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Author: Norm Volsky

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This conversational podcast brings you exclusive interviews with all the Heavyweights in Digital Health. Hosted by Norm Volsky, a top industry headhunter, whose team helped scale companies including Livongo, Hinge Health, Lyra, Virta, Progyny and many more. This series will bring listeners insights into the latest trends, technologies, and strategies driving the digital health revolution.

In each episode, Norm sits down with some of the most influential and innovative leaders in healthcare technology today from legendary founders who have built successful companies, venture capitalists who have led funding rounds, HR/Benefits leaders at forward thinking companies, Consultants and Brokers at the top benefits consulting firms, and other impactful visionaries challenging the status quo in healthcare. Listeners can learn from the industry greats who have created what we now know as health benefits, and who are changing the face of healthcare as we know it.

Whether you're a healthcare professional, a tech enthusiast, a start-up founder, benefits aficionado, jobseeker in Digital Health, or simply curious about the future of healthcare, Digital Health Heavyweights has something for you. 

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Welcome back for episode 41 of the Digital Health Heavyweights Podcast! Today Norm sits down with Maria-Helen Maras, venture and growth investor at Kinnevik AB. Maria shares her insights on healthcare technology, venture capital, and her career journey. She discusses her experience in consultancy, her role as the chief of staff at Pelago, and the focus of Kinnevik in healthcare and biosciences. She also highlights the traits of successful founders and the future of healthcare startups. Maria ...
Welcome back for episode 40 of the Digital Health Heavyweights Podcast.In today’s episode, Norm interviews Pam Pure, CEO of Posterity Health. Pam shares her background in healthcare and her inspiration to get into the industry. She discusses her experiences leading Channel Health within Allscripts and her time as President and EVP at McKesson Technologies. Pam also talks about her role as interim CEO of Nurse Grid and the sale of the company to HealthStream. Finally, she explains her exciteme...
Welcome back for Episode 39 of the Digital Health Heavyweights Podcast. In today’s episode, Norm sits down with Russell Glass, CEO of Headspace, who shares his experience as an entrepreneur and leader in the healthcare and tech industries. He discusses the importance of culture, focus, and building a great team in driving success. Russell also emphasizes the need for founders to be optimistic, curious, and intentional about the culture they create. Russell highlights the challenges and c...
Welcome back for episode 38 of the Digital Health Heavyweights Podcast.In this episode, Norm interviews Brook West, CCO of Carrum Health. They discuss Brook's background in digital health, her experiences at 98.6, and her decision to join Carrum. They also talk about the challenges and accomplishments at Carrum, as well as advice for commercial leaders trying to create a market category and generate buzz for their company. In this conversation, Norm and Brook discuss her experience in scaling...
Welcome back for Episode 37 of the Digital Health Heavyweights Podcast. Today Norm is joined by Dave Kerrigan, founder, and CEO of BenefitPitch. Dave shares his journey in the healthcare industry and the changes he has witnessed over the years. He discusses his experience working at Optum, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts, and Willis Towers Watson, as well as his role at the Massachusetts Health Connector. Dave also talks about the challenges and successes of negotiating contracts with...
Welcome back to the Digital Health Heavyweights Podcast for Episode 36. In today’s session, Norm sits down with Branden Fini, partner at Providence Ventures, who shares his journey at the intersection of healthcare and finance. Branden explains how healthcare inspired him because it combines technical challenges with the opportunity to impact patients' lives. Branden discusses the various ways to improve healthcare, including through venture capital and digital innovation. He also highlights ...
Welcome back for Episode 35 of the Digital Health Heavyweights Podcast! 🎙️ Today, Norm sits down with Senan Ebrahim, MD, PhD, Founder and CEO of Delfina. Dr. Ebrahim discusses his journey in using technology to improve global health, particularly in the field of maternal health. He shares his inspiration for getting into healthcare, the challenges he witnessed in prenatal care, and the importance of data-driven clarity and certainty in healthcare. Dr. Ebrahim also talks about his p...
🙋‍♂️ Welcome back to our channel and thank you to our subscribers!! We are thrilled to bring you Episode 34 of the Digital Health Heavyweights podcast! Today, Norm sits down with Dr. Maroof Ahmed, COO and co-founder of Pelago (formerly known as Quit Genius), to discuss the company's recent Series C funding round and its mission to transform substance use support. Maroof shares his personal motivation for starting the company, which was inspired by the loss of his uncle to addiction. He a...
🔬👩‍💼💡 Welcome back to the Digital Health Heavyweights Podcast hosted by Norm Volsky, in this episode we sit down with Sapna Swaroop, Chief Solutions Officer at Homeward, shares her journey in the digital health industry and her passion for health equity. She discusses her experience at Blue Cross of Minnesota and the importance of understanding the delivery system to impact health equity. Sapna also talks about her time at Livongo and Teladoc, where she focused on value-based care and medical...
