The Limits of Google’s Flu Tracker

Big data is everywhere. It has tons of potential if applied the right way. I wrote a post on this just last month. Apparently and maybe not surprisingly it was all the rage at SXSW last week. Big data is big in and out of healthcare and is maybe one of the biggest buzzwords out there.

The Limits of Google’s Flu Tracker

Below is what Google told me Big Data means:

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News 3/14/14

I thought this startup was pretty cool. It’s a platform for optimizing medication lists for patients based on cost. RxRevu offers a solution and API to enterprises and applications to help patients, payers, and health systems to reduce costs by looking at options such as pill splitting and alternatives. It’s a bit different from GoodRx, which offers low-cost lookups for meds across mail order and brick-and-mortar pharmacies. It simply ingests medications lists and comes up with a list of recommendations based on average prices of doses and alternatives, not just generics. As an API, it seems powerful as it can be integrated into EHRs and portals. They apparently have data on potential savings from mining Aetna’s claims database.

News 3/14/14

Blue Shield of California (BSC) and Adventist Health partner to offer BSC members remote access to Adventist employed specialists. The cost of a telehealth visit through the program is the same for patients as for an in-person specialty visit.

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Would You Participate in a Healthcare Accelerator?

Last year the California HealthCare Foundation (CHCF) put out a report on healthcare accelerator programs that we covered at the time. It is still the best summary of the health accelerator space. CHCF also created an infographic on how healthcare accelerators can maximize their value. The report focused on Rock Health, Startup Health, Blueprint Health, HealthBox, StartX Med, and TigerLabs.

Since that report was published, other health accelerators have launched and had classes, DreamIt and Wildcatters being the largest ones that come to mind. The accelerator landscape is getting attention right now with SXSW going on and accelerators are active at and around conferences. I thought it was time to revisit the subject.

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Intel To Acquire BASIS

Intel is supposedly buying BASIS. For those who don’t know, BASIS is a self-tracker worn on your wrist, which sounds a lot like what larger players offer. According to the BASIS website, it is, "The world’s most advanced health tracker."

Intel To Acquire BASIS

BASIS does more than the more common wrist-worn trackers from Fitbit, Jawbone, Nike, and Misfit, which is where the "world’s most advanced" part comes in. In addition to tracking movement, intelligently identifying the type of activity (biking, running, walking), tracking sleep (including stages of sleep), and calculating calories burned, it also has a heart rate monitor built into the watch.

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What Does HIMSS Mean to You?

HIMSS (the show, anyway) is done for 2014. Follow-up will continue for the next several weeks for me. I know everybody is sad about its being over and likely very tired.

HIMSS is a massive event for the industry and it creates a lot of buildup and effort leading into it. The conference is exhausting. If you want a good sense of the day to day of HIMSS, you should check out the daily posts on HIStalk, they are fantastic. Even if you’re at HIMSS, those posts are good reads because likely you missed most of what they saw.

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