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Can an App Help You Lose Weight? | André Heikius, Edevent

By JESSICA DAMASSA, WTF HEALTH

Can an app help you lose weight? Chairman & Medical Director for Edevent, Andre Heikius, thinks so. Billed as a ‘digital solution for obesity,’ Edevent is an app that offers professional weight loss advice 24-7 via a conversational algorithm that’s been designed to help people better understand the factors behind their weight gain. Are you eating too late at night? Are you an emotional eater? Find out how the app leverages evidence-based guidelines to help people make a difference on their waistlines.

Filmed at HIMSS/Health 2.0 Europe in Helsinki, Finland in June 2019.

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.

Can You Treat IBS with an App? | Jossy Onwude of Bold Health

By JESSICA DAMASSA, WTF HEALTH

Bold Health hopes to help the millions that suffer with IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) by providing a fully digital solution that is “as effective” as the drugs currently prescribed to treat the condition. Jossy Onwude, Chief Medical & Product Officer for Bold Health, explains how the company has created a digital therapeutic for delivering the NHS protocol for treating IBS and is currently working on clinical validation trials with some big-name partners.

Filmed at HIMSS/Health 2.0 Europe in Helsinki, Finland in June 2019.

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.

Redefining STI & HIV Testing in the Netherlands | Erwin Fisser, Soa Aids Nederland

By JESSICA DAMASSA, WTF HEALTH

Soa Aids Nederland is a unique NGO in the Netherlands that is helping people get STI and HIV tests delivered directly to their homes. A government-funded NGO, the organization has created an extensive online questionnaire that is not only collecting data on sexual health, but also discreetly deploying testing kits to those who want a more private way to check for STIs. Erwin Fisser explains what’s next for the service — and the data that the extensive questionnaire is collecting.

Filmed at HIMSS/Health 2.0 Europe in Helsinki, Finland in June 2019.

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.

What’s the Difference Between ‘Digital Therapeutics’ & ‘Digital Drugs’? | Lina Behrens Flying Health

By JESSICA DAMASSA, WTF HEALTH

As a new crop of ‘digital therapeutics’ begins to redefine the Future of Pharma, health tech startups and their partners are starting to further refine how they explain (and clinically validate) the outcomes associated with their technologies. So, what’s the difference between a ‘digital drug’ and a ‘digital therapeutic’? Flying Health’s Director of Digital Drugs, Lina Behrens, explains…

Filmed at HIMSS/Health 2.0 Europe in Helsinki, Finland in June 2019.

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.

What Oncology’s Figured Out About the EHR | Dr. Ed Kim of Atrium Health

By JESSICA DAMASSA, WTF HEALTH

Is there a silver bullet for making EHRs more useful to doctors? The Oncology team at Atrium Health thinks they’ve figured it out. From better integrating new info on FDA approved cancer treatments to just working with doctors and patients more intuitively, Dr. Ed Kim talks about how the underlying challenges health technologists need to address is figuring out what info is important to care delivery teams in the first place.

Filmed at Health Datapalooza in Washington DC, March 2019.

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 87 | Omada, Call9 & Politics

Today on Health in 2 Point 00, Jess and I are getting in the spirit of things with this week’s Democratic debate. In Episode 87, Jess asks me about Omada Health’s $73 million raise, bringing its total to $200 million, and about what happened with nursing home telehealth startup Call9 shutting down. We turn to politics with Trump telling HHS to have hospitals publish their price list—and it’s unclear that this is even going to make a difference—and to health care coverage in the Democratic debate. —Matthew Holt

Whole Genome Sequencing Heads for Consumers – Rodrigo Martinez of Veritas Genetics

By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH

DNA testing companies like 23andMe and Ancestry have made DNA testing mainstream, with adoption skyrocketing among consumers. Meanwhile, health tech startups like Veritas Genetics are starting to push the trend even further – from genotyping to whole genome sequencing. What’s the difference? Well, genotyping looks at less than half of 1% of your genome, while whole genome sequencing looks at over 99% of your genome.

Veritas is betting that consumers are ready for what’s revealed by looking at more than 6.4 billion letters of DNA and are promising that the value of that information will only get richer as time goes on and the science that makes sense of our genome achieves new breakthroughs.

In fact, Veritas is positioning their $999 test as “a resource for life” and Rodrigo Martinez, their Chief Marketing & Design Officer who I chat with here, shares a vision for the future that includes asking Alexa to scan your genome before taking medications or risking allergic reactions to foods.

This is fascinating proposition for the future of health (investors are jazzed too, having poured $50M into the company), but ethical questions abound. How do you make this information useful and actionable? How do you handle situations where major health issues are reveled? And what about data privacy? This is about as personal as personal health information can get. Rodrigo weighs in…

Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 86 | Lightning Round!

Today on Health in 2 Point 00, Jess and I are back from Europe and there is a LOT going on in health tech right now. In Episode 86, Jess asks me about United Health’s big moves, between acquiring PatientsLikeMe and their acquisition of DaVita Medical going through; integrated mental health company Quartet Health raising $60 million; Xealth closing a $14 million round (maybe now they’ll make Epic relevant); Collective Health’s $205 million raise led by SoftBank,; Vida’s $30 million round led by Teladoc (who knows why Teladoc didn’t just acquire Vida); European telehealth company Zava raising $32 million; and finally, Phreesia going IPO (wasn’t Livongo the one to watch?). —Matthew Holt

Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 85 | Health 2.0 HIMSS Europe Final Thoughts

On Episode 85 of Health in 2 Point 00, it’s our last night in Helsinki. In this episode, Jess asks me about GE selling off Ventures, Neurotrack raising $21 million to detect and track dementia, and Allscripts acquiring ZappRx, a prescribing tool. Also, find out my favorite things from Health 2.0 HIMSS Europe, including a cool pill tracker, Popit, and a great panel on femtech (even though there were not enough men in the room). —Matthew Holt

Is Good, Human-Centered Design in Healthcare Possible? | frog Healthcare Lead Stefania Marcoli

By JESSICA DAMASSA, WTF HEALTH

Frog, the renowned design and strategy firm, has been involved in healthcare for a long time. So, how are they infusing human centered design into the healthcare process? What is frog’s perspective on how healthcare companies can integrate design thinking into their solutions? And most importantly, what does good design in healthcare look like?

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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