Joanna Strober, CEO, Midi Health
Women’s health in their mid-life has been very poorly treated. No one has been managing all of women’s health, and almost no one has been delivering hormone replacement therapy since a now debunked 2002 study. Midi is a new company with protocols for many conditions, and it has been training NPs to deliver the care (because no one has been training them!). CEO Joanna Strober explained how Midi is providing care in 14 states now and will be in all 50 next year, and how Midi is delivering virtual and comprehensive care to women–many of whom do not have access to any other type of regular care. They just rai...
Source: The Health Care Blog - November 6, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Tech Medical Practice Joanna Strober Matthew Holt Midi Health Women's Health Source Type: blogs
Robin Berzin, CEO & Founder, Parsley Health
Robin Berzin used to work with me at Health 2.0 , as well as combining her medical training with lots of media production and other work. Fast forward a decade and Robin has left the rest of us in the dust. She’s now the Founder and CEO of Parsley Health, which is a really innovative primary care++ clinic that is based on the foundations of functional medicine, and is having tremendous success treating and transforming the lives of thousands of patients who were not getting what they needed from the traditional health care syste,. Now Parsley is aggressively moving into the employer market. I caught up with Robin at ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - November 1, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Medical Practice Matthew Holt Parsley Health Robin Berzin Source Type: blogs
Rube Goldberg Would Be Proud
By KIM BELLARD Larry Levitt and Drew Altman have an op-ed in JAMA Network with the can’t-argue-with-that title Complexity in the US Health Care System Is the Enemy of Access and Affordability. It draws on a June 2023 Kaiser Family Foundation survey about consumer experiences with their health insurance. Long stories short: although – surprisingly – over 80% of insured adults rate their health insurance as “good” or “excellent,” most admit they have difficulty both understanding and using it. And the people in fair or poor health, who presumably use health care more, have more problems. Health insurance...
Source: The Health Care Blog - October 31, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Policy Employers Health system change Kim Bellard Medicare PBMs Source Type: blogs
Some Like It Hot! A Century-Old Disease on Our Southern Shores
By MIKE MAGEE Naomi Orestes PhD, Professor of the History of Science at Harvard, didn’t mince words as she placed our predicament in context when she said, “If you know your Greek tragedies you know power, hubris, and tragedy go hand in hand. If we don’t address the harmful aspects of human activities, most obviously disruptive climate change, we are headed for tragedy.” At the time, as a member of the Anthropocene Workgroup, she and a group of international climate scientists were focused on defining and measuring nine “planetary boundaries,” environmental indicators of planetary health. At...
Source: The Health Care Blog - October 30, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Policy Avian Flu Climate Change Pandemic Sea level change Yellow Fever Source Type: blogs
Jean-Claude Saghbini, Lumeris
Jean-Claude Saghbini is the CTO of Lumeris and also the President, Lumeris Value-Based Care Enablement. Lumeris has been in business quite a while now, providing the technology which (in general) hospitals and medical groups use to manage to their workflows predominantly for Medicare Advantage. It also owns a big medical group (Essence in St Louis) and has close connections with John Doerr of Kleiner Perkins fame, whose brother was involved in its formation. Kleiner also funded Healtheon (the precursor to WebMD) of which current Lumeris CEO Mike Long was the founding CEO. I interviewed Jean-Claude at HLTH to get the update...
Source: The Health Care Blog - October 27, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Policy Health Tech Essence Healthcare Jean-Claude Saghbini Lumeris Medicare Advantage Source Type: blogs
THCB Gang Episode 137, Thursday October 26
Joining Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) on #THCBGang on Thursday October 26 at 1pm PST 4pm EST are delivery & platform expert Vince Kuraitis (@VinceKuraitis); author & ponderer of odd juxtapositions Kim Bellard (@kimbbellard); futurist Ian Morrison (@seccurve); and our special guest joining us today Kat McDavitt(@katmcdavitt) President of Innsena. The video is below. If you’d rather listen to the episode, the audio is preserved from Friday as a weekly podcast available on our iTunes & Spotify channels (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - October 26, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Abdul Ghafar Tags: THCB Gang Ian Morrison Kat McDavitt Kim Bellard Matthew Holt Vince Kuraitis Source Type: blogs
Y2Q and You
By KIM BELLARD Chances are, you’ve at least somewhat concerned about your privacy, especially your digital privacy. Chances are, you’re right to be. Every day, it seems, there are more reports about data beeches, cyberattacks, and selling or other misuse of confidential/personal data. We talk about privacy, but we’re failing to adequately protect it. But chances are you’re not worried nearly enough. Y2Q is coming. That is, I must admit, a phrase I had not heard of until recently. If you are of a certain age, you’ll remember Y2K, the fear that the year 2000 would cause computers ev...
