Martin Kelly, Health XL

For this episode I spoke with Martin Kelly, the CEO and co-founder of Health XL. Health XL provides a platform and services to connect people, companies, and solutions to lead the change needed in healthcare. But before I recently had a chance to meet and speak with Martin, I would probably have described Health XL as one of the most impactful organizations that I’d heard of, but that I knew very little about. When I was introduced to Martin late last year, and I learned more about their work, I knew I wanted to have him come on and share some of the work that Health XL is doing, and, importantly, share how you can also contribute to and benefit from being a part of their organization or taking part in their events.

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Speaking of events, Martin and I talk about some of the Health XL events for early 2018. We recorded this a few weeks ago so unfortunately some of the events have passed – but there is an upcoming event in London, England taking place on Wednesday May 2, and when last I checked there were still a few spots available. So get online and visit and apply to be a part of it. I’ll be there and we will be talking about Precision Medicine, Chatbots, Deep Learning for Drug Discovery, Digital Therapeutics and more. It’s going to be a great day, and the event is limited to 100 people so be sure to go apply now if you’d like to be a part of it.

Today's Topics

  • Previous work with IBM smart camp and helping established IBM venture capital group
  • The catalyst that drove to creating HealthXL
  • Importance in networks of collaboration with entrepreneurs, innovators and health practitioners
  • Using Health XL's platform to connect with leaders and organizations
  • The entrepreneurial environment in Ireland and the current status of Digital Health

Links and Resources Mentioned

Lightning Round Answers

1- What is a saying, quote or phrase that motivates you?

Big problems are not solved in isolation

2- What advice do you have for others working to innovate in healthcare?

Just do it.

3- What book do you recommend to our listeners?
Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari

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4- What’s the best tech that makes your life better and easier?
Beats Medical

5- If I gave you a check for $5 million for you to invest in health technology today, how would you invest it?

Emerging markets. I would look at what's happening in India and China in terms of new technologies. Consumer-driven places.

6- We make a contribution to a charity in appreciation of your time on the show – what charity have you selected and can you tell us a little about what they do?

World Vision. They help people in emerging markets with vision problems perform some amazing life changing surgeries and, help people move beyond eye disease.

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Dan Kendall

Dan Kendall


As an engineer and business leader, I've worked to develop, launch and scale innovative products and solutions that impact health and wellness. As an entrepreneur, I know firsthand what it takes to start a business, build a team, and compete in the global marketplace.

On Digital Health Today, I leverage my experiences to help great leaders and innovators tell their stories and connect to users, investors and other stakeholders.

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