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Kaiser Permanente Launches Open API

| June 03, 2013

Today, on stage at Health Datapalooza in Washington, DC, Kaiser Permanente, a Rock Health partner, announced the launch of its first application programming interface program, InterchangeSM.  Initially, Interchange will make Kaiser’s public facility and location information available for third-party developers to integrate into apps. This includes location, hours of operation and specialty information for Kaiser Permanente’s hospitals and medical offices, encompassing over 600 facilities. Additionally, in the future Kaiser plans to increase the number of securely accessible public data sets to include more health and wellness data, health plan data, brand-related data, and research publications.  Personal health information will not be made available externally via API technology. (more…)

Rock Health’s Guide to SXSW, Part 2: Can’t-Miss SXSW Parties

| March 08, 2013

We’re gearing up for SXSW in a major way, and as we plan to ship out to Austin, we’ve scoured the city for some of the hottest events. If you’re in the area, swing by and say hello! To get a status update on our whereabouts — just tweet at us @Rock_Health.  We’ll be giving away wellness kits to keep you feelin’ good throughout, as well as one-of-a-kind Rock Health shades!

Rock Health’s Guide to SXSW, Part 1: The Top 6 SXSW Sessions for Health Geeks

| March 01, 2013

Going to Austin next week and your head is spinning? Have no fear, we’ve made it easy for you.  Check out six SXSW sessions on health technology that you just can’t miss, below. (more…)

Rock Health Demo Day: Fourth Class of Startups Make Their Debut

| February 21, 2013

Wednesday, February 20th marked Rock Health’s fourth Demo Day, hosted again by our friends at UCSF.  The room was packed with 300 mentors, alumni, investors, and press — and the graduating startups killed it.

Our fourth class of startups exemplifies the ongoing transformation of our healthcare system through the use of technology. The 14 digital health startups are working across the industry—with hospitals, payors, and directly with consumers to make meaningful change in an industry that is ripe for innovation. Healthcare is one of the last sectors in our economy to undergo a technology-based transformation and Demo Day was a showcase of this shift.


Visual Wednesdays: The Hazards of Hospitals

| February 13, 2013

Visual Wednesdays: The Future of Health Tech

| January 23, 2013

Visual Wednesdays: How Women are Nurturing New Tech Businesses

| January 09, 2013

The Rise of Patient-Centered Healthcare: An Interview with Reed Tuckson, MD

| January 08, 2013

Dr. Reed Tuckson is Executive Vice President and Chief of Medical Affairs for UnitedHealth Group. A leading voice in healthcare issues throughout his career, Dr. Tuckson has overseen the work of more than 10,000 clinical personnel, gaining a national perspective on the health issues of the 70 million people served by UnitedHealthcare since joining UnitedHealth Group in 2000.  We caught up with Dr. Tuckson on the heels of his keynote at the Digital Health Summit.

Watch Rock Health companies as they demo at the UnitedHealth Group booth today at 3 pm.  Directions here.

What are some examples of ways that UnitedHealth has innovated on the patient and provider side?

Dr. Reed Tuckson: UnitedHealth Group has driven innovation on the patient and provider side in countless ways in recent years. One example of how we are leading the industry is in the emerging trend of the “gamification of health,” which uses video games to engage people in physical activity. This phenomenon shows particular promise in terms of combatting our national childhood obesity epidemic. UnitedHealth Group will be returning to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this year with some exciting news related to gamification—so watch this space!

Another very important health care innovation for patients is the growing availability and sophistication of health care cost calculators and estimators. These tools help people better understand their entire treatment “care paths” and the costs associated with their treatment options to empower them to make well-informed decisions that are tailored to their personal needs. This is the very definition of the term “consumerism,” or the ability of consumers to become more actively involved in making their own health care decisions.

UnitedHealthcare’s tool—myHealthcare Cost Estimator—brings the ease and simplicity of retail-like “comparison shopping” to health care. It provides quality, as well as cost and education resources all in one easy-to-use online service. It’s the latest example of how UnitedHealthcare is using technology to advance transparency—and simplicity—in health care.

What are your predictions for the future of consumer health?  How will this affect the marketplace for payors? (more…)

LA Auto Show Roundup

| December 10, 2012

We’ve just returned from the LA Auto Show, where Rock Health teamed up with Faurecia to explore the car seat as the next connected health platform. Aside from checking out the latest and hottest new cars, we sat down with a team of experts from healthcare, technology and automotive for an innovation workshop. Participants included experts from across industries and organizations: Dana Lowell, Director of Advanced Business Development at Faurecia, Amar Kendale, VP of Strategy & Market Development at MC10, Adam Dole, Business Planning Manager at the Mayo Clinic, Aiman Abdel-Malek,  VP of Engineering at Qualcomm Life, and Rock Health’s own Halle Tecco.

MySkin Inc (makers of the mySkin app) was the winner of our Smart Seating competition, and in addition to participating in the workshop, won a free pass and travel stipend to the auto show. They won for their idea to embed a skin imaging device into Smart Seats to track everything from moisture levels to UV radiation.

Submit an Idea for a Healthier Car, Win a Free Trip to the LA Auto Show

| November 08, 2012


Hey, car nuts – We’re tired of everyone giving the car a hard time about its effects on health—blaming it for pollution, obesity and unhappiness. (more…)