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Shopping for Insurance? We’ve Got You Covered

Is my prescription covered? What’s my copay? Choosing a health insurance plan that gets you the most bang for your buck is daunting. For many, medication price and coverage is a crucial decision factor. Meanwhile, drug prices vary under different plans and comparing costs is a necessary, but messy, step in selecting the best plan.

Lucky for us, tech-enabled solutions have the potential to revamp the insurance shoppingexperience. Think: Black Friday-like madness becomes your very own virtual personal shopper in the palm of your hand. The Rx Cost and Coverage Challenge, sponsored by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) in collaboration with Vericred, encouraged the creation of new consumer tools to help users directly compare insurance plans based on medication and out-of-pocket costs.

Dozens of teams created and submitted novel consumer tools for selecting a plan on the health insurance exchange marketplace. The submissions incorporated data and APIs supplied by Vericred, PokitDok, Iodine, and GoodRx, such as formulary data and information corresponding to drug costs, for accurate and effective solutions. Industry experts then evaluated the submissions, and sent five teams to the final round. Of the five finalists, three solutions came out on top as the most helpful consumer tools.

Taking home the grand prize of $50,000 is HonestHealth, Inc. This platform makes it so easy to compare insurance plans that people may actually want to find shop for insurance. honesthealth_logoOnce the user has filled out minimal information such as age, location, and medications taken, the platform’s gliding tool offers a robust, yet comprehensive, list of insurance plans based on estimated out-of-pocket drug costs. The tool also offers information about drug tiers, what pharmacy to go to, and suggests GoodRx coupons right in the insurance selection tool. This tool gives consumers even more ways to save on health care costs and ultimately eases the burden of decision-making. HonestHealth’s CEO, Emilio Galan was excited to participate in the challenge because “with drug costs rising faster than wages” he felt that HonestHealth could “provide a consumer-friendly way to manage drug expenses,” and that they did.

, came in at second place, with a beautifully user friendly platform that requires little effort or information from the user. The tool provides an extensive list of optionsclearx_logo and allows the user to sort by what is most important to them, such as customer ratings, annual out of pocket costs, and other criteria. CleaRx Custom Drug Search provides an additional tool for consumers to compare alternative drug options. The tool provides a truly personalized insurance shopping experience.

In third place, Clear Health Analytics collects information from users in order to create an estimate of projected annual use of medical services and medications. Using these predicted numbers, the tool provides a list of recommended health insurance plans and the costs anticipated. It allows the user to highlight favorites and compare them side by side.

This winners of the challenge are making over the health insurance shopping experience, helping you find your best health insurance value. So, don’t fret about finding an insurance plan that is best for you. We got you covered (literally).

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Matthew Holt Interviews Keynote Speaker, Ian Morrison

Ian Morrison will be giving his keynote at Health 2.0’s 10th Annual Fall Conference in the afternoon of Tuesday, September 27thHe was President at Institute for the Future in the 1990s, founded the Strategic Health Perspectives service, and is in more health care board rooms and conference halls than almost anyone. At Health 2.0, Ian will share his latest insights into the future of health care. Register today and come hear what else Ian has to say!

Matthew Holt Interviews Erika Bliss

Erika Bliss is the CEO and the Co-founder of Qliance. She started Qliance with the goal of bringing high quality, accessible, personalized primary care to the general public. She led the initial Direct Primary Care movement nationally and in Washington State, lobbying and encouraging other primary care providers and practices to follow Qliance’s lead, and prove that all people are deserving of affordable, primary care whenever and however they need it. She will share with us on what she discovered about our health system from her recent trip to Cuba during The New Delivery System. What’s the Future of Tech-Enabled Services? Session on Wednesday, September 28th at 9am. Register today and come hear what else Erika has to say!

Matthew Holt Interviews Rasu Shrestha

Rasu Shrestha, CIO at the University of Pittsburg Medical Center, will be joining us on stage on Tuesday, September 27th for our Information Blocking, APIs & App Stores: The State of Play in Data Access session. Register today and come hear what else Rasu has to say!

Welcoming Amy Abernethy to our 10th Annual Fall Conference!

