Consulting for Health Tech Startup CEOs From the Guy Who Knows | Matthew Holt, SMACK Health
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH To hear Matthew Holt tear apart a pitch deck—or worse, a demo—one thinks of another Brit with a penchant for criticism and tell-it-like-it-is tough love. Could Matthew Holt be the Simon Cowell of health tech? Or maybe he’s got a point underneath all that gruff? Having co-founded Health 2.0, Matthew helped bring digital health and health tech startups into the mainstream by providing a friendly forum for entrepreneurs and established healthcare incumbents. Along the way, he’s suffered through his fair share of demos and pitches, and watched all corners of the healthc...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: arham1023 Tags: Health Tech Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt WTF Health digital health Health 2.0 HLTH 2019 Las Vegas SMACK.health Startups Source Type: blogs

Who ’ s in Your Supply Chain?
By KIM BELLARD Tesla is now, by market cap, the second largest auto manufacturer (after Toyota).  Its market cap exceeds U.S. auto makers Ford, G.M., and Fiat/Chrysler — combined.  This despite selling less than 400,000 vehicles in 2019, a figure that is more than the prior two years combined.    Tesla has made its bet on the future of electric cars.  It didn’t invent them.  It isn’t the only auto manufacturer selling them.  But, as The Wall Street Journal recently said:  Investors increasingly see the future of the car as elec...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 21, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Health Technology Hospitals Physicians digital health electric cars Innovation Kim Bellard supply chain Tesla Source Type: blogs

Consumer Health Tech Market Outlook for 2020 | Robert Garber, 7Wire Ventures
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH 7Wire Ventures is a venture fund that invests in early-stage healthcare companies that are focused on connecting with the healthcare consumer — kind of like one of the most successful companies in its portfolio, Livongo, which went public in 2019. Robert Garber, a partner with the firm, stops by to share his point-of-view on where the consumer health tech market will be headed in 2020, if we’ll see more exits, and whether or not consumer health will be able to gain traction with healthcare’s established players like payers and health systems. Filmed at J.P. Morgan Heal...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: arham1023 Tags: Health Tech Jessica DaMassa WTF Health 7Wire Ventures consumer health Health Systems JP Morgan 2020 JP Morgan Healthcare Conference JPM 2020 Livongo Payers Robert Garber Source Type: blogs

Out of Network? Cigna, RICO and where ’ s the line?
By MATTHEW HOLT Sometimes you wonder where the line is in health care. And perhaps more importantly, whether anyone in the system cares. The last few months have been dominated by the issue of costs in health care, particularly the costs paid by consumers who thought they had coverage. It turns out that “surprise billing” isn’t that much of a surprise. Over the past few years several large medical groups, notably Team Health owned by Blackstone, have been aggressively opting out of insurers networks. They’ve figured out, probably by reading Elizabeth Rosenthal’s great story about the 20...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 20, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Economics Finance Health Policy Matthew Holt Medicare Business of Health Care Cigna Health Care Costs out of network RICO surprise billing US Healthcare system Source Type: blogs

Behind the Big Deal: Teladoc Health ’ s Acquisition of InTouch Health | Joe DeVivo, InTouch Health
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH It was a seminal moment in virtual care as Teladoc Health acquired Intouch Health for $600 million, effectively taking its mostly direct-to-consumer telehealth platform directly into more than 2,500 care providers — or, as they say, “from hospital to home.” We caught up with InTouch Health’s CEO, Joe DeVivo, to hear his thoughts on the deal, including what it means for the further advancement of virtual care and for the digital health industry at-large. Filmed at J.P. Morgan Healthcare Conference in San Francisco, January 2020 The post Behind the Big Deal:...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa WTF Health digital health Hospitals InTouch Health Joe DeVivo JP Morgan 2020 JP Morgan Healthcare Conference JPM 2020 Teladoc Telehealth virtual care Source Type: blogs

The Legacy of Forced Sterilizations
Brooke Warren Phuoc Le By PHUOC LE, MD and BROOKE WARREN In the 1970s, Jean Whitehorse, a member of the Navajo Nation, went to a hospital in New Mexico for acute appendicitis. Years later, she found out the procedure performed was not just an appendectomy – she had been sterilized via tubal ligation. Around the same time, a Northern Cheyenne woman was told by a doctor that a hysterectomy would cure her headaches. After the procedure, her headaches persisted. Later, she found out a brain tumor was causing her pain, not a uterine problem. Like Whitehorse and the Northern Cheyenne woman, thousands of ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 19, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health disparities Medical Practice Physicians Arc Health Brooke Warren eugenics legal system native american Phuoc Le sterlilizations Source Type: blogs

