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  • Sneak Peak Into The 9th Annual Health 2.0 Fall Conference

    Change is rapidly approaching as we head into the 9th Annual Health 2.0 Fall Conference. “Today, I can’t live without my MacBook Pro, iPad, iPhone, Facetime, Twitter, OpenTable, and Evernote. I even blog and Tweet. In other words, I am a typically electronically overendowed American,” says Dr. Robert Wachter in his novel “The Digital Doctor.” While healthcare’s immunity to technology is present, technological innovations have launched in other industries. Despite this, we are prepared, excited and willing to accept these new solutions in digital health. With featured speakers, Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, and Dr. Robert Wachter, Chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine at UCSF at our upcoming Health 2.0 Fall Conference on October 4-7, 2015 in Silicon Valley, CA, we dare and hope to make waves in the health care industry. Continue reading →

    Health 2.0: Exclusive Interview with James Madara, EVP and CEO of the American Medical Association

    Dr. James Madara, EVP & CEO of the American Medical Association (AMA), provides perspective on how digital health will be integrated into health care systems. Matthew Holt, Co-Chairman of Health 2.0, had an opportunity to personally chat with Dr. Madara and find out what the AMA is up to now!

    Matthew Holt: James Madara is the CEO of the American Medical Association, which he’s been for about four years now. Before that Jim, you were head of the University of Chicago Medical School. So, you know what it’s like to run a large, complex, and probably dysfunctional organization, I suspect!

    Jim Madara: Well, they are very complex organizations and I have always been a complexity junky, so it satisfies me in both ways. But the AMA is really focused on the health of the nation and we began a long-term strategic plan about two-and-a-half years ago. The three elements of that plan, I would say, give insights on how we are thinking about technology in the future.

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    Health 2.0 Quarterly: What’s New In Q2?

    Every quarter, Health 2.0 releases a summary set of data that explains where industry funding is going, which product segments are growing fastest, and where new company formation is happening. Health 2.0’s precision and clarity when it comes to market segmentation and product information make this quarterly release the cream of the freebie crop.

    The major news this quarter is that funding has slowed compared to this time last year, notwithstanding a significant bump from Allscripts’ $200M investment in NantHealth on the last day of the month. Yet, we’re still seeing growth in the Health 2.0 Source Database — both in number of products and companies. We also highlight the release of the Apple Watch, the growing momentum around FHIR, some key moves in the data analytics space, and the success of the latest Health 2.0 IPOs. For more, flip through below.

    Calling Developers to Close the Gap for Veteran’s Health Care

    In high hopes of finding a creative solution to close the gap between the conflicts and redundancies present in current healthcare-plans of our respected Veterans, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is sponsoring an improved outcomes contest that calls all developers, researchers, and innovators. Rather than re-creating the interactive system used to distribute medicines, this challenge seeks a solution that addresses the delayed interactions in the current model and actually contributes to the current electronic health record by modifying it and making it easily accessible to all users.

    The contest itself is broken into two different phases, Phase I and Phase II, and the winning team can win up to $200,000. Phase I requires a written description of the original algorithm and slide deck with a focus on the methods of the problem solving. Five semifinalists will each receive $5,000 and move forward to Phase II in which they will produce a prototype. Prospective applicants – in at least teams of two – must register for Phase 1 by Monday, July 13, 2015.

    As there is no current model or foundation for this problem space, the VA is interested in seeing all of the possibilities of the different algorithms including methods and processes for the potential solution. Continue reading →

    PokitDok Introduces Identity Management System for Improved Medical Care Coordination

    SAN FRANCISCO, June 18, 2015 – Today at the Digital Health Summer Summit, co-hosted by the Center for Digital Health at UCSF, PokitDok introduced its Identity Management System. Built on the PokitDok Platform, which made its debut nearly a year ago, the new PokitDok Identity Management System is an HL7 compliant API that can integrate with multiple provider identity systems, typically Electronic Medical Record systems. It is designed to identify, map and ultimately match and merge patient information for more personalized care. Compatible with OpenEpic, Greenway Health, Athena, AllScripts, DrChrono and any custom EMR, this drives improved medical care coordination and interoperability as patients continue to consult a spectrum of specialists based on their acute need, condition, insurance coverage and increasingly, their budget.

    PokitDok allows providers to see a more cohesive view of a patient’s health history and insurance so they can make a smarter diagnosis and plan for recovery. It is becoming common practice to seek acute medical care from a variety of sources – from virtual telemedicine visits to urgent care clinics in lieu of the emergency room. PokitDok is introducing the mechanisms to find and access patient data across disparate electronic medical records from inside and outside a singular health system. Continue reading →

    Chelsea Clinton, AMA, Walgreens Headline Health 2.0’s 9th Annual Fall Conference

    SOURCE Health 2.0, San Francisco, CA – Health 2.0, the largest global conference and innovation community in digital health announces the agenda for The 9th Annual Fall Conference. The event will host over 3000 attendees and more than 150 LIVE demos in over 35 sessions across 4 days. This year’s exciting line-up features mainstage panels on:

    • New technologies for outcomes based care
    • Consumer tools for tracking, rapid diagnostics, and digital therapeutics
    • Big data tools and analytics for smarter health care
    • Data and technology advancing healthy communities
    • The frontier of Health 2.0: robotics, 3-D printing, virtual reality, space medicine and more!

