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    MobiHealthNews broke the news that Aetna will be phasing out the CarePass platform by the end of the year. We’ve had CarePass on stage at Health 2.0 several times, and while Aetna focused their comments on the “valuable lessons learned” from the “exploratory” platform, it’s never great to see a leader stumble.

    Meedoc, a Finnish video conferenced startup that has registered as a CE-certified Medical Device telemedicine platform, closed $1.5 million in seed funding. There’s a lot of activity around remote primary care in the US, so it’s interesting to see the trend hop across the pond. As with some players here, Meedoc is going after employers.

    New startup alert: Enlitic, which will use deep learning algorithms to diagnose medical conditions. Data scientist founder Jeremy Howard says the company’s approach is different from that of IBM, which tries to teach Watson by feeding it textbooks that contain information that doctors already know vs. giving the computer raw data and letting it figure out the patterns that represent new knowledge. Let the war of the machines begin.

    Todd Park will step down as US CTO, but remain a White House employee, moving back to the Silicon Valley to focus on recruiting top tech talent to the federal government among other projects. Congratulations on your service, Todd, welcome back to the Bay Area, and we look forward to meeting the next CTO.

    Array Health, a Seattle-based provider of technology for private health insurance exchanges, raised $9 million. The company uses a cloud-based platform that lets health plans develop their own private online exchange, while also providing employers custom benefits control. Given the huge issues with healthcare.gov, we imagine private exchanges may be a growing trend. Accenture agrees.

    More than 18M American adults suffer from sleep apnea, yet there is a considerable lack of information about it. Easy Blog from Easy Breath is targeting this space with articles on symptoms, treatment, research news, and new product launches. The blog has already reached 4.5M unique views. Easy Breathe sells complete line of sleep apnea equipment from major manufacturers, and offers free insurance benefit reviews for customers.

    ConnectedHealth, an online benefits marketplace, was selected by RE/MAX LLC to provide RE/MAX affiliates with a marketplace to shop for and purchase individual health coverage from both public and private exchanges, and receive access to ancillary and voluntary benefits. The platform is available for people who need short-term coverage or who are eligible for a special enrollment before the November 15 start of the nationwide Open Enrollment period.

    Collain Healthcare, an LG CNS Company, launched Virtual Care Team, a flexible, rapidly deployable, and massively scalable population health management suite applications. This is the first patient-centric mobile personal health record that combines telehealth, remote patient monitoring, medication management, clinical decision support system, and semantic interoperability engine solutions within a single platform.

    Opposing Drivers In Health Reform – The Healthcare Professionals’ View

    An upcoming global study, to be launched at the Health 2.0 conference later this year, asks the question:

    How do healthcare professional (HCP) opinions on health reform differ between the United Kingdom and the United States; each a nation facing complex reorganization of their public health care service?

    We previously reviewed the inextricable link between health and politics, regardless of whether reform is actually a component of policy or not. This week, we explore the viewpoints of HCPs on some major drivers in health reform.

    Opposing Drivers In Health Reform

    I like to imagine that the concept of health reform is in its most distilled essence a value equation, where the equation variables and parameters are health ‘drivers’ each affected by another for the benefit of all involved.

    Let me be the first to admit this is not a novel approach.


    Indeed Professors Michael Porter and Bob Kaplan from Harvard Business School have looked at modelling the cost crisis in health care. In a further evolution of such thinking, Dr. Vivian S. Lee and her University of Utah Health Sciences collaborative community have dev­eloped The Algorithms for Innovation.

    Even so, arriving at an idealized scenario that truly represents a ‘balanced’ health reform value equation is at best difficult, if not impossible, to achieve in reality.

    Different stakeholders tend to value each component of the equation from their ­own perspective. As such, trying to provide a national health reform that ticks all the proverbial boxes harkens those words made famous by Abraham Lincoln[1],

    “You can fool [please] all the people some of the time, and some of the people all the time, but you cannot fool [please] all the people all the time.”

    So seeking to understand just ‘…some of the people’ in the health ecosystem, what do healthcare professionals think are the important drivers for the value equation?