What ’ s Ahead for Livongo & the Health Tech Market in 2020? | Glen Tullman, Livongo
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH What does Glen Tullman, Chairman of Livongo, expect from the health tech market in 2020? Livongo may have started a “race for the exits” in digital health with its 2019 IPO, and Glen says he “wants a healthy, consumer-facing digital health market” to help his own business thrive. Does that mean he anticipates more IPOs from the health tech sector this year? We get Glen’s predictions after we catch up on Livongo’s recent moves to partner with DexCom and test a new pathway to reimbursement via Express Scripts’ Digital Health Formulary. Filmed at ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: arham1023 Tags: Health Tech Jessica DaMassa Start-Ups WTF Health chronic disease DexCom digital health Express Scripts Glen Tullman IPO JP Morgan 2020 JP Morgan Healthcare Conference JPM 2020 Livongo Source Type: blogs

Getting Ahead of Privacy and the CCPA – Healthcare Needs to Move Beyond HIPAA
By DAN LINTON This piece is part of the series “The Health Data Goldilocks Dilemma: Sharing? Privacy? Both?” which explores whether it’s possible to advance interoperability while maintaining privacy. Check out other pieces in the series here. Privacy concerns are on the rise. Over the last couple of years, survey after survey have clearly shown a dramatic rise in overall consumer privacy awareness and concern – driven primarily by the never-ending litany of ongoing data breaches that make the news. The healthcare industry has been somewhat shielded from this, seemingly due to the trus...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 18, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Data Health Policy The Health Data Goldilocks Dilemma: Sharing? Privacy? Both? CCPA Dan Linton health privacy HIPAA W2O Source Type: blogs

Scaling Up One Drop: From Walmart & Apple Stores to Employers & Bayer | Jeff Dachis, One Drop
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH On the heels of a $40M Series B funding round led by Bayer, One Drop CEO Jeff Dachis stops by to hit the highlights about how the digital health platform is touching the lives of 1.6 million users in nearly 200 countries. Focused on chronic conditions like diabetes, pre-diabetes, hypertension, etc. One Drop is unique in the BIG direct-to-consumer business they’ve built through partnerships with Walmart and Apple stores. While Jeff says their growth capital will go toward expanding their heath plan and employer business, there’s also room for growth with Bayer, which could help ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa WTF Health chronic disease Diabetes Frontiers Health Hypertension Jeff Dachis One Drop pre-diabetes Source Type: blogs

The FDA Needs to Set Standards for Using Artificial Intelligence in Drug Development
By CHARLES K. FISHER, PhD Artificial intelligence has become a crucial part of our technological infrastructure and the brain underlying many consumer devices. In less than a decade, machine learning algorithms based on deep neural networks evolved from recognizing cats in videos to enabling your smartphone to perform real-time translation between 27 different languages. This progress has sparked the use of AI in drug discovery and development. Artificial intelligence can improve efficiency and outcomes in drug development across therapeutic areas. For example, companies are developing AI tec...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 17, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Health Technology AI Charles Fisher FDA Regulation Source Type: blogs

Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 109 | Flywire & Simplee, Headspace, and Iora Health
Today on Health in 2 Point 00, we’re celebrating Valentine’s Day with many new funding deals! On Episode 109, Jess and I discuss Flywire, a payment startup that received not only $120 million from Goldman Sachs, reaching unicorn status, but also acquired the healthcare payments company Simplee which aids the hospital-patient billing process. Headspace raises $93 million, around half of which will be used to build a new ‘Health’ category and the other half to teach meditation. Outset medical raises $125 million for a portable dialysis machine and Iora Health raises $126 million for Series F funding. ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: arham1023 Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt Start-Ups Flywire Goldman Sachs Headspace Iora Health Outset Medical Seekster Simply Takata Source Type: blogs

Mindful Daily Practice Offers an Antidote to Healthcare Burnout
By GREG HAMMER, MD Burnout among healthcare professionals is at an all-time high. Its drivers include longer work hours, the push to see more patients, more scrutiny by administrators, and loss of control over our practice. We seem to spend more time with the electronic medical record and less time face-to-face with our patients. I have faced burnout personally. My son passed away at the age of 29, which was beyond painful. At the same time, I felt burdened by the growing number and complexity of metrics by which I was judged at work. Days in the operating room and intensive care unit seemed more and more exhausting,...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 15, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Physicians Burnout GAIN GAIN without Pain: The Happiness Handbook for Health Care Professionals Greg Hammer physician burnout physician wellness Source Type: blogs

