The Rise of the Health Coach: YourCoach.Health on Market Opportunity Between Healthcare & Wellness
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH According to the team at YourCoach.Health, health coaching is “the ‘glue’ that’s connecting the $4-trillion wellness economy with the $8-trillion healthcare economy.” And by learning about the growing number of nearly 2,000 health coaches who are engaged in their practice management solution – and the small and mid-sized employers who want to tap into it to provide health coaching to their workforces – its seems like they might be right. YourCoach’s CEO Marina Borukhovich and COO Eugene Borukhovich walk through the work they are doing to b...
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 3, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa WTF Health Eugene Borukhovich Marina Burokhovich YourCoach YourCoach.Health Source Type: blogs

Let ’ s Meet in the Metaverse
By KIM BELLARD I really wasn’t expecting to write about the Metaverse again so soon, after discussing it in the context of Roblox last March, which itself followed a look at Epic Games CEO Tim Sweeney’s vision for the Metaverse last August.  But darn that Mark Zuckerberg! Not many noticed when Mr. Zuckerberg told Facebook employees in June that the company would become focused on building a metaverse, but he got some attention when he expanded on his vision for The Verge in late July.  Then last Monday Andrew Bosworth, Facebook’s head of AR/VR, confirmed a product group had been formed to ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 3, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Health Technology Facebook Interoperability Kim Bellard Mark Zuckerberg metaverse Source Type: blogs

The Call to Be a Primary Care Doctor
By HANS DUVEFELT I suspect the notion of calling in narrower specialties is quite different from mine. Surgeons operate, neurologists treat diseases of the nervous system, even as the methods they use change over time. Primary care has changed fundamentally since I started out. Others have actually altered the definition of what primary care is, and there is more and more of a mismatch between what we were envisioning and trained for and what we are now being asked to do. Our specialty is often the first to see a patient and also the last stop when no other specialty wants to deal with them. We have also been requ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - August 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Physicians Primary Care Hans Duvefelt Source Type: blogs

Digital Health Investor Larry Leisure ’ s Picks for the Next Hot Areas for Healthcare VC Investment
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Digital health continues to gain a lot of attention from investors, so we’ve checked in with one to get some perspective on what’s hot (and what’s not) midway through the sector’s largest funding year yet. Larry Leisure, of Chicago Pacific Founders (whose enterprise health benefits company, Jiff, was acquired by Castlight Health) weighs in on the exuberance investors are showing for the health innovation space and whether or not it will last. Are valuations and funding rounds a little overblown? Are investors concerned about some of the recent complaints of &lsqu...
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Jessica DaMassa WTF Health Chicago Pacific Founders Larry Leisure VCs Source Type: blogs

THCB Spotlights: Marta Zanchi, Founder & Managing Partner at Nina Capital
Today on THCB Spotlight, Matthew sits down with Marta Zanchi, who is the founder and Managing Partner at Nina Capital. Nina Capital is a micro venture capital firm in Barcelona, and in this interview, Matthew asks Marta about her decision to move from Silicon Valley to Barcelona and start this fund. Marta talks us through some of the investments they’ve made in the past couple of years so tune in to find out more. (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Health Technology Matthew Holt THCB Spotlights Barcelona Marta Zanchi micro VC Nina Capital venture capital Source Type: blogs

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 225 | Amwell acquires SilverCloud & Conversa – plus more deals
Today on Health in 2 Point 00, we have a deal so big it’s brought me out of vacation just for this episode! Amwell acquires not one, but TWO companies – DTx mental health company SilverCloud Health and chatbot company Conversa Health for a combined $320 million. In other news, mental health company Sondermind raises $150 million, bringing their total to $188 million, and femtech company Elvie raises $80 million, bringing their total to $133.9 million. —Matthew Holt (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt AmWell Conversa Health Elvie femtech Mental Health SilverCloud Health SonderMind Source Type: blogs

THCB Spotlights: CJ Wilson, CEO of MyHealth.US
Today on THCB Spotlights, Matthew Holt interviews CJ Wilson, the CEO of MyHealth.US. MyHealth.US provides wearable QR codes for instant access to emergency health information, as well as a digital platform to track your health data and house medical records. CJ shows us some of their offerings and explains how they’re working with unions and schools in NYC along with the company’s future plans for funding and growth. (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Matthew Holt THCB Spotlights CJ Wilson emergency response MyHealth.US Source Type: blogs

