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Better than Blue Zones? The Pioppi Protocol | Pioppi Protocol Filmmaker Donal O’Neill

By JESSICA DAMASSA, WTF HEALTH

You’ve probably heard of Blue Zones…but have you heard for the Pioppi Protocol? The southern Italian secret to longevity, healthy aging, and peace of mind has been the subject of a hit movie, with books in seven different languages. Now, the Pioppi Protocol is going digital with a new mobile app thanks to Cardiologist Dr Aseem Malhotra and filmmaker Donal O’Neill. Find out all about the yet-to-be-released app, and the gorgeous fishing village in Pioppi, Italy that inspired the entire movement.

Filmed at the Frontiers Health Conference in Berlin, Germany, November 2018.

Jessica DaMassa is the host of the WTF Health show & stars in Health in 2 Point 00 with Matthew HoltGet a glimpse of the future of healthcare by meeting the people who are going to change it. Find more WTF Health interviews here or check out www.wtf.health.

Why A Diverse and Inclusive Healthcare Innovation Workforce Matters

By ANDRÉ BLACKMAN

There I was, my 10th-grade science fair. My mother made sure I had a tie that fit properly and a shirt that was perfectly pressed. I stood among my peers with our cardboard presentation displays highlighting what we did to make it to this point. I was a little nervous but also extremely proud of myself and excited to see the looks on the judge’s faces when they saw what my project was about:

“The Effects of Enzymes on DNA”

Boom. Oh, I wasn’t doing something that many people had seen already — I was working inside an NIH facility with a brilliant scientist mentor/coach, to get this done. The memories of taking multiple modes of transportation after school throughout the week for what seemed like forever wore me down enough to make sure that I knew this was going to be worth it. And then after the judges were introduced to all of our concepts and families poured throughout the gymnasium to see what we all came up with — now was the moment of truth.

Sweaty palms and teenage anxiety wouldn’t deter me. First place goes to….oh ok, yeah of course, they deserved that. They worked really hard I’m sure. Second place goes to….oh wow, I didn’t make second place? At least, I’ll get something. After a third place winner was announced and the applause faded. I looked, stunned, over at my mother in the audience whose face was covered in tears. I was ready for the night to be over. Did I not wear the right tie? Did I seem too confident? Not confident enough? The questions would consume me until later that evening when my science teacher told me that the judges thought I cheated or didn’t actually do any of the work.

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Health Startup Trends: US vs. Europe | Startup Health Academy Director Polina Hanin

By JESSICA DAMASSA, WTF HEALTH

Since 2012, Startup Health has been building a “global army of health transformers” within its accelerator program. Now, with 20% of their startups located outside of the US, they have a unique perspective on the trends shaping health startups and investment in the US vs. Europe, or other markets. Academy Director Polina Hanin works closely with the startups and gets a chance to see what technology, policies, and models are truly universal, and what needs a local context. Find out what some of the implications of universal healthcare are for startups. And, what advice she has for startups trying to break into the US market. What’s the one critical thing they often forget?

Filmed at the Frontiers Health Conference in Berlin, Germany, November 2018.

Jessica DaMassa is the host of the WTF Health show & stars in Health in 2 Point 00 with Matthew HoltGet a glimpse of the future of healthcare by meeting the people who are going to change it. Find more WTF Health interviews here or check out www.wtf.health.

Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 83 | Health 2.0 HIMSS Europe

Today on Health in 2 Point 00, Jess and I are in Helsinki for Health 2.0 HIMSS Europe. In Episode 83, Jess asks me about Roche cheating on mySugr—Roche announced a new partnership with digital diabetes provider GlucoMe, about the new $100 million hospital venture fund in Iowa coming from UnityPoint Health, and about Infermedica’s recent $3.65 million raise for their cool symptom checker complete with an AI chatbot. Stay tuned for more updates from the conference. —Matthew Holt

Hyperscaling: Startup Advice from Softbank | Sakshi Chhabra Mittal, VP Softbank Vision Fund

By JESSICA DAMASSA, WTF HEALTH

Softbank Vision Fund is a $100 billion technology-focused fund with an eagle eye on the tech that is poised to disrupt large markets, including healthcare. From hyperscaling to detailed advice on pitching, VP Sakshi Chhabra Mittal goes deep on what they’re looking for from startups, especially those that have closed their Series A and are looking for a B.

Filmed at the Frontiers Health Conference in Berlin, Germany, November 2018.

Jessica DaMassa is the host of the WTF Health show & stars in Health in 2 Point 00 with Matthew HoltGet a glimpse of the future of healthcare by meeting the people who are going to change it. Find more WTF Health interviews here or check out www.wtf.health.