From Ophthalmology Clinic to At-Home Device: Disrupting OTC Testing | Helge Sudkamp, Visotec
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Optical coherence tomography, otherwise known as OCT testing, gives eye doctors a glimpse of the retina to help detect eye diseases like glaucoma, macular degeneration, retinopathy, and more. So, what’s wrong with current methods of testing? Helge Sudkamp, CEO & co-founder of Visotec, explains how traditional OCT machines are huge, bulky and expensive — limiting scanning to infrequent visits at the doctor’s office. His company has a new take on OCT tech that puts the scanning into patients’ hands with a small, portable device that can be used daily AT HOME. What...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Jessica DaMassa WTF Health Bayer G4A Bayer G4A Signing Day eye disease Helge Sudkamp OCT opthalmology optical coherence tomography Visotech Source Type: blogs

The Step 1 Score Reporting Change – A Step in the Right Direction for IMGs?
By TALAL HILAL, MD The United States Medical Licensing Examination (USMLE) Step 1, a test co-sponsored by the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) and the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME), has been the exam that people love to hate. For many years, blogs, Twitter feeds, and opinion pieces have been accumulating urging the presidents of the FSMB/NBME to stop reporting a 3-digit score and instead report a pass/fail score. This animosity towards the Step 1 exam originates from the reality that medical schools have increasingly focused their curriculum on teaching what the Step 1 wants you to learn – me...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 14, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Education Medical Practice Physicians FSMB IMGs international medical graduates Match NBME Residency Step 1 Step 1 Madness Talal Hilal USMLE USMLE Step 1 Source Type: blogs

#USMLEPassFail: A Brave New Day
This article originally appeared on The Sheriff of Sodium here. The post #USMLEPassFail: A Brave New Day appeared first on The Health Care Blog. (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Education Medical Practice Physicians Bryan Carmody Match Residency Step 1 USMLE Source Type: blogs

Taking Healthcare Innovation Beyond the “ Peloton Crowd ” | Andy Slavitt, Town Hall Ventures
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Andy Slavitt, former Acting Administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services and founder and partner at Town Hall Ventures, talks about how venture capitalists and health tech startups can help make healthcare more affordable and accessible for the 130 million Americans beyond the “Peloton crowd.” We ask Andy if he thinks “social determinants of health” is more than just an industry buzzword, get his advice for startups motivated to make a difference, and hear his predictions for what will change healthcare in this new decade. Filmed at J.P. Morgan...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Jessica DaMassa WTF Health Andy Slavitt health innovation JP Morgan 2020 JP Morgan Healthcare Conference JPM 2020 Peloton crowd SDoH Town Hall Ventures Source Type: blogs

Healthcare Has a Moral Injury
By KIM BELLARD The term “moral injury” is a term originally applied to soldiers as a way to help explain PTSD and, more recently, to physicians as a way to help explain physician burnout.  The concept is that moral injury is what can happen to people when “perpetrating, failing to prevent, or bearing witness to acts that transgress deeply held moral beliefs and expectations.”   I think healthcare generally has a bad case of moral injury.   How else can we explain physicians practicing surprise billing, hospitals suing patients, hea...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 13, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Hospitals Medical Practice Patients Physicians Burnout Healthcare system hospital gowns Kim Bellard moral injury US Healthcare system Source Type: blogs

Health Catalyst ’ s New Data-Driven Life Sciences Business | Sadiqa Mahmood, Health Catalyst
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH As if an IPO weren’t enough big news for Health Catalyst in 2019, the company also launched a brand-new life sciences business, basically setting forth a new solution for a completely new set of healthcare clients. Sadiqa Mahmood, Senior VP for Medical Affairs, explains how Health Catalyst is building off their deep expertise analyzing clinical care data and adding to it the molecular data typically collected by pharma companies, biotechs, med device manufacturers, and even digital health companies in order to open up a new era of precision medicine. The idea is to enable these innov...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa WTF Health digital health Health Catalyst IPO Sadiqa Mahmood Source Type: blogs

Burned out on Burnout?
Conclusion Learning how to pay attention to our attention (meta-attention) can be transformative. Using principles from cognitive science, we can create a comprehensive approach (attention capital theory in medicine) to reclaim the meaning and joy that has been depleted from our profession. Increasing the difficulty of our work to match our skill level, delegating low-level tasks to help us focus on critical steps in our physician zone, creating rules to eliminate distractions, and noticing both the wonder and suffering around us may be more important than resilience training or wellness modules. Although well-intention...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 12, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Physicians Burnout physician burnout physician wellness Sanj Katyal Source Type: blogs

