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Health 2.0’s Spring Fling: Matchpoint Boston – Final Agenda Announced


In case you haven’t heard, Health 2.0’s Spring Fling is returning to Boston on May 14-15. The panels and sessions will focus on commercializing Health 2.0, and feature Matchpoint, the industry’s preeminent deal-making and partnership forum.

Highlights include:

Matchpoint Boston. Face-to-face meetings between entrepreneurs and decision makers from the nation’s leading health care organizations and investors including: Aetna Inc., Angie’s List, athenahealth Inc., AT&T, Bristol-Myers Squibb, California HealthCare Foundation, Healthline Networks Inc., Kaiser Permanente, Virgin Healthmiles Inc., and Ziegler. The deadline for entrepreneurs to apply to meet with the leading companies is April 17th.

Featured speakers. Farzad Mostashari, M.D., National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, will announce the latest winners of the ONC’s i2 Developer Challenges. The competitions, run by Health 2.0, were created to accelerate the development and adoption of health technology solutions. Jonathan Bush, CEO of athenahealth, will be the keynote speaker, detailing his company’s rise from start-up to $2.5 billion market cap segment leader.

The Health 2.0 Show, January 2010


Earlier this week we recorded the very first episode of the Health 2.0 Show. We're calling this new webinar series "The Health 2.0 Show with Indu and Matthew."  The first episode features a quick talk about the new report from Health 2.0 Advisors, called The Past and Future of Health 2.0, and a great interview with Thomas Goetz of Wired Magazine. Thomas’ new book, The Decision Tree, comes out  next month.

Here’s a link to the blog about the topic.  And here’s the webinar. Some technical notes: The sound starts at 0.45 seconds. (Oops!) Matthew’s presentation starts at 7.56. Thomas’ talk and interview starts at 23.06.

Health 2.0 Webinar with David Hale, Ted Eytan, Regina Holliday, Marco Smit


Tuesday’s Health 2.0 Show with Indu & Matthew was (IMHO) the best we’ve done so far. For those of you who missed it, we had David Hale demoing talking about Pillbox—fascinating. Then Ted Eytan and Patient activist Regina Holliday discussed and showed her murals.  Finally Marco Smit tells you a little about what is coming from Health 2.0 Advisors. But don’t take my word for it. Watch it all!

Not Your Grandpa’s Health IT: Highlights from Health 2.0’s 7th Annual Fall Conference


Nancy Fabozzi, Principal Analyst at Connected Health shares her thoughts.

We recently attend the Health 2.0 7th Annual Fall Conference held at the Santa Clara Convention Center in early October. This meeting is held every fall in the San Francisco area and is considered to be one of the premier events to gage the latest trends in disruptive health IT, particularly related to consumer health and patient engagement.

The conference was put on by Health 2.0, a San Francisco-based organization that provides events and media services designed to showcase innovative companies, technologies, and thought leaders focused on shaking up the status quo in healthcare.  They also run the Health 2.0 Developer Challenge, a platform for connecting healthcare organizations to health technology developers, operate a media channel, and provide market intelligence services among other things. Health 2.0’s various conferences, developer challenges, and live code-a-thons have a global reach, extending across major U.S. cities as well as Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and India. Matthew Holt and Indu Subaiya, M.D. founded the organization in 2007. Holt serves as Co-Chairman of Health 2.0.

His background includes over 20 years in healthcare and healthcare IT market research and strategy consulting, and he is also the founder and publisher of The Health Care Blog, a highly influential and popular blog that features contributions from leading figures across the healthcare industry. The blog launched in 2003 and currently attracts around 150,000 visitors a month. Indu Subaiya, Health 2.0’s Co-Chairman and CEO, is a physician who also has a background in strategy consulting and business. The Health 2.0 enterprise has become a powerhouse in the world of health IT start ups. According to their website, the organization has introduced over 500 technology companies to the world stage, hosted more than 11,000 attendees at their conferences and code-a-thons, and awarded over $5,277,000 in prizes through their developer challenge program. In addition, they have inspired the formation of 70 new chapters in cities around the world.

David Delaney, SAP: Democratizing Data Science


SAP is a giant of ERP but over a decade or so has been layering both new acquisitions in analytics (Business Objects, Success Factors) and developing the Hana “cloudfirst” data platform. They’re actually a quiet giant in health care, in part because of a partnership with Epic. But the next step is providing what they’re calling a “democratization of data analytics” allowing line managers & clinicians to really understand what’s happening at the coal face of care delivery. It’s a complex space, but one David Delaney, Chief Medical Officer at SAP, explains in this interview from HIMSS17

The True Health 2.0 Unmentionables


At the recent Health 2.0 Conference, an unusual session highlighted the health importance of such “unmentionables” as job stress, marital worries and sexual dysfunction. However, despite the moderator’s inexplicable pride in a panelist’s mention of “vagina” – a topic certainly not lacking for Internet attention, albeit under more colloquial synonyms – the truly unmentionable subject was not sex, but the link between social class and health.

Unlike sex, talking openly about age and class distinctions makes most Americans squirm uncomfortably. Still, a number of speakers showed they understood that one of Health 2.0’s biggest challenges is proving itself useful to the population most in need of its help.

To start with, that means the elderly. Age brings an increased susceptibility to disease: half of Medicare beneficiaries are receiving care for one of six chronic conditions. Similarly, income is one of the most powerful predictors of health status. Those in the bottom 80 percent of adult income earners have an adjusted life expectancy almost 6 years shorter than those in the top 20 percent.

From that population perspective, two presentations stood out. The first was the partnership between Geisinger Health System and dLife. The second, for very different reasons, was the unveiling of Sharecare.

Call For Innovators: Just Two Weeks Left to Enter the EHR Accessibility Module Challenge!