    We have seen that since the last Health 2.0 conference, a majority of public social media content from among 8,000 HCP posts in both the United States and the United Kingdom, reveals ‘cost’ to be the key topic in conversations specific to health reform (See Figure 1).


    Figure 1 – An analysis of health reform ‘drivers’ reveals that cost is a key topic.
    (Source: Creation Pinpoint, NUK=811 NUS=7558)

    Cost is not necessarily mentioned in isolation; in many cases any reference is in the context of another health reform driver – such as the next most mentioned topics of quality, preventative medicine, safety, waiting times, or finally staffing issues.

    Cost – In the context of ‘quality’

    Receiving the best possible quality of care is a fundamental human expectation, should we find ourselves with a health problem. On the whole, we generally trust that requirements exist for excellence in training, sufficient resourcing, provision of best-in-class treatments and that there is a general commitment from our respective healthcare systems to high standards in every aspect of delivery.

    Yet, for the equation to balance, there is usually a lowest common denominator that may bring compromise to one or more of our expectations.

    HCPs are all too aware of the forces at play and the compromises that must be made, in both individual and macroeconomic theatres of health care. In some cases we see HCPs provide a balanced perspective in stark contrast to the rhetoric of those who rally with one political camp or another.

    For example, during a Twitter conversation with an Australian nurse (Figure 2), physician and cancer survivor Dr. Preston explained that while the Obamacare health reform certainly increases access to health insurance, it does not therefore increase the quality of care – or decrease costs for that matter.

    ff3Figure 2 – Dr. Preston explains how Obamacare does not necessarily increase the ‘quality’ of care (Source: https://twitter.com/GavinPrestonMD/statuses/457568468133371904)

    Likewise in consideration of new health reforms and policies for the United Kingdom; as politician Jeremy Hunt extols the ‘fairness’ of the NHS, physician and Lecturer Anne-Marie Cunningham reminds her followers and the delegates of the General Medical Council conference that fairness applied towards access to quality services is also important (Figure 3).

    ff4Figure 3 – Anne-Marie Cunningham suggests equity, access, and quality as important drivers. (Source: https://twitter.com/amcunningham/statuses/411140393011396608)

    Cost – in the context of resources

    Web-lebrity physician Kevin Pho shared his viewpoint on an issue of expanding insurance without expanding the primary care infrastructure, pointing out that this is likely to lead to more patients presenting at hospital emergency departments.

    In response to this, paramedic Steven Grayson blogs:

    “When it comes to healthcare, your choices are quality care, easy access, and low cost. Pick any two, because having all three ain’t possible. Anyone who says otherwise is either a liar or a politician.”

    United Kingdom nurse ‘Gerry’ (Figure 4) points to an article about government cuts to nurse training programs which seem to have resulted in greater costs through overseas recruitment to fill gaps in resourcing. This story receives a resounding level of support from other HCPs who retweet the story to their own professional and social networks.


    Figure 4 – Nurse ‘Gerry’ points to a story which is widely retweeted by other HCPs
    (Source: https://twitter.com/archangelolill/statuses/466691148094791680)

    Balancing The Health Reform Value Equation

    Trying to find the right balance in the various drivers for health reform is clearly difficult. By and large, healthcare professionals see cost as the biggest issue within the debate; however there concerns about cost are always connected to human health issues, such as the quality of care, resources or access to services. It is clear that they are seeking better health for all, but understand that cost is a limiting factor in the equation.

    In the next article from this series, we will look at health insurance as a component of health reform. What will healthcare professionals insights tell us about insurance concerns?

    If you have a keen interest in HCP views on health reform, you will have access to the full study by attending the Health 2.0 conference. For now, why not subscribe to the Health 2.0 blog and receive weekly updates as we unpick the differences between health reform in the UK and the USA.

    If you are not already attending the conference, it is not too late to register.

    About the author: Paul Grant (@paulgrant) is Chief Innovation Officer with Creation Healthcare. At the Health 2.0 fall conference, he will present research conducted using Creation Pinpoint, a service for analyzing healthcare professional opinion expressed through public social media.



