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  • Some Coffee, An API and a Vision

    One September weekend, three complete strangers randomly met at the Health 2.0 San
    Franscico Code-A-Thon
    . The event was sponsored by Allscripts to promote the new Allscripts PM API .

    After some coffee and bagels, the three strangers ended up around the table and agreed to team up for the weekend to build something awesome. There were 19 other teams with very talented members and great ideas. But, when the CIO of Allscripts came up to announce his winner, it was these three strangers who took home top prize.

    Fast forward to today, QueueDr is Allscripts App of the Month with their Allscripts TouchWorks and PM solution that automatically fills cancelled appointments in less than 1 minute. Perfectly integrated into an offices workflow, QueueDr doesn’t require the front office staff to press a single button. It saves front office staff 6-10 hours every week in frantic phone calls to fill appointments. It fills twice the amount of cancellations that an office is normally able to, resulting in an extra patient a day. Most importantly, QueueDr means that patients no longer need to wait 3 weeks for an appointment.

    QueueDr’s vision was to create an amazing experience for front office staff, providers, and patients. Such an amazing experience that offices couldn’t help but use it. That’s why QueueDr prices their product such that offices only pay if QueueDr fills an appointment. No other fees. It’s simple.

    Join QueueDr’s webinar on May 28 at 1 PM ET/10 am PT, you will be blown away.

    How Do We Dance at Work?

    Improvements in employee health and engagement have the potential to lower healthcare costs, improve productivity, and retain talent within companies.

    Yet, physical fitness and other wellness programs are difficult to implement and maintain. It turns out that dance is one of the most efficient methods of getting people moving and physically active. Join us at the forefront of an innovative movement to change work through dance. Design for Dance 2015 will bring together heads of wellness, educators, and dancers to demonstrate specific tools that companies can apply to get companies dancing. Scientific research has shown that we can only get people to do what they already want to do. People want to dance, and at Design for Dance we are sharing opportunities for employees, teams, patients, and clients to Dance @ Work. We invite you to be a part of the movement!

    Health 2.0 Europe Exclusive Keynote Interview: Uwe Diegel, President of iHealthLabs Europe

    Uwe Diegel, President of iHealthLabs gives Health 2.0 Europe his insight on the future of connected health care and how effective connected health can be for managing chronic diseases.UweDiegel

    Pascal Lardier: iHealth offers a very wide range of connected solutions for health and wellness. How do you describe your business?

    Uwe Diegel: iHealth takes the signals of the body and translates them into a meaningful format using tactile platforms. Today there seems to be a confusion between the terms “connected health” and “connected wellness”. The iHealth products make a clear distinction between the two terms.

    Connected wellness is about taking everyday data such as weight, number of steps, calorie intake and using them to better manage the general state of the body, whereas connected health is more about the management of chronic conditions such as diabetes, hypertension or COPD. The iHealth “public” range has products for both connected health and connected wellness. iHealth also has a range of professional devices designed for general practitioners (the iHealth Pro range) to help them convert what is today curative health into predictive health. The iHealth Pro range bridges the gap between patients and doctors and allows the doctor to better manage the chronic conditions of his patients.

    PL: You often say connected health and wellness tools are not enough to achieve ‘connected health’? What else is needed? And how do we get there? Continue reading →

    Health 2.0 Europe Keynote Interview: Richard Brady Founder of

    Pascal Lardier (Health 2.0), interviewed Health 2.0 Europe 2015 keynote Richard Brady ( on the adoption of new technologie, opportunities for health care professionals, and how regulatory and peer-reviews affects patient outcomes and consumer trust.0602a71

    Pascal Lardier: You’re an entrepreneur, a surgeon, and a digital health early adopter.  How do you use the new technologies in your everyday life and where do you see the biggest opportunities for fellow health care professionals?

    Richard Brady: Well, most quality journals, medical societies and organizations provide apps and updates of interesting research, guidelines or articles and the quality of online video-sharing and educational sites has increased massively in recent years.

    There are a couple of apps that I have come across in my spare time.  One of them is TouchSurgery, which allows trainees to practice surgical procedures in an app format either on your smart-phone or tablet. The Figure 1 app is also an interesting app. This is a global medical photo-sharing app used by medics  to comment on problematic diseases or cases.  Essentially, this facilitates “crowdsourcing of diagnoses” from a large, diverse and international population.