The Digital Therapeutics Startup Following Pharma ’ s Formulary Model | David Klein, Click Therapeutics
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Click Therapeutics is a digital therapeutics company that develops and commercializes “software as medical treatments” — basically building digital formularies of prescribable software tools the same way a traditional pharma company would create a formulary of prescription drugs. CEO David Benshoof Klein stops by to talk about Click’s array of solutions and the support they’ve received from those traditional pharma companies, including investment from Sanofi-Genzyme BioVentures (which led their last funding round of $27.4M in October 2018) and a new partnershi...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: arham1023 Tags: Health Tech Jessica DaMassa WTF Health Click Therapeutics David Klein digital therapeutics Frontiers Health Pharma Source Type: blogs

The Primary Cares Initiative: How Value-Based Payment Models Aim to Strengthen Primary Care
Conclusion The Primary Cares Initiative represents not just a single push to improve the health care system as a whole through primary care, but an overarching drive to do so via many initiatives and programs. Bringing more practices on board with initiatives such as the PCMH, CPC+, innovation within Medicare Advantage, and the Primary Cares Initiative will undoubtedly solidify the success of these and future programs, as stakeholders and policymakers come to a greater understanding of how to incentivize and create a path toward improved health care outcomes. Chris Jaeger is the Advisor for ACO and Health System Stra...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 11, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Policy Primary Care AristaMD Chris Jaeger CMS primary cares initiative Source Type: blogs

Healthcare in the National Privacy Law Debate
Conclusion Despite the importance of the healthcare industry, the HIPAA Rules, and health information to the overall debate about individual privacy, healthcare has not been a leading factor in the current national privacy legislative debate. This is unfortunate and can lead to problems for both the healthcare industry and a variety of other stakeholders interested in healthcare data and the privacy of this data.  The HIPAA rules — because of their detail and our broad experience with them since their implementation  — can provide some useful experience in evaluating the national debate, particular...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 10, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Data Health Policy The Health Data Goldilocks Dilemma: Sharing? Privacy? Both? HIPAA Kirk Nahra Source Type: blogs

Leading Mental Health Platform on DTx Reimbursement, Scaling | Ken Cahill, SilverCloud Health
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Digital mental health platform SilverCloud Health is the digital-therapeutic-of-choice for mental health services in the UK’s National Health Service (NHS) and serves nearly 250 healthcare organizations around the world, racking up 1.5 million therapy hours and 5 million clinical interactions. CEO Ken Cahill stops by to catch us up on SilverCloud Health’s impressive clinical outcomes and how he’s tackling challenges around reimbursement that are common for many digital therapeutics startups. His unique approach (spoiler alert: he partners with providers to approach payers...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Grishma Reddy Tags: Health Tech Jessica DaMassa WTF Health Berlin digital therapeutics dtx Frontiers Health Ken Cahill Mental Health SilverCloud Health UK Source Type: blogs

For Your Eyeballs Only
By KIM BELLARD There’s so much going on.  There’s the coronavirus: It’s now a pandemic!  China can build an entire hospital to treat coronavirus patients in under two weeks!  Or there’s primary care: One Medical’s IPO boomed!  Amazon, Humana and Walmart are testing their versions!  People are flocking away from primary care!  Or, on a completely unrelated note, Tesla wants to disrupt auto insurance too.  As interesting as all those are, it’s augmented reality (AR) that I want to talk about.&nb...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 7, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Health Technology AR Kim Bellard Source Type: blogs

A Hospital Chief Pharmacy Officer on Innovation Needs | Jennifer Tryon, Wake Forest Baptist Health
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Health system pharmacists are just as fed up as physicians with the lack of time they spend connecting with patients. Why? Jennifer Tryon, Chief Pharmacy Officer for Wake Forest Baptist Health breaks it down for us by talking specifics about the outdated processes and old-school tech that are underpinning many health systems’ medication management programs — and holding back their pharmacists as a result. When she’s sourcing innovative new solutions for her pharmacy at Wake Forest Baptist Health, what are the pressing priorities that are getting her attention (and her bud...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Grishma Reddy Tags: Health Tech Jessica DaMassa WTF Health American Society of Health-System Pharmacist ASHP 2019 Hospitals Jennifer Tryon pharma innovation Pharmacy Wake Forest Baptist Health Source Type: blogs

Patient Worries as a Central Feature of their Health Care Experiences
By JOHN JAMES, ROBERT R. SCULLY, CASEY QUINLAN, BILL ADAMS, HELEN HASKELL, and POPPY ARFORD Political forces trying to shape and reshape American healthcare without hearing the voice of patients provided the rationale for this work. Our experiences as patients, caregivers, and users of media sources cause us to worry. The Patient Council of the Right Care Alliance developed 6 questions to form a national survey of Americans to guide policy makers. The questions and our rationale were as follows: 1) Finding a doctor I can trust. Trust in our doctors is not as high as it once was. There are stories of serious patient a...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 6, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Policy Patients Research Patient Council of the Right Care Alliance Patient Experience Source Type: blogs

