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    The ONC is inviting voting for ideas submitted in its Digital Privacy Notice Challenge, which include games, responsive templates, a Web widget, and an NPP generator.

    eCaring raised $3.5 million in a Series A round for its platform to support aging in place. The platform, which monitors day-to-day behavior and activities, helps identify any changes indicating a decline in patient condition or anything that requires a rapid response. Ascent Biomedical Ventures led the round.

    BlackBerry invested in Patrick Soon-Shiong’s NantHealth. The companies are jointly developing a smartphone optimized for viewing diagnostic images, scheduled for a late 2014 release.

    HeiaHeia, a Finnish startup offering a social and corporate wellness platform that helps employees live a healthier lifestyle raised €1.5 million in funding led by Finland’s Wallstreet Financial Services.

    CMS introduced a Code-a-Palooza Challenge to encourage developers to create apps that use the new Medicare payment data to help consumers improve their healthcare decision-making.

    Stockholm, Sweden-based calorie counting app company Lifesum (formerly known as ShapeUp Club) raised $6.7 million in its first round of funding led by Germany’s Bauer Media Group and SparkLabs Global Ventures. The company has 4.5 million members and 6.5 million downloads in Europe for its Android and iOS apps. At the end of last year it reported having about half a million monthly active users.

    Anoto, a digital writing solutions provider, achieved Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance for its Anoto Live™ forms as a hosted or locally installed solution to the US health care market.

    Sandlot Solutions, a health interoperability and analytics provider, signed a five-year contract with Dialysis Clinic Inc. to provide clinical interoperability. DCI will implement two Sandlot modules, Sandlot Connect, for comprehensive data gathering and exchange, and Sandlot Dimensions, which combines a data warehouse with business intelligence tools.

    The SMART Platforms project at Boston Children’s Hospital formed an advisory committee to guide the project on strategy, technical approach and business development. Members include The Advisory Board Company, AARP, BMJ, Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, England National Health Service, Hospital Corporation of America, Eli Lilly, MyHealthBook, Polyglot Systems, and Surescripts.

    MeMD, a telemedicine company, will now provide telehealth services in all 50 states in the US. Patients will be able to request a medical consultation with a MeMD Provider and obtain an e-prescription. MeMD provides both single-use and monthly membership-based options for consumers as well as businesses seeking telehealth services and health benefits.

    Txt4health, a mobile health and wellness program for adults age 18 and over, reached 100,000 enrolled members since launching in December 2013. Txt4health provides timely and personalized health information on recommended guidelines for physical exams, preventive screenings, flu shots and vaccinations, etc.

    HxRefactored Sneak Preview: Ahava Leibtag, President & Owner, Aha Media Group

    AhavaL-300x300Here is an interview with Ahava Leibtag, continuing our HxR conference sneak peak series.  Ahava will be talking about how population research/information should inform design.

    What is your burning mission in health and why?

    AL: For people to get quality healthcare information, no matter where they are and which device they are using.

    What is your patient story?

    AL: Don’t have one.

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

    AL: Better content out there.

    Why should people come to your session?

    AL: To learn the dos and don’t of writing healthcare content that converts AND educates!

    HxRefactored Sneak Preview: Krisa Ryan, Service Designer, Mayo Clinic Center for Innovation

    krisaThis interview is with Krisa Ryan, who works on the Practice Redesign platform for the May Clinic Center for Innovation.  Come watch her speak at the HxR conference.

    What is your burning mission in health and why?

    KR: My burning mission in health is to enhance awareness, anticipation and communication for care teams and patients through knowledge and tools.

    What is your patient story?

    KR: Two patients I’ll never forget were the “Two Fathers.” They had the same disease and medically looked identical on paper. They would have received the same treatment until we were able to use design tools to highlight their lifestyles and formative backgrounds. To me, the Two Fathers represent the need for design in healthcare, the need to meet patients where they are, and the need to see patients as individuals.

    Why should people come to your session?

    KR: People should come to my session to find a passionate designer willing to share stories.

    HxRefactored Sneak Preview: John Yesko, Senior Director of Online Customer Experience, Walgreens

    JohnYesko-300x300The next preview of our HxR conference is with John Yesko.  John is the UX master behind Walgreens.com and associated sites.

    What is your burning mission in health and why?

    JY: My mission as it relates to Walgreens is to extend the 100+ year tradition of customer convenience to the digital space. That means giving our customers frictionless access to the products and services that can help them lead more healthy and happy lives. It also means helping figure out how the digital realm and our 8000 physical stores can not only co-exist, but make each other better. More personally, I’m interested in understanding the journey that consumers go through when trying to avail themselves of self-service experiences. Where are the pain points, and how can design make it better? I feel that we will never run out of poorly-designed services that – with a little love – can be so much better.