Mental Health Startup SonderMind Lands $150M to Tackle ‘ THE ’ Health Issue of Our Generation
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH SonderMind closes a $150M Series C funding round co-led by Drive Capital and Premji Invest, and we get CEO Mark Frank’s take on what sets THIS digital mental health startup apart from a pack of very well-funded competitors. SonderMind has its own behavioral health therapists, built its own tech stack, delivers care virtually AND in-person, is covered by some of the biggest health plans in the country — Aetna, Anthem, Bright Health, Cigna, Kaiser, Optum, and United Healthcare. (They can also namedrop health-tech-infamous Board member, Jonathan Bush, in an interview, but that&rsq...
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 28, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa WTF Health Mark Frank SonderMind Source Type: blogs

The Most Important Thing
By KIM BELLARD Jack Dorsey has some big hopes for bitcoin.  In a webinar last week, he said: “My hope is that it creates world peace or helps create world peace.”  The previous week Mr. Dorsey announced Square was starting a decentralized financial services (DeFi) business based on bitcoin, joining the previously announced Square bitcoin wallet.   None of this should be a surprise.  At the Bitcoin 2021 conference in June, Mr. Dorsey said: “Bitcoin changes absolutely everything.  I don’t think there is anything more important in my lifetime to work on.” I&rsquo...
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 27, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Health Technology bitcoin jack dorsey Kim Bellard synthetic biology Source Type: blogs

Health Care Needs A Hero
By MIKE MAGEE Health care needs its heroes. I came to that conclusion this week through a roundabout route. First I read Maureen Dowd’s interview entitled “Dara Khosrowshahi, Dad of Silicon Valley”, in which she, with some affection, gives the reader a look behind the scenes at the personal life of the current Uber CEO. At one point, Dowd shares her conversation with Dara’s 20-year-old daughter, Chloe, a Brown student, who wants us to know her father was a seriously good dad. In support of this belief, she reports that “When she was little, her father – a fan of Joseph Campbell&...
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Policy Public Health Health Care Reform joseph campbell Mike Magee Source Type: blogs

Matthew ’ s health care tidbits
Each week I’ve been adding a brief tidbits section to the THCB Reader, our weekly newsletter that summarizes the best of THCB that week (Sign up here!). Then I had the brainwave to add them to the blog. They’re short and usually not too sweet! –Matthew Holt In this week’s health care tidbits, we are talking about medical debt. Oh, not all medical debt. No, not that debt being garnished from the wages of health care workers by their own employers. Today we are just discussing the debt that has already gone to collections. Yes, the debt sold off by doctors and hospitals for pennies on the dollars s...
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Policy Health Care Tidbits Matthew Holt Source Type: blogs

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 224 | b.well, Quit Genius, Doktor.se, Sweetch, Kno2, and HealthifyMe
Today on Health in 2 Point 00, Jess and I chat about the staggering medical debt in this country before diving into some more health tech deals. First up on Episode 224, personal health record company b.well Connected Health raises $32 million, bringing their total to $57 million. Next, Quit Genius raises $64 million in a Series C, bringing the digital addiction clinic’s total to $78.6 million, and Swedish telehealth company Doktor.se raises €29.5 million – there are some interesting investors in this one. Sweetch, a Bayer G4A company, raises $20 million for its behavior change app and Kno 2 raises $15 mil...
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt b.well Doktor.se Healthify.Me Quit Genius Sweetch Source Type: blogs

