Is there a Julie Yoo fallacy?
By MATTHEW HOLT Andreesen Horowitz’s digital heath investor Julie Yoo has been building quite the theory of the present and future of health tech. I am going to try to write up a longer response to her but first, please view her presentation on the New Tech Stack for Virtual-First Care — a compelling 8 minute watch. And then have a quick read about how I am (trying to) put her in context. Her first argument is that the digital services that you need to run health care (things like accounting/revenue management, network management, credentialing, pharmacy, etc, etc.) are getting really good. That mea...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Tech Matthew Holt Flipping the Stack Indu Subaiya Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Live Episode 38
Episode 38 of “The THCB Gang” was live-streamed on Thursday, Jan 14. You can see it below! Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) was joined by regulars: medical historian Mike Magee @drmikemagee, policy & tech expert Vince Kuraitis (@VinceKuraitis), Consumer advocate & CTO of Carium Health, Lygeia Ricciardi (@Lygeia), Suntra Modern Recovery CEO JL Neptune (@JeanLucNeptune) WTF Health host Jessica DaMassa (@jessdamassa) &  fierce patient activist Casey Quinlan (@MightyCasey). We did indeed touch on that mob riot in the Capitol. We discussed the impeachment, the inauguration, and virtual JPMorg...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abdul Ghafar Tags: THCB Gang Casey Quinlan Lygeia Riccardi Mike Magee Vince Kuraitis Source Type: blogs

The Cost of Free Speech
By KIM BELLARD Well, you’d have to say that the past week has been interesting.  It’s not every week that Joe Biden “officially” won the 2021 election, again, as Congress certified the election results.  It’s not every century when the U.S. Capitol is overrun by hostile forces.  And it’d never been true before that Twitter and Facebook banned President Trump’s accounts, or that various tech companies belatedly acted on the threat that Parler poses.  Oh, and we hit new daily records for COVID-19 deaths (over 4,000) and hospitalizations (over 132,000) in case y...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Politics Trump Kim Bellard Source Type: blogs

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 177 | The biggest funding year for health tech ( & more deals!)
We should be celebrating the biggest fundraising year ever for healthcare tech and instead where are we? Not at JP Morgan. Today on Health in 2 Point 00, we chat about the mind-blowingly big numbers for health tech funding this year—Startup Health reported $21.5 billion for the year, Rock Health $14.1 billion. On Episode 177, Jess asks me about Aspen RxHealth raising $23 million in a Series B for their online pharmacy network, Monument getting $10 million for alcohol treatment, Carrum Health raising $40 million for their centers of excellence play, and yet another mental health startup Valera Health raising $4.7 mill...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt Carrum Valera Health Source Type: blogs

The General Public is Meant to be Deceived: The American Food Conspiracy
By HANS DUVEFELT Everybody knows how to operate smartphones and understands complex modern phenomena, but many Americans are frighteningly ignorant about basic human nutrition. I am convinced this is the result of a powerful conspiracy, fueled by the (junk) food industry. Here are just a few examples: Milk has been advertised as a healthy beverage. It is not. No other species consumes milk beyond infancy. Milk based products like ice cream and yogurt are on top of that often sweetened beyond their natural properties. Fruit juices make it possible to consume the calories of half a dozen pieces of fruit...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Patients Primary Care Source Type: blogs

Digital Health: Avoiding a Second TechLash!
By JEFF GOLDSMITH As John Glaser argued a recent piece in Harvard Business Review, many health care executives seem have been blinded by the shiny object that is digital health. Forgive us for a powerful feeling of déjà vu.   Since the last major digital innovation in health, the electronic health record, fell far short of expectations and probably generated a negative return on investment for many care systems, it is worth thinking about to avoid the same fate with this new wave of digital tools.  As COVID raised concerns about the safety of in-person visits to clinics and physicians&rsq...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Source Type: blogs

