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  • Prime: Take your health data with you

    Imagine being on a vacation, and suddenly your chronic condition worsens. You go see a doctor immediately, but the doctor needs your previous medical records to conduct a proper diagnosis. You were on a holiday, so you didn’t bring those documents along. And now, you are stuck in an unknown city, waiting for you doctor back home to send over those records. If only there was an easier way to have access to your medical history without needing to carry bundles of paper.

    Prime has the solution to this problem. It is a free, HIPAA-compliant mobile application that allows people to take their health records with them wherever they go. Users can aggregate their health information taken from different sources like health care providers, insurance companies, pharmacies, etc. and view it on a single dashboard.

    Prime partners with health care providers to gain access to the patient records, and can connect users with this information in under 60 seconds. Users can get prescription updates, order medication refills, view lab results, etc. from within the application. It also allows the users to create their own social network where they can select and exchange health information with friends and family.

    Debuting with the Inaugural Class of the Sprint Accelerator powered by Techstars earlier this year, Prime users have already imported more than 100,000 health records, and the number is growing every day. Prime is available for download in the iTunes store.
    CEO Tyler Hayes visited our San Francisco office recently to talk about his product. Following is an excerpt from the interview:

    News & Updates

    Practice Fusion reported it has signed up 122 enterprise clients since the beginning of 2014. Enterprise clients include health systems, hospitals, and independent clinical labs and imaging centers.

    Kurbo Health, a mobile subscription-based weight loss program, raised $5.8 million in a Series A round. Kurbo utilizes food diaries and live coaching through its iOS app to work with children, teens, and their families to combat childhood obesity.

    Proteus Digital Health raised an additional $52 million from undisclosed investors following a $120 million raise last month. That brings Proteus’ latest round of funding to $172 million.

    Personal vital signs analytics software vendor VGBio changed its name to PhysIQ and raised $4.6 million in Series A funding. The VA Center for Innovation is piloting the software in its VitaLink program, which warns caregivers of developing health issues by analyzing information from sensors worn by patients at home.

    Baltimore startup Quantified Care, run by mostly Johns Hopkins graduate students and selling evidence-based mobile apps and hardware, started a $15,000 Indiegogo fundraising campaign that offers an old-school but high-tech doctor’s black bag for a $300 contribution.

    ZirMed, a provider of clinical and business performance management technology, announced new strategic partnerships with JASE Health, HAS-Software, AmeriCare, medQ, and Scorpion Healthcare. Partner organizations will leverage ZirMed’s technology to enhance the services they deliver to health care providers.

    Validic received the 2014 Global Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Award for Customer Value Leadership for its mHealth interoperability solution, a cloud-based platform that connects digital health application developers, medical devices, health care providers, pharmaceutical companies, prevention and wellness companies, population health management companies, and consumer electronics.

    Brain+, a brain-training application, added 10 more language options including Spanish, French, Italian and German. Brain+ provides scientifically proven, effective and engaging brain-training exercises that intelligently adapt to the specific need and ability of each user.

    iMedicor launched iCoreMD, a fully customizable, cloud-based EHR system that will provide health care providers with powerful tools to make management of health care delivery more efficient and less costly, with reduced errors and better patient outcomes.

    Pilot Health Tech NYC Hosts Another Successful Grantee Day

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    Last week, Pilot Health Tech NYC Hosts and Innovators alike gathered at the NYCEDC office for coffee and collaboration, booting up laptops and smart phones. These were the 2014 victors- the teams who took home a total of $1 million in pilot funding.

    The chance to pilot a new technology with a prestigious healthcare institution and get funding for that project can be a dream come true for most digital health entrepreneurs. However, that dream can quickly turn into a nightmare without the proper tools, knowledge and guidance to ensure that a project is successful. Pilot Health Tech NYC hosts Grantee Day for our annual winners in order to prepare them for the bumpy road ahead and ensure that the ride is as smooth as possible. Grantee day allows for innovators and hosts alike to hear from experts on common mistakes for clinical studies, as well as tips for completing a successful project that can help companies gain investments, customers or the opportunity for more partnerships in the future.

