#Healthin2Point00, Episode 199 | Olive acquires Empiric plus raises by Medable & Papa
Today on Health in 2 Point 00, I air some of my grudges as we get into our deals for the day. In the third extension of their Series C, Medable gets another $78 million bringing their total to $217 million. Olive acquires Empiric Health, expanding into surgical data analytics – where does this fit in with Sean Lane’s five-point strategic plan? Finally, Papa gets a $60 million raise and Anthem, Blackstone and K Health launch a joint venture. —Matthew Holt (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - April 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt Anthem Medable Olive Source Type: blogs

Smart Healthcare Platforms Shine a Light On Price Transparency
By MATTHEW DALE Did you know that as of January 2021, price transparency is being mandated for hospitals? But what exactly does that mean for company healthcare plans, third-party administrators, healthcare sharing organizations, employers, and employees?  It means U.S. hospitals are now required to provide clear, accessible pricing information online about the items and services they provide in two ways: 1) as a comprehensive machine-readable file and 2) in a display of shoppable services in a consumer-friendly format.  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services are already requiring hospitals to ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - April 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Health Technology matthew dale point health price transparency Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 50, Thursday April 15
Well the half-century is up for #THCBGang and it’s been a lot of fun bantering with some of the cognoscenti of health tech, business & policy over most of the last year. For #50 we had a special guest. Robert Pearl, (@RobertPearlMD) former CEO of The Permanente Medical Group, noted commentator, and author. He joined me, along with regular gang members policy expert consultant/author Rosemarie Day (@Rosemarie_Day1), policy & tech expert Vince Kuraitis (@VinceKuraitis), and Suntra Modern Recovery CEO JL Neptune (@JeanLucNeptune). There was a little discussion of Robert’s new book...
Source: The Health Care Blog - April 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abdul Ghafar Tags: THCB Gang JL Neptune Matthew Holt Robert Pearl rosemarie day Vince Kuraitis Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 50, Thursday April 15, 1pm PT /4pm ET
Well the half-century is up for #THCBGang and it’s been a lot of fun bantering with some of the cognoscenti of health tech, business & policy over most of the last year. For #50 we have a special guest. Robert Pearl, (@RobertPearlMD) former CEO of The Permanente Medical Group, noted commentator, and author will join me, along with regular gang members policy expert consultant/author Rosemarie Day (@Rosemarie_Day1), policy & tech expert Vince Kuraitis (@VinceKuraitis), and Suntra Modern Recovery CEO JL Neptune (@JeanLucNeptune). You can expect a little discussion of Robert’s new...
Source: The Health Care Blog - April 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abdul Ghafar Tags: THCB Gang JL Neptune Matthew Holt Robert Pearl rosemarie day Vince Kuraitis Source Type: blogs

The Pain Is In Your Brain: Your Knees Know Next to Nothing
By HANS DUVEFELT A “frozen shoulder” can be manipulated to move freely again under general anesthesia. The medications we use to put patients to sleep for such procedures work on the brain and don’t concentrate in the shoulder joints at all. An ingrown toenail can be removed or an arthritic knee can be replaced by injecting a local anesthetic – at the base of the toe or into the spine – interrupting the connection between the body and the brain. An arthritic knuckle can stop hurting and move more freely after a steroid injection that dramatically reduces inflammation, giving lasting r...
Source: The Health Care Blog - April 14, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Patients Physicians Primary Care Hans Duvefelt Pain Management Source Type: blogs

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 198 | Microsoft buys Nuance & lots of IPO rumors
Today on Health in 2 Point 00, Jess claims to be blameless for the drama between Jonathan Bush and Glen Tullman. On Episode 198, we talk about Microsoft buying Nuance for $16 billion and $3 billion in debt – is Microsoft taking over healthcare, and is this going to slow Nuance down? Cohere Health raises $36 million in a Series B, working on improving prior authorizations between health plans and providers. We wrap up with a lightning round of IPO rumors regarding Privia Health, VillageMD, and Bright Health. —Matthew Holt (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - April 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt Bright Health Cohere Health Microsoft Nuance Privia Health VillageMD Source Type: blogs

