I’ve been a busy world traveler lately. The focus of the health care tech and policy crowd in the US has been on the fix to one high visibility website. Before I talk about the rest of the world it’s worth noting that the Administration painted itself into a corner here. When healthcare.gov failed on take-off they didn’t make the obvious choice of letting other brokers and plans enroll people directly–and worry about correcting subsidies on the back end. I spoke with one big online broker this week who told me that his company still couldn’t get reliable access to the subsidy calculator API, and so can’t enroll people. I suggested the solution to that back in October but apparently no one is listening at HHS–although Sen. Mary Landrieu was. The White House was however listening to the Fox news crowd ranting about cancelled insurance policies and made the bad policy (if necessary political) call to allow current individual market policies to continue–even if they are rightly now illegal under the ACA.
But elsewhere the impetus that the US has been seeing on the health technology side–with over $2 billion in venture funding this year–is spreading. The UK just confirmed that it’s releasing the equivalent of $800 million for new health technology, and we just returned from a very successful Health 2.0 Europe conference. All kinds of activity is going on over there–did you know there were over 100 digital health start-ups in Finland & the Baltics alone? Well, you do now.
Today the Health 2.0 international roadshow is in Sao Paulo, Brazil–a city that has the size and energy of New York–albeit before Guliani cleaned up the graffiti. And yes, even in Latin America, there’s lots of activity in using technology to change health care. I’ll tell you more next time, but it’s clear that there’s way more than one website in healthcare.
Hope to see you at our Health 2.0 at the mhealth Summit Session in DC on Monday.
Stanford startup Genophen received $2 million in its third round of funding. The company creates software that looks at medical, behavioral, genetic and environmental factors to determine an individual’s predisposition to certain diseases.
Aging2.0, a global organization whose mission is to accelerate innovation in aging, launched the GENerator, a founders program for entrepreneurs focused on the 50+ demographic. The first cohort includes eleven early stage companies.
Molina Healthcare in Utah will provide free cell phones to eligible Medicaid members so they can receive text message-based health services. The program is in partnership with TracFone Wireless and Voxiva.
Case Western University, the Cleveland Clinic and University Hospitals will begin sharing clinical data in a collaboration called the Institute of Computational Biology. The new venture will develop a technological infrastructure to allow the three institutions to use clinical data to improve treatment and the health of the community.
Catalyze.io, which offers a platform to accelerate the development of mobile health apps, secured a Series A financing round. Catalyze.io is a graduate of the Gener8tor startup accelerator’s 12-week Summer 2013 Program.
According to a new study, global health care data analytics market is set to grow at a CAGR of 22.30% over the period 2012-2016. Key driver of this phenomenon is the growing need for effectively using patient information.
Lockheed Martin gifted $4M to UCLA Health System’s Operation Mend for a telehealth suite that enables improved communication between the program’s personnel, patients and partners, as well as fosters research in the field of regenerative medicine for military veterans and active-duty service members.
iVantage Health Analytics, provider of health analytic solutions, launched Rural Insights solution, an expansion of VantagePoints suite of analytic capabilities and advisory services, to help rural and critical access hospitals with financial, operational and regulatory management.
US Department of Health and Human Services awarded a $750K grant to UC Davis to expand its services for infants through the new Pediatric Emergency Assistance to Newborns Using Telehealth (PEANUT) Program.
Worldone+Sermo is the combination created last year of physician research company Worldone Interactive
and the physician community Sermo
. Sermo was an early Health 2.0 favorite that somewhat lost its way with both its early business model and a dive into politics, but behind it was an interesting experiment in clinical crowdsourcing.
Peter Kirk is the CEO of the combined business and I spoke to him in advance of his appearance at Health 2.0 Europe today in London. What’s clear is that Sermo is both poised to expand internationally and going to grow as a serious platform for clinical exchanges among professionals Watch the interview above to learn much more.
And one charity Sermo is supporting, called Floating Doctors, is showing really innovative use of the platform to help patients in very remote regions get expert diagnoses. The second video is well worth watching and gives a great example of the iConsult product. And if you are in London today, Peter will tell you more!
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, CEO of THINK-Health is an expert in engaging consumers on their health care. As creator and contributor to her own health care blog, Health Populi, Jane has written extensively about the consumer experience and limitations of various business practices in health care consumerism. Within health technology, Jane has focused much of her work on creating and engaging “connected patients,” and joins Health 2.0 EDU
this December 5th to launch “Consumerism in Health Care”
an educational series dedicated to analyzing, discussing, and teaching participants about the future of health care consumerism and how you can succeed in engaging your market, patients, community, and more.
