Here’s the second episode of Health in 2 point 00, hosted by Jessica DaMassa. She asks me as many questions as I can answer in two minutes. Hope you enjoy it! And if you have questions please email them to us or leave them in the comments–Matthew Holt
The Future of Data Access in Health Care
The advent of FHIR and SMART on FHIR has been a huge game changer in recent years. FHIR is radically changing the way we think about integration of innovative applications, making it faster, easier and less disruptive to workflow. It has allowed developers to create medical applications, which can be easily integrated into existing systems. SMART on FHIR is a related utility, which allows web apps to run inside a browser so clinicians can use them without leaving the EMR environment.
More than 35 provider organizations have exposed their FHIR APIs. Allscripts has been leading the charge in API adoption for some years now with their plug and play-like platform that developers can build new technologies and applications on top of. Not to be outdone, Epic opened up their API in 2017, thus signaling a refusal to be made obsolete by the more nimble and comparatively newer players.
We are going to start some new content on THCB in the next few weeks including a lot more video hosted by Jessica DaMassa. And one weekly show will be her asking me as many questions as I can answer in two minutes. Here’s the first crack at it. Hope you enjoy it!–Matthew Holt
Top Reasons to Attend Dev4Health:
- Innovation Leaders: Hear cutting edge ideas to infuse your technology strategy with the latest insights and methodologies.
- Developers: Benefit from immersive content and hands-on learning by sharing open-source code, applications, interfaces and other resources with like-minded developers.
- Health Systems: Discover the latest health tech products to hit the market with live demos by some of the most innovative start-ups in healthcare.
- All Attendees: Join in-depth panel sessions focusing on health tech trends, including open tools in the U.S. healthcare server; healthcare focused developer programs; artificial intelligence and machine learning; blockchain; and more!
or discover new tools to enhance the healthcare experience, then Dev4Health is the place to be this spring.
By CHELSEA POLANIECKI AND CHANLY PHILOGENE
Opioid overdoses are the leading cause of death for Americans under 50 years old. In fact, the majority of drug overdose related deaths involve an opioid. According to the National Center for Health Statistics, deaths from prescription opioids—drugs like oxycodone, hydrocodone, and methadone—have more than quadrupled since 1999. The U.S. is currently experiencing an opioid epidemic, as more than 2 million Americans have become dependent on, or abused prescription pain pills and street drugs. Substance misuse is not only affecting the users but also their families, friends, and the healthcare system as a whole.
Although improvements have been made to the way opioids are prescribed through clinical practice guidelines, the epidemic has continued to grow. The CDC has made several efforts to combat substance misuse and overdose but there is much more to be done, and you can help. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) is committed to supporting those affected by this issue and launched the RWJF Opioid Challenge live, at Health 2.0’s Wintertech conference in January 2018. This innovation challenge calls for tech-enabled solutions that help identify resources, facilities, and educational content for support, as well as platforms for connecting patients, caregivers and peers for peer community.
RWJF has teamed up with Catalyst @ Health 2.0 to identify and incentivize the development of tech-enabled solutions that should aim to support affected individuals (e.g. opioid users, caregivers, peers, family, etc.) and connect them to relevant resources. Every individual faces a different set of challenges, meaning that needs for recovery can be unique and varied.* The challenge is calling on innovators, developers, entrepreneurs and other bright minds to create tools to support those affected by opioid misuse.
Earlier this week Health 2.0 held a TECHquality meetup focused on diversity in the digital health industry. We hoped that this event would foster an honest and frank discussion about how we can create diverse workplaces and develop inclusive technology for the people we serve. After speakers, Jean-Luc Neptune, Co-Founder at Athletik Health and Nyala Khan, VP of People at Baby+Co, shared their thoughts, meetup attendees were encouraged to share their own experiences and comments in relation to the topic at hand. Following an engaging and insightful discussion, where people of different backgrounds and walks of life shared their individual viewpoints, the hard questions remained, what more can we do to ensure that our workplaces are not only diverse, but inclusive? How do we ensure that the companies we build with people, embed the diverse perspectives of those people from the very start?
Last week at Health 2.0’s Wintertech, held during “health care’s money week” JP Morgan in San Francisco, Cambia CEO Mark Ganz gave a remarkable talk–one you wouldn’t expect from the leader of a big health insurer. He called out pharma for price gouging, he asked what consumers would think about the conversations we are having, but mostly he asked people to think about why they were working in health care. And he did it with a deeply personal set of stories. Everyone there found it very moving and very important, so I wanted to share it with the THCB audience. It’s well worth your time to watch. — Matthew Holt
- Venrock and Robin: Robin is a brand new digital assistant for doctors. Hear Venrock Partner Bryan Roberts and Robin CEO Punit Son discuss the opportunities Venrock sees in Robin.
- 415 and Lemonaid: Patient experience has gotten easier with Lemonaid’s accessible online platform. Lemonaid CEO Paul Johnson sits with investment firm 415 to talk about their business strategy.
- Thrive Capital and Honor: An online service that connects in-home caregivers, seniors and their families, Honor sits down with its investor Thrive Capital to discuss the purpose of their investment.
- Grandrounds and Venrock: Owen Tripp of Grandrounds and Bob Kocher of Venrock discuss their working partnership, and give insight into what those closed-door meetings look like.
Millions of Americans have adorned themselves with glimmering Fitbits, Jawbones, Nike Fuelbands, and Misfits, Basis, Withings, and Garmin bracelets over the years. The devices have become so mainstream even Grandma has one. Perhaps the fact that Grandma is now tracking her data means that the industry is ripe for a change.
Recently though we’ve seen the popularity of wearables wane considerably. This month Mike and Albert Lee, founders of myfitnesspal announced that they would be departing from Under Armour; and we learned that Adidas is dropping their wearables division entirely.
Why? Its a fairly easy question to answer. Under Armour spent 2017 falling from grace and it’s possible their waning interest in connected fitness is due both to financial constraints as well as a series of departures of senior-level talent including Robin Thurston (MapMyRun), and Mette Lykke (Endomondo). Looking at Adidas though, they are dropping their dedicated connected fitness division in favor of a more distributed and integrated approach.
Health 2.0 just wrapped up its inaugural Technology For Precision Health Summit. A collective group of investors, entrepreneurs, and precision health workers gathered for a day of sharing, charged discussion, and live technology demos; all with the goal of pushing hard to advance an industry that is often a matter of live or death.
Some major themes emerged throughout the day including:
>Bridging Data Silos
>Identifying Federal Policies that are either stifling or catalyzing innovation
Check out the full recap here!