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“The Future of Health is Your Smartphone” – How Digital Health is Growing

While mHealth is growing quickly, consumers aren’t embracing it at the same rate. RockHealth reported that despite there being over 13,000 medical apps available, the mHealth trend isn’t taking off as much as it could be. There is a lot of potential for mHealth, and it truly is the future of health.

The following infograph from mashable.com described what this future for digital health is starting to look like. It also answers the question, “What can mobile do?”, and displays how big mHealth is becoming:

December 7, 2012 I Written By

Katie Clark is originally from Colorado and currently lives in Utah with her husband and son. She writes primarily for Smart Phone Health Care, but contributes to several Health Care Scene blogs, including EMR Thoughts, EMR and EHR, and EMR and HIPAA. She enjoys learning about Health IT and mHealth, and finding ways to improve her own health along the way.

National eHealth Collaborative Survey Results

The results of a survey given to 450 members of the National eHealth Collaborative on July 16th were released. The goal of the survey was to “build an understanding of consumer engagement strategies currently underway and planned for the future,” according to a press release. There were many interesting findings from this survey. The primary goals for consumer engagement with health IT included the following:

  • 68% – improve health outcomes
  • 66% – deliver information to patients
  • 59% – enable consumers to take more responsibility for their health
  • 59% – reduce healthcare costs
  • 57% – improve consumers’ experience in interacting with our organization

Along the same lines, those surveyed were asked what their definition of consumer engagement was. There were quite a few answers, but the top three were:

  • Patient uses electronic educational material or online resources to learn about better health or their own health conditions (74%)
  • Patient refills prescriptions or accesses lab results or other personal health data online (72%)
  • Patient engages with provider through electronic means (e.g. telemedicine) (71%)

Kate Berry, CEO of NeHC, commented on the survey:

Effectively leveraging health IT to engage with patients and consumers will lead to better healthcare outcomes. Our surveyshows that a majority of organizations believe in the strategic importance of consumer engagement yet their strategies are understandably nascent. NeHC’s Consumer Consortium on eHealth and HIE Learning Network can serve as forums for sharing consumer engagement lessons learned to help accelerate progress.

The complete results of the survey can be found here.

November 1, 2012 I Written By

Katie Clark is originally from Colorado and currently lives in Utah with her husband and son. She writes primarily for Smart Phone Health Care, but contributes to several Health Care Scene blogs, including EMR Thoughts, EMR and EHR, and EMR and HIPAA. She enjoys learning about Health IT and mHealth, and finding ways to improve her own health along the way.

New Host of Startups Enroll at StartUp Health Academy

A new class of companies will be enrolling in the StartUp Health Academy in the coming weeks. The program is three-years long and involves live and online workshops and demo days.

The newest start-ups that have enrolled include:

  • Avado
  • Beyond Lucid Technologies
  • CakeHealth
  • CarePlanners
  • CareLinx
  • Chemotopia
  • Docphin
  • Empower Interactive
  • Greatist
  • Medikly
  • Rip Road
  • Truth On Call

StartUp Health has had almost 1,000 startups in the academy over the past 10 years. That’s quite a list of companies. A number of them with really interesting history such as Avado founder coming from Microsoft HealthVault and CakeHealth which did really well at TechCrunch Disrupt.

September 25, 2012 I Written By

Katie Clark is originally from Colorado and currently lives in Utah with her husband and son. She writes primarily for Smart Phone Health Care, but contributes to several Health Care Scene blogs, including EMR Thoughts, EMR and EHR, and EMR and HIPAA. She enjoys learning about Health IT and mHealth, and finding ways to improve her own health along the way.

Meta Health Technology Acquired By Streamline Health; Breakthrough, MyHealthTeams, and PatientCo Ink Receive Fundings

Aquistions

Streamline Health announced last week that the company will be acquiring Meta Health Technology, a “leading provider of health information management solutions for hospitals, clinics, physician group practices and long-term care facilities across the U.S. and Canada,” according to Red Orbit.

Streamline acquired approximately $15 million capital stock from Meta Health which was $13.4 million in cash and $1.6 million in Streamline Health Stock. Robert E. Watson, President and Chief Executive Officer of Streamline Health Solutions, discussed the acquistion:

The Meta suite of solutions, when bundled with our existing solutions, will help current and prospective clients better prepare for this challenge. In addition, the pending release of a computer-assisted coding solution (CAC) will place Streamline Health at the core of addressing the complexities of the ICD-10 transition.

Fundings

Launched in 2009, Breakthrough addresses that fact that one in four Americans suffer from a mental illness. The company is offering a way for users to contact mental health professionals through email or video. It also allows users to find providers based on various criteria including price, specialty, or disorder.

Breakthrough has raised $900k in seed funding from many different investors. The contributors included the following: Ash Patel and Mike Marquez of Morado Ventures, Charles River Ventures, Square COO Keith Robois, Badoo COO Benjamin Ling, Gus Fuldner, PracticeFusion co-founder Matthew Douglass, PayPal Director and former eHealth exec Avery Kadison, Invite Media co-founders Nat Turner, and Zach Weinberg.

