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Microsoft Set To Demo VR/Mixed reality Physician Education Platform

Dr. Simon Kos had big shoes to fill when he took over the role of Microsoft Chief Medical Officer from Dr. Bill Crounse last year. Dr. Kos said himself that they were some “big scrubs to fill”. However, at the time he had already been with Microsoft for six years and in Health IT for more than a decade before that, so he was no doubt up to the challenge.

As Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Kos is responsible for providing clinical guidance, worldwide thought leadership, vision and strategy for Microsoft technologies and solutions in the healthcare industries. He made the move to Health IT after working a few years as a Medical Officer in Sydney, Australia. It was then that Kos decided to go back to school to study software engineering, and later his MBA. He then worked with  InterSystems and Cerner and helped them to implement e-Health initiatives in Australia. In 2010 he joined Microsoft as a Health Industry Manager “with the appreciation that improving health and healthcare was about more than just putting in EMRs.”  Even back then Dr. Kos had the vision to know that the future of healthcare would be in the data analytics and the AI applications that Microsoft would eventually release.

In a recent conversation, with the team here at Health 2.0, Dr. Kos talked about Microsoft’s current framework of digital transformation and highlighted their four pillars; Patient Engagement, Clinician Empowerment, Advanced Analytics, and New Models of Care. As a once practicing doc, he knows that technology needs to help not hinder the healthcare workforce and that AI will be able to improve diagnosis speed and accuracy without replacing or interfering with the clinician. He is a fervent believer that it is important to be constantly evaluating the tech models that may not be viable today but will be in the future. He is excited about Microsoft’s work on patient chatbots and VR/Mixed reality physician education platforms and will be demoing that technology on the Health 2.0 Stage on Monday, October 2nd.

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Giving a Voice To Healthcare’s ‘Unacceptables’

Humans are aspirational by nature.

We dream big and invest tools that help us dream bigger. But we forget—sometimes willfully—that many of us are being left behind—because of racial, cultural or gender biases; poor access to connected technologies; or social stigmas associated with loneliness and sexual assault.

But if working in healthcare over the past 10 years have demonstrated anything, it’s that we are ready and willing to do something about the problems that keep all of us from looking to brighter futures.

It’s why I am proud to introduce a special session at the 11th Annual Health 2.0 Fall Technology Conference—The Unacceptables. Healthcare has too many innovators, too many dreamers, to empathizers to tolerate forgotten populations.

Leveling the Playing Field

As our society grows increasingly diverse and gaps in health among different populations increase, there is an urgency to develop solutions for underserved communities and diversify the population of innovators who are creating these solutions.

Diversity in Healthcare. As part of its mission to improve health for all, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) has placed special emphasis on creating diversity in healthcare leadership. Last year, RWJF launched four new leadership development programs to engage people working across a variety of sectors to build a Culture of Health. Hear Michael Painter, Senior Program Officer, discuss how RWJF engages professionals, community advocates and organizers, doctoral scholars, clinicians, and researchers across multiple fields, represented by participants with diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and specialties.

Women in Health IT. The numbers are startling. Women make up 80% of the workforce, but only 4% of CEOs. Women in health IT earn 20% less than their male counterparts, according to HIMSS. Progress has been made, but more could be done (hello, booth ‘girls’, for a start) to address gender roles in our industry. Lisa Suennen, Senior Managing Director Healthcare Investing, GE Ventures, lead Venture Valkyrie LLC, a publishing, and business advisory firm and is a founder of CSweetener, a not-for-profit company focused on matching women in and nearing the healthcare C-Suite with mentors who have been there and wish to give back, and which she writes about here.

Read my full article here

Which of These 10 New Companies Will Change the Face of Health care?

The Health 2.0 Fall Conference is the perfect place for new and young companies to get a foot in the door – to generate industry buzz, obtain critical funding and pitch new partners.

Our lineup includes:

Our exclusive Launch! event – 10 companies will debut their solutions and have them voted on by the audience.

Henk Jan Scholten, a co-founder of last year’s winner – Siren Care – said, “Launch! was the ideal platform for our product because it’s not only laser-focused on digital health but also has a stellar industry reputation and strong following of innovators and thought leaders. Showcasing our product with a live patient demo on stage gave us instant credibility that is hard to achieve.”

Be sure to also attend Traction, which puts Series A-ready companies center stage as they compete to be recognized as the most fundable start-up from venture capitalists and corporate investors.

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BREAKING NEWS: CTO of HHS, Headspace, Google join Health 2.0 – rate goes up tomorrow!

What do most healthcare shows have in common? The same old, same old. You spend the equivalent of a mortgage payment for the same thought leaders who tell you about the problems in healthcare and the same vendors with products that don’t quite get at the core.

We do things differently at the 11th Annual Health 2.0 Fall Conference. We’ve deliberately curated a wide-ranging, hands-on, attendee-driven experience that focuses on achieving the possible. Check it out:

1. Test-Drive the Tech: Obviously! The agenda and exhibit hall is packed with 150+ tech demos in dozens of product categories. No power points and empty promises. These are products in action and entrepreneurs with real life tales from the trenches.