🙋‍♂️Welcome back to our channel and thank you for 200 subscribers!! We are thrilled to bring you episode 32 of the Digital Health Heavyweights podcast! Today Norm sits down with Andrew Parker, CEO and founder of Papa, who shares his journey in healthcare and the founding of Papa. He discusses the early success and challenges faced at MDLive, as well as the lessons learned during that time. Andrew dives into the early years of Papa, the importance of building what customers want, and the ...
Welcome back to the Digital Health Heavyweights podcast, today we are joined by Craig Wortmann, CEO of Sales Engine and founder of the Kellogg Sales Institute at Northwestern University for episode 31! Craig and our host Norm Volsky jump into the world of sales! He discusses the importance of sales education and the challenges faced by universities in recognizing sales as a discipline. He emphasizes the role of persuasion and influence in business leadership and highlights the significan...
Welcome back to the Digital Health Heavyweights hosted by Norm Volsky!In Episode 30, we are joined by Matt Herman, a seasoned executive in healthcare investing, who shares his insights and experiences. He discusses his inspiration for entering healthcare with a finance background and his role at Ascension Ventures. Matt highlights the success of the model and the factors that contribute to achieving outsized financial returns. He also talks about the impact of COVID-19 on the healthcare secto...
On Episode 29 of the Digital Health Heavyweights Podcast, Norm interviews Joe Murad, CEO of Vida Health. Joe discusses his journey in digital health, focusing on business flexibility and lessons from health benefits ventures. He emphasizes Vida's impact in virtual cardio metabolic care, detailing the integrated care model, personalized coaching, and data-driven clinical outcomes. Joe shares insights on leadership, GLP-1 drugs, Vida's integration with PBMs, and keys to commercial success in he...
🎙️ Welcome to this insightful episode featuring Cheryl Cheng, founder and CEO of Vive Collective, as she joins Norm Volsky to delve into the dynamic world of venture capital. With a background steeped in finance and venture capital, Cheryl shares her invaluable experiences from her time at Blue Run Ventures, shedding light on the intricacies of the industry. Throughout the conversation, Cheryl underscores the importance of grasping the business side of venture capital and navigating the ...
In this episode of Digital Health Heavyweights, we have the honor of speaking with Snezana Mahon, Pharm.D., the dynamic COO of Transcarent and a trailblazer in innovative healthcare solutions. With a rich background at Express Scripts and Evernorth, Snezana brings a wealth of experience and clinical expertise to the forefront of digital health.Join us as we delve into Snezana's inspiring journey, exploring her motivation to join the healthcare industry, rise through the ranks at Express Scrip...
Norm sits down with Stephen Sokoler, CEO of Journey, who shares his journey from founding Altrum Honors to starting Journey, a mental health solution. He discusses the unique approach of Journey in proactively engaging employees and meeting them where they are. Stephen emphasizes the importance of reducing stigma around mental health and training managers to support their teams. He also highlights the impact of live group therapy and peer support in addressing mental health challenges. Stephe...
In the most recent episode of the Digital Health Heavyweights Podcast, hosted by Norm Volsky, listeners are treated to a captivating conversation with Kelly McDevitt, President of Integrated Benefits Institute (IBI). With a rich background in managing Fortune 100 accounts within the healthcare industry, McDevitt shares her insightful journey and expertise. The dialogue spans the transformative landscape of digital health, exploring McDevitt's experiences at Aetna and UnitedHealthcare, while a...
Welcome to Episode 24 of The Digital Health Heavyweights Podcast! Join host Norm Volsky as he sits down with Warren Templeton, Managing Director at Health2047, for a captivating conversation at the intersection of health tech, product development, and consumer engagement.In this episode, Warren shares insights from his diverse career, spanning co-founding a marketing content creation platform to shaping growth strategies at Fitbit, to now being a Health tech investor. Delve into topics such a...
Join us in this episode of The Digital Health Heavyweights podcast as we delve into the dynamic world of healthcare innovation with Sally Welborn, the Executive Director of Advisory Services at EHIR. With over 30 years of industry experience, Sally has been a driving force in reshaping payer/employer solutions, emphasizing improved quality and reduced costs.Discover key insights into Sally's impactful journey, from overseeing global benefits for Walmart to advising innovators at EHIR. Gain va...
Join host Norm Volsky in an insightful conversation with Gregg Mauro, the Program Director and Senior Fellow at The Conference Board, in the latest episode of Digital Health Heavyweights.With a remarkable career spanning over two decades, Gregg founded and chaired pivotal initiatives like the Employee Health Care Council and played a crucial role in steering events such as the annual Employee Health Care Conferences.Discover Gregg Mauro's unique insights into the evolving landscape of employe...
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