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An Award Winning Approach

Too often technical teams attempt to solve complex healthcare problems without listening to patients and providers. We believe that technical teams alone cannot adequately address healthcare problems and that lasting solutions necessitate co-creation with patients and providers

  • Data Driven – Our award-winning team members have created data-solutions for the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Google, Palantir, and Facebook, with research and publications spanning basic science, clinical trials, and healthcare policy

  • Led By Inclusivity – We bring all stakeholders to the table to gain insights into root-causes. Our team and advisors bridge lived-experience by interdisciplinary healthcare providers and patients to technical teams to create better solutions and better products

  • Oriented for Impact – We work and consult with both small and large companies to create data-driven solutions with implementation in mind. We also work with open-data and policy makers to design platforms to advance healthcare delivery in the United States

We use a unique blend of human-centered design thinking combined with the ‘Everyone Included’ method, a proven model created at Stanford University’s, Medicine X to design impactful solutions that elevate the often underheard voices in healthcare.


Teleshora at the United States Department of Health and Human Services Opioid Crisis Hackathon – Winners of the Treatment Track $10,000 prize to find data-driven solutions to the opioid epidemic (Pictured: The Telesphora Team with Bruce Greenstein, Chief Technology Officer of the United States and Mona Siddiqui, Cheif Data Officer of the United States)

Our Story

Telesphora was formed in a collaboration with Origami Innovations – a design, innovation, and solution lab powered by Yale University students – to bring together data-scientists and subject matter experts to create data-driven solutions to the opioid crisis. In late 2017, Origami Innovations was invited to Capitol Hill to participate in a ‘first-of-its-kind’ HHS and Stanford Medicine X design day and code-a-thon.

The team used a unique blend of human-centered design to create a platform that uses real-time open-access data and machine learning to predict where and when increases in opioid overdose and mortality will occur. The solution empowers first-responders, hospitals, and policymakers to more intelligently allocate resources to save lives. The solution was awarded 1st place in the United States Department of Health and Human Services Opioid Code-a-Thon Treatment Track and was awarded a $10,000 prize for their continuing efforts. Thus, Telesphora was born.

The Telepshora team is working with community, state, and federal stakeholders to validate and implement their opioid prediction model and is creating a platform to create meaningful data-driven solutions to healthcare problems with healthcare partners and open-access data.

Featured Press and News

WIRED Magazine | Hartford Courant | GitLabSocrata Open Data Blog | HHS Idea Lab Blog| Amazon (AWS) Blog

  • Telesphora and Origami Innovations invited to give keynote presentation at the Socrata Connect Data Conference in 2018 with Mona Siddiqui, Chief Data Officer of the United States, and Tyler Kleykamp, Chief Data Officer of Connecticut

The Team

Jack CacklerFounder
Jack Cackler is a seasoned developer and machine learning scientist. He did his doctoral research in Biostatistics at Harvard on Bayesian spatiotemporal methods of disaster prediction on grants from the DoD and NIH. He received his BA/MS from Stanford, and additionally has a Masters in Bioengineering from KAUST. He’s worked in machine learning at Facebook, Palantir, NASA, and a number of other early stage startups, and cofounded 3 companies.
Matthew ErlendsonFounder
Matthew Erlendson is the Founder of Origami Innovations, is an MD candidate at the Yale School of Medicine, and is a recipient of The Professor David Berg Leadership Scholarship from the Yale School of Management MBA program. He is a sitting Executive Board Member and Founding Team Leader of Stanford Medicine X, a Silicon Valley-based, Stanford University healthcare innovation hub focused on emerging technology and patient-centered design. He has worked by invitation with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy on President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative and his research spans clinical trials, integrating emerging technologies into medicine, and healthcare policy.
Frank LeeFounder
Dr. Lee is a board certified specialist in Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine recognized by the American Board of Anesthesiology.

Dr. Lee graduated with honors, summa cum laude, from Vanderbilt University and completed his medical degree there as well. He was selected by the United States Department of State as a Fulbright Scholar to Spain to study immigrant health disparities and then he became a Vanderbilt Medical Scholar to continue his knowledge of public health and epidemiology in Peru the following year.

His passion for research continued throughout his training in anesthesiology and pain medicine at The Johns Hopkins Hospital where he completed both his residency and fellowship. Dr. Lee published multiple peer-reviewed articles in distinguished journals as the first author in wide variety of topics in pain medicine. He has been recognized as an avid educator with the reception of Teacher of the Year award and also the prestigious Traveling Fellowship Award by the Society for Education in Anesthesia. Dr. Lee has lectured and taught physicians in the United States, South Korea, and Peru.

A former professor at Johns Hopkins Hospital, he now practices pain medicine in Washington DC.

Dara RouholimanFounder
Dara Rouholiman is a Health Care and Machine Learning Researcher. He is a former Stanford Researcher and led Stanford Medicine X Digital Health Lab. His work in patient-centered research was later recognized by President Obama’s administration; In June 2016 his team, Stanford Medicine X, was invited to the White House and cohosted an event on Participants as Partners in Clinical Research.

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