Big news from perennial Health 2.0 favorite Healthline. The fast growing consumer destination site is spinning off a new subsidiary aimed at the market of provider-side analytics. Here’s a quick announcement of the news from CEO Dean Stephens
A few weeks back I caught up with a Health 2.0 veteran Dean Stephens, CEO of Healthline. For those of you who’ve not been paying attention Healthline.com has become a very fast growing consumer site–now with over 30m visits a month. Meanwhile, Dean’s been incubating a provider-focused natural language search product called Coding InSight to extract information from EMRs, which will compete with the likes of Apixio, Clinithink and others. Many more details in the interview below!
The San Francisco teams only had 2 days to create a solution and 3 minutes to present. It was a high-stakes, high-pressure event. If known the challenges it was entered for are in parentheses. AT&T, Aetna, Healthline, Food Essentials and athenhealth all offered separate challenges and prizes for this codeathon.
DIG*IT Mobile (AT&T): This app tried to use the “desire engine” concept to develop a medication adherence app specifically for patients with HIV. The app includes a news feed, a way to compare yourself to other people like you, easy contact buttons for providers and a quick health summary. Patients can see a graph of their lab values and their medication compliance, as well as a graph for adherence. Each day the app asks if a patient has taken their medication, as well as providing alerts that tell them to take their meds. The med component showed their pills and when their prescriptions are due. They plan to incorporate crowd-sourcing information later.
DocSays (Aetna & Healthline): This team took on the challenge of improving hospital discharge outcomes. Patients are overloaded with information at the time of discharge. Their app, titled Doc Says, gives them automatic reminders about everything from activity levels, foods, medication to reminders for appointments. It can also work on an SMS system, so it doesn’t have to be smart-phone based. Options on the screen include defining all doctors instructions as tasks. The steps are broken down so that “pick up your lisinopril” is a separate task from the more generic “take your medicine.”
I recently had a chance to talk with West Shell, Chairman and CEO of Healthline, who will appear onstage at the Health 2.0 Conference this Fall during our session, In Conversation with Three CEOs. While Healthline has always been known as a powerhouse search and content site, they are expanding to provide new tools and services keep up with the growing needs of users as technology in the healthcare space evolves (check out their Human Body Maps!).
As West mentions below, providers and payers are doing different things which is changing Healthline’s market and their offerings. They’re also working with the large amounts of data being released to help users make more informed decisions regarding their health. Check out the interview to hear West discuss even more Healthline updates, and where they’re headed in the future.