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Tech Tonics, the Podcast, is a twice-monthly program focused on the people and passion at the intersection of technology and health. Hosted by Lisa Suennen and David Shaywitz (the co-authors of “Tech Tonics: Can Passionate Entrepreneurs Heal Healthcare With Technology?”) the show draws on their experience in business, medicine, and health-IT. The Tech Tonics podcast seeks to bring the people in the digital health field to life and, ideally, elevate humanism in a healthcare world captivated by technology. “We deeply believe in what Robert Coles, an inspiration to us both, has termed ‘the call of stories,’” Shaywitz says. Adds Suennen, “Our aspiration is to bring the spirit of Coles and Michael Lewis to the world of digital health.” Together, Suennen and Shaywitz engage a range of intriguing guests in discussions that enable listeners to appreciate the stories behind the startups and the people behind the passion. You can find out more at venturevalkyrie.com.

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Tech Tonics: John Hixson, From Aggie To Techie

December 23rd, 2015 |
Tech Tonics: John Hixson, From Aggie To Techie

John Hixson’s career has taken him from a small town near Waco, Texas to the Johns Hopkins Medical School, a neurology residency at the University of Pennyslvannia, and ultimately to his current role at neurologist at UCSF and the San ...
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Tech Tonics: Alex Drane Talks about the Unmentionables

December 7th, 2015 |
Tech Tonics: Alex Drane Talks about the Unmentionables

Alexandra “Alex” Drane has been talking about the Unmentionables like end of life, sex, loneliness and empathy long before it was cool to address these topics as core healthcare issues. Always the brightest light in any room, Alex draws people ...
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Tech Tonics: Thomas Goetz, Bridging the Analog Divide

November 23rd, 2015 |
Tech Tonics: Thomas Goetz, Bridging the Analog Divide

Writer, editor, entrepreneur, visionary – Thomas Goetz has always combined a sophisticated understanding of emerging technologies with a profound sense of humanism. This was evident in his work at Wired (where he served as executive editor for eleven years), ...
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Tech Tonics: Dr. Sachin Jain… Professional Culture, Patient Focused

November 2nd, 2015 |
Tech Tonics: Dr. Sachin Jain… Professional Culture, Patient Focused

When Dr. Sachin Jain got the call to become Chief Medical Officer of Anthem’s highly-regarded CareMore Unit, he could hardly have feigned surprise. It must have seemed like the role to which he was destined: a physician leader in ...
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Tech Tonics: Dr. Brennan Spiegel, Translating Technology into Practice

October 18th, 2015 |
Tech Tonics: Dr. Brennan Spiegel, Translating Technology into Practice

It seemed like a simple enough idea – evaluating whether the use of virtual reality goggles would reduce the pain experienced by hospitalized patients. Yet, when Brennan Spiegel, a gastroenterologist, clinical trial expert, and digital health pioneer at Cedar Sinai ...
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Tech Tonics: 2015 Health 2.0 Preview with Matthew Holt and Indu Subaiya

Tech Tonics: 2015 Health 2.0 Preview with Matthew Holt and Indu Subaiya

Matthew Holt has spent 20 years in health care as a researcher, forecaster, and strategist. He learned from some of the best in forecasting, policy and survey organizations, like the Institute for the Future and Harris Interactive. But these days ...
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Tech Tonics: Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, Getting Close to Home on Healthcare Costs

September 28th, 2015 |
Tech Tonics: Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, Getting Close to Home on Healthcare Costs

Jane Sarasohn-Kahn’s mother was named Polly. Polly was diagnosed in 1971 with leukemia treated with the current state of medieval medicine and told she would not live long. But armed with a well-equipped librarian, some cooperative doctors and Adelle Davis’ ...
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Tech Tonics: John Wilbanks, Participant-Centric Innovation

September 15th, 2015 |
Tech Tonics: John Wilbanks, Participant-Centric Innovation

When John Wilbanks graduated from Tulane with a major in philosophy and almost a minor in French, he had little idea that he would become one of the world’s most important forces for good in the areas of citizen science, ...
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Tech Tonics: Bijan Salehizadeh, from Dr. Oz to Venture Capital

Tech Tonics: Bijan Salehizadeh, from Dr. Oz to Venture Capital

In his final year of medical school at Columbia, Bijan Salehizadeh weighed whether to become a cardiothoracic surgeon or pursue what was a very unusual path at the time: a career in entrepreneurship.

