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HxRefactored Interview: Care Delivery Innovation with Mulesoft

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Matthew Holt, Co-Chairman of Health 2.0 recently interviewed David Chao, Director of Industry Solutions at Mulesoft. Mulesoft is a “connectivity company” with a vision to connect the world’s data, devices, and applications. During this interview, David shares the challenges within health care and gives an insight into how Mulesoft is re-framing health care delivery and ensuring health data moves freely between multiple systems as well as within organizations to be delivered at the point of care when and where it’s needed the most.

You can see David during the Care Delivery Innovation: Reinventing Access and Expectations session at HxRefactored on April 1-2 in Boston, MA.

Michelle Longmire, CEO Medable

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I never ceased to be amazed by how smart young clinicians solve problems that they see. Michelle Longmire was in residency at Stanford working with colleagues building point solutions when she realized that what they needed was an easy platform on which to develop medical grade apps. Her company Medable was the result. Then she realized that the other big market was clinical researchers, who now have access to Apple’s ResearchKit, but need an easy way to build a study without using developers. I interviewed her recently and she built a study for me using Medable’s new Axon product.

Announcing Dr. Don Rucker as a Featured Speaker for the Fall Conference!

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Don RuckerWe are pleased to announce that Don Rucker, National Coordinator for Health Information Technology at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will be a featured speaker and a panelist at our upcoming Health 2.0 11th Annual Fall ConferenceOctober 1-4, 2017 in Santa Clara, California.

Interview with Sona Mehring, CEO, CaringBridge

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Late last week, I had a chance to talk with Sona Mehring, CEO of CaringBride. For those going through challenges with their health, CaringBridge provides free and easy to create websites that allow family and friends to share in their journey, and provide support and encouragement.

Sona will be on the main stage at the Health 2.0 Conference this fall during our session, In Conversation with Three CEOs, but we just couldn’t wait until September to talk with her! In the interview below, Sona tells the story behind starting CaringBridge, their non-profit model and how providers are integrating the sites into patient care.

Health 2.0 WinterTech–Health Tech Investing at #JPM16

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Health 2.0’s WinterTech conference is today January 13. It features leaders from Venrock, Canvas, Grand Rounds, Doximity, Livongo, Omada Health, Maverick Capital, GE Ventures, Kaiser Permanente and more. It’s the only event dedicated to health tech and investing during the health investment mecca, JP Morgan Week, WinterTech will bring together the top tech companies, investors, entrepreneurs, policy makers, and more to explore investing in the health tech landscape.

Online sales are sold out but we have released a few seats that you can buy on site.

Key sessions will address New Clinical Tools and Platforms, the Convergence of Life Sciences and Health Tech, the New Consumer Health Ecosystem and more. Additionally, there will be exclusive one on one interviews with top influencers such as Vinod Khosla, Founder, Khosla Ventures; Bryan Roberts, Partner, Venrock; Owen Tripp, CEO, Grand Rounds; Glen Tullman, CEO, Livongo Health; Sean Duffy, CEO, Omada Health and Rebecca Lynn, Co-Founder & Partner, Canvas with “her” CEO Jeff Tagney, Doximity along with a keynote from Jonathan Bush– CEO and Co-Founder, athenahealth.

Along with key speakers, Health 2.0 is famous for its incredible selection of LIVE demos, and this year you’ll see; Redox; Bigfoot Biomedical; Propeller Health; Lyra Health; Outset Medical; LifeQ; Accordion Health; dacadoo; physIQ & Jiff

Top investors will join us to discuss business models, examine trends, and explore portfolios and meet startups. This year we will have:GE Ventures; Novartis dRx Capital; Maverick Capital Ventures; Ziegler; World Bank Group/IFC Venture Capital; Kaiser Permanente Ventures; and many more.

We hope to see you there!!