    As to the opportunities that exist, well, we have an amazing chance to revolutionise the way we currently interact with our peers, students and patients. The immediacy, quality and efficiency of mobile technology and apps provides the potential to really improve what we offer,  allowing patient empowerment and transforming the management of many chronic conditions. Efficient and universal electronic medical records could combine information gained from patient wearables, implantables and diaries with traditional medical data to provide much fuller, informed and bespoke treatments and service to our patients – stored throughout our life on a cloud. Integration with massive analytical capacity, such as IBM Watson, could detect new pathways, predictors of disease and provide, in conjunction with data from personal genetic analysis, bespoke treatments for cancer and other conditions – it’s all very exciting. Healthcare workers are the key to spotting the opportunities on the front line and I would encourage them to continue to grasp the opportunities that innovation can provide in this area. Continue reading →

    VA Announces New Challenge to Improve Care Coordination

    Health care is much more than a single visit to a doctor’s office. It’s a compilation of all the interactions a person has with the health system and how that meshes with their lifestyle. Patients need a unified support systems of physicians and caregivers who communicate across all levels to ensure that treatment plans are harmonious. The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) understands that coordination is key and seeks solutions that will allow providers to get a holistic view of patient’s interactions with the health care system.

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    The VA Care Coordination for Improved Outcomes Challenge seeks algorithm based solutions that will pinpoint gaps and conflicts in patient treatment plans. The goal is for each veteran to have a single authoritative plan of care that is shared among all treating clinicians focused on the wellness of the patient. Mental health, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and chronic pain are key areas of interest but it is expected that winning solutions could scale beyond to incorporate other conditions. Not only would this improve care for veterans but reduce costs associated with errors and duplications.

    This challenge will run in two phases. Phase I seeks written description describing methods, processes and/or tools, the last day to submit is July 13, 2015. Five finalists will be awarded $5000 each and move onto Phase II where they will build a functioning prototype of their solution. Winners will be announced in December 2015. A total of $300,000 will be awarded in prizes.

    When all providers and caregivers for a single patient are aware of every aspect of a treatment plan, not only can they coordinate better care but they can reduce costly duplications and errors. With increased coordination and communication, everyone benefits. Check out our website to learn more about how to enter the VA Care Coordination for Improved Outcomes Challenge.

    The Nicholson Foundation & Rutgers Announce Winner Of Healthcare Delivery Challenge

    Winning Team Created New Smartphone Application to Help Underserved Populations Manage Type 2 Diabetes & Reduce Healthcare Costs

    Newark, N.J. – The next generation of healthcare innovators took center stage at The Nicholson Foundation & Rutgers Healthcare Delivery Challenge Award Ceremony April 22 at Rutgers University–New Brunswick. To win the Challenge, team “Copernicus Health” presented its smartphone application, which engages and motivates underserved populations to better manage their Type 2 diabetes, while also working to reduce costs to the healthcare system. They received $50,000 to implement the innovation in a Rutgers-affiliated clinic.

    Funded by The Nicholson Foundation, whose mission is to improve the quality and affordability of healthcare for New Jersey’s underserved communities, the event served as the culmination of a four-month Challenge competition, which was managed by Health 2.0. The Challenge encouraged students and faculty to form interdisciplinary teams and work together to submit proposals for ready-to-implement service delivery or technology innovations that can improve the quality and contain the costs of healthcare for underserved populations. More than 50 students and faculty from Rutgers participated in the Challenge, and the award ceremony gave the top three teams the opportunity to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges, including a representative from a venture capital group, distinguished healthcare professionals, and academic leaders.

    The winning team members, including Rutgers undergraduate computer science student Jeet Patel and second-year medical students at Robert Wood Johnson Medical School Tom Nahass, Josh David, Brian Friel, Jonathan Haskel, and Sam Schild, developed Copernicus Health to address Type 2 diabetes complications that are largely preventable. In an effort to lower hospital costs and reduce the incidence of adverse outcomes, Copernicus Health provides a comprehensive mobile platform to engage and motivate patients to meet evidence-based metrics proven to reduce the serious complications that result from poorly managed diseases.

