I’ve been a busy world traveler lately. The focus of the health care tech and policy crowd in the US has been on the fix to one high visibility website. Before I talk about the rest of the world it’s worth noting that the Administration painted itself into a corner here. When healthcare.gov failed on take-off they didn’t make the obvious choice of letting other brokers and plans enroll people directly–and worry about correcting subsidies on the back end. I spoke with one big online broker this week who told me that his company still couldn’t get reliable access to the subsidy calculator API, and so can’t enroll people. I suggested the solution to that back in October but apparently no one is listening at HHS–although Sen. Mary Landrieu was. The White House was however listening to the Fox news crowd ranting about cancelled insurance policies and made the bad policy (if necessary political) call to allow current individual market policies to continue–even if they are rightly now illegal under the ACA.
But elsewhere the impetus that the US has been seeing on the health technology side–with over $2 billion in venture funding this year–is spreading. The UK just confirmed that it’s releasing the equivalent of $800 million for new health technology, and we just returned from a very successful Health 2.0 Europe conference. All kinds of activity is going on over there–did you know there were over 100 digital health start-ups in Finland & the Baltics alone? Well, you do now.
Today the Health 2.0 international roadshow is in Sao Paulo, Brazil–a city that has the size and energy of New York–albeit before Giuliani cleaned up the graffiti. And yes, even in Latin America, there’s lots of activity in using technology to change health care. I’ll tell you more next time, but it’s clear that there’s way more than one website in healthcare.
Hope to see you at our Health 2.0 at the mhealth Summit Session in DC on Monday.
Shareable Ink, the enterprise cloud computing company that transforms point-of-care clinical documentation to structured data and analytics, closed $10.7M in Series C financing. Lemhi Ventures led the round.
GE Healthcare launched Centricity 360, a cloud service that streamlines clinical collaboration among unaffiliated caregivers and patients to help reduce duplicate testing, avoid unnecessary patient transfers, and lower diagnostic imaging distribution costs.
Kaiser Permanente opened a retail store in Modesto complete with iPads, laptops, and employees to help consumers shop for medical coverage on Covered California, or with Kaiser.
StartUp Health received a $500,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to teach entrepreneurs to develop tools specifically for underserved populations.
iPatientCare, a cloud based EHR and practice management solution provider, became compliant with the Michigan Care Improvement Registry (MCIR) to submit and receive immunization information between its EHR system and MCIR.
According to a new study by MarketsandMarkets, the European Home Healthcare Market for Respiratory Therapy and Rehabilitation Therapy will be worth $57.2B by 2017.
Happtique, a mobile health solutions company, released its inaugural list of 19 health and medical apps through its Health App Certification Program (HACP).
Sense4Baby, the company behind the wireless fetal heart rate monitoring system used to perform non-stress testing (NST) for high-risk pregnancies, received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), and a CE mark from the European Commission.
Rest Devices, a developer of sensor enabled tracking devices, raised $1.2M for its mobile based baby tracker Mimo. The round was led by Experiment Fund, Andy Palmer (Founder of Koa Labs), and Nuland & Arshad.
After months of competition, we are excited to finally announce the grand prize winners of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Hospital Price Transparency (Apps and Tools) Challenge! This high stakes competition launched on June 3rd at the Health Datapalooza IV and consisted of two phases, with the Phase 1 concept submissions due on August 4, 2013. Applicants were tasked to use recently released CMS inpatient and/or outpatient hospital charge data to create apps and tools that can help consumers make more informed decisions about which hospitals provide the highest quality and low cost procedures.
The challenge received over 85 submissions in the ‘Apps and Tools’ category. The five finalists - Consumer Reports, Habersham Health, NerdWallet Health, Procedure Tap, ReferMe – were announced October 1st and each won $5,000.Then these five finalists (and any non-finalists) were asked to take their concepts and wireframes to actually develop working apps. We are thrilled to announce the winning solutions:
Starting with 3rd place, we have NerdWallet Health! Their web app provides users with recommended hospitals in their location best suited for their treatment, winning $5,000.
In 2nd place was ReferMe Health. Similar to Kayak or Yelp, ReferMe asks patients what they are looking for with regards to cost, quality, and distance, and then chooses the best hospital based on the patient’s preferences. They took home $10,000.
Finally in 1st place was Consumer Reports! This tool, created specifically for the RWJF Challenge, is personalized for health-care consumers seeking the best hospital for hip or knee replacement surgery. Consumers are then able to compile all their research, including outside experiences, and notes all in one place. This grand prize app won $50,000!