The EU-Backed Community of Health Innovators Transforming Health | Katharina Ladewing, EIT Health
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Financially backed by the EU, EIT Health is a pan-European network of health innovators and 150+ corporate and academic partners across the continent who pool their assets to support widespread health innovation across Europe. We caught up with Katharina Ladewing, Managing Director for EIT Health Germany, about the group’s priorities, how they enable early and late stage startups to find funding and business partners, and how digital health has been evolving (rapidly) in the EU over the past few years. Wondering what the differences are between the health tech startup ecosystems in E...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa WTF Health EIT Health EIT Health Germany Europe Frontiers Health Frontiers Health 2019 health innovation Katharina Ladewing Source Type: blogs

Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 108 | OneMedical IPO, Hinge Health, & Humana
Today on Health in 2 Point 00, we’re starting out with a riddle: what’s the similarity between the 49ers Super Bowl performance and digital health? Find out on Episode 108, where Jess and I discuss other news in health tech starting off with another IPO, OneMedical. Now worth more than Livongo at $2.7 billion, this went better than anyone could’ve expected. Hinge Health raises $90 million in a Series C round, offering physical therapy at home and tapping into the loads of waste that goes towards back surgeries. Finally, Humana partners with a private equity company to expand primary care centers, what is ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt Start-Ups digital health Hinge Health Humana IPO One medical primary care Source Type: blogs

To Improve Patient Care, Think Both “Zebras” and Golf
By MICHAEL MILLENSON Super Bowl Week ended with the San Francisco 49ers and 161 U.S. hospitals having something in common. Both were publicly penalized, both lost money as a result and both passionately believed the process was unfair. Unfortunately, it’s not easy to decide whether their objections were sensible or sour grapes and, in the case of hospitals, the real-life consequences are not a game. The penalty that pained the 49ers occurred shortly before halftime of Super Bowl LIV, when offensive pass interference was called on tight end George Kittle. The call negated a big gain that might have ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 5, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Policy Medicare CMS hospital acquired conditions (HACs) Michael Millenson Risk adjustment Source Type: blogs

The Digital-First Health Insurance Startup Changing Healthcare in Nigeria | Femi Kuti, RelianceHMO
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH RelianceHMO is a Nigerian-based health insurance startup that aims to turn the traditional health insurance world upside-down. CEO Femi Kuti delves into how his company is using mobile phones, telemedicine, data science, and even underwriting (!) to make health insurance cheaper — and more accessible. With more than 1800 hospital partners across Nigeria, RelianceHMO is making a name for itself, but how does it plan to scale throughout Africa? And, what can payers around the world learn from their approach as they seek to make health insurance easy and affordable for Nigeria’s 1...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Grishma Reddy Tags: Health Tech Jessica DaMassa WTF Health Femi Kuti Health insurance health insurance companies Nigeria Reliance HMO Source Type: blogs

The Social Context and Vulnerabilities that Challenge Health Care in the San Joaquin Valley of California
By ALYA AHMAD, MD Call it what you want, white privilege and health disparity appear to be two sides of the same coin. We used to consider ethnic or genetic variants as risk factors, prognostic to health conditions. However, the social determinants of health (SDOH) have increasingly become more relevant as causes of disease prevalence and complexity in health care. As a pediatric hospitalist in the San Joaquin Valley region, I encounter these social determinants daily. They were particularly evident as I treated a 12-year old Hispanic boy who was admitted with a ruptured appendix and developed a complicated abscess,...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 4, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health disparities Medical Practice Patients Alya Ahmad California health disparity health equity San Joaquin Valley SDoH Social Determinants of Health Source Type: blogs

Autonomous Pharmacy: An Industry Movement to Free Hospital Pharmacists | Randy Lipps, CEO, Omnicell
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH From the point at which a medication arrives at a hospital’s receiving dock to the time it’s given to a patient, Omnicell systems are relied on to “store it, package it, barcode it, order it, issue it, and charge it.” Now, CEO Randy Lipps wants to automate ALL OF IT — getting medications from dockside to bedside, without the help of human hands. The Autonomous Pharmacy is not only Omnicell’s bold vision for the future of medication management for hospitals that brings in robotics and software to improve the safety and accuracy of every aspect of the drug...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa Start-Ups American Society of Health-System Pharmacist ASHP 2019 autonomous pharmacy drug delivery Hospitals medication management Omnicell Pharmacists Randy Lipps WTF Health Source Type: blogs

