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Rx Cost and Coverage Challenge: Finalists to the Rescue!


Ever wish shopping for health insurance was as easy as shopping for shoes? As a result of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), most Americans are required to have health insurance, but struggle to find an affordable plan that fits their needs “just right.” Recognizing the need for effective technological solutions to improve the health insurance shopping process, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation sponsored the RWJF Rx Cost and Coverage Challenge in collaboration with Vericred. The challenge prompted developers to create blueprint solutions providing simplified access to the many choices in the health insurance exchange marketplace that would allow consumers to directly compare prescription cost and coverage. Vericred, PokitDok, Iodine, and GoodRx each provided APIs for the challenge. These APIs supplied formulary data and information corresponding to drug costs allowing developers to create accurate and helpful solutions.

Phase I finalists include Clear Health Analytics, a health insurance consultancy system that empowers clear and unbiased cost comparisons. Honest Health, Inc., a platform that offers the transparent ability to choose the best healthcare options. CleaRx, a unique plan that helps consumers find the best alternative Rx selections in the market. Pillsy, your own personal medical assistant, providing an easier way to manage vitamins and medications. And last but not least, C4B Solutions, an ingenious software set out to accelerate the interoperability of the healthcare industry.

Comparing prescription cost and coverage is complicated, but it doesn’t have to be. We’re counting on finalists of the Rx Cost and Coverage Challenge to fix it as they move on to Phase II to develop a fully functional mobile or web application. This idea will be brought to life and provide consumers with beneficial access to reliable information on drug value and effectiveness.

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Pfizer Launches Global Innovation Challenge to Enrich the Lives of Patients Living with Metastatic Breast Cancer (mBC)

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Did you know that an estimated 315,000 women in the U.S and E.U.1 are living with an incurable disease?2,3 The metastatic breast cancer (mBC) diagnosis can leave patients and their families experiencing uncertainty and significant emotional burden.4

Metastatic breast cancer is the most advanced type of breast cancer in which the tumor cells spread beyond the breast to other parts of the body, potentially affecting the bones, liver, lungs or brain.3 While progress in patient care has been made in the past decade, there is still a need for improvements in care and support among patients living with this disease. Pfizer is sponsoring the Advancing Care for Patients Living with mBC innovation challenge, in collaboration with Health 2.0, to encourage healthcare innovators to harness technology and develop cutting edge solutions that will help enrich the lives of patients living with metastatic breast cancer.

The challenge, Advancing Care for Patients Living with mBC, asks applicants to develop technology-enabled solutions to address one or more of the key patient needs below:

  • An intuitive, customizable, and tailored care management solution that improves care and disease management for patients living with mBC, incorporating a comprehensive approach to well-being across the care continuum
  • Solutions to support mBC patients with their daily living and enrich their lives
  • Solutions to help patients living with mBC engage and support one another

The challenge includes three phases. Phase I calls for the development of creative concepts that address key mBC patient needs, and submissions are due by January 20, 2017. Five semi-finalists will be selected from this round to move on to Phase II, where they will receive mentorship from industry experts to guide the development of their solutions. A mid-challenge pitch during this phase will determine the three finalists who will advance to Phase III. The finalists will demo their prototypes at a live pitch event in July 2017, where the grand prize winner will be selected.

A total of $250,000 in prize funding will be available to disruptive solutions with the greatest potential to enrich the lives of patients with mBC. With this challenge, Pfizer hopes to help close the gaps in mBC care and catalyze the development of meaningful solutions to support patients along the care continuum and improve their overall quality of life.

This is a global challenge that is open to developers, entrepreneurs, designers and innovators around the world! To learn more about the challenge and to submit an application, visit!

1 EU = Germany, France, Italy, Spain, UK

2 2016 CancerImpact KantarHealth

3 American Cancer Society. Detailed Guide: Breast Cancer. Accessed September 21, 2016.

4 Pfizer Inc. Global Status of Advanced/Metastatic Breast Cancer: 2005-2015 Decade Report. Published March 2016. Accessed September 26, 2016.

DocSpot Steals the Spotlight!

According to a poll by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research only 22 percent of participants were confident that they can find useful information to compare the quality of local doctors. This is a problem that we have all faced; not going to the doctor simply because we can’t find the right one to go to. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and Propublica wanted to find a way to customize the consumer experience of choosing health care providers, so that people can get the care they need, where and when they need it. The RWJF and ProPublica Finding the Right Provider Challenge, hosted by Health 2.0, put developers’ skills to the test, and asked them to create better tools to support consumers trying to locate the right provider for their personal needs.