We congratulate the winners for their tremendous efforts and look forward to seeing their applications enter the market to help millions of consumers. Learn more about the challenge and winning submissions here.
A few weeks ago Lisa Suennen, founding partner of Psilos Group and fledging best-seller author, wrote ”Times of massive system transformation, such as we are in today, pave the way for new market entrants and disruptive technologies a la Clayton Christensen’s stories about other industries that have endured dramatic change. ” She was talking about health insurance exchanges, but could just as well have been talking about care transitions.
Health 2.0 Advisors is the Innovation Analytics and Acceleration business unit of Health 2.0, helping companies make sense of the – often ‘noisy’ – innovation landscape. Recently, innovation in care transition improvement became an important area of demand among hospitals and many startups have been developing new technologies, tools, and solutions to improve care transitions. Next week, Health 2.0 Advisors will be publishing a report that synthesizes barriers to adoption of such innovation in hospitals, lessons learned from those who succeeded, and share information about untapped areas of opportunity.
This report is based on a project done for the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, which included interviews with (100+) CIOs, CMIOs of hospitals, as well as startups of varying sizes and degrees of success in working with hospitals.
Check out the special presentation of highlights from this report during the mHealth Summit in Washington D.C. on the 8th. The report will be available for download after that and I will write a follow up post with some additional highlights and perspectives. If you want to receive a copy of this report but cannot make it to the mHealth Summit, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will email you the download link after the mHealth Summit presentation.
Nancy Fabozzi, Principal Analyst at Connected Health, shares her thoughts.
What is Health 2.0?
We recently attend the Health 2.0 7th Annual Fall Conference held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in early October. This meeting is held every fall in the San Francisco area and is considered to be one of the premier events to gage the latest trends in disruptive health IT, particularly related to consumer health and patient engagement. The conference was put on by Health 2.0, a San Francisco-based organization that provides events and media services designed to showcase innovative companies, technologies, and thought leaders focused on shaking up the status quo in healthcare. They also run the Health 2.0 Developer Challenge, a platform for connecting healthcare organizations to health technology developers, operate a media channel, and provide market intelligence services among other things. Health 2.0’s various conferences, developer challenges, and live code-a-thons have a global reach, extending across major U.S. cities as well as Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and India. Matthew Holt and Indu Subaiya, M.D. founded the organization in 2007. Holt serves as Co-Chairman of Health 2.0. His background includes over 20 years in healthcare and healthcare IT market research and strategy consulting, and he is also the founder and publisher of The Health Care Blog, a highly influential and popular blog that features contributions from leading figures across the healthcare industry. The blog launched in 2003 and currently attracts around 50,000 visitors a month. Indu Subaiya, Health 2.0’s Co-Chairman and CEO, is a physician who also has a background in strategy consulting and business. The Health 2.0 enterprise has become a powerhouse in the world of health IT start ups. According to their website, the organization has introduced over 500 technology companies to the world stage, hosted more than 11,000 attendees at their conferences and code-a-thons, and awarded over $5,277,000 in prizes through their developer challenge program. In addition, they have inspired the formation of 70 new chapters in cities around the world.
Event Demographics – Global Constituents, Focused on Disruption
The Health 2.0 Fall Conference featured 2000 attendees, 250 speakers, and approximately 3,000 associated companies. Kaiser Permanente and the XPRIZE Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE was the key sponsor for the event and was joined by a generous roster of global corporate sponsors including large commercial healthcare payers (Cigna, Aetna, and UnitedHealthcare), non-profit organizations (California Healthcare Foundation, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Knight Foundation), numerous established and emerging health IT vendors, and provider organizations. The majority of IT vendors were smaller start-ups mostly focused on wellness and consumer health apps. We also saw a lot of vendors offering various tools for care coordination and population health management. The presence of Allscripts and athenahealth was notable as most of the large established, “mainstream” health IT vendors were not in attendance at Health 2.0 as sponsors or exhibitors. Retail giants Walgreens and Target had a noticeable presence—the Target logo was actually displayed on the event bag. Health 2.0 has a broad global reach so there was good representation from global companies. Of note, was a 70-person delegation from Finland (Team Finland) promoting the message that “Finland is the hottest spot in Europe for health and wellness innovations.” Another interesting global participant was Tim Kelsey, National Director for Patients and Information for the U.K.’s National Health Service (NHS). Kelsey, who emphasized the fact that the NHS spends $100 billion on healthcare per year, was promoting the new NHS initiative that seeks to “unleash the power of people” with new IT tools including patient feedback. Kelsey said he was attending the event to actively solicit relationships and gather information from vendors who want to serve the NHS as they open up data for this new push to engage patients. Vendors take note! Continue reading →
ONC’s Division of Science and Innovation is hosting a series of webinars designed for health IT innovators, developers and everyone who wants to jump feet first into the pool. First up on December 5 is a session moderated by Leonard Kish that looks at the economic evidence for Health IT and features the ONC’s Mike Furukawa and Jon White of AHRQ. You can learn more at http://www.healthit.gov/newsroom/webinars.
