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Opala Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary with Exciting Announcements

Posted by Opala on September 27, 2021




Opala celebrates its first anniversary marking some major milestones, such as raising Series Seed, recruiting senior leaders, and moving into office space in downtown Seattle. 


Opala is a healthcare tech startup that launched in 2020.  By July 2021, Opala raised over $7.6 million to expand operations and invest in product development.  Fundraising was led by Thomas McKinley and Kent Marquardt of Punchdown Partners SPV.  


“Opala is uniquely positioned to be the consolidation point for all information about the patient, including digital solutions they use,” said Marquardt.


Also in 2021, Opala welcomed Jeremy Orr, MD, as CEO, and Shahryar Qadri as CTO.  Jeremy’s experience as a physician and healthcare startup leader combines with Shahryar’s background in healthcare data and technology to round out the healthcare expertise of the team.  Both leaders bring deep passion and experience with early-stage startups.


“Opala puts all of the pieces together.  All clinical and claims data sources, aggregated in one place, to optimize care and improve the patient experience,” said Dr. Orr.  


Opala recently leased space in downtown Seattle and draws from the local healthcare and technology talent pool.  After launching the company remotely, Opala is moving to a hybrid work model at 999 3rd Ave with plans to rapidly grow over the coming months.   


After a strong year one, Opala is delivering on its mission to improve information flow for patients.  The team’s deep healthcare experience is turning data into undiscovered efficiencies that will optimize and revolutionize the patient experience.


More about CEO Jeremy Orr, MD

Dr. Jeremy Orr brings more than 25 years of clinical medical practice, population health, and digital health leadership experience to the CEO role. Before joining Opala, Jeremy served as Chief Medical Officer of Boston-based clinical data analytics firm Humedica (now Optum Analytics), Chief Medical Officer of Los Angeles-based clinical decision support company Stanson Health (now part of Premier Inc.), and CEO of Israel-based clinical machine learning company Medial EarlySign. Jeremy holds an MD from the University at Buffalo and an MPH in epidemiology from Tulane University.


More about CTO Shahryar Qadri

Shahryar Qadri is an entrepreneurial leader who brings more than 18 years of experience in healthcare information technology. Prior to Opala, Shahryar was the Chief Technology Officer at RxSavings Solutions, where he led the engineering organization to create technology that helps over 8 million members save money on their prescriptions. Shahryar also spent more than a decade at Cerner Corporation, where he held a variety of leadership roles in data warehousing, business intelligence and population health. Shahryar was the technology leader responsible for the creation of Cerner’s Third-Party Administrator (TPA) business and developed innovations in real-time claim adjudication, real-time eligibility check, on-site health clinics and wellness programs. Shahryar has a BS from Creighton University in Computer Science.


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