A Day in the Life of Junum's CEOJanuary 26, 2021
Molly Hegarty, is the founder and CEO of Junum. She is a former Intel engineer turned Registered Dietitian and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist with over 10 years of experience in clinical nutrition. Her career began in technology but shifted to clinical nutrition after experiencing a personal tragedy when her college roommate passed away from Crohn’s disease related complications. She witnessed firsthand the value of nutrition in the critical care setting.
Molly saw the silos and gaps across the healthcare system that existed due to a lack of cohesive, supporting nutrition-focused technology. Molly decided to refocus her career path from direct clinical care to using her tech expertise to create software that would help to make a difference. Her passion motivates other people who share that vision to work with her on this mission to put nutrition on the forefront of healthcare.
There is no typical day for Molly at Junum. As a startup founder with a completely remote team, daily priorities can shift quickly. Junum was a 100% remote team prior to Covid and everyone was hand selected for the expertise that they bring to the team. Molly stays connected with her team through Slack, email, Zoom, and Google Meet. Every day each team member posts a daily standup in Slack. This helps to ensure everyone is unified on tasks across teams. Molly reviews her calendar first thing in the morning, checks the team slack messages, and goes through her emails. This enables her to set priorities for the week and manage her time efficiently.
To keep her vision for Junum on track, Molly maintains a running task list for each team with priority items that are shared with the entire organization. This encourages an environment of transparency, accountability, and teamwork. It is not uncommon for team members to lend a hand to different departments in need. Monday’s are typically meeting heavy and begin with a full Junum team meeting to go over her priority list and get team updates on open tasks. By holding these team meetings on Mondays, it frees Molly up to spend the rest of her week doing other important tasks like meeting with investors, working with the advisory board, hosting informational webinars, reviewing budgets, checking in with customers, or attending a conference. Although her day never looks the same, Molly is always up for the challenges of a health tech startup. To help stay grounded, Molly takes yoga breaks or tea breaks throughout the day and allows time to recharge herself for the next task.
The Junum team is focused in many areas this year. The main focus is providing optimal support to our existing customers as well as generating new sales. Previously the sales team focused on east coast hospital systems, but now that reach has expanded to systems across all regions of the US. There is also focus this year to expand the team. The team expansion will further Junum’s progress in implementing its technology solution to disrupt traditional malnutrition care in the acute care environment.
Covid has impacted all of us in so many ways personally and professionally. In terms of work, it means getting better at building digital relationships and engaging customers through webinars and other virtual events. (Molly wrote a whole article about this–see Springboard blog article.) In terms of team building, Covid has presented many challenges. Before Covid, Junum would have in person staff retreats to help foster relationships. Since Junum is a nutrition company - the employee retreats always have the best food. Unfortunately, Covid has forced these retreats to be put on hold, but Molly is looking forward to many more employee retreats in new locations with fantastic food. In the meantime, Molly makes sure there are thoughtful, special events to break up the monotony of the Covid routines for the employees. She fosters the remote team relationships by holding bi-weekly “Tea Time’’ zoom calls to just chat among employees and catch up on life without mentioning work. This has been a great way to build friendships and learn more about the team. It’s important to have social time to build relationships.
Covid has pushed Molly to find a good balance between taking care of her home, prioritizing self care, and fostering relationships with friends and family in new ways. Although she does miss travel for work and for personal travel adventure, she is thankful not to spend so much away from home. She much prefers her own cooking to airport food!
Molly is excited that 2021 is a year where health systems are focusing on the importance of technology that actually benefits physicians instead of creating more work for them. Digital health technology that is made correctly should reduce pain points for physicians and improve the clinician experience. Molly is proud that Junum is a new way for physicians and other providers to embrace technology that helps improve patient outcomes in a way that saves clinician time and improves patient outcomes. It is amazing for Junum to be part of such a big shift in the way care is delivered. For more information about Junum please contact our sales team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Day in the Life of Junum's Head of ProductJanuary 19, 2021
Junum’s Head of Product, Margaret Dittloff, is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist (RDN) and has 20+ years in healthcare software product management. She serves on the ASPEN Clinical Nutrition Informatics Committee and has served as a nutrition informatics leader and previously worked as Research Project Manager at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Additionally, Margaret has experience in EHR interoperability, terminology and HL7.