To Add is Expected, To Subtract is Design
By KIM BELLARD A couple years ago I wrote about how healthcare should take customer experience guru Dan Gingiss’s advice: do simple better.  Now new research illustrates why this is so hard: when it comes to trying to make improvements, people would rather add than subtract.  That, in a nutshell, may help explain why our healthcare system is such a mess. The research, from University of Virginia researchers, made the cover of last week’s Nature, under the catchy title Less Is More.  Subjects were given several opportunities to suggest changes to something, such as a Lego set-up, a geomet...
Source: The Health Care Blog - April 13, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Kim Bellard Source Type: blogs

Our Healthcare System Needs More Than Policy Overhaul: It ’s Time for Private Sector Innovation to Kick into High Gear for Our Health’s Sake
By SACH JAIN Last year I was heading to a meeting on a Fortune 500 business campus and stumbled upon a bake sale. It was odd to see someone selling cupcakes and breads on the grounds of a major corporation, so I inquired. As it turns out, Judy, an employee, was selling baked goods to finance her insurance deductible for spinal fusion surgery.  “Is this what our system has come to?” I asked myself, “Fundraisers for fusions?” If so, our health system is broken. No matter how you slice it, Americans spend more on healthcare than any other advanced economy, with households responsible for ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - April 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Carrum Centers of Excellence Sach Jain Source Type: blogs

Doxepin, a Little Known Super Drug in My Personal Black Bag of Tricks
By HANS DUVEFELT A while back I was able to completely stop my mastocytosis patient’s chronic hives, which the allergist had been unable to control. I did it with a drug that has been on the market since 1969 and is taken once a day at a cost of 40 cents per capsule at Walmart pharmacies. Hives are usually treated with antihistamines like diphenhydramine (Benadryl). My super drug has a 24 hour duration of effect and is about 800 times more potent than diphenhydramine, which has to be taken every fours hours around the clock. Histamine is involved in allergic reactions, but it also plays a r...
Source: The Health Care Blog - April 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Physicians Primary Care Hans Duvefelt Source Type: blogs

Jean Drouin, Clarify Health, on the new data stack.
By MATTHEW HOLT Clarify Health has linked (but anonymized) data on about 300m Americans, including their claims, lab, (some) EMR data and their SDOH data. They then use it to help providers, plans and pharma figure out what is going on with their patients, and how their doctors et al are behaving. CEO Jean Drouin, a French-Canadian who incidentally at one point ran strategy for the NHS in London, explained to me what Clarify does, how it’s going to help improve health care, where these data products are going next–and why they needed to raise $116m in March to build it out. Jean thinks about creating a singl...
Source: The Health Care Blog - April 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Data Health Tech Clarify Health Health Data Jean Drouin Matthew Holt Source Type: blogs

Health Tech Deals, on Clubhouse tomorrow (Thursday 8th) at 1 PT/4 ET
Tomorrow we are taking a break from #THCBGang. Don’t worry it’ll be back with a vengeance next week. Instead, Jess DaMassa & I will host a new show “Health Tech Deals” on Clubhouse So please join Jess and me in The Health Care Blog’s room for “Gossip, analysis & Sh!talking about digital health funding”. Tomorrow, Apr 8 at 1:00 PM PDT – 4pm ET on @joinClubhouse. Join us! (And if you need an invite to Clubhouse, let me know) And it’ll be on our podcast channel (Apple/Spotify) from Friday — Matthew Holt (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - April 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa Start-Ups THCB Gang Health Tech Deals Matthew Holt Source Type: blogs

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 197 | BrightInsight, SteadyMD, CirrusMD, and Cleo
Today on Health in 2 Point 00, I’m getting my shots soon! On Episode 197, General Catalyst is throwing more money around – $101 million goes to BrightInsight for its digital health insights management platform. SteadyMD raises $25 million bringing its total to $31 million, and CirrusMD raises $20 million in a Series C bringing its total to $47 million. Is there room for more telehealth companies? Finally, fertility benefits company Cleo gets $40 million, bringing its total up to $80 million – this was a hot space last year, what’s going on now? —Matthew Holt (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - April 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt BrightInsight CirrusMD cleo Source Type: blogs

Firefly Health ’s CEO & Exec Chairman on $40M Raise & Becoming a “ Bloat-less Kaiser ”
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Virtual-first primary care company Firefly Health is becoming a health plan! Backed by a $40M Series B, CEO Fay Rotenberg and Executive Chairman Jonathan Bush stop by to explain how they’re providing “half-price healthcare that’s twice as good.” (Or, as only Jonathan can put it: “we’re a bloat-less Kaiser.”) All kidding aside, some big-name health innovation investors are not only behind this raise (Andreessen Horowitz led, F-Prime Capital and Oak HC/FT dipped back in), but also this idea to wrap a benefit around Firefly’s digitally-driven co...
Source: The Health Care Blog - April 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Tech Jessica DaMassa Value-Based Care Fay Rotenberg Firefly Health Jonathan Bush Source Type: blogs

