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Rock Weekly: Who really owns your medical records?

| April 20, 2015|Tags:

Rock Weekly

April 20, 2015

Who owns patient records? Patients do—in only one state. From grandpa’s prescription history to your whole town’s genetic code—your data fetches dollars, and locking the records up affects the delivery of care. It would be nice to know who is storing what, especially in an era when consumers are increasingly at the center of healthcare.

On the topic of siloed data—our portfolio company Benchling just raised $5M to make the $180B world of life sciences research reproducible, searchable, and cheaper with their beloved digital lab notebook. Meanwhile, our own Clinicastjoined Elekta to help doctors use big data to better care for oncology patients.

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How to hack diabetes: The open artificial pancreas project

| April 10, 2015

Artificial PancreasCredit: Tim Omer

Jeff Engler, Entrepreneur in Residence, Rock Health

Rock Health’s mission is to power the future of the digital health ecosystem, and we generally work to achieve this through supporting amazing startups, partnering with industry-leading companies, and organizing events like the annual Health Innovation Summit.  I recently came across an initiative that doesn’t fit into these buckets but has a similar opportunity to transform the future of digital health, and wanted to write about them here in the hopes that folks who are reading feel inspired to join their effort.

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Radical consumer-first ideas are necessary to revolutionize healthcare

| March 25, 2015|Tags: , ,

Alejandro Foung, Co-founder and CEO, Lantern

With 14.1 Americans gaining coverage under Obamacare, more individuals than ever are getting access to healthcare. This is great. What’s not great is that healthcare still costs a fortune. Growing deductibles and out of pocket costs make great healthcare too expensive and inaccessible for many Americans. A few Americans can afford high-end services like concierge medicine and face to face therapy—premium services that a tailored to your needs.  Everyone else—from self-insured employers to individuals who need to find cheaper, better options—is driving demand for digital health products that are meaningful and easy to use.

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The State of Women in Healthcare: An Update

| March 23, 2015|Tags: ,

Exactly a year ago, we decided to publish the gender data on founders at Rock Health. Despite women being the majority of our team and our board, only 30% of our portfolio companies had a female founder (today, we are at almost 34%). Because we’d like to help our portfolio companies access a diverse talent pool, we began the XX in Health initiative nearly four years ago.

The aim of this initiative is to bring women together to network and support one another. The 2,400 members of the group share resources and ideas on LinkedIn and meet regularly across the country. This week we’re hosting a webinar on the topic for both men and women, and next week we’ll host our sixth XX in Health Retreat in NYC.

Today, through this initiative, we are proud to share our third annual report on the state of women in healthcare. Our past reports on this topic have been some of our most popular content, and we encourage you to share this report with your colleagues.

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The most important API you’ve never heard of

| March 11, 2015

Levin Brown is a MD/MPH candidate studying Health Policy and Management at Harvard School of Public Health.

Right now, one of the most important and exciting developments I’ve seen in health data is happening, and I really think you should be part of it.

Recently, a group of large EMR vendors and hospital stakeholders started exploring the new data exchange standard, HL7 FHIR. After many years of pressure, these vendors are sitting down together to discuss how to start exposing health data in a modern, consistent fashion. It’s taken a lot of work and leadership to get to this point and is going well so far—but now it’s time for the startup community to get involved.

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Predicting the trajectory of health: the future of VA care

| March 06, 2015|Tags:

I had the chance to chat with Kathleen L. Frisbee, the Co-Director of Connected Health in the Veterans Health Administration. Dr. Frisbee oversees the rollout of system-wide Veteran digital health strategies, including a suite of mobile health apps designed to support family caregivers providing home health care help to veterans.  Recently, Dr. Frisbee was recognized as one of FierceHealthIT’s “Top-10 influential women in health IT.”

What’s the most exciting project your team worked on in 2014?