    All of the teams had a chance to introduce their ideas and companies, without the nerves of presenting to a large audience as they did on Pilot Day. They spoke eagerly of their work, smiling and gesturing. One enthusiastic innovator even dialed in from the west coast to participate.

    Amyt Eckstein of Moses & Singer, LLP discussed legal topics that health technology companies should consider while working on their pilots and also gave advice for navigating with their host organization’s legal team. To get a frontline perspective from an innovator,  alumni Stan Berkow, CEO of Sense Health from last year’s inaugural Pilot Health Tech NYC cohort shared his clinical trial experiences to the newest batch of winners. From an innovator’s outlook, he described his projects’s journey and pointed out things he would have done differently. Stan delivered a frank anecdote on how easy it may be to get caught up with obstacles along the way, but that one should never stop moving forward with their project.

    The innovator perspective is just one side of the story. Steve Berman, Director of Business Development at Montefiore, who gave an inspiring speech about what its like to be a host going through the pilot process. Steve was very direct with our innovators, advising them on how to cut the fluff and be direct with what it is they can do for host organizations. He spoke about the pitfalls that many innovators face when conducting a study and how successful companies can use their trial results as a token of credibility to work with other prestigious organizations.

    After listening to past winners’ successes and lessons learned, there was one big question on everyone’s mind: what does it take to run a successful pilot? To answer that question, Polina Hanin, Community Director at Startup Health gave our audience invaluable advice for how to turn studies into customers and future success. She closed on the note of advising our Pilot Health Tech winners to know what it is they are trying to prove and to keep their study design simple.

    With the tools for success now in hand, we’re confident that our innovators and hosts are ready to begin their own journeys of piloting their projects and contributing to the innovation of health care in NYC.

    Bernard J. Tyson, Chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente to Keynote Health 2.0 8th Annual Fall Conference

    Health 2.0 announces Bernard J. Tyson, Chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, as a keynote alongside visionary physicians Eric Topol, Patrick Soon-Shiong, and Samsung’s President Young Sohn at the Health 2.0 8th Annual Fall Conference this coming Sept. 21-24 in Santa Clara, CA. This year, Health 2.0 is set to host the very first Wearable Tech Fashion Runway as a part of the larger session on Consumer Tech & Wearables: Powering Healthy Lifestyles. The panel will also showcase data utility layer platforms from tech giants such as Intel, Qualcomm, WebMD, and Walgreens, which are working with these trackers to provide a complete consumer health solution. Once again,Health 2.0 leads the industry with never before seen technologies, panels, and discussions based on industry classifications of patient-provider communication, consumer facing products, professional facing products, and data analytics.

    Health 2.0 8th Annual Fall Conference highlights include:

    • Consumer Tech & Wearables: The newest addition to the Health 2.0 agenda is The Wearable Tech Fashion Runway which features a multitude of wearable health tech in addition to data utility layer platforms from giants such as Samsung, Intel, Qualcomm, WebMD and Walgreens.
    • Big Names, Big Issues, Big Solutions: Notable Industry leaders and companies bring their solutions and knowledge to tackle some of the most pressing issues within health care. Newly added to the agenda are Ryan Howard (Practice Fusion), Mike & Albert Lee (myfitnesspal), Kent Bradley (Safeway), Jonathan Bush (athenahealth), Girish Navani (eClinicalWorks), Andy Krackov (California Healthcare Foundation), Jacob Reider (ONC), Rajni Aneja (Humana), andDena Bravata, (Castlight Health). A special bonus feature includes ademo of the latest Samsung Electronics platform and product–SAMI and the SIMBand–with President Young Sohn interviewed by Indu Subaiya (Health 2.0).
    • Health care Data Analytics: This topic covers the volume, velocity, variety, veracity, and value of health care data and analytics. Highlights include genomics, non-invasive diagnosis tools, and integrated data collection to uncover new discoveries, personalize medicine, and develop new care protocols with speakers from IBM Watson, Merck, Predilytics, and many more.
    • Start-Ups, Entrepreneurship & Investors: This year, Health 2.0 is poised to offer new opportunities for start-ups and entrepreneurs during the fall conference. Traction: Health 2.0’s Start-Up Championship is the inaugural pitch contest enabling series A-ready start-ups to showcase their business plan in front of a judging panel of renowned venture capitalists. The Bootstrapped Basecamp will put the most innovative seed stage start-ups inside the Health 2.0 Exhibit Hall to be found by potential partners, investors and customers.