    Using gamification, the application allows patients to receive points for taking their medicine, self-educating about their disease through the app’s embedded learning tools, and monitoring key clinical metrics obtained at the doctor’s office. Once patients accumulate a pre-determined point volume, they become eligible for rewards in the form of direct cash infusions sent to their reloadable Copernicus debit cards or discounts to use at healthy lifestyle businesses, such as fitness centers and farmers’ markets. To help ensure accuracy and real health improvements, users are only eligible for cash rewards after having their lab values verified by their physician.

    “Chronic disease management is often one of the most difficult processes to change within the vulnerable community because it requires not only an improvement in diet and lifestyle, but also an improvement in health literacy, or one’s understanding of his or her disease,” said Nahass. “Copernicus Health aims to meet this need by providing a product that educates patients and encourages healthy behavior.”

    Submissions were judged on the following criteria: creativity, impact (i.e., ability of the intervention to improve health outcomes of vulnerable populations and reduce costs within a year’s time), feasibility of implementation, and sustainability.

    The Nicholson Foundation funded the Healthcare Delivery Challenge as part of its commitment to stimulate a culture of innovation across New Jersey’s healthcare institutions that serve at-risk populations. “The students and faculty from the Rutgers community are helping to lead the way for a healthier New Jersey for all residents,” said Joan Randell, chief operating officer of The Nicholson Foundation. “Their innovative ideas, tenacious problem-solving skills, and commitment to reaching at-risk populations will help change the future of healthcare and the lives of patients in New Jersey.”

    The Nicholson Foundation & Rutgers Healthcare Delivery Challenge also supports the theme of Rutgers University’s strategic plan to “improve the health and wellness of individuals and populations” by addressing health challenges, locally and globally.

    “Those of us at Rutgers who participated in the Challenge are quite proud of the creative, multi-disciplinary concepts the teams developed, many of which have real potential to benefit our state’s residents,” said Margaret Brennan-Tonetta, associate vice president for economic development at Rutgers. “This exciting learning and public service opportunity came about because of The Nicholson Foundation’s generosity, which we greatly appreciate.”

    About the Finalists & Judges

    In addition to Copernicus Health, two other student and faculty finalist teams also presented their innovations during the ceremony.

    Team “Save A Neck” created BreatheNVS, an application that directs patients to educate themselves and share information with their physicians on noninvasive management of their respiratory symptoms to ‘save their necks’ from invasive tubes, which are commonly used for patients with breathing muscle weakness. BreatheNVS educates patients about the benefits of noninvasive ventilation and provides them with the necessary resources in evidence-based medicine to seek and receive optimal care.

    Team “MAP Training” presented its new intervention that combines mental and physical (MAP) exercises to help women overcome severe stress and trauma caused by homelessness, sexual or physical abuse, and mental illness. The intervention was translated from neuroscientific studies that discuss the pairing of aerobic exercise and learning. MAP Training combines 30 minutes of silent meditation followed by 30 minutes of aerobic exercise patterned after the popular Zumba dance exercise program.

    All teams were evaluated by the following expert judges: Mike Wiley, vice president of Foundation Venture Capital Group; Mark Robson, dean of Rutgers Agricultural and Urban Programs; Denise Rodgers, vice chancellor for interprofessional programs for Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences; Wen Dombrowski, aging, healthcare, & technology advisor for Resonate Health; Frank Sonnenberg, medical director of clinical information systems for Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; Eric Jahn, senior associate dean of community health for Robert Wood Johnson Medical School; Sabrina Chase, assistant professor and director for joint urban systems PhD program in urban health; Jasmine Cordero, managing director of center for urban entrepreneurship & economic development at Rutgers Business School; and, Gary Minkoff, instructor of professional practice for Rutgers Business School, department of management & global business.

    Healthcare Innovation Taking Off in New Jersey

    The Healthcare Delivery Challenge is the latest in The Nicholson Foundation’s efforts to boost healthcare innovation in New Jersey and bring cutting-edge services to the healthcare safety net. Other Nicholson efforts within this area include a new grants program with the Center for Care Innovations—a California-based nonprofit—to support innovation within New Jersey’s safety-net hospitals and care delivery systems, and a collaboration with New Jersey Health Foundation to implement an Innovations Grants Program that will award $500,000 in grants to healthcare innovators in New Jersey. Since the start of 2015, the Foundation has committed more than $1 million to fund these three efforts.

