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This post was written by Kimberly Kyle Hall, our moderator for the panel, and Co-Lead Organizer for our Health + Fitness Edition, coming on June 12 to 14, 2015. Tickets on sale here.

From left to right, Dr. Bobby Green, an attendee asking a question, Derek Flanzraich, Michael Kopko, Fon Powell, and Dr. Calvin Hwang
From left to right, Dr. Bobby Green of Flatiron Health, an attendee asking a question, Derek Flanzraich of Greatist, Michael Kopko of Oscar Health Insurance, Fon Powell of SALT LLC, and Calvin Hwang of CityMD. (Photos by Frank Fukuchi)

For our second “pre-event” leading up to our Health + Fitness Edition in NYC (the first being a ride with SoulCycle!), Startup Weekend NYC hosted a panel to discuss innovation and growth opportunities in the Healthcare Industry. This was a sold out event held at WeWork Soho Lounge, and included a group meditation facilitated by Buddhify. We were fortunate to be joined by:

  • Derek Flanzraich: Founder and CEO of Greatist
  • Dr. Bobby Green: VP of Clinical Strategy of Flatiron Health
  • Calvin Hwang: CXO of CityMD
  • Mike Kopko: Head of Business Development of Oscar Health Insurance
  • Fon Powell: Founder of SALT (Sodium Analyte Level Test LLC)

After an hour of very lively discussion and facilitating questions from the attendees, we pulled together this list of 15 things that were most interesting points to come from the event:

  1. Healthcare is having a tremendous moment now!
  2. Surprisingly, numbers point to the reality that millennials are not any healthier than their age group was a generation ago.
  3. NYC is a “startup” startup-scene.
  4. Let’s get doctors doing more doctor stuff less administrative work.
  5. Opportunities around the “consumerization” of healthcare have never been so numerous and fantastic!
  6. NYC is offering startups incredible science and technology resources to build amazing Health tech solutions.
  7. It’s exciting to hear about how technology is completely changing how an entire industry is operating.
  8. I am not sure we are seeing another industry be so completely disrupted.
  9. Building a company in the healthcare space is challenging but knowing those unique differences can make or break a company.
  10. Preventive health is a broader and more impactful approach to health living!
  11. We need to create partnerships in healthcare to help push prevention to the forefront of people mindset.
  12. An integrated view of health history is super important to provide consumers with the best tools to work with doctors.
  13. Healthcare very scattered, not enough focus on patients and patient care specifically. Data will change things!
  14. Responsibility around regulations and privacy is very high.
  15. NYC offering next level tech talent and a great consumer base for consistent growth!

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Amanda Gobaud