Polsinelli, a national law firm based in Kansas City, became a sponsor and mentor of Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator. The firm will provide $10,000 in credit toward legal services to each of the 10 companies that make up the first class of this accelerator.
Pacific Prime Insurance Brokers partnered with HealthQuo, a mobile and web based telemedicine platform, to offer online health consulting to its members.
The de Beaumont Foundation, Duke Community and Family Medicine, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have created a new initiative called A Practical Playbook: Public Health & Primary Care Together, aimed to act as an online repository of tools, resources and case studies, and support the project-based integration of public health and primary care.
Jawbone debuted the Up Coffee app to help users correlate their sleep with their caffeine intake. The company also released findings from a comprehensive sleep behavior study based on data from the UP system.
Dell Healthcare and Life Sciences and Dell Center for Entrepreneurs are partnering to launch a health care version of the Tech Innovation Day Series. The series of pitch events will be held in Austin, New York City and San Francisco during Spring 2014.
Azoi revealed Wello, a $199 case that turns an iPhone into a monitor for blood pressure, ECG, heart rate, blood oxygen, temperature, and lung functions.
The New York eHealth Collaborative and Partnership Fund are looking for applications for their second accelerator class. The accelerator will be looking for technologies focused on patient engagement, predictive analytics, workflow management for health care providers, and care coordination.
The Center of Excellence for Medical Multimedia (CEMM) released two health apps for individuals who receive health insurance benefits from the military. The first app is a pregnancy tracking tool, while the second app allows the patient to see physician question and answer lists, access a Tricare plan finder, and locate a military treatment facility.
At Merck, a dedicated innovation group called Merck Medical Information and Innovation (M2i2) has been working on building partnerships with providers, EMR vendors, and startups to explore some of the possibilities of digital health. M2i2 recently published a Slideshare describing some of the partnerships it has embarked on over the past year and a half.
In the spirit of HIMSS 2014 and improving the health experience, we want to give two attendees the chance to take what they have learned from HIMSS and take it to the next level. That’s why we are giving away TWO FREE passes to the HxRefactored conference!
All you have to do is:
- Tune-in on Twitter during the following sessions:
- Answer the question @hxrconf will ask during the sessions by tweeting to @hxrconf w/ the #HIMSS14 by the end of the session.
- We understand answering a question in 140 characters can be tough, but it is essential that you include BOTH the @hxrconf handle and the #HIMSS14 hashtag in order to be considered for the contest.
The winner of the first session will be chosen by 3:00PM EST on February 25th and announced shortly after via Twitter. The winner of the second session with be Chosen by 2:00PM EST on February 27th and announced shortly after via Twitter.
Optum, the health services platform of UnitedHealth Group, acquired majority stake in Audax Health, a consumer focused digital health platform. Audax will operate as a freestanding investment of Optum, serving multiple independent market channels.
According to a new study by American Well, 94% of all patients using telehealth services chose video as the preferred mode of communication with their doctor. 60% of these consumers used a mobile device to connect.
Sandlot Solutions, a health interoperability and analytics provider, debuted its entry-level notification solution, Connect Lite. This is an electronic notification service, providing the first level of information sharing between ambulatory and inpatient health care settings.
National Basketball Association (NBA) will supply players in its Development League with wearable performance analytic devices that will monitor their health and activity during games and practices. This aims to maximize on-court productivity while optimizing player health and peak player performance.
Former U.S. Senate Majority Leaders Tom Daschle and Trent Lott, and former Senator John Breaux partnered to form the Alliance for Connected Care to promote policy reform around telehealth and remote patient monitoring.
Tenet Healthcare Corporation has signed a letter of intent to use CommonWell Health Alliance’s services. This comes two months after the announcement of the initial launch of CommonWell’s interoperability services.
Certify Data Systems, a subsidiary of Humana, will introduce the latest version of HealthLogix, a fully integrated population health management platform, at HIMSS14. The HealthLogix platform connects disparate electronic health record (EHR) systems and transforms an individual’s complete medical profile into real-time Actionable Health Intelligence.
MinuteClinic, a division of CVS Caremark Corporation and one of the largest and fastest growing retail clinic providers in the United States, will switch to the Epic electronic medical record (EMR) called EpicCare. MinuteClinic currently uses its own proprietary EMR.
