health care

  • California bill to give gig workers organizing rights stalls over antitrust concerns

    California bill to give gig workers organizing rights stalls over antitrust concerns

    A controversial bill that would have given gig workers the right to collectively bargain with the tech companies they work for stalled in the California legislature today, meaning that workers will have to wait at least another year for the opportunity to bargain for higher wages, paid sick leave, and other perks. Uber drivers, TaskRabbit errand runners, Postmates couriers —… Read More

  • Data-Driven Health Insurance Provider Clover Health Raises Another $35M

    Data-Driven Health Insurance Provider Clover Health Raises Another $35M

    When Sequoia Capitals Michael Dixon met Clover Health CEO Vivek Garipalli, he said he knew he wanted to invest. The catch: it took 18 months to convince him. But that finally happened, with the company today announcing a $35 million financing round led by Sequoia Capital. Clover Health works by tracking inputs from a person’s medical history and determining who the highest-risk… Read More

  • DIY Disruption Is The Easiest Way To Innovate Crunch Network

    DIY Disruption Is The Easiest Way To Innovate

    Last month I attended the Collision conference in Las Vegas; it served up a hipster/music festival feel with a decidedly tech twist. The event welcomed old-school headliners like PayPal, Dropbox and Facebook, but also brought in hundreds of tech startups, from cloud management vendor CloudBolt to MedYear, a consumer health information exchange platform. The vibe was electric. Read More

  • Sources: Grand Rounds Is Raising At Around A $750M Valuation

    Sources: Grand Rounds Is Raising At Around A $750M Valuation

    Sources are telling TechCrunch that Grand Rounds, which sells companies a service that gives employees access to healthcare advice and treatment from experienced professionals around the United States regardless of where they live, is valued at around $750 million as part of a new financing round. Grand Rounds works with companies to add an extra layer to their health benefits that… Read More

  • Healthcare Finally Moving Past Wang-Like Legacy Systems

    Healthcare Finally Moving Past Wang-Like Legacy Systems

    Healthcare has long been a technology paradox. There have been few places further out on the cutting edge of technology than biotech and medical devices. In contrast, healthIT has been in a time warp (see Why It’s Good News HealthIT is So Bad). Nearly 20 years after the advent of the web, the dominant healthIT vendors have thrived on a business model and technology architecture that… Read More

  • If The Health Care Industry Married Silicon Valley, They’d Have Babies Named “Cure”

    If The Health Care Industry Married Silicon Valley, They’d Have Babies Named “Cure”

    I just got back to San Francisco from the 15-year celebration of LIVESTRONG, the Lance Armstrong Foundation. It was an interesting time to be in Austin, as most of the world is still shell-shocked from Armstrong stepping down as the Chairman due to outside pressure from his doping scandal. However, most people had a positive attitude when it comes to the direction that LIVESTRONG is going in… Read More

  • Supreme Court Decision On Obamacare Has Little Relevance To Healthcare Disrupters

    Supreme Court Decision On Obamacare Has Little Relevance To Healthcare Disrupters

    When I’m not writing for TechCrunch, my “day job” is working with healthcare providers the disruptive innovators who are reinventing healthcare and slaying the healthcare cost beast as a byproduct. In some cases, these are entrepreneurs. In most other cases, they are pioneers within existing healthcare providers fighting to make changes within otherwise slow-moving organizations. Read More

  • Pharma’s Huge Threat (and Opportunity): mRx

    Pharma’s Huge Threat (and Opportunity): mRx

    It was only a matter of time before healthcare providers would start prescribing mHealth apps as soon as they proved to be as or more effective than prescription drugs. Happtique, a mobile health application store and app management solution startup will launch a trial of mRx. They claim this is the first program to enable doctors to prescribe mHealth apps to patients. mHealth pioneers are… Read More

  • Mr. Obama, Tear Down This Wall(ed Garden)

    Mr. Obama, Tear Down This Wall(ed Garden)

    Today, I participated in a meeting at the White House described as an “expert roundtable on patient access to health data” hosted by Todd Park (Chief Technology Officer of the United States), Farzad Mostashari (the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology), Leon Rodriguez (Office of Civil Rights) and Peter Levin (CTO Veterans Administration). Being at the White… Read More

  • Simplee Raises $6 Million Series A For Its Mint-Like Approach To Tracking Healthcare Expenses

    Simplee Raises $6 Million Series A For Its Mint-Like Approach To Tracking Healthcare Expenses

    Simplee, a Mint-like platform for tracking healthcare expenses and then paying them online, is today announcing the close of its $6 million Series A round of funding. The round was led by The Social+Capital Partnership (aka “s23p”), and includes current investors, Greylock Partners Israel. As a part of the investment, s23p’s General Partner Ted Maidenberg and… 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