Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 152 | 2 IPOs, At-Home Care, & Youtube for Employees?
With 2 IPOs this week, On Episode 152 of Health in 2 Point 00, Jess asks me about Amwell’s IPO with a market cap at $5B for its telehealth solutions, Outset Medical’s IPO with a market cap of $1.5B for its kidney dialysis technology, Ready raising $54M for its care at- home platform, Lifespeak getting $42M for its “YouTube” like platform for employee mental health and wellness training program. – Matthew Holt Subscribe to Health in 2 Point 00’s Channel Follow @boltyboy & @jessdamassa on Twitter Subscribe to our channel and tweet us your question...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Zoya Khan Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech AmWell Jessica DaMassa lifespeak Matthew Holt Outset Medical Ready Source Type: blogs

If I Can Be Safe Working as An ER Doctor Caring for COVID Patients, We Can Make Schools Safe for Children, Teachers, and Families
By AMY CHO We need to stop arguing about whether schools should reopen and instead do the work to reopen schools safely. Community prevalence of COVID-19 infection helps to quantify risk, but reopening decisions should not be predicated on this alone. Instead of deciding reopening has failed when an infected student or teacher comes to school, we should judge efforts by our success in breaking transmission chains between those who come to school infected and those who don’t. We should judge our success by when we prevent another outbreak. We should pursue risk and harm reduction by layering interventions to m...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: COVID-19 Health Policy Amy Cho schools Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 25 9/17
Joining Zoya Khan (@zoyak1594) on Episode 25 of “The THCB Gang” were regulars patient advocate Grace Cordovano (@GraceCordovano), writer Kim Bellard (@kimbbellard), policy & tech expert Vince Kuraitis (@VinceKuraitis), data privacy expert Deven McGraw (@healthprivacy), and guest Rosemarie Day, Founder & CEO of Day Health Strategies (@Rosemarie_Day1). Rosemary’s book “Marching Towards Coverage” is out now. The conversation revolved around new health technology policies, Medicaid Expansion programs, the 2020 election, and the steps to get to universal health coverage. Oh, and you can tak...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Zoya Khan Tags: THCB Gang Deven McGraw Grace Cordovano Kim Bellard rosemarie day Saurabh Jha Vince Kuraitis Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 25 9/17 LIVE from 1PM PT/4PM ET
Episode 25 of “The THCB Gang” will be live-streamed on Thursday, September 17th from 1PM PT/4PM ET! Watch it below! Joining Me (@zoyak1594) are some of our regulars: radiologist Saurabh Jha (@RougeRad), patient advocate Grace Cordovano (@GraceCordovano), writer Kim Bellard (@kimbbellard), policy & tech expert Vince Kuraitis (@VinceKuraitis), data privacy expert Deven McGraw (@healthprivacy), and guest Rosemarie Day, Founder & CEO of Day Health Strategies (@Rosemarie_Day1). The conversation will revolve around the new policy regarding COVID19, the 2020 election, environmental factors & health...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Zoya Khan Tags: THCB Gang Deven McGraw Grace Cordovano Kim Bellard rosemarie day Saurabh Jha Vince Kuraitis Source Type: blogs

Doctors Urge Caution in Interpretation of Research in Times of COVID-19
September 9, 2020 To:       American College of Cardiology American College of Chest Physicians American College of Physicians American College of Radiology American Heart Association American Society of Echocardiography American Thoracic Society European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging European Society of Cardiology European Society of Radiology Heart Rhythm Society Infectious Disease Society of America North American Society of Cardiovascular Imaging Radiologic Society of North America Society of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance Soci...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: COVID-19 Medical Practice Patients Physicians myocarditis Saurabh Jha Source Type: blogs

Kids & Mental Health: Brightline Aims to “ Grow Up ” Pediatric Behavioral Health Care with Tech
By JESSICA DAMASSA Despite the fact that kids make up 20% of our national patient population and that their parents are likely just the tech-savvy market of health consumers that most digital health companies are targeting with their own virtual care solutions, very little has been done to use technology to ‘transform’ the way that they take care of their kids. One of the founders hoping to push this market into a growth spurt is Naomi Allen, co-founder & CEO of pediatric behavioral health company Brightline. From seed to Series A in just 8 months ($25M total funding), Brightline is already looking t...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Zoya Khan Tags: Health Tech Jessica DaMassa WTF Health brightline kids Mental Health naomi allen pediatric behavioral health Source Type: blogs

