Jessica DaMassa

Don’t Underestimate Doctor On Demand – CEO Hill Ferguson on the Era of ‘Tele-Everything’ Healthcare – The Health Care Blog – Health Article

Health Tech By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH JUST before the Teladoc-Livongo merger was announced, I had a chance to catch up with Doctor on Demand’s CEO, Hill Ferguson. The future for telehealth, he said, is “bright green” — and I’m pretty sure it’s looking even greener now! Doctor On Demand has stood out among telehealth companies for being particularly early on virtual primary care and it sounds like they’re going to continue developing that line of business — in which…

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Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 142 – Health Article

Health in 2 Point 00 Today on Health in 2 Point 00, Jess and I cover all the deals that got overshadowed by the big news of Teladoc and Livongo’s merger. First up is Ginger, the mental health provider which raised $50 million in a D round bringing their total up to $120 million. Infermedica, an AI enabled symptom checker and triage tool, raised $10.25 million in a series A. Next, Xealth landed a $6 million investment from Cerner and…

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The THCB Book Club! – The Health Care Blog – Health Article

Featured by JESSICA DAMASSA & MATTHEW HOLT We are launching a new THCB program! The THCB Book Club (TM) is going to be a discussion with leading health care authors, which will be released on the third Wednesday of every month. We are kicking off with the new book from Hemant Teneja (VC at General Catalyst who has been writing many big checks lately) and Stephen Klasko (CEO at Jefferson Health System and one of the most unusual hospital system bosses in…

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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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Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 136 – Health Article

Health in 2 Point 00 On Episode 136 of Health in 2 Point 00, Jess has 15 new deals to talk about (and its only been a day since the last episode!). Jess asks me about CityBlock getting $54M for their Series B round to provide primary care services to dual-eligible Medicare and Medicaid members in New York, Medly raising $100M & NowRx crowdsourcing $20M to grow their telepharmacy platforms, the mega-merger of Curavi, Carepointe, and U.S. Health Systems (now…

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A New Era for One Digital Health’s First Unicorns? | Maeve O’Meara, CEO, Castlight Health – Health Article

Health Tech BY JESSICA DAMASSA, WTF HEALTH Is Castlight Health suffering a case of ‘first-mover’ curse? One of digital health’s first unicorns, Castlight Health, IPO’d back in 2014 with a valuation of over $3 billion dollars (reportedly, 107 times revenue) at a share price of $40. Today, the stock trades around $1.20, and the company has endured years of frustration from shareholders who’ve complained about customer churn and questioned the company’s business model. A recent change in leadership at the…

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Uber as a Healthcare Company: The ‘Rideshare in Healthcare’ State-of-Play | Dan Trigub, Uber Health – Health Article

Health Tech BY JESSICA DAMASSA, WTF HEALTH Looks like Uber has found its place as a healthcare company. On the heels of announcing a major partnership with Cerner to integrate its platform directly into the Cerner EMR system (and its reach of 220 million patients), Head of Uber Health, Dan Trigub, stops by to talk all things ‘rideshare in healthcare.’ From the regulatory environment shaping non-emergency medical transportation to reimbursement, Dan provides a sophisticated, in-depth description of the market opportunity…

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The Applied Health Signals Category of Health Tech | Jennifer Schneider, Livongo – Health Article

Health Tech BY JESSICA DAMASSA, WTF HEALTH Before Livongo set digital health records for its IPO, it started 2019 by launching a brand-new category of healthcare company: the Applied Health Signals company. How is this category different than what we already think of when we think about digital health and healthcare? How is it distinct from health tech’s other emerging classification, digital therapeutics? Jennifer Schneider, Livongo’s President, explains why the company started the new category, which is intended for those…

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Radiology Gets an “App Store” for its AI Tools | Ben Panter, Blackford Analysis – Health Article

Health Tech AI in radiology is not new. In fact, the field is swarming with various apps and tools seeking to find a place in the radiologist’s toolkit to get more value out of medical imaging and improve patient care. So, how does a radiology team pick which tools to invest in? Enter Blackford Analysis, a health tech startup that has, simply put, designed an “app store” for radiology departments that liberates access to life-saving tech for radiologists. CEO Ben…

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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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Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 103 | ACA Ruling, Sutter Health Settlement, & Bright Health – Health Article

Health in 2 Point 00 Today, I’m closing out the year of Health in 2 Point 00 from the ski slopes. In Episode 103, Jess asks me about the ACA ruling that the individual mandate is unconstitutional, whether Sutter Health got what they deserved after the $575 million settlement, health insurer Bright Health raising a huge $635 million round, and a rumor about a $250M Softbank investment coming next week. Wishing you all a very happy 2020! —Matthew Holt Related…

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Fertility Predicting Wearable Expanding into Birth Control, Menopause | Lea Von Bidder, Ava Science – Health Article

Health Tech BY JESSICA DAMASSA, WTF HEALTH Ava Science is a FemTech company best-known for their fertility-predicting wearable device that collects biometric data from a woman’s wrist in order to track ovulation. The device predicts fertility with 89% accuracy (according to published clinical trial data) and is among one of the most well-funded FemTech startups out there, having raised a cumulative $47M. So what’s next? Lea von Bidder, Ava’s CEO, explains the data-driven vision for the company, which is currently…

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What Makes a Digital Health Startup a Winner? | John Sharp, Personal Connected Health Alliance – Health Article

Health Tech BY JESSICA DAMASSA, WTF HEALTH What separates successful digital health startups from the pack? John Sharp, Director of Thought Advisory for the Personal Connected Health Alliance (a HIMSS organization) has watched digital health ‘grow up’ over the years as an industry analyst focused on health IT, consumer health, and health tech. Want to know what it takes to win? Who does John think is poised to dominate the digital health space? (Hint: It’s a chronic condition management startup…

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Will ‘Digital-First’ Health Plans Usher in Telehealth At-Scale? | Danielle Russella, American Well – Health Article

Health Tech By JESSICA DAMASSA, WTF HEALTH Is healthcare on the way to ‘telehealth at-scale?’ We checked in with American Well’s Danielle Russella, President & GM of Health Plan Solutions, to rumor-check the buzz we’ve been hearing about “digital-first health plans” and what that means for the future of health plan coverage for telehealth services. From provider uptake and payment parity to patient awareness and utilization, Danielle weighs in on the state-of-play of telehealth/health plan relations and how digital health…

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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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