CLICK HERE---Episode Overview: How can we expand clinical education to develop the healthcare workforce we desperately need?According to our next guest, Kyle Swinsky, co-founder and CEO of AMOpportunities, it starts by equipping universities and healthcare providers with scalable infrastructure.Drawing from a passion to increase opportunities for international medical trainees, Kyle built a workforce solution that matches students to hands-on rotations while supporting host sites through technology and services.While together, we explore AMO's mission to address bottlenecks preventing schools from graduating qualified healthcare professionals and Kyle reveals how his company augments limited teaching capacity, facilitates ideal student-site relationships, and drives strategic growth into allied health fields.Join us to hear how Kyle and the AMO team is successfully expanding clinical education to develop healthcare’s workforce! Let’s go! Episode Highlights:AMO bridges clinical education gaps by matching students to hands-on training opportunitiesTheir platform and services augment limited teaching capacity at hospitals/clinicsStudents get experience where they want while sites gain pipeline of future workforceAMO has helped over 5,500 trainees secure rotations to advance their careersStrategic growth planned for nursing, PA, rehab therapy, and other allied health fieldsAbout our Guest: Kyle Swinsky is the co-founder and CEO of AMOpportunities, a Chicago-based company that helps international medical students and graduates secure U.S. rotations and supports hospitals and schools in managing trainees through high-quality services and software solutions.In 2013, Kyle, along with co-founder and COO Ben Bradley, launched AMOpportunities to make U.S. clinical experiences accessible to medical trainees around the world. Since 2013, AMO has tripled in size, raised $8.9 million in funding, won the President’s “E” Award for Exports and PIEoneer of the Year, and helped more than 3,600 trainees rotate in the U.S. The company counts Kaplan Medical and AMSA as partners as well as institutions such as University of Miami, Chicago Medicine, MedStar Georgetown University Hospital, and Florida International University.Links Supporting This Episode:AMOpportunities Website: CLICK HEREKyle Swinsky LinkedIn page: CLICK HEREKyle Swinsky Twitter page: CLICK HERE Mike Biselli LinkedIn page: CLICK HEREMike Biselli Twitter page: CLICK HEREVisit our website: CLICK HERESubscribe to newsletter: CLICK HEREGuest nomination form: CLICK HERE
February 26, 2024

Reshaping Women’s Health Through Virtual Menopause Care with Joanna Strober

This episode’s Community Champion Sponsor is Ossur. To learn more about their ‘Responsible for Tomorrow’ Sustainability Campaign, and how you can get involved: CLICK HERE---Episode Overview: How can we reimagine women’s health by meeting them where they are- virtually and compassionately?According to our next guest Joanna Strober, founder and CEO of Midi Health, it starts with understanding the overlooked symptoms of perimenopause and menopause that deeply impact quality of life.Drawing from her own frustrating journey to receive proper hormonal care, Joanna built an accessible, insurance-covered virtual clinic tailored to women navigating this transition.While together, Joanna shares Midi Health’s mission to deliver personalized, expert protocols for the over 30 symptoms related to declining estrogen, and also reveals how her company identifies gaps like painful sex and weight gain to build specialty services. Additionally, Joanna shares the vision for Midi Health to become a trusted partner supporting long-term health, and why partnerships with health systems are imperative.Join us to learn how Joanna and the Midi Health team is successfully reshaping women's health through virtual menopause care! Let’s go! Episode Highlights:Midi Health meets women where they are by providing virtual, insurance-covered care for overlooked perimenopause/menopause symptomsThey take a listening-based approach to build specialty services addressing gaps like painful sex and midlife weight gainThe goal is for Midi Health to be a 20-year partner supporting women's long-term health needsPartnerships with health systems are crucial for referrals and sharing patient dataMidi Health is successfully reshaping care to center the woman in her midlife healthcare journey  About our Guest: Joanna is the co-founder and CEO of Midi Health, the leading virtual care clinic focused exclusively on women navigating midlife hormonal transition. The company brings insurance-covered expert care for the symptoms of perimenopause and menopause to women nationwide. A successful serial entrepreneur in the digital health space, Joanna previously served as CEO and founder of Kurbo, the first digital therapeutic for childhood obesity, which she sold to Weight Watchers. Recently named to the “Forbes 50 Over 50” list and a featured speaker at the 2023 Fortune Most Powerful Women Conference, Joanna is a frequently quoted expert on issues related to digital health, women in business, startups and leadership. Prior to becoming a founder, Joanna spent more than 20 years in direct private equity and venture capital investing in health and consumer companies, including a number of notable consumer internet companies, such as BlueNile, eToys, Babycenter, HotJobs and Flycast. Joanna is also the author of the book, “Getting to 50/50,” a primer on how women can succeed and thrive at work and at home. Links Supporting This Episode:Midi Health Website: CLICK HEREJoana Strober LinkedIn page: CLICK HEREMidi Health LinkedIn page: CLICK HERE Mike Biselli LinkedIn page: CLICK HEREMike Biselli Twitter page:
February 12, 2024
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Passionate Pioneers with Mike Biselli

Our world is experiencing daunting problems and at times it can feel overwhelming and downright depressing.

But, Mike Biselli is incredibly optimistic that we can solve these problems, when we work TOGETHER! Passionate Pioneers with Mike Biselli highlights the innovators, the game changers, and the PIONEERS who are deeply passionate and relentless in solving the problems that our world is facing.

This is your opportunity to connect and learn from these leaders, and to support them on their mission. Perhaps they will soon be hearing your story as well!


Mike Biselli

Mike Biselli

After being named 1st Team All PAC-10 and playing in the Rose Bowl with the Stanford Cardinal the following year – all while earning his BA and MA – Mike hung up his football cleats and brought his unwavering determination and collaborative spirit to the field of healthcare.

As a Board Member for Medical Group Management Association, Prime Health, Colorado Bioscience Association, and several other organizations, Mike experienced firsthand the tremendous power a determined community of clinicians, executives, technologists, entrepreneurs, academics, and investors could wield when they work together.

Realizing just how much more could be accomplished if that power were harnessed, Mike developed the industry integrator concept, a new feature of the innovation economy that allows the healthcare industry to be integrated at the point of innovation by physically housing an entire ecosystem in a single location.

In partnership with governmental, non-profit, and commercial organizations, Mike and his team built Catalyst, a 180,000 square foot, first-of-its-kind industry integrator, in Denver’s River North District (RiNo) that houses 60+ health-tech startups, academic institutions, healthcare systems, and Fortune 100s alike in the race to fix healthcare. Catalyst opened its doors in July, 2018.

While Mike continues to be a Catalyst Partner/Owner, his efforts are now focused on his role as Chief Community Officer at BurstIQ. BurstIQ is a HIPAA and GDPR compliant platform creating health profiles for people, places and things, and empowers the interactions between them. The blockchain platform enables health applications and services to incorporate complex data ownership, consent, and monetization … at scale.

The BurstIQ team is creating a deeply connected community of health data anchors and innovators to ignite an international revolution by properly securing, controlling, consenting and monetizing health data.

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