    Innovate as fast as you can: Announcing Health 2.0 SF Code-A-Thon!

    By: Alicia Davis


    When I first joined my high school track team, the longest I’ve probably ran was in a footrace from my house to the house three doors down. I really wasn’t sure what I was capable of and wondered if I could ever sprint 400m. My coach saw the mental block forming in my head and had me work up to the big race in spurts – 50m, 100 m, 200m- before I could take on the full track. Each time I increased my distance, I didn’t know what to expect until it was over. I only ran the 400m race once before I knew shorter distances were more for me, but I never would have gotten there without the jumpstart.

    In my eyes, code-a-thons are the first ‘spurt’ in working your way up to the big finish. Before you arrive, you have a fuzzy idea of what you might want to accomplish, but are unsure of how exactly you’re going to get there. Once you’re at the event, the countdown to the end begins and your mind goes straight to work to put something great together. While two days seems too short to build the next big thing, it’s just enough time to start the process of creating something impactful. Code-a-thons put your skills and ideas to the test and show what you’re made of in just a few hours. For some, that gives them the boost they need to try to go even further, pushing themselves to go the distance!

    Health 2.0 hosted the very first health code-a-thon and today our code-a-thons are still often the birthplace of a lot of great ideas in health care.  Our winners have gone on to become entrepreneurs or build partnerships with organizations that are leaders in health care. One such example is Health 2.0 Code-a-Thon: Preventing Obesity winner MAYA Design, who created a universally accessible text-messaging system that expanded access to healthy food and information. Since then, the team has improved their original product and has gone on to pilot the technology in multiple cities. Continue reading →

    News & Updates

    Intel partnered with headphone maker SMS Audio to develop biometric-sensing earbuds. The earbuds are powered by Valencell’s PerformTek technology, and will offer a built-in optical sensor for continuous heart rate monitoring, sweat and water resistance, and integration with RunKeeper so users can supplement heart rate tracking with pace, distance, elevation, and calorie tracking metrics. We just can’t wait to see the commercials for these headphones: rapper 50 Cent is a majority owner in SMS Audio.

    There were more funding deals in digital health this morning than cups of coffee consumed at Health 2.0 (and that’s saying something 5 weeks out from the conference): Comprehend Systems raised $21M, PokitDok is raising $7.5M, Healthsense closed $10M, Self Health Network raised $5.6M, Listrunner closed $500K, HealthPrize landed $3M, Health Gorilla raised $1.2M, and Clinverse closed $9.1M. Who’s buying the next round at Philz?

    A group of developers in Los Angeles launched a free mobile app called POS REP, short for Position Report, which is designed to help military veterans who are in distress or need help adjusting to civilian life. Innovation around vets and their needs is a small, but steadily innovating niche of health tech. Fun fact: the VA actually has a dedicated Mobile Health unit.

    Chunyu, a Chinese health care app, raised $50 million in Series C funding from China International Capital Corporation and several others. Chunyu lets users remotely consult with physicians to diagnose daily health issues, offering 90-second phone calls for free and additional services at a premium. Chunyu now has 30 million active users, but will need to hire a lot more doctors if it hopes to continue growing!

    Rock Health added 8 new startups and three new corporate partners. The new startups span health care from HIPAA compliance, to life sciences, to biotech. We got a chance to sit down and talk with Aptible Co-Founder Chas Ballew recently, and we never thought we’d say this, but it sounds like they’re doing exciting work around HIPAA.

    Sutter Health becomes the latest member of the Innovation Cohort led by AVIA, a provider-led innovation accelerator. Launched in summer, this innovation cohorts focuses on meeting patient needs of efficient and transparent health care. Since early adoption of technology is often accompanied by risks, this cohort will select groups of like-minded, non-competitive providers to identify and implement solutions with scale and greater efficiency in order to mitigate those, and allow for better outcomes.

