Invest in the leading edge of healthcare technology

Providing an opportunity for medical clinicians and health care professionals to invest

WHO ARE OUR INVESTORS?

Global Health Impact Fund (GHIF) is a Strategic Venture Capital Investment Network. Our investor-focused model invests exclusively on behalf of our clinician and healthcare professional investor network. We provide an opportunity for these professionals to participate in a diversified portfolio of early-stage healthcare technology companies. These businesses are revolutionizing the healthcare industry, but the vast majority of clinical professionals are simply observers to changes that will upset their practices and worldview. GHIF offers a potent alternative to that scenario. 

Our network isn’t a passive investor base – GHIF investors will directly help shape the technological cutting edge as executive advisors to the Fund. We care not just for your investment, but also for your opinions and participation. Our typical prospective investment will be seeking between $250K and $2M in capital. For businesses looking for more than $2M in capital, we have the flexibility to co-invest alongside other strategic venture partners who meet our standards for commitment to healthcare improvement.

Invest in what you know

 

Global Health Impact Fund is an early stage, strategic venture capital fund providing an opportunity for medical clinicians to invest in the leading edge of healthcare technology.

Failure to perform appropriate hand hygiene is a leading cause of Hospital Acquired Infections (HAIs), and nearly 2mm patients suffer from HAIs annually. This adds an estimated $40 billion annually in incremental treatment costs. Hangenix Solutions has developed a data-management system for automated monitoring of hand hygiene protocols at medical centers to track and encourage behavioral adherence to protocols.

 

Sensifree has developed a continuous, noninvasive hemodynamic monitoring solution, based on their proprietary NEST (Noninvasive Electromagnetic Sensing Technology) platform. Their first product has beat-to-beat, cuff-less BP, in a reading and waveform display as accurate as an invasive arterial line. As the lead investor, GHIF partnered with Samsung’s Venture arm and Translink Capital to fund Sensifree to their FDA submission.

 

Elemeno simplifies hospital best practices into concise, just-in-time learnings at the point of care. The team, led by Dr. Arup Roy-Berman, has built a SaaS-based platform for healthcare teams to easily access their institutions’ best practice guidelines, up-to-date checklists, and how-to videos. Social and gamification elements included in the platform enable frontline teams and management to give each other recognition and hold friendly departmental challenges. 

Raydiant Oximetry has developed a safe and non-invasive technology fetal heart rate monitoring system that directly monitors a baby’s oxygenation during birth. The technology directly determines the fetal oxygen level using a safe, external, single-use sensor that complements existing fetal Doppler and integrates seamlessly into the current monitoring system. Once approved by the FDA, we expect it to become the standard of care for fetal monitoring during childbirth. 

Somnoware has built a unified SaaS platform for respiratory healthcare management that reduces cost and improves outcomes. They automate the diagnostic workflow, integrate data from 150+ devices/software systems, and provide predictive analytics to care providers. Their platform has shown a 44% reduction in diagnosis time and 19% improvement in therapy adherence. The company already has close to $4mm in annual recurring revenue. 

Plethy is a joint care solutions company that has built a platform to drive patient adherence and empower people to manage their join care at home. Plethy delivers a cloud-based care management platform that reduces costs for physician groups and hospitals while increasing revenue per patient across both pre- and post-surgery stages of care. 

Uberdoc is a direct-pay healthcare marketplace where consumers can schedule and pay for quality health care at a set price online using their HSA or credit card and is focused on the self-insured corporate market. According to a recent report, 50mm workers and their dependents receive benefits through self-insured group health plans, representing 33% of the 150mm total participants in the private employment market.

GHIN

GHIN is  building a robust global health professional driven network of communities across professions and specialties.

Global Health Impact Network (GHIN) is the place where Healthcare Professionals collaborate on the future of Digital Health Innovation.

We’re a global community of like-minded healthcare professionals who share a common vision “empower healthcare professionals to actively participate in shaping the evolving digital healthcare revolution.”

HandzIn

The  HandzIn collaborative platform  is focused on Digital Healthcare Innovation. Handzin has branded itself as the go-to work collaboration tool for non-federated organizations.

HandzIn creates workspaces for teams, groups and partnerships.  

All data and information is protected and there’s no mining of private data

What does GHIF offer for companies?

GHIF presents a team of Principals with over seventy-five years of experience in business and healthcare. Our client firms gain access to support resources and business development opportunities through our network of alliances. Through these connections and yours, when you join us, we make it possible for competent solutions to achieve faster adoption. As our clients grow, so does your GHIF portfolio value. We work hand-in-hand with our client management teams to build successful scalable business and revenue models. When our successful clients exit or are otherwise acquired, we all realize a quantum increase in financial and practice value

Management

Gary A Goldman DDS MD

Founding General Partner
Managing Director

Robert “Bob” Sweeney

General Partner
Managing Director

Dave Goldman

General Partner
Director of Finance

Chris Kager MD

General Partner
Chief Medical Officer

Advisors

Mukesh Advani

Mukesh Advani

General Counsel

Robert G Darling

Emergency Medicine

Michael Pocalyko

Cybersecurity

Richard Hirschinger

Orofacial Pain

News

Telemedicine 101: Getting Started

Got questions on how to get started with telemedicine? Bring them to the upcoming live webinar + Q&A with Join Dr. Milton Chen, Cofounder and CEO of VSee.

April 8, 12:30 – 1:30 PM PDT

A salute to the heroes of the coronavirus pandemic

March 23rd, 2020

A physician in the venture capital world, Dr. Christopher Kager

March 13th, 2020

The Disenfranchised Physician—Credentialing

February 5th, 2020

 

The Global Health Impact Fund I LP closed on nearly $5 million in new investments across seven different companies.

December  16th, 2019

The Disenfranchised Physician—The Revolt Against Certification

October 24th, 2019

Our Partners

Gary A Goldman DDS MD

Gary has a BS from Stony Brook University, a DDS from New York University, and an MD from Drexel University Medical School. He completed an Internal Medicine internship, an Anesthesiology residency and Obstetric Anesthesia Fellowship at Harvard Medical School’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and a Neurosurgical Anesthesia Fellowship at SUNY Downstate

With over 30 years of Clinical and Administrative healthcare experience and 20 years as a serial entrepreneur, Gary has been a founder for 2 healthcare technology start-ups, a physician informatics lead overseeing the roll out of the EHR Epic across Sutter Health, a not-for-profit health system in Northern California with 24 hospitals providing service to 100 Northern California cities, and has traveled across the country as a healthcare technology consultant for multiple academic and Private HCO’s. During that time Gary maintained his clinical practice in Anesthesiology with a sub specialty focus in obstetric anesthesiology. He is a founding member of the East Bay Anesthesia Medical Group and founded, scaled and held the position of medical director for its high risk Obstetric Anesthesia division, for over 20 years, caring for up to 8000 patients per year.

Robert “Bob” Sweeney

Bob has spent over 30 years as an executive in start-up and growth companies. From 1997 to 2016, Bob led the Challenger Corporation as the Chief Executive Officer, Board Member and Investor. Challenger rose from a fledgling start-up to national prominence in physician education under his leadership. Prior to this, he was Senior VP and a founder of Team Health, and functioned as their senior sales and negotiating executive. The company was founded in 1991 by Bob and four others. Team Health grew from $11mm to $425mm in annual sales before exiting in a public offering in 1994. Bob has an MBA from Memphis State University, a doctorate and MA in History from Carnegie Mellon University, an MS in Experimental Psychology from the University of Memphis, and a BA in History & MAT in Social Sciences from Binghamton University. He is a black belt practitioner of aikido, a ranked lifemaster in the American Contract Bridge League, and the author and administrator of a prominent website on the history of Sullivan County, PA where his emigrant ancestors settled. Bob is married to Lynn Franklin of Memphis, TN, and they have one daughter – a successful entrepreneur, who lives with her husband and their son in the Los Angeles area.

Dave Goldman

Dave began his career as an equity derivatives trader at Group One Trading in 2012. At Group One, Dave ran a portfolio with a focus on special situations, ranging from early-stage technology IPOs to biotech and healthcare equities. He has since held analyst and associate roles at several banks and funds including Valkyrie Trading, Falcon Point Capital and most recently at Goldman Sachs & Co. Dave received his BA from Wesleyan University with a dual degree in Mathematics & Economics.

Chris Kager MD

Chris has a B.A. and M.D degree from the University of Pennsylvania; He completed an internship and neurological surgery residency at the University of Cincinnati (Mayfield Clinic). In addition, he completed a complex spine surgery fellowship at the Cleveland Clinic. Chris has been a surgeon and partner in Lancaster NeuroScience and Spine Associates since 2001, the practice was recently acquired by Penn Medicine/Lancaster General Health effective January 2019. Chris remains in active clinical practice as a board-certified neurosurgeon. He currently holds the role of Chief of the Division of Neurosurgery at Lancaster General Hospital.

Chris has experience in informatics and actively participated in the evaluation and implementation of Lancaster General Hospital’s system-wide EMR.

Chris is an active investor in multiple sectors, with a focus on the healthcare and hospitality verticals., Chris has been the CMO of a regional angel investor network.

Mukesh Advani

For more than three decades, Mukesh Advani has been a trusted legal advisor to businesses, both small and large (including Fortune 500 Companies) and individuals in litigation and corporate matters.  On the litigation side, Mukesh has represented clients in all Federal and State Courts in California, including in some landmark cases that were decided by the California Supreme Court.  On the Corporate side Mukesh has provided services to small businesses and technology start-ups and emerging growth companies in general corporate law matters, equity financing, stock option plans, employment law matters, commercial contracts, intellectual property licensing agreements, joint venture agreements and outsourcing agreements. Mukesh  has also served as outside general counsel for emerging growth companies.

Most recently, Mukesh worked for more than five years with Dental & Medical Counsel, PC, a Healthcare law firm that provides a wide range of services to healthcare providers such as physicians, dentists, pharmacists, optometrists, and veterinarians. Mukesh  also represented medical service providers in disciplinary proceedings instituted by their licensing boards and assisted them with their compliance obligations under Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA).

For the last 30 years, Mukesh has been continuously rated A.V. (very high (legal ability) to preeminent) by Martindale-Hubbell and included in its Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers.  Mukesh is also included in the 2014, 2015, 2018, and 2019 edition of the Northern California Super Lawyers.  

Mukesh has published articles, authored white papers and taught continuing legal education classes on cutting edge legal issues, including Appellate Law, Employment Law, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Privacy Laws and Regulations, Corporate Ethics, Law Practice Management Issues at many prestigious forums, including at the American Bar Association’s annual convention and at the annual convention of National Asian Pacific American Bar Association.

Robert G Darling

Dr. Robert Darling is a founding principal and Chief Medical Officer for Patronus Medical Corporation, a company delivering healthcare and personalized wellness solutions to patients in virtually any location in the world through the use of advanced telemedicine and other cutting-edge technologies.

In 1996, Dr. Darling became the first board-certified emergency medicine physician to serve the President of the United States as White House Physician. Dr. Darling served President Clinton, Vice President Gore, their families, and other presidential support units at the White House, Camp David, various classified emergency relocation facilities, and aboard executive aircraft including Air Force One and Marine One. He also provided primary care, emergency care and protective medical support services in more than 40 countries with no advanced medical care. Dr. Darling played a key role in developing Top Secret emergency contingency plans bearing constitutional impact, countering the greatest threats to the continuity of the presidency.

After completing his tour as White House Physician, Dr. Darling served as emergency physician, flight surgeon, and Director of the Aeromedical Isolation Team (AIT) for the Operational Medicine Division of the U.S. Army Medical Research Institute of Infectious Diseases (USAMRIID), Fort Detrick, Maryland. In the latter role, he specialized in mitigating the medical consequences of biological weapons and bioterrorism.

Dr. Darling has also served as the Director of the Navy Medicine Office of Homeland Security, in the office of the Navy Surgeon General where he guided Navy Medicine in preparing for the medical and public health consequences of natural and man-made disasters in hospitals and clinics throughout the world.

CAPTAIN Darling retired from the Navy in 2006, after 25 years of service to the nation. He was then named Director of the Center for Disaster and Humanitarian Assistance Medicine (CDHAM) where he led healthcare reconstruction efforts in Afghanistan, prepared for pandemic influenza outbreaks, conducted HIV/AIDS educational programs in the Caribbean and South America, and prepared for and responded to humanitarian disasters worldwide.

In addition to Dr. Darling’s current work with Patronus Medical Corporation, he serves as Medical Director for Lead Health. He is also Medical Director of the Executive Health and Dignitary Protective Medicine Fellowship at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), Department of Emergency Medicine, Fellowship in Disaster Medicine at Harvard Medical School. He is an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Military and Emergency Medicine at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, Maryland.

Dr. Darling holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology with honors from Adelphi University and a Doctor of Medicine (MD) degree from the USUHS. He completed his transitional internship at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland and his residency in emergency medicine at the Naval Medical Center in San Diego. He served as Carrier Air Wing Eight (CVW-8) Flight Surgeon aboard the aircraft carrier USS THEODORE ROOSEVELT (CVN-71) and was back seat qualified in both the F14A and A6E tactical jets. He has numerous publications and has lectured around the world. He is Associate Editor of Ciottone’s Disaster Medicine, Elsevier- Mosby, 2nd Edition. He is a member of the American College of Emergency Physicians, the Institute for Functional Medicine, the American Telemedicine Association and the American College of Lifestyle Medicine.

Michael Pocalyko

Michael Pocalyko is Chief Executive Officer of SI, a professional services firm and government contractor in the information technology, cybersecurity, investigations, and intelligence sectors, headquartered in the Washington DC metropolitan area, operating business units Special Investigations, SI Cyber, and Enterprise Applications. He is a member of the Advisory Board of the Global Health Impact Fund.

He has been chairman and CEO of five corporations: Monticello Capital LLC, Advanced Environmental Resources, Inc., Erdevel Europa S.à r.l., International Systems S.r.l., and Special Investigations Limited Company (SI); and non-executive chairman of the board of four corporations: Erdevel Europa in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Envambien S.A., TherimuneX Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and Enterprise Applications, Inc. before the company’s acquisition by SI.

He has been a corporate director in the financial services, medical, biotechnology, Internet services, steel, environmental, security, and engineering services industries. He has also been a university trustee. He is an experienced public company corporate director and audit chair, a Sarbanes-Oxley “audit committee financial expert,” an investigator, compliance agent, and a
certified fraud examiner (CFE). He is a Board Leadership Fellow of the National Association of Corporate Directors and a member of NACD’s teaching faculty for Finance and Accounting.

Mr. Pocalyko was a Navy commander who served in Office of the Secretary of Defense, the Office of the Chief of Naval Operations, and on the personal staff of the Secretary of the Navy. He was a resident Senior Fellow of The Atlantic Council. He twice commanded military operational units and as a Navy pilot flew in Beirut, Lebanon and the Persian Gulf.

A 1976 graduate of Muhlenberg College, Mr. Pocalyko earned his M.P.A. at Harvard and his M.B.A. at Wharton. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the International Institute for Strategic Studies, the Authors Guild, and the Cosmos Club.

As a Virginia public official he served appointed terms on the Commonwealth Competition Council and the Fairfax County Industrial Development Authority. He was once a candidate for the Virginia House of Delegates.

He is the bestselling author of the novel The Navigator from Macmillan Forge Books, “a stunning story of greed, modern politics, international intrigue, and ultimately affirmation . . .written by the consummate insider from both Wall Street and Washington.”

A native of Bethlehem, Pennsylvania and at one time a union steelworker, he has been married since 1976 to Barbara Snelbaker Pocalyko, a certified public accountant who chaired the Commonwealth of Virginia Board of Accountancy.

Richard Hirschinger

Dr. Rich Hirschinger is in private practice treating patients with orofacial pain and obstructive sleep apnea at his office in Beverly Hills, CA. He graduated from the University of Southern California School of Dentistry in 1985, and practiced dentistry for 10 years after which separate hand and back injuries forced him to sell his practice. After receiving a Masters in Business Administration from the USC Marshall School of Business in 2001, he founded DDS.com and DMD.com. He then did a 2-year residency in Orofacial Pain and Dental Sleep Medicine at UCLA. DDS.com was sold to a private equity company in 2013. He now serves as a clinic supervisor at UCLA in the Orofacial Pain and Dental Sleep Medicine residency program, he is a Diplomate of the American Board of Orofacial Pain and a Fellow of the American Academy of Orofacial Pain. He practices without a high-speed handpiece, and cycles about 125 miles a week.