Inspired by mentors including Dr. Mehmet Oz ...
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Tech Tonics: Jonathon Feit on How to Empower First Responders

Tech Tonics: Jonathon Feit on How to Empower First Responders

God help you if you are picked up by ambulance—assuming they can find you easily, they don’t know anything about you, can’t get your medical record, can’t effectively pre-communicate to the hospital what you will need, can’t document your data ...
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Tech Tonics: Bob Wachter, The Digital Doctor

Tech Tonics: Bob Wachter, The Digital Doctor

UCSF professor Bob Wachter has had a front row view to the collision of irresistible emerging technology with an immovable healthcare system, and has managed to navigate this interface with unusual nuance and grace, a story he shares in the ...
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Tech Tonics: Inventor, Entrepreneur, Doctor, David Goodman

Tech Tonics: Inventor, Entrepreneur, Doctor, David Goodman

After his second series of medical school rejections, biomedical engineer David Goodman found his way to a nascent medical device company seeking to develop an easy way to measure oxygen levels in the blood. The result – the Nellcor pulse ...
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Tech Tonics: Sean Duffy’s Ascent from Legos to Healthcare

Tech Tonics: Sean Duffy’s Ascent from Legos to Healthcare

Sean Duffy was one of those kids building monumental Lego edifices when his friends were playing outside. He continued to progress on the building front until he hit on his latest endeavor, the establishment of Omada Health, a company that ...
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Tech Tonics: Elli Kaplan, Diagnosing Alzheimer’s

Tech Tonics: Elli Kaplan, Diagnosing Alzheimer’s

I first met Elli Kaplan, CEO of Neurotrack, when she won the SXSW best new start-up competition a few years back. She wowed the audience for the scope and creativity of what she is trying to do: create a non-invasive ...
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Tech Tonics: Linda Avey, We Are Curious

Tech Tonics: Linda Avey, We Are Curious

When 23andMe veteran Linda Avey pitched her new startup, We Are Curious (which focuses on integrating patient-reported symptoms and experiences) she thought she’d emphasize a condition that seemed like an easy win: menopause-associated symptoms.

VCs, she reasoned, would be ...
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Tech Tonics: John de Souza, Meant for Medicine

Tech Tonics: John de Souza, Meant for Medicine

As a child growing up in Ethiopia, John de Souza witnessed the grim reality of poverty — families wishing for rapid death for their sick children because a cure was out of reach socially and financially. Fast forward a number ...
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Tech Tonics: Kelly Brezoczky and Unmentionable Personal Healthcare

Tech Tonics: Kelly Brezoczky and Unmentionable Personal Healthcare

Innovator and entrepreneur Kelly Brezoczky, Founder and CEO of Butterfly Health, has always had a keen interest in where the consumer and health merge. And in Kelly’s case, that merger occurs in very intimate places, as she has pioneered ...
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Tech Tonics: Dr. Jason Langheier and the Power of Personalization

Tech Tonics: Dr. Jason Langheier and the Power of Personalization

“If Amazon can personalize book recommendations, if we can get digital prescriptions of drugs nailed down with Walgreens, why can’t the two come together so that physicians can give personalized prescriptions for healthy eating?” wonders Dr. Jason Langheier, the CEO ...
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Tech Tonics: Erik Douglas, and the Move to Mobile Digital Diagnostics

Tech Tonics: Erik Douglas, and the Move to Mobile Digital Diagnostics

Many people who work in the medical industry come to it for personal reasons. For scientist and hardware hacker Erik Douglas, his stint helping diagnose patients in the remotest parts of Africa and Asia was a pivotal moment. It led ...
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Tech Tonics: Bob Kocher on Fixing Hospitals and Healthcare

Tech Tonics: Bob Kocher on Fixing Hospitals and Healthcare

This week we are delighted to feature an interview with Venrock partner Dr. Bob Kocher, who probably knows more about the business of healthcare delivery than almost anyone in the world. He grew up in Seattle and was the fourth ...
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Tech Tonics: From Apples to Apple to Better, Geoff Clapp’s Road to Healthcare Technology

February 23rd, 2015 |
Tech Tonics: From Apples to Apple to Better, Geoff Clapp’s Road to Healthcare Technology

Today’s Tech Tonics Podcast features Geoff Clapp, CEO of Better, Inc. From the apple growing community of central Massachusetts to the Apple Computer community of Silicon Valley, Geoff has been a lifelong high technology fan. He started out ...
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Tech Tonics: Michelle Snyder and the Transformation of Sickcare to Wellcare

February 9th, 2015 |
Tech Tonics: Michelle Snyder and the Transformation of Sickcare to Wellcare

Announcing our 3rd edition of Tech Tonics, the Podcast. Today’s show features an interview with long-time digital health entrepreneur Michelle Snyder. Michelle is currently Chief Marketing Officer at Welltok, a company that works with health plans and other population ...
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Tech Tonics: Aenor Sawyer’s 360 Degree View of Healthcare

January 26th, 2015 |
Tech Tonics: Aenor Sawyer’s 360 Degree View of Healthcare

In this second edition of Tech Tonics, the Podcast, we feature Aenor Sawyer, MD. Aenor has had an unusual journey to and through the healthcare world. She has held the roles of physical therapist, physician, patient, caregiver and technology ...
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Tech Tonics: Lisa Maki and the Power of Empathy to Develop Healthcare Solutions

January 18th, 2015 |
Tech Tonics: Lisa Maki and the Power of Empathy to Develop Healthcare Solutions

Lisa Maki’s unexpected journey took her from the outskirts of Puget Sound (where we discovered she grew up, in her words, a “Seattle Hillbilly”), to Silicon Valley. Today she is CEO of a company that helps people find profoundly ...
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