RWJF Emergency Response Innovation Challenges: The Winners ’ Interviews
By ELIZABETH BROWN On November 19th, six teams competed in two virtual pitch events for the finals of two Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Innovation Challenges, one for Emergency Response for the General Public and the other for Emergency Response for the Health Care System. The teams – binformed | covidata, CovidSMS, and Fresh EBT by Propel for the General Public Challenge and Path Check, Qventus, and Tiatros, Inc., for the Health Care System Challenge – presented in front of expert judging panels, who evaluated the entries on impact, UX/UI, innovation/creativity, scalability and strength of presentation...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: COVID-19 Qventus Source Type: blogs

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 176 | Optum acquires Change & deals for Hinge, Liva, and Metronom
Insurgents have stormed the Capitol and we’re still here to talk about health tech deals. On Episode 176, Jess and I discuss Optum acquiring Change Healthcare in a $13.5 billion deal, bringing it back to Jess’s interview with CEO Neil Crescenzo bout what Change Healthcare does with the connective tissue of big healthcare. Hinge gets $300 million in a Series D – this is valued now at $3 billion. Finally Liva Healthcare, which is like European Livongo, raises €24.5 million and Metronom Health gets $22.2 million for yet another CGM. —Matthew Holt (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt Liva Healthcare Metronome Health Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang, Episode 37, Jan 7
Episode 37 of “The THCB Gang” was live-streamed on Thursday, Jan 7. You can see it below! Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) was joined by regulars: data & privacy expert Deven McGraw, (@Healthprivacy), Patient entrepreneur extraordinaire Robin Farmanfarmaian (@RobinFF3) & consultant/author Rosemarie Day (@Rosemarie_Day1). Balancing them out will be the Y chromosome owners futurists Ian Morrison (@seccurve), Jeff Goldsmith & THCB regular Kim Bellard (@Kimbbellard) Other than than the Duck Dynasty insurrection & mob riot in the Capitol, the Georgia senate race, most of the world on COVID lockdown, ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abdul Ghafar Tags: THCB Gang Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang, Episode 37, Jan 7 – LIVE 1pm PT- 4pm ET
Episode 37 of “The THCB Gang” will be live-streamed here 1pm PT / 4pm ET on Thursday, Jan 7. You can see it below! Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) will be joined by regulars: data & privacy expert Deven McGraw, (@Healthprivacy), Patient entrepreneur extraordinaire Robin Farmanfarmaian (@RobinFF3) & consultant/author Rosemarie Day (@Rosemarie_Day1). Balancing them out will be the Y chromosome owners futurists Ian Morrison (@seccurve), Jeff Goldsmith & THCB regular Kim Bellard (@Kimbbellard) Other than than mob riot in the Capitol, the Georgia senate race, most of the world on COVID lockdown, the...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abdul Ghafar Tags: Uncategorized Source Type: blogs

RWJF Emergency Response Challenges: The Demos!
By ELIZABETH BROWN In mid-June, Catalyst launched the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Emergency Response Innovation Challenges. These Challenges, one for the General Public and one for the Health Care System, asked innovators to develop a health technology tool to support the needs of individuals as well as health care systems affected by a large-scale health crisis, such as a pandemic or natural disaster.  The Challenges saw a record number of applications— nearly 125 applications were submitted to the General Public Challenge and over 130 applications were submitted to the Health Care System Challenge...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: COVID-19 Pathcheck Qventus Source Type: blogs

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 175 | Haven, Color, RapidSOS & more
Today on Health in 2 Point 00, Jess and I chat about Haven finally closing its doors. On Episode 175, we cover Color raising $167 million growing fast as the major COVID tester in the Bay Area and 23andMe scoring $82.5 million. RapidSOS quietly raised another $51.2 million on New Year’s Eve, Fruit Street Health raises $22 million for chronic condition management, and finally Centene acquires Magellan for $2.2 billion. —Matthew Holt (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt Source Type: blogs

No Safe Haven to be Found!
By MIKE MAGEE Can you wrestle a collusive, private, profiteering Medical-Industrial Complex to the ground by throwing more private entrepreneurs at it? Apparently not. The very public collapse of Haven – the widely heralded health joint venture of Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway, and JP Morgan Chase – is a case in point. After three years, it is unclear whether they were a public-spirited triad trying to bathe efficiency into our bizarre employer-based health insurance scheme, or becoming predatory investors in one of the most profitable segments of our national economy. When launched nameless in January, 2...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Health Technology Haven Health Mike Magee Source Type: blogs

