It’s Your Life’s Work,
but it’s Also Your Life.

We believe that the EMR should be a scientific tool,
not a clerical burden.

The Canvas Oath

Why do we practice?

We practice because we know we can be better. 

Sacrifice is expected. Breakthroughs are rare. 

There’s no going "back to paper.” But we won’t stop here. 

You took an oath to become a doctor. We take an oath to become your partner.

The people of Canvas Medical pledge:

To listen deeply and debate constructively as we pursue a shared vision for thriving independent primary care in America.

To fight to reduce the clinical burden of technology, bureaucracy and regulation on your life and work.

To create software that encourages autonomy, camaraderie, safety and mastery; and thus nurtures your most vital asset — joy of practice.

We will chart forward, together.

Rooted in Empathy, 
Aided by Technology.

The Story of Canvas.

Canvas was founded in 2015 by a data scientist who was astonished and moved to action by the burden that typical EMRs place on clinicians.

Andrew Hines watched as his wife, Anna, a family nurse practitioner, wasted endless hours of their family time finishing charting. Often moved to profound frustration, Anna was losing faith in her calling. Andrew began asking questions, watching as she clicked between countless dropdowns and templates, and quickly developed a hypothesis. Combatting the growing crisis of faith amongst clinicians would require an EMR that utilizes clean, structured data in an intuitive, human-centered format, to deliver better patient outcomes and better quality of life for primary care clinicians and their care teams.

We started from scratch,
designing a new EMR 

with the end-user in mind.

Andrew set out to shift the paradigm of what an EMR can and should be. Since that day, Canvas has been devoted to shattering expectations, offering a fully integrated Health IT suite for their partners. Canvas treats their partners as members of their own team, and works tirelessly to meet and exceed their needs.

It is our passion, and our duty, to support 
the independent primary care clinicians 
who treat and protect us.

- Andrew Hines

The Canvas 

Leadership Team

United by a shared vision to humanize the EMR experience.

  • Andrew Hines

    Chief Executive Officer

    Andrew is a data scientist, software engineer and entrepreneur. He holds a BS in Mathematical Statistics and Business Administration from SFSU and an MS in Management Science and Engineering from Stanford University.

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  • Michael Zimmerman, M.D.

    Chief Medical Officer

    Dr. Zimmerman, Chief Medical Director of Canvas and co-owner of Temescal Creek Medicine, a family practice in Oakland, California, is a board-certified family physician and healthcare leader driven by his desire to improve the healthcare system for both providers and the patients they serve. He is dedicated to providing personalized, community-based, and affordable healthcare that helps adults and children realize their capacity to live, grow and be vital.

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  • Beau Gunderson

    Chief Technology Officer

    Beau, Canvas Medical’s Chief Technology Officer, is a data engineer with a focus on health and genetic data. He likens his role at Canvas to that of a gardener, planting the seeds for new technology that helps clinicians and their patients thrive, nurturing its growth, and judiciously pruning any processes that complicate the platform as needed.

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Guided by the greatest.

We’re fortunate for the guidance of the industry’s top thought leaders and investors.

Advisors & Board Members

  • Dr. Jacob Reider


    Dr. Reider is CEO of Alliance for Better Health, a value-based care incubator, and was formerly Deputy National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Scott Reid


    Scott is Chairman of Alignment Healthcare North Carolina, a mission-based Medicare Advantage insurance company, and a Senior Partner at EthosOne Healthcare Advisors.

  • Bryan Sivak

    Board Member

    Bryan is Managing Director at KP Ventures and VP of Medicaid Transformation at Kaiser Permanente, and was formerly CTO of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

  • Jeff Butler

    Board Member

    Jeff is the founder of Privia Health, one of the nation’s largest tech-enabled physician companies. He now serves on Privia's board, and invests in and advises healthcare startups.


Clinical Advisors

  • Andrew Nadler, M.D.

    Internal Medicine

  • Ninad Athale, M.D.

    Family Medicine

  • Meenesh Bhimani, M.D.

    Emergency Medicine

  • Bruce Block, M.D.


  • Steve Magee, M.D.

    Family Medicine

  • Erik McDonald, M.D.

    Orthopedic Surgery

  • Anna Hines, FNP

    Family Nurse Practitioner

Our Investors

We’re proud to be backed by forward-thinking investors.

Canvas narrows the differential
between anxiety and excitement.

Making the switch to a new EMR feels daunting, but we make it easier.

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Charting the 

Way Forward.

Rediscover your calling with the first human-centered EMR that unites the art and science of medicine.

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