The deadline for the EHR Accessibility Module Challenge is slowly approaching, with less than two weeks to go!

Sponsored by the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT (ONC), this challenge emphasizes accessibility and usability in health IT, which are high priority issues for the disabled community. A consumer-oriented system providing easy-to-use access to health information would be a valuable tool and significantly improve the health of disabled individuals. First place winners are awarded $60,000 and opportunity to demo at one of Health 2.0 premier conferences or at another national conference. The second place winner will receive $20,000 and third place, $5,000.

“Putting Care In Context” Design Challenge Winners Announced


Innovations Help Patients Share Their Lives with Health Care Providers

The California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF), Mad*Pow and Health 2.0 today announced the winners of the “Putting Care In Context” design challenge which sought innovative ways to help patients take an active role in sharing information about hurdles in their lives that impact health.

The three winning solutions each empower patients to share information about issues like hunger, poor housing conditions, stress, and isolation with their health care providers. The winners are:

  • First place: Healthify is a web-based platform used to assess patients’ social and behavioral health needs, refer patients to appropriate resources to meet those needs, and engage patients around their social determinants via interactive texting. The platform also provides dashboards for managed care plans and case managers to use, allowing them to better manage the social needs in their population and to efficiently search for social services.
  • Second place: Share4Care is a design prototype of an iPad app that would allow patients to document stress levels and issues in their life while in a clinical waiting room. The Share4Care app would then calculate a “Life Change Score” and assign a color (green, yellow, or red) that would be immediately available to the patient’s physician, prompting them to ask about factors that could impact the patient’s health.
  • Third place: MyDay Media Messaging Journal is a web-based platform that patients use to document their barriers to health through photos and text messages. The MyDay website and mobile app allow providers to view patients’ journal entries and follow-up to build patient-provider rapport, clarify journal entry content, and connect patients with resources.

The creators of these ideas will share $10,000 in prize money for their thoughtful, original work.

“We believe that healthcare providers must understand the hurdles in a patient’s life that can be a barrier to good health,” says Amy Cueva, Founder and Chief Experience Officer at Mad*Pow. “These winning concepts can help engage patients to share this important personal information, leading to more effective care.”

The challenge was first announced at the HxRefactored conference on May 14, 2014 in Brooklyn, NY. A healthcare experience, design and technology conference, HxRefactored fused the technical and creative elements of Mad*Pow’s Healthcare Experience Design Conference and Health 2.0’s Health: Refactored.

“The winning solutions – all at varying stages of development – demonstrate different ways that patients can be engaged to share information about their lives outside the clinic walls” said Giovanna Giuliani, senior program officer with the California HealthCare Foundation. “From a one-time assessment in the waiting room, to a daily social media-inspired approach, to a more developed web-based screening tool, these solutions will spark new ways to think about promoting conversations and care that addresses the whole person.”

For more information on the design challenge and the winning entries, visit

About the California HealthCare Foundation

The California HealthCare Foundation works as a catalyst to fulfill the promise of better health care for all Californians, supporting ideas and innovations that improve quality, increase efficiency, and lower the costs of care. For more information, visit

About Mad*Pow

Mad*Pow is a design agency that improves the experiences people have with technology, organizations and each other. Using human-centered design, Mad*Pow creates strong multi-channel experience strategies, intuitive digital experiences and streamlined processes for its clients. The company has offices in Boston, Portsmouth, NH and Louisville. For more information, visit

About Health 2.0

Health 2.0 promotes, showcases, and catalyzes new technologies in health care through a worldwide series of conferences, code-a-thons, prize challenges, and leading market intelligence. Visit for more info.

Catching up with Anvita Health


Another one of my HIMSS interviews that's taken a while to make it onto THCB. But that shouldn't fool you–Anvita Health is one of the more interesting companies out there, doing complex analytics to personalize and identify individuals who need various types of help and intervention (think medication safety, gaps in care). It essentially connects reference clinical information with huge databases with individual patient data.

Here’s CEO Rich Noffsinger to tell you more and catch you up. (But he’s still very quiet about identifying who their big clients are!)

Microsoft GE Healthcare Joint Venture – A Sign of Weakness or Strength?


Microsoft and GE Healthcare announced a joint venture yesterday (as-yet unnamed), trumpeted as bringing together the best of both companies’ offerings in the health care provider market. (More from the NY Times.) Late in the day, I spoke with Brandon Savage, Chief Medical Officer at GE Healthcare, and Nate McLemore, General Manager of Microsoft Health Solutions Group.  They had a great deal to say about the companies’ shared vision of the use of platform technology to enable care teams to deliver the right decision at the right time, noting that their core products complement each other rather than overlap.

The centerpiece of the collaboration will be an amalgamation (so to speak) of the two companies’ strengths around Amalga (the Microsoft product) and Qualibria (the GE product). Brandon and Nate described the challenges facing these products thus: Qualibria needs to be able to pull in data from multiple sources better (Microsoft can help), and Amalga needs to be able to share best practices across sites better (GE can help).

Put another way (to quote John Moore at Chilmark Research), Amalga is “more a toolset than a product.” McLemore acknowledged that provider organizations need to make a substantial investment in customization in order to realize benefits from using Amalga, and noted that one of the keys to the synergy with GE is that GE can build the applications needed to unlock the value from Amalga for customers who can’t or won’t do it themselves.  While there have been some providers that have walked away from Amalga, there are some notable success stories (e.g. New York Presbyterian’s dramatic reduction in DVT thanks to information extracted and interventions facilitated by Amalga’s analytical tools).  (We should note that there a number of products that carry or have carried the Amalga brand; one of them, Amalga HIS, was sold to Orion Health in a deal that should close soon.)