Health Care: Don ’t Be Evil
By KIM BELLARD Google’s corporate motto – written in its original Code of Conduct — was once “Don’t be evil.”  That softened over time; Alphabet changed it to “Do the right thing” in 2015, although Google itself retained the slogan until early 2018.  Some Alphabet employees think Google/Alphabet has drifted too far away from its original aims: they’ve formed a union in order to try to steer the company back to its more idealistic roots. Parul Koul and Chewy Shaw, two Alphabet software engineers, announced the Alphabet Workers Union in a New York Time...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Health Technology Kim Bellard Source Type: blogs

Quality in Healthcare: Cultural Competence, Diagnostic Accuracy or Patronizing Insensitivity?
By HANS DUVEFELT I sometimes tell patients “I work for the government”, but sometimes I say the opposite, “I work for you”. Herein lies a dichotomy that is eating away at primary care in this country, like a slow growing cancer. I suspect everybody is aware of it, but it seems nobody has the inclination to deal with it. 2020 exposed how differently Americans view and prioritize things like personal freedom and public safety. We have also seen how vastly different perceptions of reality suddenly exist about what constitutes medical facts. Alternative facts and fake news are suddenly househol...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 4, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Physicians Primary Care Source Type: blogs

Goodbye, 2020. Hello, 2030
By KIM BELLARD 2020 is almost over; thank goodness.  It has been one of the strangest, and longest, years most of us have ever endured.  We’ve all probably known someone who contracted COVID-19; many of us have had lost loved ones from it.  Most of us have had to make drastic changes to our lives – masks, social distancing, limits on family visits, eating out, concerts, or trips among them.  No, 2020 can’t get over fast enough. I was struck, though, by a quote I recently read.  Loren Padelford, a vice-president at Shopify, told The Wall Street Journal: “Covid has a...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Source Type: blogs

Need to Choose a Doctor? What Does AI Think About the Choices?
By ZEESHAN SYED Tens of millions of Americans rely on consumer experience apps to help them find the best new restaurant or the right hairdresser. But while relying on customer opinion might make sense for figuring out where to get dinner tonight, when it comes to picking which doctor is best for you, AI might be more trustworthy than the wisdom of the crowd. Consumer apps provide us with rich data categories that often take into account preferences, from location to free wi-fi, to help users narrow down choices. Navigating your health insurer’s network of physicians is a different proposition, and some of the ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Artificial Intelligence Health Tech Source Type: blogs

Evaluating President-Elect Biden ’s Healthcare Plan | Part 2
Conclusion I am impressed with Joe Biden’s approach to fixing the ACA. It’s a very rational approach to increasing access to healthcare, which is why it is very similar to what I described in my KevinMD post in 2019 about a possible optimal future U.S. healthcare system. Importantly, it also avoids the moral dilemmas of (1) having people priced out of the insurance market on the one hand and (2) forcing people to buy something they do not want on the other. In a system like the one he is proposing, if there are people who do not have health insurance, it will be because they simply chose to spend the...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Policy Source Type: blogs

Evaluating President-Elect Biden ’s Healthcare Plan | Part 1
By TAYLOR J. CHRISTENSEN Without the full support of congress behind him, President-Elect Joe Biden will probably not have an opportunity to sign any major system-altering healthcare legislation. But, if Democrats can gain a majority in the senate–either this election cycle or next—healthcare reform will be high on the agenda. Let’s take a critical look at what Joe Biden would push to accomplish. For this evaluation, I am relying solely on information that Joe Biden has committed to on his official campaign website. He has many pages talking about a variety healthcare issues, such as the pandem...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Policy Politics Source Type: blogs