Medical Records in Primary Care: Keeping the Story of Phone Calls and Medication Changes with Less than Perfect Tools
By HANS DUVEFELT, MD I need the right information at the right time (and in a place that makes sense to me) to make safe medical decisions. Here’s another Metamedicine story: In learning my third EMR, I am again a little disappointed. I am again, still, finding it hard to document and retrieve the thread of my patient’s life and disease story. I think many EMRs were created for episodic, rather than continued medical care. One thing that can make working with an EMR difficult is finding the chronology in office visits (seen for sore throat and started on an antibiotic), ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 3, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Hospitals Medical Practice Patients Physicians Primary Care EHR EMR Hans Duvefelt Medical Records medication list medication reconciliation Source Type: blogs

Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 107 | SoftBank Money, Judy Faulkner ’s Letter, & Practice Fusion Gossip
Today on Health in 2 Point 00, we have SoftBank Money! I managed to beat Chrissy Farr to this piece of gossip by about 3 weeks, but digital pharmacy startup Alto raises $250 million from SoftBank. Medloop raises 6 million euros doing communication with patients, and mental health startup Spring Health raises $22 million as well. Turning to the EMR drama, I also give a rundown on Judy Faulkner’s letter, and explain the cautionary tale that is Ryan Howard of Practice Fusion. —Matthew Holt The post Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 107 | SoftBank Money, Judy Faulkner’s Letter, & Practice Fusion Gossip ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - February 1, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt Start-Ups Alto EMR Epic Judy Faulkner Medloop Practice Fusion Ryan Howard Softbank Spring Health Source Type: blogs

Ouchie, a Chronic Pain Management App Mapping “ Pain Journeys ” | Rachel Trobman, Upside Health
BY JESSICA DAMASSA, WTF HEALTH Not only is ‘Ouchie’ what you say when you’re in pain, but now it’s also what you say when you need to find relief! Rachel Trobman, CEO of Upside Health, introduces us to Ouchie, a remote patient monitoring and treatment tool for chronic pain that patients can download onto their phones. Central to the patient experience of the app is the focus on documenting the patient’s “pain journey” where they answer a series of important lifestyle questions that inform the platform to come up with ways to receive support and other health resources. Not only d...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Grishma Reddy Tags: Health Tech Jessica DaMassa WTF Health chronic disease chronic pain Frontiers Health Ouchie Rachel Trobman remote patient monitoring Upside Health Source Type: blogs

Ouchie , a Chronic Pain Management App Mapping “ Pain Journeys ” | Rachel Trobman, Upside Health
BY JESSICA DAMASSA, WTF HEALTH Not only is ‘Ouchie’ what you say when you’re in pain, but now it’s also what you say when you need to find relief! Rachel Trobman, CEO of Upside Health, introduces us to Ouchie, a remote patient monitoring and treatment tool for chronic pain that patients can download onto their phones. Central to the patient experience of the app is the focus on documenting the patient’s “pain journey” where they answer a series of important lifestyle questions that inform the platform to come up with ways to receive support and other health resources. Not only d...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Grishma Reddy Tags: Health Tech Jessica DaMassa WTF Health chronic disease chronic pain Frontiers Health Ouchie Rachel Trobman remote patient monitoring Upside Health Source Type: blogs

Why the Centene and WellCare Merger is the Biggest Deal in 2020
By ANDY MYCHKOVSKY I feel like the healthcare world just skipped over the $17.3 billion mega-merger between Centene and Wellcare, which just received final regulatory approval last Wednesday. With their powers combined, this new company will create the Thanos of government-focused health plans, hopefully without any of the deranged plans to take over the world. I do get it, 181 million lives are covered by employer-sponsored insurance, between full-risk and self-insured plans. These employer populations have the most disposable income and their HR departments are willing to provide supplemental benefits. Howev...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 31, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: The Business of Health Care Andy Mychkovsky Centene Centene Wellcare Merger Healthcare Pizza Medicaid Medicare Source Type: blogs

Livongo Takes on Hypertension | Zane Burke, CEO, Livongo
BY JESSICA DAMASSA, WTF HEALTH Livongo CEO, Zane Burke, has been a busy guy since the company’s IPO late last year. The applied health signals company has seen triple-digit (148%) growth and a robust expansion of the weight management and behavioral health platforms they’ve been building to support the ‘whole health life’ of people with diabetes. Case-in-point, Zane talks through the outcomes of the company’s latest clinical research on Livongo’s hypertension management tool, which showed that clients who used both Livongo’s diabetes management tool and hypertension tool in tand...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Grishma Reddy Tags: Health Tech Jessica DaMassa WTF Health Frontiers Health Hypertension Livongo Zane Burke Source Type: blogs

