Kinnevik Talks: A Podcast About Healthcare

In connection with Kinnevik's fourth investment into healthcare, VillageMD, our Senior Investment Director Chris Bischoff had a sit-down with seasoned healthcare entrepreneur and business builder Andy Slavitt. In the podcast, Chris and Andy discuss the massive challenges facing the US healthcare industry and the ground-breaking new solutions made available by new technology, making the sector an interesting space for investors.

Chris Bischoff

Chris is Senior Investment Director at Kinnevik. He heads up our healthcare investments and is a Board Director of Babylon HealthLivongo and Cedar.

"We're seeing a move away from hospital care and instead, care is being made available in more convenient, accessible and affordable ways thanks to technology. This includes virtual care, retail clinics, home care, digital care management solutions for chronic conditions, to name a few."

Andy Slavitt

Andy has decades of private and public sector leadership in healthcare, business and technology. In 2015-2017 he served as the Acting Administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS). Andy is a general partner at Town Hall Ventures which co-invested with Kinnevik in VillageMD.

"Historically, the way for physicians and hospitals to increase revenue was simply to do more things. That has created a lot of utlilisation, often at very high prices. The mindset shift today is to say, if a care provider can get to better outcomes whilst spending money more wisely, we ought to be able to pay them more."

Further Reading

Below is some suggested reading for those who wish to gain a deeper understanding in the fields of healthcare and medicine.

Atul Gawande 
(articles in the New Yorker)
The Bell Curve
2011 The Hot Spotters
2005 Piecework
2007 The Way We Age Now


David Goldhill
2013 Catastrophic Care: Why Everything We Think We Know about Health Care Is Wrong


Eric Topol
2012 The Creative Destruction of Medicine: How the Digital Revolution Will Create Better Health Care
2015 The Patient Will See You Now: The Future of Medicine Is in Your Hands
2019 Deep Medicine


Glen Tullman
 On Our Terms: Empowering the New Health Consumer


Siddhartha Mukherjee 
 The Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer
2016 The Gene: An Intimate History