An entrepreneur of necessity: Cedar Talks with One Medical founder Tom Lee, MD

Tom Lee, MD, founder and visionary behind Epocrates, One Medical and Galileo, never intended to be an entrepreneur. But as the Harvard-trained internist began practicing medicine, he found that he consistently didn't understand why things in healthcare operated the way that they did.

“I ended up being an entrepreneur out of necessity because I was constantly asking ‘why are we doing it this way?’ and nobody could answer the question,” explained Lee. “When you looked at it from a patient lens, a physician lens or a healthcare provider lens, it seemed like the system was doing a lot of irrational things.”

In a recent Cedar Talks on April 16, Lee shared more about his motivation as a physician-innovator, the origin stories behind his successful primary care startups One Medical and Galileo and why he thinks the current telemedicine craze won’t last (“You can’t magically change the economics of healthcare”).

Watch the full interview with Tom Lee, MD now for all the insights from the visionary healthcare leader.

Cedar Talks is a thought leadership series focused on connecting the Cedar team and broader community with tech entrepreneurs who are dedicated to solving hard problems with great design, thoughtful engineering and industry expertise. Recent Cedar Talks have included Oscar CEO Mario Schlosser, A16z general partner Julie Yoo, tech investor Ashton Kutcher, and AppNexus Founder Brian O’Kelley.

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