Check out the latest from such companies as Headspace, Google Play, Welltok, and Microsoft. Want to see what’s really brand new? Check out Launch!

2. Turn point solutions into system change: We go beyond one-off apps to show you how to integrate innovation sustainably. With presentations on FHIR and blockchain; Interoperability; and with live input from providers like Sutter Health, UCSF, Mount Sinai Health System, and more….you will see how to implement change in real life.
3. Get currency and customers. Discover “Series A” finalists at Traction, and meet investors from New Enterprise Associates, Merck Ventures, Humana Health Ventures, Nexus Venture Partners, Kaiser Permanente Ventures, Summation Health Ventures, and more at the Investor Breakfast. Get customers atMarketConnect Live with buyers from Cigna, Sutter Health, Kaiser Permanente, Dignity Health, Stanford Health Care, Providence, and more.
4. Get under the hood. Health 2.0’s Dev Day will be showcasing the latest developer platform updates, and chatting about exciting plans on the horizon for companies working on FHIR, blockchain, machine learning, and predictive analytics. Innovators on hand will include Aashima Gupta, Global Head of Healthcare Solutions at Google Cloud; Adam Culbertson, Innovator-In- Residence at HIMSS; Andrew Shults, Senior Director of Engineering at Oscar, and data guru Fred Trotter.
5. Understand policy to see the opportunity. Policy impacts innovation. Discover how legislation and regulation will impact solutions development and implementation from Bruce Greenstein, CTO of HHS; Don Rucker, National Coordinator at ONC; former ONC Director David Brailer, and former U.S. CTO Aneesh Chopra.

Register today before rates increase by $200 after tomorrow! 

Tackle The Next Wave Of Healthcare Consumerism

Value-based healthcare initiatives are great, but on their own won’t be enough to bend the healthcare cost curve.

The focus must move—and move quickly—from treating people who are sick to helping them get and stay healthy. The only way that’s going to happen is by getting patients and populations motivated to do the right things early instead of desperate things late.

The New Consumer World of Tools and Health Models
Health plans, in particular, have shifted responsibility onto consumers.

Kyle Rolfing, President and Co-Founder of Bright Health, and Jackie Auba, Vice President of Cigna’s Customer Adoption and Personalization Strategy, will share this shift during the The New Consumer World of Tools and Health Models panel at the 11th Annual Health 2.0 Fall Conference.

At this session you’ll also check out a demo from health optimization platform Welltok. Through population health management we are learning more about how to create wellness strategies and to stratify patient populations based on their conditions and adjust for nuances in age, race, diagnostic groups, and the like.

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The Best Part Of The Health 2.0 Fall Conference Agenda

There’s still time to secure your ticket before prices increase to this year’s Health 2.0 11th Annual Fall Conference. Whether you’re a Health Provider, Entrepreneur or Investor; the Fall Conference is the place to see the latest health technology, to hear from some of the influential innovators impacting the landscape, and to network with hundreds of health care decision makers. Click here for the full agenda.

Health Providers Agenda Highlights 
Entrepreneurs Agenda Highlights 
  • MarketConnect: A live matchmaking event designed to accelerate the health tech buying and selling process by curating meetings between pre-qualified healthcare executives and innovators.
  • Exhibit Hall: Gain access to 90+ exhibitors, including Startup Alley, is the premier gathering of innovative companies and individuals. The exhibit floor is also home to MarketConnect Live.
  • Developer Day: Expect your day to be filled with strong technical sessions in relation to interoperability and user testing as well as opportunities to network from others in the industry.
  • 2 CEOs and a President Session: Three top health tech executives sit down for separate intimate interviews with a journalist. They will be dishing on both their personal and company journeys.
Investors Agenda Highlights 
  • Investor Breakfast: Bringing together leaders in the Health 2.0 investment community and our innovative startup network for an exclusive breakfast meeting.
  • Investing in Health 2.0 Technologies: Panel experts will address what’s in store for the rest of the year and predict the next big bets in Silicon Valley and beyond.
  • Launch!: Ten brand new companies unveil their products for the very first time and the audience votes on the winner!
  • Traction!: Annual startup pitch competition that recruits companies ready for Series A in the $2-12M range. Teams will compete in two tracks, consumer-facing, and professional facing technologies.

Click here to register for the Annual Fall Conference! Prices increase after September 4th!

The Coming DRexit

Brexit was a British version of “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore,” a famous line from the film “Network.” Brits were fed up with intrusive and nonsensical regulations from the European Union, including whether eggs could be sold by the dozen — really important stuff affecting the lives and well-being of our neighbors across the pond.

“Frexit” may be the next iteration, as one of the leading French presidential candidates, Marine Le Pen, promises voters a referendum to leave the E.U. Donald Trump’s election to the presidency is the American version, in which voters chose to leave behind the political and media Establishment and favored a new direction.

