Nashville Entrepreneur Center’s Project Healthcare Convenes Telehealth Academy

The Entrepreneur Center’s Project Healthcare is collaborating with The Disruption Lab and
Sage Growth Partners to address the convergence of forces transforming care delivery and the industry.

Nashville, Tenn. (August 4, 2021) – The Nashville Entrepreneur Center (NEC), a nonprofit dedicated to supporting entrepreneurs and business leaders across the state of Tennessee, is collaborating with The Disruption Lab and Sage Growth Partners to launch a Telehealth Academy. The Academy is an eight-week program designed for healthcare industry professionals and early-stage innovators and entrepreneurs who are interested in garnering insights from top experts within the industry including Senator William (Bill) Frist, MD, Chief Clinical Innovation Officer of NTT DATA, Michael Petersen, MD, Founder-CEO of Zus Health Jonathan Bush, Founder of Heal Nick Desai, Strategist and Policy expert Paul Keckley, VP Digital Health Strategy of the AMA, Meg Barron, and Founder of MeMD John Shufeldt, MD, among many others. 

In addition, participants will hear from experts in telehealth and virtual care from Mayo Clinic,  Atrium Health, the American Medical Association (AMA), Teladoc, Mass General Brigham, HCA Healthcare, Intermountain Healthcare, Blue Shield of California, the Center for Connected Health Policy, and the Vanderbilt University Medical Center.   

Registration for the program is open now. The first session will begin on September 14 and the Academy will run every Tuesday through November 2. Pricing for the Academy is:

  • $995 per participant
  • $99 per participants for startups and early-stage entrepreneurs and innovators with revenue under $5M with promo code STARTUP at checkout

Through August 20, 2021, participants can register for $495 with promo code EarlyAdopter at checkout.

“We have learned so much over the last 17 months, particularly within health and healthcare delivery models,” said Eric Thrailkill, Chairman of Nashville Entrepreneur Center’s Project Healthcare. “The pandemic required the industry to rapidly adopt new models of care including telehealth, virtual care and digital health offerings. We now have an opportunity to innovate – to expand outside the confines of yesterday and integrate these solutions within certain care delivery processes. The pandemic pushed us to think creatively, strategically, and boldly.” 

The Telehealth Academy is designed for healthcare providers specifically looking to develop a roadmap and better integrate telehealth and virtual care into their care delivery strategies. It’s structured around weekly virtual sessions over the course of eight weeks, with opening and closing sessions offered both in-person and virtually. Every week the program will introduce expert faculty from within healthcare who will cover a variety of topics including telehealth technology, financial models, the regulatory environment, and more.

“Telehealth and virtual care are here to stay,” according to Dan D’Orazio, CEO, Sage Growth Partners. “The Academy will allow healthcare professionals from across the country to hear from some of the industry’s greatest minds as they continue to innovate and address regulatory impacts, technology strategies, and integrating telehealth and virtual care into existing services – without increasing clinician burden and building on the satisfaction of patients and consumers.”

At the end of the program, participants will have the opportunity to participate with industry experts to develop a three-year vision and one-year implementation plan for their own organizations. 

Confirmed faculty include:

  • September 14 | John Shufeldt, MD, Founder of MeMD; Yaa Kumah-Crystal, MD, HealthIT Clinical Director for Telehealth, Amber Humphrey, Senior Director of Telehealth, and Michelle Griffith, MD, Medical Director of Telehealth, Vanderbilt Medical Center
  • September 21 | Steve Ommen, MD, Medical Director, Center for Connected Care, The Mayo Clinic & Meg Barron, VP of Digital Health Strategies, American Medical Association (AMA)
  • September 28 | Katie Kriener, SVP, Medical Group Operations, Atrium Health & Nick Desai, Entrepreneur and Founder of Heal & Bill Szaroletta, Chief Innovation Officer, Project Echo
  • October 5 | Lee Schwamm, MD, Vice President, Virtual Care, Mass General Brigham & Bruce Brandes, SVP, Consumer Centered Virtual Care, Teladoc                                              
  • October 12 |Senator Bill Frist, MD, Co-Founder and Partner, Frist-Cressey Ventures and Michael Petersen, MD, Chief Innovation Officer, NTT DATA; David Wedemeyer, AVP, HCA Telehealth Provider Plus; Mei Kwong, Executive Director, Center for Connected Health Policy
  • October 19 | Brian Wayling, Executive Director, Technology & Development, Intermountain Healthcare & Paul Keckley, Managing Editor, The Keckley Report
  • October 26 | Rebecca Picasso, Principal Program Manager, Virtual Care & Telehealth Innovation, Blue Shield of California
  • November 2 | Jonathan Bush, CEO, Zus Health & Dave Owens, Executive Director Vanderbilt University The Wond’ry

“We are at a unique point in history,” said Phil Gibbs, Principal at The Disruption Lab. “Everything has changed and this is particularly true in healthcare. What healthcare providers are experiencing with the acceleration of virtual care not only reflects the impact of the pandemic, but the convergence of technology, consumerism, and social forces. The Entrepreneur Center’s Project Healthcare is perfectly positioned to convene provider organizations, entrepreneurs, and industry experts to confront the issues and plan for the future.”

Sponsors include NTT DATA, American Medical Association (AMA), North Highland, Clearwater Compliance, Nashville Health Care Council and Uniti Health

To learn more about Telehealth Academy and for registration click here


About Nashville Entrepreneur Center

The Nashville Entrepreneur Center (EC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit founded in 2010 by business leaders who wanted to support the next generation of entrepreneurs and to celebrate the spirit and tenacity of the entrepreneurial community. The EC serves as Nashville’s center for entrepreneurship, supporting visionaries—from every background, in any industry, and at all phases—by connecting them to critical resources and championing their desire to change the world. Learn more about the EC by following us @entrecenter on LinkedIn, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and at


About The Disruption Lab

The Disruption Lab is a Nashville-based innovation and growth lab that equips executives to invent the future. The firms’ programs deepen participants’ understanding of the innovation process and reset thinking about possibilities, and range from advisory services and learning events, to experiencing the future in some of the globe’s most innovative cities, to a six-month Healthcare Innovation Academy. While focused on corporate innovation, the Lab is engaged in the broader innovation ecosystem that includes startup incubation. Learn more at LinkedIn, Twitter, and


About Sage Growth Partners

Sage Growth Partners accelerates commercial success for B2B, B2B2C, and B2C healthcare organizations through a singular focus on growth. The company helps its clients thrive amid the complexities of a rapidly changing marketplace with deep domain expertise and an integrated application of research, strategy, and marketing. Founded in 2005, Sage Growth Partners is located in Baltimore, MD, and serves clients such as Pyx Health, the National Minority Health Association, Philips Healthcare, U.S. Renal Care, Quest Diagnostics, Livongo, Olive, and iN2L.

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