According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of American seniors will grow to over 71 million by 2030. To address critical problems that the growing elder population faces, GuideWell is hosting a health and wellness accelerator program for companies and innovators focused on senior care. GuideWell’s Scale Up Accelerator: Aging in Place is seeking solutions that provide affordable, accessible health care or holistic solutions for diverse aging populations.
10 companies will be selected to participate
in an exciting eight week program that consists of a two-day kickoff boot camp,
followed by weekly mentoring sessions and a series of virtual workshops that
focus on challenges in the health care industry (e.g. customer acquisition,
regulatory compliance, etc.).
Health tech rabble-rouser, Jonathan Bush, marked his return to digital health with an appearance on the Health 2.0 stage, and quick chat with WTF Health about his new role as Executive Chairman at Firefly Health. As if conquering EMRs wasn’t enough, JB’s planning on disrupting primary care for his second act. With $10.8M series A funding and a huge addressable market, this may not be such a crazy idea after all. So, what made us miss this guy so much during his year-long hiatus from health tech? Just watch. This interview goes from the “Kabuki theater of the doctor’s office visit” to “Marie Kondo-ing” healthcare to Machiavelli and universal healthcare’s impact on the health tech market. Welcome back, JB.
Filmed at the Health 2.0 Conference in Santa Clara, CA in September 2019.
Today on THCB spotlight I have a bit of fun with Ryan Tarzy. Ryan has been to every Health 2.0 conference in a number of guises and now has a new gig at Prealize. We saw each other at the very glitzy, very full HLTH conference last week, so you might title this, “2 old men reminiscing about the glory days of digital health & Health 2.0”—Matthew Holt
Six finalists competed in an exciting live pitch for the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation’s 2019 Innovation Challenges at the 2019 Health 2.0 Annual Conference. They demoed their technologies in front of an audience of health care professionals, investors, provider organizations, and members of the media. The Home and Community Based Care Challenge sought technologies that support the advancement of at-home or community based care. The Social Determinants of Health Innovation Challenge called for solutions that increase access to services related to social determinants of health.
the 3-day Conference, Jessica DaMassa, Executive Producer & Host of
@WTF_Health, spoke with the finalists about their experience competing in the
RWJF Innovation Challenges, their personal highlights, and what’s next!
Home and Community Based Care
Innovation Challenge Finalists
Ooney’s home-based web-app for older adults, Prehab Pal, delivers individualized prehabilitation to accelerate postoperative functional recovery and return to independence after surgery.
the California Health Care Foundation, from 2012-2014, nearly 20% of
Californian adults who sought mental health treatment did not receive it. It is
believed that these figures may even be understated, as The Substance Abuse and
Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has cited that nearly 60% of
American adults with mental illness do not receive any treatment. Unmet mental
health needs in California are attributed to a lack of access to appropriate
services and providers, as well as the cost of care, a factor that is often
exacerbated by a lack of health insurance.
traditional mental health services play an important role in supporting those
in need, novel technologies can complement standard care delivery and provide
individuals and communities with more accessible and optimized mental health
services that focus on prevention, early intervention, family support, and
Three finalists for the Robert Wood Johnson
Foundation Home and Community Based Care and Social Determinants of Health
Innovation Challenges competed live at the Health 2.0 Conference on Monday,
September 16th! They demoed their technology in front of a captivated audience
of health care professionals, investors, provider organizations, and members of
the media. Catalyst is proud to announce the first, second and third place
Home and Community Based Care Innovation Challenge Winners
Caregivers who care for aging, ill and
disabled adult family members face a broad array of challenges within their
daily lives. These challenges include stress, burnout, financial burdens,
career sacrifices, sleep deprivation, depression, isolation, and lack of
privacy. GuideWell believes it
“takes a village” to sustainably support family caregivers, and that single
point solutions are typically not broad enough to provide comprehensive relief
to family caregivers.
GuideWell, in collaboration with Catalyst @ Health 2.0, is excited to
announce the Caring for Caregivers Challenge — a Health Innovation Challenge
that seeks companies or non-profits with programs, platforms, technology systems
or services that have the potential to eliminate critical challenges family
caregivers face. Comprehensive approaches should connect caregivers to
resources, technologies, corporate benefits, and community networks to help
them with their unique personal health and wellness needs. Approaches should
Family caregivers caring for family members over the age of 65
2. Family caregivers caring for partners or adult
children under the age of 65 who are
mentally disabled, permanently homebound due to a physical disability,
terminally ill or who suffer from Alzheimer’s, congestive heart & pulmonary
disease, cancer, and/or stroke.
Jess and I are at Health 2.0 for Episode 95 of Health in 2 Point 00! To wrap up the conference, Jess and I talk about Jonathan Bush’s reappearance in health care on the stage at Health 2.0, with Firefly Health, with echoes of this direction in primary care by Tony Miller on the insurance panel. We talk about all the winners at Health 2.0, including the RWJF Challenge winners, Ooney with Prehab Pal and Social AI Impact Lab, and Omny who won Launch. My favorites from the conference were Indu Subaiya’s Unacceptables panel with two amazing speakers, Melissa Hanna, CEO of Mahmee & Joia Crear Perry, Founder and President of the National Birth Equity Collaborative. Catch highlights from Jess’s panel on social movements in health care as well! —Matthew Holt
The 2019 Health 2.0 conference just wrapped up
after several days of compelling presentations, panels, and networking. As in
the past, attendees were a cross section of the industry: providers, payers,
health IT (HIT) companies, investors, and others who are passionate about
innovation in healthcare.
One of the more refreshing themes of the
conference was an emphasis on how health IT can enable the delivery of
services. This is a welcome perspective as too often organizations believe that
simply deploying technology will solve their problems. In my 30+ years in
healthcare, I’ve never seen that work. What does work is careful attention to
the iron triad of people, process, and technology. Neglect one of these and you
will fall short of your goals. Framing opportunities as services that are
enabled and enhanced by technology helps us avoid the common pitfall of
believing “Tech = Solution” and forces us to account for process and people.
Provider Burn-out and Health IT
Several sessions focused on the impact technology is having on end-users, especially clinicians. One session featured a “reverse-pitch” where practicing physicians “pitched” to health IT experts on the challenges they face, especially with EHRs, and what they need in order to do their job and have a life. This was summed up elegantly by a physician participant as, “Please make all the stupid sh*t stop!” There’s increasing evidence that the deployment of EHRs is a major factor for clinician burnout and the impassioned pleas of the attendees resonated throughout the conference.
Other sessions explored how to we might address these problems with improvements in user-interface design, workflow, and interoperability. Demonstrations of advanced technologies like voice-driven interfaces, artificial intelligence, enhanced communications, and smart devices show where we are headed and hold out the promise of a more efficient and pleasing HIT for providers and patients.
On Episode 94 of Health in 2 Point 00, Jess asks me about Healthy.io’s $60 million raise for at-home urine testing for kidney diseases, with the NHS on the hook & coming to the US, and Smile Direct Club going public with a $9 billion valuation—but quickly tanked (although to $7 billion). In other news, there’s a period tracker scandal with Maya and MIA Fem apps sharing sensitive data about women’s cycles and sexual activity with Facebook. Find out what Jess & I are looking forward to at Health 2.0 this week as well. See you there! —Matthew Holt