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About Backpack Health

Backpack Health is a health tech company building tools to help people manage their health details, care and communication. We believe everyone should be able to track their own health comprehensively, and do the same for the people they care about – no matter what their health concerns are, no matter what family means to them, and no matter what language they speak – all in one place.

Our mission

We’re making it easy for everyone to access, own and control all of their health information to support better health for themselves, their loved ones, their communities, and for us all.

Our journey

The inspiration behind Backpack Health was pretty simple: We shared similar problems, and we wanted to solve them.

It all started with Diane and Mark Goldman, who were looking for a better way to manage their son’s chronic condition — for years. Specialist after specialist, hospital form after hospital form, flare up after flare up. Over time, their son’s medical data got scattered, making it hard to make sense of his whole story. Things only got more complicated after they spent four years living outside of their native country – some documents weren’t even in their first language. If people can’t use their own health information to get the help they need, how would researchers ever find the answers their family was waiting for? They were frustrated. And they felt powerless.

Then they met a few like-minded people with a knack for thinking big. Jim Cavan, an avid traveler with a background in emergency medicine and medical research, and a niece who was born with a connective tissue disorder, understood their circumstances all too well. Together they decided it was time for change: People should have access to their whole health history. But they shouldn’t just have access, they should be able to make sense of it, and in whatever language they’re most comfortable using. They should be able to coauthor it and share pieces of it, and they should be able to do all of the same for their loved ones.

Jim and the Goldmans wasted no time assembling a team of people as dedicated to their cause as they were — and that we really are. This journey has had its ups and downs, its hurdles and successes. There were periods of time during which some of us barely slept. But we won't give up, and neither should you.

Here’s the thing: Your health information belongs to you. You have a legal right to it, and that means with the right tools, you can make the most out of your own health narrative. Our goal is to help you do just that.

Interested in Research?
Simple, fast, inexpensive ad hoc cohorts and communities

Backpack Health makes it easy to create target communities of specific patient types and their families. You can view summary info in English, Spanish and French, and collect or access it even in the most remote locations.

  • Manage your research curiosities for patient-reported outcomes (PROs)
  • De-identified and aggregated
  • With appropriate consent, direct contact allowed

We’re a group of passionate, creative people building innovative tools to help people better manage their health details, care and communication.

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Meet our team

We’re a group of passionate, creative people building innovative tools to help people better manage their health details, care and communication.

Jim Cavan

President & CEO

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Kate Celauro MD

VP, User Journey

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Brett Collinson

SVP, Product

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Steve Dalton

VP, Technology

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Melissa Anselmo MPH

Director of Research & Insights

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Cole Benson

Senior Product Designer

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Jen Eliuk

Product Manager

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Allison Goldman

Communications Analyst

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Rob Goldman

Operations Manager

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Jerel Johnson

Senior Product Designer

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Steve Kreis

Lead Engineer

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Rob Medina

Director of User Support

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Gary Pinkham

Technical Lead

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Adam Russell

Software Engineer

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Michael Shapiro-Barr

Director of Commercial Development

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Natasha Wang

Director of Software QA

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