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  • HxRefactored Sneak Preview: Kevin Callahan, Co-Founder & VP Innovation Strategy, MapMyFitness

    KevinCallahan-300x300Kevin Callahan is our next interviewee!  As VP of Innovation Strategy, he researches and identifies trends in health/tech/fitness for the MapMyFitness App!  Don’t miss his talk at HxRefactored.

    What is your burning mission in health and why?

    KC: From day one our mission at MapMyFitness has been to empower active lifestyles. Through our websites and mobile applications, we allow people around the world to map, record and share their exercise routes and workouts in an online database. Our innovation has changed the way people think about their health and fitness. Now it’s commonplace for consumers to log their activity in a place where their data can tell a holistic story. It’s also common for people to workout with their mobile device – we’ve given them a reason to. Healthcare is changing, and society is learning that a corner needs to be turned in terms of diet and exercise. We have helped shape the market where health technology is getting smaller, cheaper and most importantly less complicated and essential for the everyday person.

    What is your patient story?

    KC: My mother passed away from a slow, incurable, degenerative disease of the lungs called idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. We were given 3-4 more years from a lung transplant. Experience, although ultimately heartbreaking, was positive — not due to outcome, but the process worked. My parents had great government insurance and the doctors, nurses, and professionals we met through the process where inspiring. So much so that my sister went on to a second career as a nurse. For a technologist like me, it was hard to sit on the sidelines while an untreatable, relatively unknown disease took someone who taught me that life was too short not to be doing something you love. I hope one day technology is able to improve all outcomes.

    What new health-related website, app, or technology do you think will improve health?

    KC: I look at the new class of apps and “dongle-tech” that are starting to penetrate the market, such as AliveCor’s Mobile Heart Monitoring device. The “Tri-corder” xprize also gives me hope that we can start bringing this type of technology exploration into more hands as technology and hardware becomes more accessible. I’m also extremely happy that the FDA finally came around and is starting to revisit it’s own regulation to make these types of advances accessible.

    Why should people come to your session?

    KC: Personal healthcare is about taking individual responsibility. Help your healthcare provider by providing data you already have. With the proliferation of smartphones and applications, anyone can use technology to monitor their health data, and the number of people who start monitoring this information will continue to grow, and also shape the healthcare industry, as it continues to invest in approachable technology infrastructures.

     

    HxRefactored Sneak Preview: Fran Melmed, Founder, Context

    Fran1-300x300Next in the HxRefactored Conference preview series is Fran Melmed.  Fran is the founder of a management consulting firm that works on workplace wellness.

    What is your burning mission in health and why?

    FM: Helping people make everyday decisions that lead to immediate and long-term health and well-being. Why? Because don’t we all deserve that?

    What is your patient story?

    FM: I can remember going through a difficult time in my 20s immediately after college graduation. It was amplified by the sudden death of a colleague. My father, a psychiatrist, set me up with a phone interview with a colleague of his. This colleague interviewed me for about 15-20 minutes and then wrote me a scrip for Prozac. I was amazed and alarmed at how quickly and with what little information about me he wrote that prescription. It was one of my first interactions where I saw how poorly served we are by a health system that’s rushed.

    What new health-related website, app, or technology do you think will improve health?

    FM: I’m excited about wearables and sensors. As these become frictionless and integrated with the entire system, I believe they’ll do much to improve communications among patient teams and support patient’s insights, behavior, and decisions.

    Why should people come to your session?

    FM: Because I know the employer space, I’ve been through the trenches, and I’ve come out smarter.

    HxRefactored Sneak Preview: Shahid Shah, Chairman, HealthIMPACT

    ShahidShah1-300x300Next in the HxRefactored Conference preview series is Shahid Shah.  Shahid has co-founded/led Netspective.com, Physia.com, PrescribeWell.com, Ryohee.com, InfluentialNetworks.com, HealthcareGuy.com, HITSphere.com, and simplifyMD.com just in the past few years!  At HxR, he’ll be talking about his entrepreneurial experience.

    What is your burning mission in health and why?

    SS: Bringing sanity and reality back into health IT through practical, transparent, and modern architecture & engineering techniques.

    What is your patient story?

    SS: I don’t have one.

    What new health-related website, app, or technology do you think will improve health?

    SS:Any kind of data oriented company that crosses the nexus of health IT, pharma IT, bio IT, and med tech.

    Why should people come to your session?

    SS: Because I’ll show practical techniques to connect to legacy EHRs and enterprise IT systems.

    News & Updates

    The Personal Connected Health Alliance, an international non-profit organization to represent the consumer voice in personal connected health, formally launched today. Its objective is to ensure that health technologies like smartphones, mobile apps, sensors and personal health tracking devices, are user-friendly, secure, and can easily collect, display, and relay personal health data.

    ZirMed, a health information connectivity and management solutions company, debuted a HIPAA-compliant secure messaging feature for Clinical Link, the company’s cloud-based communications platform. This enhancement will allow ZirMed users to exchange messages and clinical documents with any provider organization in the U.S., regardless of an organization’s EHR or practice management system.