Thursday, December 5, 2013 12:00 – 1:00 pm EDT
Economic Evidence for Health IT
- Speaker: Michael Furukawa, ONC; Jon White, AHRQ
- Moderator: Leonard Kish
Join the webinar. For audio only: dial 1-888-397-9935 and use code 5048034.
Palomar Health released a mobile app built with Extension Healthcare that locates patients and lets caregivers communicate.
As of 20-Nov, Henry Chao, an administration official who oversaw the technical development of the federal health insurance marketplace, estimated that about 40% of healthcare.gov remained to be built.
MetroChicago HIE will launch early next year, reports say, with 34 area hospitals participating initially. The HIE was originally planned in 2009 and announced in April 2011.
Older adults who tried special brain training computer games had better gait and balance than their peers afterward according to a new study.
TeachAids, a non-profit spun out of Stanford, developed an animated course for HIV education that is likely to be introduced in schools and colleges next year in Odia, India. Additional distribution agreements ensure that the software will likely reach more than 100 million people in 2014.
Zane Benefits, a provider of SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) administration platform for defined contribution health care to small business, published new information on how to reimburse exchange health insurance.
healthPERX, a health and lifestyle benefits program, is offering a telehealth service to help reduce employee sick days and increase productivity. It provides round the clock access to certified health care providers, allowing employees to easily treat a health problem quickly and reduce the chance of more sick employees.
According to a new report by Research and Markets, the total mHealth market revenue will grow by 61% (CAGR) to reach US$26B by the year 2017, reaching out to a market base of more than 3.4B smartphones and tablets.
Remedy Informatics, a provider of registry-based software products for life sciences research and health care delivery, was selected by DKMS, a bone marrow donor center, to provide a platform to aggregate various data sets, registries, applications, analyses and other content.
11 Health, a UK based health startup, developed Ostom-i™, a Bluetooth enabled measuring system for ostomy bags used by patients of Crohn’s disease.
Rest Devices, a sensor technology company, raised $1.3M in Seed funding from The Experiment Fund and some angel investors. It is developing a sensor embedded onsie for monitoring babies.
PatientView, a patient research firm, launched myhealthapps.net, a website that allows patients to rate and review mobile health care applications.
FDA has asked 23andMe to stop selling the 23andMe Saliva Collection Kit and Personal Genome Service (PGS), as it does not have marketing clearance or approval from the FDA, and hence is in violation of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (the FD&C Act).
In a review on iMedicalApps, PharmD Timothy Aungst pointed out several flaws in the popular athenahealth Bugs + Drugs app that he suggested may make it dangerous to use in clinical practice.
UnitedHealthcare’s myHealthcare Cost Estimator, an online and mobile cost and quality estimator tool, now includes inpatient medical services such as knee replacement, spinal surgery and childbirth. The application is free to employers and members at the health plan’s website and at its Health4Med app home.
The Pew Research Center released a new national survey called “The Diagnosis Difference” that explores how adults with chronic conditions track their health. Director Susannah Fox gave a sneak preview of the data at the Health 2.0 7th Annual Fall Conference this past September.
Health 2.0’s own Pascal Lardier writes that the National Health Service (UK) must keep its pledge to embrace tech entrepreneurs. In a survey of 125 entrepreneurs from the health tech sector around the world, three quarters would rate their experience of working with the NHS as difficult or very difficult.
Most of us find ourselves pretty fascinating… flipping through photos and slowing down for the ones where we’re included, tweeting our favorite tidbits of information, facebook-ing progress on this or that…
We find other people captivating as well. In fact, there’s a meme going around on facebook where people share a handful of things that most people don’t know about them – and there’s a great joy in learning these tidbits about the friends and family we think we know so well.
