Health 2.0

By Jonah Comstock January 27, 2016
Health 2.0's digital health funding numbers for 2015 are out and they're right in the middle of totals released so far, at $4.75 billion. Rock Health had pinned the number at $4.3 billion and both CB Insights and StartUp Health had pegged it at $5.8 billion. As usual, this relates to a range of different definitions of just what constitutes digital health.  But not only do the numbers differ,...
By Jonah Comstock October 12, 2015
Funding for wearables startups -- not just health-focused wearables -- is on track for a five-year low according to a new report from CB Insights. The firm says that startups focused on wearables are on track to hit $276 million for 2015, which would be 72 percent lower than 2014′s total and the lowest annual funding total since 2010. Last year's funding, it's worth noting, was unusually high due...
By Jonah Comstock October 8, 2015
Propeller Health is working with Boehringer Ingelheim. Pharma's investment in the digital health space is getting more and more real and substantive as companies move beyond the pilot stage and start to launch real digital health interventions, from Teva buying up smart inhaler company Gecko to Otsuka gearing up to launch a commercial drug integrated with a Proteus sensor. But digital...
By Jonah Comstock October 6, 2015
At the Health 2.0 event this week, Lisa Maki, the CEO of PokitDok, surprised the crowd by announcing from the stage that the company would no longer charge for its clearinghouse services, including checking eligibility, checking the status of a deductible, submitting a claim, checking claim status, transmitting benefit of enrollment data, getting a pre-authorization, and getting a referral. "Back...
By Jonah Comstock October 10, 2014
This week, a Massachusetts law went into effect requiring health insurers to make realtime cost information publicly available, an unprecedented move. As WBUR reported recently, the initiative has already started to shine light on some galling price discrepancies for procedures like MRIs, surgeries, and lab tests (for instance, an MRI in Boston ranges from $614 to $1,800 with no discernible...
By Jonah Comstock September 30, 2014
Boehringer Ingelheim is a pretty familiar name to people who follow mobile health moves from pharma companies. The large, privately-owned German firm has been involved in pilots with game developer Ayogo, smart pill bottle maker AdhereTech, and now-defunct behavior change platform Healthrageous. While its partners have talked up these pilots, up until now the company itself has been pretty quiet...
By Jonah Comstock September 29, 2014
IBM's Watson, a cognitive computing system originally designed to vanquish human competitors on Jeopardy in 2011, has been winding its way into more and more healthcare and health-related use cases. But like most novel technologies, a number of people still don't understand exactly what Watson is or does -- or what IBM's roadmap for the technology is. On the sidelines of the Health 2.0 event in...
By Jonah Comstock September 25, 2014
Former Wired executive editor Thomas Goetz and Matt Mohebbi, a former Google engineer, have teamed up to launch the drug-focused digital health startup Iodine, which Goetz unveiled this week at the Health 2.0 event in Santa Clara, California. "There’s a massive amount of search traffic on medications," Goetz told MobiHealthNews. "People use the internet for health decisions as much as they use it...
By Jonah Comstock September 25, 2014
Kaiser Permanente CEO Bernard Tyson believes three major trends are driving changes in the healthcare system, he said during his keynote on the final day of the Health 2.0 event in Santa Clara, California. Those include a shift to holistic, lifelong care; the rise of the patient as active healthcare consumer; and the decentralization of healthcare. "Eventually, as we disrupt the healthcare system...
By Jonah Comstock September 24, 2014
Safeway Health president Dr. Kent Bradley believes healthcare data has arrived. The challenge now for stakeholders, especially employers, is to figure out how to use that data meaningfully. Safeway Health entered the health market in an unusual way. In 2010, the grocery store chain Safeway was getting so much attention for its novel approaches to employee wellness that the company spun off...

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