MyHealthTeams is a start up that develops communities, both socially and locally, for those who live with or help those with chronic conditions. The startup announced on Tuesday a $1.75 million round today. The round was led by Adams Street Partners, with participation from 500 Startups.

According to TechCrunch.com, MyHealthTeams’ mission is:

To make it easy for people to quickly find and connect with a network of other people who are in a similar position and can understand the challenges faced via its own condition-specific social networks. In addition, members can also easily find referrals of local providers and businesses best suited to help them — and this, presumably, is part of the business model.

The funding is going toward expanding the company.

and finally, Patientco Ink raised $3.75 million in a Series A financing. The round was led by BlueCross Blue Shield Venture Partners and Sandbox Industries. In addition, as a result to the financing, the Managing Director of Sandbox Industries, Tom Hawkes, will be joining Patientco’s board of directors.

A press release concerning the financing described Patientco:

Patientco simplifies the challenges of understanding healthcare expenses for patients so they pay their healthcare providers faster. Already more than one million patients across 20 states securely receive, pay and track their healthcare expenses via Patientco. Patientco’s proprietary technology integrates with physician and hospital information systems to provide a comprehensive communication, payment and reconciliation solution.

Sandbox Industries invested in the company to help develop and further Patientco’s solution and “to solve the increasing healthcare payments problem.”

Thank you to Rockhealth.com for putting together a list of fundings and acquisitions each week. Be sure to check out their weekly newsletter!

September 20, 2012 I Written By

Katie Clark is originally from Colorado and currently lives in Utah with her husband and son. She writes primarily for Smart Phone Health Care, but contributes to several Health Care Scene blogs, including EMR Thoughts, EMR and EHR, and EMR and HIPAA. She enjoys learning about Health IT and mHealth, and finding ways to improve her own health along the way.

Predilytics, InCrowd, and Doximity Receive Fundings and Plan to Expand

FUNDINGS

A Facebook for doctors? That’s what Doximity is being called. It started out as a LinkedIn for doctors, but with the addition of a news feed, it’s turning more Facebook-like. The company recently raked in $17 million series B round fundings. It was led by Morgenthaler Ventures, along with participation from Emergence Capital Partners and InterWest Partners.

This is the second round of funding that Doximity has received, which is when the company grew the most. It is a free, social networking tool that is secure and allows doctors to discuss patients, which cannot occur with regular social networks or text messaging. According to VentureBeat, Doximity

. . . hopes to connect doctors so that they can collaborate on cases, identify the right candidate for a referral, send private messages to each other, converse about the latest research, and gain exposure for their practice. It has experienced rapid expansion and recently announced that one in seven physicians in the United States have signed up.

Be sure to look for big things from this company in the future.

Boston-based startup Predilytics combines machine learning and health care to help health care companies run more efficiently. On September 4th, the company announced that it closed on a $6 million Series A round of funding. Contributors include Flybridge Capital Partners, Highland Capital Partners and Google Ventures.

Gigaoam.com quote Predilytics as describing their services as follows:

Predilytics offers a new approach for generating healthcare insights – applying big data, machine learning technology to create transparent, unbiased business driven results. This approach exceptional predictive models that are 2x to 4x more insightful and actionable than conventional statistical/regression modeling and rules-based methods.

Predilytics plans to use this funding to “further expand its product offerings and grow operations with a focus on analytics, information technology, application development and account management.”

InCrowd allows “pharmaceuticals to survey screened and targeted healthcare professionals in real-time.” The company recently closed a $2.2 million Series A round. The round was let by Nauta Capital.

InCrowd has a database of “pre-screened healthcare professionals.” These professionals have opted-in to being in the database. Pharmaceutical companies can take this database and find doctors that fit the description of who they want to to take their survey, and then a survey will be sent out to them.

Thank you to Rockhealth.com for putting together a list of fundings and acquisitions each week. Be sure to check out their weekly newsletter!

September 14, 2012 I Written By

Katie Clark is originally from Colorado and currently lives in Utah with her husband and son. She writes primarily for Smart Phone Health Care, but contributes to several Health Care Scene blogs, including EMR Thoughts, EMR and EHR, and EMR and HIPAA. She enjoys learning about Health IT and mHealth, and finding ways to improve her own health along the way.

WellFX, a Social Platform for HealthCare, Receives $5 Million From CMT Ventures

There is just one funding this week, but check out the full list of Healthcare IT investments:

WellFx, “a safe, private and secure social platform designed to bring healthcare to life” received $5 million Series A Financing from CMT Ventures. The platform is beneficial for both providers and patients. Patients that are living with chronic medical conditions are able to use the platform to connect with others, receive support, and get educated on their condition. Healthcare providers are able to incorporate the platform into their practice and encourage patients to participate in.

The company is in the process of creating a cloud-based social platform, which is what the $5 million will help with. The platform is supposed to help patients connect with one another and better their health.

Thank you to Rockhealth.com for putting together a list of fundings and acquisitions each week. Be sure to check out their weekly newsletter!

