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Disruptive innovation — new services and products that displace established companies — are likely to have a profound effect on health outcomes and health spending over the next decade. Many Sloan students develop entrepreneurial skills while in the Program and subsequently launch start-up companies that aim to deliver value in new ways, or apply their skills to help established companies innovate.

  • Chinny Ogunro, PhD, MHA (Sloan 2009) secured initial funding for CarePoint, the “Kaiser Permanente of Africa.”
  • Dae-Hee Lee (Sloan 2016) co-founded Datalogue while he was a Sloan student, along with then fellow Sloan student Tim Delisle. Datalogue, which uses deep learning and artificial intelligence to automate health care and other data preparations, recently raised $1.5 million from Bloomberg Beta, Flybridge, and NVIDIA.
  • Kyle Darlow (Sloan 2018) interned with Frank Niro (Sloan 1974), the CEO of early-stage health tech company OR Link. Kyle is working on intellectual property protection and organizational issues for OR Link’s beta site rollout.
  • Adam Shelepak (Sloan 2018), is a co-founder and co-director of Annabel’s Grocery, a new social entrepreneurial business addressing food insecurity at Cornell. Adam won the 2017 Cornell University Relations’ Campus-Community Leadership Award, given jointly by the mayor of Ithaca and Cornell.
  • Oude Gao (Sloan 2017) and Chris Than (Sloan 2017) and their teammates from the start-up company Twiage won the top prize (and $5,000) in the 2017 Matter Challenge, a national competition to develop solutions for optimal use of observation beds in hospital emergency rooms.
  • Anna Ng (Sloan 2011) was the first MHA student to be accepted into the Michigan Medical Innovation Fellowship. She is the co-founder of Converge Medical Technologies; was the 2nd place winner of the Michigan Business Challenge competition; and later joined early-stage company ArborMetrix. Anna is now a Healthcare Technology Product and Project Manager at mProve Health in Washington, D.C.
  • Isobel Handler (Sloan 2016) was co-founder of a company on campus that was a semi-finalist in a NY State business competition, then went on to work for Vitals in New York City, a start-up that helps consumers shop effectively for medical services. She is currently applying her innovation and entrepreneurial perspectives working as the Manager of Special Projects for the CEO at University of Colorado Hospital.
  • Greg Shemancik (Sloan 2018) is interning at RowdMap, a Louisville-based company that helps health insurers and providers identify and reduce low-value medical care.
  • Three multidisciplinary teams that included Sloan students made the final round of the 2017 Softbank Pepper robotics competition, which challenged teams to develop hospitality and health applications for Pepper, a robot that can read human emotion.
  • One Sloan student and his team won the grand prize in the Health Hackathon in 2015. Three Sloan teams made the semi-final round at the NYC Health Hackathon in 2016 and one team was a finalist, taking 4th place.
  • Anna Zhu’s (Sloan 2015) team was the top New York State entry and was 2nd overall in the inaugural New York State Health Innovation Challenge (winning $10,000). Anna is now a Project Manager of the Medicine Service line at Northwell Health on Long Island.
  • Renee Bogues (fellow and Sloan 2016) and Andre Hook (intern and Sloan/MBA 2018) are helping to plan the design, construction, and launch of a new $100 million Cleveland Clinic hospital in London. This hospital will focus on patients seeking care outside of the National Health Service.
Oude Gao and Chris Than receive check for $5,000
Left to right: Oude Gao and Chris Than

Health Information Technology and Quality Improvement Trek

In 2015 Sloan launched a new health care information technology trek in New York City to immerse MHA students in how data and information technology are transforming healthcare, and the role of a health care manager in guiding this transformation.

Students interact with a physician using the Epic electronic medical record (EMR) system, hear from start-up firms, venture capitalists, industry experts, health care executives who have implemented EMR systems, and engage in discussions with faculty from Weill Cornell Medicine and Cornell Tech, bioinformatics masters students, and masters of health tech students.

In September 2017 we will hold the trek in Boston to tap into entrepreneurial and innovative activity in that hub.