THCB Quickbite: Julian Flannery, CEO, Summus
Julian Flannery is CEO of Summus, which I can’t pronounce (it’s Sue-mus like lawsuit not Sum-mus like math, despite the 2 Ms!). It’s a multidimensional referral platform which combines primary and specialty virtual care for employers, a white-label service for hospitals to deliver their specialty care, and now a peer-to-peer escalation model for specialists to talk to AMC-based specialists & get 2nd opinion reviews. Around 1.4m members on the platform and it’s seen massive usage growth in last 12 months–Matthew Holt (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 7, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Tech Matthew Holt Julian Flannery virtual care Source Type: blogs

HLTH 2022: Wheel Adds More Telehealth Tech Infrastructure with Acquisition of GoodRx ’ s Care Software
by JESSICA DAMASSA, WTF HEALTH Health tech infrastructure startups remain HOT and, given the industry-wide rise of the “omnichannel care” strategy, none might be hotter than telehealth infra biz, Wheel. CEO Michelle Davey talks about providing white label virtual care services that will now not only include telehealth and EMR technology, clinical care, and end-to-end lab technology, but also the back-office tech that has powered GoodRx all these years. We dive into the acquisition of GoodRx’s care engagement software, how it will enable Wheel to expand its behind-the-scenes reach into the healthcare market, and wh...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 6, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Jessica DaMassa Michelle Davey Telehealth Wheel WTF Health Source Type: blogs

OK, trying more AI to write this
by MATTHEW HOLT In the far oft halcyon days of last month, I used an AI system from Lex.Page  to write something about digital health. In the past few days the world has gone nuts about a new AI author called ChatGPT. So I tought I would compare and contrast. Last month Lex.page was asked about Digital Health and it said Digital Health is one of the most rapidly growing and important sectors in health care today. It is a broad term that encompasses the use of technology to improve health and health care. Today I asked ChatGPT the same thing. In fact I just wrote “Digital Health” as the Q and this...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 6, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Matthew Holt AI ChatGPT Lex.ai Source Type: blogs

New VC Fund Angelini Ventures Launches to Find Next Big Digital Health & Biotech Disruptors
BY JESS DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH NEW VC Fund! Angelini Ventures just launched their $300 million dollar investment fund to support early-stage biotech and digital health startups in the US, Europe, and Israel. CEO & Managing Director Paolo Di Giorgio and Managing Director Elia Stupka explain the fund’s thesis which is different than the usual corporate investment funds because of its “very long-term” strategy and interest in supporting disruptive health innovation that doesn’t necessarily need to relate to the core businesses of its multi-national parent, Angelini Industries. Find out more – including details a...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 2, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Health Tech WTF Health Angelini Ventures Big Digital Health Biotech Jessica DaMassa Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 108, Thursday December 1
Joining Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) on #THCBGang on Thursday November 17 were futurist Jeff Goldsmith; THCB regular writer and ponderer of odd juxtapositions Kim Bellard (@kimbbellard); patient safety expert and all around wit Michael Millenson (@mlmillenson); fierce patient activist Casey Quinlan (@MightyCasey); and Olympic rower for 2 countries and all around dynamo Jennifer Goldsack, (@GoldsackJen). This was quite the conversation! You can see the video below & if you’d rather listen than watch, the audio is preserved as a weekly podcast available on our iTunes & Spotify channels. (Source:...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 1, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abdul Ghafar Tags: THCB Gang Casey Quinlan Jeff Goldsmith Jennifer Goldsack Kim Bellard Matthew Holt Michael Millenson Source Type: blogs

‘Breaking Down Interstate Barriers to Telehealth Delivery’ Tops ATA ’ s Priorities for 2023
by JESSICA DAMASSA, WTF HEALTH Just one week before the ATA EDGE Policy Conference (12/7-12/9 Washington DC) we get a SNEAK PEEK at what’s topping the agenda – and the American Telemedicine Association (ATA)’s list of priorities for 2023 – to ensure that digital health and virtual care providers avoid the ‘telehealth cliff’ that could send us back to pre-pandemic scaling issues of both practice and reimbursement. Kyle Zebley, SVP of Public Policy at the ATA and Executive Director of ATA Action (the ATA’s affiliate advocacy organization) gives us the skinny on where policies currently stand at the feder...
Source: The Health Care Blog - December 1, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Policy ATA Kyle Zebley Pandemic Regulation Telehealth Telemedicine Source Type: blogs

THCB Gang Episode 108, Thursday December 1, 1pm PT – 4p
Joining Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) on #THCBGang on Thursday November 17 are futurist Jeff Goldsmith; THCB regular writer and ponderer of odd juxtapositions Kim Bellard (@kimbbellard); patient safety expert and all around wit Michael Millenson (@mlmillenson); fierce patient activist Casey Quinlan (@MightyCasey); Jeff Goldsmith; and Olympic rower for 2 countries and all around dynamo Jennifer Goldsack, (@GoldsackJen). You can see the video below & 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 - November 30, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abdul Ghafar Tags: THCB Gang Uncategorized Casey Quinlan Jeff Goldsmith Jennifer Goldsack Kim Bellard Matthew Holt Michael Millenson Source Type: blogs

