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  • Exclusive Interview with Chris Boone, CEO of Health Data Consortium

    Matthew Holt, Co-Chairman of Health 2.0 interviewed Chris Boone, CEO of Health Data Consortium to discuss the health care landscape and the meaningful use of health care data. As the newly appointed CEO of Health Data Consortium, Chris gives us an insight into what’s new and exciting at HDC, and how HDC is accelerating the innovative use of health care data.

    RWJF & HHS Provider Network Challenge Finalists Announced

    By Ariella Cohen

    The RWJF & HHS Provider Network Challenge has announced the Phase I Finalists and is moving forward! Of the 24 excellent entries to the challenge, 5 have been selected to advance to Phase II.

    Congratulations to the Phase I Finalists:

    This challenge focused on finding solutions that allow consumers to easily identify providers that are in their insurance network and crowdsource customer reviews for providers. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recognize that people are now faced with an abundance of options when selecting their health insurance plan and have many decisions to make.

    There is a greater need than ever before for a tool that allows individuals to determine what the best insurance network is for their health care needs. This challenge called on developers and designers to create a tool that would use data to enhance the consumer experience, and offers a function that allows them to view customer feedback from patients. The Phase I Finalists exhibited many of the criteria the challenge was looking for, including creativity, innovation, a user-friendly interface, and potential to be implemented in communities and help consumers understand their insurance plan options.

    Stay tuned to find out who won Phase II!

    2015 Design for Health Awards Winners Announced

    By Ariella Cohen

    The 2015 Design for Health Awards winners have been announced! The awards ceremony, which was held at HxRefactored in Boston on April 1-2, celebrated the innovation and inspiration of effective designs in health care. design for health awards logo

    The first ever Design for Health Awards was a huge success, with 59 compelling entries that showcased all of the teams’ hard work and good design. A panel of 8 judges from across the technology industry evaluated the entries based on Originality, Application of Human-Centered Design, and Potential for Market Success.

    UX transforms a visually appealing concept into a product that can be used by all types of users within the health care system, and improve a patient or provider experience. Though all of the entries were terrific, two really stood out- one for a provider facing design, and one for a consumer facing design.

    Urgent Consult- Provider Facing Design Winner

    Urgent Consult (New York, NY) is a platform that revolutionizes the process of referral workflow. It allows providers to manage all aspects of the process in a single easy-to-use platform, and it works across EMRs! What the judges loved about Urgent Consult was how they thought about the workflow of providers and their staff, and how that will translate to better patient care. Their process helps health care networks increase referral capture, enhance coordination of care, and improve profitability. This company’s cloud-based platform was uniquely created “by physicians, for physicians,” and has also won awards from Pilot Health Tech NYC and was a member of the Blueprint Health accelerator. Dr. Jeff Bander, Founder of Urgent Consult, was present at the conference to receive his team’s award.

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    Pokitdok- Consumer Facing Design Winner

    Pokitdok (San Mateo, CA) is a consumer health and wellness marketplace for services. It allows patients to search for a provider in a number of different ways including: diagnosis, service, device, and treatment. Users can also review and rate their experience and see average prices for services. What the judges loved about Pokitdok was how easy their platform made it for a patient to find the right provider and understand how much that procedure would cost.

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    We can’t wait to see how these platforms will be used to transform future experiences in health care. Congratulations to the winners, and stay tuned for the next Design for Health Awards!

    ONC Market R&D Pilot Challenge Update

    By Ariella Cohen

    The ONC Market R&D Pilot Challenge is wrapping up its evaluation period of the joint proposal applications, and winners are being announced soon! Up to six $50,000 prizes will be awarded to the winning teams to implement their pilot projects.

    Winners of the challenge will be announced live via webinar on Thursday, April 30th at 1:00 PM EDT, so don’t forget to register!ONC image 1

    This challenge is an initiative of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC), and has been very successful in bridging the gap between health care organizations and innovative companies by facilitating partnerships for the testing of digital health technologies in real health care environments.

    This challenge has two major elements to facilitate meaningful partnership and innovation– Matchmaking and Joint Partner Applications. The “matchmaking” process focused on connecting “host” health care organizations with “innovator” companies that want to test a pilot in a clinical setting. Matchmaking meetings took place in December 2014, with 330 meetings held across New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. These “speed-dating” events were opportunities for startups to meet with health care organizations and try to identify a beneficial scenario for both parties to run a pilot. Next, applicant pairs of hosts and innovators formed partnerships and prepared proposals describing the technology and studies that they would like to run if they are awarded one of the prizes. We received applications from 78 host-innovator pairs from across the nation.

    The host organizations, which include hospitals, clinics, pharmaceutical companies and laboratories, are health care organizations the serve over 150 patients, with the time and resources to devote to developing and running a pilot project. The innovators are all early-stage health tech companies with an easily testable tech-based health care product, and are stable and well-managed.

    A review panel of professionals from throughout the health IT industry have been gathered to evaluate the submissions and select the winners. Once the winners are announced on April 30th, the summer will kick off with pilots being prepared and set up, and finally launching in August 2015, to be completed in January 2016. We can’t wait to see how the pilots develop and succeed!

    For any questions regarding the challenge, please visit the ONC Market R&D Pilot Challenge website at www.oncpilotchallenge.com. For further questions, please contact challenges@health2con.com.

    Don’t forget to stay tuned on April 30th at 1:00 PM EDT to hear who the winners are!

    RJWF Plan Choice Challenge Winners Announced

    The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has named Washington, D.C.-based Consumers’ CHECKBOOK as the winner of its first ‘Plan Choice Challenge,’ a nationwide competition facilitated by Health 2.0 to design a technology application that helps people evaluate their health insurance options. This first place team demoed their winning solution on the HxRefactored mainstage last Thursday in Boston.