Quantum Theory of Health
By KIM BELLARD We’re pretty proud of modern medicine.  We’ve accumulated a very intricate understanding of how our body works, what can go wrong with it, and what are options are for tinkering with it to improve its health.  We’ve got all sorts of tests, treatments, and pills for it, with more on the way all the time. However, there has been increasing awareness of the impact our microbiota has on our health, and I think modern medicine is reaching the point classical physics did when quantum physics came along.   Image credit: E. Edwards/JQI Classical physics pictured the ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 30, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Kim Bellard Microbiome modern medicine quantum theory Source Type: blogs

Consumer Weight Loss Platform Noom Heads for Digital Health | Saeju Jeong, CEO, Noom
BY JESSICA DAMASSA Popular weight management app Noom is officially stepping into the world of digital health and digital therapeutics. CEO & co-founder, Saeju Jeong, shares some of the impressive stats that the behavior change platform has been able to help users achieve — including an average 7.5% reduction in body weight in 6 months. With more than 1 million (!) users around the world already, Noom is expanding globally and is venturing further into the healthcare space as a result of their successful pilot with Novo-Nordisk, which saw Noom as a ‘wrap around’ support to the drug company’s ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Grishma Reddy Tags: Health Tech Jessica DaMassa WTF Health Frontiers Health Noom Noom Health Saeju Jeong weight loss Source Type: blogs

Strategic Interests and the ONC Annual Meeting
By ADRIAN GROPPER, MD The HHS Office of National Coordinator (ONC) hosted a well-attended Annual Meeting this week. It’s a critical time for HHS because regulations authorized under the almost unanimous bi-partisan 21stC Cures Act, three and a half years in the making, are now facing intense political pressure for further delay or outright nullification. HHS pulled out all of the stops to promote their as yet unseen work product. Myself and other patient advocates benefited from the all-out push by ONC. We were given prominent spots on the plenary panels, for which we are grateful to ONC. This post summarizes m...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 29, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Policy 21st Century Cures Act CARIN Alliance FHIR Health Data Judy Faulkner Office of the National Coordinator ONC ONC Annual Meeting unique patient identifiers Source Type: blogs

Disrupting How We Detect Asthma & Hypertension | Edward Allegra, BioLum Sciences
BY JESSICA DAMASSA BioLum Sciences is introducing new chemistry that has the potential to completely change the way we test for respiratory illnesses, like asthma, and analyze blood samples to identify hypertension. CEO Edward Allegra talks through the science behind both their breath and blood tests, both of which are patent-pending and have the ability to completely bend the cost-curve when it comes to identifying and monitoring these two common chronic conditions. What’s next for the early-stage health startup? A range of applications to detect everything from COPD to lung cancer and more. Filmed at Bayer G...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Grishma Reddy Tags: Health Tech Jessica DaMassa WTF Health Asthma Bayer G4A Bayer G4A Signing Day BioLum BioLum Sciences Edward Allegra Hypertension Source Type: blogs

Why Healthcare Needs Designers
By TINA PARK, MFA Designing a functional lamp is simple. Building the Mars Rover is complex. Getting a doctor to ask the right questions so that a patient feels confident about their care in a highly regulated and time constrained environment? That’s complicated. Healthcare is filled with complicated challenges. Increasingly, healthcare companies and institutions are attacking these challenges with cross-disciplinary teams — doctors, data scientists, marketers, quality officers, financial experts, information technologists, and more. An often missing member of these teams are design leaders. Designer...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 28, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Patients Design Design Thinking Diagram healthcare design Innovation Tina Park Source Type: blogs

Announcing the Finalists of GuideWell ’s Caring for Caregivers Challenge
SPONSORED POST By CATALYST @ HEALTH 2.0 GuideWell, in collaboration with Catalyst @ Health 2.0, is excited to announce the finalists of the Caring for Caregivers Challenge! GuideWell sought organizations with programs, platforms, technology systems or services that enable family caregivers to provide in-home care of adult family members and improve the quality of life for both caregivers and care recipients. $50,000 was awarded to the Caring for Caregivers Challenge finalists: Carallel, LLC (Lake Forest, Ill.): Through the use of a digital platform, Carallel provides tools and personal guidance to help car...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Catalyst @ Health 2.0 Health Tech Health Technology Start-Ups Carallel Caring for Caregivers Embodied Labs GuideWell Inc innovation challenge LifePod Solutions TCARE Source Type: blogs