Health 2.0 is proud to have Dr. Amy Abernethy, the CMO/CSO and SVP of Oncology at Flatiron Health, join us to demo for our mainstage panel – “Data Drives Decisions and Discovery” this year! Flatiron Health, which recently led a $175 million Series C funding round, looks to serve cancer patients by improving treatment and accelerating research by leveraging the power of big data. At Flatiron, Amy leads the clinical and oncology data teams and is helping direct Flatiron into it’s next phase of growth. Prior to joining Flatiron, Amy was a professor of medicine at Duke Medical Center and the director for Duke Medical’s Cancer Care Research Program and for the Duke Center for Learning Health Care.


Amy will join us on the stage to demo and speak about Flatiron’s latest developments. She will give her insights into how big data can be leveraged to drastically improve cancer care and treatment and how Flatiron thinks they can become a leader in driving this field forward. We are looking forward to having Amy join us on our stage and to hear more about Flatiron Health!


Welcoming Claudia Williams to our 10th Annual Fall Conference!

We are excited to have Claudia Williams, the Senior Advisor of Health Innovation and Technology of the United States Office of Science and Technology Policy, at our Fall Conference this year! Claudia will be joining us for our “Data Drives Decisions and Discovery” mainstage panel. A senior healthcare executive with over 20 years of experience, Claudia helps lead President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative (PMI). She also focuses on developing new payment and care transformation policies that leverage HIT and open data, building strategic partnerships with diverse stakeholders to spur digital health innovation, and galvanizing and leading the blue button movement.

Given her experience in the health care field and with the PMI, Claudia will provide her insights into this initiative. Given that this idea has been proposed in the past, she will describe why she believes this effort is unique from other past efforts. She will also speak about future innovations in this field and describe how she believes this will take shape within the PMI and the health care industry as a whole. We are really looking forward to having Claudia at our conference and hope that you are as well!

Welcoming DJ Patil to our 10th Annual Fall Conference!

We are extremely excited to welcome Dr. DJ Patil, the Chief Data Scientist of the United States Office of Science and Technology Policy, to Health 2.0’s 10th Annual Fall Conference stage! DJ is one of the leading data scientists in the world, even helping to coin the term early on in his career. It is only fitting that he is joining us for our mainstage panel “Data Drives Decisions and Discovery: Intelligence for a New Era.”

At the White House, DJ advises on policies and practices to maintain U.S. leadership in technology and innovation, fosters partnerships to maximize the Nation’s return on its investment in data, and helps to attract and retain the best minds in data science to serve the public. Before his current position, DJ had held several positions as a premier data scientist in the public and private sectors and in academia.

With his wealth of experience, DJ will give the Health 2.0 audience the latest insights into all things data in health and health care. He will look back over the past ten years to give his outlook on the most significant innovations in data science and give his take on where health care is today. DJ will also look into the future of data, looking at challenges to forward progress (i.e. data silos) and assess what innovators in this space can do to continue to enable innovation for the next ten years. We are looking forward to having DJ join us on our stage this year!

Health 2.0 Unveils Final Agenda for the 10th Annual Fall Conference

200 LIVE Product Demos. 100+ Thought Leaders. 10 New Company Launches. 2000+ Attendees. 4 Days of Prime Networking.  Known as the largest global conference and innovation community in digital health, Health 2.0 is excited to announce the final agenda for The 10th Annual Fall Conference.  Speakers will focus on their unique challenges that they have faced within the healthcare system as well as opportunities to advance healthy communities:

  • DJ Patil, Deputy CTO, White House Office of Science and Tech Policy will discuss how the fields of life science and health technology steadily intertwine as the rise of wearable sensors and other connected devices continue to evolve alongside advanced genomic analysis, cheaper personal diagnostics, with more flexible data analysis bringing them all together.
  • Harvey Fineberg, President, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, will describe the expanding challenges faced by serious illness patients and their families, and explore the opportunities and challenges to develop innovative and useful technology solutions.
  • Karen DeSalvo, Acting Assistant Secretary, HHS, will speak on how the HHS is helping to build a better health care system by driving innovation, and how players across the health care system can come together to engage and empower consumers, and put patients at the center of their care.
  • Ian Morrison, Founding Partner, Strategic Health Perspectives specializes in long-term forecasting and planning with particular emphasis on health care and the changing business environment. He will share with us some of his latest insights and provide a glimpse into the future of health care