Health in 2 Point 00 — with no video!
By MATTHEW HOLT (without JESS DAMASSA!) Due to @jessdamassa being lost in America and my totally crap internet in the Sierras, there is no #HealthIn2Point00 this week. So I’m going to write out a few things we would have said: 1. @OscarHealth raises another $140m and files to IPO. SPAC or no SPAC, a bunch of these startup health plans are going to try to get out the door while the window is open! 420,000 members ain’t a lot–I mean there are 5-6 Medicaid plans bigger than that in CA alone! I still predict someone big buys them but whether pre- or post crash I don’t know. 2. @LyraHealth is...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Matthew Holt Source Type: blogs

No Names, Please
By KIM BELLARD Feeling good about your holiday spending?  You’ve made it through most of this mostly horrible 2020, maybe lost a job or even a loved one, but still probably found a way to buy presents for your loved ones and maybe even to give some money to charity.  Indeed, charitable giving was up 7.5% for the first half of 2020, despite the economic headwinds. Then there’s MacKenzie Scott. Ms. Scott, as you may recall, is the former wife of Amazon founder/CEO Jeff Bezos.  She got Amazon stock worth some $38b in their 2019 divorce, which is now estimated to be worth around $62b.&nb...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 23, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Policy Charity Kim Bellard Source Type: blogs

Olive CEO Sean Lane on 2020 ’ s Big Numbers: 3 Funding Rounds, $450M, & a 5-Point Plan for the Future
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Arguably 2020’s hottest health tech startup, Olive (olive.ai) closed THREE funding rounds this year, totaling $450M and valuing the company at $1.5B. Backed by a “who’s who” of technology, healthcare, and health tech venture capital, Sean Lane, CEO, clues us in about just what makes Olive so damn fund-able. The company boasts a “healthcare AI workforce” that tackles all the back-office processes hospitals use to run their organizations. This is not sexy stuff — filing and tracking insurance claims, ordering inventory, managing suppliers, etc. What&...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa WTF Health Source Type: blogs

3 Patient Lessons: What Cancer Patients Teach Me
By YASMIN ASVAT An estimated 1.8 million people in this country may face a cancer diagnosis this year, in what has already been a bleak year of isolation and loss.   While news of the COVID-19 vaccine rolling out across the U.S. offers hope in a year of 311,000 deaths,  11 million  people face the financial pressure of unemployment, and, approximately 43 percent of the nation reports some symptoms of anxiety or depression.   It is understandable that a cancer diagnosis now may be too much to bear. And yet, somehow, many patients cope with t...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 22, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: COVID-19 Medical Practice Patients Physicians Source Type: blogs

A Christmas Message to All Physicians From a Swedish-American Country Doctor in Maine
By HANS DUVEFELT, MD Growing up in Sweden without a Thanksgiving holiday, Christmas has been a time for me to reflect on where I am and where I have been and New Year’s is when I look forward. I have written different kinds of Christmas reflections before: sometimes in jest, asking Santa for a better EMR; sometimes filled with compassion for physicians or patients who struggle during the holidays. I have also borrowed original sentences from Osler’s writings to imagine how he would address physicians in the present time. This year, with the pandemic changing both medicine a...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: COVID-19 Medical Practice Physicians Source Type: blogs

Two Surgeons —a Veteran and a Newcomer—Talk Fighting COVID Burnout
By MICHAEL E. LIPKIN and RUSSELL S. TERRY, JR. Burnout has always been a concern in medicine, and that concern has been amplified by the added stress of COVID-19. Many months into an unpredictable and distressing situation, we have both hung on to our mental health and professional passion by seeking out strategies that work for us. We offer them in two perspectives: veteran and relative newcomer.   Dr. Lipkin: A Veteran’s Perspective When lockdown began in March, we slowed down my practice for about 6 to 8 weeks, and then returned to full pre-COVID levels. It feels like the uncertainty has affe...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: COVID-19 Medical Practice Physicians Michael Lipkin Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang, Episode 36, Dec 17
Today’s #THCBGang was an End of Year special. It’ll was a full “Hollywood Squares/Brady Bunch” with nine of us. Michael Millenson @MLMillenson, Deven McGraw @HealthPrivacy, Jessica DaMassa @jessdamassa, Maggi Cary @margaretcaryMD, Robin Farmanfarmaian @Robinff3, Mike Magee @drmikemagee, Rosemarie Day @Rosemarie_Day1, & Marcus Whitney @marcuswhitney all got on to talk about the vaccines, the future of investing in health tech, a little bit about HIPAA, the future of vaccine passports, and more. Yup we rounded off the year talking about the good, the bad and the very ugly of 2020. And givi...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abdul Ghafar Tags: THCB Gang Jess DaMassa Matthew Holt Michael Millenson Source Type: blogs

