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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: The Most Interesting Man in Silicon Valley

October 31st, 2016 |
Tech Tonics: The Most Interesting Man in Silicon Valley

Jazz musician, cardiologist, geneticist, engineer, entrepreneur, referee of kids soccer: our guest today, Stanford’s Euan Ashley, does it all, and just might be the most interesting man in Silicon Valley.

Scotsman by birth, doctor by destiny, and a technologist by choice, ...
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Tech Tonics: Speaking Health Care in Spanish with Abner Mason

October 3rd, 2016 |
Tech Tonics: Speaking Health Care in Spanish with Abner Mason

The U.S. healthcare system was designed primarily based on our understanding of the biological and social needs of white men. Of course, our current experience tells us that society is far more complex and that the system must recognize and ...
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Tech Tonics: Jessica Rousset – Today’s Kids Are Tomorrow’s Adults

September 6th, 2016 |
Tech Tonics: Jessica Rousset – Today’s Kids Are Tomorrow’s Adults

While determining what to do with college and her career, Jessica Rousset struggled to decide – go with the right brain and be an artist or go with the left brain and pursue engineering. In a way she has managed ...
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Tech Tonics: Diego Miralles – Physician, Scientist, Drug Developer, Humanist

August 22nd, 2016 |
Tech Tonics: Diego Miralles – Physician, Scientist, Drug Developer, Humanist

Infectious disease physician, entrepreneur, and life-long innovator, Diego Miralles has pursued the frontiers of medicine on three continents, and in at least three distinct settings: academia, biotech startups, and the largest pharma company on earth, J&J. There, he founded both ...
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Tech Tonics: Our Favorite Bioethicist, Michelle Meyer

Tech Tonics: Whoop Founder, Will Ahmed

Tech Tonics: Merck’s Robert Plenge on Human Biology and Social Media

Tech Tonics: Merck’s Robert Plenge on Human Biology and Social Media

For years, medical research seemed focused on understanding disease processes primarily through model organisms such as yeast, flies, and mice. Today’s guest, Merck’s Robert Plenge, offers the radical suggestion that with the help of emerging technology “humans serve as the ...
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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: 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: 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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