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    Health 2.0 Announces 8th Annual Fall Conference Launch! and Traction Finalists: The Must-See Digital Health Startups of 2014

    Ten new digital health companies will demo their products for the first time in the Launch! session during the Health 2.0 8th Annual Fall Conference being held in Santa Clara, CA on September 21-24. Launch! is a contest held at 12:00 p.m PDT on Wednesday, September 24th, where the technology is demoed in three and a half minutes. At the end, the audience votes for their favorites. Previous Launch! winners have included Castlight Health, Basis, and OM*Signal. This year’s finalists:

    • Symptify helps the user navigate a series of questions to narrow down the cause of their symptoms while also helping them find a nearby medical facility.
    • Open Source Health MyAVA, uses Open Source health IT for a collaborative patient – physician educational and informational sharing platform for women. Advocating everything from female health, fertility, to healthy aging.
    • Intake.Me is a communication and patient engagement product that allows patients to check-in for their doctor’s visit from anywhere and attach medical records stored in their own virtual private health cloud.
    • Livongo Health introduces the brand new InTouch, which is a diabetes monitor, advisory and coaching service, community, and communications tool—all rolled into one. The concept is so exciting that it’s got Glen Tullman out of his post Allscripts “retirement” and back into the startup game.
    • DaVinci.io builds apps with a mission – introducing a PHR that consolidates existing health records onto the user’s mobile device.
    • Hale Health’s founder Anna Larsonn left Apple to develop a new communication platform where patients can digitally connect, talk, and message directly with their doctors.
    • Curve Tomorrow is in partnership with the Murdoch Childrens Research Institute in Melbourne, Australia, launching Sonny. It uses the XBOX Kinect to more accurately track the progress of physical rehab treatment.
    • InpharmD helps physicians make more informed decisions by digitizing the literature search experience. Supervised pharmacy students respond to their inquiries and help them practice according to the latest evidence.
    • ChatrHealth’s Cascadia is set of iPad-based modules that adapt the checklist functionality used by airline pilots to improve safety in clinical situations, starting with anesthesia and surgery, and moving to other medical procedures.
    • ThriveOn uses a series of personality-based steps to help people take the small steps towards more balanced mental health. Interventions like “cooking dinner for friends” or “going for a healthy walk” are accompanied by the support of a live mental health professional.

    While Launch! is in its 7th year of showing brand new technologies, Traction is a brand new competition focusing on the business plans of already successful companies, which are on the verge of raising Series A rounds of $2-$15M. The companies are mentored by experts and judged by a hard nosed panel of venture capitalists who will determine which can scale most quickly.

    Provider Facing Track

    • Tute Genomics allows researchers to analyze & interpret entire human genomes and discover genes and biomarkers faster than current practices.
    • Frame Health uses big data to predict which patients will be non-compliant using psychology that’s been extensively tested in many non-health settings and then generates precise instructions for providers on how to improve compliance for each individual patient.
    • SharePractice is a community that lets physicians search for and review medical treatments. Doctors can enter any diagnosis to see how their colleagues around the world rank the best treatments.
    • ChatrHealth’s Cascadia is set of iPad-based modules that adapt the checklist functionality used by airline pilots to improve safety in clinical situations, starting with anesthesia and surgery, and moving to other medical procedures.
    • Connexient’sMediNav provides a digital wayfinding and patient communication system for hospitals.

    Consumer Facing Track

    • Zest Health sells a care concierge and benefits selection service to employers. Employees get symptom checking, key benefits information, and the ability to book, receive, and pay for care online. Or as they say, it’s like Teladoc meets Zocdoc, Mint meets Castlight, & Groupon meets Priceline. All in one.
    • Health Recovery Solutions prevents hospital readmissions by giving patients a tablet with instructions, information, detailed easy to understand treatment plans, and easy communication back to the providers.
    • Tiatros’ Healthcare Relationship Management solution connects a patient, their family members, and their caregivers– and all of their data, medical records, assessments and appointments. It also enables them to communicate in real time with their doctors and entire medical team.
    • Sense.ly is a virtual clinical assistant that interacts directly with chronically ill patients. The interactive, speech-driven avatar can quickly assess a patient’s condition and provide caregivers with relevant insights for meaningful follow-up.
    • The Medisafe Project is a very intuitive medication reminder system (and a lot more) that helps patients and their families take their pills correctly. It’s had nearly a million organic downloads with no marketing. On the back end it’s a powerful data platform helping create better patient engagement and raise medication adherence.

