Health 2.0

By Dave Muoio 03:49 pm September 20, 2019
The US is wading into election season, and once again the healthcare system is a prime focal point for each campaign. And although the subject of “Medicare for All” was certainly present back in 2016, movements to overhaul the country’s insurance industry have gained some steam among voters over the last few years and now command considerable airtime during debates between presidential hopefuls....
By Jonah Comstock 03:46 pm September 20, 2019
Eight new digital companies took the stage at Health 2.0’s Annual Conference in San Francisco Wednesday afternoon to give the first public demos of their products for the show’s annual “Launch!” event. OMNY Health, which aims to disrupt data brokerage and give providers more control over the data they sell, took home the audience vote and the $5,000 grand prize. But all eight companies boasted...
By Dave Muoio 11:26 am September 20, 2019
As if building the next big thing in healthcare technology wasn’t enough, simply getting an innovation in front of hospital leaders or other decision makers is a monumental task for entrepreneurs. With limited resources and the life of their companies at stake, it’s little surprise that vendors spam providers with countess messages in hopes that one will make it through the barricades of spam...
By Dave Muoio 02:34 am September 18, 2019
“To know thyself is the beginning of wisdom” is an apt mantra for the countless digital health companies and device makers seeking to track health or wellness. Sensors worn on the wrist, housed in a phone or even adhered to the body are continuously collecting biomarkers that concerned wearers can reference when investigating their poor sleep or reviewing their weekly activity. And while some of...
By Mike Miliard 03:18 pm September 17, 2019
SANTA CLARA — At the 13th Health 2.0 Annual Fall Conference here on Tuesday, co-founder Indu Subaiya thought back to its founding dream, way back in 2007: a healthcare space shaped by technologies that are user-centered, data-driven and play well with each other. "Fast-forward 13 years and in many ways that dream is reality," she said. Innovative, consumer-facing apps and platforms are...

The team from Ooney makes their pitch to the judges.

By Dave Muoio 03:17 am September 17, 2019
Following a session of live pitch presentations and evaluations, judges have awarded Ooney and Social Impact AI Lab — New York with the top prizes in two healthcare innovation competitions focused on, respectively, home/community care and social determinants of health. The innovation contests are part of an annual event held here at the Health 2.0 Conference in Santa Clara, and are conducted in...

(L to R) Michael Brown, Dan Galles, Stacy Feld, and Indu Subaiya chat on stage at Health 2.0 VentureConnect. (Photo by Jonah Comstock).

By Jonah Comstock 04:14 pm September 16, 2019
In the world of healthcare there are many stakeholders: hospitals and other providers, insurers and other payers, and, of course pharma and medical device companies. But one thing all these stakeholders have in common is that they’re increasingly moonlighting as investors. At the kickoff of Health 2.0’s Venture Connect event today in Santa Clara, California, three of these strategic investors —...
By Dave Muoio 01:36 pm September 12, 2019
ConsejoSano COO Dr. Vik Bakhru has had a taste of several different healthcare perspectives throughout his career. Since his early days of a general surgery residency, Bakhru has gone on to found an international medical non-profit, lead healthcare administration as a director at New York Presbyterian, serve as the health lead of an equity investment group’s travel medicine portfolio company and...

Glen Tullman (second from right) at work with the Livongo team. Photo courtesy Livongo.

By Jonah Comstock 12:38 pm September 11, 2019
Livongo isn’t the first company in the digital health space to IPO — at least, depending on how you define “digital health” it isn’t. But even if your definition is broad, Livongo stands out as one of the first companies to go public that’s really focusing on delivering healthcare, not just wellness, using consumer digital technologies. “People expect us to represent this whole new industry that...
By Laura Lovett 11:57 am September 9, 2019
Despite the United States' leading reputation in innovation and healthcare, if you search hard enough in any U.S. city you can find a story of health disparity, with neglected demographics falling through the cracks. Perhaps the most unseen peoples are those currently being exploited and trafficked.   Human trafficking impacts roughly 40 million people worldwide, according to the The...