Money and Values: For Healthcare Workers, It ’s Time They Align
By WYNNE ARMAND and CHRISTIAN MEWALDT It shouldn’t be controversial to say that promoting the well-being of patients and our community should be at the core of our decisions in health care — even when competing factors exist. Yet we have grown increasingly uncomfortable to realize that we’ve been investing in companies whose products — including fossil fuels — are at the crux of diseases we treat. In 2018 alone, fossil fuel combustion-produced particulate matter was responsible for an estimated 9 million deaths worldwide, according to a recent publication by researchers from H...
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: The Business of Health Care Christian Mewaldt Finance Harvard Medical School Massachusetts General Hospital retirement fund Wynne Armand Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 63 – Thurs July 22
Episode 62 of “The THCB Gang” was live-streamed on Thursday, July 22nd. Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) was joined by regulars: patient safety expert and all around wit Michael Millenson (@MLMillenson); fierce patient activist Casey Quinlan (@MightyCasey); and futurist Ian Morrison (@seccurve). We got into it on delta variant, medical debt at $140bn, the NYPD vaccination rate being 20 points below the state average, diversity as structural problem in medical school and beyond, and whether we could give everyone in America concierge primary care (the numbers add up! Almost…) Then video is below. If yo...
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abdul Ghafar Tags: THCB Gang #THCBGang Casey Quinlan Ian Morrison Matthew Holt Michael Millenson Source Type: blogs

Nasdaq ’ s Dario Health ($DRIO) Does Double Acquisition to Build-out Chronic Condition Care Platform
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH The “platform-ization” of chronic condition care continues among digital health companies and Nasdaq-traded Dario Health ($DRIO) has acquired TWO different startups in 2021 alone to augment their core diabetes management offering and keep up. Both wayForward and Upright are now under the Dario Health banner and CEO Erez Raphael reveals the strategy behind the two buy-outs — which cost the company just about $30M each and will add digital behavioral health and musculoskeletal care for chronic pain to the Dario experience. Erez believes that the promise of digital health...
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa WTF Health $DRIO Dario Health Nasdaq Upright wayForward Source Type: blogs

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 223 | Carbon Health, Woebot, Eight Sleep, Aidoc, and OM1
Today on Health in 2 Point 00, Jess has finally reclaimed her Twitter account! On Episode 223, Jess asks me about Carbon Health raising $350 million, this is a big competitor for One Medical with retail clinics plus telehealth. Next, for digital mental health care, Woebot gets $90 million for its mental health chatbot. Eight Sleep raises $76 million working on sleep fitness, with lots of celebrities in this one. Aidoc raises $66 million in a round led by General Catalyst, using AI to analyze medical images for chronic conditions. Finally, real world evidence company OM1 raises $85 million, bringing their total to $170 mill...
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt aidoc Carbon Health eight sleep om1 woebot Source Type: blogs

Health Care Should Go (Micro) Nuclear
By KIM BELLARD I think of hospitals as the healthcare system’s nuclear power plants.  They’re both big, complex, expensive to build, beset with heavy regulatory burdens, consistently major components of their respective systems (healthcare and electric generation) yet declining in number.  Each is seen to offer benefits to many but also to pose unexpected risk to some. Interestingly, there’s a “micro” trend for each, but aimed towards different ends. Micro hospitals have been with us for several years.  They usually have only around ten beds, along with an emergency roo...
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 21, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Kim Bellard nuclear power Source Type: blogs

Ginger for Teens Puts “Full-family Approach” to Mental Health Care in Hands of Employers
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Digital mental health unicorn Ginger has just launched ‘Ginger for Teens’ in an effort to help the 1-in-5 teens currently suffering from mental health disorders, amid what’s being called a “teen mental health crisis.” No doubt parents are at their wit’s end searching for care, and Ginger is hoping that its teen-friendly bundle of self-guided content, behavioral health coaching, and video therapy will support a “full-family” approach to mental health care that will help everyone feel a bit better. Ginger’s Chief Clinical Officer, Dr. ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 20, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa WTF Health Ddana Udall Ginger Source Type: blogs

Biden Should Extend a “Public Option” as a Message to “Health Care Royalists ”
By MIKE MAGEE In this world of political theatrics, with Democratic legislators from Texas forced into exodus to preserve voters’ rights, and Tucker Carlson rantings about Rep. Eric Swalwell riding shirtless on a camel in Qatar streaming relentlessly, Americans can be excused if they missed a substantive and historic news event last week. On Friday, July 9th, President Biden signed a far-reaching executive order intended to fuel social and economic reform, and in the process created a potential super-highway sized corridor for programs like universal healthcare. In the President’s view, the enemy of the c...
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 19, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Policy Politics Public Health Biden Health insurance Mike Magee Public Option Source Type: blogs

