Kaiser Permanente

By Jonah Comstock February 5, 2018
When people think about direct-to-consumer telemedicine, they often think of video visits or phone calls. But Kaiser Permanente Colorado has discovered that, for the integrated system, a simple text chat is an easier sell — as its impressive uptake numbers demonstrate. “We trialed this as a mechanism by which we would be able to help our members avoid unnecessary ER visits, but it has turned into...
By Jonah Comstock January 31, 2018
A new large-scale study shows that interactive, tailored text messages can improve medication adherence by 14 percent. "The program results far exceed our expectations with 44 percent refill rate in the text message group as compared to 30 percent in the non-text group," Rena Brar Prayaga, the paper’s corresponding author and a behavioral data scientist at mPulse Mobile, said in a statement. "In...
By Laura Lovett January 29, 2018
Healthcare compliance analytics startup Protenus landed $11 million in funding co-led by F-Prime Capital Partners and Kaiser Permanente Ventures, bringing its total funding to $19.4 million.  The Baltimore-based company plans to use the funding to make its health data auditing and privacy monitoring platform available to hospitals across North America.  “Health systems today have big challenges...
By Mike Miliard July 26, 2017
HIMSS has named Harold “Hal” Wolf III to be its new president and chief executive officer, following an extensive search process, the association announced Wednesday. He will succeed H. Stephen Lieber, who is stepping down as HIMSS CEO after more than 17 years. Wolf has more than three decades of experience working in healthcare and technology, with deep expertise in integrated care models,...
By Naomi Fried February 10, 2017
About the author: Naomi Fried, PhD (@NaomiFried), is the CEO of Health Innovation Strategies, which provides digital health strategy and innovation infrastructure consulting to healthcare stakeholders including pharma companies and providers. Her previous positions include the first Chief Innovation Officer at Boston Children’s Hospital, Biogen’s VP of Innovation and External Partnerships, and VP...
By Heather Mack October 10, 2016
Arkansas is inching closer to the national standard of telemedicine allowances. The state’s Medical Board unanimously passed requirements allowing doctors to examine patients from afar through audio and visual technology, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.  Patients and physicians must establish a relationship before a telemedicine visits, the rules state, and the relationship cannot be...
By Jonah Comstock June 16, 2016
Last week, Dr. James Madara, CEO of the American Medical Association, shook the digital health world, or at least the digital health Twitterverse, with a proclamation that digital health is the new "snake oil". “From ineffective electronic health records, to an explosion of direct-to-consumer digital health products, to apps of mixed quality, this is the digital snake oil of the early 21st...
By Jonah Comstock December 14, 2015
Hackensack, New Jersey-based Vidyo, a videoconferencing company that works with healthcare stakeholders, has raised a $10 million strategic investment from Kaiser Permanente Ventures and another $5 million from existing investors.   “Kaiser Permanente Ventures is committed to partnering with innovative organizations that support our work to improve the health of patients and the communities we...
By Jonah Comstock October 29, 2015
A Kaiser Permanente video visit. Doctors, technologists, and entrepreneurs have a lot of different visions of the future of medicine, and they don't always line up. Dr. Robert Pearl, the Executive Director and CEO of The Permanente Medical Group, part of Kaiser Permanente, thinks some digital health offerings -- like video visits -- will revolutionize medicine. Others -- like health monitoring...
By Jonah Comstock October 7, 2015
Digital health funding is on the rise -- for example, MobiHealthNews tracked $689 million in deals this quarter, spread across 49 deals, compared to $392 million in Q3 of last year. But investors at a Health 2.0 panel this week said that dollar amounts don't tell the whole story. "There are a lot of different sources of capital than there used to be before," Ankur Luther, an executive director at...