SXSW 2015: Can’t miss events for healthcare nerds

| March 02, 2015|Tags:

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Going back back to… Austin? 2015 marks our sixth consecutive year at South by Southwest. Each time, the conference gets bigger and better and the number of digital health events grows (I counted over eighty events in five days–whew!). The good news for you? We’ve put together a list of events that we’re most looking forward to, so grab your bags and join us in Texas.

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Radical Healthcare: What Do Consumers Want?
Friday March 13th, 5-6PM
JW Marriott, Room 203-204

Getting to Texas early? Grab some BBQ and dig into this panel–you’ll learn about how fields like gaming and e-commerce can help create better design for healthcare solutions. Spoiler: the “best” product doesn’t always win.

Digital Health and the Consumerization of Healthcare
Saturday, March 14th, 11AM-12PM
JW Marriott, Room 203-204

Rock Weekly: Unintended consequences of digital health

| March 02, 2015|Tags:

Rock Weekly

March 2, 2015

We’re (obviously) over the moon about the growing popularity of digital health—but unintended consequences grow alongside innovation. For one, as the line between patient and consumer gets blurred, so do the regulatory roles of the FDA and theFTC. And let’s not ignore the fact that medical identity theft has risen sharply. We love that healthcare is becoming increasingly digital, but let’s proceed with caution.

What else do we love? Our readers. Here’s 50 free (and sold-out) passes to Launch Festival, which takes over San Francisco this week.

Rock Weekly: The FDA approval you’ve been waiting for

| February 23, 2015|Tags:


February 23, 2015

Last week the FDA gave our friends at 23andMe a big green light to market genetic testing for one specific disease—and announced plans to re-classify similar tests moving forward.

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How laws and policies are shaping telemedicine

| February 18, 2015|Tags: ,

By Sarah Jacobson and Teresa Wang

As Part 2 of our Healthcare Reform Series, we’ll give you the rundown of what, how, and why reform is shaping the telemedicine market. One analyst estimates that the global telemedicine market will reach $36.3B by 2020, and this attractive market is catching the eye of investors and healthcare providers so that one day patients can receive world-class care from anywhere. However, the future of telemedicine is dependent on reimbursement and regulatory policies both at the federal and state level. Policy makers have historically been slow to embrace telemedicine, but a number of bills in the pipeline could fuel massive adoption by payers, patients, and providers.

But first, time out. What is telemedicine? According to the Health Resources and Services Administration, telemedicine refers to real-time, face-to-face audio/visual communication with a healthcare provider. Telehealth is the umbrella term that includes telephone calls, remote patient monitoring, and store-and-forward imaging (capturing an image or video for review by a healthcare provider at a later date), though most organizations use these terms interchangeably.

Let’s take a look at key legislation that has shaped telemedicine to date.


Rock Weekly: How healthcare reform fuels digital health

| February 16, 2015|Tags:


February 16, 2015

A huge chunk of the 125% growth in digital health funding has flowed to companies embracing new healthcare reform-fueled business models. From telemedicine to consumer engagement and HITECH to HealthKit, become an expert with our series about how healthcare legislation is shaping the digital health landscape.

How healthcare reform impacts digital health

| February 12, 2015

By Teresa Wang and Sarah Jacobson

Healthcare reform is fueling digital health funding. You’ve probably heard a variation or two of that statement so here’s a look at how and why healthcare reform has helped define the digital health landscape. In a series of posts, we’ll explore the legislative landscape, starting with this overview and then diving into telemedicine, at-home patient management, and healthcare consumer engagement over the next few weeks.

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With healthcare costs expected to rise 4.9% next year, stakeholders are starting to feel the pressure to change. Legislators are busy trying to slow the growth of healthcare spending; providers strive to find a balance for cutting costs and improving care; insurers compete to gain more enrolled members. Most notably, healthcare reform efforts have created an environment for the growth of digital health, which received over $8B in funding over the past four years.


Rock Weekly: Hackers love healthcare

| February 09, 2015|Tags:

Rock Weekly

February 9, 2015

“Every smart tech person I know is working in healthcare,” said legendary investor John Doerr at our CEO Summit last week. Healthcare is hot—and clearly so is (stealing) health data, helped by the fact that the industry’s cybersecurity lags far behind other sectors (which the FBI warned of last April).

23andMe Co-founder and CEO Anne Wojcicki onstage with This Week in Startups host Jason Calacanis at our Digital Health CEO Summit

What entrepreneurs need to know about health insurance tax penalties

| February 05, 2015

Noah Lang, Co-founder and CEO, Stride Health

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A significant portion of the American population will be influenced this spring new tax penalty regulations. It’s predicted that up to six million households will have to pay a penalty not buying health insurance last year. Others will be surprised with a penalty for under-estimating their income when applying for a government subsidy.

Rock Weekly: Is HIPAA good enough?

| February 02, 2015|Tags:


February 2, 2015

POTUS praised EMRs, wearables, and data for their impact on the future of medicine, and called on entrepreneurs (and investors) to create tools for patients as part of the newly-unveiled Precision Medicine Initiative. Needless to say, sharing genetic data is pretty key to the whole project. Conveniently, the FTC just said it thinks HIPAA isn’t good enough to protect patient data.

Rock Weekly: Where’s the exit?

| January 26, 2015|Tags:

Rock Weekly

January 26, 2015

While digital health may be lagging on the public market, conversations about the industry dominated Inside the Beltway last week. POTUS kicked everything off by announcing the Precision Medicine Initiative (more on what it needs to actually work here), while the ONC declared it would better help entrepreneurs navigate HIPAA compliance. (FYI, these companies can too.)