Being a healthcare entrepreneur can be messy — just ask ExplORer Surgical CEO Jennifer Fried and Clearstep CEO Adeel Malik. In an event co-produced with The University of Chicago Polsky Center for Innovation and UChicago Medicine’s Center for Healthcare Delivery Science and Innovation, the seasoned entrepreneurs will join Dr. David Beiser, a practicing emergency physician, mentor to rising health tech entrepreneurs and entrepreneur himself for a conversation about the entrepreneurial journey. They will discuss the ups and downs they’ve experienced while building their businesses, lessons they’ve learned along the way and help they’ve received with a goal to inspire the future entrepreneurs in the audience and encourage the next generation of healthcare providers to think innovatively to improve healthcare delivery.
ABOUT THE MODERATOR:
David Beiser, MD
Dr. Beiser is an emergency physician in the Emergency Trials Unit at the University of Chicago. He is a biomedical engineer that has Co-Founded startups and is interested in using patient-generated data from a variety of sources including mHealth applications, wearables, social networks, automated conversational platforms to improve mental health and health-related quality of life outcomes for patients. He also serves as the site-PI for the Mid-America CTSI Consortium (MACC) for the “Strategies to Innovate EmeRgENcy Care Clinical Trials” (SIREN) Network, a trials network. Dr. Beiser is also an Associate Professor at the University of Chicago working as an NIH-funded physician and scientist.
ABOUT THE PANELISTS:
Jennifer Fried, CEO of ExplORer Surgical
Jennifer Fried is the CEO and co-founder of ExplORer Surgical. Jennifer founded the company with Dr. Alex Langerman as an MBA student at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where she received her degree with honors in finance and entrepreneurship.
Previously, Jennifer was a vice president at Park Lane Ventures, a healthcare-focused venture capital fund spun out of Essex Woodlands. Jennifer began her career as a consultant at Bain & Company in Chicago after graduating from Northwestern University.
Jennifer has received numerous accolades for her professional, academic and extracurricular participation. She and ExplORer Surgical have been featured in periodicals like the Chicago Tribune, Wall Street Journal and Crain’s Chicago Business.
ExplORer Surgical has created ExplORer, a surgical workflow management app, to help operating room teams coordinate their tasks and tools during a surgical procedure. With ExplORer, surgeons, nurses and anesthesiologists – the core members of an OR team – are able to follow the steps of the case as it progresses in real-time, while being informed of the correct tools, equipment and tasks needed for each of those steps.
Adeel Malik, CEO of Clearstep
Adeel is the CEO and co-founder of Clearstep, an AI care navigation and symptom checking digital health startup based in Chicago. Clearstep was featured in Built In Chicago’s 50 Startups to Watch in 2020, and was one of the inaugural members of the UnitedHealthcare accelerator. Adeel was also named one of Chicago’s 20 in their 20’s by Crain’s Chicago Business in 2020.
Prior to founding Clearstep in 2018, Adeel was a strategy and analytics consultant at Accenture, where he worked with some of the largest institutions in healthcare across pharma, health tech, health systems and retail. He also spent three years prior to Accenture as a neuro-immunology researcher at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine.
Clearstep is an AI triage and care routing platform that matches patients to the right level of care (based on their symptoms, insurance and location), ultimately helping them book the right in-person or virtual care. With the rise of telemedicine and a newfound importance in care navigation, Clearstep helps healthcare organizations better leverage digital channels for patients to find and access care. Their main value is in driving better patient acquisition and retention.
Clearstep currently works with major health systems like BayCare and Hartford Healthcare, CVS, Doctor on Demand, among others. You can use the following links to see example customer implementations for CVS and Hartford: cvscare.com and hartfordhealthcare.org.