    Special Sessions:

    • New technologies for care delivery organizations
    • Launch!  The top 10 brand new companies in health tech
    • Traction — The leading startup business competition in health tech
    • Investment trends and a look inside the biggest deals in digital health

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    Technologies of a Brave New Health Care

    Part I – Telemedicine
    Guest: Dr. Alexander Börve – Founder of iDoc24

    This is a mini-series about technologies that are radically changing healthcare. In each part I preview how a technology came about, how it is being used and how it will evolve, illustrated by my conversations with some of the health care entrepreneurs bringing this technology to life. 

    History Repeats Itself

    “The Doctor” is a painting done by Sir Luk Filde in 1877. The painting shows a doctor focused intently on a patient, in what used to be the cornerstone of healthcare: The home visit.

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    Wellness is Dead — Part II

    US Employers have historically provided health care insurance for one main reason: It is a tax-free benefit that is powerful in retaining employees. This is expected to change as the Affordable Care Act supplies cheaper and more personalized options.

    The CBO predicts 5 million people will opt to have health care provided by the government rather than their employer in 2016. This number is expected to reach 11 million by 2020 as the public’s trust in the insurance exchange market grows.

    I threw these figures at Josh Stevens, CEO of Keas, a company that focused on the health management of America’s biggest employers.

    In part I of this interview, we discussed how Keas aims to be the solution to the employer benefit’s fragmentation issue, while walking up San Francisco’s downtown hills.

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    Some Coffee, An API and a Vision

    One September weekend, three complete strangers randomly met at the Health 2.0 San
    Franscico Code-A-Thon
    . The event was sponsored by Allscripts to promote the new Allscripts PM API .

    After some coffee and bagels, the three strangers ended up around the table and agreed to team up for the weekend to build something awesome. There were 19 other teams with very talented members and great ideas. But, when the CIO of Allscripts came up to announce his winner, it was these three strangers who took home top prize.

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    Iron Yard Ventures, the nationally ranked startup accelerator and seed investment program in South Carolina, today announces investments into 9 startup companies for its 5th cohort

    The Iron Yard Ventures, a nationally ranked startup accelerator and investment program located in South Carolina, announces their 5th cohort of companies funded in their Digital Health accelerator program.

    Key highlights:

    • The nine startups receive $20,000 investment, office space at The Iron Yard in Spartanburg, SC, mentorship from successful tech and healthcare leaders as well as perks including marketing, branding, legal work, accounting services, office space and demo days in South Carolina as well as Health 2.0 Conference in Silicon Valley.
    • The teams all move to Spartanburg, SC for 3 months of heads-down focus on building their product and companies as well as reaching their next big milestones.
    • Iron Yard Ventures has now made 58 investments into startup companies in the last 3 years.
    • This year’s cohort comes to the Iron Yard from Atlanta, Chicago, Houston, Kansas City, San Francisco, New Jersey and Virginia.
    • Two of the companies in the cohort were founded by graduates of The Iron Yard Academy.
    • Joining the startups will be a Designer and Developer in Residence who also graduated from The Iron Yard Academy, as well as an Executive in Residence.
    • In 2014 Iron Yard was named a Top 6 program to launch a Healthcare startup in the United States
    • In 2015 Iron Yard was named an overall top 20 accelerator program in the United States by the annual MIT Seedrank Project.
    • Demo days will be August 13 in Spartanburg, SC and October 6 in Silicon Valley.

    The nine companies each receive a $20,000 investment, office space at The Iron Yard in Spartanburg, South Carolina and access to a national network of mentors.

    In addition, companies have access to the Iron Yard’s Designers and Developers in Residence program – which employs software engineers who have graduated from The Iron Yard Academy’s coding bootcamp.


    “These nine startups and their founders are a diverse group with standout backgrounds that are solving real problems that have potential to improve our healthcare system and make significant impact in customer’s lives as well as their bottom line. Now in our 5th cohort of companies, the quality of founders we see applying continues to increase. The bar really has been raised this year. We were really impressed by the quality of startups that applied to our Digital Health program this year. That is a big testament to some of the great startups that have launched out of our accelerator program in previous cohorts and now have gone on to become successful companies..” says Marty Bauer, the Managing Director of Iron Yard Ventures. “Each year we focus on improving the value that Iron Yard offers to the startups we fund. This year that includes bringing on new mentors and partners as well as additional fulltime Designers and Developers in Residence to help our companies make the most of the next 3 months here. Finding and hiring high caliber software developers is big issue for any company as it grows. One unique asset Iron Yard companies have is access to a national network of developers coming out of our 14 code schools. Having that built-in hiring pipeline gives our portfolio companies an unfair advantage as they scale.”

    “The Iron Yard has humble beginnings with a goal to elevate the tech ecosystem in the Southeast. The environment for tech companies in the Southeast continues to mature and many people outside the area are taking notice. Today, the Iron Yard brand has grown on a national scale – and these nine companies are a reflection of that growth.  We still have a long way to go – and that begins now with nine new companies under the roof.”  

    Here is a run-down of the nine selected companies:

    ProAlert  (– Helping first responders save lives by saving time integrating dispatch data with GPS, and treatment protocol reference.

    Prenovate ( – personalized food grade engine for chronic conditions

    Play-it Health (– custom software for medication and behavioral adhearance

    Headsup Health (– personal health and fitness record system putting the consumer at the center of their health and fitness information.

    Intuneto (– influencer focused health habit and fitness platform

    Triage Security ( – threat detection cyber security software

    Hygeia Health ( – complete health kiosk and point of care devices for healthcare

    Data Minded Solutions ( – decision management platform for diabetes care

    GlassChart ( – Siri for doctors

    Interested in learning more about these companies or Iron Yard Ventures? For more information visit or contact

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