    Kalorama Information released a new study, EMR 2014: The Market for Electronic Medical Records that estimates the size of this market and reviews usage trends among hospitals and physicians. The global EMR market was worth $23.2B in 2013, and despite increased investments, 100% EMR adoption could still be more than a decade away. The U.S. government has dedicated $20.6B to date on EMR projects under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and will start imposing penalties for use of paper records.

    Caremerge, a provider of communication and care coordination platform for the senior care industry, partnered with Aver Informatics, a bundled payment data management platform, to bring an end-to-end turn-key solution for the bundled payment system in the long term care market, abiding by the health care reforms of the Affordable Care Act. Caremerge is reshaping the senior care industry through its partnerships with companies like Lively and CPS, and is also an active voice in policy reform discussions.

    Based on CDC’s latest report, there are over 20M new cases of sexually transmitted infections in the US each year, costing the nation’s health care system nearly $16B in direct medical costs alone. Half of all new STIs occur among the population aged 25 years and younger. Nerdblock.com, an ecommerce subscription box start-up, is launching a campaign to raise STI awareness among this population group, where it will ship boxes of plush versions of chlamydia, crab louse, gonorrhea and syphilis, packaged with educational information about the microorganism they represent.

    Meet the RWJF Plan Choice Challenge Judges!

    The entries for the RWJF Plan Choice Challenge are in and we wanted to take some time to introduce our esteemed panel of judges. The RWJF Plan Choice Challenge seeks to generate tools that will help consumers to make better decisions when choosing a health insurance plan by allowing consumers to understand and compare the variations in cost-sharing features. The five finalist of Phase I of the challenge will be announced at the Health 2.0 Conference on September 21-24 in Santa Clara.

    Shandon Fowler
    Shandon Fowler is the Director of Product Management for Marketplaces at Benefitfocus, a leading provider of cloud-based benefits software solutions, where he formulates, develops and deploys the company’s private exchange solutions. Benefitfocus’ development and launch of a broad spectrum of private exchange solutions has given Fowler a unique, consumer-driven perspective on the rapidly evolving benefits landscape. Previously, Fowler was a Senior Program Manager for Social Media Strategy at AOL and the Director of Online/Print Media and Publications for the Tribeca Film Festival. He’s received recognition from the Webby Awards, eHealthcare Strategy, Communication Arts, The Effie Awards, and the Society of Professional Journalists.

    Tom Baker
    Tom Baker is the William Maul Measey Professor of Law and Health Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania Law School and the co-director of the Health Insurance Exchange Research Group of the Leonard Davis Institute of Health Economics at UPenn.  Tom is also cofounder of Picwell, which supports all types of exchanges/benefit platforms with the most advanced decision support capabilities available.  Leveraging predictive analytics, machine learning, and years of insurance experience, the Picwell tools help people optimize their health plan choice.

    Chiquita Brooks-Lasure
    Chiquita joined Breakaway Policy Strategies in June 2014 as a Senior Policy Advisor after spending over five years working on the passage and implementation of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Most recently, she was the deputy center and policy director at the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight (CCIIO), which oversees the ACA’s private health insurance exchanges and works with states to maintain Health Insurance Market Places.  As Deputy Director for Policy and Regulation, Chiquita led policy development for CCIIO, including managing CCIIO policy teams to develop and define proposals and ensuring that policy guidance reflected policy decisions made by senior leadership. Chiquita received her AB from Princeton University and her Master’s of Public Policy at Georgetown University.

    Sabrina Corlette
    Sabrina Corlette is a Senior Research Fellow and Project Director at the Center on Health Insurance Reforms (CHIR) at Georgetown University’s Health Policy Institute and an Adjunct Professor of Law at the Georgetown University Law Center. At CHIR she directs research on health insurance reform issues as they affect consumers and patients. Prior to joining the Georgetown faculty, Ms. Corlette was Director of Health Policy Programs at the National Partnership for Women & Families, where she provided policy expertise and strategic direction for the organization’s advocacy on health care reform, with a particular focus on insurance market reform, benefit design, and the quality and affordability of health care. Ms. Corlette is a member of the D.C. Bar and received her J.D. with high honors from the University of Texas at Austin and her undergraduate degree with honors from Harvard University.

