Harriet Messenger – New technologies are allowing pharmaceutical companies to be in direct contact with patients. How is this transforming the industry and what are the opportunities and the pitfalls?
Felix Jackson – Nothing has really changed with regards to how pharmaceutical companies can interact with their patients. We’ve always been able to provide information for patients. In fact it’s a regulatory requirement that pharmaceutical companies provide patient information. What’s changed is that the digital framework enables them to do this much more conveniently online and much more powerfully. The places that I’m seeing theses changes are places like disease awareness, where pharmaceutical companies are using digital awareness to raise education and information about a certain disease and when to go and seek treatment from a doctor. Also in their support of patients post prescription. So when a patient is prescribed a drug and needs detailed information on that drug, pharmaceutical companies are doing quite a lot of work to provide that information digitally.
HM – And are there pitfalls to this at all?
FJ – Yes, one of the problems with digital, is that it is very global and so traditionally the pharmaceutical companies are regulated on a geographical basis, by country, and traditionally that has been quite easy to control, handing out leaflets in a specific geography. Now with the Internet, if you put something online it can be accessed from all sorts of different parts of the world and that can cause issues. However, I don’t think those problems are that major. If you think it through, it’s about how you are aiming and targeting that activity and if you’re aiming at UK patients and filter websites in the UK then it’s very easy to control, or at least easier than some companies worry about.
Continue reading “Health 2.0 Europe: Med Digital’s Felix Jackson”
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Tagged: Felix Jackson, Harriet Messenger, Health 2.0 Europe, Med Digital
Oct 23, 2013
By now even those of us who originally thought that we were seeing minor teething troubles are no longer deluding ourselves. Healthcare.gov, the federal health insurance exchanges (HIXs), and many of the state HIXs are in deep trouble.
One summary of many articles about this is up at ProPublica. But now that the House Republicans have stopped trying to destroy the country and themselves, attention will turn quickly to this problem, and–much worse–beyond the politics, there is now only eight or so weeks to get ready for actual enrollments for Jan 1, once you take out Thanksgiving and the Christmas holiday. Getting ten or twenty million new customers on board, not to mention the small businesses who want to move from their current insurance onto the exchanges, seems like an impossible task.
But, if we can muster the will, there may be a solution. (And yes, I want it to work, faut de mieux). Quietly last summer two private online insurance brokers, eHealth which runs the eHealthInsurance.com site, and GetInsured, struck deals with HHS which allowed them to enroll individuals in plans that qualify for the mandate under the ACA, and more importantly, connect with the “Health Exchange Data Hub” that figures out whether the enrollee qualifies for a subsidy (theoretically by connecting to the IRS).
That part of the transaction, though, could be done by attestation and dealt with later. In other words, someone buying health insurance could state what their income will be in 2014 (or was in 2013) and if it ends up varying dramatically on their 1040 then in 2015 they will pay or receive the difference. Essentially this is something all Americans recognize–the IRS asks you for more or gives you a tax refund well after the fact, and H&R Block and their competitors make a business of giving you the refund right away (and of course charge you for the privilege).
That is important because what seems to be crippling the HIXs right now is not the back end, it’s the front end. (Go to this Reddit thread for lots more deeply technical conversation about that). Showing people options, comparing plans, setting up accounts–that’s all standard web stuff and most of the HIXs can’t do it. Those private brokers have both smoothly done this for years and at least the two I mentioned have built comparative tools for the new insurance plans. (Both were demoed at Health 2.0 on October 1).
So why can’t we put prominent links to eHealthInsurance.com and GetInsured on the Healthcare.gov site and move people over there? Continue reading “A Pragmatic Fix for Healthcare.gov & the HIXs”
Filed Under: Health 2.0, Health Plans, OP-ED, THCB
Tagged: Health insurance, Health Insurance Exchanges, Healthcare.gov, Matthew Holt, The Affordable Care Act
Oct 18, 2013
What: Join healthcare data journalist Fred Trotter‘s lecture on graph theory and find out how to translate healthcare issue into solvable graph problems.
When: Thursday, October 17th at 2pm PT/5pm ET (TODAY).
Where: Sign up here.
Filed Under: Health 2.0
Tagged: Fred Trotter, Health 2.0, THCB Calendar
Oct 16, 2013
Health 2.0 co-founders Matthew Holt and Indu Subaiya gave separate keynote speeches on the second day of Health 2.0′s 7th Annual Conference earlier this month, setting the tone for the remainder of the event.
