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  • Combining Crowdsourcing & Gaming for Cancer Research

    There are more than 200 types of cancers currently known to us, and with new mutations of each coming to light regularly. Cancer research involves considerable time and resources, making it tough to keep up the speed of cure with the speed of these discoveries. To help increase the momentum of this research, the scientific community has turned their attention towards a resource gaining notoriety for making amazing technologies possible.

    Online crowdsourcing, that brought us products like the Kite Patch (mosquito repellant), Scanadu (bio metric tracker), SIGMO (voice translator), etc., is now its stepping up its game with ‘Reverse The Odds’, a mobile application that combines crowdsourcing and gamification to help solve the issue of limited resources to some extent.

    The game, created by Cancer Research UK for the Stand Up To Cancer campaign, is completely free to download across iOS, Android, Amazon phones and tablets.  The story line follows a girl who is caught in a fantasy world of magical creatures who become grey & lifeless when her energy level goes down. Players have to conquer each level to restore the world from a wasteland to a wonderland. Users progress through levels by analyzing images of real cancer cells to aid researchers extract vital information, as well as by answering questions around how bright the cells are or how many particular types of cell are present.

    Data collected from the game will be used by Cancer Research UK and fed back to research teams to understand cancer and find new ways to beat cancer sooner. Since it is a crowdsourcing platform, players do not need to worry about the accuracy of their results.

    Stand Up To Cancer is a joint national fundraising campaign from Channel 4 and Cancer Research UK, focusing on translational cancer research through online and televised efforts. Hannah Keartland from Cancer Research UK is going to be speaking at the 5th Annual Health 2.0 Europe Conference in London (Nov 10-12, 2014). Be there to see this technology in action, live. Register here!

    From Idea To Service: Bruce Hellman, CEO, uMotif

    uMotif will take the London Health 2.0 stage this year discussing the process and progress of services and products being adapted into hospitals and health systems.

    Bruce Hellman, CEO, uMotif came by the Health 2.0 San Francisco office for an interview with Matthew Holt to discuss uMotif’s progress over the past year and gave a snap shot of their participation in the larger session, “Getting Your Product or Service Into Hospitals and Health Systems” during the 5th Annual Health 2.0 Europe Conference this Nov. 10-12 in London.

    Viewics: Changing the World of Health Care Data

    is a health care data analytics company that uses a cloud-based SaaS model to provide health care organization with solutions to improve their operational, financial and clinical outcomes. Viewics raised $8M in additional funding today, in a round led by Canvas Venture Fund. This is the second funding round for the company this year. Earlier this February, it raised an undisclosed amount from a group of savvy Silicon Valley investors, including Morado Ventures’ Farzad Nazem, who also is the former Yahoo CTO, and AME Cloud Ventures, a venture capital group led by Yahoo’s founder and former CEO, Jerry Yang.

    Viewics’ flagship product, Viewics Health Insighter (VHI), allows health care organizations to have a standardized suite of analytics tools to aggregate, extract and share insights from the vast amounts of data in their information systems. It eliminates the hassle of developing an internal business intelligence infrastructure. Viewics has over 100 hospitals and laboratories as its customers, and processes data for 20 million patients across multiple departments and visits. The VHI data aggregation platform enables clinical analysis on a database representing 650 million tests.

    Canvas, which is a spin off from Morgenthaler Ventures, was initially managed by Gary Little, Rebecca Lynn, and Gary Morgenthaler, with Paul Hsiao joining in as a general partner in May 2014.

    Rebecca Lynn is going to join Viewics’ Board of Directors along with Ash Patel of Morado Venture Partners. This is not a surprising news since Ms. Lynn has a long association with this company. In 2011, Viewics was selected as a finalist in the first DC to VC Startup Showcase, a contest organized by Morgenthaler Ventures with co-organizers Silicon Valley Bank, Health 2.0, and Practice Fusion, where US-based entrepreneurs competed to raise seed or Series-A capital for their health IT startups. Rebecca Lynn was one of the judges of the contest, along with Shai Goldman and JC Simbana, directors at Silicon Valley Bank; Matthew Holt, co-founder of Health 2.0; and Steven Krein, founder of StartUp Health and CEO of Organized Wisdom.

    The Unmentionables 2014: Personal Life In The Health Care System

    The Unmentionables is all about how intricately personal life is integrated into our health.  How can we worry about what food we eat when our budget is stressed? Alexandra Drane opens up about the abundant evidence regarding the lack of empathy in medicine and a call to reconstitute the way we look at personal life in the health care system.