    Margaret Anderson
    Margaret Anderson is the executive director of FasterCures, a Milken Institute center that works to speed up the timeline for new medicines to go from discovery to patients. She is a founding board member and past-president of the Alliance for a Stronger FDA and is a member of the NIH National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences (NCATS) Advisory Council and Cures Acceleration Network Review Board, the National Health Council Board of Directors, United for Medical Research Steering Committee, and the Institute of Medicine’s Forum on Drug Discovery, Development and Translation. Previously, Anderson was the deputy director and a team leader in the Center on AIDS & Community Health at the Academy for Educational Development, where she led public health projects. Anderson holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland and a master’s degree in science, technology, and public policy from George Washington University.

    Katherine Hempstead
    Katherine Hempstead, PhD, has directed the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s work on health insurance coverage since late 2013. In addition, Hempstead works on issues related to health care price transparency and value. Previously, Hempstead was director of the Center for Health Statistics in the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services. She also served as statistician/analyst in the Office of the Attorney General, New Jersey Department of Law and Public Safety, and as an assistant research professor at the Rutgers Center for State Health Policy, where she currently holds a visiting faculty position. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the Office of Population Research at Princeton University. Hempstead received a PhD in Demography and History from the University of Pennsylvania, where she also earned a BA in Economics and History.

    Sam Gibbs
    Sam Gibbs has been a Senior Vice President at eHealth, Inc. since joining the company in 2000.  During his fourteen years in the health insurance industry, he has focused on helping companies understand the shifting healthcare/technology marketplace and plot company direction accordingly. He is currently President of Government Systems whose charter is to introduce new technology solutions for public and private health insurance Exchanges. In 2010 Mr. Gibbs served as the Program Manager for the launch of the health insurance Plan Finder on the first ACA website prior to the launch of www.healthcare.gov.  Prior to working for eHealth, Gibbs served as Vice President and General Manager for Rand Worldwide, an engineering services company and was also founder, President and Chief Executive Officer of AVCOM Systems, Inc. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Aeronautical Technology from Arizona State University where he served for 10 years on the Dean of Engineering’s’ Advisory Board.

    Lynn Quincy
    Lynn Quincy is the Associate Director for Health Reform Policy with Consumers Union, the policy and advocacy division of Consumer Reports.  Ms. Quincy works at the federal and state levels on a wide variety of policy issues, with a particular focus on health care costs, transparency, consumer protections, and consumers’ health insurance literacy. Her recent work includes a study that examines the use of “choice architecture” in health plan chooser tools.  Ms. Quincy also serves as a consumer expert in ad hoc and more permanent venues such as the National Association of Insurance Commissioners. She has testified on several occasions in front of the U.S. House and Senate, and presents at professional conferences. Prior to joining Consumers Union, Ms. Quincy held senior positions with Mathematica Policy Research, Inc., the Institute for Health Policy Solutions and Watson Wyatt Worldwide (now Towers Watson). She holds a master’s degree in economics from the University of Maryland.

    Gary Cohen
    Gary M. Cohen is the Principal in Gary M Cohen Consulting, providing legal and strategic solutions to clients in the health care and insurance industries.  Gary recently served as Deputy Administrator and Director of the Center for Consumer Information and Insurance Oversight in the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services.  In that position he was responsible for implementation of the Affordable Care Act in the private health insurance market. He has served as General Counsel of the California Health Benefit Exchange (CoveredCA), Chief of Staff to Congressman John Garamendi, and General Counsel of the California Department of Insurance. Before entering government service, Gary was Chief Counsel of Fireman’s Fund Insurance Company and a partner in the law firms of Sonnenschein, Nath & Rosenthal LLP (now Dentons LLP) and Keker & Van Nest, where he represented clients in complex commercial litigation and white-collar criminal defense.  He is a graduate of Stanford Law School and Brown University.

    Key Stakeholders and Health Reform – The Healthcare Professionals View

    If you could isolate the voice of healthcare professionals (HCPs) around the world, what would you want to know about? This was the question which was discussed when Daniel Ghinn of Creation Healthcare, and Matthew Holt of Health 2.0 came together earlier this year.