EDU: How do you define consumerism in health care? How have you seen that definition change?
JSK: I go back to Old School consumerism per the mission of Consumer Reports: to be engaged, enlightened, inspired and motivated to seek and derive value-for-money as people part with their hard-earned, post-tax dollars, time and effort. In health, that means become a smarter shopper for health services, insurance, doctors, medicines, and all aspects of “retail health” — pharmacies, so-called complementary and alternative medicine, urgent and retail health clinics, and the rest of the growing list of health opportunities available in the community.
EDU: In understanding health care consumer trends, what is your starting point and why?
As a health economist, I start with the macro-economy – that is, the national economy and how health spending fits into the gross domestic product and national spending. Then we focus in on the micro-economy of health care in the household and how that impacts individuals and their families.
EDU: Have you noticed any trends in consumer attitudes in relation to the recent technological difficulties experienced by individuals in the federal health care exchange?
JSK: What’s fascinating to me is that most people (outside of CNN, Fox News, and MSNBC news bureaus) understand that technology glitches are part of every day life. We have iPhones that shatter, software that gets infected with viruses, and cable TV outages. We don’t like being “down” or off the grid when we depend on 24×7 redundancy, but at the same time it’s part of living digital.
EDU: What are you most excited for in your upcoming Health 2.0 EDU course?
JSK: I’m most excited about sharing my perspectives on health care consumerism with everyone attending to provide some “thinkertoys” that people can use both in their professional work and also in their personal lives. We are all, at the end of the day, health consumers.
A new bipartisan bill called the 21st Century Care for Military & Veterans Act (H.R. 3507) will allow telehealth services to be eligible for reimbursement for active-duty service members, veterans, retirees and dependents under TRICARE, the Department of Veterans Affairs and the CHAMPVA health care programs.
iPatientCare, a provider of cloud-based ambulatory EHR and integrated practice management solutions, received 2014 Edition Ambulatory Complete EHR certification by ICSA Labs, an Office of the National Coordinator-authorized certification body, for its EHR solution called iPatientCare EHR (2.0).
Linguamatics, a provider of natural language processing (NLP)-based text mining and analytics solutions, launched Linguamatics Health, a clinical NLP suite that enables hospitals and research organizations to access information contained in unstructured fields of EHRs and patient narratives to improve hospital efficiency and support Meaningful Use initiatives.
VMware, a provider of virtualization and cloud infrastructure solutions, announced HIPAA assessments and attestation for VMware vCloud(R) Hybrid Service to help health care organizations collaborate, share, store, and centralize protected health information, operate more efficiently, and protect patient privacy.
Acupera, developers of population healthcare and coordination workflow management technology, secured $2 million in bridge financing from The Whittemore Collection, Ltd.
With $4 million from Khosla Ventures and others, ALOHA launched a wellness platform that offers a nutritional supplement that can be consumed in drink form as well as an “online magazine” of health and nutrition content curated by industry experts.
Three young programmers created HealthSherpa.com, which allows consumers to quickly get insurance prices by entering only their ZIP code. It took them only three days to develop and test the site.
eClinicalWorks will invest an additional $50 million over the next 12 months to further enhance and expand patient engagement tools and population health solutions under the business unit Health & Online Wellness (healow).
RightCare Solutions, a provider of decision support analytics software, raised $5M in a Series B funding. The round was led by Domain Associates and Compass Partners, bringing its total funding raised to $6.75M.
docBeat, a health care messaging company, raised $1.1M in a pre-Series A funding round from undisclosed investors. The funds will be used to build its sales and marketing infrastructure.
ONS:Edge, an oncology focused mobile communications company, joined MHL, a HIPAA-compliant clinical engagement system, to provide app-based tools to support oncology nurses to increase medication adherence and medication safe-use for cancer patients and their caregivers.
Managed Health Care Associates, a health care services and technology company, launched the MHA ACO Network. It will provide access to the largest national network of alternate site post-acute care providers in the country.
CareCloud hired Kevin Brown as its Vice President of West Coast Sales.
Syapse released an enhanced clinical reporting application called “Syapse for Labs”. The product provides clinical omics reporting software that generates complex molecular profiling test reports.
