Sam Jactel, CEO of Ayble Health:
“Being patient centered is different than being patient driven”
At the end of the interview, Sam Jactel, GI patient turned CEO talks about Thomas Nagel the philosopher. In a paper from 1974, Nagel famously asked us to contemplate “What is it like to be a bat?” He suggested that you may be able to study the behavior of a bat but you can never really know what it’s like to be one.
Sam takes that analogy to his own GI condition. He was tired of looking for answers within the industry. He was tired of not being seen or heard. And he ended up figuring out a solution that worked for him. Then he thought why not help other patients like him. That prompted him to go from being the CEO of his own condition to becoming the founder and CEO of Ayble Health. This digital GI startup has raised $4.6 million from investors.
Watch this incredible interview. It’s a sign of the times. Expect more patients to become digital healthcare providers because the industry isn’t stepping up enough.
- From being a patient to becoming a CEO: The story behind starting up Ayble Health
- What is really missing in the GI industry?
- “The needs of the patients are either filtered or not heard”
- “The challenge that I have with GI and healthcare, in general, is that…”
- “Being patient-centered is different than being patient-driven”
- “With the tools that we have at our disposal, we are not driving optimal outcomes for patients like myself”
- “There aren’t even enough GIs to meet demand”
- Ayble Health raised $4.6 million. What triggered investor interest?
- The business model
- “We are part of the UCSF Rosenman Institute ADAPT program”
- The startup’s payment model
- Is the use of AI and machine learning really necessary?
- Is there a need for more and more digital GI companies?
- “We want patients to be seen”
- The future of GI & healthcare
- “I think that there’s too big of a gap currently between the claims that companies make in digital health and the evidence that supports it”