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By  Chris Hogg 12:01 pm January 8, 2021
This is not a story about COVID-19, although COVID-19 is a key catalyst. This is the story of a new healthcare ecosystem, which will allow the development of new, diverse and creative healthcare experiences. Today I can acquire a user on Facebook, give them access to physicians via partnership with Wheel, have medicines seamlessly shipped to their homes via Truepill [Editor's note: Hogg is a...
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By  Bradley Merrill Thompson 09:35 am December 23, 2020
It’s been quite a year: COVID-19, a change in administration and a year of transition for FDA digital health policy. In light of all the change and uncertainty, many digital health companies are struggling to decide upon a regulatory strategy for 2021. My advice? If at all possible, stay away from FDA. They have enough to do right now. The people I know at FDA have been working 12- and 15-hour...
By  Gwendolyn Lee & Dan Gebremedhin, MD 12:54 pm December 4, 2020
In Part 1 of this article, we introduced Medicare and its covered services, along with rationales for digital health startups to engage with the nation’s largest payer. These motivations include Medicare’s large and growing beneficiary base, access to the nation’s largest and most influential payer, and movement toward value-based care. Despite these opportunities, startups have been relatively...
By  Gwendolyn Lee & Dan Gebremedhin, MD 04:41 pm November 24, 2020
Despite its attractive large market size, Medicare has long frustrated early stage healthcare companies. The complex federal health insurance system, mired in statutory constraints, has arguably discouraged entry from would-be external innovators. Regulations intended to prevent fraud, waste, and abuse, also create barriers to adoption for innovative value-creating products and services. The goal...
A family consulting with their doctor virtually
By  Ian Chiang and Poorwa Godbole 11:03 am November 6, 2020
About the Authors: Ian Chiang is a principal at Flare Capital Partners, a healthcare technology and services-focused VC firm. Prior to joining Flare, he was the SVP of product and innovation and a founding member of Cigna’s CareAllies. Previously, he was a digital health entrepreneur and a former management consultant at McKinsey & Company. Poorwa Godbole is an MBA candidate at the Wharton...
remote care, mediclinic
By  Dr Rahul Goyal 04:27 am November 2, 2020
  Amongst others, the COVID-19 pandemic caused a lot of disruption to regular face-to-face medical services and jeopardised the provision of care. As part of the global response to this crisis, telemedicine is now being incorporated into the care continuum across the globe. The health authorities and the providers in the UAE were very quick to offer telemedicine solutions, including the release...
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By  Dr. Liz Kwo 11:12 am October 30, 2020
About the author: Dr. Liz Kwo is currently the staff VP of clinical data analytics at Anthem and a faculty lecturer at Harvard Medical School who previously cofounded and served as CEO of telemedicine second opinion company InfiniteMD. She received an MD from Harvard Medical School, an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MPH from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Digital health...
By  Dr. Liz Kwo 12:00 pm September 11, 2020
About the author: Dr. Liz Kwo is currently the staff VP of clinical data analytics at Anthem, and previously cofounded and served as CEO of telemedicine second opinion company InfiniteMD. She received an MD from Harvard Medical, an MBA from Harvard Business School and an MPH from the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. COVID-19 has reshaped the way humans interact with technology in...
By  Andrew Dudum and Joel White 10:44 am September 11, 2020
About the authors: Andrew Dudum is the CEO and founder of Hims & Hers, a consumer-facing digital health company offering telehealth services. Joel White is executive director of the Health Innovation Alliance, a coalition of health and technology leaders who support policies that use technology and data to make healthcare work better. Outside of these positions, Dudum and White report no...
By  Isobel Rosenthal and Sofia Noori 10:37 am August 14, 2020
About the authors: Isobel Rosenthal (@isobelrosenthal) is a psychiatry resident at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. She holds an MBA from Columbia Business School. Rosenthal was the 2019 winner of American Psychiatric Association Innovation Prize, and is a cohost of the podcast Well Rounded. Sofia Noori (@sofianoori) is the chief resident of digital psychiatry at Yale Department of...