    Susannah Fox recuperates the idea regarding the sharing of ideas and connecting with each other to improve health, lower stress, and pass on simple ideas to benefit society via the internet.

    Speaking of unmentionables, the topic gets a bit more steamy when Esther Perel explores the nuances of sexuality, desire, couples stability, and more.  Esther shares some very interesting insights regarding divorce, affairs, and why these specific things are important both in society and in corporations like Nike. What will a fragmented social structure do to our health? Can we stop treating sexuality as either smut or sanctimony?

    Computer Systems and Data Availability on Improving Patient Experience

    Health 2.0 Co-Chairman Matthew Holt drew from the recent experience of his son’s birth and medical follow up to highlight disparities in care based on location during his keynote in Santa Clara at the Health 2.0 8th Annual Fall Conference. He outlines his family’s experience with various health facilities in the San Francisco area that served different populations and their numerous inefficiencies.

    Holt transmits the mixed reactions from hospital staff concerning the new health technology that was implemented in the centers and their varying degrees of usefulness and actual use. He notes that congruity in computer system use and data availability were key to improving patient experience. See the full keynote below:

    Find more speakers, panels, and sessions on the Health 2.0 TV website!

    Re-Imagining The Scientific Methods by Digital Health

    Two weeks ago in Santa Clara during the Health 2.0 8th Annual Fall Conference, Health 2.0 CEO, Indu Subaiya, discussed a comprehensive re-imagination of the scientific method by digital health. She took to focusing on conventional applications of the method create large knowledge gaps that need addressing, and the emphasized on digital health’s ability to create more comprehensive and expedient results through technology and individual engagement.

    Dr. Subaiya focused on digital health as the ability to counter a multitude of health problems, from diabetes to breast cancer through its alternative methods of exploring data and classifying knowledge gaps. She also stressed the need for patient and physician interaction, open hypothesis generation, health plan personalization, and the consideration of data sets from various sources. See the full keynote below:

    Find more keynotes, panels, and sessions on the Health 2.0 TV website!

    Kaiser Permanente CEO Keynote: From Personalized Health To Improving Patient Experience

    During the Health 2.0 8th Annual Fall Conference last week in Santa Clara, CA, Bernard J. Tyson, Chairman and CEO of Kaiser Permanente, discussed the importance of supplementing human knowledge with increasing technological capabilities and resources.

    Tyson emphasized Kaiser Permanente’s desire to redistribute the heavy resource use which exists at the beginning and end of life to include care that will maximize the healthy middle years of life. After noting the needs of the newly active consumer patients, Tyson noted that Kaiser Permanente would work to extend health care to apply to multiple facets of an individual’s life. He reaffirmed the company’s commitment to utilize cutting edge technology to improve patient experience through the creation of new medical centers, the use of artificial intelligence, and a personalized health “finger print” that would tailor life care patterns and, ultimately improve and extend life.

    Find more videos on keynote speakers, panels, and sessions on the Health 2.0 TV website.

    RWJF & HHS Provider Network Challenge Launches!

    Navigating the health care world can be confusing and convoluted for consumers who are unaware of their options and who require special services. As we know well, health care is not a ‘one size fits all’ sort of business. Consumer needs vary greatly, from location to treatment options. Finding a great provider in your network can be like searching for a needle in a haystack. Health 2.0 and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation are looking to take some of the guesswork out of selecting the best provider for each consumer.

    We’re excited to announce the launch of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation & U.S. Health & Human Services Provider Network Challenge and encourage participation in the challenge! We’re seeking solutions that will simplify consumer provider searches and that will make identifying providers in a consumer’s insurance network easy, with consumers’ needs and budgets in mind. Additionally, developers should seek to present a solution that includes provider accessibility and consumer reviews.

    Participants in the RWJF & HHS Provider Network Challenge will develop a tool that helps consumers identify convenient provider locations, search reviews and reports from other consumers, and allow those with specific health needs to search for accommodating providers in a convenient and easy-to-use format.

    The need for this kind of technology stems from the abundance of ‘narrow networks’ that prevents consumers from receiving specialized care at affordable costs. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation reports that “narrow networks contain a smaller number of providers and in-network facilities than traditional provider networks, typically resulting in lower premiums”. We’re looking to combat this problem through technological solutions that help broaden the scope of providers accessible to consumers.