    HomecareCRM, a provider of customer growth solutions for the post-acute care industry, and VITAS Innovative Hospice Care, a provider of end-of-life care, partnered to deploy the HomecareCRM solution across the board at VITAS.

    eClinical Insights, a provider of cloud-based clinical trial intelligence software, will employ Logi Analytics‘ Logi Info into its core applications, to deliver comprehensive business intelligence capabilities, simplified reporting, and rich visualizations for researchers, and a lightweight implementation for developers.

    Loopback Analytics, a care transitions management platform provider, partnered with Partners in Care, a non-profit organization, to employ Loopback’s cloud-based platform for improved patient outcomes. The platform integrates data across systems to identify at-risk patient populations, and match them with appropriate interventions.

    Owlet, a smart baby bootie that measures your child’s heart rate, raised $1.85 million from multiple firms including ff Venture Capital and Eniac Ventures. The company also completed the RGA Connected Devices Accelerator through Tech Stars.

    Keona Health, which develops software that enables patients to enter their health information and communicate with health professionals online, raised $2.5 million in funding.

    UMass Memorial Health Care partnered with Minneapolis-based Lumināt, which develops care planning tools, to create a platform that will integrate patients’ end-of-life directives into their electronic health records.

    AdverseEvents, makers of a drug scoring, signaling and side effect analytics platform, closed $2 Million in Series A financing led by Evaluate Ltd.

    Instructional video fitness app maker Fitnet raised $1.4 million from Valleys’ Ventures and CIT Gap Funds for its fitness app, Fitnet. Before this funding round, Fitnet was awarded a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation.

    HxRefactored Sneak Preview: Stephen Buck, Product Manager, IMS Health

    Stephen-Buck-300x300Stephen Buck develops high performance organizations, cross-functional collaboration at IMS Health.  At HxRefactored he will be demonstrating IMS Health’s latest EMR iteration.

    What is your burning mission in health and why?

    SB: Improve value patients receive from healthcare providers. Increase usage of evidence by all stakeholders in making treatment decisions.

    What is your patient story?

    SB: 10 years ago I broke my hip and femur. I asked my docs to show me the different possible outcomes from different surgical procedures using specific statistical probabilities. They looked at me like I was on crack.

    What new health-related website, app, or technology do you think will improve health?

    SB: AppScript from IMS Health of course (I’m the Product Manager)… wouldn’t it be great if your doctor could recommend an app that would actually help you to improve your health (and not waste your time)?

    Why should people come to your session?

    SB: To learn from our experiences in designing a provider tool to help get integrated in clinical workflow.

    HxRefactored Sneak Preview: David Sobel, Medical Director, Patient Education and Health Promotion, Kaiser Permanente

    DavidSobel1-300x300David Sobel is passionate about health and patient education.  At the HxRefactored Conference he’ll be talking about the importance of both happiness and healthy intervention.

    What is your burning mission in health and why?

    DS: To engage patients as partners in health by understanding and applying: 1. Patients are the true primary care providers 2. Healthy minds help healthy bodies 3. Everything that feels good is not bad

    What is your patient story?

    DS: I worked with a patient for over 5 years on managing his diabetes, blood pressure, cholesterol, and weight– all pretty much without success. I assumed he was “unmotivated.” One day I asked him “What do you really enjoy?” His face brightened as he replied, “Trout fishing!” I realized that for most of my patients I did not understand what they really enjoy, what they live for, what helps them thrive. I have found this an essential “vital sign”- often as important at lab results, blood pressure, and other medical measures.

    What new health-related website, app, or technology do you think will improve health?

    DS: I think the most important thing is not the app or technology but rather how to design based on understanding and testing the science of behavior and integrating that into care to solve problems, make life simpler, and make lives better.

    Why should people come to your session?

    DS: If you believe that patients are unmotivated, but want to better understand what does motivate people and how you can build that into design and care, please join me.

    HxRefactored Sneak Preview: Sean Nolan, Distinguished Engineer, Microsoft HealthVault

    Nolan1-300x300Next sneak preview: Sean Nolan! At HxRefactored Sean will be giving a keynote on health data.

    What is your burning mission in health and why?

    SN: I want moms and dads to have the tools and information they need to take better, proactive care of their families and loved ones. That’s it.

    What is your patient story?

    SN: Members of my family have been living with autoimmune conditions for many years; the lack of system-level coordination reminds me every day why I show up at work. And we’re lucky compared to most.

    What new health-related website, app, or technology do you think will improve health?

    SN: None on their own; all of them together.

    Why should people come to your session?

    DS: I think there may be free coffee.

    HxRefactored Sneak Preview: Nick Jehlen, Managing Partner, The Action Mill

    nickjelhenOur next HxRefactored sneak peak is an interview with Nick Jelhen!  Nick is the designer of My Gift of Grace, a conversation game that helps people have challenging conversations.

    What is your burning mission in health and why?