The Art of the Chart: Documenting the Timeline
By HANS DUVEFELT The timeline of a patient’s symptoms is often crucial in making a correct diagnosis. Similarly, the timeline of our own clinical decisions is necessary to document and review when following a patient through their treatment. In the old paper charts, particularly when they were handwritten, office notes, phone calls, refills and many other things were displayed in the order they happened (usually reverse chronological order). This made following the treatment of a case effortless, for example: 3/1 OFFICE VISIT: ?UTI (where ciprofloxacin was prescribed and culture sent off) 3/3 Clinical not...
Source: The Health Care Blog - April 7, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Physicians Primary Care EHR Hans Duvefelt Source Type: blogs

Some Discord Could Be Good for Health Care
By KIM BELLARD By the time you read this, Microsoft may have already struck a deal with the messaging service Discord.  VentureBeat reported two weeks ago that Discord was in an “exclusive acquisition discussion” with an interested party, for a deal that could reach at least $10b.  Bloomberg and  The Wall Street Journal each quickly revealed that the interested party was Microsoft (and also confirmed the likely price).  Me, I’m wishing that a healthcare company – hey, TelaDoc and UnitedHealth Group, I’m looking at you! – was in the mix.  Let’s back...
Source: The Health Care Blog - April 6, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Discord Kim Bellard Technology Source Type: blogs

Time to Reboot “Medicare-For-All”
By MIKE MAGEE In the fog of the Covid pandemic, many are wondering what ever happened to prior vocal support for universal coverage and Medicare-for-All. Expect those issues to regain prominence in the coming months. A bit of recent history helps explain why. The January 6th insurrection, followed by the past weeks two mass shootings, have served to remind our citizens that we must address a range of issues while continuing to confront the pandemic threat. Modern civilized societies rely on a double-armed approach to maintain order, peace and security. The first arm is laws. But laws are of little value without ev...
Source: The Health Care Blog - April 5, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Policy Medicare Politics Public Health Medicare For All Mike Magee Source Type: blogs

The Medicaid Plan of the Future: Sean Lane on Building Circulo on Top of Olive ’s AI Platform
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH What’s better than being the CEO of one blazing-hot disruptive health tech company that’s raised $450M to build “the internet of healthcare”? How about becoming the CEO of a second company – a new managed Medicaid health plan company – that’s to be built on top of your first company’s machine learning platform, which is chock-full of hospital data and learning how to automate healthcare admin expertise? So is the fate of Sean Lane, CEO of Olive and now, also CEO of Circulo. What does a built-from-scratch, tech-first Medicaid plan look like...
Source: The Health Care Blog - April 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Jessica DaMassa WTF Health Circulo Olive Sean Lane Source Type: blogs

Playing Poker With the Devil: “Prior Authorizations” are Paralyzing Patients and Burning out Providers
By HANS DUVEFELT The faxes keep coming in, sometimes several at a time. “Your (Medicare) patient has received a temporary supply, but the drug you prescribed is not on our formulary or the dose is exceeding our limits.” Well, which is it? Nine times out of ten, the fax doesn’t say. They don’t explain what their dosage limits are. And if it isn’t a covered drug, the covered alternatives are usually not listed. So the insurance company is hoping for one of a few possible reactions to their fax: The patient gives up, the doctor tries but fails in getting approval, or the doctor does...
Source: The Health Care Blog - April 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Physicians Primary Care Hans Duvefelt Prior Authorization Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 49, Thursday April 1, 1pm PT /4pm ET
The April Fools joining me on THCB Gang today will be policy expert consultant/author Rosemarie Day (@Rosemarie_Day1), futurist Jeff Goldsmith, policy & tech expert Vince Kuraitis (@VinceKuraitis),  and patient safety expert & all around wit Michael Millenson (@MLMillenson). There’s vaccines, a 4th wave, Texas reopening, Florida never having closed, and a whole mess of health policy. It’ll be fun — so come join us You can see the video below live and the audio will be on our podcast channel (Apple/Spotify) from Friday (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - April 1, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abdul Ghafar Tags: THCB Gang Jeff Goldsmith Matthew Holt Michael Millenson rosemarie day Vince Kuraitis Source Type: blogs