DocSpot was selected as the competition winner.  While many efficient and creative search tools were submitted, only DocSpot’s simple-to-use tool offers an extensive variety of filter options for a most personalized experience. Ningning Lin, a Product Developer at DocSpot, shared that she was “excited to enter this challenge because of its relevance to our times as healthcare decisions and costs increasingly shift toward consumers. We at DocSpot strive to help patients navigate data in meaningful ways.” Through recently released CMS data containing information about providers who participate in Medicare, DocSpot supplied a seamless ability to match patients to providers. Ningning added, “We are grateful that RWJF, ProPublica and Health 2.0 sponsored this contest and recognize this achievement as just one milestone along our common journey of empowering patients to make better healthcare decisions.”

Locust Tech Inc. was selected as the second place winner, followed by DocFinder Sherpa in Third. All three winning search tools promise easy matching to the perfect provider. Each empowered a consumer-focused algorithm addressing quality of clinical care, cost factors and customizable options.

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Welcoming James Madara to our 10th Annual Fall Conference!

We are very excited to have Dr. James Madara with us again on the Health 2.0 stage this year! Dr. Madara is CEO of the American Medical Association, the nation’s largest physician organization. An accomplished academic medical center physician, medical scientist and administrator, Dr. Madara has served as Timmie Professor and Chair of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine at the Emory University School of Medicine and as CEO of the University of Chicago Medical Center, bringing together the university’s biomedical research, teaching and clinical activities.

Last year, Dr. Madara talked about about the AMA’s wider role in changing American health care, including its founding of Health2047, its partnership with Matter and its role in SMART. This year, however, will be a bit different. Since his talk last year, Dr. Madara referred to digital health as the “snake oil” of the 21st century. So, is he with us or against us?? On our stage, he will have a discussion with Matthew Holt, to explain what he meant by this statement, the state of play, the role of tech in doctors’ offices and in our lives, and what the Health 2.0 community needs to do to improve. This should be a really intriguing discussion and we are looking forward to seeing it on our stage on Monday, September 26th at 5:20pm!

Welcoming Alan Warren to our 10th Annual Fall Conference!

Health 2.0 is proud to present Alan Warren, the CTO and SVP of Engineering for Oscar Health, who will be joining us for the mainstage panel “The Next Gen Consumer: Technology for Health Choices.” Oscar Health is a high-tech NY startup aiming to transform the healthcare industry. Prior to Oscar, Alan was Engineering VP in Google’s NY office and led efforts there spanning desktop and mobile search, AdWords, and Developer APIs and tools, as well as starting products such as Google Finance, Blog Search and Google Health. While there, he also founded and led Google’s collaborative applications area, including Google Drive and the Docs, Sheets and Slides suite.

Alan will join us to speak about what he’s learned through his position at Oscar, such as the complexities faced in the consumer marketplace today and how Oscar’s goals for the future have been changes by these complexities. Given the company’s unique approach to selling their insurance plan, Alan will also discuss what he’s learned about consumer expectations and how to become a disruptor in this market that has proven to be difficult to crack. We are looking forward to having Alan on our stage in a few short weeks!

Announcing the Winners of Technology for Healthy Communities!

Technology for Healthy Communities, a pilot program that facilitates the adoption of technology in U.S. communities, has matched three high-performing health tech innovators with three communities in California, Florida and South Carolina to help address local health needs.

Over 200 innovators across the U.S. submitted applications to Technology for Healthy Communities, a program sponsored in 2016 by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and powered by Health 2.0. The selected innovators will implement projects that will help the participating communities address the social determinants of health at the point of care, coordinate care for people with chronic disease, and collect bicycle and pedestrian traffic data to improve safety.  The matched community and technology solution pairs will receive funding and guidance from the Technology for Healthy Communities team to implement their pilots.

The program aims to help under-served communities adopt technology solutions to their most pressing health problems. Michael Painter, Senior Program Officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, commented “Many leaders in communities across the U.S. could potentially enhance efforts to build a Culture of Health in those places with the right technology solutions. Efforts like Technology for Healthy Communities offer communities a unique way to test and implement technology to help those leaders address specific health and health care needs of their residents.”

The Pilots

Healthify, a NYC-based company with a leading collaborative software solution, is partnering with ACCESSHealth Spartanburg, a non-profit agency primarily working with the uninsured population in Spartanburg County, SC. Together, along with the support of Spartanburg Way to Wellville and the Mary Black Foundation, they will pilot their community resource platform to provide community interventions for social determinants of health at the point of care.  The Healthify platform addresses current pain points in community health care, such as the inefficiency of addressing social needs of patients and assisting case managers to help make case management easier. With more information collected on social and behavioral needs, they aim to strengthen ACCESSHealth Spartanburg as a center for both quality provision of healthcare and social service referrals.

