Matthew Holt, Co-Chairman of Health 2.0 recently interviewed David Chao, Director of Industry Solutions at Mulesoft. Mulesoft is a “connectivity company” with a vision to connect the world’s data, devices, and applications. During this interview, David shares the challenges within health care and gives an insight into how Mulesoft is re-framing health care delivery and ensuring health care data to move freely between multiple systems as well as within organizations to be delivered at the point of care when and where it’s needed the most.
Join David Chao during the Care Delivery Innovation: Reinventing Access and Expectations session at HxRefactored on April 1-2 in Boston, MA.
“The best way to predict the future is to invent it” –Alan Kay kicked off the 4th Health 2.0 Madrid meeting last Monday with these words. The session, titled “Internet-based Medical Technologies”, brought together more than 80 information technology and health care professionals and enthusiasts to the iconic Telefonica Flagship Store, located in the very heart of Spain’s capital city. Using the Net as a connecting thread, the Chapter presented three local projects that are helping shape that future, today.
First on stage was Medimsight, a collaborative cloud service that allows physicians to share, view and analyze medical images. Medimsight showed how it has become a useful tool to help enhance diagnostic speed and reliability.
Next up was Health Keeper, AXA’s intrapreneurial venture. Health Keeper is an online platform that collects data from wearables and social networks, rewarding customers with discounts in their insurance bill for maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle.
Nicely closing the cycle was Capital Cell, the first European platform for equity crowdfunding focused on health and biotech companies. It showed how projects can complete funding rounds while at the same time engaging citizens in the process.
The meeting closed by inviting attendants to network for an hour while enjoying the best Spanish wine and gourmet tapas –a perfect end to the first Health 2.0 Madrid meeting of the year.
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M. Alvaro Berbís is the Health 2.0 Madrid Chapter Head. He can be reached at @aberbix.
[Photo caption: Speakers and organizers of the 4th Health 2.0 Madrid meeting. From left to right: Javier G. González-Zabaleta (Medimsight), Roi Villar (Capital Cell), Irene Tato and Álvaro Berbís (Health 2.0 Madrid), Sebastian Judez (Health Keeper) and Frederic Llordachs (Health 2.0 Barcelona).]
By Ariella Cohen
This past week, Health 2.0 CEO and Co-Founder Indu Subaiya led a session at SXSW 2015 on “Turning Your Pilot Into Success”. Entrepreneurs, developers, representatives of health care organizations and hospitals, designers and leaders in the industry were all in attendance! For those who caught the talk Live in Austin, the event was a stimulating presentation of proven solutions and real-life examples of companies who faced challenges and pilot successfully. For those of you who couldn’t make it, here are some of the highlights of the session from SXSW!! Continue reading →
Matthew Holt, Co-Chairman of Health 2.0 interviewed Amy Cueva, Chief Experience Officer of Mad*Pow to discuss some of exciting themes behind HxRefactored and what it means to change the experience of health care through design and technology. Amy will be speaking during the HxRefactored conference coming up on April 1-2.
Paris welcomed major pharma players for the BIO-Europe spring conference. Innovation was one of the recurring themes here because pharma companies are facing a strong need to reinvent themselves to stay competitive and find new sources of income. But, there also is a risk where pharma companies would want to play safe and avoid innovation.
Although pharma companies say that they have a holistic view of the patient, there are areas for improvement. For instance, every pharma company is running towards orphan drugs as it is more tractable than chronic diseases. Nonetheless, they need to understand the patients better, and place them more at the center of the processes. Both patients and payers are key groups for pharma companies.
The actual challenge is not so much to innovate but to define patients’ needs in a way that promotes smarter innovation. And this is one of the spots that definitely has room for collaboration between pharma and health tech companies.
Pharma companies are starting to look at the health tech industry, especially the connected objects, seeing them as a new market access point. But many pharma companies are still in the ‘stand-by’ phase- they don’t have an innovation department that could actually embrace health tech. Their main concern towards connected objects remains compliance.
As Pfizer highlighted in its presentation, pharma needs to be involved in the health care ecosystem and play with different actors, in order to innovate new capabilities. That’s the stand that Bayer Healthcare took through its Grants4App program, collaborating with startups who are developing solutions that could enhance business lines.
We will deep dive into that subject in May during our Health 2.0 Europe conference with a Pharma 2.0 panel, where we will discuss how new technologies can help pharma companies go ‘beyond the pills’, revolutionize clinical trials, and pharmacovigilance. We will also be showcasing various tech companies currently collaborating with the pharma industry.
Aline Noizet is the General Manager of Health 2.0 Barcelona. She can be reached at @anoizet.
Why is it so difficult for startup companies to break into health care systems? Every year, thousands of entrepreneurs and developers create innovative products and technologies to improve the health care experience for patients and providers. However, it seems that so many are unable to bring their products to market and grow a customer base. Potential clients want to see a product that has been tested in a clinical setting and validated with that data. Convincing an organization to pilot new technologies is only the beginning– crafting and executing a successful pilot program is a whole different ball-game. The good news? It is absolutely possible to design a quality pilot that is effective and builds a persuasive case to take products to market.