    About The Nicholson Foundation: The Nicholson Foundation works to improve the quality and affordability of healthcare for vulnerable populations in New Jersey by transforming how it is paid for and delivered. The Foundation’s approach emphasizes partnerships and performance-based grant making; its goal is sustainable systems reform. For more information about the Foundation, visit

    About Rutgers: Established in 1766, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is America’s eighth oldest institution of higher learning and one of the nation’s premier public research universities, educating more than 65,000 students. Rutgers’ flagship, based in New Brunswick, is the only public institution in New Jersey represented in the prestigious Association of American Universities. Rutgers is a member of the Big Ten Conference and its academic counterpart, the Committee on Institutional Cooperation – a consortium of 15 world-class research universities. Rutgers is among the top 30 universities nationally for total R&D funding. The Office of Research and Economic Development provides a central point for industry to access Rutgers and a new website,

    About Health 2.0 Developer Challenge Program: With more than $7M awarded in prizes to-date, Health 2.0′s Developer Challenge Programs foster online competitions aimed at tackling the most complex challenges we face in health care. The world’s top developers, designers, health care professionals and entrepreneurs compete in these challenges, pilot programs and code-a-thons to create and prototype innovative applications and tools. These competitions leverage funding, market reach and validation that only Health 2.0 can provide. 



    Join the Aetna Foundation in Creating Tech Solutions for Underserved Communities

    Announcing the launch of the “Innovating for the Underserved” Business Plan Challenge

    Today, a person’s zip code is a greater indicator of their overall health than their genetic code. All too often, members of underserved communities face problems like low access to services and information, childhood obesity and low access to healthy foods, and difficulty navigating systems. The Aetna Foundation believes that these problems can be helped with innovations in health IT – that’s why they’re launching the “Innovating for the Underserved” Business Plan Challenge. We know that scalable solutions can take years to develop and implement, which is why this challenge is being issued to crowdsource ideas from the broader technology community to bring new thinking and fresh ideas.

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    Aetna Foundation,  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved (NHIT Collaborative) are working in partnership to leverage IT innovations to reduce disparities in health among underserved and minority communities.

    This challenge is an opportunity for the brightest minds in health IT to compete with their best ideas for commercializing products and services that use technology to reduce disparities and address the needs of underserved and minority populations.

    The challenge seeks proposals for leveraging health and communication information technology to address one of three key challenges in underserved or vulnerable populations:

    1. Access to Services
    2. Childhood Obesity
    3. Connecting Data Between Systems

    For more details on the 3 key challenges, click here.

    In addition to improving the health needs of underserved populations, three finalists will be selected to win $5,000 in Phase 1. In Phase 2, a total of $60,000 will be awarded, with first place receiving $40,000 and national recognition from The Aetna Foundation and their partners.

    To join this challenge or for more information, please visit the official challenge page here.



    The Aetna Foundation, Inc. is the independent charitable and philanthropic arm of Aetna Inc. Since 1980, Aetna and the Aetna Foundation have contributed more than $427 million in grants and sponsorships. As a national health foundation, we promote wellness, health, and access to high-quality health care for everyone. This work is enhanced by the time and commitment of Aetna employees, who have volunteered four million hours since 2003. For more information, visit


    The NHIT Collaborative brings together private, public and community partners to bring health IT solutions to underserved communities in an effort to reduce disparities and give every individual the opportunity to attain optimal health.  For additional information on the 2014 roundtable that developed this challenge, please click here.


    The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is the U.S. government’s principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services, especially for those who are least able to help themselves.  Their work reaches Americans in nearly all areas of health and wellness, in rural and urban areas, and across all stages of life.

    HHS is responsible for almost a quarter of all federal outlays and administers more grant dollars than all other federal agencies combined.

    Dr. Homero Rivas on digital health for hospitals & patient centered innovation

    Health 2.0 Europe interviewed Stanford surgeon, faculty, and entrepreneur, Dr. Homero Rivas on the integration of digital health tools for hospitals and the importance of a patient centered health care innovation movement.

    Aline Noizet: Homero, you are an early adopter, a big user of new technologies.  Can you tell us how you use the new technologies in your practice every day and where you see the biggest opportunities for the healthcare professionals?

    Homero Rivas: Well, yes. In my work I have to be very involved with new technologies; because I’m a surgeon, I do minimal access surgery, so I have to find ways to give no scar to patients.