THCB ’s Bookclub, September 2020 – NEO.LIFE
By JESSICA DAMASSA & MATTHEW HOLT The THCB Book Club is a discussion with leading health care authors, which will be released on the third Wednesday of every month. This month we hosted Jane Metcalfe (Founder of NEO.LIFE) to talk about her 2020 book NEO.LIFE. You can get a copy of it here! NEO.LIFE is a very unusual book. It’s over 25 very short chapters (ranging from 1 page to 78) which include interviews, concepts, art, science, science fiction, and one short story. All from different authors or groups of authors that are all edited into place by Jane Metcalfe and Brian Bergstein. The to...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Zoya Khan Tags: THCB Book Club THCB Spotlights Biotech brian bergstein humans jen metcalfe Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt neo.life Source Type: blogs

Hospitals Must Give Up Power to Save Healthcare
By KEN TERRY (This is the sixth in a series of excerpts from Terry’s new book, Physician-Led Healthcare Reform: a New Approach to Medicare for All, published by the American Association for Physician Leadership.) As hospital systems become larger and employ more physicians, healthcare prices will continue to rise and independent doctors will find it harder to remain independent. Hospitals will never fully embrace value-based care as long as it threatens their primary business model, which is to fill beds and generate outpatient revenues. To create a viable, sustainable healthcare system, the market power of hos...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 16, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Policy Costs healthcare reform Hospitals Ken Terry Source Type: blogs

Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 151 | MDLive (not?) IPOing, DTx Platform for Schizophrenia, & more
We are forgetting about health tech, and celebrating Chicago-oo! Just kidding, today on Health in 2 Point 00, Jess asks me about Truepill getting a 75M Series C after just closing their B, Sana Benefits getting $20.8M, and Decent getting $10M, both of which are in the space of health benefits & insurance for small business have raised funding, MDLive closing a $50M round for their Virtual Primary Care (but weren’t they going public?), Owl Insights getting $15M from Ascension and Blue Ventures, and Boehringer Ingelheim & Click Therapeutics working on a $500M deal together on a DTx platform for Schizophrenia pa...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Zoya Khan Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt ascention blue ventures boehringer ingelheim Click Therapeutics decent md live owl insights sana benefits schizophrenia Truepill Source Type: blogs

Healthcare Can Learn From Chess
By KIM BELLARD Oh, gosh, two of my favorite things are in the news together: Twitch and chess.  Just kidding.  I barely know what Twitch is, and the last time I played chess was, well, not in this century (and, even then, not well).  But I’m not kidding about their convergence.  Chess has become a big hit on Twitch, especially in these COVID times.  I figure, if two such seemingly divergent things are meshing, there must be some lessons there, even for healthcare.  For those of you over, say, fifty, Twitch is an online service that facilitates livestreaming, particularly ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech chess Kim Bellard Twitch Source Type: blogs

Will COVID-19 Force The South To Finally Confront Structural Racism Within Their Medicaid Programs?
By MIKE MAGEE If you would like to visit the meeting place of America’s two great contemporary pandemics –COVID-19 and structural racism – you need only visit America’s Nursing Homes. This should come as no surprise to Medical Historians familiar with our Medicaid program. Prejudice and bias were baked in well before the signing of Medicaid and Medicare on July 30, 1965. President Kennedy’s efforting on behalf of health coverage expansion met stiff resistance from the American Medical Association and Southern states in 1960. Part of their strategic pushback was the endorseme...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: COVID-19 Health Policy Medicaid Mike Magee structural racism Source Type: blogs

Patient Identity and Patient Record Matching
By ADRIAN GROPPER and DEBORAH C. PEEL September 4, 2020 Thank you, ONC for the opportunity you gave me to speak in June. Also, thank you for the format of your August meeting where the Zoom chat feature offered a wonderful venue for an inclusive commentary and discussion as the talks were happening. Beats lining up at the microphone any day. Here is a brief recap of my suggestions, in no particular order: Patient identity is not different from human identity. Working on healthcare-specific solutions is not only expensive, but also ineffective. As some of your speakers made clear, the economic value of patie...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Policy The Health Data Goldilocks Dilemma: Sharing? Privacy? Both? Adrian Gropper data privacy Deborah Peel HIPAA ONC Patient privacy TEFCA Source Type: blogs

Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 150 | Sesquicentennial anniversary edition!
It’s Health in 2 Point 00’s 150th Episode or Sesquicentennial anniversary! On this episode, we have the return of Softbank money—$100M goes to Biofourmis platform for AI & Clinical Trials. Next, Amwell prices their IPO at $14-16 a share, and Grand Rounds raises $175 million led by the Carlyle Group. Finally, we have real foul play to report – former Zocdoc CEO Cyrus Massoumi filed a lawsuit accusing his fellow cofounders and CFO of foul play, so Jess asks me to dish the dirty details. —Matthew Holt (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt Biofourmis Grand Rounds IPO Zocdoc Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 24!
Episode 24 of “The THCB Gang” was live-streamed on Thursday, September 10th! Watch it below! Joining Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) were some of our regulars: WTF Health Host Jessica DaMassa (@jessdamassa), patient & entrepreneur Robin Farmanfarmaian (@Robinff3), writer Kim Bellard (@kimbbellard), policy & tech expert Vince Kuraitis (@VinceKuraitis), and guest Mike Magee, a medical historian & health economist (@drmikemagee). The conversation was incredibly wide-ranging and one of the best we’ve had in a while–not the least because Mike Magee gave us a great base with how our non -health sy...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Zoya Khan Tags: Health Policy Health Tech THCB Gang Jessica DaMassa Kim Bellard Matthew Holt Mike Magee Robin Farmanfarmaian Vince Kuraitis Source Type: blogs

The Medical AI Floodgates Open, at a Cost of $1000 per Patient
By LUKE OAKDEN-RAYNER In surprising news this week, CMS (the Centres for Medicare & Medicaid Services) in the USA approved the first reimbursement for AI augmented medical care. Viz.ai have a deep learning model which identifies signs of stroke on brain CT and automatically contacts the neurointerventionalist, bypassing the first read normally performed by a general radiologist. From their press material: Viz.ai demonstrated to CMS a significant reduction in time to treatment and improved clinical outcomes in patients suffering a stroke. Viz LVO has been granted a New Technology Add on Payment of up to&nb...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Artificial Intelligence Health Tech AI Luke Oakden-Rayner Reimbursement Source Type: blogs

#COVID19 Symptom Data Challenge
By FARZAD MOSTASHARI & INDU SUBAIYA Applications for the #COVID19 Symptom Data Challenge close in three weeks!  Amidst #COVID19, using analytic approaches to maximize available information and data is paramount. Hosted by Margolis Center, sponsored by Facebook Data for Good (@academics), and in partnership with the Joint Program in Survey Methodology, Carnegie Mellon University, and ResolveToSaveLives, the Challenge seeks to analytic approaches that utilize COVID-19 symptom data to develop insights into the trajectory of the novel coronavirus.  Have a solution? Finalists can win up to $50k and th...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: COVID-19 Health Policy Facebook Farzad Mostashari Indu Subaiya Symptom Data Challenge Source Type: blogs

To Avoid Pay Cuts, Doctors Must Reduce Waste
By KEN TERRY (This is the fifth in a series of excerpts from Terry’s new book, Physician-Led Healthcare Reform: a New Approach to Medicare for All, published by the American Association for Physician Leadership.) Real healthcare reform depends on an effective plan to reduce cost growth. To achieve this goal, it makes a whole lot more sense to cut waste than to limit access to necessary services or slash provider payments to the bone, noted Donald Berwick, MD, a former acting CMS administrator, and Andrew D. Hackbarth, a RAND Corp. researcher, in a 2012 JAMA article. In their telling, a significant reduction in ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 9, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Policy healthcare reform Ken Terry Source Type: blogs

A New Kind of Labor Day
By KIM BELLARD This is probably the strangest Labor Day in decades, perhaps ever.   Tens of millions of workers remain unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  Many of those who are still working are adapting to working from home.  Those who are back at their workplace, or never left, are coping with an array of new safety protocols.  Those who work in the right industries – like the NBA – may get tested regularly but most workers have to figure out for themselves when to quarantine and when to get tested.  For many workers, such as health care workers, people of color, and ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 8, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: COVID-19 Health Policy Kim Bellard labor day Source Type: blogs

