With nearly 25 years of experience in healthcare technology, Jason is a serial healthcare I.T. entrepreneur focused on launching disruptive products that drive digital health innovation and value-based care outcomes. Jason’s career includes leading data-driven product development, corporate strategy, business development, strategic partnerships, technology implementation, and solution portfolio commercialization.
Amongst Jason’s most recent experience at Inovalon over the past decade, he served as a senior executive supporting the company from start-up through IPO. As Executive Vice President and Chief Strategic Development Officer, Jason led development for several blockbuster products at Inovalon and marketed expansion of the company’s technology presence across the healthcare marketplace. Jason’s deep experience includes solution development and implementation for managed care, providers, and government. Prior work experience includes Cerner, Cap Gemini Ernst & Young, Inspiris, and Ardent Health Services.
Jason earned his Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA) degree from The George Washington University School of Business. He also received a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from Radford University.
Kal is a digital health futurist and blockchain enthusiast. He believes low friction, user-centric design, and actionable use of longitudinal bio measures will transform care and quality of life. He has a rare combination of familiarity with both the human and technical challenges that come with medication management and caregiving. His deep understanding of digital health and health technology, combined with his business acumen as a prolific angel investor, makes him a leading authority to speak to solutions for these long-standing medical concerns. Before he founded Hero, Kal Vepuri was an entrepreneur and prolific angel investor, backing more than 250 companies.
Kal founded Hero as a result of a personal experience. In 2014, Kal’s mother underwent a successful quadruple bypass surgery but had two subsequent hospital readmissions due to mismanaging her 16 medications — despite being a renowned primary care physician herself. Driven by his mother’s struggle, Kal put his engineering background to work and built the first Hero smart dispenser prototype to help her. Millions of people like her struggle with taking their medication as directed, an issue is known as medication adherence. Under his leadership, Hero’s end-to-end connected healthcare service was purpose-built to eliminate the barriers to medication adherence, from the complexity that comes with taking multiple medications as well as dexterity and vision limitations.
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