Other speakers include:

  • Claudia Williams, Director HIE, OSTP
  • Vindell Washington, National Coordinator HIT, ONC
  • Laverne Council, CIO, Dept of Veteran Affairs
  • Jonathan Bush, CEO, athenahealth
  • Owen Tripp, CEO, Grand Rounds
  • Greg Orr, VP Digital Health, Walgreens Boots Alliance
  • Monique Mrazek, Invest. Officer, IFC/World Bank Group
  • California Senator Ed Hernandez
  • Michael Painter, Program Officer, RWJF
  • Stuart McGuigan, VP & CIO, Johnson & Johnson

and over 100 more speakers.

Key Sessions will include:

  • The Intersection of Technology and Public Health for Stronger Communities
  • Accelerating Innovation: Cedar Sinai & Techstars
  • The Next Gen Consumer: Tech for Healthy Choices
  • Information Blocking, APIs & App Stores: The State of Play in Data Access
  • Data Drives Decisions & Delivery: Intelligence for a New Era
  • Medicaid as a Market: Bringing Innovative Solutions to the Safety Net
  • The Care Continuum: Innovative Solutions for Ongoing Care
  • Platforms for Chronic Disease Management
  • The New Frontier: Exploring the Future of VR in Health
  • What Employers Want from Health Tech Companies
  • Diving into the Gene Pool: The Future of Genomics and Personalized Medicine

and many more!

BUT Health 2.0 is famous for its incredible selection of LIVE 4 Minute Demos, and this year you’ll see:

● Redox
● Imprivata
● Validic
● Pokitdok
● Shift Health
● Medtep
● Livongo
● MyHealthTeams
● Sensely
● Limelight Health
● Cedars-Sinai
● Philips
● Genospace
● Healthcare Bluebook
● Stride Health
● Stroll Health
● Bigfoot Biomedical, Inc.
● Sensoria, Inc
● Biovotion
● biome
● LumiraDx
● Healthloop
● Siemens Healthineers
● Elation Health
● Conversa Health
● Medtronic Diabetes Group
● gripAble
● CloudMedx
● Healthify
● Vios Medical
● PreciseMeds, LLC
● Qidza
● Flatiron Health

Learn more about the agenda here and visit the registration website to attend.
***Note: If you cannot attend the conference in person, we have live webcast and flash drive archive options available!

Health 2.0 Is Expediting The Health Technology Buying Process

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SAN FRANCISCO, September 6, 2016. Kaiser and Takeda join Health 2.0’s MarketConnect: a vetted buyer-seller forum for health technology. Through vigorous vetting of health technology companies and matching based on prospective buyers’ needs, Health 2.0 is simplifying and expediting the health tech buying and selling process during their 10th Annual Fall Conference on September 24-29 in Santa Clara.  

A first of its kind, Health 2.0’s MarketConnect is an invitation only forum for buyers and sellers to be pre-matched for market compatibility and facilitate technology acquisition. Executives from organizations such as Kaiser Permanente, Lumos Labs, Takeda Pharmaceuticals and more will be looking for to connect with technology companies.

The networking program is designed to break down the barriers of technology adoption within large health systems and health organizations to connect tech companies directly with pre-qualified executives that are interested in seeing vetted technologies that are relevant to problems that are trying to solve.

How it works: Health 2.0 works with closely with buyers to identify specific areas where technology is needed and a solution is required within 12 months. Health 2.0 then assess the digital health marketplace and identifies relevant companies aligned with buyer’s’ technology needs and connect buyers with hand-picked companies during our MarketConnect event at Health 2.0’s Annual Fall Conference. During the event, buyers will meet with up to 5 compatible companies with the intent of purchasing suitable technologies.

More for information about MarketConnect and the 10th Annual Fall Conference, go to

About Health 2.0

Health 2.0 is the premiere showcase and catalyst for the advancement of new health  technologies. Through a global series of conferences, thought leadership roundtables, developer competitions, pilot  programs, and leading market intelligence, Health 2.0 drives the innovation and collaboration necessary to transform health and health care.