Streaming, Baby Yoda, and Healthcare
By KIM BELLARD I’ve never seen The Mandalorian.  I don’t have Disney+.  But I know who Baby Yoda is, and I’m pretty sure Disney is counting on that.  Hollywood, in case you haven’t been paying attention, is going through some radical changes.  There may be some lessons for healthcare in them.  2020 has been the year of streaming.  Moviegoing isn’t entirely dead in the pandemic, but it may be on life support, with major chains like Regal and AMC barely staying out of bankruptcy.  “Yes, there is pent-up demand to see movies in a theater,” ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang, Episode 36, Dec 17, 1pm PT/4pm ET
Today’s #THCBGang is going to be an End of Year special. It’ll be a big one with Michael Millenson @MLMillenson, Deven McGraw @HealthPrivacy, Jessica DaMassa @jessdamassa, Robin Farmanfarmaian @Robinff3, Mike Magee @drmikemagee, Rosemarie Day @Rosemarie_Day1, & Marcus Whitney @marcuswhitney. There may be a few surprises too! But we’ll be rounding off the year talking about the good, the bad and the very ugly of 2020. And giving our forecasts for 2021. Come join us on ThehealthcareBlog.com at 1pm PT/4pm ET — Matthew Holt (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abdul Ghafar Tags: THCB Gang Jess DaMassa Matthew Holt Michael Millenson Source Type: blogs

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 174 | Cityblock, Elation, Modern Health, LeanTaaS & Well
Today on Health in 2 Point 00, Jess has me weigh in on Cityblock Health’s big raise of $160 million bringing their total up to 300 million to improve health for low-income patients. On Episode 174, Elation, which is Cityblock’s EMR as well as that for some other independent primary care clinics, raises $40 million and working their way into a tough market. Modern Health raises $50 million for the “fourth” pillar of care, providing another mental health platform. LeanTaaS raises $130 million, providing a digital front end for hospitals and smooth out patient access, in contrast to companies like Oliv...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt Source Type: blogs

The Pathway to Health Leads Through Clean Energy Technology
By MIKE MAGEE Health reporting this week is rightly dominated by the challenging worldwide distribution of the Pfizer vaccine for Covid-19. Bringing the virus to bay is job #1, not only to preserve human life but also our global economy. But this week, on the 5th anniversary of the Paris Agreement, we are reminded that our long term human health, including clean air and water, mitigation of weather-related human disasters, and regulations that lessen our chronic burden of disease, depend as much on energy policy as they do health policy. Nowhere is this more evident (though largely hidden from sight) than in our ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Health Technology clean energy Source Type: blogs

COVID-19 Symptom Data Challenge Showcase Event — WEDNESDAY 4pm ET!
After receiving applications from 115 people (across every continent except Antarctica!) and 50 organizations, including 35 academic institutions, the judges have declared DeepOutbreak, a team with members from Georgia Tech, the University of Iowa, and Virginia Tech as the winner of COVID-19 Symptom Data Challenge. Second place was awarded to K&A, a Russia-based team working with the World Bank and the Higher School of Economics. $75,000 in prizes will be awarded to the winners. The winners and the other three finalists will present their prototypes at the COVID-19 Symptom Data Challenge Showcase on Wednesday, D...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: COVID-19 Chrissy Farr Facebook Indu Subaiya Symptom Data Challenge Source Type: blogs

