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Mission to do common good through better health – 2017 HTF Innovation conference – preview
Posted by Darshana V. Nadkarni, Ph.D. in Big Data -Cloud -IoT-Software -Mobile -Entrepreneurship, Biotech - Medical Device - Life Science - Healthcare on April 15, 2017
Current discussions on repeal of Obamacare has brought much focus on issues of health and wellness in America and has energized the underserved communities. The 6th Annual Health Technology Forum Innovation Conference taking place at Stanford University on May 1 and 2, 2017 will explore health and wellness through panels and speakers, with a central focus on technology and on implementation of key health policies.
What kind of technology innovations may effectively address the unmet needs of the underserved and underrepresented markets? Can next generation technology solutions provide better access and improve care outcomes? These and other issues will be discussed in outstanding panels. The Innovation Showcase will offer an exclusive networking opportunity to startups and investment community to develop strategic partnerships. The high visibility demo space in the expo corridor will allow startups an opportunity to highlight their offerings.
Every year, health technology forum conference offers phenomenal opportunity to bay area health strategists, providers, venture capitalists, startups, and professionals to come together with a mission to do “common good” through better health. Please register for the conference at www.healthtechnologyforum.com .
Tackling Global Health – (Kim Bush, Gates Foundation) Keynote Preview at EPPICon 2015
Posted by Darshana V. Nadkarni, Ph.D. in Big Data -Cloud -IoT-Software -Mobile -Entrepreneurship, Biotech - Medical Device - Life Science - Healthcare on March 16, 2015
With Obamacare, the discussion about national health has moved to front and center stage. But what about the status of global health; what are the opportunities and challenges? Just about a decade ago, availability of resources was the biggest problem in the arena of global health. But with the rise in public and private giving, to a large part due to unprecedented giving by Warren Buffet and Bill and Melinda Gates, the challenge has now shifted to better coordination of resources for “equitable, inclusive & sustainable solutions”. According to Council on Foreign Affairs, “for the first time in history, the world is poised to spend enormous resources to conquer the diseases of the poor”.
Kim C. Bush, director of Life Sciences Partnerships at Gates Foundation, is leading the efforts to broaden and deepen the foundation’s engagement and partnership initiatives with various healthcare industry sectors. With an objective to address the critical global health challenges with speed and effectiveness, the foundation is bringing in the industry in this dialog, in a systemic manner. The goal of the Gates foundation is to match global health priorities with the industry capabilities.
Kim Bush will be giving a keynote address at 2015 EPPIC Annual Conference, on March 28th at Santa Clara Convention Center. Entrepreneurs in life science arena, committed to solving some of the major health challenges of our times, may get big insights into where the gaps and the glaring problems are, as well as where the resources are being channeled.
Lineup of speakers on all panels at EPPIcon 2015, is very exciting, with plenty of networking opportunities thrown in. Here is a link to the preview of one of the panels on Digital Health – http://bit.ly/1EQtd5y . No doubt, connected, digital health will also play a prime role in advancing global health. Come and participate in the dialog, network with like minded professionals in Silicon Valley, and hear from key opinion leaders, angel and VC investors and other industry leaders. Early bird registration will expire at midnight today, March, 16. Register today at www.eppicglobal.org .
Also a plug for http://www.healthtechnologyforum.com 2015 annual conference on May 27 and 28 in Burlingame, CA. Early bird pricing will be effective till March, 31. Panels include Innovations for the Underserved, Resilient Communities, Population Health Management, and the conference has a dedicated focus on making a positive difference and transforming health globally. Register soon for an opportunity to hear great speakers and network with professionals committed to making a difference.
Women’s Health in a Digital World
At www.healthtechnologyforum.com annual conference in San Francisco, a group of eminent panel members, discussed opportunities and challenges in women’s health. Not only healthcare in general is undergoing a major transformation, but the panelists highlighted how the world of women’s health might also transform in the coming decade, as technology is increasingly used to address and bridge the gap that currently exists in women’s health and wellness.
Christina Resasco, Founder of Mobilize for Cure and Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2013 “Woman of the Year” award winner, moderated the panel, and asked insightful questions. Below are some highlights.
Robin Farmanfarmaian is a serial entrepreneur. Hear early diagnosis and battling an auto immune disease, later gave her the inspiration and passion for health and wellness. Farmanfarmaian has been a driving force behindSingularityUniversity’s highly successful FutureMed conferences. Farmanfarmaian said, the practice of medicine will be completely disrupted in 2-5 years and will involve POC devices that will enable consumer to be a key decision maker; devices that will help in early diagnoses of several diseases taking the doctor out of it.
Fiona Ma http://bit.ly/1pK4k5R, incumbent democratic candidate for State Board of Equalization, a reputed politician, and a former member of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, California State Assembly. She has long a standing interest in health and wellness and is a tireless campaigner and spokesperson for “San Francisco Hepatitis B Free” campaign. Ma herself has battled Hepatitis virus. According to Ma, technologies that help the efficient and seamless transition to EMR or electronic medical records, will be very important. She also talked about how the government needs to find creative ways to work with the private sector, and not work in functional silos. Her advice to women seeking to compete in the men’s world was to be proactive in taking on greater responsibilities and self selecting when required, rather than waiting for others to appoint them.
