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September 21, 2023

Jumpstart Foundry Sets Out to Redefine Innovation at Health:Further Conference

Jumpstart Foundry Sets Out to Redefine Innovation at Health:Further Conference

Inclusive Innovation at heart of unique program agenda
Event will bring providers and entrepreneurs together to advance
provocative, pragmatic solutions to healthcare’s biggest problems

Jumpstart Foundry today announced a lineup of speakers and sessions for its inaugural Health:Further conference that is focused less on disruptive or incremental approaches to change and more on what it’s calling “Inclusive Innovation.”

“Inclusive innovation is about putting creative entrepreneurs at the same table with the people responsible for actually delivering care on a daily basis and having them work together to figure out how to bring new, innovative solutions to an extremely complex industry and delivery system,” said Vic Gatto, CEO of Jumpstart Foundry, a healthcare-focused, mentor-driven accelerator on a mission to Make Something Better™.

Health:Further – set for Aug. 19-20 at the Omni Nashville Hotel – is a collaboration about how to apply some of the most meaningful innovations coming into the market to some of healthcare’s biggest challenges. The conference will explore three vital areas of healthcare innovation:

  • Business Model Innovations
  • Technology Innovations
  • Startup Innovations

To help lead the charge, Jumpstart has recruited honorary Chairman Chris Taylor, president of Parallon, a leading provider of business and operational services for hospitals and health systems.

“Innovation is at the core of everything we do at Parallon,” said Taylor. “We are excited to be part of the inaugural Health:Further, which will feature talented speakers and showcase innovative solutions for some of the healthcare industry’s greatest challenges.”

Jumpstart Foundry also announced the first round of confirmed speakers, including:

  • Dawn Rudolph – Chief Customer Experience Officer – St. Thomas Health
  • Doug Ghertner – President and CEO – Change Healthcare Corporation
  • Lee Farabaugh – Chief Experience Officer – PointClear Solutions
  • Congressman Jim Cooper – Tennessee 5th District
  • Rob Coppedge – Senior Vice President – Cambia Health Solutions
  • Ed Cantwell – Executive Director – Center for Medical Interoperability
  • Unity Stoakes – Co-founder and President – StartUp Health
  • Michael Burcham – CEO – Narus Health
  • Sal Novin – AVP of Product Management- TriZetto Corporation
  • Justin Ishbia – Managing Partner – Shore Capital Partners

In order to bring these diverse voices to Health:Further, Jumpstart Foundry has engaged ReviveHealth as strategic program and marketing communications advisors. Additioinally, StartUp Health and Point-Clear Solutions will act as strategic program advisors for the High-Growth Startup and technology content tracks, respectively. Health:Further is also supported by Tennessee HIMSS, The Nashville Health Care Council, The Nashville Technology Council, and The Nashville Entrepreneur Center.

Additional speakers will be announced in the coming weeks. Registration is now open, with discounted Early Bird tickets available until May 20. More information and tickets can be found at

About Jumpstart Foundry

Jumpstart Foundry (JSF) is a healthcare-focused, mentor-driven accelerator with one simple mission: Make Something Better™. Located in Nashville, Tennessee, JSF is dedicated to being the home of healthcare innovation, helping entrepreneurs make something that truly makes a difference. Our cohort companies receive an investment of $100,000 in exchange for a 7.5% equity stake, and our proven process has graduated 37 companies that have gone on to raise over $23 million in follow-on capital. For more information or to apply, visit

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