    Find more information on the companies, speakers, panels, and sessions on the agenda website. The Health 2.0 8th Annual Fall Conference will take place at the Santa Clara Convention Center on September 21-24. Join an audience of over 1,800 professionals, innovators, venture capitalists, and thought-leaders within the industry all in one place. Registration is available on the main website here.

    About Health 2.0

    Health 2.0 promotes, showcases, and catalyzes new technologies in health care through a worldwide series of conferences, code-a-thons, prize challenges, and leading market intelligence. Visit www.health2con.com for more info.

    Countdown to Health 2.0 2014: Exclusive Interview with Adam Pellegrini Walgreens, VP of Digital Health

    In less than one week, the Health 2.0 8th Annual Fall Conference will feature over 200 LIVE demos, 150 speakers, on over 60 panels and sessions focused on innovative solutions within health care technology. Indu Subaiya, CEO & Co-Founder of Health 2.0 interviewed Adam Pellegrini, VP of Digital HeAdamPellegrinialth of Walgreens ahead of his appearance at the 8th Annual Health 2.0 Fall Conference. Adam will be participating in the Monday main stage panel “Consumer Tech and Wearables: Powering Healthy Lifestyles.” In this interview, Adam gives insight into Walgreens innovative API creating the seamless user experience.

    Indu Subaiya: So you are leading up a number of very exciting initiatives at Walgreens in terms of digital health. Let’s begin by talking a bit about the API program and the developer ecosystem that you’ve built.

    Adam Pellegrini: Absolutely. So Walgreens has been offering a very robust API program for quite some time – this idea that our stores in the online space should be really an omni-channel user experience.  If you think about our stores, our stores actually have a lot of partners that actually have products in the stores.

    So really, our API program is really about partners. It’s about bringing and facilitating the digital ecosystem together via API.  So for us in the Health API space, it’s about how do we help all of these different apps leverage the ingredient technologies that Walgreens has created to create a seamless friction as user experience. Continue reading →

    mHealth – Beyond “There’s an app for that”

    “There’s an app for that” popularizes the fact that over 1 million apps for smartphones and tablets have been developed to address anything, from small to complex, that people may want to do. In the world of mobile health, or mHealth, we’re prone to agree.

    According to IMS Health, there are over 23,000 healthcare-related apps covering numerous clinical areas (from primary care to surgery), care sites (from home to acute care), users (from patients, to caregivers, to clinicians) and parts of the patient journey (from wellness to complex chronic disease). And, a recent study we conducted found that 70 percent of people use mobile apps on a daily basis to track calorie intake and monitor physical activities.

    But the view of the mHealth world as just a proliferation of apps, while exciting and important, is flawed in several ways:

    1. It ignores the fact that while apps may be primary user touch points in a mobile-connected world, they are not the only ones.
    2. It leaves people with the idea that all you have to do to solve a problem is build an app.  Often, the solution is much broader.

    Healthcare is evolving beyond “there’s an app for that.” Here’s what’s happening… Continue reading →

    The #1 Reason Why Mobile is Critical to the Evolution of Healthcare

    When you realize that 40% of premature deaths are driven by poor behavior like smoking, alcohol abuse, poor diet and exercise, you have to start asking some hard questions about how to promote better care:

    • How can we make sure people are listening to their doctor’s advice once they leave the office?
    • How do we get people to take their life-saving medications after they’ve been discharged from the hospital?
    • How do we get insight into whether patients’ conditions are deteriorating so that we can make adjustments before they have to make a trip to the ER?