A typical day as the Head of Product at Junum is very busy. Product innovation requires many different approaches, so being the product person in a startup is both exciting and challenging for Margaret. She kicks off each day with the Junum virtual team “standup” which gets posted to the Slack channel. This allows everyone on the team to know what tasks are being worked on that day. Each Monday, she collaborates with the developers for sprint planning to map out what features the team is building that week. Junum is a small but mighty team, so Margaret may be working on requirements or design, and then performing user acceptance tests. She also collaborates with other team members working on data analysis projects for Junum’s existing clients. Since Junum is a 100% remote team, Margaret is in a Zoom or Google Meet video call much of the day.
The Junum team is working on its next version of EHR-connected apps leveraging the latest HL7 FHIR standard. Margaret is excited to see the EHRs adopt and support FHIR R4. It has really opened up opportunities for connected apps, like Junum’s Malnutrition ClinAssist, to aggregate the key nutrition information into one place for physicians and nutrition support teams.
COVID has presented a lot of unique circumstances to most companies this year. Junum is not an exception. According to Margaret, “It has been challenging to not be able to do onsite visits to Junum’s hospital clients and prospects. Attending virtual trade shows is just not the same as interacting with folks at a company’s booth to allow participants to gain insights about new products and ideas. But we’ve adapted and are doing product preview demos and usability sessions via Zoom now, which lets us reach even more stakeholders without all the travel costs.”
As Head of Product, Margaret has learned many lessons on communicating with a remote team. It is so critical to capture all the information, design choices and decision-making thoughts in writing and make sure that data is available to everyone, asynchronously. There are so many tech tools to help with this— Junum relies on Slack, Confluence, Jira and Aha!
Despite the challenges of this past year, it is clear that clinicians need better software tools. Junum is proud to build software that makes it easier for hospital care teams to provide the right nutrition care for their patients.
For more information about Junum’s physician-focused Electronic Health Records (EHR) tool, please contact our sales team at email@example.com.
New Investment and Upcoming WebinarJanuary 06, 2021
Malnutrition (a nutrient imbalance, deficiency or excess) is an ongoing issue in healthcare linked to higher infection rates, longer lengths of stay and increased risk of mortality—all with devastating impacts on hospital revenue and overall patient outcomes. Malnutrition is a common, complicated, and costly problem for hospitals. Insufficient tools and disconnected care processes make it difficult for hospitals to grasp and fully address the issue. In fact, 20-50% of patients experience malnutrition in the hospital setting, yet only 5-10% are diagnosed. Junum’s technology helps hospitals address the critical “blind spot” of nutrition in patient care today.
Junum works by helping hospitals understand and address malnutrition to maximize the value of their clinical team and deliver exceptional patient care. Our intuitively-designed tools operate within existing EHR workflows, giving clinicians easy access to nutrition insights that drive improved outcomes. Junum’s physician tool increases revenue and reduces risk by improving quality through real-time clinical decision support and malnutrition tracking.
Jumpstart Foundry Invests in Junum
The Jumpstart Foundry (JSF) recently announced the second round of 2020 portfolio selections. JSF enables and empowers the most promising innovations in health. More than 200 startup companies applied and only five were selected for the Fall 2020 cohort.
Junum is excited to be included in the Fall 2020 cohort along with Butterflly Health (behavioral health solution), Patient Forecaster (emergency medicine AI-powered advanced labor management platform), TeloPoint (care management), and RevKeep (post payment medical audits).
The JSF is a Nashville-based venture capital firm that is excited to Make Something Better in health. Each year, the JSF invests in 20-25 innovative health companies that are expected to have a major impact in the health domain and drive strong financial returns for Jumpstart’s investors. Each startup company that is selected to participate in a cohort is guided and supported through JSF’s systematic, step-by-step process. These companies are connected with Jumpstart’s network of industry experts.They will also participate in the Jumpstart Refinery which is a JSF exclusive digital community for networking that supports growth acceleration.
Learn more about Junum:
Our Founder & CEO, Molly Hegarty, MS, RD, LDN will host a free informational webinar on Thursday, January 21 at 1pm EST.
Molly is a former Intel engineer and a Registered Dietitian. Her nationally recognized unique technical and clinical expertise empowered her to develop our efficient, effective digital healthtech solutions.
Sign up here: http://bit.ly/JunumJanWebinar
We look forward to helping you improve malnutrition care at your facility using our technology.