Samsung and UCSF will partner to accelerate validation and commercialization of promising new sensors, algorithms, and digital health technologies for preventive health solutions. The two organizations will jointly establish the UCSF-Samsung Digital Health Innovation Lab, a new space located in UCSF’s Mission Bay campus in San Francisco.
Back at the Seventh Annual Health 2.0 Fall Conference in September, Box launched a Patient Education App Challenge with Dignity Health and The Social+Capital Partnership. It was an appropriate launch pad to say the least, being like-minded as we are when it comes to our opinions regarding the cloud. Yet, as we know, health care is still relatively new to the cloud, and the entry of major cloud (and now HIPAA compliant) vendors like Box is a big deal.
Phase one of Box’s entry into the health care vertical has been largely centered on getting a diverse client base securely onto the cloud. Device companies, big pharma, life sciences, biotech, and health insurance companies are using Box just as cloud tools should be used — for storing, sharing, collaborating, and enabling mobility. As most of us know from varied personal and professional use of the cloud, easy access to every piece of collateral in a remote or collaborative working environment increases velocity and enables relationships.
The Patient Education App Challenge is part of Box’s move into a phase two of sorts: “strategic data liquidity or care coordination in the cloud” as Box’s Managing Director of Healthcare and Life Sciences Missy Krasner called it.
The challenge developed out of talks between Dignity Health, the nation’s fifth largest hospital system, and Box around how hospitals can better deliver the huge amounts of content generated within any given hospital division. Thus the challenged launched with the Box API as a foundation for innovative opportunities to deliver appropriate materials to patients in engaging ways.
With Health 2.0 running the challenge, Box and Dignity received more than 150 applications, which have subsequently been narrowed down to five semi-finalists and one honorable mention (for those keeping track, three of these companies have demoed at Health 2.0 with another launching exclusively with us on Health 2.0 News and The Health Care Blog):
- WelVu: A cloud-based patient engagement platform that allows providers to create fully customized, patient-specific educational slide decks during appointments that capture medical illustrations, custom images, and verbal conversation.
- Wellbe: Hospitals use Wellbe’s Guided CarePaths to improve the experience and efficiency of helping patients succeed with their medical treatments and surgeries.
- CirrusHealth: A next generation, patient-centered transition-of-care platform developed by the neurosurgical team at Lenox Hill Hospital, part of the North Shore-LIJ Health System. The first product is a virtual office visit and patient discharge solution.
- GenieMD: Personal health management application that helps people track vitals, store medical records, and other health data, manage medications, and remotely monitor the health of a loved one. Blue Button Plus integration allows users to easily collect their medical records from multiple providers.
- LyfeChannel: Mobile programs for chronic patient care that translate a physician’s instructions into patient action. This helps patients build better lifetime habits for diet, activity, and drug adherence.
- Conversa Health (Honorable Mention): A platform that enables physicians to gather structured feedback on patients’ progress and outcomes through “digital checkups” between visits.
Semi-finalists will present at a private pitch day to judges former US CTO Aneesh Chopra, Box CEO Aaron Levie, Social+Capital’s Ted Maidenberg, and Dignity Health’s Vice President of Strategic Innovation Richard Roth in the hopes of winning $100,000 in the form of a convertible note from The Social+Capital Partnership. Some of the semi-finalists will be with Box at HIMSS14 where Box will also be presenting a live demo of their integration with CareCloud, a partnership that was also announced at Health 2.0 this past fall.
The Challenge winner will be announced in April, and in the meantime keep an eye on Box and the expanding health care cloud.
We are excited to announce the finalists for the first ever Henry Ford Innovation Institute HealthTech Challenge! This challenge provides teams with an unprecedented platform for accelerating solutions to the world’s most pressing healthcare problems. The first edition of the Challenge engaged entrepreneurs, engineers, developers, clinicians, researchers, and other solution providers to submit innovative mobile-health and IT solutions that address avoidable hospital readmissions.
Each of the Phase I finalists win $10,000 each and a chance to compete for the Investment & Product Development Support Award. This unique award provides startups a pathway to access the clinical, intellectual, and technological assets of a fully integrated healthcare system, offering the winning team the opportunity to work with Henry Ford Health System and its partners to develop their technology solutions, along with an investment offer of up to $100,000.
