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Staff Spotlight: Mark Nazemi, Clinical Business Development Lead

November 15, 2021

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“Better for Everyone”  - Our Clinical Business Development Lead, Mark Nazemi, on his work on chronic pain management, and the changing landscape of digital health and wellbeing.

With over 10 years of experience in the health-tech sector, and a PhD from Simon Fraser University’s School of Interactive Arts and Technology, Mark Nazemi joined Thrive Health in the summer of 2020. Mark is currently spearheading Thrive’s product development and research efforts, including leading our new Researcher in Residence program, with the hopes of identifying innovative ways to improve our platform.  

We sat down with Mark to talk a bit about what led him to Thrive, his experience in healthcare technology, and how he sees the digital health and well-being landscape evolving across Canada.

Alongside his research experience in chronic pain management, Mark says his initial interest in Thrive came from the values and key foundations that he shares with the company: “Thrive’s work with chronic pain, in particular, drew me in, as I’d previously noticed the need to improve patient experiences within the clinical pain space,” he explains. Thrive’s data-informed approach to managing health journeys also appealed to him, given his research background in sound design and healthcare technology.

We also asked Mark about his work in chronic pain, and his experience with gaps in the patient journey. “The technology available isn't being fully utilized for applications in patient care. There are also limited educational resources available to providers,” he claims, “Even if they have their patient's best interest in mind, they may not be using the information the patient gives them to its fullest potential. Organizations such as Thrive, that are using the data they collect as a way to improve health outcomes, are able to make decisions about a patient easier, faster, and more efficiently.”

Mark also believes that the person-centred care approach that Thrive takes should be standard for healthcare: “One of the core pillars of our platform is its person-centred perspective: our products and solutions are designed to allow patients to own their data, while still providing access to providers. This both reduces the burden on clinicians, while still making sure that individuals are cared for. Patients feel like they’re supported, respected, and that their voices are heard.”

Thrive’s mission to empower individuals navigating care journeys, alongside our focus on data-driven guidance for clinical decision-making, makes our platform applicable across a wide variety of healthcare specialities and at the system level. Mark says he can see Thrive’s platform being used on a larger scale, in workplaces and universities to track and report on both individual and overall community wellbeing: “Thrive’s data collection functionality isn’t only improving individual lives, but can also generate aggregate data which can be used by organizations to determine the health of their users. Anonymized data can be reported back to the community, to help administrators make informed decisions.”

We wrapped up our conversation with Mark with some fun facts:

Do you have any interesting projects you’re currently working on?
“I’ve been working with our Researchers in Residence on their short term studies with machine learning and patient engagement. Their projects have been showing promise and we’re looking forward to seeing where they’ll take us.”  

What’s your most effective technique for wellbeing:
Listening to and creating music

Do you have a personal philosophy, and what is it?
Always share your knowledge. Pass it on to others.

To learn more about how Thrive Health enables healthcare organizations to provide efficient patient care and build enhanced clinical workflows, click below.  

Monday, March 28

Hosted by our Development team

- Our inaugural Thrive Health ping-pong tournament

- Welcome dinner for our team members who flew in for the week

Calgary (June 6th-10th):

  • A fun and informative tour of the University of Calgary's Simulation Health Center, featuring innovative, simulative technology for health professionals to improve patient outcomes
  • Cesar, a member of our Customer Solutions team, preparing everyone a special Colombian breakfast with arepas, sausages, eggs and hot chocolate
  • Friends, families and colleagues gathering for an outdoor summer BBQ

Toronto (June 13th-18th):

  • Gathering together to work in the Four Points by Sheraton Toronto Airport
  • Enjoying dinner at Amsterdam Brewhouse with a beautiful ocean view
  • Joining the Integra Health team for a tour of their clinic and wellness services, such as massages and skin treatments
  • Gathering with our customers and partners for an event filled with fun, socializing, and delicious food and cocktails by the pool

Vancouver (June 27th-30th):

  • Working together at our office space downtown with different teams coming together, all while enjoying delicious breakfast, fresh coffee and lots of snacks!
  • Company town hall: discussing our progress so far this year, the road ahead, and our goals, giving us time to reflect and look to the future
  • Wrapping up the week with a picnic in Flora's Field, Kitsilano while enjoying the sun, food, drinks, and friendly competitions

Thrive Health’s platform enables enhanced relationships between providers and patients. Connect with us today to learn more about how our technology can support your organization.

Monday, March 28

Hosted by our Development team

- Our inaugural Thrive Health ping-pong tournament

- Welcome dinner for our team members who flew in for the week

Tuesday, March 29

Hosted by our Product and Marketing teams

-Volunteering at a local women’s shelter, and preparing care packages for people experiencing homelessness

-Sushi-making workshop! M Sushi stopped by our Thrive office and prepared an amazing assortment of sushi for our team, while giving us the opportunity to design our own rolls - and even use the blow-torch.

Wednesday, March 30

Hosted by our Customer Success, Support, and Solutions teams

-Parfait Breakfast Bar to fuel us up for the day ahead

-Coaching workshop for our leadership and management teams, to provide us with new and exciting ways to think about growing our individual teams and continuously offering new leadership opportunities

-Commercial-themed cocktail hour and pizza night, followed by a stroll at beautiful Stanley Park

Thursday, March 31

Hosted by our Admin & Strategic Initiatives teams

-Coming together as a team for a mindfulness session hosted by Peak Wellness that gave us time to destress, check in with ourselves, and be reminded of the importance of getting in touch with our emotions

Friday, April 1

Hosted by our Executive team

-Company fireside chat, where we discussed our vision, goals, and key initiatives for the remainder of 2022, giving us time to celebrate in all of our exciting work ahead

-Ending off the week with a pub social at Colony Granville, featuring a (mildly) competitive bocce tournament!

Our Q1 2022 Onsite Week not only brought a lot of joy and laughter, but gave us the opportunity to come together as a team and connect after a long period of working remotely during the pandemic. We are already looking forward to our next onsite week, and continuing to grow the connections and friendships we have formed.

Thrive Health’s platform enables enhanced relationships between providers and patients. Connect with us today to learn more about how our technology can support your organization.

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