New “kid” on specialty ACO block –Chuck Saunders, Integra Connect

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One of the more surprising announcements at HIMSS17 (or anywhere so far this year) was that a company led by some well known health tech veterans has both invested a ton of money and been off the ground for some time, while being very quiet about it. Integra Connect is the company and it’s a tech and services company providing ACO/APM/MACRA/ MIPS-type services for high cost specialty care (think cancer). CEO Chuck Saunders was at Aetna’s Healthagen group (and before that Broadlane/WebMD/EDS and some others I forget) and the Chairman (and source of most funding) is Raj Mantena who built several companies in the specialty pharmacy space (inc ION and Oncoscripts). Integra Connect already over 1,000 employees and several large physician groups as customers and I spoke with Chuck about the (high cost and pretty large) niche they’re in and how they’re working.

Matthew Holt Interviews PlushCare Founder Ryan McQuaid

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Ryan McQuaid, former Head of Product for AT&T mHealth and friend of Health 2.0, joined Matthew Holt to discuss the launch of his brand new startup PlushCare. And when we say brand new, we mean as of writing this post, their Indiegogo campaign is a mere 23 hours old. PlushCare combines elements of telehealth and concierge medicine to provide basic health care via phone, email, and video chat for $10 per month. Busy working professionals can use the service to connect with Stanford MDs for same-day diagnosis and treatment of illnesses or injuries. The physicians provide advice, prescribe medicine, and will refer directly to primary care providers and specialists if necessary.

PlushCare removes the hassle of scheduling an in-person doctor visit, and provides the same care at lower costs. In addition, for each individual that purchases PlushCare, the company provides one child a lifetime of immunity to measles. PlushCare is currently accepting a limited number of members via their Indiegogo campaign to validate demand and user test. Several other companies are using a similar model of tech-enabled services, including American Well and Teladoc, but the space is sure to see more activity at the prospect of pushing basic care out of the doctor’s office in a way that is convenient for consumers and increases provider efficiency.

Competing for the Best New Ideas in Depression Care

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Insurers: Getting To Know The New B In B2B2C

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Startups are increasingly counting on partnerships with payers and insurers to accelerate the commercialization of their solutions.

Health 2.0 was recently invited by AXA and the International Federation of Health Plans (IHFP) to be part of a meeting in Paris with 15+ European/global health insurers. On March 14th, we took this opportunity to organize a Health 2.0 Paris meetup and present several solutions designed to be implemented or reimbursed by health insurers.

The presentations generated a strong interest and fueled a lively discussion. Insurers had a lot of questions for our panel of presenters… but, not necessarily the ones you would expect. We often think of insurers as payer organizations that only care about saving costs. However, the ROI question was not raised once.

Rooting and Leveraging the Innovation Economy

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The use of the term ‘innovation’ is getting pretty worked up lately. In fact, almost every healthcare entity whether health plan, health system, IDN or even ‘mature ACO’ (morphed from an IPA or risk bearing PHO “chassis” or “carcass” as the case may be) seem to have anointed a ‘CIO’ as in ‘chief innovation officer’ to steward the critical transformation from volume-to-value during a yet to be determined period of conflicting if not schizophrenic incentives coupled with its legacy cultural inertia.

In fact some institutions via branded ‘Centers for Innovation or Transformation‘ have made substantial investments in people and infrastructure (“bricks, sticks and platforms”) as well as the promise of the essential ‘firewall inoculation’ and separation from the ‘mother-house’ to catalyze the required re-engineering during a likely period of cannibalization of traditional revenue streams.

So the ancient Chinese curse (paraphrased below) most likely applies here:

..we live in ‘interesting times’ with both ‘danger and opportunity’ before us.

For those tasked with this challenge and fortunate enough to participate in conferences (Health 2.0Exponential MedicineHealth DatapaloozaTEDMED to name a few of the trophy organizers) at the disruptive and transformational tip of the spear, the nature of the challenge including opportunities to meet and leverage connections of like minded and focus colleagues is a distinct strategic advantage.