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  • Global Survey Finds Majority of Healthcare Organizations Are Lagging Behind in Digital Health Strategy

    Most healthcare organizations have yet to implement or successfully launch a digital health strategy, but many show progress.

    DURHAM, NC – Validic, the healthcare industry’s leading digital health platform, revealed today the results from a global survey of healthcare organizations. Validic received responses from more than 450 healthcare organizations to gain better insights into the current state of digital health strategies across healthcare.

    Digital health is information technology, inclusive of both hardware and software solutions, which enables the managing, tracking and analyzing of an individual or population’s health and wellness. Digital health strategies are focused on improving healthcare delivery, quality and access while reducing costs and creating a more personalized approach to medicine.

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    Transform Physician Practices in the AMA & MGMA Practice Innovation Challenge!

    With the health care landscape morphing rapidly and continuously, physician practices must find new ways to adapt to changing times. Physicians are looking for new ways to transform their practice in order to achieve better patient experience and population health while also reducing costs and achieving improved professional satisfaction.

    The Practice Innovation Challenge, sponsored by the American Medical Association (AMA) & the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), is seeking high-value, easy-to-adopt, transformative practice solutions to help physicians work smarter in their practices to achieve efficiency, improved outcomes and overall career satisfaction.

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    The Judges Have Spoken: Decision Aid Upgrade Design Challenge Winners Announced

    “The single biggest problem in communication is the illusion that it has taken place.”
    - George Bernard Shaw

    Learning to clearly and empathetically explain the benefits and tradeoffs of treatment options to patients with advanced cancer is difficult for most oncologists. Patients often are still grappling with the full gravity of their diagnosis and are struggling with decisions that will affect the quality of their lives and those of their loved ones.

    The California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF), a health policy foundation focused on creating a more responsive, patient-centered health care system, was interested in helping with this problem. They partnered with Mad*Pow and Health 2.0 on a design challenge to encourage designers and healthcare innovators to reimagine the tools used to support conversations between providers and patients about treatment options.

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    Sneak Peak Into The 9th Annual Health 2.0 Fall Conference

    Change is rapidly approaching as we head into the 9th Annual Health 2.0 Fall Conference. “Today, I can’t live without my MacBook Pro, iPad, iPhone, Facetime, Twitter, OpenTable, and Evernote. I even blog and Tweet. In other words, I am a typically electronically overendowed American,” says Dr. Robert Wachter in his novel “The Digital Doctor.” While healthcare’s immunity to technology is present, technological innovations have launched in other industries. Despite this, we are prepared, excited and willing to accept these new solutions in digital health. With featured speakers, Chelsea Clinton, Vice Chair of the Clinton Foundation, and Dr. Robert Wachter, Chief of the Division of Hospital Medicine at UCSF at our upcoming Health 2.0 Fall Conference on October 4-7, 2015 in Silicon Valley, CA, we dare and hope to make waves in the health care industry. Continue reading →

    Health 2.0: Exclusive Interview with James Madara, EVP and CEO of the American Medical Association

    Dr. James Madara, EVP & CEO of the American Medical Association (AMA), provides perspective on how digital health will be integrated into health care systems. Matthew Holt, Co-Chairman of Health 2.0, had an opportunity to personally chat with Dr. Madara and find out what the AMA is up to now!

    Matthew Holt: James Madara is the CEO of the American Medical Association, which he’s been for about four years now. Before that Jim, you were head of the University of Chicago Medical School. So, you know what it’s like to run a large, complex, and probably dysfunctional organization, I suspect!

    Jim Madara: Well, they are very complex organizations and I have always been a complexity junky, so it satisfies me in both ways. But the AMA is really focused on the health of the nation and we began a long-term strategic plan about two-and-a-half years ago. The three elements of that plan, I would say, give insights on how we are thinking about technology in the future.

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    Health 2.0 Quarterly: What’s New In Q2?

    Every quarter, Health 2.0 releases a summary set of data that explains where industry funding is going, which product segments are growing fastest, and where new company formation is happening. Health 2.0’s precision and clarity when it comes to market segmentation and product information make this quarterly release the cream of the freebie crop.

    The major news this quarter is that funding has slowed compared to this time last year, notwithstanding a significant bump from Allscripts’ $200M investment in NantHealth on the last day of the month. Yet, we’re still seeing growth in the Health 2.0 Source Database — both in number of products and companies. We also highlight the release of the Apple Watch, the growing momentum around FHIR, some key moves in the data analytics space, and the success of the latest Health 2.0 IPOs. For more, flip through below.