    The question they arrived at?

    How do HCP opinions on health reform differ between the United Kingdom and the United States; each a nation facing complex reorganization of their public health care service?

    As Chief Innovation Officer and always seeking to develop new specialist online research techniques, it was my pleasure to be invited to investigate whether this question can be answered using publicly available social media conversations among healthcare professionals.

    In this first article of a series, we will examine how HCPs refer to key figures in health reform. The culmination of which is an upcoming global study about UK & US health reform based on analysis of conversations among healthcare professionals, which will be launched at the Health 2.0 conference later this year.

    Health and Politics 

    We all know that good health is fundamental to our existence as human beings. Our very quality of life can also depend largely on whether we are worried about the symptoms and signals within our bodies, or about the wellbeing of our loved ones, and perhaps above all – how we are going to manage the cost of ensuring these needs are met.

    Certainly, the cost of health care is an issue that elected officials understand to be a political career maker, or breaker. If they get it right, they are the heroes of the nation. If they get it wrong, they are the villains. If they don’t reform health, they are considered without empathy; if they do reform health, they will inevitably be persecuted for not doing it properly. Health reform and politics are connected and may always be – for as long as we need health care.

    Let’s take a look at some key figures in health reform, as mentioned by healthcare professionals since the last Health 2.0 conference in September 2013. Continue reading →

    News & Updates

    A radiologist and clinical owner developed CannaScan, a real-time, cloud-based validation system that allows Massachusetts police departments to verify that people found with marijuana have been issued a valid prescription. CannaScan claims it allows the “Good Guys to Weed Out the Bad,” and that the software allows better care coordination and real-time patient management since it supports videoconferencing, scheduling, and notifications. The founder calls it “A Clinic in the Clouds.” Why is this not in San Francisco yet?

    Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center will be using Tonic Health’s iPad app to collect registration data, screen patients, and monitor general health over time. We’ve had Tonic onstage at Health 2.0 several times as they’re a prime example of what Health 2.0 is all about: beautiful, intuitive design, data-driven (check out their backend!), and cloud-based (real time updates come standard, folks).

    Vibrado Technologies, a small company that designed a sleeve that goes around your arm to help you shoot free throws correctly and more accurately, raised $1.4 million of a $1.5 million venture round. Yes, there’s an app to store and analyze shot performance, and yes (we think) the sensors can be adapted for other motions like golf and tennis swings, but no, we can’t figure out why our sensor that tells us when we’re running low on coffee hasn’t been funded yet. Hmmm.

    Health kiosk companies Higi and Stayhealthy have merged. Stayhealthy had major deals to put kiosks in Kroger, Supervalus, and Albertson’s, while higi has rolled out in 2,000 stores including Whole Foods, CVS, and Rite Aid. Apparently, Stayhealthy brings accuracy of clinical measurements, while higi brings an engaging, rewards-based experience to the table. Our local Safeway has a SoloHealth kiosk, but we may just have to do a walking kiosk tour and report back.

    PointRight Inc., a provider of analytics solutions for health care industry, announced that its PointRight Pro 30 rehospitalizations metric is being used by over 9,000 skilled nursing facilities in the United States. The metric gives observed and case-mix adjusted rehospitalization rates for both Medicare and all-payer groups, and compares these with national benchmarks. It is validated by Brown University, and was adopted by the American Health Care Association into its TrendTracker product in 2013.

    MEDITECH Solutions Group, a provider of IT solutions for health care providers, added DataMotion Direct secure messaging to its portfolio of services. DataMotion Direct enables health care providers and organizations to exchange health information securely in full compliance HIPAA and the HITECH Act, and has already successfully enabled many MEDITECH customers to attest for MU2 and qualify for financial incentives from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

    RxREVU, a medication cost/quality prescription optimization solutions platform, raised additional funding bringing the total amount raised to $1M. Key investors include Nat Turner and Zach Weinberg, co-founders of Flatiron Health, Vivek Garipalli, co-founder of CarePoint Health, Arnold Schaeffer, founder of Spring Valley Capital, and Galvanize Ventures. RxREVU is a member of the StartUp Health Academy Class of 2014.

