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The Health Startup with the Largest Set of LIVE Connected Health Data | Kristin Valdes, b.well

By JESSICA DAMASSA, WTF HEALTH

With the “the largest set of LIVE connected health data in the country” and just shy of $11M in funding, b.well is a health tech startup on a mission to help health plans and employers do more with the abundance of health data their members and employees are creating. CEO Kristin Valdes stopped by the Atrium Health Backstage Studio at Healthdatapalooza to talk about the future for the startup and what her company is learning from looking at all that health data.

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.

Next Gen Leadership in Healthcare | C-Suite Coach Simmi Singh, Egon Zehnder

By JESSICA DAMASSA, WTF HEALTH

The future of work in healthcare starts with transformation leaders and Simmi Singh has coached her fair share of C-suite healthcare execs as they strive for that next level. What’s her best advice for the rest of us climbing to the top?

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.

Microsoft Healthcare, 169K Clients, & Health Tech at-Scale | Peter Lee, Microsoft Healthcare

By JESSICA DAMASSA, WTF HEALTH

I heard a rumor that Microsoft’s healthcare play is enterprise, enterprise, enterprise…is it true? Peter Lee, Corporate Vice President for Microsoft Healthcare tells us what’s really going on at the tech giant and their “169,000 commercial relationships in healthcare, across 140 companies.” Cloud at-scale? Interoperability at-scale? Listen in to find out!

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.

Where Health IT & Digital Health Collide | Hal Wolf, HIMSS

By JESSICA DAMASSA, WTF HEALTH

Are the lines between health IT and digital health starting blur? President & CEO of HIMSS, Hal Wolfe, shares his macro-level perspective on what’s changing in the big wide world of health technology – and how health system incumbents need to change their ways in the struggle to innovate.

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.

Govt Mandated Patient Records on Smart Phones…You Ready, HealthTech? | Don Rucker, HHS

By JESSICA DAMASSA, WTF HEALTH

Patient health data is headed for the smartphone so says Congress, the President and the 21st Century Cures Act. Don Rucker, National Coordinator for Health IT, US Department of Health & Human Services, talks through all things standards and APIs so health tech developers can figure out what they’ll need to do to unlock the HUGE market this opens up for health data management and analysis.

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.

Security Crisis of Cardiac Pacemakers Paves the Way for IoT Security Evolution in Cardiology

By INGA SHUGALO

While the healthcare IoT demand forecasts are more than generous, anticipating the market to hit $158.07B by 2022, there is still a certain delay in IoT adoption across the industry. Connected medical devices, especially those that are directly involved in patient care, are adopted cautiously due to potential security vulnerabilities and risks to patient safety.

One of the reasons behind the hesitant adoption of healthcare IoT in cardiology is preexisting concerns about the security of implantable medical devices, such as pacemakers.

The recent pacemaker crisis revealed the vulnerabilities in pacemaker software across several major vendors. If exploited, software vulnerabilities would allow hackers to take over the device and control it fully. The crisis led to device recalls, certain features disabled, and even remote updates cut off completely to avoid unacceptable health risks.

This series of events led to a cautious attitude toward the emerging cardiology IoT. Since we can’t be sure that all exploits and vulnerabilities are eliminated in less advanced systems, are we really ready to take a step forward to more elaborate healthcare software solutions at this point?

The fact of the matter is, cardiology is already taking these steps. The new generation of pacemakers has embedded sensors to monitor a patient’s blood temperature, sinus node rate, breathing, and other vitals. This data is used to flexibly alter the heart rate, slowing or speeding it depending on a patient’s current activity level. They also inherited remote control from their predecessors. Practically, next-gen pacemakers are IoT devices.

Accordingly, the industry can either stigmatize the security concerns or choose to adopt a new perspective, seeing the pacemaker crisis as an opportunity to create a solid platform for unbiased adoption of upcoming connected cardiac devices.

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What’s After Health 2.0? Trends Shaping Health Tech | Indu Subaiya, Health 2.0 & Catalyst Health

By JESSICA DAMASSA, WTF HEALTH

“Renaissance woman” and Catalyst Health President & Senior Advisor for HIMSS, Indu Subaiya, has spent the past 13 years tracking the growth and integration of digital health and health technology into healthcare systems worldwide. So, how have things evolved over time? What’s new and changing? Indu points out some of the differences she’s seeing in the European approach to healthcare’s ‘digital transformation’ (hint: they’re winning at clinician engagement) and explains what startups around the world should be focused on to remain relevant as Big Tech companies infiltrate the space.

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.

Helping Health Tech Developers Connect to Connected Devices | Friedrich Lämmel, Thryve

By JESSICA DAMASSA, WTF HEALTH

Thryve has created a “connection point” for all different data sources that varies from other companies.Friedrich Lämmel explains the problem behind having just one data source and how the company makes it easier for companies make it more accessible for patients. Startups looking for a fast way to get access to hundreds of data points from top wearables, sensors, and tracking devices need look no further than Thryve. A single SDK point for accessing a bunch of health data, the company has taken the friction out of connecting to connected devices for developers in more ways than one. Friedrich Lämmel talks about all the ‘magic’ of Thryve and about winning the EC2VC competition at HIMSS/Health 2.0 Europe.

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 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.

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