Matthew ’s health care tidbits
Each week I’ve been adding a brief tidbits section to the THCB Reader, our weekly newsletter that summarizes the best of THCB that week (Sign up here!). Then I had the brainwave to add them to the blog. They’re short and usually not too sweet! –Matthew Holt In this week’s health care tidbits, Shannon Brownlee and her fellow rebels at the Lown Institute decided to have a bit of fun and compare which non-profit hospitals actually made up for the tax-breaks they got by providing more in community benefit. A bunch of hospitals you never heard of topped the list. What was more interesting was the...
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Policy Matthew Holt Hospitals Lown Institute Non-profit hospitals Shannon Brownlee Source Type: blogs

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 222 | Funding for Availity, VisiQuate, Truveta, and Bayesian
Today on Health in 2 Point 00, Jess and I cover Availity raising $50 million bringing their total to $200 million and a valuation at over a billion. Revenue cycle management company Visiquate raises $50 million, bringing their total to $70 million. Truveta raises $95 million for its data analysis platform, and finally Bayesian gets $15 million using AI to predict sepsis. —Matthew Holt (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt Availity Bayesian Truveta VisiQuate Source Type: blogs

The Call to Be a Primary Care Doctor
By HANS DUVEFELT I suspect the notion of calling in narrower specialties is quite different from mine. Surgeons operate, neurologists treat diseases of the nervous system, even as the methods they use change over time. Primary care has changed fundamentally since I started out. Others have actually altered the definition of what primary care is, and there is more and more of a mismatch between what we were envisioning and trained for and what we are now being asked to do. Our specialty is often the first to see a patient and also the last stop when no other specialty wants to deal with them. We have also been requ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Physicians Primary Care Hans Duvefelt Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 62 – Thurs July 15, 1pm PT- 4pm ET
Episode 62 of “The THCB Gang” will be live-streamed on Thursday, June 17th at 1pm PT -4PM ET. Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) will be joined by regulars futurist Jeff Goldsmith; policy expert consultant/author Rosemarie Day (@Rosemarie_Day1); Suntra Modern Recovery CEO JL Neptune (@JeanLucNeptune); and medical historian Mike Magee (@drmikemagee). If you’d rather listen, the “audio only” version it is preserved as a weekly podcast available on our iTunes & Spotify channels a day or so after the episode — Matthew Holt (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abdul Ghafar Tags: THCB Gang #THCBGang Jeff Goldsmith JL Neptune Matthew Holt Mike Magee rosemarie day Source Type: blogs

The Case to Realign Parkinson ’s Disease Research
Conclusion PD research is spread out in many directions, but after 50 years of trying, it is still decades away from finding a cure.  That realization must sink in to its participants before a change in approach is accepted. The requisite changes are: 1) a focus on multivariate solutions; 2) an overlay industry structure that coordinates the focus and funding of PD research and tracks performance and 3) a modified approach to FDA regulation.  Once these changes are put in place, the funding of PD research should be increased substantially over the next several years with the singular objective of finding a ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Patients Parkinson's Disease Steven Zecola Source Type: blogs

Meet Wheel: The Mysterious, White-Label Telehealth Startup Bolstering ‘Next-Gen’ Virtual Care
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Stealthy telehealth startup Wheel just closed a $50M series B and CEO Michelle Davey is here to reveal the mystery behind the company’s very behind-the-scenes approach to selling white-label virtual care. The business model is built on a network of clinicians that Wheel has curated and credentialed specifically for virtual care delivery – for a rotating cast of clients, under any brand, at any time. Unlike the market-leading incumbent telehealth co’s that also sell virtual care infrastructure, Wheel does NOT have a patient front door, isn’t angling for one, and is s...
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech WTF Health Jessica DaMassa Michelle Davey Telehealth Wheel Source Type: blogs