Why Primary Care Should Run the Healthcare System
By KEN TERRY (This is the fourth in a series of excerpts from Terry’s new book, Physician-Led Healthcare Reform: a New Approach to Medicare for All, published by the American Association for Physician Leadership.) Many other countries’ healthcare systems outperform ours for one simple reason: They place a much greater emphasis on primary care, which occupies the central place in their systems. “The evidence is that where you have more primary care physicians, where you coordinate care, and where you pay to keep people healthy, you get better outcomes at lower cost,” says David Nash, MD, fo...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Policy Primary Care Healthcare healthcare reform Ken Terry Source Type: blogs

The COVID-19 Symptom Data Challenge Webinar
By INDU SUBAIYA & FARZAD MOSTASHARI Following the launch of the COVID-19 Symptom Data Challenge on September 1st, we are excited to host a dedicated webinar providing further insights into the Challenge directly from key leaders representing our partner organizations at Facebook Data for Good, the Delphi Group at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU), the Joint Program on Survey Methodology at the University of Maryland (UMD), the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, and Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of Vital Strategies. A stellar line up of speakers includes a raft of former government officials Mark Mc...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: COVID-19 Health Policy Health Tech Alex Reinhart Caitlin Rivers Facebook Farzad Mostashari KX Jin Mark Mclellan Symptom Data Challenge Tom Frieden Source Type: blogs

Don ’ t want my age revealed …
By LISA SUENNEN & MATTHEW HOLT Yesterday it was Fortune’s 40 under 40, and a lot of great people, most of whom I thought were much older or at least seem to have been around a while, got listed in the health care section–including Andre Blackman, Ambar Bhattacharyya & Julia Cheek. Lisa Suennen (@venturevalkyrie) and I got into a Twitter exchange about whether we were eligible for the under 40 category or for that matter the category above that. The answer was, amazingly, “no”. Somehow she came out with the line that “we are old”. Knowing her love for 80s pop, I reminded her th...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Tech Fortune 40 under 40 Lisa Suennen Pat Benatar Source Type: blogs

The Wrong Legacies
By KIM BELLARD I read two articles this week that got me thinking, Robert Charette’s “Inside the Hidden World of Legacy IT Systems” (IEEE Spectrum) and Douglas Holt’s “Cultural Innovation” (Harvard Business Review).   Both deal with what I’ll call legacy thinking.  It’s a particular problem for healthcare. ———- If you work in a large organization, especially one that has been around for at least a few decades, the words “legacy system” probably strikes angst in you.  If you’ve dealt with such an organizat...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Health Technology Kim Bellard legacy thinking Source Type: blogs

Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 149: Pong & other video games
On today’s Health in 2 Point 00, Jessica is distracted playing video games, and rants about the unbearable maleness of wearables. Meanwhile Komodo Health raises $50m for more analytics (presumably of patients playing Pong), Picnic Health gets $25m as PHRs will not go away, Hazel Health gets $33 million to take telehealth back to school, and then there’s Amazon Halo — and our stars’ alter egos make an appearance — Matthew Holt (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt Amazon Amazon Halo Hazel Health Komodo Health Picnic Health Pong Source Type: blogs

Trump ’s “Compstockery!”
By MIKE MAGEE As we witnessed in last week’s Republication convention, when in doubt, go with the golden oldies. Australian songwriter Peter Allen said as much in the fourth stanza of his classic song, “Everything Old Is New Again”, which reads: “Don’t throw the past away You might need it some rainy day Dreams can come true again When everything old is new again” In fact, there’s nothing original in Trump’s playbook, and that includes his postal service gambit. Manipulating and militarizing the US Postal Service dates back to 1873 in the form of one Anthony...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 2, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Policy Politics Mike Magee Trump Source Type: blogs

Big Health ’ s CEO: Working With Big Healthcare (CVS) & Big Pharma (as a DTx) on Mental Health
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Big Health bills itself as a “complete 24-hour solution for mental health,” offering Sleepio to those who have trouble sleeping and Daylight to those who suffer from worry and anxiety during the day. Fresh off a $39M Series B in June 2020 (total $54.3M) — and having just landed Daylight onto CVS Health’s digital health formulary to join Sleepio there as a “point solution” payors can easily integrate into their benefits offerings — co-founder & CEO Peter Hames stops by for an ENORMOUS conversation about the ‘state-of-play’ for digita...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Jessica DaMassa WTF Health Big Health CVS dtx Pharma Source Type: blogs

Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 148 | A colonoscopy story ( & other health tech news)
Today on Health in 2 Point 00, Jess might be a little wary of my colonoscopy story, but it reveals just how well insurance companies communicate. In this episode, Jess and I cover GoodRx filing an S1 to go public, Trellus Health raising $5 million in seed funding for its platform for inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) and other chronic conditions, Klara Health raising $15 million for patient engagement, and Castor raising $12 million for its clinical trial platform. —Matthew Holt (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt Castor Clara Health GoodRX Trellus Health Source Type: blogs

Announcing The COVID-19 Symptom Data Challenge
By FARZAD MOSTASHARI In Partnership with Resolve to Save Lives, Carnegie Mellon University, and University of Maryland, Catalyst @ Health 2.0 is excited to announce the launch of The COVID-19 Symptom Data Challenge. The COVID-19 Symptom Data Challenge is looking for novel analytic approaches that use COVID-19 Symptom Survey data to enable earlier detection and improved situational awareness of the outbreak by public health and the public.  How the Challenge Works: In Phase I, innovators submit a white paper (“digital poster”) summarizing the approach, methods, analysis, findings, relevant figures...
Source: The Health Care Blog - September 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: COVID-19 Data Health Policy challenge Facebook Source Type: blogs

Why Health Systems Employ Doctors: Money and Control
By KEN TERRY (This is the third in a series of excerpts from Terry’s new book, Physician-Led Healthcare Reform: a New Approach to Medicare for All, published by the American Association for Physician Leadership.) The American Medical Association (AMA) last year announced that, for the first time, more physicians were employed than were independent. While many of these doctors were employed by private practices, the AMA said, about 35% of them worked directly for a hospital or for a hospital-owned practice.25 This estimate was lower than that of other surveys. According to research conducted by the Physicians...
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Policy health reform Ken Terry Medicare For All Source Type: blogs

Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 147 | The Most Confusing Episode So Far
With 3 consecutive days of $100M in funding, here is the most confusing (or rather the most confused we have been) Episode 147 of Health in 2 Point 00. Jess asks me about Verily partnering with Swiss Re to get into the stop-loss insurance game, Prescryptive Health raising a $26M Series A for their maybe GoodRx-like or PBM platform, Sonde Health acquiring NeuroLex for its vocal biomarkers platform, Aetion reopening their Series B and raising another $19M to the $36M they have already raised, and Otsuka after investing millions of dollars in Proteus, deciding to buy the rest of it with $15M, but we don’t know why any o...
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Zoya Khan Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Aetion Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt neurolex otsuka prescryptive health Proteus sonde health Source Type: blogs

COVID-19 is Bringing Data Privacy into the Spotlight – This is How Healthcare Companies Should Respond
By DAN LINTON Privacy concerns across the country continue to increase, and consumers expect their healthcare information to be private. Headline-making data sales, skepticism of Silicon Valley privacy practices, and COVID-19 contact tracing concerns compounded with a general lack of consumer awareness have continued to generate an ongoing storm ofnegative press and political scrutiny. With COVID-19 continuing to rampage throughout the country, there is a need for the contact tracing and other technology applications to assess public health. At the same time, changing HHS rules are g...
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Data Health Tech COVID-19 data privacy Health Data Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 23 8/27
Episode 23 of “The THCB Gang” was live-streamed on Thursday, August 27th! Watch it below! Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) was joined by some of our regulars: health futurist Ian Morrison (@seccurve), WTF Health Host Jessica DaMassa (@jessdamassa), health care consultant Daniel O’Neill (@dp_oneill). The conversation revolved around how providers should reshape some of their practices amid the pandemic, what the large Teladoc-Livongo merger brings to the marketplace, and how there are still lots of potential ways start-ups can fit their models into care practices in the industry. If you’d rather listen...
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Zoya Khan Tags: Health Tech THCB Gang THCB Spotlights covid19 Daniel oneill Ian Morrison investments jessica da massa Matthew Holt WTF Health Source Type: blogs