    The 8th Annual Health 2.0 Conference showcases over 200 LIVE demos, 150+ speakers, and 50+ sessions across four full days with an extensive audience of 2,100+ health care professionals, health care and health tech executives, thought leaders, policy makers, and entrepreneurs. A multitude of never before seen technologies will be presented on stage,while the conference offers ground-breaking insights into the policy, tools, and solutions of new health care technology.

    Registration information is available here. Prices for the conference are set to increase on Wed. 30th, July.  The full agenda of speakers and companies can be found on the main conference website here.

    Validic wins Best Value in Healthcare Award

    Frost & Sullivan, a leading global research and consulting firm, recognized Validic as the winner of its 2014 Best Practices Global Healthcare Information Interoperability Customer Value Leadership Award.  

    Each year, Frost & Sullivan presents this award to a company that has demonstrated excellence in implementing strategies that proactively creates value for its customers. This is all with a focus on improving the return on the investment customers make in its services or products. Frost & Sullivan’s award recognizes Validic’s exemplary focus on enhancing the value its customers receive, including customer service, customer retention and customer base expansion.

    The Frost and Sullivan report stated “On analysis of the market landscape for healthcare interoperability solutions, Validic clearly stood out as generating the best value….Validic is agreat value to healthcare companies looking to accelerate their digital health business strategies.”  Frost & Sullivan Press Release

    Earlier this year, Validic was recognized as a Gartner “Cool Vendor” for its innovation with remote patient monitoring, medical identify protection, wellness application and device integration.

    Additionally, Validic will be sponsoring and exhibiting at the upcoming Health 2.0 Fall Conference.

    “As the healthcare industry’s premier technology platform for accessing digital health data, we think it’s important for Validic to support Health 2.0 on a national and regional level” stated Chris Edwards, senior vice president of marketing at Validic. “We are excited to participate at Health 2.0, where we have several clients and device integration partners scheduled to showcase their innovation in the delivery of care leveraging the Validic digital health platform.”

    Validic recently acquired Silicon Valley-based Infometers, a remote patient monitoring technology company. View Press Release

    This acquisition established a Silicon Valley office in addition to Validic’s Durham, NC headquarters near Research Triangle Park.

    News & Updates

    The Beckwith Institute awarded 11 new grants to UPMC clinicians and other staff to try out changes big and small that will involve patients and raise the level of care. Projects range widely and include an effort to develop a shared decision-making tool for family members of patients in intensive care units and the creation of an interactive, Web-based “thermometer” to monitor the mood and energy of adolescents with bipolar disorder.

    ShapeUp, a provider of social networking and incentives-based employee wellness solutions, debuted three new Social Wellness challenges. Each new challenge helps employers creatively and actively engage employees in their health.

    PumpUp, makers of an app that allows users to post their fitness and health goals and progress, closed a $2.4 million seed financing round led by General Catalyst Partners. The app currently has over 1.7 million users, according to the startup.

    Healthgrades joined athenahealth’s More Disruption Please program, giving athenahealth’s practice customers the ability to post appointment availability online for patient self-scheduling.

    The parent company of Lumeris announced $71 million in new financing from new and existing investors, which it will use to boost its population health management capabilities and expand from eight to 20 markets for its value-based care solutions. The parent company’s other companies are Accountable Delivery System Institute (accountable care education), Essence Healthcare (Medicare Advantage plan), and NaviNet (communication network).

    e-MDs, a provider of electronic health records and practice management solutions, ranked fifth overall in the Medscape EHR Report 2014, and in the top five in 13 other categories including EHR by practice situation, ease of use, satisfaction, vendor support, and connectivity.