Project Zygote: The digital health pre-accelerator

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It has happened to the best of us.

You come up with a life-changing concept and want to build a new product around it but don’t have the technical chops to make it happen.  Five years later, someone else takes your idea to market and you say: “That could have been me.”  Worse yet, maybe you have the idea and the technical ability but you don’t have the industry know-how to make it a reality.  This can especially be true when your idea involves solutioning for the healthcare industry + developing software (referred to as ‘digital health’) that meets both providers’ and consumers’ needs…all while navigating the stack of regulations governing work in this field.

There’s hope!  Whether you have a big idea, a small idea, or no idea at all (yet!), there is a new program that you should join that helps you realize your digital health ambitions.  Take a look:

A digital health pre-accelerator is born.  Leveraging its 2,000 members in San Francisco and extensive network from across the region, leaders from the local Health 2.0 chapter are launching a pre-accelerator program this fall called Project Zygote.  The program brokers relationships among various healthcare entrepreneurs and then takes them through programming to vet and develop new digital health solutions.  The program’s purpose is (1) to create teams that include at least one provider, one technologist, and one go-to-market professional to develop a digital health concept and (2) to help gain placement in a full-fledged accelerator or formal incubator program.

For those digital health entrepreneurs who have already formed a team, business plan, and oftentimes a prototype, exposure to established accelerator programs can be helpful to advance new product ideas.  Rock Health, Launchpad Digital Health, and StartUp Health are well known entities that give early-stage companies the mentorship, funding, and healthcare industry contacts they need to bring their ideas to market.

That said, the demand for these services far exceeds supply.  In some instances, accelerator programs are forced to refuse upwards of 90% of applicants due to space constraints.  Moreover, many new ideas are turned away because they are perceived to need further vetting and refinement for acceptance into and successful completion of a traditional digital health accelerator program. In other words, in order for a traditional startup accelerator to work, there must be some sort of traction to accelerate.

But what about the rest of the idea generators – pre-team, pre-business plan, lacking a prototype…people with a vision and energy to pursue it?  Who does the family practice physician,  inspired by a patient interaction, go to with his new technology idea?  How about the mobile game developer who can apply her knowledge of human psychology and gamification to solve a healthcare problem?

Enter the digital health pre-accelerator.  For aspiring entrepreneurs who want to explore digital health ideas before jumping from their day jobs, a pre-accelerator program is an attractive option.  Participation in Project Zygote provides an opportunity for an interdisciplinary team to unite, vet ideas and increase the likelihood of truly improving the healthcare industry.

There are three distinct groups broadly defined as providers, technologists, and go-to-market professionals, that can most benefit by collaborating in a digital health pre-accelerator:

Providers, including physicians, nurses, pharmacists, case workers, nutritionists, and other allied health professionals who know firsthand the problems that need to be solved in the delivery of healthcare services. Since these professionals work within the healthcare system, they can credibly diagnose today’s service delivery problems and have numerous ideas on the application of technology-enabled solutions that can fix these woes.  However, providers lack the expertise required to build or scale new digital health solutions and must collaborate with others who can build new products in line with requirements this group articulates.

Technologists, including user experience designers, user researchers, and software engineers.  Based on firsthand observations, technology creators in the San Francisco Bay Area are often motivated to “disrupt” healthcare by jumping in and leveraging their skills to build the next ‘app’.  While the spirit of entrepreneurship and shipping product quickly are key ingredients to instigating change, jumping in, often with only drawing from a consumer’s perspective on healthcare delivery, can be shortsighted if not misguided.  As with developing a solution for any industry, technologists need exposure to and vetting of ideas by experienced providers that can validate and guide technologists’ thinking and ideation process.

Go-to-market professionals, such as those in sales, marketing, business development, and public relations.  Inclusion of this group should occur at the idea’s inception, regardless of for- or non-profit motivations; appreciating the payment model options for digital health solutions is a key component that entrepreneurs need to consider early in the process.  For example, deciding when to follow a B2B2C model with payers and provider organizations versus a B2C model should be factored in as part of any launch strategy.

