Matter Announces its First Batch of Startups

Chicago has a new accelerator program for health startups called Matter that announced its first class this week.

Matter Announces its First Batch of Startups

Matter is a non-profit supported by both private and public funds. It has good public support and I believe it is trying to incubate companies that are based in Chicago, with the added benefit of creating business and jobs locally. As a non-profit, Matter doesn’t take an equity stake in the companies. Apparently companies that don’t make progress are asked to leave. Matter is targeting companies across health IT, pharma, and devices.

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If You’re an iPhone User, We Want Your Data!

Apple’s HealthKit and Health app, despite a lackluster showing at the last Apple event, continues to chug along with new press in the industry. The most recent news was about Ochsner going live with HealthKit feeding data to Epic through MyChart.

If You’re an iPhone User, We Want Your Data!

My understanding is that clinicians, care navigators, or whoever the Epic customer decides can put in orders for patients to use HealthKit. These patients, assuming they use MyChart and iOS 8, then have a new activity in MyChart that gives them the option of connecting to HealthKit to import HealthKit data into MyChart and then Epic. Alerts can be set for each individual. That’s a much more interesting integration than I expected from Epic and Apple.

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ROI of Online Appointment Scheduling

My last post about telemedicine got me thinking about other direct-to-consumer health technology tools and services. This post is about online appointment scheduling.

I consider both to be tools for patient engagement. Both are being offered as features by several EHR vendors and also offered by dedicated non-EHR vendors. Both have potential for existing patients as well as for finding new patients.

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If You Build It, They Won’t Come

Virtual healthcare visits, not surprisingly, are catching on. Or at least more and more health systems and insurance companies are starting to offer them as a service for patients and members.

If You Build It, They Won’t Come

I’m not sure how many people have ever conducted a telehealth visit. I haven’t, unless you include over SMS with friends. But more and more we’re seeing big news about a health system launching some form of telemedicine service, typically through a partner tech vendor. My perception is that we’re at a tipping point for these types of services.

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News 10/2/14

Drug information site Iodine launched this week, founded by the former executive editor of Wired and a Google engineer. Iodine uses Google Surveys to collect information about medication use directly from consumers. Over the last year, Iodine has been successful at collecting surveys and data. The site is interesting in that you can quickly find meds and see the experience that people have had with those medications. You can also filter down to see specifically how your demographic has experienced taking that medication. It’s interesting data, especially if it can provide insights that help us understand the different reasons for non-adherence in specific populations and with specific medications. I’m not sure how consumers will use the data or whether doctors will like getting links to Iodine pages from their patients, but the data being collected is valuable and adds new insights to a massive industry. I’m sure a business model can be figured out.

News 10/2/14

This feels like big news for fundraising. WiserTogether announces new funding of $9 million from Martin Ventures and Merck. The company offers a price transparency platform for consumers, which is a big deal if you can get consumers to use it and consumers feel the pain of higher cost healthcare services.

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