August 7, 2012 I Written By

Katie Clark is originally from Colorado and currently lives in Utah with her husband and son. She writes primarily for Smart Phone Health Care, but contributes to several Health Care Scene blogs, including EMR Thoughts, EMR and EHR, and EMR and HIPAA. She enjoys learning about Health IT and mHealth, and finding ways to improve her own health along the way.

PotikDok Raises $1.3 million, 23andMe Acquires CureTogether, and Merkle Acquires 5th Finger

Fundings

A startup from Silicon Valley, PokitDok, has recently raised $1.3 million in seed round funding. Pokitdok is a health and wellness startup that “aims to provide its members with the information and resources they need to make the very best health and wellness related decisions for themselves and their families.

Among investors in Pokitdok were Charles River Ventures and the Ballast Fund. PokitDok is currently in private beta and will be launched nationally on July 17th. The company connects users with with other users and professionals, and discount services can be purchased for certain providers through PokitDok.

Acquistions

5th Finger, a mobile marketing and mobile health vendor, who had numerous clients such as Safeway and Pfizer, was recently acquired by a customer relations management company, Merkle. According to Mobi Health News, the acquistion occured for an undisclosed amount.

5th Finger is well-known for developing Pfizer’s text message vaccine adherence program back in 2011 which sent vaccine reminders, education, and health care information to parents. It has also developed an app for Medtronic, and the company focuses on “medication adherence, health tracking, wellness education, engagement, gamification, and sales support functions.”

23andMe, the startup that invented the “Personal Genome Service” and has the goal of “becoming the go-to resource for personal genetic information, has acquired CureTogether, a similar startup. CureTogether helps its users “create their own research studies, learn about their health, and connect with experts and others who suffer from similar conditions” by providing them with the necessary tools.

From CureTogether, its founders, Daniel Reda and Alexandra Carmichael, will become a part of the 23andMe team. 23andMe will receive many new resources as a result of this acquisition. 23andMe currently has $53 million in fundings and this acquisition appears to be another step in the right direction.

Thank you to Rockhealth.com for putting together a list of fundings and acquisitions each week. Be sure to check out their weekly newsletter!

July 20, 2012 I Written By

Katie Clark is originally from Colorado and currently lives in Utah with her husband and son. She writes primarily for Smart Phone Health Care, but contributes to several Health Care Scene blogs, including EMR Thoughts, EMR and EHR, and EMR and HIPAA. She enjoys learning about Health IT and mHealth, and finding ways to improve her own health along the way.

Pervasive Healthcare Technologies Continuum

In my random visit to Twitter today, the master of healthcare Twitter usage, Gregg Masters (@2healthguru), posted a picture that really struck a chord with me. It’s embedded below for those who want to see it. In the picture it shows a number of core functionality and technology that’s needed to get a person’s healthcare data into their hands to become truly empowered patients. You might also call this the Quantified Self Continuum, but I also like the Pervasive Healthcare Technologies Continuum.

Here are the steps it displays: Ubiquitous Sensing -> Wireless Connectivity -> Cloud Computing -> Social Networks -> Empowered Patients

I think the one we’re missing the most right now is ubiquitous sensing. We’ve just started down this path and still have a long way to go to make this a reality. I’m also not sure about social networks being the way that the information is distributed. At least not the social networks they list. I think they might be healthcare specific networks that connect and share the data, but are lifted up and made more prominent using the major social networks.

Ok, here’s the tweet and picture. What are your thoughts on it?

March 20, 2012 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.

Numbers for HIMSS 2012 in Las Vegas

If you’re in the healthcare IT world, then you’ve no doubt heard all about HIMSS. It’s next week and thanks to the PR people who keep emailing me it’s constantly on my mind (Note to PR People: My HIMSS schedule is now full. Sorry!)

Modern Healthcare put out some numbers on HIMSS 2012 that I thought were really interesting:
-Estimated 35,000-37,000 estimated attendance
-Provider registration is up 16-17%
-Vendor registration is up 18-19%
-Vendor space was sold out 3 weeks ago
-275 companies are exhibiting for the first time

I also love that Steve Lieber says that they’re at more hotel rooms booked than they’ve ever done before. Although, since it’s in the lovely Las Vegas there are still plenty of hotel rooms for people. This quote is the reason why HIMSS should be in Las Vegas every year: “It actually makes it a whole lot easier. We’re dealing with 12 to 15 hotels rather than the 70 or 80 needed to house conventioneers at any other city.”

Be sure to sign up for the New Media Meetup at HIMSS 2012 sponsored by simplifyMD. We only have a couple spots left and then we’re going to turn on a waiting list.

Lots of other excitement at HIMSS. I’ll be doing a Meet the Bloggers session on Wednesday and be part of the Genius Bar at the social media center each day. I look forward to seeing everyone else there.

Also, if you’re looking for some evening networking events at HIMSS, Jennifer Dennard has posted a bunch of them up on HITR.

February 15, 2012 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 13 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John is co-founder of InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit.