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April 27, 2018

Jon M. Huntsman Hall

Startup Challenge Semifinalist E-Health Now

E-Health Now is a digital platform connecting cancer patients in China with leading US oncologists via virtual joint consultation at reduced cost and processing time as existing providers, with the ultimate goal of reducing global health care access issues in high-quality cancer care.

How did you come up with this idea?

We had first met at a Philly Startup Weekend event and worked to design a US-only telemedicine platform that uses nurse practitioners to provide retail clinic level of care. During our initial pilot study with an MVP, we advertised our service through social media and somehow got three cancer patients from China interested in talking to a US doctor (out of a study size of 40 patients). This was a remarkably high number and we investigated the market further, realizing how deep the unmet need was. We were also all extremely motivated to make the pivot because all three of us were born abroad, and though we are now US citizens, we have already seen and continue to see the huge disparities in health care (especially in cancer care) within China and India when compared to the US. Our personal stories really gave us the inherent drive to provide quality health care to the rest of the world in this new age of technology.

How will your venture change the world?

We are breaking down barriers to global cancer care, by creating a digital platform that allows quality cancer care to be given to international patients through virtual joint consultation. Our core virtual joint consultations allow US doctors to consult, advise, and follow up with international patients and their doctors longitudinally whether or not the patient ultimately comes to the US. This business model can be exported to any disease and geography where there is an unmet need and a quality gap. In doing so, we are bringing high quality care to the rest of the world.

E-Health Now was also a Summer 2017 member of VIP-X. Read their VIP-X profile!


Vinayak Kumar, C’13, G’13, M’18, WG’18
Ram Prasad Modalavalasa
Kelly Xu, WG’17


  • Vinayak Kumar can do a cool yoga pose called mayurasana (peacock pose)
  • Ram Modalavalasa’s favorite pastime is karaoke.
  • Kelly Xu has danced Indian Ballet on stage in front of 800+ people

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