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Vancouver-based Thrive Health views happiness as central to health care (SPH)

Cofounder and CEO of Thrive Health, David Helliwell, believes in building a health care system that is more holistic and proactive.
Cofounder and CEO of Thrive Health, David Helliwell, believes in building a health care system that is more holistic and proactive.

The best way to build a business is to surround yourself with talented individuals. That task becomes significantly easier when those people are your immediate family.

In late 2006, entrepreneur David Helliwell created his first company: Pulse Energy. Built with the mission of reducing the impact of climate change, the business used big data to analyze energy consumption and demand. After selling the organization in 2014, he took a sabbatical before returning to Vancouver to cofound his second venture.

So far, the company has clocked more than 7,000 patients using its questionnaires to prepare for surgery in St. Paul’s Hospital (SPH). Implementing the surveys has sped up the referral of individuals to the follow-up and recovery stages.

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