Health Technology

Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 140 – Health Article

Health in 2 Point 00 Today on Health in 2 Point 00, Jess helps me celebrate my birthday Kylie Jenner-style. On Episode 140, Jess and I discuss Humana investing $100 million in Heal, Lemonaid raising $33 million in a Series B, CVS Caremark announcing 5 new companies in their digital health platform—4 of which are about weight loss, and perplexing health intelligence company Sema4 raising $121 million in a seed round. —Matthew Holt This is only a snippet of a…

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In the Rush to Implement Virtual Care, What Did CMS Leave Out? – The Health Care Blog – Health Article

By RAY CONSTANTINI, MD Imagine three months from now when the predicted ‘second wave’ of COVID-19 is expected to resurge and we’re still without a vaccine. Telehealth has become the entry-point to care, widely adopted by patients both young and old. Now, when an elderly diabetic patient wakes up in the middle of the night with a dull ache on her left side and back, she doesn’t ignore the symptom, like she may have during the first COVID outbreak. Instead,…

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Top 3 Myths About Digital Identity in Healthcare – Health Article

By GUS MALEZIS Healthcare is in the midst of a digital transformation, creating information security, compliance, and workflow challenges. The engagement of an increasingly decentralized workforce along with anytime anyplace healthcare and the proliferation of cloud-based applications, databases, and mobile devices have now (or soon will have) eroded the once well-defined network perimeter. The healthcare industry remains one of the most highly targeted for cyber-attacks – a recent report from Beazley Breach Insights showed that, 41 percent of all breaches…

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Will At-Home Lab Tests Change Healthcare Diagnostics Forever? | Frank Ong, Everlywell – Health Article

Health Tech By JESSICA DAMASSA, WTF HEALTH It used to be that patients would have to go see a doctor to get lab tests ordered to check their cholesterol or metabolism, but now, thanks to at-home testing companies like Everlywell, those tests (and 30 others, including STI tests) can be ordered online or picked up at some big box retailers. We chatted with Dr. Frank Ong, Everlywell’s Chief Medical and Scientific Officer, about what it means to put patients in…

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THCB Spotlights: Carolyn Magill, CEO of Aetion – Health Article

Data Today on THCB Spotlights, Matthew interviews Carolyn Magill, CEO of Aetion. Aetion is a real world evidence analytics company working to accelerate time to regulatory grade insights. In fact, Aetion recently did a study with Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey where they analyzed the type 2 diabetes population, identified a subset of patients who should be on a different class of drugs—which are more expensive—that would improve health outcomes and bring down the total cost of…

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Reference Manuals May Be Facing Obsolescence – Health Article

We must ensure their relevance to contemporary patient care By LONNY REISMAN, MD It’s 1992 and disruptive technologies of the day are making headlines: AT&T releases the first color videophone; scientists start accessing the World Wide Web; Apple launches the PowerBook Duo. In healthcare, with less fanfare, a Harvard physician named Dr. Burton “Bud” Rose converts his entire nephrology textbook onto a floppy disk, launching the clinical tool that would ultimately become UpToDate. Instead of flipping through voluminous medical reference…

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The Intrusion of Big Tech into Healthcare Threatens Patients’ Rights – Health Article

By ANDREW DORSCH, MD The question of how much time I spend in front of the screen has pestered me professionally and personally.  A recent topic of conversation among parents at my children’s preschool has been how much screen time my toddlers’ brain can handle. It was spurred on by a study in JAMA Pediatrics that evaluated the association between screen time and brain structure in toddlers. The study reported that those children who spent more time with electronic devices…

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Angels are Taking our Data – Health Article

Data By ePatient Dave deBronkart A response to Michael Millenson’s holiday song Angels seeking Clouds to buyBut healthcare’s not like SpotifyMy health data’s here and yonMonetized by Amazon Gloria, in excessive profitsGloria, it’s excessive net cash flow Investors, why this jubilee? You’ve done naught to soothe our painNo care’s improved nor costs controlledMy data just fuels cap’tal gains Gloria, in excessive profitsGloria, it’s excessive net cash flow Silicon Valley come and seeStart-up births thy VCs singCome invest on bended kneeBut…

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How Health Plans Pick Startups for Partnerships & Investment | Bryony Winn, BCBS North Carolina – Health Article

Health Tech By JESSICA DAMASSA, WTF HEALTH It’s the ‘holy grail’ of advice for health tech startups. BlueCross BlueShield of North Carolina’s Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer, Bryony Winn, tells what it takes for digital health and digital therapeutics startups to gain partnership agreements, reimbursement, and possible investment from health plans. How do you figure out how to “align incentives” in a way that perks up a payer’s ears? Bryony gives us some VERY FRANK advice about how startups can…

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Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 102 | Proteus, Health 2.0 Asia/Japan, and…a Jewel Heist? – Health Article

Health 2.0 Today on Health in 2 Point 00, Jess is in Las Vegas while I’m all the way in Tokyo for Health 2.0 Japan. In Episode 102, Proteus Digital (finally) announces that they’re running out of money. Does this put the whole category of digital therapeutics at risk? In other news, Seema Verma’s jewelry was stolen and she wants taxpayers to pay her back! How is she going to survive this? And find out what’s going on in Tokyo…

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Will Omada Health be Digital Health’s Next Big IPO? | Sean Duffy, Omada Health – Health Article

Health Tech By JESSICA DAMASSA, WTF HEALTH Sean Duffy, CEO of Omada Health, proves why his company is one of those digital health startups everyone’s watching in the chronic condition management space. Never mind the buzz around their latest massive funding round or Livongo’s IPO, the real story here is Sean’s idea about building a “completely digital” care provider for folks with pre-diabetes, type II diabetes, hypertension, and mental health issues — or, at least that’s the goal for the…

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THCB Spotlights: Todd Clardy, EVP Marketing at Accolade – Health Article

Health Tech Today on THCB Spotlights, Matthew interviews Todd Clardy who is the EVP of Marketing at Accolade. Accolade is a company well-known for being in employee/patient advocacy. They’ve created an advocacy model that focuses on creating an outstanding member experience and supporting patients through their whole journey, whether it’s an acute or chronic condition or helping people maintain their health and wellness. Where do Amazon, Google and Haven fit into this space? Find out how many people have got…

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Perspectives on Working with Healthcare Systems for Digital Start Up Companies – Health Article

Brian Van Winkle Shahid Shah By SHAHID SHAH, MSc and BRIAN VAN WINKLE, MBA Start-ups are an increasingly important “node” within the healthcare ecosystem.  They are challenging status quo concepts that have long been ingrained in the healthcare system, like questioning the value of traditional EMR systems, or shifting the power of information to patients, or breaking down cost and quality transparency barriers. They may be the future of the industry, but startups have a long way to go to truly…

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