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 196 | Rightway, AKASA, Viz.ai, AppliedVR, & Harmonize
We’ve only got one $100 million deal today on Health in 2 Point 00 — has the bubble burst? On Episode 196, Jess and I talk about care navigator Rightway raising $100 million – there’s a lot going on with this space, does it make sense to do this right now with Transcarent? AKASA, formerly known as Alpha, raises $60 million bringing its total to $85 million for revenue cycle management. Viz.ai gets $71 million, bringing its total to $150 million, for its stroke diagnostic AI software, AppliedVR raises $29 million bringing its total to $35, and Harmonize Health raises $10 million working on remote pat...
Source: The Health Care Blog - March 31, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt AKASA AppliedVR Harmonize Rightway Viz.ai Source Type: blogs

We Are the Ever Given
By KIM BELLARD The Ever Given is free!  Admit it: you’ve been following the story about the huge container ship stuck in the Suez Canal.  It’s about the size of the Empire State building laid flat, and somehow ended up blocking one of the busiest waterways in the world.  As serious as this was for global shipping and all of us who depend on it, much hilarity ensued.  Memes exploded, using this as a metaphor for almost everything, healthcare included.  Once there started to be hope for getting the Ever Given free, people started new memes that it should be “put back.&rdquo...
Source: The Health Care Blog - March 31, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Policy COVID-19 Ever Given Kim Bellard Suez Canal Source Type: blogs

Digital Therapeutics, Megan & Me!
Anyone who follows me knows that I’ve been questioning whether digital therapeutics are real and more importantly whether the people building and trying to sell them are simply trying to replicate the American drug pricing model–patent, protect, prescribe & price gouge. So who better to have this conversation with than the person in charge of explaining and selling the notion of digital therapeutics to the world? Megan Coder is Executive Director of the Digital Therapeutics Alliance. She graciously and bravely agreed to talk to me. Who won the argument? You’ll have to watch to decide, but I found our ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - March 31, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Tech Matthew Holt digital therapeutics dtx Megan Coder Source Type: blogs

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 195 | Cityblock, Crossover, Redesign Health & Vesta
Today on Health in 2 Point 00, I’ve been banned from talking about the Suez Canal by Jess. On Episode 195, we cover Cityblock raising $192 million in a C extension, adding to their $160 million Series C in from December. Crossover Health raises $168 million in a proper D round, Redesign Health raises $100 million adding to their capital of $250 million for their digital health studio, and Vesta, formerly called Hometeam, raises $20 million which has flopped from working to get caregivers into the home to helping care agencies do telehealth at home. —Matthew Holt (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - March 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt Cityblock Crossover Health Redesign Health Vesta Healthcare Source Type: blogs

Meet Rightway: The Little-Known $1.1B Care Navigator PBM Startup That Just Scored $100M
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Despite nearly 900 employer clients (including big brands like Burger King, Kroger, and DoorDash), a net promoter score of 84, and a new pharmacy benefits management (PBM) program launched mid-pandemic, healthcare navigator startup, Rightway, seems to have come out of left field with its $100M Series C fundraise and $1.1B valuation. CEO Jordan Feldman introduces us to the company he’s built and its pretty impressive ability to achieve double-digit decreases in the cost of healthcare for mid- and large self-insured employers. We walk through the business model, talk about the well...
Source: The Health Care Blog - March 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Jessica DaMassa WTF Health PBM Rightway Source Type: blogs

Meet Rightway: The Little-Know $1.1B Care Navigator PBM Startup That Just Scored $100M
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Despite nearly 900 employer clients (including big brands like Burger King, Kroger, and DoorDash), a net promoter score of 84, and a new pharmacy benefits management (PBM) program launched mid-pandemic, healthcare navigator startup, Rightway, seems to have come out of left field with its $100M Series C fundraise and $1.1B valuation. CEO Jordan Feldman introduces us to the company he’s built and its pretty impressive ability to achieve double-digit decreases in the cost of healthcare for mid- and large self-insured employers. We walk through the business model, talk about the well...
Source: The Health Care Blog - March 30, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Jessica DaMassa WTF Health PBM Rightway Source Type: blogs

