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  • Care Coordination Challenge Competitors Advance to Phase II

    Earlier this year, the Department of Veteran’s Affairs launched the Care Coordination for Improved Outcomes Challenge. This competition is an effort to crowdsource 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.

    After many months of tinkering with their algorithms, over 50 teams submitted their solutions on July 13, 2015. With so many exciting and innovative proposals it was difficult for our review panel to narrow down five submissions to move onto the next phase. Congratulations to the following teams that will move onto Phase II:

    • Caredinator
    • VC3
    • HSPC
    • Systems Made Simple

    The finalists will receive $5,000 each and move on to build a prototype of their solution in Phase II. Winners will be announced in December 2015. A total of $300,000 will be awarded in prizes. Creating a unified treatment plan allows all providers and caregivers for a single patient an overview to ensure that medications and procedures are all working in harmony. Algorithm-based solutions alleviate stress on providers and patients by supporting decisions throughout the patient’s journey, while helping prevent costly mistakes in treatment plans. With programs like the Care Coordination for Improved Outcomes Challenge, the building tools to help care teams communicate gains awareness and attention. With the help of talented innovators, care coordination will become standard procedure, both in VA hospitals, and in those around the nation.

    TMC Biodesign: From Problem to Product in One-Year

    TMC Biodesign is a paid, one-year Fellowship program that brings together highly accomplished innovators from engineering, coding, medicine, business, and design to create novel digital health and device solutions for healthcare’s greatest unmet needs. Our Fellows are provided unprecedented clinical access to the Texas Medical Center, the largest medical center in the world. With the invaluable clinical experts and resources at their disposal, Fellows will be able to take an unmet need and create a potentially venture-backed solution during their one-year fellowship.

    Digital Health and Device Focus

    By applying established biodesign principles to the development of cutting-edge solutions, TMC Biodesign will enable and train two teams of four innovators to create new technologies, effective business models, and novel applications that will reinvent the future of healthcare.

    • Medical Device Innovation Fellowship Team: The TMC Biodesign Medical Devices Team will have the opportunity to shadow doctors in a specific clinical focus area and use established biodesign principles to create novel point-of-care, minimally invasive devices or implants, clinical or surgical tools, and other innovative medical device solutions.
    • Digital Health Innovation Fellowship Team: TMC Biodesign’s Digital Health Team will be the first of its kind to focus exclusively on building digital health solutions. Our Fellows will build transformative solutions in mobile, web, cloud, data analytics, remote monitoring, sensoring & wearables, population health management, EMR solutions, and telemedicine. 


    TMC Biodesign is looking for people with innate entrepreneurial, engineering, and coding skillsets to build solutions to some of healthcare’s greatest problems. Lively, out-of-the box thinkers who embrace change and share our passion for innovation and entrepreneurship are strong candidates for this Fellowship. Candidates with a background in medicine, biosciences, engineering, computer science, design, or business are highly encouraged to apply. Our deadline is August 2nd. First round interviews are granted on a rolling basis, so please apply soon if you would like an expedited decision.

    Fellows will be required to relocate to Houston for the duration of the one-year fellowship and will receive a stipend of $90,000 and health benefits.

    Learn more at and apply today!

    3 Major Partners Unite to Serve Underserved Communities

    Health disparities are all tracked through data. However, once we have the data and the health disparity is known, the million dollar question remains, “what is a strategy to reduce these disparities?”

    Social entrepreneurship takes the next step to find this strategy. It leverages the existing technology platforms and develops applications to connect people to the services that they need.

    The three health care leaders Aetna Foundation, United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the National Health IT Collaborative for the Underserved (NHIT Collaborative) are excited to collaborate on a project that specifically addresses the needs of undeveloped communities.

    The “Innovating for the Underserved” challenge calls all non-profit and for-profit teams to create a creative business proposal of new products and services that provide access to services and healthcare information to underserved communities.  Proposals can either be completely new or can involve re-designing a pre-existing technology. However, they must engage in user-centered design.

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    Traction: Health 2.0’s Leading Startup Competition in Health Tech

    Who will be the Startup Champion of Fall 2015?

    As the middle of the year approaches, the startup funding in digital health amounts to a total of 2.2 billion. It is definitely slower progress compared to last year’s blowup of 4.6 billion, but this is simply a sign of the space maturing. There remains a massive amount of activity in the number of deals, but the lower amount of funding in 2015 suggests that investors are becoming more careful with their spending. Traction is the perfect opportunity to hone your skills and impress these venture capitalists to invest in your startup!

    Traction will be launching the Health 2.0 Annual Fall Conference on Monday, October 5, 2015 at 8 AM. This competition specifically recruits companies ready for Series A in the $2-12M range.

    Enter your company today and pitch your startup to venture capitalists, angel investors, government officials, and even healthcare industry experts. Increase media exposure while forming connections with leading investors, while gaining the opportunity to gain advice from over 30 mentors and experts to further refine your business model.

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    How to re-energise every employee in your health startup

    Go find a good designer and ask them if design research is important.

    Sorry if I just made you subjected to a verbal tirade.

    There’s a reason why designers become so passionate about talking to real users. It creates better products. But there’s also another byproduct: it is inspiring..

    When your designer speaks to the people whose lives your company is making better, it’s like magic. They become re-energised for the company’s mission and are excited to be a part of the team solving a problem.

    Doing research can make the greyest, wettest Monday morning better.

    So how do we spread that feeling to the rest of the company?

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    The Worn Past and Wearable Future: The New Consumer Health Ecosystem

    Last year was the breakthrough for wearables, and this year has been even bigger. The successful IPO of Fitbit is by many seen as a symbol of the bright future of consumer wearables, for which sales are predicted to double by 2018. During the Health 2.0 9th Annual Fall Conference in Silicon Valley, the session The New Consumer Health Ecosystemis slated to give insight into the promising future of wearables, but let’s first take a quick glance into the past of digital health wearables.

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    If you could wave a magic wand, what would you change about health care?

    When we think about health care today, the big word that comes to mind is overspending. Overspending and unnecessary expenditures are multifactorial, however there is a single cause that comes to mind that contributes not only to overspending, but also to compromising patient safety. There is such a thing that exists in medicine called “continuity of care” that health care professionals feel strongly about. Data access and data sharing are emerging fields that bring us a step closer to resolving the patient care continuum.

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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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