The US and the UK plan to consolidate de-identified data from the CMS, the FDA, and the NHS, making it available on a cloud-based research platform.
Under Armour acquired MapMyFitness for a reported $150 million. Under Armour already has two other fitness apps.
IBM made its Watson cognitive computing technology available as a cloud-based app development platform. Among the first companies to take advantage of the Watson platform are two with health care focuses: MD Buyline and WellTok.
Four months after raising $1,664,574 on Indiegogo, medical device developer Scanadu closed $10.5 million in Series A financing led by Relay Ventures. Scanadu also partnered with Dr. Eric Topol at the Scripps Translational Science Institute to conduct clinical testing on the Scout device.
Long-term care EHR provider PointClickCare acquired Meal Metrics, the developers of a web-based nutritional management solution.
The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is offering a free 12-month mHealth program called “Living with Type 2 Diabetes” to support individuals diagnosed with the disease. The program is available in English and Spanish and participants can choose to receive information online or through the mail.
Mark Cuban, billionaire entrepreneur, participated in Validic’s $760,000 seed round. Validic helps wellness companies, health care providers, pharmaceutical companies, and health plans get access to the data from apps and devices that have open APIs, essentially aggregating them into one stream.
Prevail Health Solutions was awarded a 12 month contract by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to deliver Vets Prevail, a web-based mental health program that mixes peer support with self-help media-rich therapy modules.
Tunstall Americas, a telecare solutions company, partnered with Faith Tele-Health dba Concierge Care Transition, to pilot a transitional care service combining personal emergency response (PERS), telephone concierge services and outbound transitional care calls, aimed at reducing the likelihood of hospital readmissions.
SummaCare, a provider-owned health insurance company, will use Wolters Kluwer Health’s Health Language application to aid with the complex transition to ICD-10. Wolters Kluwer is a provider of information, business intelligence and point-of-care solutions to the health care industry.
Janssen Healthcare Innovation partnered with Henry Ford Health System, to pilot its Care4Today Heart Health Solutions, a care coordination program for cardiac rehab patients. The preliminary data from this study will be available in February, 2014.
The Center for Connected Health, a division of Partners HealthCare, received a research grant from the McKesson Foundation’s Mobilizing for Health initiative, to develop a smartphone based health program for improving medication adherence and clinical outcomes in cancer patients.
According to a new study, a unidirectional text message based mobile health intervention following an ER visit improved clinical outcomes, increased healthy behaviors, and decreased emergency department utilization among diabetic patients.
By Maria Gjerpe MD, Founder of MEandYou, Speaker at Health 2.0 Europe 2013
Research provides knowledge, the basis for making right decisions. Just imagine what will happen if the patients, their relatives – the citizens themselves becomes partners in the field of science as well as in communication and treatment? I decided to raise $1.2 million (£780,000, €920,000) in 90 days for a clinical trial through the crowd-funding campaign MEandYou, and succeeded.
Crucial Funding For Crucial Trial
The goal was to find a way to fund a confirmatory trial of the effects of the immune drug Rituximab on ME/CFS at Haukeland Hospital in Norway. Ninety days, because that was the time I could confidently commit to: I, a ME/CFS-patient and a Doctor of Medicine, had gone from bedridden to completely rehabilitated on Rituximab in a pilot study at the Haukeland hospital, at the same time, I knew that 80% of patients relapsed after several months.
In November of 2012, Norway’s Medical Research Council rejected funding for the crucial second phase in the clinical trial, I decided to do it myself and mobilize people who believed in knowledge and research. For 90 days I used my skills and insight in how social media inner
communication works to involve, engage, trigger and lead people for action. My main communication and action-channel was Facebook, with the MEandYou-site functioning more like an archive.
Share, Spread and Engage
The campaign rapidly went international and patients and supporters from all over the world engaged in making it happen. MEandYou got massive support from patients, their relatives, politicians, prominent intellectuals, writers and celebrities.
The Norwegian Premier League gave away t-shirts with the players signatures, some donated their player bonuses and companies donated large sums and one even donated a valuable industrial elevator for auction. MEandYou became very visible during the 90 days of positive vibes and money-collection. For every patient funded for the trail, elements like this was spread worldwide, through borderless social media.