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

    JY: In general, devices and apps that allow patients to monitor their own health, communicate it seamlessly to their caregivers, and make the right decisions.

    Why should people come to your session?

    JY: My talks tend to be light on theory, and heavy on real-world applications. I intend to use real-world examples to make my points, and but them into terms that everyone can appreciate. I might even throw in some humor.

    Solving the Health Puzzle: Can Wearables Actually Disrupt the Health Industry

    With consumers showing more interest in tracking everything from sleep patterns to blood pressure, it’s no surprise that wearables are gaining the lion’s share of attention in the digital health space. Even employers are providing wearables to staff as part of their benefits package.

    There’s a glaring need in the health care industry to gain better insight into consumer health behaviors so insurance companies, care providers and even employers can drive healthier outcomes. Wearables – such as FitBit, Nike FuelBand and Garmin Vivofit – provide this real-time, individual data, so they are uniquely positioned to revolutionize how health programs are a managed and delivered. The problem is that insurers and providers don’t have the ability to ingest and interpret this data to create such programs.

    Before wearables can really disrupt the health status quo, there are two particular challenges the industry must first address:

    1. Connectivity. Health and insurance providers need actionable data. Without a software interface that allows stakeholders to better understand consumer health data – in aggregate, anonymous form – wearables fall short of providing the actionable insights needed to create effective health benefits, care and incentives. For example, how does your health and related spending change if you log a certain number of steps in your FitBit?
    2. Accessibility. Wearables need to appeal to a diverse population and not just the health conscious or tech-savvy. Design, durability and ease-of-use need to be achieved for widespread adoption. It is important to factor in not only the twenty-something who runs on her lunch break and logs 10,000+ steps per day, but the senior citizen with hypertension and diabetes.

    Below are three ways the health industry can make wearables more useful on a larger scale:

    Leverage consumer engagement platforms: The majority of insurers and providers are simply not set up to capture and make sense of the data wearables provide. This is where consumer engagement platforms come in: they bring together data from every source that collects health information – whether that’s a wearable device, doctor charts, biometric screenings or HRA forms. From there, insurers and providers can examine and draw conclusions to create benefits, plans and incentives that will actually move the needle, while motivating consumers to use these platforms for these health and financial rewards. However, this also means that wearable companies need to make their API’s open. And even further, become truer partners and work with providers and insurers on initiatives like clinical studies to better understand efficacy.

    Expand accessibility Health devices of any kind should fit seamlessly into a user’s life. It’s all about making it easy – more durable, longer battery life, more water-resistant. It should be better designed for the every-man and the everyday. Wearables will also gain popularity as the insights become smarter. For example, rather than simply counting the steps a person takes in a day, it would be more useful for consumers to know the specific distance they should walk to reach their doctor’s prescribed amount of daily activity.

    Measure the Data to Outcomes: Finally, data consistency across all devices will allow the health industry to actually measure lifestyle data against health outcomes. To do this, we need a way to audit the data from these devices to ensure that it’s truly accurate and not falsified. As this is achieved, consumers, insurers and providers will be better able to answer questions like: If a person walks one mile per day, how does that lessen their need for certain medical services? And what does that mean in terms of cost savings for the insurer and the consumer?

    Across the United States, we’re already seeing a trend of insurance companies and health care providers adopting consumer engagement technology, with wearables playing a vital role. But to truly disrupt the health care industry, the data from these devices must be more actionable so behaviors can be correlated to real results and cost savings.

    Naimish Patel is VP Product Marketing at Audax Health. He can be reached at @naims88.

    HxRefactored Sneak Preview: Elizabeth Bacon, President & Founder, Find Wellness

    ElizabethBacon-300x300Elizabeth Bacon is the Founder of Find Wellness, and at the HxR conference, she’ll be talking about app design.

    What is your burning mission in health and why?

    EB: America’s healthcare system is broken, and its focus on providing “sick care” leaves most people without a guide when it comes to preventative care and wellness. My startup, Find Wellness, aims to support people in seeking care from natural health & wellness practitioners; we have intuitive search tools for people to find the right, qualified providers for their needs as well as easy-to-use solutions for practitioners to manage their practices. When it comes to technology, as well, the western medical system is burdened with too many disconnected systems, almost all of which are frustrating to use and some of which interfere with the delivery of care. My mission, given my background in user experience design, is to humanize technology at every touchpoint between patient and provider. By focusing on people’s goals, we can deliver innovative solutions that reduce friction and ease the way towards optimum health.