Holt began by giving an overview of the rapidly changing world of health care and his advice for the viewers in adapting to such changes. He spoke of the comparatively low use of EMRs, the importance of trackers, and sharing data between consumers and professionals as specific challenging trends.
Watch Matthew’s full keynote here.
CEO Indu Subaiya followed Holt and addressed the “seven deadly sins of health care,” which ranged from too much testing to end of life care. She compiled this list after an active conversation with eight of her trusted colleagues about the parts of health care which might not be “typically kosher.” Subaiya shifted perspective from specific negativities to look at the health care system in a new way; shining light on potential ways to improve these problems. Subaiya’s keynote left the room with an optimistic view of real problems in the health care system.
Watch Indu’s full keynote here.
Filed Under: Health 2.0, THCB
Oct 16, 2013
Santa Clara, CA- Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom urged a crowd of over 2000 health IT entrepreneurs and thought leaders to forge ahead in leading the health care revolution and not to wait on the government in his keynote at the Health 2.0′s 7th Annual Fall Conference this year.
Newsom observed that the innovation happening in health care technology embodies the “bottom-up” thinking that is defining the future of both health care and society in general. “It’s a whole new level of thinking: it’s platform thinking, not machine thinking. The world will be defined by mobile, social, and local trends. It’s not top down. The pyramid has inverted. That’s what Health 2.0 is all about.”
Continue reading “Redefining Health Care with Health 2.0 Bottom-Up Thinking”
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Tagged: Gavin Newsom, Health 2.0, Health 2.0 Fall 2013 Conference
Oct 16, 2013
The staid world of diagnostic testing is about to undergo a major disruption with huge advances in sensors and sensing technologies that live in or on our bodies, within our homes and offices, and even within our computers and networks.
Today we’re witnessing a massive shift in who will collect and control diagnostic and other health information. For the first time, as people and patients, we will have control over what we measure, when we measure it, and who has access to our personal data. This is made possible by a new generation of revolutionary biosensors that contain the power of clinical lab instruments in packages that are light, small, wireless and highly efficient.
This is a new world of sensors: they can be body-attached, monitor our immediate personal environment, or even work as pure software apps that extrapolate data from our health records. Using simple, non-invasive methods to take samples of tiny amounts of blood, traces of skin tissue, breath droplets or an image of the inner eye are just some of the new methods emerging. It is exciting to consider that several of these multifunctional sensors, working in concert with powerful mobile handhelds, offer us extraordinary data collection and diagnostic tool sets that will put us in touch with our health in ways never imagined before.
These advances in health sensing, available any time and anywhere, are game changing. A continuous stream of personalized health data will transform how doctors interact with their patients to address and solve health challenges. More importantly, it puts patients at the center of the care process. Personalized data means that specific therapies or drugs will be more effectively delivered and controlled, allowing doctors to fine-tune treatments and watch incremental physiological changes as they occur.
This technology will also disrupt the clinical diagnostics business by moving testing from specialized (and expensive) labs to pharmacies and then ultimately to our homes.
Continue reading “Who Knew That Blood, Sweat and Tears Could Start a Health Care Revolution?”
Filed Under: Health 2.0, Tech, THCB
Tagged: Health 2.0, Health 2.0 Fall 2013 Conference, Peter Diamandis, X PRIZE Challenge
Oct 2, 2013
A new international challenge has finally arrived, and not a moment too soon! The Henry Ford Innovation Institute (HFII) has partnered with Health 2.0 to launch the HFII HealthTech Challenge. The challenge encourages innovators in over 25 countries to address avoidable hospital readmissions through mobile-health and IT solutions. $50,000 in prizes and up-to $100,000 in technology development support will be awarded to the best solutions.
The HFII HealthTech Challenge aims to reduce avoidable readmissions of patients with exacerbations of chronic conditions, like pneumonia, COPD, and congestive heart failure. Rising readmissions penalties strain private insurers and capitated health systems. Not to mention, patients and providers are inadequately prepared to manage complicated medical conditions post-hospital discharge.
Open to the international community, this Challenge invites innovators in over 25 countries to compete for $50,000 in prizes. The five best finalist will be awarded $10,000 each. These teams will then compete for a chance to receive an offer of a rapid commercialization investment, consisting of up-to $100,000 for technology development, up-to 9 months of product development support and clinical validation within the Henry Ford Health System, technology and business support from HFII’s commercial partners, and access to world-class mentors and experts across a variety of fields. Throughout the development period, the winners will receive exposure to capital investors that can provide additional funding to fuel the growth of these technologies.
