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About the Guest:
Co-Founder and CEO of Curio
Dr. Hillary Lin, a Stanford-trained physician, is the Co-Founder and CEO of Curio, an innovative AI platform addressing health equity and patient access. With a background in mental health and oncology, Dr. Lin is passionate about incorporating technology-driven, empathetic care. Her medical education and oncology research have been published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. Dr. Lin also advises founders through programs like Headstream Innovation and Cornell Biotech.
At Curio, she leads initiatives that integrate AI capabilities with personalized health, focusing on streamlined care navigation, resource allocation, and mental wellness. Her goal is to create a comprehensive healthcare ecosystem that prioritizes the long-term well-being of patients and their families, aiming for improved adherence and outcomes to promote thriving.
About the Episode:
Internal medicine physician Hillary Lin is the co-founder and CEO of Curio, a VC-backed healthcare startup that is reshaping the landscape of cancer care with hands-on, personalized solutions driven by the power of AI.
As a Taiwanese immigrant, she experienced firsthand the stark contrast between the complicated healthcare system in the United States and the simplicity of a universal healthcare system. Seeing the subtle cultural nuances and how they impacted the patient experience was the driving force for her AI solution. Tune in to hear how this experience fueled her mission to create personalized healthcare navigation while providing emotional support to patients.
In addition to discussing Curio’s evolution of how they have shifted to a SaaS model, Hillary touches on Curio’s future plans to integrate with EHRs and CRMs, her hopes for Curio as it continues to grow, and her stance on transparency in AI. She concludes the episode with the biggest lesson she has learned in entrepreneurship- tackle the hard things and face obstacles head-on in order to succeed.
Hillary’s story is a testament to the power of curiosity, resilience, and the desire to make a lasting impact on the healthcare industry.
Entrepreneur Rx Episode 82:
Curio is an AI-powered patient navigation platform that revolutionizes healthcare access. Our semi-automated platform offers personalized, efficient, and comprehensive resources, empowering users to navigate complex healthcare journeys. Curio partners closely with patient advocacy groups, health delivery organizations, and patient support programs to improve discovery and utilization of resources. Our mission is to lessen the burden of healthcare navigation, fostering a more connected, informed, and patient-centric healthcare experience. By bridging gaps and aligning resources, Curio is not just a platform but a movement towards a more equitable and accessible healthcare future.
- Gain a better understanding of the complexity of the US healthcare system and how it affects patient care and outcomes.
- Discover innovative solutions for personalized healthcare navigation using AI technology and how it can improve patient outcomes.
- Learn about the challenges faced by healthcare professionals in navigating patients through the vast array of healthcare resources available.
- Explore the importance of patient navigation in improving overall patient care and the role it plays in reducing healthcare costs.
- Understand the significance of data privacy in healthcare navigation and how it impacts patient trust and the effectiveness of personalized care.
- Connect with Hillary Lin on LinkedIn
- Follow Curio on LinkedIn, Facebook, Instagram, and X (Formally Twitter).
- Learn more about Curio’s Smart Sharing
- Book a demo with the Curio team
- Gain more insights by listening to A Slice of Healthcare’s Episode 37: Bridging The Gap Between Physical And Mental Health In Chronic Care With Dr. Hillary Lin, Co-Founder And CEO Of Curio
00:00:05 – Introduction
John introduces the podcast and welcomes Hillary Lin, the co-founder and CEO of Curio, a VC-backed healthcare startup. Hillary’s background in neuroscience, internal medicine, mental health, and oncology is mentioned.
00:01:02 – Overview of Curio
Hillary explains that Curio is building semi-automated patient navigation through healthcare resources. They aim to simplify the complex healthcare system, starting with the cancer resourcing space.
00:02:58 – Challenges in the Healthcare System
The discussion highlights the complexity and lack of transparency in the US healthcare system. The scarcity mindset of health plans and health systems is mentioned, which can lead to misleading billing practices and inflated costs.
00:06:09 – Background and Entrepreneurial Spirit
Hillary shares her background as an immigrant from Taiwan and how her experiences shaped her entrepreneurial spirit. She discusses her curiosity and motivation to navigate challenges, both in her childhood and in the healthcare system.
00:09:54 – Inspiration for Curio
Hillary explains that her frustration with the focus solely on science and medications in medicine led to the idea of Curio. She wanted to address the emotional well-being of patients and provide a more holistic approach to healthcare.
00:14:42 – Exploring Psychedelic Assisted Therapy
Hillary discusses how she is working with psychedelic assisted therapy clinics in her new model, highlighting the difficulties of timing in the industry and the importance of significant growth.
00:15:19 – Utilizing Generative AI for Hyper Personalization
Hillary explains that she is using generative AI to create hyper personalized experiences for patients, matching resources to their specific needs at the right time. She emphasizes the flaws of current healthcare personalization methods and the need for more proactive support.
00:18:02 – Transparency and Chat Bots
Hillary expresses her belief in transparency and the importance of informing patients that they are interacting with generative AI. She also discusses the limitations of chat bots and their focus on making interactions easier for patients.
00:20:46 – Risk Plays and Value-Based Models
Hillary shares her excitement about risk plays and value-based models but explains that she will focus on building data and traction before implementing them. She anticipates working with payers and pharmaceutical manufacturing companies in the future.
00:23:31 – Standing Out in a Varied Competitive Landscape
Hillary acknowledges the presence of similar companies in the navigation space but highlights Curio’s unique position as a tech layer that can be utilized in various settings. She discusses the integration of Curio with EHRs and CRMs for seamless data management.
00:25:24 – The AHA moment
Hillary talks about how there was not one specific AHA moment that led her to be an entrepreneur. Rather she explains that she keeps getting hit with the same lesson over and over.