    The optimal solutions for these kinds of healthcare challenges encourage patient engagement and incorporate insights. The ultimate tool for this is mobile technology. Why is that? Continue reading →

    Countdown to Health 2.0 2014: Exclusive Interview with ONC Chief Medical Officer Jacob Reider

    JacobMatthew Holt interviewed Jacob Reider, Deputy National Coordinator for Health Information Technology and Chief Medical Officer at the ONC, ahead of his appearance at the 8th Annual Health 2.0 Fall Conference. Jacob will be participating in several panels at Health 2.0, beginning with the Monday main stage panel “Smarter Care Delivery: Amplifying the Patient Voice”. In this interview, Jacob gives an overview of the HITECH program, the question of interoperability, and the broad adoption of technology in health care as an industry.  

    Matthew Holt: So, let’s touch base on a couple of things. You’ve been in ONC some time now. Let’s talk about how the general HITECH program has gone and is going. If you were to get to rate it, the spread of EMRs and the usefulness of them, their usability, how would you say we’re doing so far?

    Jacob Reider: I think we’re doing very well. Some of your readers know I went to college at a place that had no grades. So I’ll give you the narrative score.

    The narrative score is that the program has been very successful achieving the goals that were defined at the outset. So the first iteration of the program, stage one, was all about getting organizations to adopt Health Information Technology, and I think all of the metrics that we’ve seen have validated that the program has been quite successful in accelerating the adoption of Health Information Technology, in both hospitals and practices. That doesn’t mean that we’re finished, but the vast majority of these organizations have now adopted Health Information Technology. Are there additional goals that we’d like to be able to meet? Absolutely, we’d like to see interoperability working better. As you mentioned, we would like the products to be more usable, and therefore, safer.

    We’d like to see patients even more engaged than they currently are, so they have more access to the information in their records. We’d like to solve a problem that we’re starting to see in the industry, which I started to call hyperportalosis, which is that in any given community, there may be many portals that patients are expected to log in to. So we’re trying to think about how those problems can be solved in the next iteration of the HITECH program. Continue reading →

    What would you give up for a virtual doctor visit? Uniting Patient Engagement, Population Health and Electronic Health Records

    GirishWith the fast adoption of smart phones, tablets and wearable devices, the way people communicate, travel, eat and entertain have all been simplified. Why not streamline the way we experience healthcare as well? A study released in May 2014 from MDLive discovered that 82% of young adults 18-34 would prefer consulting with their doctor via a mobile device than show up for an appointment. Twenty seven percent of patients confirmed they’d be willing to give up shopping for a month, skip their next vacation, even refrain from showers for a week—if it meant they would be able to access their doctor via a smart phone! These results, along with the multiple surveys and studies conducted in the past year, confirm that a new way to conduct healthcare services is in high demand.

    The solution to changing up the healthcare system sits at the center of three key advancements: patient engagement, population health and electronic health records (EHRs). At eClinicalWorks, we consider these components of healthcare to be like a three-legged stool where two cannot stand without the other. We recognized this need as an opportunity within the healthcare IT space and created healow in order to provide our customers and their patients with a platform to schedule doctors’ appointments and get immediate access to medical records via an online interface or mobile app. healow empowers doctors and patients by packaging personal health records (PHRs), healthcare tools and appointment scheduling together, making the data readily accessible to patients and their doctors from the palm of their hand.

    In addition to scheduling appointments with physicians in-person, healow also allows the option of virtual visits, frequently referred to as telemedicine. Choosing this option allows you to connect through video with your doctor by clicking on a button at the time of your appointment. You speak with your doctor within the comfort of your own home about non-emergency concerns such as strep throat, rashes and suspicious moles.

    healow is available via the web on all browsers and  on all mobile device operating systems so it’s where you are when you need it. Imagine how easy it would be to pull-up your child’s immunization records at school right when you need them rather than having to call the pediatrician, wait on hold and have them mailed to you. After booking an appointment with a new doctor, you can fill out the survey and health questionnaires ahead of time so you don’t have to arrive 15 minutes early just to fill out paperwork. The technology exists to make patients’ lives easier – it’s time we start taking advantage of these opportunities.

