Co-founder and CEO, Thyme Care
When the mother of Robin Shah’s friend was facing a six-week wait to see a specialist about a pancreatic cancer diagnosis, Shah knew the process had to change.
Shah, with the assistance of his father, an oncologist, helped his friend’s mom get the necessary scans and start treatment in two days, greatly improving her chances of living longer with late-stage pancreatic cancer, he said.
“This hit home the hardest,” he said. “It’s one of those cases where you say, ‘Why would a reputable health system recommend this?’”
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Shah, a digital health entrepreneur, set out to expedite the diagnosis and treatment process for cancer patients. In late 2019, he and a former colleague from oncology data company Flatiron Health sketched out, on a white board at a WeWork office in New York, what would become Thyme Care.
Shah and co-founder Dr. Bobby Green launched Thyme, based in Nashville, Tennessee, in July 2020. It works with health systems and insurers to help cancer patients interpret tests, coordinate appointments and fill care gaps related to transportation, nutrition, housing and mental health.
“When you get a blood test or image, you don’t know when the results are coming, what prior authorization is or what specialist to choose,” Shah said. “All that is amplified when you get a cancer diagnosis. We arm patients with the right questions and push on their behalf.”
Thyme has grown to 150 employees, raised $85 million in venture capital and expanded to 20 markets.