Read the Jumpstart Foundry Announcement here:
Intro to Junum WebinarNovember 07, 2020
Junum Informational Webinar
Thursday, November 12th
12:00-12:30 PM Central Time
Join Junum’s founder Molly Hegarty, MS, RDN for an informal overview of how to improve malnutrition care at your facility using technology. Junum is a digital health company that focuses on improving malnutrition in the acute care setting by providing clinical decision support to drive both clinical improvements and accurate revenue capture.
Click here to register for the webinar.
Make America Healthy AgainNovember 06, 2020
Written by: Margaret Dittloff, MS RDN
While we await the official results of the 2020 election, let’s examine this Stat News commentary “Make America Health Again” about the lack of health care policy and support for nutrition despite the fact that nutrition is a critical component of everyone’s health and wellbeing. Dr. Rahman and Mr. Ross point out that “the majority of Americans (are) being both overfed with unhealthy foods and undernourished with healthier ones.” Nutrition has been under valued and under-represented in America’s healthcare systems. They highlight the following suggestions for our next administration:
- Refocus research on nutrition
- Make health food more affordable and unhealthy food less affordable
- Teach doctors about nutrition
- Provide food assistance program incentives for healthy eating
- Use the bully pulpit & hold food industry accountable (especially in ads and merchandizing techniques)
I would also add that we need CMS and private payers to cover and fully reimburse the nutrition services of Registered Dietitians (RDNs). Dietitians are the trained healthcare professional experts in food and nutrition who can help provide that nutritional guidance that doctors are missing.
Lastly, we need we need better nutrition data in EHRs to help alert doctors to their patient’s nutritional problems. But we need that nutrition data to be structured and interoperable (something I’m exceedingly passionate about) to it can follow the patient and flow between consumer health apps and different EHR systems.
ASPEN Malnutrition Awareness WeekSeptember 30, 2020
Junum is proud to help sponsor Malnutrition Awareness Week.
Malnutrition Awareness WeekTM
Date: October 5-9, 2020
Join ASPEN, the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition, for ASPEN Malnutrition Awareness Week on October 5-9, 2020.
It’s a week filled with valuable educational webinars and sharing of informational materials. Continuing education credit is available for most of the webinars that week. ASPEN is accredited to provide medical, pharmacy, nursing and dietetic credits.
The goal of Malnutrition Awareness Week is to educate healthcare professionals on early detection, prevention, and treatment of malnutrition; educate consumers/patients to discuss their nutriwww.nutritioncare.org/mawtion status with healthcare professionals; and to increase awareness of nutrition’s role on patient recovery
Join the conversation online by using the hashtag #MAW2020. For more information and to register, visit www.nutritioncare.org/maw.
ICD10monitor Podcast Talk Ten TuesdaysJune 03, 2020
ICD10monitor’s popular Talk Ten Tuesdays show reports on current issues related to medical coding, clinical documentation integrity (CDI) and payment methodologies to help providers in all settings. In this week’s show, Molly Hegarty MS RD, founder and CEO of Junum, reports on possible revenue loss when the presence of a malnutrition diagnosis is not documented appropriately, and Dr. McClain Blanton, a physician advisor with the Brundage Group, reports on the clinical aspects of the study.
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TMCx Demo Day 2019May 19, 2020
TMCx Demo Day for digital health drew a standing-room-only crowd to the Texas Medical Center Innovation Institute on June 6, 2019 to hear presentations from the 19 companies in the TMCx08 cohort.
Malnutrition is insidious, and, coupled with a focus on treating the patient’s presenting illness, often goes unrecognized in patients presenting to the hospital or clinic. Malnutrition leads to numerous complications and prolonged recovery times. Junum is making great strides in stopping this vicious pattern. TMC Innovation is proud to call Junum a part of its community knowing that the founding team understands the nuances and complexities of malnutrition. Junum’s technology seamlessly integrates into the caretakers’ workflow eliminating barriers of implementation. Junum empowers the user to coordinate complex malnourishment cases while capturing the value of care rendered. Companies like Junum need to be a part of everyday medicine as we focus our efforts to deliver higher quality healthcare at a lower cost.
–Lance Black, MD, MBID – Associate Director, TMCx
Read the article: TMCx Demo Day offers digital health solutions for urgent issues.
State of Care: Evolving Industry VideoMay 01, 2020