Can the Practice of Primary Care Medicine ever be Practical Again?
By HANS DUVEFELT When I first lost power and then saw my generator fail during a storm last winter, two other failures struck. As I scrambled to fill my water containers for the horses, the failing generator delivered just enough electricity for dim lights and a slow trickle of water. And then, when the power came back on, I had no water and the furnace didn’t work. I trudged through the snow to the pump house up in the woods and found the water pump clicking as if it tried to start, but couldn’t. I ended up a day or two later with a whole new water pump. The furnace had power, but I saw a red light wi...
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Physicians Primary Care Hans Duvefelt Source Type: blogs

Up, Please
By KIM BELLARD When I think of elevator operators, I think of health care. Now, it’s not likely that many people think about elevator operators very often, if ever.  Many have probably never seen an elevator operator.  The idea of a uniformed person standing all day in an elevator pushing buttons so that people can get to their floors seems unnecessary at best and ludicrous at worse.  But once upon a time, they were essential, until they weren’t.  Healthcare, don’t say you haven’t been warned.  Elevators have been around in some form for hundreds of years, and by...
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Health Technology elevator operators elevators Kim Bellard Source Type: blogs

A Hamiltonian View of Post-Pandemic America
By MIKE MAGEE “In countries where there is great private wealth much may be effected by the voluntary contributions of patriotic individuals, but in a community situated like that of the United States, the public purse must supply the deficiency of private resource. In what can it be so useful as in prompting and improving the efforts of industry?” Those were the words of Alexander Hamilton published on December 5, 1791 in his “Report on the Subject of Manufactures.” He was making the case for an activist federal government with the capacity to support a fledgling nation and its leaders long e...
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: COVID-19 Health Policy hamilton Mike Magee Pandemic post-pandemic America Source Type: blogs

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 221 | Funding for Novacardia, Wellthy, Osso VR, and Form Health
Today on Health in 2 Point 00, the funding reports are out: Rock Health is saying $14.7 billion for the first half of the year, and Startup Health is saying $20.1 billion. Those numbers are pretty much what the numbers were for ALL of 2020. Now onto some deals: on Episode 221, Jess asks me about Novacardia raising $57 million for its cardiology practice management business. Wellthy raises $25 million, bringing its total up to $50 million – this is a caregiving navigation concierge firm aimed at employers. Osso VR raises $27 million in a Series B, less than a year after closing their A, working on virtual reality for ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt Form Health Novacardia Osso VR Wellthy Source Type: blogs

Does Newly IPO ’ d Privia Health ’s Climbing Stock Price Prove Value-Based Care Can Scale?
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Privia Health ($PRVA) went public a few weeks ago and the stock not only popped when it hit the market, but has continued to rise. When you look at the numbers – and hear about the business model from CEO Shawn Morris – it’s easy to get excited and see why. Privia calls itself a “physician enablement” business, which is the two-word marketing way of saying that they bring together different docs in a region and give them the systems to become part of a value-based care network while also maintaining their private practices. They’re more or less building ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa WTF Health $PRVA Privia Health Shawn Morris Source Type: blogs

CONFERENCE UPDATE – Policies | Techies | VCs: What ’s Next For Health Care?
By MATTHEW HOLT & JESS DAMASSAPolicies|Techies|VCs: What’s Next For Health Care? is the conference bringing together the CEOs of the next generation of virtual & real-life care delivery, and all the permutations thereof. Today we add to last week's fantastic list of speakers with another 14 great speakers, including one CEO of  a company that has just SPACed onto the public market (Sharecare), and another that is about to (Babylon Health)! You can register here or learn how to sponsor. This week's new additions are: .bullll p {text-align: center; margin-right: 40px;} Ali Parsa Babylon Healt...
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abdul Ghafar Tags: Tech Source Type: blogs

