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THCB Exclusive–Trump appoints Holt to run VA

Today Donald Trump pulled a big surprise. He changed the much criticized appointment for his new VA head from over-effusive physician Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson to well known lefty health blogger Matthew Holt. When asked why he wanted Holt to run the VA Trump said, “Look, I’m pretty smart and I’ve appointed now only the best people like John Bolton and Mike Pompeo to run our foreign policy. If I appoint someone else I like, how can I fire him quickly? That Holt guy seems to hate me, and he’s never stayed in one of my hotels, so he’s perfect for the VA–I hear that the accommodation is a bit rough, not exactly a ten.”

When THCB asked Holt why he agreed to take the job running the VA, he suggested that it had a lot to do with his English roots. “As most of my followers know I grew up in England and like the concept of everyone suffering together in a government funded and provided socialized National Health System. The VA and its fellow traveler the DOD is the only health system like that in America and it’s a brilliant place to start”. When asked about his likely future polices for the VA, Holt suggested that massive expansion was the key initiative. In a written statement, his VA spokesman noted “Given the utter lunacy of the Trump Administration and the crazy warmongers now running the show, the chances of total war versus North Korea and Iran are very high. So essentially everyone in the country will soon be called up to the military, which means that soon eventually everyone will be a Veteran. And if Trump loses in 2020, by 2021 we’ll be at war with the Russians so either way my theory pays off.”

Holt was on the Charlie Rose show last week when he told Rose about his philosophy for the future. “When everyone in the country is part of the VA, we can shut down that ineffective and expensive private health system, and instead everyone can get their care the way I think is best. And if they don’t like it Rasu Shrestha will send them their records using the Lighthouse Blue Button Carrier Pigeon system, and we’ll give them a row boat to head to Nepal or somewhere.

When TCHB reached him for comment, Cato health spokesman Michael Cannon said, “if you are going to expand this universal health care stuff, you might as well give it a real go. Lucky for me, I have bone spurs…”

Deadline This Week For Your Special Rate For Health 2.0 Annual Conference

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Deadline This Friday To Grab The Lowest Price For The Health 2.0 Annual Fall Conference!

Secure your $999 rate today for the 12th Annual Fall Conference before the price increases this weekend.

We want you to experience the incredible speakers, penetrating discussions, ample networking with industry leaders, and the new technological platforms that will impact the market…at the Health 2.0 Fall Conference.

This is your last chance to have the opportunity to come with our lowest rate. Register here!

With the special rate pass, you will: 
  • Network with the right decision makers to grow your business: Rub shoulders with investors, partners, and innovators who will transform your business and expand your market reach through Health 2.0 programs including MarketConnect – connecting leading health care organizations with the most promising vetted technology companies to accelerate the health tech buying process.
  • Participate in our action-packed agenda: Join panel sessions on policy, innovation and technology including 3 CEOs, Launch, The Unacceptables, and Interoperability.
  • Experience new technological platforms: Watch over 150 live health tech demos from the newest innovative companies to gain insight to what’s new in the market.
Whether you’re looking for the next new innovation or to network with the most influential health care providers, developers, and start-ups; the 12th Annual Fall Conference is the place to be this fall!

Grab your special rate of $999 today before it expires this weekend.

Integrating with EMR vendors? Tell us More! The 2018 Health 2.0 API Survey

Kim Krueger
Matthew Holt

TL;DR  Accessing and using APIs from major EMR vendors has proved a real problem in the past — in 2016, Health 2.0 (with support from CHCF) collected the data to prove it. This year, we’re updating the survey and are asking again: how hard is it for smaller tech companies to integrate their solutions with big EMR vendors? Take the survey here.  