Gamification: The Future of ADHD Treatment | Vincent Hennemand, Akili Interactive

By JESSICA DAMASSA, WTF HEALTH

The team at Akili Interactive has developed the very first doctor-prescribed video game to treat cognitive dysfunctions like ADHD. With game developers from Lucasarts on their roster (that’s right…Star Wars) it’s no wonder they’re seeing north of 85% rates of compliance! Are video games really the future of treatments for cognitive dysfunctions? Akili Interactive is betting on it with plans to add treatments for depression, multiple sclerosis, and schizophrenia on the horizon.

Filmed at the Frontiers Health Conference in Berlin, Germany, November 2018.

Jessica DaMassa is the host of the WTF Health show & stars in Health in 2 Point 00 with Matthew HoltGet a glimpse of the future of healthcare by meeting the people who are going to change it. Find more WTF Health interviews here or check out www.wtf.health.

Medical Ethics: Should Identity be a Human Right? | Albert Franz

By JESSICA DAMASSA, WTF HEALTH

When Albert Franz was 30-years-old he discovered that he was not his parents’ biological child. The discovery took him on a quest for his past that led him to a fateful DNA test. Hear the gripping story and find out how it shaped his perspective on medical ethics and the right to identity.

Filmed at the Frontiers Health Conference in Berlin, Germany, November 2018.

Jessica DaMassa is the host of the WTF Health show & stars in Health in 2 Point 00 with Matthew HoltGet a glimpse of the future of healthcare by meeting the people who are going to change it. Find more WTF Health interviews here or check out www.wtf.health.

The best medical AI research (that you probably haven’t heard of)

By LUKE OAKDEN-RAYNER

I’ve been talking in recent posts about how our typical methods of testing AI systems are inadequate and potentially unsafe. In particular, I’ve complainedthat all of the headline-grabbing papers so far only do controlled experiments, so we don’t how the AI systems will perform on real patients.

Today I am going to highlight a piece of work that has not received much attention, but actually went “all the way” and tested an AI system in clinical practice, assessing clinical outcomes. They did an actual clinical trial!

Big news … so why haven’t you heard about it?


The Great Wall of the West

Tragically, this paper has been mostly ignored. 89 tweets*, which when you compare it to many other papers with hundreds or thousands of tweets and news articles is pretty sad. There is an obvious reason why though; the article I will be talking about today comes from China (there are a few US co-authors too, not sure what the relative contributions were, but the study was performed in China).

China is interesting. They appear to be rapidly becoming the world leader in applied AI, including in medicine, but we rarely hear anything about what is happening there in the media. When I go to conferences and talk to people working in China, they always tell me about numerous companies applying mature AI products to patients, but in the media we mostly see headline grabbing news stories about Western research projects that are still years away from clinical practice.

This shouldn’t be unexpected. Western journalists have very little access to China**, and Chinese medical AI companies have no need to solicit Western media coverage. They already have access to a large market, expertise, data, funding, and strong support both from medical governance and from the government more broadly. They don’t need us. But for us in the West, this means that our view of medical AI is narrow, like a frog looking at the sky from the bottom of a well^.

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The Future of Chronic Kidney Disease | BOCAhealth Co-founder & CEO Alessandro Faragli

By JESSICA DAMASSA, WTF HEALTH

Medtech startup, BOCAhealth has created a portable device and a software aimed at monitoring the hydration status of patients with chronic kidney disease and heart failure. Using machine learning technology, the software quantifies hydration levels that were not quantifiable before, and then provides insight on what to do next.

Filmed at the Frontiers Health Conference in Berlin, Germany, November 2018.

Jessica DaMassa is the host of the WTF Health show & stars in Health in 2 Point 00 with Matthew HoltGet a glimpse of the future of healthcare by meeting the people who are going to change it. Find more WTF Health interviews here or check out www.wtf.health.

This Startup Brings Mobile Breast Cancer Screenings to India | MyCliniCare co-founder Carman Kobza

By JESSICA DAMASSA, WTF HEALTH

MyCliniCare brings breast cancer screenings to some of the most underserved populations. They go the last mile, bringing diagnostic tools everywhere from traditional locations like hospitals to Tupperware-style breast screening parties and parks. More impressive, they’re doing all of this in India, which leads the world in breast cancer deaths. Through a recent partnership with Microsoft, MyCliniCare is reaching even more women. Anyone who says “yes” to a screening—one woman in her living room or a hundred at a clinic—they will be there.

Filmed at the Frontiers Health Conference in Berlin, Germany, November 2018.

Jessica DaMassa is the host of the WTF Health show & stars in Health in 2 Point 00 with Matthew HoltGet a glimpse of the future of healthcare by meeting the people who are going to change it. Find more WTF Health interviews here or check out www.wtf.health.

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