    On the provider side, doctors don’t need to utilize eClinicalWorks’ EHR solutions to use healow- it’s an agnostic platform. Physicians can sign up for healow and share their calendar so patients can request appointments and fill up their schedules. healow validates each patient via phone before allowing them to request their first appointment, giving added peace of mind to physicians.

    Aside from convenience, healow’s capabilities allow patients and doctors to engage with one another on a day-to-daybasis. This is especially important as a study from Kaiser Permanente and the Journal of Telemedicine found that engaged patients are 20% less likely to be admitted to the hospital and 20-57% less likely to be treated for chronic diseases such as diabetes, COPD, heart failure and depression. Your PHR shouldn’t just be the vitals and notes from your yearly visit to the doctor. That’s why patients using healow are able to upload blood pressure and glucose readings, even weight fluctuation, making it possible for patients and physicians to actively track vitals throughout the year. Even better, if you have a FitBit, which healow is fully integrated with, data from your wearable will automatically be uploaded to your PHR and shared with your doctor, if you allow it permission. By giving your physician a better informed idea of your activities throughout the year, it can dramatically improve recommendations and outcomes.

    What’s the value in monitoring this information? When using a tool like Wingscale–an actual scale that monitors patients’ weight and alerts doctors via Bluetooth to any rapid gain or loss—with healow, physicians can know in real-time if patients taking heart medications are gaining or losing weight as this can be a sign the medication is not working properly. With Wingscale, doctors set parameters to flag any abnormal activity so they can reach out to their patients and catch a health emergency before it happens. Enabling doctors to track, consult and diagnose suspicious patient vitals without having to see them physically in the office is just the beginning of the improvements made possible by technology.

    In terms of population health—patient engagement and wellness monitoring make it easier than ever for doctors to track health patterns within a community. As more people upload their health information via mobile apps (such as healow), the more data becomes available for doctors and public health professionals to analyze and determine health status indicators within a region. This could lead to innumerable benefits, including policy implementation for better health, an improved health system and an involved community of patients.

    When eClinicalWorks surveyed doctors last July, the response was clear: 93% of physicians out of the 2,300 surveyed found value in having a mobile health app connected to an EHR. Doctors want to connect with their patients and patients want easy access to their doctors and health information. Now it is only a matter of informing doctors and patients of their options when it comes to choosing mobile solutions for health. While patient engagement, PHR access and population health all work together to improve the healthcare system, it’s technology that brings the patient experience to the next level.

    Girish Navani is the CEO and Co-Founder of eClinicalWorks and will be joining Matthew Holt on stage at the 8th Annual Health 2.0 Fall Conference for the “Smarter Care Delivery: Amplifying the Patient Voice” panel on Monday, September 22nd. 

    Traction: Health 2.0’s Startup Championship Finalists Announced!

    The moment you all have been waiting for, Traction finalists are here! Traction: Health 2.0’s Startup Championship will feature 10 of 2014’s most promising digital health startups. This is not a seed stage tournament. All of these companies have already raised money (in some cases a small A round), are embedded in one or several clients, and are well on their way. They are now looking to scale up and sign bigger clients and/or raise a significant round in the $4-14m range. The competition is to see who the judges think who has the most traction

    Check out the finalists:

    Provider Facing Track

    Tute Genomics allows researchers to analyze & interpret entire human genomes and discover genes and biomarkers faster than current practices.

    SharePractice is a community that lets physicians search for and review medical treatments. Doctors can enter any diagnosis to see how their colleagues around the world rank the best treatments.

    ChatrHealth’s Cascadia is set of iPad-based modules that adapt the checklist functionality used by airline pilots to improve safety in in clinical situations, starting with anesthesia and surgery, and moving to other medical procedures.

    Connexient’s MediNav provides a digital wayfinding and patient communication system for hospitals.

    Frame Health uses big data to predict which patients will be non-compliant using psychology that’s been extensively tested in many non-health settings, and then generates precise instructions for providers on how to improve compliance for each individual patient.