In 2016, Health 2.0 conducted a survey of health tech startups on behalf of the California Healthcare Foundation (CHCF) to shed some light on the difficulties around integrating third party applications–mainly from a new generation of health technology companies–into major electronic medical records (EMRs). The data was revealing, and confirmed that much of the anecdotal gossip was true: it is a challenge for smaller health tech companies to integrate their solutions with the major EMR vendors. There is no clear path to integration or data access, fees are sometimes involved, and even without fees, the lengthy process is too complicated and costly for small companies to handle. Of course, the problem of integration and data access is not limited to major EMR vendors. Healthcare providers and other data custodians may well be complicating the process, too.

In 2016, this survey found an incredible diversity of experience across the major EMR vendors (i.e. working with Epic is different than working with athenahealth), as well as an incredible diversity of experience across different tech companies dealing with the same EMR vendor. We want to know more. Now, Health 2.0 is reprising our previous work, looking once again to collect concrete data around this problem. Will the data reinforce what we found in 2016 or will there be some measure of progress in the past few years?

Much has changed since the first version of this survey, including a flurry of activity around Epic and Apple’s Healthkit integration, Cerner’s Ignite initiative, and the Carin Alliance. We want to know if any of that has made an impact for those looking to integrate. If you are a tech company that has experience with these issues, take this survey. Help us understand where we stand.    

The data and commentary collected here will be used to generate a set of slides, charts, and graphs that will be shared on THCB and at Health 2.0 Conferences, and will provide another year of data and much-needed transparency around the issue of integration. Responses will be kept anonymous by Health 2.0

Matthew Holt is Publisher of THCB & Co-Chairman Health 2.0.

Kim Krueger is Research Director at Health 2.0

Impact of FHIR + SMART on FHIR

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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.

“The emergence of blockchain, FHIR and other technologies leads to a bigger question. What happens to health care when there is unfettered data access and the monopoly of the user interface goes away?”, said Health 2.0’s Matthew Holt and Indu Subaiya.

Learn about the SMART on FHIR Stack and tools that can be used to deploy world-class applications at Dev4Health on April 30 – May 1, 2018 in Cleveland, Ohio. Join developers, innovative leaders, designers, chief technology officers, chief innovation officers, start-ups, and health tech enthusiasts for two days of strategic networking, idea generation, and innovative workshops – plus live demos some of the newest health tech start-ups. Register today!

The Conference Created by Innovators for Innovators

Get set for a new exciting conference experience coming this spring from Health 2.0 and HIMSS, focused on the collaboration between developers and healthcare providers on building emerging digital health technologies: Dev4Health.

Join hundreds of developers, innovative leaders, designers, chief technology officers, chief innovation officers, start-ups, and health tech enthusiasts for two days of strategic networking, idea generation, and innovative workshops – plus live demos some of the newest health tech start-ups.

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.Shealthcare server; healthcare focused developer programs; artificial intelligence and machine learning; blockchain; and more!
What are you waiting for? If you’re looking to collaborate with developers on building new applications

or discover new tools to enhance the healthcare experience, then Dev4Health is the place to be this spring.

Register today!

Take advantage of the early bird savings. Save up $100 when you register by March 16, 2018.

Looking for sponsorship opportunities? Please contact Patrick Ryan at 781-424-2755.

Your Ticket to an Intimate Chat With Health Tech VCs

There’s so much news from media outlets and bloggers about the next Health Tech investment treads that its difficult to pin point where to focus or what will materialize.

Its much easier when you can actually hear the treads from the investors who are shaping the industry – well Health 2.0 got you covered! At next week’s WinterTech conference, we’re featuring the 4 CEOs and Their VCs panel session.

A spin-off of the popular 3 CEOs session from the Fall Conference, the 4 CEOs and Their VCs session is made up of four, back-to-back interviews between digital health CEOs and the VCs who believe in them. Hear exclusive insight into what’s happening in health tech investments with conversations between:
  • 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.
From Seed to Series C, don’t miss the opportunity to join the session that is representing each unique stage of the investment cycle. Tickets are selling fast so register today!

Why Consumers No Longer Want Fitness Trackers

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.