Check out the challenge details at www.healthtechchallenge.com, and make sure to stay tuned with us for all your HealthTech Challenge needs!
Submissions are due January 3, 2014.
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Oct 1, 2013
With the Health 2.0 Fall Conference underway, we’re excited to to announce the winners of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) Hospital Price Transparency Challenge! The Foundation launched the RWJF Hospital Price Transparency Challenge on June 3, 2013 at the Health Datapalooza tasking innovators to build tools and visualizations that can enable consumers to make more informed decisions based on recently release CMS hospital inpatient and outpatient pricing data.
This challenge was broken into two categories: the Visualization Category and the Apps & Tools Category. The Visualization Category tasked innovators to build interactive or static visualizations that can better display aspects of the pricing data like regional patterns or differences by procedure while the Apps & Tools Category challenged teams to create a tool or app that allows users to analyze and potentially leverage the data for purchasing decisions or to negotiate hospital bills.
The foundation received a tremendous response from the technology and design community, with over 130 total submissions received for both categories. Health 2.0 is thrilled to announce the results!
Interactive Visualization Category Winners:
Static Visualization Category Winners:
For the applications/tools category, five finalist were chosen out of 85 submissions! It was a close race, no doubt. These teams won $5,000 each, and are now tasked with building out their conceptual designs into real applications! The five finalists were:
- Consumer Reports by Chris Bailey
- Haberham Health by Jacob Byrne
- Nerdwallet Health by Christina LaMontagne
- ProcedureTap by Tony Webster
- ReferMe by Arjun Ohri
Learn more about the challenge HERE and stay tuned for results from Phase II of the Apps & Tools Category of the challenge that will be announced at the mHealth Summit in December!
Filed Under: Health 2.0
Oct 1, 2013
More than ever, hospitals are squeezed by demands to reduce costs, operate more efficiently, improve patient safety and outcomes, reduce readmissions, and earn high patient satisfaction ratings. We’ve entered an era where accountable care and pay for performance increasingly dictate hospital revenues.
While technology alone can’t enable hospitals to meet their challenges, there’s a burst of innovation around health tech tools that offer hospitals new pathways to harnessing data, managing performance, and providing better care all around.
What better opportunity for hospital CIOs and CTOs to get a close look at emerging possibilities than the upcoming Health 2.0 2013 Fall Conference?
Here’s a sampling of five budding technologies with game-changing potential for hospitals.
Health Recovery Solutions’ has developed a care management system that scores discharged hospital patients on their re-admission risk daily and intervenes when necessary. The tools are built around a software platform on tablets that patients take home, enabling interaction with trained health coaches and nurses who can intervene when needed.
Catch a demo as part of Health 2.0’s Improving the Inpatient Experience: Tools for Hospitals, a breakout session demonstrating new and dynamic ways to break the structural cycles underlying readmissions.
Continue reading “Five Must-See New Technologies for Hospitals at Health 2.0″
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Tagged: Health 2.0, Health 2.0 Fall 2013 Conference, HIT, Hospitals, Lori Houston, Startups
Sep 26, 2013
Daniel Kraft is the Exec. Director of FutureMed and on the scientific Advisory Board for the Nokia Sensing XCHALLENGE which will be judged and have its award ceremony at the Health 2.0 Annual Fall Conference next Wednesday, October 2nd.
It sometimes seems that the world is speeding up, and it’s often hard to remember how quickly things are changing in our everyday lives. The relatively slow, expensive technologies of the 1970s and 80s are now essentially ‘free’ features that have dissolved into our exponentially more powerful devices. GPS with navigation directions, video and still cameras, online encyclopedias and the like would have separately cost over $500K 20-30 years ago. As inventor, futurist and Singularity University co-founder Ray Kurzweil likes to point out, a kid in Africa with a smartphone today has more access to information than the U.S. president did 15 years ago.
I recently found (via Twitter) this delightful and insightful story about a couple, both born in 1986, who have two young children. The couple, inspired by their son’s propensity to play on an iPad instead of outside on a nice day, have chosen to revert their life to 1986 levels of technology. No cell phones, no Google, no email, no tweets, no SMS…. So now they read books, develop rolls of film, and look things up in Encyclopedia Britannica. Watching this family, we might wonder how we got through the day and communicated and coordinated with our friends and family.
Continue reading “Exponential Health Technology Bringing Personal “Check Engine Lights””
Filed Under: Health 2.0, Tech
Tagged: Daniel Kraft, Health 2.0, Health 2.0 Fall 2013 Conference
Sep 25, 2013