    The State of Arkansas connected Allscripts’ electronic health record solutions with the state’s health care information exchange (HIE) for more efficient and effective exchange of critical patient information, and improve the quality and delivery of care.

    Comanche County Memorial Hospital, a non-profit, acute care facility in western Oklahoma, selected Merge HealthCare‘s vendor-neutral archive and image viewing and sharing solutions for improved disaster recovery and operational workflow. This will enable the hospital to meet Meaningful Use 2 (MU2) requirements, support health information exchange (HIE), and enhance patient experience.

    Varian Medical Systems, provider of medical devices and informatics software for managing comprehensive cancer clinics, radiotherapy centers and medical oncology practices, will equip the first satellite radiotherapy center in Scotland.

    Maryland Innovation Initiative awarded $6.4M to 67 commercialization projects and start-up companies in fiscal year 2014, including 7 health care and life sciences projects like respEQ, MedSense, EMOCHA Mobile Health, and SilcsBio.

    RWJF Challenge is Changing How Consumers Choose Health Insurance

    RWJFThe Robert Wood Johnson Foundation is back with another exciting challenge.

    As a result of health insurance exchanges, the market for health insurance is shifting towards orienting sales directly to consumers. The exchanges offers more choices to consumers with considerable variation in benefit design and cost-sharing features of different products.

    While decision aid tools for choosing health insurance do exist, they often aren’t adequate and there is widespread recognition that consumer choice is not being supported. Many of the plan choice tools currently available focus on plan premiums and ignore the variations in cost-sharing features that could be highly significant.

    The RWJF Plan Choice Challenge wants to create a tool that will help consumers make informed coverage decisions. Using the HIX Compare Dataset, this app would allow consumers to understand variations in cost-sharing features to compare and select the best plan for them.

    Pre-register now to enter!

    Health 2.0 Success: Exclusive Interview with uMotif Co-Founder, Bruce Hellman

    Written By: ZPB Associates

    Since appearing at the Health 2.0 Europe conference in London in 2013, uMotif has enjoyed large-scale deployment into the NHS in England. We caught up with the company’s Co-Founder Bruce Hellman, to find out more.

    Your deployment into the NHS came about after meeting a consultant from a hospital in the southeast. Can you tell us how it happened? 

    I saw him speaking at one of the event sessions and could see he would be open to the type of thing we’re doing. I waited until one of the coffee breaks afterwards to speak to him and was able to introduce the company and our app. He really got what it’s about and so we were invited to meet his team, who got it too, and so since then we’ve been working with them closely to slowly work toward deployment stage.

    Getting there takes a lot longer than you realise and the procurement stage means a lot of work from your side, but introducing new tech products into the NHS isn’t easy. Being able to speak to other people going through those same challenges is another benefit of being at events like these.

    You say it takes time to reach the deployment stage, so what else has uMotif been up to since last year’s event?  

    Well since Health 2.0 2013, we’ve won an award that included partnering up with a marketing firm; we’ve launched our app on the Apple Store and Google Play, configured it to work with even more patient groups and are currently preparing for a special launch in September.

    How are technologies like yours transforming patient care, and the delivery of service for clinicians?

    Any technology is best when it focuses on human behavior; it’s a principle that’s millennia old. That’s why we have focused our technology on enhancing human relationships.

    We wanted to improve the relationship between patient and clinician and ensure that for the first time clinicians have data that helps them make not just better decisions, but shared decisions.

    Our technology delivers self-management and empowerment in a way that’s easy to consume, improving medication adherence, patient experience, patient education, post-op care and reducing emergency readmission. Continue reading →

    News & Updates

    New York-Presbyterian Hospital is renting space at the Blueprint Health accelerator, installing its own computers and servers at the accelerator’s SoHo offices to create an “innovation space.” The hospital says it is also open to commercializing technologies developed by Blueprint’s startups.