    To join the challenge, and for more information, visit us here!


    San Francisco Code-A-Thon Winners Combine 3 APIs to Build for Health

    Two weekends ago, Health 2.0 held our annual pre-conference code-a-thon at MedHelp International in San Francisco. Our code-a-thons are the place for developers, entrepreneurs and health professionals to come together to ideate and innovate health care. This year, the Health 2.0 SF Code-A-Thon was one of our biggest yet, having 5 sponsors, 3 API tracks and over 100 participants!

    The theme of this year’s code-a-thon centered on helping patients make better decisions about health care purchases and helping providers better manage their practices and deliver care to those patients. Participants were allowed to enter into any API track from challenge sponsors Allscripts, BetterDoctor & PokitDok.

    The Allscripts team came out in full force to assist developers with the API and flesh out their ideas. Allscripts is a leader in innovation and strives to work with developers in the space and commercialize technology that can improve health care delivery. Many of the participants were able to use the API to build submissions geared towards saving time for clinical staff, improving patient engagement or supporting device connectivity.We saw a lot of creative uses for the Allscripts API, but the one that stood above the rest was QueueDr/Dragon Touch. Dragon Touch is a tool that practice administration can use to fill cancelled appointments, which in turn prevents a large loss of revenue. If a patient cancels their appointment, the program uses an algorithm to send texts to patients in the system who are likely to make that appointment. The first patient to reply gets the appointment! QueueDr demoed their tool live at the Health 2.0 Fall Conference.

    Based in San Francisco themselves, BetterDoctor made quite a splash by launching their API to the public for the first time at our Code-A-Thon. With the BetterDoctor API, developers can enhance or build apps and enrich data with a comprehensive doctor search functionality with information on over 1 million doctors and dentists. The API provides rich profiles of doctors that include ratings, insurance details, referral data and common procedures performed by the doctor. The winner of this track was Team Yuzu, who made particularly good use of the API to allow users to learn about doctors who are doing clinical studies and determine their eligibility to participate. Team Yuzu has made improving the patient-centered research process their missions and their IMPACT tool helps patients to understand and engage in accelerating research, ease enrollment into clinical studies and accelerate research for better treatment. Check out some of the other teams that competed in the BetterDoctor track here.

    Hailing from both Silicon Valley and Silicon Harbor, PokitDok showed up in style, sporting overalls and trucker hats, and with infectious team spirit. Known as a market place for consumers to shop for health services, their API empowered developers to build applications that help the consumer to make more informed decisions when shopping for health care., the winner of the PokitDok track, incorporated the PokitDok API into a group benefits management system to automate the enrollment process and simplify enrollment into a single form for all providers. This makes the enrollment process simple for employees, brokers and human resources.

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    In addition to the challenge tracks, participants were invited to use the Validic API and MedHelp’s hAPI to enhance their submissions. For example, Edge Interns, a previous Code-A-Thon winner, used the Validic API to detect depressive symptoms and activity for their diabetes & behavioral health management game, earning them a prize bundle from iHealth Labs.

    We’re always proud to see the quality and innovation of submissions at our code-a-thons. This year’s event was characterized by the spirit of collaboration and a unified mission to apply technology to improve health care. Stay tuned for more Health 2.0 Code-A-Thons in a city near you.

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    RWJF Plan Choice Challenge Finalists Announced!

    rwjf-logo (1)The winners of the RWJF Plan Choice Challenge, launched this summer to address consumer choice in purchasing health insurance and understanding cost-features of each plan, were announced last week at the Health 2.0 Fall Conference in Santa Clara, CA.

    This challenge sought app based solutions to simplify the process of choosing a health plan based on pricing and cost-sharing features. In an increasingly consumer-based health care marketplace, one of the main goals of this challenge was to offer a greater number of choices and variation for those looking to purchase healthcare for themselves or their employees.

    The RWJF Plan Choice Challenge works to convey highly customized healthcare data to its users, so that they are able to make the most informed and cost conscious choice. The tools’ focus on comprehensive data and cost-sharing features, using Breakaway Policy Strategies’ Health Insurance Exchange (HIX) Compare Dataset will allow for a strong consumer experience.

    The Phase I finalists are:

    Learn more about the challenge & winners here, and stay tuned for updates on the Phase II winners, who will be announced in February!

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