    NJ: To help everyone – from doctors to home health aides, healthy teenagers to terminally ill patients – have conversations about life and death before they’re in crisis. The fear around these conversations is preventing us from having happier, healthier lives every day, and turning a time that could be meaningful for many patients and families into a maze of pain and suffering.

    What is your patient story?

    NJ: I’ve dealt with back pain for 25 years. Three years ago I had the worst episode I’ve ever had: 16 weeks of being unable to walk beyond a slow shuffle. My doctors couldn’t give me answers, which was frustrating. Some days the fear and uncertainty was harder to deal with than the pain.

    What new health-related website, app, or technology do you think will improve health?

    NJ: Technology should facilitate meaningful interactions between people, and we should expand our thinking about how we define technology so that we’re always using the most appropriate tools in the toolbox.

    Why should people come to your session?

    NJ: We’re developing tools that crack one of the hardest problems in healthcare: getting people to do meaningful end of life planning. I’ll be talking about one of those tools (My Gift of Grace), a game we released in December that is already being used by families, hospitals, and palliative care teams around the world.

    HxRefactored Sneak Preview: Josh Stein, CEO, AdhereTech

    23382756_josh_headshot-300x300We’re nearing the end of our HxRefactored sneak peak interviews!  But the upside is that HxR is soon! Don’t forget to register!  Helping close up this series is Josh Stein.  Josh is the CEO of a company that makes smart pill bottles, to improve health care!

    What is your burning mission in health and why?

    JS: My mission is to improve medication adherence, the biggest problem in healthcare. Average adherence rates are about 60%, and low adherence leads to about $300B in increased costs, $100B in lost revenues, and 125,000 premature deaths each year.

    What is your patient story?

    JS: Even as the CEO of a medication adherence company, I’ve been non-adherent to certain medications (in the past – before AdhereTech, of course). It’s an issue that affects all patients.

    What new health-related website, app, or technology do you think will improve health?

    JS: AdhereTech! I’m biased… Some other great health-tech hardware companies out there include Misfit Wearables, Kinsa, and IntelligentM. All of these firms leverage seemingly simple devices – in conjunction with elegant technologies and behavioral economics – to drive positive change in patient behavior.

    Why should people come to your session?

    JS: I will give practical advice about working with large healthcare firms, from a non-technical perspective.

    HxRefactored Sneak Preview: Vance Allen, CTO, Welltok

    VanceAllen-300x300Continuing our HxRefactored Conference preview series is Vance AllenVance has almost 20 years of architecting complex systems. His talk will be on his design technique, so don’t miss it!

    What is your burning mission in health and why?

    VA: Most people would say cure cancer or get pediatric asthma under control. Those are all extremely important and noble causes, but we are going even broader at Welltok. Our goal is to get everyone to be as healthy as they can be. We are setting out to transform the health industry from a “sickcare” system, to one that supports the 85% of consumers who make daily choice that impact their health. We’re pioneering health optimization by guiding and incentivizing consumers to achieve their optimal health status. The fact that healthy individuals = higher healthcare value is an equation that we can all appreciate.

    What is your patient story?

    VA: Have you met Evan? He’s the very first ‘user’ of CaféWell Concierge and is on on the road to reach his optimal health. He is a 26 year-old single male, insured with Acme PPO plan, who lives in the zip code 11231-4710 but is currently at 23 St. & 5th Ave., NYC. His health interests include running, hiking, and biking; he is currently at 75 minutes of 120 minutes of his goal activity for the week. He has a recent tendency to be active outside, and has been discussing men’s issues. He asks CaféWell Concierge on his smartphone, “what should I do?” CaféWell Concierge responds: “You could go for a run in Central Park, bring your Fitbit Pebble and you’ll be closer to earning $50 from Acme Healthcare. Why don’t you invite RunnerDude100?” Using Evans health hisotry, goals, contacts and location, CaféWell Concierge is able to give him a personalized recommendation tailored to him. It also learns and evolves as Evan motivations, health status or goals change.

    What new health-related website, app, or technology do you think will improve health?

    VA: Thank you for the set-up. What Welltok is doing with the IBM Watson technology is transformative. It will be a quantim leap to personalized health and wellness technology. With CafeWell Concierge powered by IBM Watson, consumers will be able to answers to health questions in natural language like “What can I do today to improve my health?” Simple, personalized and effective. The Watson-powered CafeWell Concierge also lets you balance multiple goals, rather than just one at a time. It can take a series of individual health itineraries or goal and tells you the most effective and productive way to accomplish all those things. It’s seriously “a health concierge in your back pocket.” (Thanks ABC News)

    Why should people come to your session?

    VA: It’s like an 8th grade science class, you’ll get to see the inner-workings of the IBM Watson “brain”. You’ll hear about IBM Watson’s ability to uncover insights from Big Data, by understanding the complexities of human language, reading millions of pages in seconds and learning to improve its own performance. For example with CaféWell Concierge, Watson will learn which health programs or rewards are most successful in helping consumers reach health goals, and refine recommendations accordingly. You know you want to learn how about the computer that outsmarted Jeopardy! C’mon.

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