“Episode 74: What Healthcare Organizations Need To Succeed with Dave Chase of Healthfundr and Cascadia Capital”
by Stacey Richter

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Dave ChaseChase was named one of the most influential people in Digital Health due to his entrepreneurial success & writing along with luminaries such as Eric Topol, Patrick Soon-Shiong, & Vinod Khosla. He speaks to & consults with new ventures inside of established companies & high growth startups. Chase is widely published. The book Chase co-authored won the healthcare Book of the Year in in 2014.

Chase has a penchant for making connections between previously disconnected trends and making them understandable and actionable. Chase is in the development stage of a documentary that seeks to make the indecipherable understandable and demonstrate that there is reason for great optimism that a partnership between doc-entrepreneurs and forward-looking clinicians with individuals (fka “patients”) can dramatically out-perform against Quadruple Aim* objectives compared to traditional healthcare orgs.

*The Quadruple Aim is the Triple Aim (improved outcomes & patient experience with lower costs) plus the overlooked 4th Aim — clinician satisfaction critical to improving the current condition where an alarming number of clinicians are overburdened & burnt-out which negatively impacts their lives as well as the individuals they care for.

Chase was the CEO & Co-founder of Avado, which was acquired by and integrated ino WebMD and the most widely used healthcare professional site – Medscape.

Before Avado, Chase spent several years outside of healthcare in startups as founder or consulting roles with LiveRez.com, MarketLeader, & WhatCounts. He also played founding & leadership roles in launching two new $1B+ businesses within Microsoft.

Chase is a father, husband & oxygen-fueled mt sport athlete. His 2014 team placed 3rd in their division & 24th overall (out of 500 teams) in America’s oldest adventure race where Dave took on the Nordic ski leg. Dave was a former PAC-10 800 Meter competitor.


00:00 What Dave’s been doing for the last six months.
02:00 “Where’s the most value I can add to Healthcare?”
03:00 “If you ask ‘Why’ five times often you will get to the root of the problem.”
06:00 Guiding principles for building business and innovation in healthcare.
07:20 How those in healthcare will utilize these guidelines to facilitate transformation in healthcare and healthcare delivery.
08:50 “Contemplating the universe from the ground up.”
09:10 How Dave went from theory to real-world in implementing his guidelines for the healthcare industry.
12:00 Dave explains what it means for Healthfundr to be focused on the ‘institutional seed’.
12:45 The Internet Trends Report by Mary Meeker.
15:00 Dave discusses what he thinks separates the “winners and losers” of health startups.
15:20 “Healthcare is where tech startups go to die.”
17:30 “Don’t throw technology on top of a broken process.”
19:20 Dave discusses the flaws with current pay transparency practices and trends.
22:00 Dave’s advice for creating convincing, innovative go-to-market strategies.
26:00 Picking your customers early as a startup.
31:00 Alternative healthcare business models.
34:00 “What people want at the end of life is not all of these aggressive interventions, what they want is to be warm, dry, pain-free and with loved ones.”
35:50 You can find out more at cascadiacapital.com and healthfundr.com, or google Health Rosetta and 95 Theses.

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