Cancer Centers Rebounding From COVID-19 Can Grow By Making the Most of New Technologies for Clinical Trials
For community cancer centers that rely on patient reimbursement to stay afloat, a smart data-driven approach to clinical trials provides a foundation for future growth. Brenda Noggy Dr. Tandy Tipps By TANDY TIPPS and BRENDA NOGGY Covid-19’s tragic, devastating impact on cancer treatment is now well documented. Cancer screenings dropped by almost 90 percent at the peak of the pandemic. Billing for some leading cancer medications dropped 30 percent last summer. Studies found a 60 percent decrease in new clinical trials for cancer drugs and biological therapies. Cancer centers, like every part of the US h...
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Health Technology brenda noggy cancer centers cancer research Clinical Trials tandy tipps Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 61 – Thurs July 8
On Thursday’s #THCBGang Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) was joined by regulars, employer health expert Jennifer Benz (@jenbenz); patient safety expert and all around wit Michael Millenson (@MLMillenson); THCB regular writer Kim Bellard (@kimbbellard);  privacy expert and now entrepreneur Deven McGraw  (@HealthPrivacy); and–we were thrilled to have back–fierce patient activist Casey Quinlan (@MightyCasey). Lots of discussion about Casey’s latest patient experience as she continues to undergo the #METSparty. If you’d rather listen than watch, the audio is preserved as a weekly podcast...
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abdul Ghafar Tags: THCB Gang Casey Quinlan Deven McGraw jen benz Kim Bellard Michael Millenson Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 61 – Thurs July 8 1pm PT – 4pm ET
On Thursday’s #THCBGang Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) will be joined by regulars, employer health expert Jennifer Benz (@jenbenz); patient safety expert and all around wit Michael Millenson (@MLMillenson); THCB regular writer Kim Bellard (@kimbbellard);  privacy expert and now entrepreneur Deven McGraw  (@HealthPrivacy); and–we are thrilled to have back–fierce patient activist Casey Quinlan (@MightyCasey). If you’d rather listen than watch, the audio is preserved as a weekly podcast available on our iTunes & Spotify channels (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abdul Ghafar Tags: THCB Gang Casey Quinlan Deven McGraw jen benz Kim Bellard Michael Millenson Source Type: blogs

The Art and Soul of Medicine Exist in the Ordinary
By HANS DUVEFELT The Art of Medicine is Doing the Ordinary Well Primary care doctors don’t usually operate any sophisticated medical instruments or perform any advanced procedures. But there is still art in what we do. We take care of ordinary ailments in ordinary people and that can be done well or not so well. There is no obvious glamor in it, but when our prescriptions, basic procedures or simple advice help people feel better, we live up to our own and our patients’ hopes and expectations – and some of the time, we even exceed them. Art is art, regardless of the medium or subject. Weren&rsquo...
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Physicians Burnout Hans Duvefelt Medicine Source Type: blogs

Make Mine Bioresorbable
By KIM BELLARD I learned a new word this week: bioresorbable.  It means pretty much what you might infer — materials that can be broken down and absorbed into the body, i.e., biodegradable.  It is not, as it turns out, a new concept for health care – physicians have been using bioresorbable stitches and even stents for several years.  But there are some new developments that further illustrate the potential of bioresorbable materials.  It’s enough to make Green New Deal supporters smile. Bioresorbable stents and stitches are all well and good – who wants to be stuck with...
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Health Technology bioresorbable Biotech Kim Bellard Source Type: blogs

The Science of Clinical Intuition
By HANS DUVEFELT In 2002, Dr. Trisha Greenhalgh published a piece in the British Journal of General Practice titled Intuition and Evidence – Uneasy Bedfellows? In it she writes eloquently about the things Christer Petersson and I have written articles on and emailed each other about. He mentioned her name and also Italian philosopher Lisa Bortolotti, and I got down to some serious reading. These two remarkable thinkers have described very eloquently how clinical intuition actually works and describe it as an advanced, instantaneous form of pattern recognition. Clinical Intuition (should we start calli...
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Physicians Primary Care Hans Duvefelt Source Type: blogs

Matthew ’s health care tidbits
Each week I’ve been adding a brief tidbits section to the THCB Reader, our weekly newsletter that summarizes the best of THCB that week (Sign up here!). Then I had the brainwave to add them to the blog. They’re short and usually not too sweet! –Matthew Holt In this week’s health care tidbits, a little bit of light was shone on two of the dirty tricks health insurers play. First San Diego is suing Molina, Centene (owner of Healthnet) & Kaiser for misleading patients about which providers are in their networks. Apparently Healthnet & Kaiser’s directories were 35% inaccurate and M...
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 3, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Uncategorized Centene Health Care Tidbits Kaiser Permanete Matthew Holt Molina Source Type: blogs