    Chinese electronics company Xiaomi debuted a new fitness band that will retail in China for just $13 (79 RMB). The device will track activity, act as a silent alarm, and do will unlock the user’s phone in lieu of a password.

    England-based HealthUnlocked, which calls itself “LinkedIn for Health” in connecting people with a given condition to each other and to providers, plans to expand globally as it releases a new mobile app.

    Walgreens introduced its new “Balance Rewards for healthy choices” initiative, which is the third iteration of the Walgreens Balance Rewards program’s digital health components. This latest update will see Walgreens training some of its pharmacists and online customer reps in Stanford psychologist and mobile health expert Dr. BJ Fogg’s behavior change methodology, called Tiny Habits.

    The New York eHealth Collaborative announced the first seven health care startups selected to participate in the 2014 New York Digital Health Accelerator. The 2014 class includes: AllazoHealth, Clinigence, Covertix, iQuartic, Noom, Quality Reviews, and Sense Health.

    HealthEquity, which offers an online health savings account management system, announced plans for a $100 million IPO.

    According to a new market report published by Transparency Market Research, the global e-clinical solution software market is estimated at $3,005M in 2014. It is expected to grow at a CAGR of 13.8% from 2014 to 2020 to reach $6,515.3M in 2020.

    OBGYN.net will publish relevant content about events that impact obstetrics and gynecology, including the Hobby Lobby decision, the FDA‘s investigation of the use of mechanical power morcellation in minimally invasive gynecological surgery, and the American College of Physician‘s recommendation against pelvic exams.

    NoInjuries.com, a non-profit initiative, is offering a free support kit for implementing and sustaining a facility-wide health care injuries prevention program. It includes handy assessment guides for conducting a facility self-assessment, helpful hints on organizing a team, changing the workplace culture, an early patient mobility guide, and ongoing updates.

    News & Updates

    Epion Health, a SaaS patient engagement platform provider, raised $4.5M in Series A funding from Deerfield Management. Epion replaces clipboards and paper forms with iPads, and fully integrates with electronic health record and practice management systems.

    Galen.me is an integrated technology platform that allows medical professionals to register and list their services for prospective patients. Patients can search for physician offerings by location and price.

    DICOM Grid, a comprehensive cloud-based platform for medical image management and exchange, raised $6M in inside funding round. Key investors include Canaan Partners, CHL Medical Partners, and Mayo Clinic among others.

    Michigan Health & Hospital Association partnered with ArborMetrix to integrate its database with the ArborMetrix’s EpisodeMetrix platform to provide its member hospitals with insights into their performance on readmissions measures and other clinical measures of acute care quality.

    CVS Caremark entered into new clinical affiliations with four major health care providers. Through these clinical affiliations the patients of these health care providers will receive access to clinical support, medication counseling, chronic disease monitoring and wellness programs at CVS/pharmacy stores and MinuteClinic. CVS will also provide prescription and visit information back to health care providers through the integration of secured electronic medical record (EMR) systems.

    Wearable technology developer Sensoria closed a $5 million funding round. Sensoria produces textile and traditional sensors and software, which allow manufacturers to create clothing to gather biometric data. The company has created a bra, T-shirt and socks with embedded textile sensors that relay heart rate, activity, running form, wellness and fitness levels to a smartphone app in real time.

    San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee announced the city’s open data strategic plan, which outlines six goals for the next three years, ranging from improving data quality to encouraging more data driven decision making. This plan came five months after the appointment of Joy Bonaguro as the city’s first Chief Data Officer (CDO).

    Geisinger Health System partnered with Hamburg, Germany-based Indivumed on a new initiative to offer patients advanced, personalized cancer treatment protocols and clinical trials. Indivumed seeks to better understand the biological differences between tumors and how patients respond to treatment to support the implementation of personalized therapy through their biobank of tissue and data from more than 20,000 patients.

    Remedy Partners, which demoed their approach to managing bundled payment programs on stage at Health 2.0’s 7th Annual Fall Conference, raised $35 million in funding.

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