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The Indiana University graduate founder of California-based health technology company inTandem Health is a cancer survivor. Paul Hoffman says the loneliness a patient often feels during a health issue led to the discovery of his new venture. The platform is designed to connect patients with their peers who have experienced the same diagnoses.

In an interview with Business of Health reporter Kylie Veleta, Hoffman said patients who connect with mentors will feel empowered and better prepared to face the disease.

“They are less anxious, and now they have all this information and knowledge. And now they’ve gotten this roadmap from their mentor, and they’re going to have much better dates, which hopefully will lead to better results,” Hoffman said.

Hoffman is an alumnus of Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. Earlier this month, inTandem received a $450,000 investment from the IU Angel Network and the IU Philanthropic Venture Fund.

The entrepreneur says that while some health systems have mentorship programs, Hoffman says they’re clunky and require medical staff to do a lot of the groundwork. He says his platform can really help health systems.

“It will build community, bring in more patients, retain more patients, and really make consumers feel like this hospital cares,” Hoffman said. “They humanize the healthcare experience by allowing me to talk to someone who is a grateful patient.”

inTandem isn’t Hoffman’s first healthcare venture. He developed HealthCom Partners LLC, the first company to pioneer the patient-friendly billing movement in the United States.

IU Media School alumnus Jason Wadler is the president of inTandem. The company will use its investments from IU Ventures to further develop its digital platform.

IU sees the value and potential of the product.

“The peer mentorship problem that inTandem solves allows ex-patients to give back to the community by telling new patients about their experiences and comforting these new patients by allowing them to hear, first-hand, what the physical issues are. and emotional will arise during their treatment,” said Jason Whitney, Chief Business Officer at IU Ventures and Executive Director of the IU Angel Network.

Hoffman believes that human-to-human patient support is the future of healthcare. He thinks the entire patient care team in the health system will include a peer mentor in the near future.

Health care has thrown cold, hard technology on patients,” Hoffman said in a press release. “With inTandem Health, there will be a massive unlocking of all grateful patients in health systems to become ambassadors-mentors and inspired guides for new patients facing a life-changing condition who are scared, overwhelmed and need help from someone who has walked for them. »