healthcare

  • TenderTree Rolls Into Beta To Help You Find Reliable Senior Caregivers

    TenderTree Rolls Into Beta To Help You Find Reliable Senior Caregivers

    It’s always refreshing when a startup tackles a real-world problem instead of building another photo-sharing/local reviews/social calendar service. Case in point: TenderTree, a company that’s trying to improve the way people find reliable care for their aging family members, and then pay them for their work. A recent participant in the latest 500 Startups batch with less than a… Read More

  • Strategic Healthcare Investors’ Investment Thesis

    Strategic Healthcare Investors’ Investment Thesis

    This is the second part in a two-part series on strategic investors in healthcare. Healthcare IT departments have focused much of their attention on the $19 billion portion of the stimulus bill that is providing billions of subsidies for the adoption of electronic health records. While this is logical given the available money, it is paying for health IT systems optimized for the “do… Read More

  • Community Hospital Joins Wave Of New Strategic Venture Funds To Drive Disruptive Innovation

    Community Hospital Joins Wave Of New Strategic Venture Funds To Drive Disruptive Innovation

    This first part of a two-part series on strategic investors in healthcare focuses on the expansion of the venture business beyond traditional venture and large strategic investors. In the second part, I will outline the backdrop for the investment thesis that strategic healthcare investors are using to guide their capital allocation. Healthcare providers are finding their “play it… Read More

  • Government Poised To Provide A Huge Boost To Healthtech Startups

    Government Poised To Provide A Huge Boost To Healthtech Startups

    Currently, the federal government is poised to level the playing field for healthtech startups. An unprecedented wave of innovative healthtech startups has been developing over the last few years. You can see them at conferences such as Health 2.0, TechCrunch Disrupt, TEDMED and demo day events that Blueprint Health, Healthbox, Rock Health and StartUp Health host. Nonetheless, the health… Read More

  • Patients Are More Than A Vessel For Billing Codes

    Patients Are More Than A Vessel For Billing Codes

    It will be virtually impossible to succeed in the new reimbursement model without recognizing what has long been said, but little done about it — “the most important member of the care team is the patient.” Having implemented or reviewed over 100 health IT systems, there is one common purpose at the core of the architecture of these systems — how to get as big a bill out… Read More

  • Dumb Employers, Lucky Startups And An Untapped Reservoir

    Dumb Employers, Lucky Startups And An Untapped Reservoir

    A group of women is re-entering the workforce today and reshaping how products are made across key tech sectors like health & wellness, commerce and social products. Not only do they have the experience of raising families, but they’ve been business and technology leaders earlier in life. They’re becoming founders and leaders at startups and in the very companies they’ve… Read More

  • Aetna: The Company Scaring Its Competition And Delighting Startups

    Aetna: The Company Scaring Its Competition And Delighting Startups

    Whither health insurance? A former medical advisor to the Obama Administration who happens to be the brother of former Presidential Chief of Staff predicted in the New York Times that by 2020 health insurance companies will be extinct. Nearly two years ago, I penned a piece entitled Health Insurance’s Bunker Buster. It outlined two key reasons that health insurance — as we have… Read More

  • Khan Academy Inspires Flip of Doctor-Patient Relationship Model

    Khan Academy Inspires Flip of Doctor-Patient Relationship Model

    Education and healthcare are typically held up as the industries least affected by the technology revolution, however this has begun to change. From Bill Gates to millions of students and parents, the Khan Academy has impressed many of us and inspired teachers to flip the classroom lecture/homework model on its head as described in the video below. Similarly, doctors are now recognizing… Read More

  • Three Free Healthcare Apps That Empower Patients

    Three Free Healthcare Apps That Empower Patients

    The significant adoption of smartphones among physicians has not only led to an explosion of medical apps aimed at healthcare providers, but it has also cultivated an emerging trend of health and wellness apps aimed at empowering patients. While great innovation is happening in the health and wellness mobile ecosystem, it’s difficult for patients and physicians to navigate through the… Read More

  • What Pharma Can Learn From the Railroads and IBM

    What Pharma Can Learn From the Railroads and IBM

    Editor’s note: This guest post was written by Dave Chase, the CEO of Avado.com, a patient portal & relationship management company that was a TechCrunch Disrupt finalist. Previously he was a management consultant for Accenture’s healthcare practice and founder of Microsoft’s Health platform business. You can follow him on Twitter @chasedave. Pharmaceutical companies… Read More