    Stride Health (San Francisco, Calif.) and Clear Health Analytics (Stamford, Conn.) took second and third place, respectively. All three winning apps compare health insurance plans in consumer-friendly terms. Each narrows plans by cost-sharing features and help consumers calculate any projected tax credits. Read more about the results and winners at Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. An infographic showcasing the winning entries and how they will be utilized can be found here. Stay tuned for future challenges from Health 2.0!

    HxRefactored Exclusive Interview: Care Delivery Innovation with Mulesoft

    Matthew Holt, Co-Chairman of Health 2.0 recently interviewed David Chao, Director of Industry Solutions at Mulesoft. Mulesoft is a “connectivity company” with a vision to connect the world’s data, devices, and applications. During this interview, David shares the challenges within health care and gives an insight into how Mulesoft  is re-framing health care delivery and ensuring health care data to move freely between multiple systems as well as within organizations to be delivered at the point of care when and where it’s needed the most.

    Join David Chao during the Care Delivery Innovation: Reinventing Access and Expectations session at HxRefactored on April 1-2 in Boston, MA.

    Health goes online in Madrid

    madrid“The best way to predict the future is to invent it” –Alan Kay kicked off the 4th Health 2.0 Madrid meeting last Monday with these words. The session, titled “Internet-based Medical Technologies”, brought together more than 80 information technology and health care professionals and enthusiasts to the iconic Telefonica Flagship Store, located in the very heart of Spain’s capital city. Using the Net as a connecting thread, the Chapter presented three local projects that are helping shape that future, today.

    First on stage was Medimsight, a collaborative cloud service that allows physicians to share, view and analyze medical images. Medimsight showed how it has become a useful tool to help enhance diagnostic speed and reliability.

    Next up was Health Keeper, AXA’s intrapreneurial venture. Health Keeper is an online platform that collects data from wearables and social networks, rewarding customers with discounts in their insurance bill for maintaining an active and healthy lifestyle.

    Nicely closing the cycle was Capital Cell, the first European platform for equity crowdfunding focused on health and biotech companies. It showed how projects can complete funding rounds while at the same time engaging citizens in the process.

    The meeting closed by inviting attendants to network for an hour while enjoying the best Spanish wine and gourmet tapas –a perfect end to the first Health 2.0 Madrid meeting of the year.

    Don’t want to miss the next meeting? Join our community!

    M. Alvaro Berbís is the Health 2.0 Madrid Chapter Head. He can be reached at @aberbix.

    [Photo caption: Speakers and organizers of the 4th Health 2.0 Madrid meeting. From left to right: Javier G. González-Zabaleta (Medimsight), Roi Villar (Capital Cell), Irene Tato and Álvaro Berbís (Health 2.0 Madrid), Sebastian Judez (Health Keeper) and Frederic Llordachs (Health 2.0 Barcelona).]

    Turning Your Pilot Into a Success…Was a Success!

    By Ariella Cohen

    This past week, Health 2.0 CEO and Co-Founder Indu Subaiya led a session at SXSW 2015 on “Turning Your Pilot Into Success”. Entrepreneurs, developers, representatives of health care organizations and hospitals, designers and leaders in the industry were all in attendance! For those who caught the talk Live in Austin, the event was a stimulating presentation of proven solutions and real-life examples of companies who faced challenges and pilot successfully. For those of you who couldn’t make it, here are some of the highlights of the session from SXSW!! Continue reading →

    HxRefactored Exclusive Interview with Amy Cueva, Chief Experience Officer, Mad*Pow

    Matthew Holt, Co-Chairman of Health 2.0 interviewed Amy Cueva, Chief Experience Officer of Mad*Pow to discuss some of exciting themes behind HxRefactored and what it means to change the experience of health care through design and technology. Amy will be speaking during the HxRefactored conference coming up on April 1-2.

    Innovation and New Technologies: A New Market Access Point For Pharma?

    Paris welcomed major pharma players for the BIO-Europe spring conference. Innovation was one of the recurring themes here because pharma companies are facing a strong need to reinvent themselves to stay competitive and find new sources of income. But, there also is a risk where pharma companies would  want to play safe and avoid innovation.

    Although pharma companies say that they have a holistic view of the patient, there are areas for improvement.  For instance, every pharma company is running towards orphan drugs as it is more tractable than chronic diseases. Nonetheless, they need to understand the patients better, and place them more at the center of the processes. Both patients and payers are key groups for pharma companies.

    The actual challenge is not so much to innovate but to define patients’ needs in a way that promotes smarter innovation.  And this is one of the spots that definitely has room for collaboration between pharma and health tech companies.

    Pharma companies are starting to look at the health tech industry, especially the connected objects, seeing them as a new market access point. But many pharma companies are still in the ‘stand-by’ phase- they don’t have an innovation department that could actually embrace health tech. Their main concern towards connected objects remains compliance.

    As Pfizer highlighted in its presentation, pharma needs to be involved in the health care ecosystem and play with different actors, in order to innovate new capabilities. That’s the stand that Bayer Healthcare took through its Grants4App program, collaborating with startups who are developing solutions that could enhance business lines.

    We will deep dive into that subject in May during our Health 2.0 Europe conference with a Pharma 2.0 panel, where we will discuss how new technologies can help pharma companies go ‘beyond the pills’, revolutionize clinical trials, and pharmacovigilance. We will also be showcasing various tech companies currently collaborating with the pharma industry.

    Aline Noizet is the General Manager of Health 2.0 Barcelona. She can be reached at @anoizet.


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