“I Don’t Do Windows” Says the Maid. “I Don’t Do Machines” Says this Doctor – “But I Do Nudge Therapy”
By HANS DUVEFELT The hackneyed windows phrase, about what a domestic employee will and will not do for an employer, represents a concept that applies to the life of a doctor, too. Personally, I have to do Windows, the default computer system of corporate America, even though I despise it. But in my personal life I use iOS on my iPad and iPhone and very rarely use even my slick looking MacBook Pro. I use “tech” and machines as little as possible and I prefer that they work invisibly and intuitively. In medicine, even in what used to be called “general practice”, you can’t very reasonab...
Source: The Health Care Blog - March 29, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Physicians Primary Care Hans Duvefelt Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 48, Friday March 26
This week (for one week only) #THCB Gang was on Friday. Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) was joined by regulars medical historian Mike Magee (@drmikemagee), Fard Johnmar (@fardj), from digital health consultancy Enspektos, THCB regular writer Kim Bellard (@kimbbellard), and employer health expert Jennifer Benz (@jenbenz). Sadly Casey Quinlan was ill and couldn’t join last minute. It was an extraordinary week, especially in terms of digital health investment. We talked a bit about that and a lot more about high deductible health plans, whether the filibuster will be busted, and what that might mean for Medicare for al...
Source: The Health Care Blog - March 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abdul Ghafar Tags: THCB Gang #THCBGang Casey Quinlan jen benz Kim Bellard Matthew Holt Mike Magee Source Type: blogs

The Drive To Standardize Records: Progress or Chaos?
By MERLE BUSHKIN I recently asked my Primary Care Physician’s Medical Records Department for copies of my records covering the last eight months during which I had four office visits, five blood draws, and nine brief email exchanges. I should add that my PCP uses one of the two most popular EMR systems. To my astonishment, I received 274 pages of digital records (PDFs).  I’ve heard of “record bloat” but this was an explosion! When I analyzed their contents, I found that 59 pages were legitimate documents containing “original” information and data.  22 Pages w...
Source: The Health Care Blog - March 26, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech EHR EMR health records Merle Bushkin Source Type: blogs

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 194 | Ro, Appriss, Everlywell & Ginger
We’re swimming in a pool of money, health tech! Today on Health in 2 Point 00, we have over $1 billion and 3 acquisitions in this episode alone. First up is Ro, which just raised $500 million – they’re building quite the big healthcare company; their valuation is roughly double what Hims is trading and their revenue is a little bit more. Next, Appriss Health acquires PatientPing for $500 million and Everlywell acquires both PWNHealth and Home Access Health Corporation. Finally, our friends over at Ginger close another $100 million round. Be sure to tune into Jess’s interview with the CEO Russ Glass ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - March 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt Appriss Health EverlyWell Ginger Home Access Health PatientPing PWNHealth Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 48, Friday March 26, 1pm PT – 4pm ET
This week (for one week only) #THCB Gang will be on Friday March 26. Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) will be joined by regulars medical historian Mike Magee (@drmikemagee),  fierce patient activist Casey Quinlan (@MightyCasey), Fard Johnmar (@fardj), from digital health consultancy Enspektos, THCB regular writer Kim Bellard (@kimbbellard), and employer health expert Jennifer Benz (@jenbenz). It’s been an extraordinary week, especially in terms of digital health investment. We’ll be looking at that and discussing how the country is dealing in the “we can see the post-vaccine finish line” presen...
Source: The Health Care Blog - March 25, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abdul Ghafar Tags: THCB Gang #THCBGang Casey Quinlan jen benz Kim Bellard Matthew Holt Mike Magee Source Type: blogs

Inside Ginger ’ s $100M Funding & Plans to Scale Value-Based Digital Mental Health Care
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Digital mental health startup Ginger just closed a $100M funding round on the heels of its biggest growth year yet: tripling revenue in 2020, bringing its employer-client count to 500, and expanding to offer its services to more than 30 integrated health systems and health plans. CEO Russ Glass updates us on what’s next for the company now that it, too, has joined the $1-Billion-Plus club of digital mental health startups. In a space where competitors are well-capitalized and poised to scale (Don’t forget: Talkspace awaits it’s SPAC IPO, Lyra Health has raised a whopp...
Source: The Health Care Blog - March 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa WTF Health Ginger Source Type: blogs

