Forthright Health is the culmination of learning from a 10 year mission that began with unfortunate family healthcare experiences. Forthright Health’s founder, Tom Valenti, initially created a technology-based tool called ConnectAde, which was named to Entrepreneur Magazine’s “100 Brilliant Companies” in 2011. Tom realized he needed to expand the mission as without a wholesale change in the way healthcare is delivered, technology will not transform healthcare like it has with nearly every other industry.
As the next step in the mission, Tom co-created the first Direct Primary Care medical practice in Michigan, BlueSky Health, as a means to change the heart of healthcare. As COO of BlueSky, Tom testified multiple times in front of the State of Michigan Senate (watch here), wrote a featured editorial in the Detroit News (read here), was published in KevinMD and The Health Care Blog (read here), and presented the concept of Direct Primary Care at a press conference at the Michigan Capitol Building (watch here).
However, Tom learned that Direct Primary Care and Concierge Medicine are extremely difficult delivery models to scale to large patient populations through a retail model. This led to the creation of Forthright Health, linking the needs of employers and physicians.
Tom spent the first six years of his professional career as a convertible bond arbitrage trader in New York City. Tom is a fortunate father and husband, and holds a BA in Economics from the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from the University of Notre Dame.
You can learn more about his career history on his LinkedIn page. Please get in touch with him!