    Consumer Facing Track

    Zest Health sells a care concierge and benefits selection service to employers. Employees get symptom checking, key benefits information,and the ability to book, receive, and pay for care online. Or as they say it’s like Teladoc meets Zocdoc, Mint meets Castlight, & Groupon meets Priceline. All in one.

    Health Recovery Solutions prevents hospital re-admissions by giving patients a tablet with instructions, information, detailed easy to understand treatment plans, and easy communications back to the providers.

    Tiatros’ Healthcare Relationship Management solution connects a patient, their family members and their caregivers–and all of their data, medical records, assessments and appointments. It also enables them to communicate in real time with their doctors and entire medical team.

    Sense.ly is a virtual clinical assistant that inrteracts drectly with chronically ill patients. The interactive, speech driven avatar can quickly assess a patient’s condition and provide caregivers with relevant insights for meaningful follow-up.

    The Medisafe Project is a very intuitive medication reminder system (and a lot more) that helps patients and their families take their pills correctly. It’s had nearly a million organic downloads with no marketing. On the back end it’s a powerful data platform helping create better patient engagement and raise medication adherence.

    Each of the finalists get mentored by an experienced investor, consultant or equity analyst including

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    You can buy your ticket for Traction as an add-on to the health 2.0 conference on Sept 22-24, but a few standalone tickets are being made available but space is limited so get yours today!

    News & Updates

    A group of researchers in Toronto developed an app that measures a patient’s alcohol withdrawal tremors in order to determine whether they are real or fake. To use the app, patients hold a phone in their outstretched hand; the app sets a timer and measures the patient’s tremors; the frequency with which the user’s hand shakes is measured, based on the iPhone’s accelerometer, to determine whether the patient is actually experiencing tremors. What will we be able to do with smartphones next?

    PulsePoint is making headlines this week for being credited with saving the life of a one month-old baby in Spokane, Washington. The app, which was onstage last year at Health 2.0, connects CPR-certified individuals to emergent situations in their areas based on GPS. In Spokane, EMS dispatchers sent out an alert when they were notified that a one-month-old baby went into cardiac arrest at a local store. Just two blocks away, mechanic Jeff Olson’s phone lit up. The volunteer EMT raced down the street to the store, where he performed CPR on the infant, who survived and was cared for at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital.

    Wellframe, a Boston-based company that uses texting to deliver step-by-step instruction for personalized care plans, closed $8.5 million in financing led by DFJ. Wellframe is one of several startups that can be broadly described as texting for health, though Wellframe wraps services around the core messaging, and has several clinical trials on the books to demonstrate validity. Ultimately these types of startups, and Wellframe in particular, are showing how connecting providers to consumers’ lives away from the office can be a powerful driver for behavior change.

    Google’s Calico partnered with biopharmaceutical company Abbvie to research age-related diseases at a cost of up to $1.5 billion. Calico will build an R&D center in the Bay Area and tackle diseases like neurodegeneration and cancer. Looking forward to seeing where this moon shot goes.

    In case you didn’t have enough trackers to keep you busy, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said activity tracker company Basis Science will release a new version of its device sometime this year. Intel acquired Basis Science in March for an undisclosed sum. The Basis Band is super high tech and includes an optical blood flow monitor, a 3-axis accelerometer, a perspiration sensor, plus skin and ambient temperature sensors.

    Sleep monitoring company Beddit closed its latest financing round with Inventure, bringing total funding to$8 Million. Beddit debuted on Indiegogo with a record-breaking campaign, and recently partnered with Misfit Wearables to launch the Misfit Beddit Sleep System. Beddit’s system involves a thin sensor placed under the bed sheet whereas other systems, notably Withings’ Aura, involve bedside units. Health 2.0 office poll says we know we sleep terribly, it’s those coaching tips Beddit offers that we’d need.