Meaningful U ’s
By HANS DUVEFELT Meaningful Use was a vision for EMRs that in many ways turned out to be a joke. Consider my list of Meaningful U’s for medical providers instead. When electronic medical records became mandatory, Federal monies were showered over the companies that make them by way of inexperienced, ill-prepared practices rushing to pick their system before the looming deadline for the subsidies. The Fed tried to impose some minimum standards for what EMRs should be able to do and for what practices needed to use them for. The collection of requirements was called Meaningful Use, and by many of us nicknam...
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Physicians Primary Care Hans Duvefelt Meaningful Use Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 23 LIVE 8/27 1PM/4PM ET!
Episode 23 of “The THCB Gang” will be live-streamed on Thursday, August 27th! Tune in below! Joining Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) today are some of our regulars: health futurist Ian Morrison (@seccurve), WTF Health Host Jessica DaMassa (@jessdamassa), health care consultant Daniel O’Neill (@dp_oneill), and a few more! The conversation will revolve around the recent investments & growth in health tech, new policies around clinics & centers around COVID19, and more! If you’d rather listen to the episode, the audio is preserved as a weekly podcast available on our iTunes & ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Zoya Khan Tags: Health Tech THCB Gang THCB Spotlights covid19 Daniel oneill Ian Morrison investments jessica da massa Matthew Holt WTF Health Source Type: blogs

Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 146 | Can We Call it Digital Health Anymore?
Can we call this digital health anymore? What do we call it? On Episode 146 of Health in 2 Point 00, Jessica DaMassa asks me about Amwell filing for their S1, Lyra Health getting $110M to develop their mental health platform, PatientPop raising $50M to improve SEO for doctors and patients (they also brought Johnathan Bush on their board!), Brightline closing $20M for their behavioral health platform for kids, and Science 37 getting $40M for their site-less clinical trials — Matthew Holt Subscribe to Health in 2 Point 00’s Channel Follow @boltyboy & @jessdamassa on Twitter Subscribe to our...
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Zoya Khan Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech AmWell brightline Jessica DaMassa Lyra Health Matthew Holt patient pop science 37 Source Type: blogs

The Bayer Deal: One Drop ’ s CEO on New $98M & How Data Science Will Fix Chronic Condition Care
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH One Drop just landed a $98.7M deal with Bayer — and we got the details from CEO Jeff Dachis. The timing of this deal is nothing short of impeccable: less than a year after the life sciences giant led One Drop’s Series B with a $40M investment, and amidst a veritable funding frenzy aimed at growing digital health companies focused on chronic condition management. So, how is One Drop planning to use this investment (part Series C/part development fees) to expand their data science platform known for diabetes and hypertension into some of Bayer’s biggest areas of focus &mdas...
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Jessica DaMassa WTF Health Bayer OneDrop Source Type: blogs

Slow Walking to Value Based Care: Why Fee for Service Still Rules
By KEN TERRY (This is the second in a series of excerpts from Terry’s new book, Physician-Led Healthcare Reform: a New Approach to Medicare for All, published by the American Association for Physician Leadership.) In January 2015, then Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell announced lofty goals for the government’s value-based payment program. By the end of 2016, she said, 85% of all payments in the traditional Medicare program would be tied to quality or value, and 90% would be value-based by the end of 2018. The government planned to tie 30% of Medicare payments to alternative payment mo...
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 26, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Policy fee for service Ken Terry value based care Source Type: blogs

Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 145 | Amwell, OneDrop, Outset Medical & Podimetrics
Today on Health in 2 Point 00, Jess asks me about the big news that Google Cloud has entered into a partnership with Amwell and invested $100 million into the company—looks like their IPO is really a thing! OneDrop gets $98.7 million in a partnership with Bayer, following at $40 million partnership last November, in a funding and development agreement. Outset Medical files their S1 and is going to go public, looking for $100 million for their portable dialysis system, and finally Podimetrics raises another $8 million for their foot ulcer detection platform for diabetics. —Matthew Holt (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt AmWell google cloud OneDrop Outset Medical podimetrics Source Type: blogs

Thriving in COVID Times
By KIM BELLARD These are, no question, hard times, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.  In the U.S., we’re closing in on 180,000 deaths in the U.S.  Some 40 million workers lost their jobs, and over 30 million are still receiving unemployment benefits.  Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of small businesses are believed to have closed, and many big companies are declaring bankruptcy.  Malls, retailers, and restaurants have been among the hardest hit.  Yes, these are hard times.  But not for everyone.  Last week Target announced what CNBC called a “monster quarter.&...
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: COVID-19 Health Policy Kim Bellard Source Type: blogs