The Evernorth Digital Health Formulary & the Disruption of the Digital Health Payment Model
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Last December, Express Scripts — now a part of Evernorth — became the first PBM to go to market with a digital health formulary. Basically, adapting the vetting, organizing, and pricing functions of a traditional medication formulary to the digital (health) age. Mark Bini, Chief Patient Experience Officer, spearheaded the effort, meant to alleviate the burden faced by Evernorth’s clientbase of 4,000 employers and health plans, who’s HR benefits teams want to make digital health solutions available to the 100+ million members of their health plans, but don’t ha...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Jessica DaMassa WTF Health Source Type: blogs

The Year When Everything Changed: Covid, Self Care and High Tech Innovation In Medicine
By HANS DUVEFELT Life as we knew it and medicine as we had viewed it shapeshifted so dramatically in the past year that it is still hard to believe. Medicine has started to move from an in-person only profession to one that finally recognizes that clinical assessment and treatment have fewer boundaries than people assumed. A patient of mine with newly diagnosed mastocytosis had a productive first consultation with an immunologist hundreds of miles away right from her own living room. Efficiency increased when we could handle straightforward clinical issues electronically, even over the telephone, and still get...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: COVID-19 Medical Practice Hans Duvefelt Source Type: blogs

Docs are ROCs: a simple fix for a “methodologically indefensible” practice in medical AI studies
By LUKE OAKDEN-RAYNER Anyone who has read my blog or tweets before has probably seen that I have issues with some of the common methods used to analyse the performance of medical machine learning models. In particular, the most commonly reported metrics we use (sensitivity, specificity, F1, accuracy and so on) all systematically underestimate human performance in head to head comparisons against AI models. This makes AI look better than it is, and may be partially responsible for the “implementation gap” that everyone is so concerned about. I’ve just posted a preprint on arxiv title...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Artificial Intelligence Health Tech AI Radiology Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 35, Dec 10
Episode 35 of “The THCB Gang” was live-streamed Thursday, Dec 10. You can watch it below. Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) was joined by not one but two of America’s leading health futurists Ian Morrison (@seccurve) and Jeff Goldsmith; Patient advocate Grace Cordovano (@GraceCordovano); health writer Kim Bellard (@kimbbellard); employer health expert Jennifer Benz (@jenbenz); and surgeon and innovation dude Raj Aggarwal (@docaggarwal). There was lots of conversation about who is going to pay for what health care. What are big employers going to do. How is the vaccine going to roll out and are we ready? What...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abdul Ghafar Tags: THCB Gang Grace Cordovano Ian Morrison Jeff Goldsmith jennifer benz Kim Bellard Raj Aggarwal Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 34, Dec 10
Episode 35 of “The THCB Gang” was live-streamed Thursday, Dec 10. You can watch it below. Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) was joined by not one but two of America’s leading health futurists Ian Morrison (@seccurve) and Jeff Goldsmith; Patient advocate Grace Cordovano (@GraceCordovano); health writer Kim Bellard (@kimbbellard); employer health expert Jennifer Benz (@jenbenz); and surgeon and innovation dude Raj Aggarwal (@docaggarwal). There was lots of conversation about who is going to pay for what health care. What are big employers going to do. How is the vaccine going to roll out and are we ready? What...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abdul Ghafar Tags: THCB Gang Grace Cordovano Ian Morrison Jeff Goldsmith jennifer benz Kim Bellard Raj Aggarwal Source Type: blogs

Bayer G4A Agents of Change: Watch the Panels, Meet the Co ’s that Got Deals
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Bayer G4A, the global life science company’s digital health innovation arm, held their splashy “Agents of Change” event last month to not only introduce their latest cohort of health tech partners, but to also demonstrate the pharma co’s commitment to digital transformation. The entire C-suite of Bayer’s Pharma division became a panel itself — marking the first time the full leadership team of a major pharmaceutical company appeared together to talk strategically about tech’s role in shaping the pharma business model of the future.  The res...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa Start-Ups WTF Health Source Type: blogs