Digital Therapeutics Category Outlook for Reimbursement | Megan Coder, Digital Therapeutics Alliance
BY JESSICA DAMASSA What’s ahead for digital thereaputics as the category carves out its place in the broader world of digital health and health tech? Megan Coder, Executive Director of the Digital Therapeutics Alliance (the professional org founded in 2017 to guide the development of the category), swings by to level set with some definitions, talk reimbursement trends in US and Europe, and explain the intention behind the DTA’s recently published code of conduct and best practices for DTX companies. Filmed at Frontiers Health in Berlin, Germany, November 2019. Jessica DaMassa is the host of ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Grishma Reddy Tags: Health Tech Jessica DaMassa WTF Health digital therapeutics Digital Therapeutics Alliance dtx Megan Coder Reimbursement Source Type: blogs

Asinine, Backasswards Colonoscopy Insurance Rules Make Patients Decline Medically Necessary Testing
By HANS DUVEFELT, MD I’ve had several telephone calls in the last two weeks from a 40-year-old woman with abdominal pain and changed bowel habits. She obviously needs a colonoscopy, which is what I told her when I saw her. If she needed an MRI to rule out a brain tumor I think she would accept that there would be co-pays or deductibles, because the seriousness of our concern for her symptoms would make her want the testing. But because in the inscrutable wisdom of the Obama Affordable Care Act, it was decided that screening colonoscopies done on people with no symptoms whatsoever are a freebie, whereas colon...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 27, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Patients Physicians Primary Care Colonoscopy Hans Duvefelt Health insurance Source Type: blogs

Artificial Intelligence vs. Tuberculosis – Part 2
By SAURABH JHA, MD Clever Hans Preetham Srinivas, the head of the chest radiograph project in Qure.ai, summoned Bhargava Reddy, Manoj Tadepalli, and Tarun Raj to the meeting room. “Get ready for an all-nighter, boys,” said Preetham. Qure’s scientists began investigating the algorithm’s mysteriously high performance on chest radiographs from a new hospital. To recap, the algorithm had an area under the receiver operating characteristic curve (AUC) of 1 – that’s 100 % on multiple-choice question test. “Someone leaked the paper to AI,” laughed Manoj. “I...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 25, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Artificial Intelligence Health Tech Health Technology @roguerad AI Saurabh Jha TB tuberculosis Source Type: blogs

Detecting Heart Conditions Faster: The Case for Biomarkers-PLUS-AI | Dean Loizou, Prevencio
BY JESSICA DAMASSA Can artificial intelligence help prevent cardiovascular diseases? Biotech startup, Prevencio, has developed a proprietary panel of biomarkers that uses blood proteins and sophisticated AI algorithms to detect cardiovascular conditions like coronary and peripheral artery disease, aerotic stenosis, risk for stroke and more. Dean Loizou, Prevencio’s VP of Business Development, breaks down the process step-by-step and explains exactly how Prevencio reports its clinically viable scores to doctors. How does the AI fit into all this? We get to that too, plus the details around this startup’s plan...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Grishma Reddy Tags: Health Tech Jessica DaMassa WTF Health Artificial intelligence Bayer G4A Signing Day Biotech Dean Loizou heart disease Prevencio Source Type: blogs

A Letter to Ms. Judy Faulkner & Mr. Tommy Thompson
By GRACE CORDOVANO PhD, BCPA Being a patient or a carepartner can be a lonely, powerless place. There’s no high powered legal or lobbying team to help support you in your or your loved one’s health care journey. There’s no PR team at your beck and call. There’s no advisory board, no executive committee, no assistants, no chatbots or AI-powered technology coming to the rescue. There’s no funding or a company sponsoring your efforts. There’s no course in how to be a professional patient or carepartner. There’s no one there in the stillness and dark of the night, when you ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Policy Patients caregivers carepartner Grace Cordovano Judy Faulkner patient advocacy Patient advocates Tommy Thompson Source Type: blogs

Asinine, Backasswards Colonoscopy Insurance Rules Make Patients Decline Medically Necessary Testing
By HANS DUVEFELT, MD I’ve had several telephone calls in the last two weeks from a 40-year-old woman with abdominal pain and changed bowel habits. She obviously needs a colonoscopy, which is what I told her when I saw her. If she needed an MRI to rule out a brain tumor I think she would accept that there would be co-pays or deductibles, because the seriousness of our concern for her symptoms would make her want the testing. But because in the inscrutable wisdom of the Obama Affordable Care Act, it was decided that screening colonoscopies done on people with no symptoms whatsoever are a freebie, whereas colon...
Source: The Health Care Blog - January 24, 2020 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Patients Physicians Primary Care Colonoscopy Hans Duvefelt Health insurance Source Type: blogs