Maximizing the Long Term Value of Virtual Care
By JON BLOOM The rate of adoption for virtual care and remote monitoring solutions has skyrocketed over the last year as access to in-person appointments has been limited, but despite the uptick, we’re still drastically underutilizing their potential. These solutions often focus on treating a singular episode or chronic condition, when in fact they can open the door to more wide-ranging proactive monitoring and care that can have huge benefits in the long term.  By simply offering a touchpoint for patients to interact with the health care system through solutions like remote monitoring, providers can detec...
Source: The Health Care Blog - March 24, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Health Technology Jon Bloom podimetrics virtual care Source Type: blogs

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 193 | Evidation, Komodo Health, Bigfoot Biomedical & Glooko
On Episode 193 of Health in 2 Point 00, we have another huge day! We catch up on Amazon’s telehealth news before covering more massive deals. Evidation gets $153 million, bringing their total to a whopping $259 million and Komodo Health gets $220 million, bringing their total to $319 million. Bigfoot Biomedical raises $53 million for Type 1 diabetes care, and Glooko raises $30 million for their management system primarily working with diabetes clinics. —Matthew Holt (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - March 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt Bigfoot Biomedical Evidation Glooko Komodo Health Source Type: blogs

Nanoparticles On My Mind
By KIM BELLARD Nanoparticles are everywhere!  By that I mean, of course, that there seems to be a lot of news about them lately, particularly in regard to health and healthcare.   But, of course, literally they could be anywhere and everywhere, which helps account for their potential, and their potential danger. Let’s start with one of the more startling developments: a team at the University of Miami’s College of Engineering, led by Professor Sakhrat Khizroev, believes it has figured out a way to use nanoparticles to “talk” to the brain without wires or implants.  They use...
Source: The Health Care Blog - March 23, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Kim Bellard nanoparticles Source Type: blogs

The Art of Clinical Decision Making: Friday Afternoon Dilemmas
By HANS DUVEFELT The woman had a bleeding ulcer and required a blood transfusion. The hospital discharge summary said to see me in three days for a repeat CBC. But she had a late Friday appointment and there was no way we would get a result before the end of the day. She also had developed diarrhea on her pantoprazole and had stopped the medication. As if that wasn’t enough, her right lower leg was swollen and painful. She had been bed bound for a couple of days in the hospital and sedentary at home after discharge. She could still be bleeding and she could have a blood clot. There were no openings for an ultra...
Source: The Health Care Blog - March 22, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Physicians Primary Care Hans Duvefelt Source Type: blogs

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 192 | Happify, 100Plus, Health Recovery Solutions — & Glen Tullman is back
Today on Health in 2 Point 00, we’re back with more deals as promised for our post St-Patty’s episode. On Episode 192, Jess and I have lots to chat about because Glen Tullman is back—he becomes the CEO of Transcarent, a new company which is going direct to employers and doing navigation and telehealth and centers of excellence. Despite the crowded space (especially after this week’s Doctor on Demand and Grand Rounds merger), Glen says there is huge demand from employers. Catch our interview with him on WTF Health. Next, Happify Health gets $75 million, bringing their total up to $123 million. I had ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - March 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt 100plus Glen Tullman Happify Health Recovery Solutions remote patient monitoring transcarent Source Type: blogs

Glen Tullman ’ s Return to Digital Health: In-Depth Chat on New CEO Role at Transcarent
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH As if one consumer digital health company with an $18.5B exit wasn’t enough, Livongo founder Glen Tullman has decided to give the transformation of healthcare another go – this time as Executive Chairman & CEO of Transcarent. Matthew Holt and I sit down with Glen to hear about the “new kind of experience” that Transcarent is offering self-insured employers and their employees: one focused on providing unbiased information, guidance for accessing high-value healthcare, and an at-risk model that promises to share back the financial benefits associated with better ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - March 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt WTF Health Glen Tullman transcarent Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 47, Thursday March 18
THCB Gang will be live on Thursday March 18 at 1pm PT or 4pm ET. Joining me, Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) will be fierce patient activist Casey Quinlan (@MightyCasey), consumer advocate & CTO of Carium Health, Lygeia Ricciardi (@Lygeia), employer health expert Jennifer Benz (@jenbenz), THCB regular authors radiologist Saurabh Jha (@roguerad) & cardiologist Anish Koka (@anish_koka), with futurist Jeff Goldsmith on hand to keep us all honest. It all be good grist for the #THCBGang’s mill. If you’d rather listen than watch, the audio is preserved as a weekly podcast available on our iTunes...
Source: The Health Care Blog - March 18, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abdul Ghafar Tags: THCB Gang Anish Koka Casey Quinlan Jeff Goldsmith jennifer benz Saurabh Jha Source Type: blogs