The “Right” to Health Care in America
By MIKE MAGEE I’ve been working on a Spring lecture for President’s College at the University of Hartford titled, “The Constitution and Your ‘Right to Health Care’ in America.”  My description reads, “This lecture explores the recent political history and legal controversy surrounding attempts to establish universal health coverage in America. “Is health care a right?” viewed within the context of the Bill of Rights and especially the 9th and 10th Amendments?” Self-described libertarian-conservative John R. Graham, a health po...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Policy Source Type: blogs

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 173 | Calm, Story Health, Centivo, Ro & Pear
It’s a wacky world today. Lynne Chou O’Keefe’s Devine Ventures has done 4 deals this week. Calm raises $75m it doesn’t seem to need, Story Health takes on navigation around specialty care, Centivo gets $34m to start a Collective Health rival, Ro moves into the home (literally) bringing diagnostics and Softbank money is back! The lucky recipient of their $80m is DTx company Pear Therapeutics about whom I have almost no opinion… Matthew Holt (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 calm Centivo Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt Pear TX Ro Source Type: blogs

CRAZY AMERICA: Health Insurance Covers Testing When You Are Well But Not When You Are Sick
By HANS DUVEFELT Insurance is the wrong word for what we have here. Our private health insurance system’s prioritization of sometimes frivolous screenings but non-coverage for common illnesses and emergencies is a travesty and an insult to typical American middle class families. State Medicaid insurance for the underemployed has minimal copays of just a few dollars for doctor visits and medications. From my vantage point as a physician, it is the best insurance a patient can have. They cover almost everything and it is clear to me how to apply for exceptions or follow their step care requirements. I ca...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Physicians Source Type: blogs

Michelin Star Medicine: Food Start-Up Epicured Delivers Meals for GI & Chronic Condition Care
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Food-as-Medicine startup, Epicured, looks and acts a lot like the consumer meal delivery startups booming during this pandemic (think Freshly, which was just acquired by Nestle for $1.5B) but with one important difference: all the meals are based on diets that have been clinically validated as treatments for chronic disease. The three year old company got its start in GI disorders, turning complex Low FODMAP diets, gluten-free diets, etc. into home-delivered, ready-to-eat dishes that patients with Crohn’s disease, Colitis, IBS, IBD, celiac, or other gastro conditions could actually i...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Jessica DaMassa WTF Health Epicured Source Type: blogs

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 172 | MedArrive, PointClickCare, Consejo Sano & FOLX Health
Today on Health in 2 Point 00, we’ve got quite a diverse set of companies to cover. MedArrive, which is Dan Trigub’s company – the former CEO of Uber Health – raises $4.5 million. Jess also asks me about PointClickCare acquiring Collective Medical, connecting data from EMRs in the acute care space into their long term care solution (I interviewed both CEOs on THCB Spotlights here). Consejo Sano quietly raised $17.1 million for their patient engagement and communication solution for the Hispanic community, and FOLX Health raises $4.4 million to provide care to LGBTQIA+ folks. —Matthew Holt (Sou...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt Source Type: blogs

PointClickCare buys Collective Medical
By MATTHEW HOLT I was a little surprised to find out that PointClickCare, a Canadian-based EMR that has a big market share in SNFs and long term care was buying Collective Medical, a Utah-based interoperability-sniffer (that’s a term I just made up). Collective specializes in extracting data from acute care EMRs to find where patients have received care (think: ERs), and transmit that information (think: meds & diagnoses) to other providers. (Press Release here). The logic is that the “post acute” landscape is getting more complex and better integrated with the rest of care, and Collective Medical ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Tech Matthew Holt THCB Spotlights Collective Medical PointClickCare Source Type: blogs

This is Your Brain on Microwaves
By KIM BELLARD Those of us of a certain age well remember the 1987 ad campaign from the Partnership for a Drug-Free America. It equated frying an egg to what drugs did to our brains. The ad certainly impacted awareness, but it is less clear that it impacted drug use or, for that matter, that it actually was like what drugs did to our brains. Well, it turns out that there is something that can scramble our brains, but it’s microwaves, and it appears that “malevolent actors” are using them to do just that. We’re now in the age of “directed, pulsed radiofrequency energy.”  The...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Tech Kim Bellard Source Type: blogs

