NIraj Katwala represented Healthline as the session sponsor. The session began with the “Rising Stars” segment, moderated by Indu Subaiya. Indu curated a panel focused entirely on a generation of young entrepreneurs in health technology, thus called “rising stars.” Featured for their progressive technologies was Akhila Satish of CyberDoctor and Pelu Tran of Augmedix. Akhila demonstrated CyberDoctor’s new adherence application game, PatientPartner, in which the player can see how certain decisions directly affect their life. Pelu showed how Google Glass is being used in a clinical setting to increase physician facetime with their patients.
Indu then segued into the next portion of the session, introducing the WeightLess Project, with Poonacha Machaiah. In the WeightLess Project the overweight of the world give to the malnourished. Beneficial to both groups with opposite problems, “The Weightless Project” brings a certain currency as calorie lost is converted to calorie gained. This project served as a good link to the third part of the session, Around the World: International, which focused on companies and individuals helping the underserved around the world.
The International panel was moderated by James Mathews, the Chairman of the Health 2.0 chapter in India. It featured James Nardella, Mark Friess, and Ravi Kumar as speakers, and demonstrations from Ram Gopalan of Argusoft, James Nardella of the Lwala Community Alliance, and Donato Tramuto of Physicians Interactive.
Previously at Health 2.0 Ram Gopalan has showcased InfoDocRx, but this year he spoke about the big work that Argusoft is doing with simple Nokia cellphones and a solid data analytics platform to solve one of the greatest challenges in public health initiatives – tracking, monitoring and measuring the progress of remote and rural health initiatives. The platform uses the mobile phone to connect to a browser based interface, which allows workers in rural areas to receive accurate information on a likely diagnosis and suggested treatments after answering a number of health questions.
Fresh from presenting at the first Health 2.0 India, Ram is here to show InfoDocRx. It provides an interaction like a live doctor/office visit complete with an iPHR, audio/video interaction, desktop sharing of documents, and more.
Although progress is being made in addressing deficiencies in how care is delivered, the U.S. health care system is still a “broken” system from the perspective of many patients and providers. Many patients still find it difficult to access a health provider. Providers find that reimbursement rules constrain the types of interactions for which they’ll be paid. In response to persistent problems with health care delivery a variety of new approaches to care delivery have emerged. We’ll take a look at a group of companies that have developed technologies to facilitate interactions between patients and providers.