Source: The Health Care Blog - October 26, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Tech Kim Bellard Quantum Encryption Y2Q Source Type: blogs
Fay Rotenberg, CEO, Firefly Health
Fay Rotenberg is CEO of Firefly Health, which is an advanced virtual primary care group (a bastardized phrase she hates). That means they are both providing virtual care, with an integrated care and health plan coverage model, and are also a risk-bearing medical group working with other payers. They adjust the model using health guides, MDs, NPs, etc. and they help their patients manage their in person experience with specialists, labs, imaging, etc. — they have 1900+ partners nationwide who will actually know the patient is coming, and is integrated into Firefly’s model. Clinical outcomes are great, and costs ...
Source: The Health Care Blog - October 26, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Tech Medical Practice advanced primary care Fay Rotenberg Firefly Health Matthew Holt Source Type: blogs
“Doomscrolling” – Call the doctor!
by MIKE MAGEE Exactly 1 year ago, mental health experts alerted the medical world to their version of an assessment scale for yet another new condition – “doomscrolling.” As defined in the article, “Constant exposure to negative news on social media and news feeds could take the form of ‘doomscrolling’ which is commonly defined as a habit of scrolling through social media and news feeds where users obsessively seek for depressing and negative information.” No one can deny a range of legitimate concerns. Faced with continued background noise from the pandemic, add global warming, renegade AI, and...
Source: The Health Care Blog - October 25, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Medical Practice Democracy Doomscrolling Nurses Physicians Source Type: blogs
CMS ’s Policy on Mental Health Therapists Will Work
By JON KOLE Nearly 66 million Americans are currently enrolled in Medicare, a number that will likely swell towards 80 million Americans within the next seven years. These are our mothers, fathers, aunts, uncles, grandparents and friends – and, maybe, you. A significant portion of these millions of people need mental health services – and, yet, many face long wait times or aren’t able to find a therapist at all. On average, Americans have a waiting period of 48 days before receiving mental health care. At present, two notable provider groups – Marriage and Family Therapists...
Source: The Health Care Blog - October 24, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Policy Headspace Jon Kole Mental Health Therapy workforce Source Type: blogs
Alex Katz, CEO, Two Chairs
Two Chairs has an interesting model. Their concept is to find the right therapist for you, and they actually start a patient off with a therapist who diagnoses AND directs in a session, separate from the one who treats. Once the “right” match is made, the patient gets set up with a therapist and the results have been pretty good in terms of the patient coming back–one of a number of things Two Chairs measures rather intently! CEO Alex Katz explained the model and the business–Matthew Holt. (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - October 23, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Tech Medical Practice Alex Katz HLTH 2023 Mental Health Two Chairs Source Type: blogs
The Future of Digital Health: How UX Design is Shaping the Industry
By PARV SONDHI As the digital health world continues to expand, more and more people are turning to apps to manage everything from diabetes and obesity to depression and anxiety. People rely on these apps for their physical and mental health, so it’s crucial that product developers ensure a safe, effective, and engaging experience for them. Healthcare experts agree. A team of researchers and health system leaders recently introduced a new framework called “Evidence DEFINED” for evaluating digital health products. This framework offers hospitals, payers, and trade organizations a precise set of guidelines to as...
Source: The Health Care Blog - October 20, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Tech Design digital health UX vida health Source Type: blogs
Interview with Oxeon CEO, Sonia Millsom
Sonia Millsom is the relatively new CEO at Oxeon, which became the dominant executive search (headhunter) firm in digital health over the past decade or so. The company was built by Trevor Price and team. Sonia discussed the transition to her leadership, the other things Oxeon does (venture studio, relationship to TownHall Ventures), and the state of the employment market in digital health. TL:DR on that, it’s slowed but they are doing a lot of work and still growing.–Matthew Holt (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - October 19, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Tech Matthew Holt digital health jobs Oxeon Sonia Milsom Source Type: blogs
GoodWill ’ s Lessons for Health Care
By KIM BELLARD The New York Times had an interesting profile this weekend about how Goodwill Industries is trying to revamp its online presence – transitioning from its legacy ShopGoodwill.com to a new platform GoodwillFinds — in the amidst of numerous other online resellers. It zeroed in on the key distinction Goodwill has: But Goodwill isn’t doing this just because it wants to move into the 21st century. More than 130,000 people work across the organization, while two million people received assistance last year through its programs, which include career navigation and skills training. Those opportu...
Source: The Health Care Blog - October 18, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Policy Cleveland Clinic community health Goodwill HCA Kaiser Permanente Kim Bellard United Healthcare UPMC Source Type: blogs
Interview with Infermedica CEO, Piotr Orzechowski
At the HLTH conference Matthew Holt talked with CEO of Infermedica, Piotr Orzechowski, and also had a quick word with VP of Marketing Marcus Gordon. Infermedica has been around over a decade, and has been a slow burner in the symptom checker and patient digital front door market. But now it has a lot of clients and deals and its API is hiding behind several big names including Optum & Microsoft. Piotr graciously let me butcher his name, and still told me about how their model works and how LLMs will change it. (Source: The Health Care Blog)
Source: The Health Care Blog - October 17, 2023 Category: Consumer Health News Authors: matthew holt Tags: Health Tech AI Digital front door Infermedica LLMs Marcus Gordon Microsoft Optum Piotr Orzechowski Symptom Checkers Source Type: blogs