Change Healthcare ’ s CEO on Payers, Providers & The New Healthcare Economy
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH From his vantage point at the helm of one of healthcare’s biggest IT infrastructure companies, Change Healthcare’s President & CEO, Neil de Crescenzo, has an unrivaled perspective at how covid19 has impacted hospital systems and payers. His business builds the “connective tissue” that not only supports the administrative management and patient engagement aspects of “Big Healthcare,” but it also literally helps those organizations make money, processing about $1.5 Trillion in claims each year. So, what’s he seen so far in 2020? And what’s ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa WTF Health Change Healthcare COVID-19 Neil de Crescenzo Source Type: blogs

Physicians Should Lead on Healthcare Reform
By KEN TERRY (This is the first in a series of excerpts from Terry’s new book, Physician-Led Healthcare Reform: a New Approach to Medicare for All, published by the American Association for Physician Leadership.) Even before COVID-19, healthcare reform seemed to be stuck between a rock and a hard place, but there is a rational way forward. This approach, which I call “physician-led healthcare reform,” would engage doctors in building a healthcare system that was safe, effective, patient-centered, timely, efficient, and equitable, to use the Institute of Medicine’s set of foundational goals...
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Policy healthcare reform Ken Terry Medicare For All Source Type: blogs

Catalyst @ Health 2.0 Launches Rapid Response Open Call with Grapevine Health
SPONSORED POST By CATALYST @ HEALTH 2.0 Attention digital health innovators! Do you have innovative text message-based health tech solutions that can disseminate health-focused video content? Apply to the Grapevine Health Rapid Response Open Call!  As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the importance of health literacy and communication is more apparent than ever. Catalyst @ Health 2.0 is proud to host a Rapid Response Open Call (RROC) in collaboration with Grapevine Health. Five semi-finalists will receive $1k each and will have the opportunity to demo their technology. A grand prize winner will receive $...
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Catalyst @ Health 2.0 Health Tech grapevine health Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 22, 8/20
Episode 22 of “The THCB Gang” was live-streamed on Thursday, August 20th! Watch it below. Joining Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) today are some of our regulars: writer Kim Bellard (@kimbbellard), patient safety expert Michael Millenson (MLMillenson), MD & hospital system exec Rajesh Aggarwal (@docaggarwal), data privacy expert Deven McGraw (@healthprivacy), and Casey Quinlan (@MightyCasey). The conversation revolved around the responsibilities of the CDC & HHS, why the data hasn’t been shared properly around COVID19 transmission, and why payers & providers are cautiously innovating health care. ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Zoya Khan Tags: Health Tech THCB Gang THCB Spotlights Deven McGraw Kim Bellard Matthew Holt Michael Millenson rajesh aggarwal Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 22 LIVE 8/20 From 1PM PT/4PM ET
Episode 22 of “The THCB Gang” will be live-streamed on Thursday, August 20th! Watch it below. Joining Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) today are some of our regulars: writer Kim Bellard (@kimbbellard), patient safety expert Michael Millenson (MLMillenson), MD & hospital system exec Rajesh Aggarwal (@docaggarwal), data privacy expert Deven McGraw (@healthprivacy), and a few others. The conversation will probably pick up around the mergers & acquisitions going on in the industry, to how patients’ data is being securely shared & protected during this pandemic. If you’d rather listen to the e...
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Zoya Khan Tags: Health Tech THCB Gang THCB Spotlights Deven McGraw Kim Bellard Matthew Holt Michael Millenson rajesh aggarwal Source Type: blogs

THCB ’ s Bookclub, August 2020 – UnHealthcare: A Manifesto for Health Assurance
By JESSICA DAMASSA & MATTHEW HOLT The THCB Book Club is a discussion with leading health care authors, which will be released on the third Wednesday of every month. And this is the first one! We kicked off with the new book from Hemant Teneja (VC at General Catalyst who has been writing many big checks lately) and Stephen Klasko (CEO at Jefferson Health System and one of the most unusual hospital system bosses in America). Their book is called UnHealthcare: A Manifesto for Health Assurance which is a how-to for creating a platform for a revolutionary future for health care. You can g...
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Policy Health Tech Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt THCB Book Club Glen Tullman Health Assurance Hemant Teneja Stephen Klasko THCB Bookclub UnHealthcare Source Type: blogs

Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 144 | Magical Forests, PsychCentral ’s History, & More Funding Rounds
On Episode 144 of Health in 2 Point 00, Matthew has gingerly emerged from his office and gone into a Magical Forest! Jess asks me about Healthline media acquiring PsychCentral, the first-ever online psychiatry support group and I explain the history of how it has been passed around from Corporates to PE firms, Bridge Connector getting 25.5M for its interoperability platform, Cecelia Health raising $13M for its chronic condition management service, and Reify closing $30M to help pharma companies run clinical trials from home. Also, we had our first book club discussion with authors Hemant Teneja (VC at General Catalyst) &am...
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Zoya Khan Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt Bridge Connector cecelia health general catalyst Glen Tullman healthline media heman teneja jefferson health jessica da massa Livongo psychcentral reify Stephen Kl Source Type: blogs

An Epic Fight for the Metaverse
By KIM BELLARD  You might have missed it amongst all the headlines about the U.S.P.S., the 2020 elections, and, of course, that little thing we call the pandemic, but Fortnite got kicked off Apple’s App Store (and subsequently Google Play). I’m not a gamer, but I am fascinated by gaming, because, as Steven Johnson put it, “The Future is where people are having the most fun.” Tim Sweeney, the founder and CEO of Epic Games, Inc., which makes Fortnite, seems to be having a lot of fun. And he thinks the future is the Metaverse. Healthcare, take note. The tech giants were reacting to...
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Health Technology Kim Bellard Source Type: blogs

Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 143 | Lumeon, Nurx, Thirty Madison, & More
On Episode 143 of Health in 2 Point 00, we have all the alphabets in the raising series represented ;)! Jess asks me about Lumeon raising a $30M Series D for their care orchestration centers, Nurx raising a $22M Series C to develop out its online pharmacy presence, Thirty Madison getting $47M and Johnson & Johnson is an investor this round, Bodyport closing an $11.2 M Series A for their weighing scale platform that can detect early cardiovascular disease, and Kumanu raising a $3M Series A to grow out its platform that helps people figure out their lives’ purpose. Be sure to check out our talk from the 7 compe...
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Zoya Khan Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech bodyport Jessica DaMassa kumanu Livongo lumeon Matthew Holt merger Nurx Teladoc thirty madison Source Type: blogs

Crossover Health: The Amazon Deal, Primary Care & The Rise of the ‘ Health Activist ’ Employer
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH “Next-gen” healthcare might just be getting its start in primary care. So says Crossover Health’s CEO, Scott Shreeve, who laughingly channels Justin Timberlake and says he’s “bringing sexy back” to it too. With Walmart launching its own Healthcare Super Centers, Walgreens partnering with VillageMD in a $1-billion-dollar three-year deal, and some soaring post-IPO stock prices for OneMedical and Oak Street Health — it appears he’s onto something. And, hopefully, it’s something big that’s borne from Crossover’s recent partnersh...
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Zoya Khan Tags: Health Tech Jessica DaMassa WTF Health Amazon crossover health care super centers Oak Street Health OneMedical the health care blog VillageMD Walgreens Source Type: blogs

Health Insurers Ride High for Now, But Watch What ’s Coming Next
By KEN TERRY In the strangest healthcare business story of 2020, the major health insurance companies are thriving despite—or because of—the pandemic. As the second quarter reports of United, Anthem, Cigna and other insurers reveal, their COVID-19-related costs were outweighed by the sharp drop in claims for other healthcare services. As a result, the second quarter operating gain for Anthem, one of the largest national carriers, jumped 65% from the prior-year period, while the portion of its premiums spent on member benefits dropped to 78%. The earnings of UnitedHealth, similarly, vaulted 98% as the ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Policy Health insurance Ken Terry Source Type: blogs

Healthcare Sings The Non-Profit Blues
By MICHAEL TURPIN Powers once assumed are never relinquished, just as bureaucracies, once created, never die.Charley Reese As we ponder the 100 day count down to the Presidential Elections, the rhetoric and ranting swirling around the best solution for our nation’s healthcare crisis, is hitting decibel levels not heard since the passage of the Affordable Care Act.  As with any major entitlement legislation, there are commendable elements, inefficiencies, and a host of unintended consequences. The current administration’s obsession with repeal while the ranks of uninsured people grow, begs the que...
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Policy Blue Cross Blue Shield Michael Turpin non-profit insurers Source Type: blogs