Jane Sarasohn-Kahn, Health Economist and Management Consultant for THINK-Health, interviewed Peter Hudson, CEO of iTriage. Pete’s an ER doctor who got annoyed when his friends always called him about what symptoms they had and who they should go see. iTriage answered that question so well that in 2011 Aetna bought it to be a foundation of its Carepass consumer platform. There have now been more than 5 million downloads of the iTriage app.
Matthew Holt interviewed Brantley Whittington, CEO of Extormity. Whittington, a former Wall Street hedge fund manager, has a keen interest in EHR technology that dates back to a 2004 analyst report projecting exponential growth in the healthcare IT sector. Whittington provides leadership and vision, balancing perceived customer needs with the very real demands of Extormity investors. He has been quoted saying: “My sole focus is on maximizing shareholder value, period…oh, and improving patient care, too.”
Josh Stein, Co-Founder and CEO of AdhereTech, demonstrated his patented smart pill bottle, the AdhereTech Bottle, to improve adherence. The bottle is time stamped and also tells providers how many pills were taken. If adherence is off, AdhereTech intervenes by color notifications on the pill bottle itself, and also by text message or email notifications if it is past the optimal dosage time.
Eli Camhi, Director of Special Populations at Visiting Nurse Service of New York (VNSNY) and Eric Levin, president of RIP ROAD are featured winners of Pilot health tech NYC. Camhi introduced the Select Health plan, which targets the HIV population to increase adherence through text message reminders of medication refills and appointments. Levin spoke of the Patient Engagement Platform at RIP ROAD, which allows providers to 1) send communications to patients and members, 2) solicit feedback, and 3) to run mobile health programs to help patients manage their conditions.
Anne Fitch, VP of Sales and Operations, demonstrated the program Live It Up. Live It Up contacts people with suggestions of programs individualized for those people, depending on their psycho-demographic profile. The program aims to energize and empower people while rewarding those users along the way. She also demonstrated connection with Every Move to engage people.
Jamie Heywood founded PatientslikeMe with brother Ben and friend Jeff Cole when brother Stephen was suffering from ALS. The family’s remarkable story was captured in the documentary So Much So Fast. PatientslikeMe has since expanded from ALS to many other conditions, and now has over 45,000 patients sharing information in a radically open way. Jamie demonstrated the new Open Research Exchange platform, which shows various studies informing patients of treatments which work and gives more information into those conditions.
Tim Kelsey is a Cambridge-educated British journalist who co-founded Dr. Foster Intelligence, an organization which publishes comparative hospital and population health quality data, and offers analytic services to UK hospitals. Following the success of Dr. Foster Intelligence, he was offered a post at the UK Department of Health as Britain’s first Executive Director of Transparency and Open Data. He demonstrated the new pilot, Care Connect, to increase health care customer service by organizing and responding efficiently to complaints. This pilot is the start of unleashing the power of the people.
Lygeia Ricciardi is back after more than a year directly representing consumers at ONC, and is acting head of a new office that suggests ONC is really serious about helping consumers and patients. This consumer empowerment is demonstrated through the Blue Button, giving people immediate access to online data for themselves as well as their loved ones.
Over the past 15 years, Andy Effenson has focused his expertise on the development of strategic partnerships, lead generation programming, and product distribution within the IT, healthcare and employee benefit communities. Andy’s demonstration provided a tour of Dossia’s population health management dashboard which allows for real-time population analysis and interventions for both patients and providers.