Jay Parkinson, MD
Founder & CEO, Sherpaa
Jay Parkinson is the founder and CEO of Sherpaa, the pioneers of Virtual Primary Care.
After finishing medical school at Penn State in 2002, he completed two residencies— one in pediatrics and one in Preventive Medicine at Johns Hopkins— and also got his Masters in Public Health from Hopkins.
For the past 11 years, he's been building services that explore what the internet means to healthcare delivery. Two months after the iPhone was released back in 2007, he launched the world’s first mobile-powered house call doctor practice and it subsequently went viral racking up 7 million hits on his site in the first month of operations. Soon after, he co-founded Hello Health, one of the first cloud-based electronic medical records designed to power a new kind of medical practice— one that delivered care both in their offices in NYC and online with their patients. Hello Health continues to thrive powering cutting-edge practices around the world. In 2010, he co-founded a design firm called The Future Well to work with large brands across the world to help them figure out what the internet means to health. Their clients included the NHS in the UK, Sanofi in Paris, Planned Parenthood of America, and Physicians Interactive. With Physicians Interactive, they ideated and designed one of the most popular iPad apps for physicians, Omnio. In 2012, he created Sherpaa and pioneered Virtual Primary Care. VPC combines the scalability and accessibility of telehealth with the continuity found in traditional primary care and enables their primary care doctors to manage 95% of the conditions a traditional office-based primary care doctor can manage. Sherpaa employs full-time physicians and delivers 24/7/365 primary care in 48 states to employees of self-funded companies, members of forward-thinking health plans, and directly to individuals.
Jay has spoken at over 50 conferences including TED, Google’s Zeitgeist, the Clinton Global Initiative, the Aspen Institute, Mayo Transform, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. He addresses new models of healthcare delivery, the future of primary care, design, and healthcare business model transformation.
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