This Thanksgiving, we’re asking our friends and family to try this exercise, but with a twist – we want to know how they’d answer just five questions on their end-of-life preferences.
What? Are you CRAZY? Talk about how you’d want to die over Thanksgiving? Yup – that’s exactly what we’re suggesting. You know why? Because this is a conversation you absolutely want to have exactly when you DON’T need to have it… and it’s a conversation you need to have with your loved ones. Our hope for you this Thanksgiving is that you’ll have the luxury of checking both those boxes.
As humans, we’re all pretty fascinating, and exploring what matters to each of us under different circumstances can be a captivating conversation…and captivating conversations are part of what turkey dinners are all about. It’s also a vital one – there will be few times in our lives where ‘getting it right’ is more important than at the end of them.
There are also few greater gifts you can give to your loved ones, and they to you, than making sure these lives we are living with such ferocious intent have the luxury of ending the same way.
Engage with Grace is a way to help get the conversation about end of life started – a way to Engage in this topic with Grace. Just five simple questions about our end of life preferences that we can all commit to being able to answer – for ourselves, for our loved ones. Take a quick look – do you know how you would answer? Could you answer for your loved ones? There is no wrong answer – It’s only wrong if you don’t know your answers … or if you haven’t shared them.
Coming together over the dinner table to talk about the important stuff is part of our DNA…and it’s where so much of the good stuff happens. We connect, we share, we learn, we laugh, we fall in love, out of love, we fight and make up, we celebrate, we (maybe even) cry. If this Thanksgiving turns out not to be your thing, then pick another dinner. Check out the genius Death over Dinner movement started by our dear friend Michael Hebb to help make that happen. Thousands of dinners happening across the country – from cool hipsters to the very dearest grandparents coming together to think hard, eat well, and make sure we nail this end of life thing by making sure we’re talking about it. We double dog dare you to have a Death Dinner – and not enjoy it.
Know what else? What we want at the end of our lives often changes as we go through them… a mum of toddlers may find she’d opt for more intensive treatment options, while a great-grandfather may feel more comfortable choosing quality of life related treatment… so have this conversation once, then keep having it.
None of us are planning for anything less than living forever – so until one of us is smart enough to make that happen (go Google!) – let’s at least commit to this: we live our life with intent – we can end our life with that same honor. 70% of us want to die at home, only 30% of us do. Each of us will only die once – make sure you get to die the way you want. Then make sure that’s a gift you give to your loved ones as well.
Just five questions. Just get started.
Could there be a more important conversation to have this thanksgiving? Nope. Maybe that’s why they call it talkin’ turkey.
Warm holiday wishes from Alexandra Drane, Matthew Holt, Leigh Calabrese-Eck, and the rest of the Engage With Grace team
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Join Health 2.0 for an afternoon at the mHealthSummit – Dec 9th at the Gaylord Convention Center!
First, we reveal the first ever Health 2.0 Annual Report – an insider’s guide to the 7th Annual Fall Conference, our biggest event yet. With company profiles that detail products, services, and why each presenter was selected for our stage, the Report captures all the trends and analysis you may have missed. Pre-order your copy of the report by emailing Kim Krueger. Available December 10th.
While the government is scrambling to get their exchange up and running smoothly, other tools are popping up everywhere for consumers to make smarter decisions about their insurance coverage. Jane Sarasohn-Kahn and Matthew Holt take the stage in The New Marketplace to review companies making waves in health care insurance.
Don’t miss Future of Self-Tracking and Personalized Medicine and Clinical and Population Data for Transforming Care which will cover the latest consumer quantifying tools, and how health care professionals are aggregating millions of these patient data points to streamline and provide better care.
Unmentionables is back! Leigh Calabrese-Eck of Eliza moderates this session about life’s buffers and magnifiers.
We’ll wrap the afternoon by revealing the new Health 2.0 Database, a go-to aggregated source for all players in the industry today.
LIVE demos from: GetInsured – WebMD – ConnectedHealth – Intuit – Ok Copay - Pokitdok – Azumio – BetterFit Technology – Withings – Aetna CarePass – Humetrix – Alere – Elation EMR – athenahealth – ManTherapy – MeQuillibrium – UT MD Anderson - Sexual Health Innovations – and more!
You can register for this session as a stand-alone or in addition to the whole event.