  • Communication is the Most Important Medical Instrument

    Communication is the Most Important Medical Instrument

    “A good scalpel makes a better surgeon. Good communication makes a better doctor.” The future of medicine in the U.S. is clear. The days of the “do more, bill more” model of reimbursement are numbered as it has produced one of the most inefficient healthcare systems in the world. While there are many unknowns regarding the future model, one thing is crystal clear… Read More

  • WWJD? The CEO Every Healthcare Leader Should Learn From

    WWJD? The CEO Every Healthcare Leader Should Learn From

    As healthcare goes through massive changes, health system CEOs would be well advised to study what newspaper industry leaders did (or perhaps more appropriately, didn’t do) when faced with a similar situation. In the late 90’s, the following dynamics were present: Owning printing presses was a de facto barrier to entry allowing newspapers unfettered dominance.
    Newspaper… Read More

  • Why It’s Good News HealthIT is So Bad

    Why It’s Good News HealthIT is So Bad

    I know of no industry where technology is as despised as it is in healthcare. It’s telling that it took government money to incentivize healthcare providers to finally do what virtually every other industry has done — apply information technology to streamline processes. “Established technology is being given a federally funded new lease on life,” athenahealth CEO… Read More

  • The Rise of Nimble Medicine

    The Rise of Nimble Medicine

    In the New Yorker, Dr. Atul Gawande outlined how, at the turn of the 20th century, more than forty per cent of household income went to paying for food and food production consumed nearly half the workforce. Starting in Texas, a wide array of new methods of food production were tested. Long story short, food now accounts for 8% of household budgets and 2% of the workforce. As a wide array of… Read More

  • NYC TechStars Member Blueprint Health Announces Its First Class Of Startups

    NYC TechStars Member Blueprint Health Announces Its First Class Of Startups

    NYC-based Blueprint Health, a health-focused member of the TechStars Network, is announcing its inaugural class of startups today. The Winter program, which begins on January 9th, will be taking place in a 12,000 square foot loft in SoHo that will be shared with the NYC-based members of Health 2.0 starting later this month. Part of the loft may also be turned into a co-working space for… Read More

  • Report Highlights Huge Gender Disparity in Healthcare Leadership

    Report Highlights Huge Gender Disparity in Healthcare Leadership

    Editor’s note: This guest post was written by Dave Chase, the CEO of Avado.com, a patient portal & relationship management company that was a TechCrunch Disrupt finalist. Previously he was a management consultant for Accenture’s healthcare practice and founder of Microsoft’s Health business. You can follow him on Twitter@chasedave. I can’t think of a product… Read More

  • Healthcare Field of Dreams In Idaho: Health System Opens Innovation Center

    Healthcare Field of Dreams In Idaho: Health System Opens Innovation Center

    Fifteen years ago the Internet was revolutionizing global communications and computing so companies were looking for the most advanced markets to test their technologies. Locales such as Korea and Singapore portended the future. Today, no less than reinvention of healthcare is taking place. A key question is which locales will provide a similar testbed for healthtech. It’s not always… Read More

  • DIY Health Reform: Employers Solving Healthcare Crisis One Onsite Clinic At A Time

    DIY Health Reform: Employers Solving Healthcare Crisis One Onsite Clinic At A Time

    In several of my past pieces, I have written about the importance of a disruptive model of care and payment called Direct Primary Care (DPC) such as The Most Important Organization In Silicon Valley That No One Has Heard About. As the DPC models scale, they become a great option for individuals and small business. However, larger organizations have another option at their disposal that… Read More

  • Microsoft Ends Another Vertical Market Dalliance—This Time In Healthcare

    Microsoft Ends Another Vertical Market Dalliance—This Time In Healthcare

    While Microsoft has been the most successful platform company in history, it periodically has flirted with vertical market-specific businesses with only mixed success. In virtually all cases, it ends up exiting the vertical business. At times, this has been with great financial success, like Expedia, for example. In other cases, not so much. The latest exit is in healthcare. Microsoft is… Read More

  • Docphin Launches A “Bloomberg For Doctors”

    Docphin Launches A “Bloomberg For Doctors”

    Today, Docphin is launching a new Web service the company likens to a “Bloomberg for Doctors.” The site aims to help physicians organize, bookmark, read and track medical news and research from a number of sources, all within a single dashboard interface. Included with the service are simple tools to view and filter through hundreds of medical journals, something which has been… Read More