How a Wickedly Entertaining Movie is Taking Aim at American Healthcare

My guest today is a very successful consultant, entrepreneur, investor, writer and now film maker. Dave Chase was named one of the most influential people in Digital Health based to his entrepreneurial success & his writing.

He is widely published and he co-authored the book entitled “Engage! Transforming Healthcare Through Digital Patient Engagement” which happened to win the healthcare Book of the Year in in 2014.

Dave was the CEO and Co-founder of Avado, which started in 2010 and was acquired by WebMD in 2013.

He recently did a TEDx Talk entitled “Healthcare Stole the American Dream – Here’s How We Take it Back”, you can watch that below.

Now, Dave is taking a seat behind the camera in the development of a mockumentary that is taking aim at the American healthcare system. The project is called ‘The Big Heist'.

Dave is a father of two great kids/athletes, husband, oxygen-fueled mountain athlete and just a really genuine guy who is always learning and developing new skills.

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Lightning Round Answers

Q: What advice you have for other innovators who are working to make a difference in health?

A: “The first rule is don’t automate a broken process or throw technology on top of a broken process.”

“Walk [a] fine line between understanding the idiosyncrasies of healthcare without being shackled by them.”

“Don’t fall too in love with your technology.  Really understand the market dynamics and who will really value it. That will inform the business model and go to market.”

Q: What’s a favorite quote or saying that motivates you?

A: “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it's the only thing that ever has.” – Margaret Mead

Q: What book do you recommend to listeners and why?

Catastrophic Care: Why Everything We Think We Know about Health Care Is Wrong
by David Goldhill
Why: Discusses the dysfunction on the business side of the US healthcare system.

Unaccountable: What Hospitals Won't Tell You and How Transparency Can Revolutionize Health Care
Why: Addresses the dysfunction on the healthcare delivery side.
By Marty Makary, MD

Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End
By Atul Gawande

Q: What technology, tool or app would you recommend, and why?

A: Evernote.

Q: We will be making a financial donation to a charity of your choice. What charity have you selected?

A:Society for Participatory Medicine

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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.

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