Out of the 69 teams that submitted to the Challenge, 5 were selected as finalists and will be invited to present for the overall Commercialization Award on March 5 during a live judging session. The finalist teams are:
The solutions ranged from a patented pill bottle that helps patients reminds patients to take their medications to a research-based platform that constructively guides patient’s behavior. Congratulations to all of the finalists and best of luck in the next phase!
Learn more about the challenge at www.healthtechchallenge.com
Wanted: tech-savvy teams and individuals with brilliant ideas for using regional health data to engage the public through mobile and/or web-based technology.
Reward: $20,000 in cash prizes for the top five software tools created.
The Challenge: develop your winning design or tool over two days – this Saturday, February 22 and Sunday, February 23.
Sound appealing? Then register for this weekend’s Code-a-Thon, a sprint over two days to design the most engaging tool such as a program or application to make health data accessible and meaningful to policy makers and residents. The goal is to support planning efforts and inspire residents to lead healthier lives based on their understanding of the health of their communities.
The County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency (HHSA) is partnering with the California HealthCare Foundation and Health 2.0 to host the Code-a-Thon this weekend.
“There is a lot of data about health-related issues we make available to the public now,” said HHSA Director Nick Macchione. “But our challenge to participants is to take that available data and develop a tool or application that inspires action, from policy development to personal lifestyle choices.”
Educating residents to make healthy choices is one of the primary goals of Live Well San Diego, the County’s ongoing initiative to improve the health and safety of residents.
Although it’s called Code-a-Thon, participants do not need to actually know how to write code and develop an application. Participants with backgrounds in business, strategic planning, design, data management, health care and other related fields are invited to participate and submit designs.
The County’s partnering sponsors have committed $20,000 in cash prizes for the top five software tools created. The event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturday, and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday. The location is the Campus Center Chambers and Commons Café at the County Operations Center, 5520 Overland Drive, San Diego 92123.
For more information and to register, visit:
simplifyMD EHR achieved 2014 Edition Complete EHR Ambulatory ONC Health IT Certification. The software will support health care providers with Stage 1 and Stage 2 meaningful use measures required to qualify for funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
MEDHOST launched YourCareCommunity, a user-friendly health care platform that includes a Health Information Exchange (HIE) and an Enterprise Master Patient Index (EMPI). It aims to connect all stakeholders in the care community, from primary care physicians and hospitals to clinics and personal caregivers of patients.
New Zealand based ProCare and Pegasus Health partnered to establish a 24/7 telehealth service that will provide nurse phone triage services, health advice, practice information and care coordination services, and have access to the support and resources, clinical expertise and intellectual capital of both networks.
QualMetrix, a health care analytics company, closed an oversubscribed Series A financing round. It’s QM(x) Software as a Service (SaaS) aims at delivering actionable insights to payers, providers, pharma and employers to help them reduce cost while enhancing the quality of health care.
MyHealthTeams raised $3.36 MM in a Series A round of financing. MyHealthTeams has three fast-growing social networks focused on multiple sclerosis, breast cancer and autism.
A Mayo Clinic clinical team launched a new company to provide clinical decision support tools for the ICU, operating room and emergency department. The startup is backed with $1.1 million in seed funding from Mayo Clinic, The Social+Capital Partnership, and Rock Health.
Warburg Pincus invested $32 million in Specialists On Call Inc (SOC), a provider of specialty physician services via video conferencing that seeks to address the shortage of on-call coverage. Founded in 2007, SOC supplements the care provided by staff in community hospitals.
A new report from ABI Research found that sports and fitness features dominate the wearables market and continue to drive adoption. Activity tracking was the most popular feature of wearable devices in 2013 with 16 million wearable devices with this functionality shipped.
Diet coaching app Rise raised $2.3 million in seed funding from FLOODGATE, Cowboy Ventures, Google Ventures, and Greylock Partners. Rise pairs users with personal nutrition coaches that provide daily advice and feedback on diet choices.
This is the first of a series of blog carnivals across the web before #HIMSS14 starts in 9 days (gulp!). The Blog Carnival is hosted by #HIMSS14 Social Media Ambassadors and this week Matthew Holt (@boltyboy) is the host on Health 2.0 News. But the actual work and writing was done by Kim Krueger (@kqkrueger). For a collection of all the Carnival Round-Up posts from this year’s event, please visit the HIMSS Blog to find links to the posts from each of the Social Media Ambassadors.