CTY, a St. Louis-based civic health tech company, will partner with The Health Planning Council of Northeast Florida, the City of Jacksonville and the Clinton Health Matters Initiative to conduct a pilot in Jacksonville, FL. Jacksonville is the 3rd most dangerous U.S. metro area for pedestrians. CTY will deploy its signature product NuminaTM for the pilot project. With this technology, the Jacksonville, FL community will collect bicycle and pedestrian traffic data, which they can use to assess current conditions, plan further improvements, and use as a baseline comparison for impact of forthcoming improvements. Their objective is to utilize the pilot project to identify and encourage safe opportunities in the community for residents to be more physically active, ultimately improving health outcomes and reducing rates of chronic disease.

In Alameda County, CA, the Community Health Center Network (CHCN), as part of their Care Neighborhood initiative, is interested in using technology to sustain high risk patients and guide them to appropriate community resources. As part of the Technology for Healthy Communities program, they selected Welkin Health as their pilot partner. Welkin Health, a San Francisco-based health technology company, focuses on tackling chronic diseases through tools that enhance patient-provider relationships, manage chronic disease care, and promote patient engagement. CHCN will partner with Welkin Health to implement a case management tool that engages members and eases current health care worker burden. Together, they will pilot this case management tool in three centers to help community health workers to effectively and efficiently coordinate care and improve social determinants of health in Alameda County, CA.

The pilots will kick off in October and the Technology for Healthy Communities team will work with the innovators and communities to determine if a sustainable, commercial relationship is possible between the pair. According to Indu Subaiya, Co-Founder and CEO of Health 2.0, ““Technology for Healthy Communities has the opportunity to catalyze the adoption and use of health technologies in communities in order to impact social determinants of health, improve health outcomes and create business opportunities for technology companies. We at Health 2.0, believe that this matchmaking program enables both innovators and hosts to save time and resources in identifying each other and maximizes the chances for sustainable and commercial partnerships to develop.”

This project could not have been possible without the support of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the continued dedication of the community organizations and the commitment of the innovators. We look forward to seeing these RWJF supported pilot outcomes and with that success exploring interest with funders about potential opportunities to expand the program in 2017. Congratulations to Healthify, CTY and Welkin Health!

Welcoming Harvey Fineberg to our 10th Annual Fall Conference!

We are extremely pleased to have Dr. Harvey Fineberg, the President of the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, join us on the Health 2.0 Fall Conference stage this year as a mainstage keynote speaker! Before joining the Moore Foundation in 2015, which is one of the largest foundations in America, Dr. Fineberg was the long-term president of the Institute of Medicine (now the National Academy of Medicine). Prior that position, he was the Provost of Harvard University and the Dean of the Harvard School of Public Health. Dr. Fineberg brings a wealth of experience in health care, public health, education and technology to our stage.
In his mainstage keynote, Dr. Fineberg will provide unparalleled and highly important insights for our audience this year. In his keynote, Dr. Fineberg will bridge his experience as both a highly recognized leader on health policy and medical decision-making and as a leader in the philanthropy sector. He will will describe the expanding challenges faced by patients with serious illnesses and their families. Dr. Fineberg will also explore the opportunities and challenges innovators face when developing innovative and useful technology solutions to improve the quality of care and provide the support clinicians, patients and their families need. We hope that you are looking forward to learning more from Dr. Fineberg’s keynote as much as we are!

Matthew Holt Interviews Keynote Speaker, Ian Morrison

Ian Morrison will be giving his keynote at Health 2.0’s 10th Annual Fall Conference in the afternoon of Tuesday, September 27thHe was President at Institute for the Future in the 1990s, founded the Strategic Health Perspectives service, and is in more health care board rooms and conference halls than almost anyone. At Health 2.0, Ian will share his latest insights into the future of health care. Register today and come hear what else Ian has to say!

Matthew Holt Interviews Erika Bliss

Erika Bliss is the CEO and the Co-founder of Qliance. She started Qliance with the goal of bringing high quality, accessible, personalized primary care to the general public. She led the initial Direct Primary Care movement nationally and in Washington State, lobbying and encouraging other primary care providers and practices to follow Qliance’s lead, and prove that all people are deserving of affordable, primary care whenever and however they need it. She will share with us on what she discovered about our health system from her recent trip to Cuba during The New Delivery System. What’s the Future of Tech-Enabled Services? Session on Wednesday, September 28th at 9am. Register today and come hear what else Erika has to say!

Matthew Holt Interviews Rasu Shrestha

Rasu Shrestha, CIO at the University of Pittsburg Medical Center, will be joining us on stage on Tuesday, September 27th for our Information Blocking, APIs & App Stores: The State of Play in Data Access session. Register today and come hear what else Rasu has to say!

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