    Now, there’s a really fine line between health care and innovation in the sense that most health care providers are going to be extremely conservative.  Most people are going to be very risk averse because they want predictable risks.  They don’t want to do things that may get their patients in trouble.

    I’ve been an early adopter in the way that I’ve tried lots of those things from wearables to scales to things that help you assess what lifestyle you may have or not. Some of those I’ve been recommending to some of my patients for the last few years because I believe that they would benefit from them.

    As far as the biggest opportunities that health professionals may have, 1% of healthcare expenses are dedicated to prevention. I think much more should be dedicated to prevention and it makes lots of sense to use digital health wearable technologies towards prevention, so you can actually invest more and better in health than on disease.

    AN: Regulation can be a barrier to use these technologies for some practitioners, but you are using them. We often see healthcare professionals as obstacles to adoption and use of those new technologies. What do you think can be done to pass that? Continue reading →

    Exclusive Interview with Chris Boone, CEO of Health Data Consortium

    Matthew Holt, Co-Chairman of Health 2.0 interviewed Chris Boone, CEO of Health Data Consortium to discuss the health care landscape and the meaningful use of health care data. As the newly appointed CEO of Health Data Consortium, Chris gives us an insight into what’s new and exciting at HDC, and how HDC is accelerating the innovative use of health care data.

    RWJF & HHS Provider Network Challenge Finalists Announced

    By Ariella Cohen

    The RWJF & HHS Provider Network Challenge has announced the Phase I Finalists and is moving forward! Of the 24 excellent entries to the challenge, 5 have been selected to advance to Phase II.

    Congratulations to the Phase I Finalists:

    This challenge focused on finding solutions that allow consumers to easily identify providers that are in their insurance network and crowdsource customer reviews for providers. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recognize that people are now faced with an abundance of options when selecting their health insurance plan and have many decisions to make.

    There is a greater need than ever before for a tool that allows individuals to determine what the best insurance network is for their health care needs. This challenge called on developers and designers to create a tool that would use data to enhance the consumer experience, and offers a function that allows them to view customer feedback from patients. The Phase I Finalists exhibited many of the criteria the challenge was looking for, including creativity, innovation, a user-friendly interface, and potential to be implemented in communities and help consumers understand their insurance plan options.

    Stay tuned to find out who won Phase II!

    2015 Design for Health Awards Winners Announced

    By Ariella Cohen

    The 2015 Design for Health Awards winners have been announced! The awards ceremony, which was held at HxRefactored in Boston on April 1-2, celebrated the innovation and inspiration of effective designs in health care. design for health awards logo

    The first ever Design for Health Awards was a huge success, with 59 compelling entries that showcased all of the teams’ hard work and good design. A panel of 8 judges from across the technology industry evaluated the entries based on Originality, Application of Human-Centered Design, and Potential for Market Success.

    UX transforms a visually appealing concept into a product that can be used by all types of users within the health care system, and improve a patient or provider experience. Though all of the entries were terrific, two really stood out- one for a provider facing design, and one for a consumer facing design.

    Urgent Consult- Provider Facing Design Winner

    Urgent Consult (New York, NY) is a platform that revolutionizes the process of referral workflow. It allows providers to manage all aspects of the process in a single easy-to-use platform, and it works across EMRs! What the judges loved about Urgent Consult was how they thought about the workflow of providers and their staff, and how that will translate to better patient care. Their process helps health care networks increase referral capture, enhance coordination of care, and improve profitability. This company’s cloud-based platform was uniquely created “by physicians, for physicians,” and has also won awards from Pilot Health Tech NYC and was a member of the Blueprint Health accelerator. Dr. Jeff Bander, Founder of Urgent Consult, was present at the conference to receive his team’s award.

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    Pokitdok- Consumer Facing Design Winner

    Pokitdok (San Mateo, CA) is a consumer health and wellness marketplace for services. It allows patients to search for a provider in a number of different ways including: diagnosis, service, device, and treatment. Users can also review and rate their experience and see average prices for services. What the judges loved about Pokitdok was how easy their platform made it for a patient to find the right provider and understand how much that procedure would cost.

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    We can’t wait to see how these platforms will be used to transform future experiences in health care. Congratulations to the winners, and stay tuned for the next Design for Health Awards!

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