    TRICAST, a pharmacy data analytics company, launched Reveal 2.0, a web-based software tool to monitor pricing, process, and formulary and rebate adherence. It also includes a full suite of CMS oversight products such as automated reject analysis, comparisons of source to PDE claims, and all other CMS oversight requirements. The release of Reveal also marks TRICAST’s entry into the software as a service (SaaS) market space.

    OneDX is a fully-customizable mobile medical imaging management solution. Available to both patients and physicians, it allows images from PACS and VNA platforms to be viewed and shared from a computer or any mobile device. OneDX is the latest addition to the Universal Health Exchange concept that places patient images and EHR at the fingertips of physicians and patients enabling better patient outcomes.

    Pick Health 2.0′s Panel for SXSW!

    Its that time of year again! No, its not back to school just yet – its time to choose your favorite panels for South by Southwest (SXSW) and we need your help again to get us into the select few!

    In case you’re wondering what a panel at South by Southwest means, let us fill you in. Panels are a chance for companies to share ideas and each year companies duke it out for as many “thumbs up” as they can get for their chance to foster collaboration and innovation of the greatest minds in techs.

    Health 2.0 is no stranger to the SXSW stage. In 2012, we hosted one of the most well attended health sessions at SXSW Interactive titled, “Sensor Technologies: The Future of Health” and we know that this year’s panel, “Turning a Pilot into a Success” is sure to be an even bigger hit!

    That’s where you come in! We need you to cast your votes for our panel this year. While you’re at it, tell your friends, family and followers to vote for Health 2.0’s panel. With your help, we’ll deliver another great panel in 2015!

    So please go here and give your “thumbs up” for Health 2.0 today (you’ll have to log in to vote) and help us spread the word!


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    Giving Startups their Big Start: How Developer Challenges Make the Difference

    The best way to get your startup noticed is to have your product validated by experts in the industry. As a young startup connecting with that community of experts can be quite difficult. Participating in a developer challenge can not only lead to funding and credibility but provides a valuable testing ground for products.

    What is a developer challenge? These virtual competitions build on the concept of their in-person cousin the code-a-thon/hack-a-thon, prompting teams to develop technologies to address some of healthcare’s most complex issues. Over 3 – 6 months teams work on design concepts and prototypes for a variety of challenges sponsored by all types of organizations from charitable foundations to for-profit companies. Final submissions are judged by a panel of industry experts and winners are awarded cash prizes.

    Health 2.0 has run over 75 challenge in the past 4 years and awarded over $6M in funding to burgeoning digital health companies. But its not only money that draws teams to these competitions, participants gain validation of their product, publicity and market access.Reflecting on the past few years, we want to share the successes of these challenges.

    Adhere Tech

    adhtchThe Concept: Smart pill bottles that both work to increase patient medical adherence and engage patients to better manage their own health. The bottles can tell when doses are missed, remind patients by texts and calls as well as sound notifications from the bottle itself. It also collects feedback on missed doses.

    Innovation at Work: AdhereTech keeps busy. They were finalists in three Health 2.0 Developer Challenges:the Henry Ford Innovation Challenge, Innovate NYC, and Pilot Health Tech 2013 (in which they partnered with Weill Cornell Medical Center). A cause for celebration, they just raised $1.75 million in Series A funding. AdhereTech is currently piloting their product with the Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and are in negotiations with major pharmaceutical companies to deploy their product.

    Flatiron Health

    The Concept: OncologyCloud organizes and transforms patient data in real time. It’s big data software that provides the most comprehensive view of a patient’s experience in the oncology office. OncologyCloud helps oncologists improve the financial and care performance of their practices.

    Innovation at Work: Flatiron Health was a  Pilot Health Tech 2013 winner! One of the biggest successes in digital health this year, they’ve currently raised a total of $138 million. They are also the largest investment that Google Ventures has ever made in a healthcare startup.