The program.  Project Zygote begins with a matchmaking event and then moves into a series of educational and mentoring sessions spread across three weekend days, ultimately culminating in a pitch night at a Health 2.0 San Francisco chapter meeting.  Programming is broken into three modules including:

  1. Validating a digital health market fit
  2. Designing data collection/analysis to prove the efficacy of a new solution
  3. Building a business model to capture the value of the new solution.

Our pilot program kicks off in mid-September 2016. With over 20 program leaders who are experts in their respective fields, participants will receive the invaluable training and skills needed to realize their ideas and ultimately transform the healthcare industry, improving medicine for both providers and patients.

Do you want to make your idea a reality?  Anybody with an idea (big, small, or none at all) is welcome to apply.  We’re actively seeking applicants so submit your interest here to learn more.

Andy Strunk is President of the 2,000-member Health 2.0 San Francisco chapter (

Meet the 10 Finalists to Pitch LIVE at Traction 2016!

On a hunt for the most promising health tech startups? Look no further than Traction: Health 2.0’s Startup Pitch Competition. Ten finalists will pitch their tech live, and face off in just under one month, for the title of “2016’s Most Fundable Startup.”

Kicking off Health 2.0’s 10th Annual Fall Conference on Monday September 26th, Traction will feature companies ready to raise a Series A round of $2-$15M, in two tracks; Consumer Facing and Professional Facing technologies. Our group of expert mentors will be working with the ten finalists to improve their pitches in the time between today and the event. Judges will then decide on-site which company has the greatest potential to grow and secure funding in the next year. Get your “Conference Admission + Traction” ticket today to see ten of the most promising startups compete for funding in front of leading venture capitalists including  New Atlantic Ventures, Lemhi Ventures, and many more.

This Year’s Finalists Include:

Professional Facing:

Biome’s suite of applications are algorithmically based tools that focus on the clinical and financial drivers with the greatest impact on outcomes to help clinicians make the best decisions.

HeartGenetics has created the HEARTDECODE® reporting system, allowing genetic tests providers to perform comprehensive, simpler reports, supporting accurate diagnosis, prognosis, risk stratification and drug prescription.

Kermit’s cloud based analytics platform digitizes vendor bill sheets, identify trends and root issues, and unlocks savings opportunities to control PPI (physician preference items) Spend for hospitals.

Moving Analytics helps cardiac centers improve the utilization of their Cardiac Rehab, remote heart failure and COPD programs by augmenting it with a home-based program delivered through patient’s’ mobile devices.

Stroll Inc. provides a tablet-based tool for PCPs to share the information about upcoming treatment options, such as location, negotiated rates and actual cost based on individual deductible status and home location in real time.

Consumer Facing:

Advanced Telesensors has created a non-contact cardiac and respiration sensor with motion and noise tolerance that can monitor vital signs from over 3 Meters away.

Copilots In Care’s web application guide’s patients and their families through their end-of-life care process, helping them reflect on their medical goals through questions and educational materials, sharing the patients’ responses with their provider, and followed with in-person support facilitating discussion.

Inteliclinic’s “Neuroon,” a revolutionary wearable mask, uses Bright Light Therapy to help people sleep better and fight circadian rhythm disorders such as jet lag and insomnia.

UnaliWear’s Kanega watch uses a speech based interface to provide discreet support for falls, medication reminders, and “guide-me-home” assistance, eliminating the need for ugly and hard to use screens.

VaGenie has created a device and coaching system for Kegel fitness and tracking that uses biofeedback to help strengthen the pelvic floor, strengthening the core, restoring feminine control, and building confidence.

Join an audience of over 2,000 professionals, innovators, venture capitalists, and thought-leaders who are driving the digital health revolution at Health 2.0’s 10th Annual Fall Conference in Santa Clara, CA on September 25th – 28th. With over 200 live product demos, over 100 thought leaders and 10 new company launches, Health 2.0 annually convenes the leading conference linking health care with new digital technologies. We can’t wait to see what this year will bring!

Learn more about the agenda here and register to attend.


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