“True, True, and Unrelated” in the age of “Product Placement/Embedded Marketing.”
BY MIKE MAGEE This is “high grandparenting season” at our home when you go “The Extra Mile.” That means it is possible on certain days on or between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day to find up to 20 children and grandchildren under our roof. With my wife one of ten, and me, one of twelve, we are no strangers to chaos. Our kids believe we feed off it, and maybe they’re right. With over 150 years under our collective belts, we two are – if nothing else – optimistic, resilient, and somewhat wiser then we were in our early years. For example, we know that the mere temporal or geographic approximation of ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - November 30, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Medical Practice Embedded Marketing Mike Magee Product Placement Source Type: blogs

Barcodes Are Us
BY KIM BELLARD Usually I write about things where I see some unexpected parallel to healthcare, or something just amazed me, or outraged me (there are lots of things about healthcare like the latter).  But sometimes I run across something that just delights me. So when I inexplicably stumbled across DNA Barcoding Technology for High Throughput Cell-Nanoparticle Study, by Andy Tay, PhD, my first thought was, oh, nanoparticles, that’s always interesting, then it hit me: wait, DNA has barcodes?  How delightful. We’re all used to barcodes.  Pretty much every product in pretty much every store has a b...
Source: The Health Care Blog - November 29, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Health Tech Health Technology DNA Barcodes DNA nanotechnology Kim Bellard Source Type: blogs

THCB Quickbite: AJ Loiacono, CEO, CapitalRx
AJ Loiacono, CEO of CapitalRx, in a quickbite interview with The Health Care Blog’s Matthew Holt. CapitalRx is up to 1.5m members serviced both as a PBM and as a tech company administering pharmacy benefits using its tech platform. AJ says they’ve demonstrated to the market that they can service customers of any size, and the employer groups are starting to ask the right questions about pharmacy costs. (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - November 29, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Matthew Holt AJ Loicano pharmacy benefits managers (PBMs) Source Type: blogs

Adventures in health care — Hinge Health
At the HLTH conference in Vegas the week before Thanksgiving, I decided to embark on another adventure in health care. Somehow I badly hurt my back and was barely able to walk when I found myself at the Hinge Health booth. Could they give me any help? As it turned out they could. I met physical therapist Lori Wolter who showed me (and used me as a guinea pig for) their Enso device and got a quick update on Hinge Health’s progress from its President Jim Pursley. (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - November 28, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Technology back pain Hinge Health physical therapy Source Type: blogs

America, the intolerant
BY ANISH KOKA Historically, the great tension between liberty and authority was between government as embodied by the ruling class and its subjects.  Marauding barbarians and warring city-states meant that society endowed a particular class within society with great powers to protect the weaker members of society.  It was quickly recognized that the ruling class could use these powers for its own benefit on the very people it was meant to protect, and so society moved to preserve individual liberties first by recognizing certain rights that rulers dare not breach lest they risk rebellion.  The natural nex...
Source: The Health Care Blog - November 23, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Health Policy Public Health Anish Koka COVID-19 in-hospital death Source Type: blogs

One Person ’ s Trash …
BY KIM BELLARD Gosh, so much going on.  Elizabeth Holmes was finally sentenced.   FTX collapsed.  Big Tech is laying off workers at unprecedented rates, except TikTok, which should, indeed, be cautionary.  Elon Musk’s master plan for Twitter remains opaque to most of us. Americans remain contentedly unworried about the looming COVID wave.  With all that to choose from, I want to talk about space debris.  More specifically, finding opportunity in it, and in other “waste.”  As the old saying goes, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure, so one person’s problems ar...
Source: The Health Care Blog - November 22, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Health Policy Public Health Debris Remediation Elizabeth Holmes Space Source Type: blogs

When Push Comes to Shove: The AMA v. Dobbs. Part 2.
BY MIKE MAGEE On November 8, 2022, five days after the 2022 Midterm elections, the AMA raised its voice in opposition to Republican efforts to promote second class citizenship for women by exerting public control over them and their doctors intensely private reproductive decisions. At the same time they sprinkled candidates on both sides of the aisle with AMA PAC money, raising questions whether their love of women includes active engagement or just passive advocacy. Trump and his now MAGAGA (“Make America Great and Glorious Again”) movement has now returned to center stage. With the...
Source: The Health Care Blog - November 21, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Supreme Court AMA Clarence Thomas Dobbs v. Jackso MAGAGA Mike Magee Roe v. Wade Source Type: blogs

When Push Comes to Shove: The AMA v. Dobbs. Part 1.
BY MIKE MAGEE Should anyone present know of any reason that this couple should not be joined in holy matrimony, speak now or forever hold your peace.”     Book of Common Prayer, Church of England, 1549 Last evening Trump rose from the ashes and declared it was time to “Make America Great and Glorious Again” (MAGAGA). This past week, five days after the Midterm elections, AMA President, Jack Resnick, Jr., MD, raised his voice from the podium at the AMA Interim Meeting in Hawaii with the AMA’s own version of a call to action: “But make no mistake, when politicians insert themselves in our exam room...
Source: The Health Care Blog - November 18, 2022 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Ryan Bose-Roy Tags: Supreme Court AMA AMA v. Dobbs Dobbs v. Jackson Mike Magee Trump Source Type: blogs