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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 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.

Which Health Tech Innovations are Actually Relevant? | Intouch Solutions Abidur Rahman

By JESSICA DAMASSA, WTF HEALTH

While overseeing new technology development at Intouch Solutions, an industry leading pharmaceutical marketing agency, Abidur Rahman spends his time identifying which healthcare innovations are actually relevant. An important job, considering the insane proliferation of AR/VR/AI technologies in the pharmaceutical industry. Get his take on the most viable health tech applications for AR/VR/AI now and what areas startups should be innovating towards in the future.

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.

ONC & CMS Proposed Rules – Part 6: Payer Data Requirements

Nikki Kent
Dave Levin

By DAVE LEVIN, MD and NIKKI KENT

The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) have proposed final rules on interoperability, data blocking, and other activities as part of implementing the 21st Century Cures Act. In this series, we will explore ideas behind the rules, why they are necessary and the expected impact. Given that these are complex and controversial topics are open to interpretation, we invite readers to respond with their own ideas, corrections and opinions.

Interventions to Address Market Failures

Many of the rules proposed by CMS and ONC are evidence-based interventions aimed at critical problems that market forces have failed to address. One example of market failure  is the long-standing inability for health care providers and insurance companies to find a way to exchange patient data. Each has critical data the other needs and would benefit from sharing. And, as CMS noted, health plans are in a “unique position to provide enrollees a complete picture of their clams and encounter data.” Despite that, technical and financial issues, as well as a general air of distrust from decades of haggling over reimbursement, have prevented robust data exchange. Remarkably, this happens in integrated delivery systems which, in theory, provide tight alignment between payers and providers in a unified organization.

With so much attention focused on requirements for health IT companies like EHR vendors and providers, it is easy to miss the huge impact that the new rules is likely to have for payers. But make no mistake, if implemented as proposed, these rules will have a profound impact on the patient’s ability to gather and direct the use of their personal health information (PHI). They will also lead to reduced fragmentation and more complete data sets for payers and providers alike.

Overview of Proposed CMS Rules on Information Sharing and Interoperability

The proposed CMS rules affect payers, providers, and patients stating that they:

  • Require payers to make patient health information available electronically through a standardized, open application programming interface (API)
  • Promote data exchange between payers and participation in health information exchange networks
  • Require payers to provide additional resources on EHR, privacy, and security
  • Require providers to comply with new electronic notification requirements
  • Require states to better coordinate care for Medicare-Medicaid dually eligible beneficiaries by submitting buy-in data to CMS daily
  • Publicly disclose when providers inappropriately restrict the flow of information to other health care providers and payers

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Funding Startups to Bring Health Tech to Emerging Markets | PATH Deputy Director Skye Gilbert

By JESSICA DAMASSA, WTF HEALTH

Looking for money to bring your health tech solution to underserved markets in Africa or Asia? PATH is a 41-year-old global health non-profit with a big mission, to ensure that innovations reach underserved populations across the world. Their new initiative, Digital Square has earmarked funds for startups who are able to bring their software solutions to emerging markets as quickly as possible. Startup companies with digital solutions can come in through PATH’s Digital Square to get capital and on-the-ground support to deploy in sub Saharan Africa or Southeast Asia, as well as recognition by the development community for doing a digital global good.

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.

One of Europe’s First Publicly-Traded Digital Therapeutics Startups | Pierre Leurent, Voluntis

By JESSICA DAMASSA, WTF HEALTH

For over 15 years, first from Paris and now from their headquarters in Boston, MA, Voluntis has supported over 600K users needing diabetes and oncology care. As one of the first companies in digital therapeutics to go IPO on Euronext Paris ($30M), they have seen the health tech industry explode in recent years. Hear from CEO Pierre Leurent on the radical changes he’s witnessed in digital therapeutics to date, and where Voluntis is headed 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.

Virtual’ Clinical Trials Eliminate Human & Animal Testing | InSilico Trials CEO Luca Emili

By JESSICA DAMASSA, WTF HEALTH

The future of clinical trials no longer requires testing on humans or animals for R&D and regulatory approval. Startup InSilio Trials has created an environment where pharmaceutical and medical device companies can run clinical trials in a simulated environment. Their first project was with the FDA, and they’ve since signed a five year cooperation agreement. Yes, this is for real! Find out more about this truly revolutionary new technology.

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 European Digital Health Ecosystem Matures | Roberto Ascione, Healthware International

By JESSICA DAMASSA, WTF HEALTH

European health startups and health tech investors are turning their attention to a new market: Europe. Where the US healthcare system once seemed the only path to mass adoption, now the European healthcare market, with its proliferation of Big Pharma and med device companies, has opened itself up to the digital health community — offering EU startups the chance to grow and mature closer to home. Watching the space closely is on of Europe’s first, loudest, and most ardent supporters of digital health, Roberto Ascione, CEO of Healthware International. How does he see the market taking shape? What’s next for European healthcare companies in terms of scaling and integrating new revenue streams based on the digital transformation of healthcare? Listen in to find out.

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.

THCB Spotlights | Lygeia Ricciardi, CTO of Carium Health

By ZOYA KHAN

Today, THCB is spotlighting Lygeia Ricciardi. As the former Director of Consumer e-Health at the ONC, Lygeia tells us about patient access to health data and the ONC and CMS’s new rules on interoperability. But now, she’s the CTO of Carium Health, going from a “consumer activist consultant-type” to actually working with a startup. Carium provides a platform for consumer empowerment and engagement, helping to guide individuals through their health care and wellness journeys.