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Tech Tonics

Summary: 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. Lisa Suennen is the Managing Partner of Venture Valkyrie Consulting, LLC, a firm that provides advisory services to corporate and independent venture capital funds and to large and small companies around investment and product strategy, innovation spin-outs, market development, partnerships and financing. She is currently a member of the Qualcomm Life Advisory Board, the Sanofi Integrated Care Advisory Board, the Dignity Health Foundation Board, and an Advisor to the California Health Care Foundation Innovation Fund and a member of several private company Boards of Directors. Dr. David Shaywitz is the Chief Medical Officer of DNAnexus, a company that makes it easier to work with genomic data using advanced bioinformatics and scalable compute systems based on the cloud. He received his M.D. from the Harvard-MIT Division of Health, Science, and Technology at Harvard Medical School, and his Ph.D. from the Department of Biology at MIT. He trained in internal medicine and endocrinology at the Massachusetts General Hospital, and conducted his post-doctoral research in Doug Melton’s lab at the Harvard Stem Cell Institute. Tech Tonics, the Podcast is produced by Jason Lopez and syndicated by Connected Social Media. You can also find out more at and

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 Tech Tonics: Dr. Brennan Spiegel, Translating Technology into Practice | File Type: | Duration: Unknown

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 tried to offer it to patients, he struggled to find takers. “No thanks,” he was […]

 Tech Tonics: 2015 Health 2.0 Preview with Matthew Holt and Indu Subaiya | File Type: | Duration: Unknown

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 he’s best known as the author of The Health Care Blog and as Co-Chairman of […]

 Tech Tonics: Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, Getting Close to Home on Healthcare Costs | File Type: | Duration: Unknown

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’ book Let’s Eat Right to Keep Fit, she found her way to 7 more happy, […]

 Tech Tonics: John Wilbanks, Participant-Centric Innovation | File Type: | Duration: Unknown

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, data sharing, and participant empowerment. John’s fascinating journey and eclectic career started after college, when […]

 Tech Tonics: Bijan Salehizadeh, from Dr. Oz to Venture Capital | File Type: | Duration: Unknown

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 (in his pre-raspberry ketone period), Salehizadeh graduated, then flew to Silicon Valley and joined a […]

 Tech Tonics: Jonathon Feit on How to Empower First Responders | File Type: | Duration: Unknown

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 to ensure a smooth hand-off. When I happened to get an unexpected ambulance ride back […]

 Tech Tonics: Bob Wachter, The Digital Doctor | File Type: | Duration: Unknown

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 wonderful, recently published book “The Digital Doctor.” In our conversation with Bob, he takes us […]

 Tech Tonics: Inventor, Entrepreneur, Doctor, David Goodman | File Type: | Duration: Unknown

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 oximeter – transformed medical care. It also earned David a coveted spot in the Health […]

 Tech Tonics: Sean Duffy’s Ascent from Legos to Healthcare | File Type: | Duration: Unknown

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 helps people reduce their risk of progression to Type 2 diabetes by employing a mix […]

 Tech Tonics: Elli Kaplan, Diagnosing Alzheimer’s | File Type: | Duration: Unknown

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 test that predicts patients’ risk of developing mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer’s disease years before […]

 Tech Tonics: Linda Avey, We Are Curious | File Type: | Duration: Unknown

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 immediately grasp the size and associated economics of this market, the need to better understand the […]

 Tech Tonics: John de Souza, Meant for Medicine | File Type: | Duration: Unknown

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 of years to when he was able to emigrate to the U.S. and was accepted […]

 Tech Tonics: Kelly Brezoczky and Unmentionable Personal Healthcare | File Type: | Duration: Unknown

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 [See the full post…] Related Posts:Tech Tonics: Martin Kelly, Conductor of a Global Orchestra of EntrepreneurshipTech Tonics: Deneen Vojta – Skating to Where the Healthcare Puck is GoingTech Tonics: Jim Joyce, A Man of Genius Makes No MistakesTech Tonics: Molly Coye’s 360 View of the Healthcare SystemTech Tonics: Sometimes You Just Need to Start Things – Marcus Osborne and the…

 Tech Tonics: Dr. Jason Langheier and the Power of Personalization | File Type: | Duration: Unknown

“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 [See the full post…] Related Posts:Tech Tonics: 2016 PreviewTech Tonics: Eric Leuthardt… neurosurgeon, inventor, playwright, book author, clothing…Tech Tonics: Kara Dennis and the Development of New TherapiesTech Tonics: When Companies Go AwryTech Tonics: Amy Abernethy – Dosage, Disney & Data

 Tech Tonics: Erik Douglas, and the Move to Mobile Digital Diagnostics | File Type: | Duration: Unknown

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 [See the full post…] Related Posts:Tech Tonics: Amir Dan Rubin, Change AgentTech Tonics: Jim Joyce, A Man of Genius Makes No MistakesTech Tonics: Jack Barrette – Turning Patient Expertise into ActionTech Tonics: Susannah Fox, Learning from MacGyver PatientsSiemens Integrated Lab Diagnostics


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