Why I Seldom Recommend Vitamins or Supplements
By HANS DUVEFELT People here in northern Maine, as in my native Sweden, don’t get a whole lot of natural sunlight a good part of the year. As a kid, I had to swallow a daily spoonful of cod liver oil to get the extra vitamin D my mother and many others believed we all needed. Some years later, that fell out of fashion as it turned out that too much vitamin A, also found in that particular dubious marine delicacy, could be harmful. This is how it goes in medicine: Things that sound like a good idea often turn out to be not so good, or even downright bad for you. Other vitamins, like B12, can also cause harm: ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Patients Physicians Hans Duvefelt primary care supplements vitamins Source Type: blogs

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 220 | Olive ’ s massive raise, Ro buys Kit, plus funding for Tendo & SWORD
Today on Health in 2 Point 00, I’m cheering England’s win against Germany this week – but Jess keeps us on track with health tech deals. Olive gets another $400 million, bringing their total up to $902 million – with $802 million of that since March 2020. Tendo Systems gets $50 million in a Series A, working on communication between providers and consumers. General Catalyst strikes again, this time in a round with SWORD Health raising $85 million in a Series C, bringing their total to $135 million. This is an MSK company, with a lot of good investors here. Finally, Ro buys Kit an at-home testing com...
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt jessica da massa Olive sword health Tendo Systems Source Type: blogs

CONFERENCE UPDATE – Policies | Techies | VCs: What ’s Next For Health Care?
By MATTHEW HOLT & JESS DAMASSALast month we told you about the new conference bringing together the CEOs of the next generation of virtual & real-life care delivery and all the permutations thereof. That's all those companies raising huge venture rounds and really getting to scale. You’ll see them at Policies|Techies|VCs: What’s Next For Health Care?, and they include Glen Tullman (Transcarent), Jonathan Bush (Zus Health) Roy Schoenberg (AmWell) and 17 more leaders in digital health.Now we are announcing another 16 great speakers, including 2 publicly-traded digital health company CEOs!  And we'll ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 2, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abdul Ghafar Tags: Tech Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 60 – Thurs July 1
Episode 60 of “The THCB Gang” was live-streamed on Thursday, July 1st. Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) was joined by policy consultant/author Rosemarie Day (@Rosemarie_Day1); THCB Editor and soon-to-be medical student at Yale, and first time #THCBGang participant Christina Liu (@ChristinayLiu) and–making a rare but welcome appearance –venture investor & soccer mogul Marcus Whitney @marcuswhitney We had a great wide ranging chat about Medicaid, venture capital and the unnecessarily excessive rigors of applying to medical school, and what that means for health equity. The video is below...
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abdul Ghafar Tags: THCB Gang Christina Liu Marcus Whitney Matthew Holt Medicaid Medical School rosemarie day Source Type: blogs

Go Ahead, AI —Surprise Us
By KIM BELLARD Last week I was on a fun podcast with a bunch of people who were, as usual, smarter than me, and, in particular, more knowledgeable about one of my favorite topics – artificial intelligence (A.I.), particularly for healthcare.  With the WHO releasing its “first global report” on A.I. — Ethics & Governance of Artificial Intelligence for Health – and with no shortage of other experts weighing in recently, it seemed like a good time to revisit the topic.  My prediction: it’s not going to work out quite like we expect, and it probably shouldn’t. ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech AI Kim Bellard Source Type: blogs