The Family Caregiver Pilot was definitely one of the most exciting projects the VA Mobile Health team worked on in 2014. Between May 2013 and September 2014, nearly 1,000 Caregivers of seriously injured post 9/11 Veterans received VA-loaned iPads loaded with a suite of apps to test and evaluate. The suite is comprised of nine mobile applications (apps) designed to support Caregivers and the Veterans they assist. By using the mobile technology, Veterans and Caregivers received secure access to health care information, the ability to track personal health-related information, and additional functionality in sharing personal health information with their VA care teams.
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Nine exceptional leaders in digital health

| January 19, 2015

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On January 11th, we co-hosted the fourth annual Top 50 in Digital Health dinner along with Fenwick & West and Goldman Sachs.

This year we honored nine leaders and organizations making exceptional impacts in digital health:

Angel of the Year: Sami Inkinen
Few angel investors so wholly embody their investment theses like Sami Inkinen. This world-class triathlete and self-proclaimed “data geek” knows how to spot technologies that will hugely impact our health and wellbeing. He’s invested in Augmedix, Lantern, MyFitnessPal, and Rise. 

Crowfunding Hero: Empatica
Empatica’s Embrace is the first-of-its kind medical grade watch that measures epileptic seizures, among other things. To date, Embrace has raised 401% of its crowdfunding goal on Indiegogo.

Diversity Leadership Award: Castlight Health
Tackling complex problems in healthcare requires not only the brightest minds, but diverse ones too. Castlight has led by example for all digital health companies in assembling talented executives with distinct backgrounds to lead their mission. The Castlight leadership team includes doctors, developers, and 55% female executives.
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Last Minute Digital Health Gift Guide

| December 15, 2014

The holidays are upon us! While you scramble to find a perfect gift for that digital health geek (or yourself), we hope you find this list helpful.  

BitGym $7.99

With the cold season on your doorstep, outdoor runs get moved inside. BitGym keeps the motivation going by bringing the scenery to your cardio machine, and runs on any smartphone or tablet. Lucky you! BitGym is giving all our readers a free month of premium access with the code ROCKHOLIDAY.

BeamBrush $29

Bring the party to the daily routine and snag the first connected tooth brush, Beam Brush. With built-in Bluetooth and gamified challenges, you’ll always be in the know about your kids (and your own) brushing habits.

 

Liftware $295

If someone you know lives with Parkinson’s or Essential Tremor, you probably know how difficult using utensils can be. Lift Labs gives back the gift of eating by making super portable and easy to use stabilization tools for people living with tremor. To spread the holiday cheer, Lift Labs is extending their buy one, give one program—just use the code GIVETUES.
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Healthcare conferences still a sad place for diversity

| December 02, 2014


A snapshot of the Cleveland Clinic Innovation Summit, October 29th, 2014, where only 20% of speakers were female

Last year, Rock Health took the first look at gender diversity on the stages of a dozen high-profile healthcare conferences. We knew from experience that women were largely confined to the attendee list at these events, and we were appalled when our research  confirmed that only a quarter of speakers in 2013 were women.

We launched the XX Speaker Project as part of our larger XX in Health initiative to promote and support female leaders in healthcare. Opening up a dialogue about this imbalance, our goal was to make tangible changes and improve the numbers in 2014.

First, we called it out. Making these numbers transparent helps conference organizers, attendees, and the public at large realize there’s a problem. (You can view the data here).
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Lessons in big data: From New York to Pasadena

| November 19, 2014

Nirav Shah

Dr. Nirav R. Shah serves as Kaiser Permanente Southern California’s senior vice president and chief operating officer for Clinical Operations. He previously served as the New York State Health Commissioner, where he oversaw the implementation of a statewide healthcare technology initiative, the creation of a successful health insurance exchange, and the redesign of the Medicaid program. He is a board-certified Internist, an elected member of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Sciences, and formerly served on the faculty of NYU School of Medicine.

1. During your time as NY State Health Commissioner, New York set up a great model for data sharing—what was the biggest win?

One of our most notable achievements was creating a statewide network for health information exchange. What does that mean? It means that if you got into a car accident in Buffalo, the doctor could pull up your electronic medical records from Brooklyn. This network for nearly 20 million New Yorkers is funded by the state—which means it’s each and every citizen’s data—not the insurance company’s data or the hospital’s data. As a New Yorker, you will have full access to your records through a patient portal (or can download the data using the blue button standard) and you can decide who has access to your data or even decide to opt out.

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