It’s here. Almost. #HIMSS14. And for this first time attendee, it will be a long haul across the country – just enough time on the ground in Austin to grab some decent BBQ for lunch – to arrive at what can only be described as the epicenter of HIT. A true epicenter, mind you: “the zone directly above the point where the fault beings to rupture, and in most cases, it is the area of greatest damage” (Thanks, Wikipedia).
The Health IT movement has certainly been disruptive, and in some ways, our best-laid plans have gone awry. EMRs, which can make physicians more efficient and improve medical outcomes, are oftentimes as difficult to handle as a nine year-old scared of needles. For consumers, there’s more health apps and gadgets than days in the year, but as we’re beginning to see, these aren’t quite doing the trick in terms of bringing health IT to the people.
So we’ve reached the rupture point, the epicenter, driven in part by the collision of the consumer and provider worlds of health IT. We still have a ways to go in terms of figuring out how all the pieces are going to meaningfully fit together, but one thing we do know is that we’ve made a good start in getting consumers to care about HIT.
With that, let’s take a look at what some friends around the web have to say about why HIT matters to consumers:
Know Your Data, Control Your Story
Janice Nicholson at i2iSystems points to data, with the consumer and patient in mind, as the key to care and engagement. As Nicholson says, data has the potential to tell detailed stories about organizational performance, but it is important to have the right technology to manage and leverage your data. The typical consumer might find all this a bit dry, but the key for consumers is to know that data on the provider side of health care means medicine “is no longer just about providing care – it is about getting involved in the patient’s care”.
Why All Hospitals Are Also Digital Companies
James Dias at the ePatient Experience blogs that hospitals are no exception to the new rule that “everyone is in the technology business.” Various stats, like the rise of online banking and Pizza Hut earning $2 billion from online sales, bolster his argument that patient consumers will want to interact digitally for convenience’s sake. Online banking got a slow start as well, but patients will thank hospitals who act now to engage them with digital health tools.
Why Health IT Matters to Consumers
The OnRamp blog featured a piece on why health IT matters to consumers and asserted that health IT is directly linked to the mission of health care to improve care for patients. Beyond the possibility of tech to improve business processes in health care, HIT, and in particular, data, make better care possible. This alone is reason enough for consumers to care.
Why Health IT (Should) Matter to Consumers
Our good friend Jane Sarasohn-Kahn wrote on her blog, HealthPopuli, that the health care system needs to “get real about how to connect the consumer, patient and caregiver to the supply side of their health information.” Sarasohn-Kahn took a slightly different tack, calling on us in the field to bolster existing digital health tools and take on the social marketing challenge to make consumers more aware and appreciative.
Gamifying Health IT For Patients and Physicians
Dave Levy wrote on HealthyComms that perhaps the trick to getting physicians to use Health IT more effectively is to challenge them to think in the way they use consumer tech. This may foster greater consumer appreciation for health IT as well because consumers will be able to relate to their clinician typing away in the exam room much in the way they understand a friend pausing mid-conversation to check-in on Facebook.
Patients Will Soon Have Unfettered Access to Their Lab Results
Michael Simon wrote on Arcadia about how Health IT, whether we want it or not, is bringing more access for patients to their lab results and data. In other words, HIT may eventually force transparency in health. This shift in data ownership represents a step towards using data to help patients become instruments of their own wellness, which is a step in the right direction.
The Time is Now
Finally, Nadine Robin wrote on the Louisiana Health Care Quality Forum that by understanding the value of health IT and the role it plays in the delivery of our health care, we can all be empowered patients. Her post focuses on telemedicine in rural Louisiana, and makes an especially strong point as to why consumers should, will, and do care about HIT. She writes, “the dedicated doctors who care for us can only do so much — it is up to us, as patients, as health care consumers, to…become engaged in our care, and learning how to use health IT to our advantage is the first step.”
UPDATE– a valuable latecomer as on the Health Innovation Network (or whatever he and Pat Salber are calling it this week) Gregg Masters interviews superstar activist and artist Regina Holliday who’ll be at HIMSS telling her story. <snark>Well done HIMSS on catching up on Regina only
4 years 3 years after the rest of us….</snark>
Conversa is a brand new company, aiming to fill the space between physician visits with easy and useful communications between doctors and patients. The logic is that most health care happens outside the exam room, but most of the effort of automating health care has been put into recording what happens in the medical setting, with little feedback or follow up from patients (HealthLoop is another company aiming at this space).