Sharecare ($SHCR) Hits NASDAQ Tomorrow, CEO Jeff Arnold on Closing the SPAC IPO
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Sharecare ($SHCR) starts trading on the NASDAQ tomorrow and CEO Jeff Arnold has come back to catch us up on what’s happened since April when we first spoke and took a deep-dive into Sharecare’s population-health-slash-care-navigator-slash-health-security business model. That interview (watch here: https://youtu.be/P6DzFbtiLWg) digs into the $400 million/year revenue model Jeff’s built so far, and now THIS CHAT picks up where we left off — mere hours before Sharecare heads into the public market. valued at just under $4 billion dollars, with ZERO Debt and $400 millio...
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa WTF Health $SHCR IPO Jeff Arnold ShareCare SPAC IPO Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 60 – Thurs July 1, 1pm PT – 4pm ET
Episode 60 of “The THCB Gang” will be live-streamed on Thursday, July 1st at 1pm PT -4PM ET. Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) will be joined by policy consultant/author Rosemarie Day (@Rosemarie_Day1); employer health expert Jennifer Benz (@jenbenz), and–making a rare but welcome appearance –venture investor & soccer mogul Marcus Whitney @marcuswhitney The video is below but if you’d rather listen to the episode, the audio is preserved as a weekly podcast available on our iTunes & Spotify channels. (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - July 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abdul Ghafar Tags: THCB Gang jen benz Marcus Whitney Matthew Holt rosemarie day Source Type: blogs

CareAlign, fixing that physician workflow – demo & interview
By MATTHEW HOLT I recently interviewed Subha Airan-Javia, the CEO of CareAlign. CareAlign is a small company that is working to fix the clinician workflow by creating a tool for all those interstitial gaps that the big EMRs leave, and now get moved to and from paper by the care team. in this interview she tells me a little about the company and shows how the product works. I found it very impressive Full transcript below Matthew Holt: Matthew Holt, quick THCB Spotlight. I’m here with Subha Airan-Javia. She is the CEO of CareAlign, which is a pretty new company that is doing physician workflow in...
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Artificial Intelligence Health Tech Health Technology Medical Practice Start-Ups CareAlign EMR Matthew Holt Subha Airan-Javia Source Type: blogs

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 219 | Health Catalyst acquires Twistle, Hims acquires Apostrophe, & more
Today on Health in 2 Point 00, Jess claims that I am to blame! But for what?? On Episode 219, Jess and I talk about home care software company AlayaCare raising $225 million CAD. Next, Health Catalyst acquires Twistle for $104 million and Hims acquires teledermatology company Apostrophe. Finally, Spiras Health raises $14 million for at-home chronic care management. —Matthew Holt (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt AlayaCare Apostrophe Health Catalyst Spiras Health Twistle Source Type: blogs

Did Glen Tullman Just Launch Another New Category? Transcarent the ‘ Health Experience Company ’
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH For those keeping score at home, Glen Tullman is scaling up Transcarent faster than he did Livongo. The startup just closed a $58M Series B, bringing its total funding just shy of $100M. In less than 8 months. What’s the hurry? Have we ordered the balloons for the IPO yet? Glen says he’s out to fix the core problem first, and, in this interview, we get into the details about what that problem statement is all about and you might be surprised. This is more of a payment model story than anyone may have all initially realized. And, while we may keep trying to put Transcarent in...
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa WTF Health Glen Tullman transcarent Source Type: blogs

CareAlign, fixing that physician workflow – demo & interview
By MATTHEW HOLT I recently interviewed Subha Airan-Javia, the CEO of CareAlign. CareAlign is a small company that is working to fix the clinician workflow by creating a tool for all those interstitial gaps that the big EMRs leave, and now get moved to and from paper by the care team. in this interview she tells me a little about the company and shows how the product works. I found it very impressive Full transcript below Matthew Holt: Matthew Holt, quick THCB Spotlight. I’m here with Subha Airan-Javia. She is the CEO of CareAlign, which is a pretty new company that is doing physician workflow in...
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Artificial Intelligence Health Tech Health Technology Medical Practice Start-Ups CareAlign EMR Matthew Holt Subha Airan-Javia Source Type: blogs

Health Tech: Part II –Powering Up The Vision
By MIKE MAGEE Few can disagree that, in the fog of the Covid 19 pandemic, health technology entrepreneurs have been on a tear. In the first year of Covid’s isolation induced new reality, digital health companies experienced a $21.6 billion investment boost, double that of the prior year, and four times 2016 funding. By year two, the investment community exhibited some signs of self-restraint by raising a few open ended questions. For example, in early 2021, Deloitte & Touche led a Future of Health panel at the J.P. Morgan Healthcare conference, reporting that “panelists suggested that entrepreneurs ne...
Source: The Health Care Blog - June 28, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Mike Magee Source Type: blogs