    Healthify is a startup founded by two Hopkins alumni that creates an electronic health record system that records information on whaThe Concept: A web-based platform used to assess patients’ social and behavioral
    health needs, refer patients to appropriate resources to meet those needs, and engage patients around their social determinants via interactive texting. The platform also provides dashboards for managed care plans and case managers to use, allowing them to better manage the social needs in their population and to efficiently search for social services.

    Innovation at Work: Healthify is on a roll! They received $100K from the InvestMaryland Challenge and joined 10 other startups as a winner of Pilot Health Tech 2014, where Healthify will partner with VillageCare to pilot their technology. Congratulations are also in order as they have just taken first place, in the California HealthCare Foundation “Putting Care In Context” Design Challenge. See their product in action at the Health 2.0 Annual Fall Conference where Healthify will demo their solution.

    Interested in learning more about Health 2.0′s Developer Challenges? Email challenges@health2con.com

    “Putting Care In Context” Design Challenge Winners Announced

    Innovations Help Patients Share Their Lives with Health Care Providers

    The California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF), Mad*Pow and Health 2.0 today announced the winners of the “Putting Care In Context” design challenge which sought innovative ways to help patients take an active role in sharing information about hurdles in their lives that impact health.

    The three winning solutions each empower patients to share information about issues like hunger, poor housing conditions, stress, and isolation with their health care providers. The winners are:

    • First place: Healthify is a web-based platform used to assess patients’ social and behavioral health needs, refer patients to appropriate resources to meet those needs, and engage patients around their social determinants via interactive texting. The platform also provides dashboards for managed care plans and case managers to use, allowing them to better manage the social needs in their population and to efficiently search for social services.
    • Second place: Share4Care is a design prototype of an iPad app that would allow patients to document stress levels and issues in their life while in a clinical waiting room. The Share4Care app would then calculate a “Life Change Score” and assign a color (green, yellow, or red) that would be immediately available to the patient’s physician, prompting them to ask about factors that could impact the patient’s health.
    • Third place: MyDay Media Messaging Journal is a web-based platform that patients use to document their barriers to health through photos and text messages. The MyDay website and mobile app allow providers to view patients’ journal entries and follow-up to build patient-provider rapport, clarify journal entry content, and connect patients with resources.

    The creators of these ideas will share $10,000 in prize money for their thoughtful, original work.

    “We believe that healthcare providers must understand the hurdles in a patient’s life that can be a barrier to good health,” says Amy Cueva, Founder and Chief Experience Officer at Mad*Pow. “These winning concepts can help engage patients to share this important personal information, leading to more effective care.”

    The challenge was first announced at the HxRefactored conference on May 14, 2014 in Brooklyn, NY. A healthcare experience, design and technology conference, HxRefactored fused the technical and creative elements of Mad*Pow’s Healthcare Experience Design Conference and Health 2.0’s Health: Refactored.

    “The winning solutions – all at varying stages of development – demonstrate different ways that patients can be engaged to share information about their lives outside the clinic walls” said Giovanna Giuliani, senior program officer with the California HealthCare Foundation. “From a one-time assessment in the waiting room, to a daily social media-inspired approach, to a more developed web-based screening tool, these solutions will spark new ways to think about promoting conversations and care that addresses the whole person.”

    For more information on the design challenge and the winning entries, visit http://bit.ly/CareInContext.

    About the California HealthCare Foundation

    The California HealthCare Foundation works as a catalyst to fulfill the promise of better health care for all Californians, supporting ideas and innovations that improve quality, increase efficiency, and lower the costs of care. For more information, visit www.chcf.org.

    About Mad*Pow

    Mad*Pow is a design agency that improves the experiences people have with technology, organizations and each other. Using human-centered design, Mad*Pow creates strong multi-channel experience strategies, intuitive digital experiences and streamlined processes for its clients. The company has offices in Boston, Portsmouth, NH and Louisville. For more information, visit www.madpow.com

    About Health 2.0

    Health 2.0 promotes, showcases, and catalyzes new technologies in health care through a worldwide series of conferences, code-a-thons, prize challenges, and leading market intelligence. 

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