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 191 | Doctor on Demand & Grand Rounds merge, plus more staggering deals
Today on Health in 2 Point 00, it’s St. Patrick’s Day and to top off your green beer we’ve got plenty of green money. First up on Episode 191, the news we’ve been waiting for: Doctor on Demand and Grand Rounds merge. No SPAC here, but this is a real harbinger for the future. Strive Health raises $140 million – this is Google money, looking to reinvent chronic kidney disease care. Social determinants of health startup Unite Us raises $150 million, integrating social services into medical records to address the social determinants. Finally Clarify Health raises $115 million working with populati...
Source: The Health Care Blog - March 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt Clarify Health Doctor On Demand Grand Rounds Strive Health Unite Us Source Type: blogs

Ofer Leidner, Happify Health
by MATTHEW HOLT Happify Health is a online mental health company that is focused almost exclusively on scaling care by offering self-service tech solutions across the patient journey. After R&D starting in 2012, they’ve been scaling since 2017 and now are working with large employers and big health plans. What they don’t do is have their own therapists or psychiatrists. This is an interesting approach and probably much more scalable than many of their competitors. Today they raised $73m more to build out their solutions. I talked to Happify Health’s President, Ofer Leidner about how far they can go...
Source: The Health Care Blog - March 17, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Tech THCB Spotlights Happify Health Matthew Holt Mental Health Ofer Leidner Source Type: blogs

Roblox and Healthcare ’ s Metaverse
By KIM BELLARD As neither a gamer nor the parent of a gamer, I’ve been proud that I’ve stayed even mildly in touch with the cultural phenomenon that gaming is.  I’ve written about, for example, the Metaverse, Fortnight, and e-sports.  Still, I somehow managed to be completely oblivious to the existence of Roblox, until they went public this week and was valued at $45b, larger than Electronic Arts (which I had heard of).  Once again, I think there are lessons for healthcare. P.J. McNealy, CEO of Digital World Research, described Roblox to NPR as: “Minecraft meets Nintendo, whi...
Source: The Health Care Blog - March 16, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Kim Bellard metaverse Roblox Source Type: blogs

The Art of Asking: What Else is Going on?
By HANS DUVEFELT Walter Brown’s blood sugars were out of control. Ellen Meek had put on 15 lbs. Diane Meserve’s blood pressure was suddenly 30 points higher than ever before. In Walter’s case, he turned out to have an acute thyroiditis that caused many other symptoms that came to light during our standard Review of Systems. Ellen, it turned out, was pretty sure her husband was having an affair with one of his coworkers. And, since this wasn’t the first time, she was secretly working on a plan to move out and file for divorce. She admitted she’d always had a tendency to stress eat. ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - March 15, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Physicians Primary Care Hans Duvefelt health communication Source Type: blogs

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 190 | Forward Health, Cedar, & Babylon
Today on Health in 2 Point 00, primary care appears to have jumped the shark because there is a deal in this episode in which the investors on the round are probably Jess’s favorite group of investors ever. Forward Health raises $225 million in a Series D – there’s Softbank money in this round as well as The Weeknd – but why didn’t they just go public? Patient billing company Cedar raises $200 million, bringing their valuation up to $3.2 billion, although I’m not too impressed by the concept. Finally, Babylon is making inroads into the U.S. from the U.K., buying a California-based provid...
Source: The Health Care Blog - March 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt Babylon Babylon Health Forward Health Softbank Source Type: blogs