    Geneia, a provider of advanced clinical, analytical, and technical solutions for health care, signed a multi-year strategic partnership with Covidien, a global supplier of medical devices, to enter the $21B remote patient monitoring market. Covidien recently acquired Zephyr, a biometric wearable sensor maker, and has provided Geneia with rights to sell the ZephyrLIFE solution to target in-home monitoring of patients with heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses.

    According to a new study by MarketsandMarkets, the global Care Management Solutions Market was valued at $2.8B in 2013, and is poised to grow at a CAGR of 21% to reach $7.3B by 2018. Factors driving this market are the legislative reforms like Affordable Care Act (USA), demand for the improved quality of care, rise in aging population, and incentives for the adoption of HCIT and care management solutions. However, barriers like huge investments, lack of skilled analysts, fragmented end-user market, and security of patient data are restraining the growth of this market.

    Your.MD, a UK and Norwegian mobile health company, released the iOS version of their Your.MD mobile app (previously limited to Android devices only). Your.MD is powered with content from NHS Choices, and brings clinically tested health care analysis and advice to the underserved areas. Your.MD was released in emerging markets in May 2014, and became the highest rated, and most downloaded health and fitness app in 12 countries on the Google Play Store.

    Frost & Sullivan awarded eClinicalWorks with the 2014 North America Frost & Sullivan Award for Enabling Technology Leadership, in recognition of the eClinicalWorks Care Coordination Medical Record, a web-based, cross-functional platform for population health management and coordinated care. eClinicalWorks customers have seen reduction in emergency room visits by 50%, hospital readmissions going down by 22%, short-term complications due to diabetes being lowered by 37%, and hospitalizations due to congestive heart failure decreasing by 22%.

    Key Issues In Health Insurance – The Healthcare Professionals View

    In preparation for the upcoming Health 2.0 conference a colleague at Creation Healthcare suggested this question: “How do healthcare professional (HCP) opinions on health reform differ between the United Kingdom and the United States; each a nation facing complex reorganization of their public health care service?

    Through a series of articles, we have so far been looking at the link between health and politics and some of the opposing drivers in health reform. Here, we will continue by investigating the key issues of health insurance in health reform.

    Health Insurance Issues In Health Reform

    One of the key benefits to a reformed healthcare system is the premise that more people will have access to affordable care. Yet the reality is that health insurers and the insured have to negotiate and agree on a number of issues that can be particular to each individual, or to the population as a whole.

    Lets start with some of the key health insurance issues as mentioned by healthcare professionals (HCPs). Over time, we can see various peeks and troughs relating to issues such as premiums, eligibility, treatment, screening and testing, pre-existing conditions, transparency, or the cost of drugs and treatments (See Figure 1).

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    Figure 1 – Over time, events shape the emphasis of conversation around health insurance issues (Source: Creation Pinpoint® study into health reform in the UK and USA, 1st September 2013 – present )

    Examining each of these topics in more detail can give a sense of the HCP perspective on health insurance issues in health reform: Continue reading →

    Health Blogging: The New Era for Health Information Distribution

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    The new generation of health fanatics are here, and they are going digital. More and more people are accessing online resources for their health related questions, queries and worries. Even the less technologically inclined are being drawn to the online world to find out more about their health. However, this luxury that we have in searching for all kinds of information on the internet comes at a cost. Not to us, but to health companies using adwords to get more exposure. If you have a website and want it to appear at the top of the Google search, you can get there by paying for adwords. This often costs per click and is at a great expense for smaller health websites.

    There can be a solution, and the new hype is health blogging. There are hundreds of bloggers that are fascinated by all things health, and dedicate their blogs to such topics. Here are a few examples that portray the variety of subjects covered by bloggers:

    1. FoodPolitics – a proclaimed author and professor in the department of nutrition, Marion Nestle also manages to keep up an excellent blog on the politics of food nutrition.
    2. MindBodyGreen – a visual and content rich blog that covers all health subjects, including mind health, exercise and green living. The topics are covered by leading professional experts in their field.
    3. Run To The Finish – an inspiring one woman story, Amanda Brooks blogs about personal training, fitness and importantly she shows us she is human by adding her personality to all of her posts.

    Continue reading →

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