Who Has Health Data to Leverage?

Samsung, Apple, and most recently Google recently announced that they are creating platforms to aggregate digital health and wellness data. Samsung and Apple are working with big healthcare brands like UCSF and Epic, respectively.

Who Has Health Data to Leverage?

The story goes that the consumerization of healthcare; the proliferation of tracking devices, sensors, and apps; and the changing landscape of payment reform and accountable (lowercase) care are going to disrupt healthcare, opening up opportunities for new entrants, tools, and services powered by technology. Microsoft, to its credit or potentially poor judgment, has stood strong on the consumer side of healthcare with HealthVault for a long time.

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News 7/18/14

Not surprisingly, EHR adoption, implementation, and data integration are seen as the biggest technology problems facing physicians this year according to a survey one by Kareo. My guess would be technology is not the highest issue — reimbursement and payment would be more top of mind.

News 7/18/14

DreamIt Health, the accelerator in Philadelphia, announces its new class of startups. DreamIt has partnerships with Penn and Independence Blue Cross. Companies get a $50,000 investment in exchange for 6 percent equity. The companies offer everything from 3D printing, carbon nanotubes, scheduling, medication adherence, to fraud prevention. They are:

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The Search for Physician Search

It was almost three years ago that I wrote my first post on ZocDoc as a model of "consumer health success." At the time, I was writing a series of posts about companies that were having success engaging consumers directly. I discussed what ZocDoc was doing and how they’d gotten out in front of other companies with appointment scheduling.

The Search for Physician Search

Appointment scheduling is a huge opportunity. People want it and are used to the concept from other industries. It’s also helping to solve the problem of long waits for appointments, which apparently is not isolated to the VA.

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News 7/11/14

As Lt. Dan reported, Validic has acquired Infometers. Durham, NC-based Validic is having a fantastic year. The acquisition gives it a team and location in Northern California, which is a great hub for a company that offers an API.

News 7/11/14

I have a hard time keeping track of all the health accelerators. NextHIT launched in Houston this week. Startup applications for the first class are due August 13. Companies selected get $30,000 and a host of other services. The accelerator is a partner of University of Houston. One of the founders is Patrick McGinnis, MD, MS, MBA, director of medical informatics at Texas Medical Center at Memorial Hermann Healthcare System.

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Patient Ownership of Records

Patient ownership of medical records is a big push in healthcare. Owning medical records leads to more ownership of care, informed decision-making, and accountability (whether real or perceived). Initiatives such as OpenNotes are finding success in sharing complete medical notes with patients.

They are also building a body of evidence in support of sharing medical records. Patients like accessing medical records. Their privacy concerns (a third of patients have them) seem to be trumped by their desire to view their records.

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