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 171 | Massive deals & a massive IPO
Today on Health in 2 Point 00, we have a huge IPO coming up – JD Health, a Chinese company which has a valuation of $28 billion, could raise up to $4 billion in its upcoming IPO. On Episode 171, Jess asks me about Everlywell raising $175 million in a Series D for at-home testing, everyone’s favorite keto startup Virta Health raising $65 million bringing its valuation to a billion, Olive Health already putting their funding raise to good use by acquiring Verata Health, and dtx company Click Therapeutics raising $30 million. —Matthew Holt (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt Virta Health Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 34 Live Dec 3
Episode 34 of “The THCB Gang” was live-streamed on Thursday, Dec 3, 1pm PT/4pm ET. You can watch it below. Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) was joined by some of the gang regulars: entrepreneur, MD & CEO of Suntra Modern Recovery, JL Neptune (@jeanlucneptune): Patient advocate & public speaker extraordinaire Robin Farmanfarmaian (@Robinff3), Consumer expert and current President of the Medical Board of California, Denise Pines; policy & tech expert Vince Kuraitis (@VinceKuraitis); and Consumer advocate & CTO of Carium Health Lygeia Ricciardi (@Lygeia) It looks like the election is se...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abdul Ghafar Tags: THCB Gang THCB Spotlights #THCBGang denise pines JL Neptune Lygeia Ricciardi Magi cary Matthew Holt Robin Farmanfarmaian Vince Kuraitis Source Type: blogs

#Healthin2Point00 Episode 170 | Olive, WithMe, Andor & more
Today on Health in 2 Point 00, Jess & I are together in Marin County before Jess sets off! On Episode 170, Jess asks me about Olive raising $225 million following a recent raise as well, WithMe Health closing a $20 million Series B, Andor Health getting an undisclosed amount in a Series A with an investment from M12, Microsoft’s venture fund, Upfront Healthcare raising $11.5 million in a Series B, and Voluntis – which is a publicly traded DTx company in France – raising $7 million. —Matthew Holt (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt Andor Health Olive Upfront Healthcare WithMe Health Source Type: blogs

RWJF Emergency Response Challenges Video
On November 19, 2020 Catalyst @ Health 2.0 hosted the finals of the RWJF Emergency Response Challenges, one for tools for the General Public and the other for the Health System. The promise of the tools that have been built as part of these challenges is immense in the battle against this COVID-19 pandemic and the ones yet to come. The finalists for the General Public challenge were: Binformed Covidata– A clinically-driven comprehensive desktop + mobile infectious disease, epidemic + pandemic management tool targeting suppression and containment of diseases such as COVID-19. The presenter was veteran health IT ex...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: COVID-19 Health Tech Binformed covidsms RWJF Innovation Challenge Source Type: blogs

Healthcare on the Edge
By KIM BELLARD Perhaps you read about, or were directly impacted by, the massive, multi-hour Amazon Web Services (AWS) outage last week.  Ironically, AWS’s effort to add capacity triggered the outage, although apparently was not the root cause.  It’s no surprise that AWS sought to add capacity; it, like most cloud service vendors these days, has seen skyrocketing growth.  Even healthcare has jumped into the cloud in a big way. But, as the outage reminds us, sometimes having core computing functions done in far-off data centers may not be always a great idea.  Still, we’re not...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Health Technology Amazon Web Services Kim Bellard Source Type: blogs

Stewardship: We Worry More About the Environment than Our Own Bodies
By HANS DUVEFELT Sooner, rather than later, we will be driving electric cars because of the environment. We use energy efficient light bulbs and recyclable packaging for the same reason. And there is a growing debate about the environmental impact of what kind of food we produce and consume. But I still don’t hear enough about the internal impact on our own bodies when we consider stewardship of natural resources. Our bodies and our health are the most important resources we have, and yet the focus in our culture seems to be on our external environment. Just like the consumption culture has ignored its e...
Source: The Health Care Blog - November 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Primary Care chronic disease Hans Duvefelt Source Type: blogs