Most Innovative Connected Health Companies 2013 (Part 1)

I was motivated by the recent publication of the Most Innovative Companies 2013 by Fast Company. The list includes 100 companies, broken out by geography and industry The list is a good read with decent summaries of a interesting companies. Comparing and ranking these companies as Fast Company did is hard to do.

Most Innovative Connected Health Companies 2013 (Part 1)

Below are some of the relevant companies I pulled from the Fast Company list. My next post will be my own list of most innovative companies in connected health.

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News 8/31/12

In response to my questioning the reasons for the MEDSEEK / GetWellNetwork partnership recently announced, a reader sent me this. If anyone can confirm or elaborate, feel free. 

News 8/31/12

Get Well and MEDSEEK share Henry Ford as one of their flagship customers. Henry Ford just signed with Epic recently and the first thing that Epic probably told them was, "Take GetWell@Home and MEDSEEK’s ‘Patient Experience’ and replace it with MyChart, since EpicCare and MyChart are a joint project for most customers." Knowing that they’d need to merge both offerings to provide something that MyChart offers, they partnered up so they both didn’t lose the customer when Epic said they would license Henry Ford MyChart for free (MyChart is free to implement, the cost to customers is through ongoing maintenance)."

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International mHealth Innovations and Applicability to Developed Countries – 9/23/11

I’ve intended to write a post about international mobile health for some time now, specifically mobile health in developing countries. I’ve even been jotting down notes for it in Evernote. 

I’ve had interesting conversations with US healthcare executives about international mHealth. In many ways, the developing world is ahead of the US, both in terms of impact and scale. It’s also possible, even with all the US hype about mHealth, that mHealth is getting more hype internationally in terms of potential to revolutionize health and wellness.

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News 9/21/11

An impressively analytical study of telestroke in rural emergency departments finds it to be cost effective when looking at the benefit in quality-adjusted life-years (QALYs) over an entire lifetime (~$2500/QALY. The conclusion of the authors, and most people it seems, is that telestroke can help reduce disparities in stroke care between urban and rural settings.

Speaking of American Well, OptumHealth and Rite Aid forge a partnership to offer Optum’s virtual health service, called NowClinic, in Rite Aid stores in the Detroit area. American Well is the telemed platform that Optum uses. Rite Aid customers can access remote care via terminals in stores or at home by visiting www.mynowclinic.com/riteaid. Consultations with nurses are free and it’s $45/10 minutes with a doctor. I believe American Well – and by extension, Optum – offers mobile access only for providers.

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News 11/17/10

The mHealth Summit took up most of last week, so we haven’t had the usual news posts. We’re back on track now.

From Deja Vu All Over Again: “Note to bright-eyed entrepreneurs who have not been in the health care industry a long time: the existing HIT vendor mafia has always been much more effective in squashing innovation from disruptive outsiders to maintain the status quo than competitively innovating against each other. If you fashion yourself as David vs. Goliath, make darn sure that God is on your side before you start hurling rocks. Therefore, there will be a great deal of opportunity for those niche companies that focus on meeting the needs above by complimenting the old guard entrenched HIT vendor systems, but with an eye towards explosive disruption when they are embedded, delivering value, and the market timing is right.”

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