Nashville Entrepreneur Center’s Telehealth Academy Adds Olive as Presenting Sponsor, Bolsters Faculty with Amazon Care’s Kristen Helton

Olive’s introduction of automation and Amazon’s national rollout of Amazon Care telehealth services are driving the transformation of healthcare

Nashville, Tenn. (August 18, 2021) – The Telehealth Academy, a program presented by the Nashville Entrepreneur Center’s Project Healthcare, The Disruption Lab and Sage Growth Partners, has named Olive as the academy’s Presenting Sponsor while also strengthening its faculty with the addition of Kristen Helton, General Manager of Amazon Care

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 – Frist-Cressey Ventures
  • Dr. Michael Petersen, Chief Clinical Innovation Officer of NTT DATA,
  • Jonathan Bush, Founder-CEO of Zus Health 
  • Nick Desai, Founder of Heal and HeyRenee
  • Paul Keckley, Strategist and policy expert of The Keckley Report
  • Meg Barron, VP Digital Health Strategy of the AMA
  • Dr. Lyle Berkowitz, Telehealth expert 
  • Dr. John Shufeldt, Founder of MeMD 
  • Among many others

Participants will also hear from telehealth and virtual care experts from Mayo Clinic, Atrium Health, Teladoc, Mass General Brigham, HCA Healthcare, Intermountain Healthcare, Blue Shield of California, the Center for Connected Health Policy, and Vanderbilt University Medical Center, among other leading institutions.

Olive is designed to drive connections, shining a new light on the broken healthcare processes that stand between payers, providers, and patient care. Using AI to create these connections, Olive helps make healthcare more efficient, affordable, and effective. 

“The addition of Olive as Presenting Sponsor further illustrates the importance, relevance, and timeliness of this Academy – bringing together industry professionals with entrepreneurs and innovators to build upon the accelerations in telehealth and virtual care at the onset of the pandemic” said Eric Thrailkill, Chair of Project Healthcare.

Olive joins current Telehealth Academy sponsors NTT DATA, Oneview Healthcare, North Highland, InfoWorks, Nashville Health Care Council, Tennessee Chapter of HIMSS, Clearwater Compliance, and UnitiHealth

Earlier this year, Amazon announced the national rollout of its Amazon Care telehealth services featuring urgent care, preventive care, wellness, treatment of chronic diseases and prescriptions. Kristen Helton, founder and General Manager of Amazon Care, who joined Amazon in 2015 as principal scientist to assess opportunities in biotechnology, healthcare and beyond, has been added to the Academy faculty.

“Two of the most significant events impacting care delivery over the last few months were the announcements of Amazon’s national rollout of its Amazon Care telehealth services, and Walmart’s purchase of MeMD, expanding its capability to provide virtual care across the nation,” noted Phil Gibbs, Principal at The Disruption Lab. “We are very excited to have Kristen Helton join the Academy faculty, an esteemed roster that includes MeMD founder, Dr. John Shufeldt.”

Registration for the Academy is open now, with the discounted Innovator rate available through September 1, 2021.

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.


About Olive

Olive is the automation company creating the Internet of Healthcare. The company is addressing healthcare’s most burdensome issues through automation — delivering hospitals, health systems and payers increased revenue, reduced costs and improved efficiency. People feel lost in the system today and healthcare employees are essentially working in the dark due to outdated technology that creates a lack of shared knowledge and siloed data. Olive is driving connections to shine new light on healthcare processes, improving operations today so everyone can benefit from a healthier industry tomorrow. To learn more about Olive, visit

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