Mark Friess is the CEO and founder of WelVU—an enterprise patient-engagement platform that brings data-driven, mobile solutions to clinics, hospitals, and health systems. His enterprise enables those healthcare organizations to empower patients with actionable health information, which in turn leads to higher satisfaction, lower costs, and improved outcomes. Mr. Friess also serves as Chairman of the WelVU Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering individuals around the world with engaging health information, delivered via cost-effective, global, mobile health-solutions.
Prior to his current role, Mark worked as Senior Vice President of Strategy & Corporate Development for Krames StayWell, following three years as President of Krames Video Solutions. Preceding his time at Krames, Mr. Friess served as CEO and Chairman of wired.MD—a market-leading, multimedia, patient-engagement company, which he cofounded in 2000. (Krames acquired wired.MD in 2008.)
Mr. Friess has also served in leadership or founding roles at Starve Ups (a nonprofit peer-mentoring organization for entrepreneurs), and Cancer Awareness Group (a nonprofit dedicated to cancer-screening education). He has participated in medical informatics and biotechnology research at the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) School of Medicine, Baxter International Inc., and Abbott Laboratories.
Mr. Friess studied two years of medicine at the OHSU School of Medicine, before patient-education research became the genesis for wired.MD. He holds a Bachelor of Science in microbiology (minor in management) from Brigham Young University.