    What is your patient story?

    EB: Even my relatively limited experiences as a patient in the western healthcare system tend to leave me feeling disrespected and lost. At one point, I was told that my diet had no relationship to my intestinal problems, and that I needed to take four pills a day for the rest of my life to manage my symptoms. This approach seemed ludicrous and wrong, and I had to embark on a lengthy journey with odd twists and serendipitous turns to find my way to a healthy diet and lifestyle that has me pain-free and prescription-free. What would a less-activated patient have done in that situation? We can’t let the system beat patients down and deny our inherently individualized needs when it comes to health & wellness.

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

    EB: Naturally I’m throwing my weight behind my startup’s technology (see our website at http://www.findwellness.com) which aims to transform healthcare by growing the market for natural health & wellness practices by operating at the intersection of intuitive search, personal health tracking & big data analysis. Beyond this, I have a lot of hope for telemedicine & related efforts like those of Bright.md to simplify the pursuit of routine healthcare and lighten the load on primary care providers. Additionally, the ongoing scientific validation of ancient practices like meditation to reduce stress and improve health represent the vanguard of embracing approaches to health that don’t fit into the current western medical system model.

    Why should people come to your session?

    EB: At the session I’m leading with co-presenter Lorraine Chapman, we will share our experiences using the tools and techniques of user experience design and research to inform the creation of awesome health apps and health IT. When we understand people and their context, we can deliver solutions that fit into their lives and let them achieve their health goals. UX methods can improve both technology and health outcomes, and we hope to surprise people with how easy they are to learn and apply, no matter your role.

    HxRefactored Sneak Preview: Lorraine Chapman, Director of Health Care User Experience, Macadamian

    Lorraine-300x300This, time, our sneak peak is with Lorraine Chapman! Lorraine, in addition to being a speaker at the HxR conference, is a UX guru at Macadamian.

    What is your burning mission in health and why?

    LC: To ensure products are being designed and used without jeopardizing patient. We need to stop making clinicians and patients (or non-patients) use products that create barriers to the delivery or receipt of care.

    What is your patient story?

    LC: I first experienced, first hand, the issues surrounding health information systems when my Dad has his first, massive heart attack. Over the following 7 years, I and his caregivers learned to adapt to the fact that none of his clinicians were able to share information across a continuum of care. The care he received was phenomenal and today he has a new heart (which is already 10 years old). BUT along the road, we experience mishaps, frustrations, gaps and mis-information that can easily be fixed.

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

    LC: There are so many new “apps’ that are being trialed right now that I believe are taking us down the road. Anything that helps bridge the gap between clinician and patient when they ARE NOT in a healthcare setting will ultimately benefit everyone involved.

    Why should people come to your session?

    LC: Anyone who is involved in designing and building an application/product for healthcare,should be attending out session. There are some great ideas out there….companies who have started out with phenomenal concepts…let us help you make sure that ‘great’ idea translates into a ‘great’ experience for everyone!

    News & Updates

    TA Ventures and ABRT Fund invested $2 million in Zesty, a UK-based online health care booking service. Zesty, which began in dentistry, is looking to expand into new verticals.

    Kognito partnered with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) Institute for Healthy Childhood Weight (IHCW) to create an app that addresses childhood obesity, called Change Talk: Childhood Obesity. The app, which is free to health care professionals, uses role-playing exercises and motivational interviewing techniques to help providers discuss weight management with children and their families.

    Zeel, an app that enables same-day, in-home massage appointments on-the-go, launched in Miami in beta mode. Zeel started in New York City a year ago, and is  an “Uber for massages,” with over 300 therapists in their network, according to founder Samer Hamadeh.

    drchrono raised an additional $2.69M in convertible debt funding from investors Runa Capital, Silicon Valley Bank, Box, and others. This brings the company’s total funding to $6.77 million.

    PatientsLikeMe signed a five-year agreement with Genentech to explore the use of PatientsLikeMe’s global online patient network to develop innovative ways of researching patients’ real-world experience with disease and treatment.

    The European Commission launched a consultation on mobile health technology, asking for help in finding ways to enhance the health and wellbeing of Europeans with the use of mobile devices, such as mobile phones, tablets, patient monitoring devices and other wireless devices.

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released the Medicare Provider Utilization and Payment Data: Physician and Other Supplier Public Use File (Physician and Other Supplier PUF) data set. It contains information on services and procedures provided to Medicare beneficiaries by physicians and other health care professionals in 2012 under the Medicare Part B fee-for-service (FFS) program.