With this shift upon us, what is next wave of innovation? Let’s look at two companies.
Habit, the bay-area based company, collects genetics, vitals and metabolism of their customers; and uses their data and machine learning algorithms to deliver personal nutrition plans that align with the user’s health goals. Parsley Health is redefining primary care medicine by committing their doctors to whole-body health than to quick fixes and bonuses.

See live demos from Habit, Parsley Health, and more at Health 2.0’s WinterTech event on January 10thduring JP Morgan week.

Tickets are selling quickly so register today!

FDA, VCs, Big Ideas, and more at WinterTech

WinterTech is almost one month away, and we’re extremely excited about the final agenda. The 2018 edition of WinterTech will be not only be focusing on the new investment treads in digital health, but will take a in-depth look into the revolution in choice within the consumer landscape and the rapid development of digital therapeutics.

Our jam-packed 1-day conference includes: 
  • Keynote presentation on how to create seamless health care experiences to meet the needs of consumers by Mark Ganz, CEO of Cambia Health.
  • Panel discussion on the opportunities, roadblocks, and regulations within the field of digital therapeutics by Bakul Patel, Associate Director for Digital Health at the FDA.
  • Investment Strategies Past and Present: a look into 2017 trends, surprises, and flops. plus predictions for 2018 by VC firms GE VenturesCanaanFifty YearsNEA, and B Capital Group.
  • Fireside chat between 4 VCs and their CEOs on their relationship and investment models
  • Access to the Investor Breakfast where start-ups and investors discuss business models and explore portfolios. Start-ups apply here.
  • Live demos from some of the most innovative companies in the digital healthcare space.
Don’t miss out the hottest digital healthcare event focusing on investment in the space. Register today to take advantage of the early bird rate before prices increase after Friday, December 22nd.

Secure your seat for live demos on precision medicine delivery at next week’s Tech Summit

Imagine if you will, a future in which a cancer diagnosis will be treated with a lifestyle change, like a chronic condition. Survivable. Manageable. Like Diabetes. Sure, to receive a cancer diagnosis today does not mean what it meant twenty years ago, but we are also unlikely to reach a point of ever acting casual about the term or the treatment plan.

In the meantime though, the increasing prevalence of personal data collection is driving new approaches in care plans that have a real shot at improving quality of life. The narrative of one’s life can be seen in the data – everything from where you live, what you eat, how you workout, even what you search for on the internet. The sources of such personal data come from places like clinical trials, biosensors, and wearables and is being stored in your Electronic Medical Record.

The sticking point though is the advancement of technological tools to view, aggregate, extract, and analyze relevant data to derive a meaningful plan of attack (er, treatment plan). One interoperable tool that plugs right into the EMR is Cota Healthcare. Pair this with omics data and genome sequencing technology, like 2bPrecise, and physicians are gaining insight into what makes you, you. And thus are better able to customize a bespoke cancer treatment plan, designed for you and only you.

Learn more about how omics data is driving new care plans, and see a live demo from Cota Healthcare andothers at the Technology for Precision Health Summit next week in San Francisco.

The Evolution of Precision Health

Health 2.0 sat down with Linda Molnar to discuss the evolution of Precision Health, the imperatives at stake in a fast-paced field, and empowerment through big data. Linda has over 20 years in the field of Life Sciences and is responsible for a number of initiatives that further the field with start-ups, the feds, and for investors.

Her current endeavor is leading the upcoming Technology for Precision Health Summit in San Francisco alongside Health 2.0. “We’re never going to pull together all of this disparate data from disparate sources in a meaningful (i.e. clinically actionable) way, unless we talk about it” she says. “The Summit is an attempt to bring together the worlds of Precision Medicine and Digital Healthcare to realize the full potential of a predictive and proactive approach to maintaining health”.

Check out the full interview here.
As a bonus, save 25% off the standard admission to the Technology for Precision Health Summit by using discount code TPH25Register here!

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