Transform the Future of Healthcare with Legacy Innovation Systems Inc

Place where leaders from various healthcare organizations, including healthcare systems, life sciences companies, medical device companies and payors, come together to work with startups and help them refine or launch their offerings.

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About Us

Legacy Innovation Systems Inc. was founded in 2022 to address the need for a health innovation hub focusing on healthcare providers between $50M-800M in gross revenue.

Up to 7-9 companies will be selected annually to join the Legacy Innovation accelerator. Throughout the program, a startup may receive investments and other benefits, including access to a network of mentors, workshops, and resources.

Mentors are eager and able to offer guidance and insight gained from their own experiences and practice areas, assisting companies in the program from start to finish.

Why Us?

Healthcare startups have a high failure rate due to their inability to access the needed resources. Legacy Innovation Systems, Inc. is solving this by providing healthcare entrepreneurs with funding, mentorship, and connections. Our network of mentors has helped ventures succeed, and we are now working with a new class of healthcare startups. Legacy Innovation Systems, Inc. is your opportunity to get the support you need when you need it most.

Healthcare Co-Creation

Do you have a great idea for a product, service, or platform that enhances clinical workflows? We can help you with the development of your product. With our rapid development cycle and expertise in sourcing and co-development, we can co-create an MVP for your idea in as little as 6 months! We have the expertise to help you with design, development, and deployment.

We will help share your story out to the healthcare industry within our network of executive leaders.

Our Model

Legacy Innovation Systems, Inc. can come in at any stage- ideation, design, validation, pilot, or value assessment.

Our mentors are seasoned experts, and their core responsibility is the success of your product development activities. We can help guide collaborations between clinicians and product development to ensure everything works well.

  • Ideation and Design: Inquiry, discovery, strategy, and team selection
  • Validation and Pilot: Iterative testing, learning, pivoting, and refining
  • Value Assessment: Identifying and capturing value

We are passionate about the projects that we take on. Every project will have an executive sponsor and a champion.

Apply for for the 2023/2024 cohort

Our Mentors

Our mentors have helped entrepreneurs in all stages, from creative college students to aspiring founders to early-stage startups in our accelerator program. Mentors love the opportunity to give back. Our mentors have a tangible impact on the entrepreneurs’ lives.

David Chou

MANAGING DIRECTOR, Legacy Innovation Systems Inc. and Chief Digital Officer, Legacy Community Health Services, Inc.

David Chou joins Legacy with a wealth of experience in health care IT and a proven track record spanning two decades of driving innovation while delivering state-of-the-art solution. Chou’s global experience in executive roles includes Cleveland Clinic Shanghai with Luye Medical Group; Children’s Mercy Hospital (Kansas City, Mo.); Harris Health System (Houston, Tx) University of Mississippi Medical Center (Jackson, Miss.); Cleveland Clinic (Abu Dhabi, UAE); and AHMC Healthcare (Alhambra, Calif.).

Anwar Siraj


Siraj is an executive physician leader with training and practice in Medical Informatics. Over 19 years of experience in using a data driven approach for the design, governance, implementation and value assessment of clinical applications in a large, complex integrated healthcare delivery network. Currently appointed as Chief Health Informatics Officer with strategic oversight of the Informatics and Data Science Programs at the 4th largest safety net health system in the United States.

Dr. Vian Nguyen

CHIEF OF CLINICAL SERVICES, Legacy Community Health Services, Inc.

Dr. Vian Nguyen, joined Legacy in 2015 as the Medical Director of Obstetrics & Gynecology, was named the Chief Medical Officer in September 2019, and assumed the new role of Chief of Clinical Services in 2022. Dr. Nguyen is a board certified OB/GYN who trained at Baylor College of Medicine and completed her OB/GYN residency at Baylor-affiliated Methodist Hospital in Houston.

Mustafa Cochinwala

CHIEF INFORMATION OFFICER, The Harris Center For Mental Health and IDD

Mustafa Cochinwala is the Chief Information Officer at The Harris Center for Mental Health and IDD in Houston, Texas. As the largest behavioral and developmental disability care center in Texas, the Harris Center provides a full continuum of services to 86 sites across Harris County, serving approximately 80,000 individuals annually.

Shawn Smith

AVP Member Experience, Aetna

Shawn adds a layer of consumer-grade thinking. He is a seasoned executive who is well known for his innovative approach using human-centered design principles to solve complex patient engagement challenges swiftly. While having more than 15 years in the patient experience space, he also has extensive experience leading transformation with Marriott’s global customer engagement centers and Caesars Entertainment, championing a new nationwide loyalty program.

Kala Marathi

Managing Director of the Cougar Venture Fund

Kala Marathi is the Managing Director of the Cougar Venture Fund, and a Lecturer in Venture Capital Investing at the University of Houston. She is also COO of Skypoint Capital, an investment firm that focuses on income producing assets, as well as a Co-Founder and Manager for 7 Hills Pharma, an immunotherapy compan

Legacy Innovation Systems


  • Ideation and Design: Inquiry, discovery, strategy, and team selection
  • Validation and Pilot: Iterative testing, learning, pivoting, and refining
  • Value Assessment: Identifying and capturing value


  • Healthcare technology managed services

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Now accepting applications for the 2023/2024 cohort

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