Science From Empty Drinks-Can
A lot of people who might normally not support science, or wouldn´t even have been the slightest interested in what the researchers do, became passionately engaged. Tyr, for instance, a heavy metal rocker, did it his way. He went on a drinks-can refund odyssey. Watch the video of how Tyr made a rocking good crowdfunder:
After 90 days, over 3,700 people from 49 countries donated more than €355,000 ($474,000 £305,000 ). In the inventory of MEandYou, I described some of the activities in the first 80 days. During those days, I were all over the traditional media, including the international Der Spiegel.
88 days after launching, and after a long wait, the good news came out – Norway’s Medical Research Council had given a large grant to the trial and the trial is now fully financed and ready to start this spring. The Council took a turnaround and decided to fund the remaining sum, admitting that the debate about this trial, had had impact on their decision.
Crowdfunding The Future
I made my own crowdfunding site and tools at www.meyou.no , but there are a lot of sites that offers a platform for people to crowdfund from. The projects on Kickstarter, has fundraised $ 400 million since 2009. The most common projects though, are creative projects, such as films, books and music albums.
Fortunatly, in the past year, different crowd-fundingsites for medical projects has arisen. MedStartr is one they promote their site as a platform where patients, doctors and companies are funding healthcare innovation.
ConSano is a brand new platform, focusing on clinical research and knowledge, doing the same thing as I did – crowd-funding for medical research, non-profitable. Unlike me, Consano has a variety of different projects for you to pick from.
Money talks. Small amounts of money from a great crowd, makes a huge pile – a huge difference and a loud shout. When the health budgets are getting tighter and the needs get bigger, crowd-funding might be one of the solutions for the future. Would you join in?
Maria Gjerpe is a medical doctor, experienced a long term illness and has used social media for years, discussing healthcare system and communication with www.MariasMetode.no and @MariasMetode as her main platform. She is on stage for Health 2.0 Europe November 17-19. Register now!
The Veterans Affairs Department awarded ASM Research a $162.5 million contract to “improve the user experience” for VA’s electronic health record system VistA.
The ONC named the winners of its recent patient empowerment codeathon. In the Blue Button category: Edge Interns, Light Hearts, and Patient Watch. In the financial category, WTF! Denied, MintMD, and Archimedes.
Global information services company Experian acquired Franklin, TN-based Passport Health Communications for $850 million in cash.
Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Georgia is recruiting members with diabetes for a national study testing the viability of Better Choices, Better Health. The Stanford University-developed online self management program blends self-monitoring with personal and group therapy.
Colorado’s accountable care collaborative program is have early success with its analytics platform. Now covering about half the state’s beneficiaries, Colorado’s Medicaid accountable care program saw a 15% reduction in hospital admissions and a 25% reduction in high-cost imaging, contributing to $44 million in savings.
Motorola Solutions debuted MC40-HC, a handheld smartphone like device for health care organizations. It has enterprise grade data capturing ability, and provides mobility to clinical workflow processes.
Intel-GE Care Innovations received 510(k) for QuietCare, a remote home care monitoring platform. QuietCare uses infrared motion sensors and sends data to a Care Innovations server.
Telehealth company iSelectMD partnered with Competitive Carriers Association, a national association of wireless service providers, to deliver mobile health services to their customers in rural, regional and nationwide areas of the U.S.
Videocon Telecom, a technology company based in India, launched a specialized ayurvedic mobile health service for its subscribers, in collaboration with JIVA Ayurveda Group. The service will provide access to top ayurvedic doctors for advice and diagnosis.
Moderated by Indu Subaiya, Big Data: Tools and Applications for Individuals showcased the technology companies are creating to harness consumer data in order to make more informed decisions regarding health care. Anthony Begando represented SEER Health as the session sponsor. Speakers included Marvin Ammori, Jerry Sheehan, and Ben Wolin, joined by demos from ESRI, Treato, Moving Analytics, Withings, and MedHelp. The full session can be seen here.
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CEO of WorldOne Peter Kirk introduced the session with an inspiring video and speech as the session sponsor. The 3 CEOs panel included back to back interviews of CEOs about how their companies are growing within the Health 2.0 world. Matthew Holt conducted a spoof interview with avaricious Brantley Whittington of Extormity. Writer Sara Reistad-Long interviewed Christine Robins previously of BodyMedia and now Jawbone, David Shaywitz of CATCH had a discussion with Doximity CEO Jeff Tangney, and Jane Sarasohn-Kahn of THINK-Health spoke with Peter Hudson of iTriage. The full session of these interviews can be accessed here.