    Availity, a business solutions provider for health care, partnered with Precyse/HealthStream to offer its clients the ICD-10 education program for the physician office/ambulatory market. Precyse and HealthStream have joined forces to create this comprehensive ICD-10 education solution, delivered through HealthStream’s workforce development platform.

    Kolibree, an electric toothbrush that connects to a smartphone to display a user’s dental hygiene data, launched a crowd funding campaign on Kickstarter to raise $70K. The campaign ends on May 25, 2014.

    New York Digital Health Accelerator Gears Up for 2014 Class

     Anticipating many innovative entries, the New York Digital Health Accelerator program has extended the application deadline to April 18, 2014.  The Accelerator, formed by a partnership between the New York eHealth Collaborative (NYeC) and the Partnership Fund for New York City, supports early and growth stage companies developing innovative technology products for healthcare providers and patients in the areas of care coordination, patient engagement, predictive analytics and workflow management. After the success of the 2013 program, expectations are high for the incoming class.  “As New York’s Tech Sector continues to thrive, we expect the second class of the Digital Health Accelerator to quickly enable some of the best companies out there to develop the newest health information technology tools,” said NYeC Executive Director, David Whitlinger.

    Proven Success

    The initial 2013 class of eight companies that wrapped up in May raised over $12 million post-graduation, which allowed them to significantly grow their businesses.  The companies created over 120 high tech jobs in New York and launched 17 pilots with the participating healthcare organizations.  In addition, two of the companies were acquired within six months after graduation.


    About the Program

    The five-month Accelerator program focuses on technological developments in the areas of care coordination, patient engagement, predictive analytics and workflow management.  In addition to obtaining feedback from leading New York health organizations, participants will receive $100,000 in up-front funding.  Participating healthcare institutions range from hospitals and long-term providers to community health centers and primary care physicians.  The selected companies will have access to an entrepreneurial leadership program and to the wealth of health data accessible via the Statewide Health Information Network of New York (SHIN-NY).

    Who Should Apply?

    The program is designated for early- and growth-stage companies where access to clinical and technical feedback from provider organizations could have a meaningful impact on the company’s development prospects.  At a minimum, the company should have a beta version of its technology.

    The application is open to any company, although the company must have a New York presence, at least for the duration of the program.  Pharmaceutical, biotech, surgical medical device, and diagnostic companies do not qualify for the program.

    Products and technologies focused on these 4 focus areas are invited to apply: Care Coordination, Patient Engagement, Predictive Analytics and Workflow Management.

    Just one week left to apply, application deadline is Friday, April 18. Apply here!

    News & Updates

    Dignity Health, Box, and The Social+Capital Partnership selected WelVU as the winner of their developer challenge, which invited developers to build applications on the Box platform to help patients consume and interact with educational content related to their diagnosis, disease, or surgical procedures. An honorable mention for most innovative patient education use case was also awarded to CirrusHealth.

    Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center launched a pilot project in which it will share clinician notes with psychiatric patients.

    Quest Diagnostics launched the MyQuest by Care 360 portal to provide patients direct access to their lab test reports. The release coincides with a federal rule going into effect that allows patients to view test results without physician approval.

    Digital diabetes prevention program Omada Health raised $23 million in a Series B round led by Andreessen Horowitz with participation from Kaiser Permanente Ventures and previous investors U.S. Venture Partners and The Vertical Group.

    Nine health systems and medical groups will join the OpenNotes movement in making clinician notes available to their patients Washington and Oregon, including Kaiser Permanente Northwest. This marks the first time that OpenNotes has been embraced simultaneously throughout an entire region.

    StartUp Health announced the addition of 16 new companies to its StartUp Health Academy, a long­ term entrepreneurship program designed to help scale early ­stage digital health companies. The program’s portfolio has raised $130 million till date, and a total of 63 companies have been a part of this program.

    The FDA, the ONC, and the FCC, released the FDASIA Health IT Report. It contains a proposed strategy and recommendations on a risk-based regulatory framework pertaining to health information technology, including mobile medical applications, that promotes innovation, protects patient safety, and avoids regulatory duplication.

    Practice Fusion was named the best Primary Care EHR vendor by 2014 Black Book Satisfaction Survey. Other top scoring primary care centric vendors include Greenway Medical, Care360 Quest, Kareo, Praxis, AmazingCharts, CareCloud, CureMD, Allscripts, athenahealth, and eClinicalWorks.

    Rite Aid Corporation acquired Boston-based Health Dialog, a provider of health coaching, shared decision making and health care analytics. Health Dialog will operate as a wholly owned subsidiary of Rite Aid. Details of the transaction were not disclosed.

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