This year, Health 2.0 will be back at SXSW, sharing proven strategies for how to design a digital health pilot and commercialize your product. Come join us on Tuesday, March 17 at 12:30 PM CT at the JW Marriott in Austin, TX, where participants will see how their pilots can be formulated to collect data that validates their solution. Continue reading →
In our brave new world of health data, two things are keeping Watson from becoming our ipso-facto doctor: The human touch and gut instincts. Would it not be a Singular Utopia to arm doctors with enough data to
make them as smart as Watson?
Truth of the matter is, medical schools don’t teach personalized medicine, and it’s tough to get doctors on the bandwagon of data when it is presented in a way that is alien to them. They don’t have the luxury of time to make sense of it all.
As software gurus and designers in the digital health space try to fix all the problems in health care with code and slick design, they often forget what kind of needs a doctor actually requires.
As a result, many companies end up building beautiful products that are far from clinically practical solutions. Open mHealth is on a mission to solve that exact problem.
I had a very enjoyable conversation with David Haddad, Executive Director of Open mHealth, which is an open API platform that allows toolmakers and data consumers to access digital health data with the right clinical context.
It was founded in 2011 as a non-profit (501c3) and is led by an international team of health care veterans, researchers, designers and a rapidly growing developer community.
Omar Shaker: Can you tell us more about the work you guys are doing?
David Haddad: The problem we are solving is the “siloed” approach to digital health data. We developed, in collaboration with both industry and academia, an open API standard that would provide developers the ability to read, write, and authorize against disparate digital health systems all with using a common clinical schema.
OS: How do you create this ubiquitous interoperability?
DH: You need two things: (1) a common logic and (2) a common language. What do we mean by that? We first work with clinical experts and clinical data scientists to understand how they would want to see data given a specific measure.
So for physical activity we might coalesce a cardiologist, an internal medicine doc and a clinical informaticist to think about how to represent physical activity. We then define a JSON Schema and reference existing clinical standards (like LOINC, Snowmed, etc) to give that schema clinical validity.
We then have a data point API that allows a user to read, write and authorize data from disparate sources that use those clinical schemas. Together these two components allow for greater interoperability with the right clinical context around what that data exactly means.
You can see some of our case studies on our website, where we helped clinicians analyze and visualize different datasets from patients with PTSD patients, diabetes and other diseases. The data has to be familiar to the doctor according to the clinical codes he already knows, and our team’s goal is to provide them with exactly that.
OS: Interesting, so how is Open mHealth different from similar platforms in the market?
DH: First off, our API framework is free and open. If you take a look at our offerings you can get started today and contribute back to the community.
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Health 2.0 Co-Founder, Matthew Holt recently sat down with Alan Joseph Williams, Product Designer and User Researcher at Code for America’s Health Lab, which develops digital services for Californians eligible for or enrolled in social services like SNAP and Medicaid. Alan will be participating on a panel at the HxRefactored Conference April 1-2 in Boston, MA. Enjoy this video interview where Matthew and Alan cover the following topics:
- Fellowship opportunities with Code for America and their nation-wide Brigade Program that is made up of civic technology volunteer groups that continue to develop and maintain relationships with their local governments responsible for delivering local services
- Health Lab’s primary focus in 2015 of improving the SNAP participation rate in California–California has one of the nation’s lowest participation rates in SNAP
- Future of technology in this public/social service space, including Healthcare.gov outage and similar web services that need attention
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HxRefactored kicks off April 1st in Boston and we are excited to have Kavita Patel participating in a panel titled “Master Class in U.S. Health Policy.” Kavita is a Managing Director at The Brookings Institution in Washington, DC and has a long history working in health reform. Health 2.0 sat sat down with Kavita to talk health care reform impact, insight, technology and and timing.
Matthew Holt: What are the most important changes that you are currently seeing due to Health Care Reform as well as in the health care system as a whole?
Kavita Patel:I would say the most important change is everybody is now intensely focused on transforming every aspect of health care, not only the consumer experience or people who are not already inside the health care system, but also for patients and then for their family members–whether it’s an insurance company that had massive numbers of enrollees, as a result of the Affordable Care Act and the last wave of 11 million people who signed up, or if it’s the one person’s primary care physician who is now looking at whether or not he or she should be part of the patient centered medical home, because he or she is kind of thinking through what the future of medicine will look like, as well as patients and consumers.
Sometimes we hate using those terms. I personally sometimes hate being referred to as a consumer when that implies like I have some choice. Now, we’re finally seeing that there are some choices. It’s not perfect, but it’s something that was a game changer for me in watching of what’s happened since the Affordable Care Act is passed.
MH: This next question is about the pace of transformation. You’ve mentioned that everyone’s thinking about consumers and there’s also this transformation towards value-based care.
How far are we in this transformation that’s going on now? What proportion of health care providers are onboard and how many are hanging back and waiting? Continue reading →