Now, in medicine, a similar movement is called “DRexit,” as described by Dr. Niran Al-Agba, a pediatrician in Washington State, who wrote about this in a blog post — and it may be pushing physicians away from stifling bureaucracies of government-run health care. Endless rules, regulations, and mandates are turning physicians from healers into robots and transforming the medical clinic into the post office or the Department of Motor Vehicles.

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The Vanishing Hospital: ASCs Follow the Consumer

Call it what you want, disruption or evolution, but when two of the largest for-profit hospital chains, HCA Healthcare and Tenet Healthcare, and one of the largest insurance intermediary services companies, Optum (part of UnitedHealth Group), invest billions of dollars in capital for building new care settings, everyone should take notice. From freestanding ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs), to urgent care centers, to retail pharmacy-sponsored clinics and employer co-located clinics, the disruption of care delivery is all around us.

How does General Community Hospital compete with Walmart, CVS and Walgreens (retail clinics)? How does it compete with Urgent Care Centers? How will it compete with freestanding ASCs? How does a hospital stop consumers’ desire for savings and convenience? How does it stop physicians’ own desire for convenience and efficiency? This is the disintermediation of hospitals in a very big way! General Community Hospitals can zero base care, but they need to have answers more in line with a consumer retail operation than those of a charity. How many product lines does a focused factory operate?

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Headlines We Won’t See In 2017

Earlier, I offered a sarcastic headline view of the coming year.  Yet, underlying these headlines are some more serious issues that we as an industry have to address.  They may not happen this year, but we need to continue to make progress.  Wouldn’t it be awesome if for once we under predicted what will happen?

Healthcare Organization Wakes Up In Strange Place, Reports Massive Headache

Reality:  Many organizations are not quite sure what hit them – they have purchased and implemented a number of systems, sometime more than once, in the last several years and now are waking up to the reality that that might not be enough or even the right set of technologies for the emerging payment models.  Return on investment is hard to show, debt used to finance purchases along with stimulus funds are coming due.  System after system has had to report negative results on financial reports due to higher than expected costs, longer than anticipated implementations.  It’s enough to give any CIO a headache.

Healthcare Interoperability Finally A Reality

Reality:  Interoperability remains elusive despite ongoing talk and the creation of various coalitions.  Sometimes it seems that few want to actually solve the problem.  Healthcare organizations are afraid to lose patients to competitors.  Vendors are fighting for the last remaining market share, and aggressively seeking to displace others, and using local market coverage as a selling point.    Sure there are lots of sites now propped up showing FHIR APIs – but in reality these are mostly read-only and not particularly functional.

Foolproof Security Strategy Unveiled:  Don’t Click on $h!t

Reality:  We expect to continue to see rise in reported security incidents.  Attackers are not script-kiddies, but sophisticated hacking businesses making hundreds of millions a year in paid ransoms.  Our industry has a large surface area – with lots of organizations and millions of employees on millions of computing devices.  Our treatment facilities are filled with millions of connected devices monitoring at the bedside.  Like in any public health crisis, we need to not just wait around for the all-powerful anti-biotic.  We need to do basic hygiene well – patching, training, monitoring and rapidly responding to small outbreaks before they become bigger.  We are an industry that has experience in facing one set of viruses – we need to turn that thinking on securing our systems and keeping them healthy.

Affordable Care Act Files for Divorce, Claims Infidelity

Reality:  It is uncertain what the final fate of the Affordable Care Act will be.  Chances are that some changes will be made – too much public bluster was made about repeal for there to be any backing down, but the potential real harm that may come to the electorate that loses coverage or sees prices resume their rapid rise, will prove to be a check on full-scale repeal.

Family Physician Found Dead in Pool of Alphabet Soup

Reality:  It is challenging to remain in a small practice today.  There is an ever changing set of requirements and initiative from payers and from government entities and it can all sound like a pool of random letters.  For example, MACRA is now in effect and yet surveys show that many providers have no idea what it means or what is involved.  Radiology providers will soon have to ensure that ordering doctors begin using clinical decision support management (CDSM) tools to subject orders to appropriate use criteria (AUC) that were developed by Provider Led Entities (PLEs).  This is on top of HIPAA, HITECH, OPPS, and many others.

Consumer-Driven Healthcare Recalled, Engagement Engine Too Weak

Reality:  For all the talk about consumer driven healthcare, there seems to be little change in the position patients find themselves.  There remains little pricing information, payment terms and coverages are difficult to understand for the average reader, and Health Savings Accounts aren’t much other than a new form of deductible for insurance companies.  Most consumer online tools provide little utility, other than provider-out reporting.  Patients continue to have difficulty getting access to medical records in any useable form.  Mobile applications seldom exist, and when they do few if any are on par with the experiences of other tools like Uber, Amazon, Snapchat or Facebook.  It’s bad enough if you are reasonably healthy; it’s worse if you are trying to manage a chronic illness.  You can completely organize a complex trip on a phone, but just try to pay a healthcare claim, set up a number of visits to a variety of providers, or understand what you need to do next to care for yourself.

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