Inside Owlet ’ s SPAC IPO: From Smart Sock Baby Monitor to Data-Driven Pediatric Healthcare Co
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Oh Baby! Connected digital nursery startup, Owlet Baby Care, just announced their SPAC IPO and intention to take their infant smart sock from baby monitor to FDA-approved medical device. I talk with Owlet’s co-founder & CEO, Kurt Workman, to find out why the baby health tech company (which has raised $48M in venture funding) has decided to take the business public in order to pursue its plans for growth as a pediatric healthcare company caring for baby “from conception to kindergarten.” Kurt gets into the details behind the work Owlet’s team is doing now to get ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - March 12, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa WTF Health IPO Kurt Workman Owlet SPAC IPO Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 46, Thursday March 11
THCB Gang featured lawyer & privacy expert Deven McGraw, (@Healthprivacy), Health IT girl and WTF Health Host Jessica DaMassa (@jessdamassa), and policy expert consultant/author Rosemarie Day @Rosemarie_Day1). We’ve had far too many Y chromosomes on lately but also joining Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) for this one will be futurist Ian Morrison (@seccurve) and Fard Johnmar (@fardj), from digital health consultancy Enspektos. We dove into the health care implications of the new $1.9 trillion stimulus bill, and had a great chat about where health and digital health go next. If you’d rather listen t...
Source: The Health Care Blog - March 11, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abdul Ghafar Tags: THCB Gang Deven McGraw fard johnmar Ian Morrison Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt Robin Farmanfarmaian rosemarie day Source Type: blogs

The Art of Listening: When the Inner Voice Whispers
By HANS DUVEFELT “I worry, so you don’t have to”, is how I explain to patients when something about their story or physical exam makes me consider that they may have something serious going on. The worst thing you can do is give false reassurance without serious consideration. And the next worst thing you can do is be an alarmist and needlessly frighten your patient. Finding and explaining the balance between those two extremes is a big part of the art of medicine. A few times in my career I have struggled with doubt or worry after a patient visit. Did I miss anything, did I order the right test?...
Source: The Health Care Blog - March 10, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Medical Practice Physicians Primary Care Hans Duvefelt health communication Source Type: blogs

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 189 | DispatchHealth, TytoCare and Highmark Health
Today on Health in 2 Point 00, we’re wishing Jess a happy belated birthday! On Episode 189, Jess asks me about DispatchHealth raising a massive $200 million Series D, bringing their total up to $403 million, providing in-home urgent care. TytoCare raises another $50 million for their Series D, bringing their total up to $155 million, providing tech-enabled health at home with their device and providers. Finally there’s a partnership with Highmark Health, Google Cloud, Verily, and OnDuo – what’s going on with this lot? —Matthew Holt (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - March 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Health in 2 Point 00 Health Tech Health Technology Jessica DaMassa Matthew Holt Dispatch DispatchHealth google cloud Highmark Health OnDuo TytoCare Verily Source Type: blogs

Your Health Data May Be a NFT
By KIM BELLARD I must admit, after I wrote about digital currency last week, I did not expect to be writing about crypto anytime soon. Then I heard about “non-fungible tokens” (NFTs) and got a sense of the hype they were causing — how I could I resist? There may even be a connection to health care.  You may have seen the Nyan Cat (pictured below), which is not new; it turns 10 in April.   What is new is that last month its creator “sold” it.  You may be thinking, wait, the GIF is everywhere, anyone can download it, so in what sense could he “sell” it? &...
Source: The Health Care Blog - March 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: Data Health Tech Kim Bellard NFT Source Type: blogs

Kelsey Mellard, CEO Sitka
By MATTHEW HOLT Kelsey Mellard is CEO of Sitka, one of the emerging companies that’s providing specialty consults online to primary care docs. They’ve been building a specialty care network that can be accessed by asynchronous video, slightly different to some of their competition. Most of their customers are capitated medical groups, like ChenMed, trying to reduce their spend on specialty physician care (as Kelsey calls it the “unmanaged Part B spend bucket”). I asked her how it works, where the company is going (think virtual care integration), and whether it will be needed in the future. (You ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - March 9, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Tech Matthew Holt Medical Practice Start-Ups THCB Spotlights Value-Based Care Source Type: blogs

Pandemic Accelerants: Life Under the “New-Normal.”
By MIKE MAGEE Confrontation is good. Governor Abbott’s “We are getting out of the business of telling people what they can and cannot do” was “Neanderthal thinking” as President Biden said. Insurrectionist Richard Bennett, whose feet sat on Speaker Pelosi’s desk two month’s ago, does need to cool his jets in jail awaiting trial. And states lagging in immunizing teachers, opening schools, and accelerating their vaccine efforts need to realize that they will be held accountable by voters in the near future. That is surface turbulence, but quietly below the surface, there are ot...
Source: The Health Care Blog - March 8, 2021 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Christina Liu Tags: COVID-19 Health Policy jobs Mike Magee Pandemic Source Type: blogs