    Calling Developers to Close the Gap for Veteran’s Health Care

    In high hopes of finding a creative solution to close the gap between the conflicts and redundancies present in current healthcare-plans of our respected Veterans, the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is sponsoring an improved outcomes contest that calls all developers, researchers, and innovators. Rather than re-creating the interactive system used to distribute medicines, this challenge seeks a solution that addresses the delayed interactions in the current model and actually contributes to the current electronic health record by modifying it and making it easily accessible to all users.

    The contest itself is broken into two different phases, Phase I and Phase II, and the winning team can win up to $200,000. Phase I requires a written description of the original algorithm and slide deck with a focus on the methods of the problem solving. Five semifinalists will each receive $5,000 and move forward to Phase II in which they will produce a prototype. Prospective applicants – in at least teams of two – must register for Phase 1 by Monday, July 13, 2015.

    As there is no current model or foundation for this problem space, the VA is interested in seeing all of the possibilities of the different algorithms including methods and processes for the potential solution. Continue reading →

    PokitDok Introduces Identity Management System for Improved Medical Care Coordination

    SAN FRANCISCO, June 18, 2015 – Today at the Digital Health Summer Summit, co-hosted by the Center for Digital Health at UCSF, PokitDok introduced its Identity Management System. Built on the PokitDok Platform, which made its debut nearly a year ago, the new PokitDok Identity Management System is an HL7 compliant API that can integrate with multiple provider identity systems, typically Electronic Medical Record systems. It is designed to identify, map and ultimately match and merge patient information for more personalized care. Compatible with OpenEpic, Greenway Health, Athena, AllScripts, DrChrono and any custom EMR, this drives improved medical care coordination and interoperability as patients continue to consult a spectrum of specialists based on their acute need, condition, insurance coverage and increasingly, their budget.

    PokitDok allows providers to see a more cohesive view of a patient’s health history and insurance so they can make a smarter diagnosis and plan for recovery. It is becoming common practice to seek acute medical care from a variety of sources – from virtual telemedicine visits to urgent care clinics in lieu of the emergency room. PokitDok is introducing the mechanisms to find and access patient data across disparate electronic medical records from inside and outside a singular health system. Continue reading →

    Chelsea Clinton, AMA, Walgreens Headline Health 2.0’s 9th Annual Fall Conference

    SOURCE Health 2.0, San Francisco, CA – Health 2.0, the largest global conference and innovation community in digital health announces the agenda for The 9th Annual Fall Conference. The event will host over 3000 attendees and more than 150 LIVE demos in over 35 sessions across 4 days. This year’s exciting line-up features mainstage panels on:

    • New technologies for outcomes based care
    • Consumer tools for tracking, rapid diagnostics, and digital therapeutics
    • Big data tools and analytics for smarter health care
    • Data and technology advancing healthy communities
    • The frontier of Health 2.0: robotics, 3-D printing, virtual reality, space medicine and more!

    Special Sessions:

    • New technologies for care delivery organizations
    • Launch!  The top 10 brand new companies in health tech
    • Traction — The leading startup business competition in health tech
    • Investment trends and a look inside the biggest deals in digital health

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    Technologies of a Brave New Health Care

    Part I – Telemedicine
    Guest: Dr. Alexander Börve – Founder of iDoc24

    This is a mini-series about technologies that are radically changing healthcare. In each part I preview how a technology came about, how it is being used and how it will evolve, illustrated by my conversations with some of the health care entrepreneurs bringing this technology to life. 

    History Repeats Itself

    “The Doctor” is a painting done by Sir Luk Filde in 1877. The painting shows a doctor focused intently on a patient, in what used to be the cornerstone of healthcare: The home visit.

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    Wellness is Dead — Part II

    US Employers have historically provided health care insurance for one main reason: It is a tax-free benefit that is powerful in retaining employees. This is expected to change as the Affordable Care Act supplies cheaper and more personalized options.

    The CBO predicts 5 million people will opt to have health care provided by the government rather than their employer in 2016. This number is expected to reach 11 million by 2020 as the public’s trust in the insurance exchange market grows.

    I threw these figures at Josh Stevens, CEO of Keas, a company that focused on the health management of America’s biggest employers.

    In part I of this interview, we discussed how Keas aims to be the solution to the employer benefit’s fragmentation issue, while walking up San Francisco’s downtown hills.

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