Why are we featuring Conversa? Well somewhat unusually for a Health 2.0 startup they come with buckets of experience. CEO West Shell was at the helm at Healthline, Product Head Phil Marshall built lots of tools at WebMD and Chief Marketer Anna-Lisa Silvestre was behind the roll out of probably the biggest patient portal ever at Kaiser Permanente.
I got all three of them on the video-line to tell me about Conversa.
Learn more about Conversa’s launch here.
The ONC, in collaboration with OCR, launched the Digital Privacy Notice Challenge. The challenge calls for online model notices of privacy practices that are compelling, readable, and understandable by patients.
Welltok raised $22.1 million in Series C funding led by New Enterprise Associates (NEA) with new participation from IBM and Qualcomm Ventures’ life fund portfolio. This is IBM’s first direct investment from the recently formed Watson Group, and supports its partnership with Welltok to build a new application that draws upon Watson’s big data abilities.
Keas expanded their customer base, signing Target and Safeway among others, and enhanced their wellness platform with individualized health programs for employees based on biometric and Health Risk Assessment (HRA) analysis.
Edamam launched new Vegan and Vegetarian Recipe and Nutrition apps for iOS and Android devices. The company also unveiled an improved Recipe Search app with filters for major allergies.
Castlight Health officially filed for a $100 million IPO that values the company at $2 billion. Castlight reported a net loss of $62.2 million last year on revenues of $13 million.
AliveCor was granted over-the-counter (OTC) clearance by the FDA for its smartphone-enabled, single-channel ECG (electrocardiogram) recorder device. Up until now the AliveCor device has only been available to physicians and other medical professionals.
OnShift, a nurse scheduling platform, raised $7 million in a round led by HLM Venture Partners. This brings OnShift’s total funding to $15 million.
Partners HealthCare at Home will use technology from Philips to monitor newly discharged patients at home. The first 200 home monitors were installed in less than two weeks with Partners using its own network to install the monitors and provide training to ensure clinical and patient adoption.
Google announced its cloud platform will now be HIPAA-friendly and will support business associate agreements going forward. This announcement further integrates cloud application developers using Google’s cloud platform into the health care industry.
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Neurosynaptic, a telehealth technology provider, announced a strategic investment from e-Zest Solutions, a global IT services organization. Neurosynaptic’s ReMeDi is the largest telehealth consulting technology platform in India with 1600 operational health centers.
According to a new study by RAND Corporation, patients who are younger, more affluent and do not have established health care relationships are more likely to use a telemedicine program that allows access to medical help, including prescriptions.
Aetna Foundation announced a $4M, three-year digital health grant program to utilize technology to address public health issues, out of which $1.2M is being provided to support the use of digital health technology, including mobile health or mHealth, for the underserved communities.
Lifeguard Games has created Wellapets, a mobile game that teaches children to manage their asthma. The game is similar to virtual pet management games but includes element of chronic disease management.
Johns Hopkins National Center for the Study of Preparedness and Catastrophic Event Response (PACER) developed three new web-based apps to help hospital emergency departments, first-responder organizations and others model and prepare for major disasters, including flu outbreaks.
Molecular diagnostic company Myriad Genetics acquired Crescendo Biosciences, makers of the app MyRA, which was featured onstage at Health 2.0’s 7th Annual Fall Conference. The free iOS app helps users track pain related to rheumatoid arthritis.
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy announced several drug chains have pledged to support or expand their use of the Blue Button initiative. Walgreens will adopt BlueButton+ guidelines to allow customers to share their data and use third-party health applications.
Following the likes of Aetna and Humana, Independence Blue Cross opened the Independence Blue Cross (IBC) Center for Health Care Innovation. At the 5,000-square foot center in Philadelphia, the company’s associates and external partners will innovate, collaborate, and implement new concepts in health care.
New York Health Commissioner Dr. Nirav Shah, who will be speaking at our very own HxRefactored in May, said New York’s new online database of drug prescriptions has cut so-called “doctor shopping” by 75 percent.
Caremerge partnered with Lively to integrate activity data derived from Lively sensors with the clinical and social activity captured within Caremerge’s platform. The two companies focus on senior health and hope the combined data will help caregivers make appropriate and timely interventions.