HxRefactored Sneak Preview: Fran Melmed, Founder, Context
What is your burning mission in health and why?
FM: Helping people make everyday decisions that lead to immediate and long-term health and well-being. Why? Because don’t we all deserve that?
What is your patient story?
FM: I can remember going through a difficult time in my 20s immediately after college graduation. It was amplified by the sudden death of a colleague. My father, a psychiatrist, set me up with a phone interview with a colleague of his. This colleague interviewed me for about 15-20 minutes and then wrote me a scrip for Prozac. I was amazed and alarmed at how quickly and with what little information about me he wrote that prescription. It was one of my first interactions where I saw how poorly served we are by a health system that’s rushed.
What new health-related website, app, or technology do you think will improve health?
FM: I’m excited about wearables and sensors. As these become frictionless and integrated with the entire system, I believe they’ll do much to improve communications among patient teams and support patient’s insights, behavior, and decisions.
Why should people come to your session?
FM: Because I know the employer space, I’ve been through the trenches, and I’ve come out smarter.