Panelist Danielle Posa was diagnosed with stage 3 Non-Hodgkins Lymphoma http://bit.ly/QIKSHn, at the age of 5 and learned early about the value and limitations of human life. She campaigns and consults on health and wellness, and helps in fund raising efforts for Leukemia and Lymphoma societies. Posa has been interviewed by Deepak Chopra on his show “One World” and has also spoken alongside him. According to Posa, we need to integrate both the science and the art in implementing healthcare in the workplace. She seeks to connect the public and the private sector leaders and help them broaden their focus from traditional metrics like GDP to more wholistic measures that reflect the quality of life.
Anne DeGheest (http://bit.ly/176Ij4j ) founded Healthtech Capital and MedStars Venture Partners several years ago, with a mission to save lives, through utilization of technology. She believes, we need to think outside the box to influence positive change in consumer behaviors, in order to disrupt healthcare. She firmly believes that data for the sake of data does not do anything; instead technology focus will have to be on solving pain points. She said entrepreneurs often neglect the market and focus on building prototypes or products. She advised that instead the entrepreneurs focus on understanding the market and the value proposition they are offering, in to solve the pain points. She said historically healthcare has been sold to men, but in many households, the “chief medical officer” at home, are moms. One of the disruptions will occur on account of the wider role that pharmacy chains will likely play in healthcare, in future. Most of the Americans live within 3 mile radius of pharmacy chains and these chains will step in to provide basic care.
Vanessa Mason serves as Senior Manager with eHealth and ZeroDivide. She manages the project portfolio, contributing to design, development, and adoption of products and services that promote health equity. With a strong focus on healthcare disparity and how that negatively impacts women, Mason has sought to bridge the gap through efficient use of technology. By some estimates, in certain geographical areas in the US, about 4 in 10 women, do not receive healthcare. Rates of women without health insurance have been higher among African American women. Some recent projects “text for wellness” and “mobilize”, focused on cardivascular health prevention for African-American women. This was a great example of efficient use of technology that did not add to the costs, but effectively connected people to keep them informed and focused on meeting their wellness goals. Often these women are pursuing career opportunities while single handedly taking care of families and have to navigate multiple worlds. Technology can only help if it is easily accessible and affordable. She advised entrepreneurs that they focus on enhancing quality of life of the 80% of population towards the bottom of the pyramid, where there are many gaps that also represent huge opportunities.
Rakeysh Mehra, famed Bollywood Filmmaker will speak at TiEcon 2014
Rakeysh Mehra, highly acclaimed Bollywood Filmmaker & Screenwriter, will speak at TiEcon 2014. Have you registered? You can register as my guest through the link http://tinyurl.com/kr2hkcw and enter code “TiEvalue” to get $100 off.
The process of filmmaking begins with a great story and then the filmmaker or the producer needs to work with the screenwriter to develop the story or screenplay they have just purchased. Rakeysh Mehra is an Indian filmmaker and screenwriter, known for writing and directing such films as Rang De Basanti (he won Best Director Filmfare Award for it in 2006) and directing blockbuster “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag”, starring Farhan Akhtar as Milkha Singh, India’s legendary runner (here’s link to my review http://bit.ly/1cUwG4o). “Bhaag Milkha Bhaag” acquired international fame and was nominated for 10 awards. Obtaining the right script and developing it into a good screenplay and then directing it into a successful film, is a highly challenging process, in the cut throat film world. One needs to understand and develop the characters, ensure the dialogues are not lame, understand the story structure, identify the genre or the blend of genres and Mehra is brilliant, with each of the steps of filmmaking.
Currently, India, the largest democracy in the world, is busy with the process of deciding its new leader. Voting is in full swing, in India. Mehra has been a critic of the vote bank politics and currently he is campaigning to introduce e-voting to facilitate voting by travelers. Mehra is also deeply committed to children and the education system in India. Regarding “Bhaag Milkha Baag”, Mehra said that to see the movie connect with children as young as six and eight, was the biggest part of his success with the movie that he is proud of. He has criticized marks-driven, education system in India saying that it emphasizes test scores over actual learning and achievement. Perhaps his next movie will address this issue? The filmmaker was location hunting recently in Jodhpur, for his upcoming film. Will there be announcements? Mehra will give keynote address on the morning of day 2 of the conference.
See discount codes to register for TiEcon 2014, www.tiecon.org and for Health Technology Forum
www.tiecon.org – If you are a professional in #healthIT, #digital health, #internetofthings, #cloud, #bigdata or related, then this is the conference, you don’t want to miss – It offers a fabulous opportunity to network with 3000+ professionals and listen to top notch speakers and panelists. Register for #TiEcon (May 16 & 17 at Santa ClaraConvention Center) as my guest, at link http://tinyurl.com/kr2hkcw & enter promo code tievalue to get $100 discount.
Healthtechnology Forum conference http://www.healthtechnologyforum.com, focused on exploring pathways to sustainable health, is on May 20 in SF. Please register for the conference as my friend, with the discount code “HTF14-FriendOfOrganizer” and send me your first & last name at wd_darshana at hotmail dot com, to get $150 off the price of the ticket. Also check out & participate in code-a-thon on patient engagement, for May 8. Over 20K+ in prizes.
JOBS: are posted at the link http://bit.ly/1o85CTM
Healthcare Innovation & Entrepreneurship in Silicon Valley, CA
Posted by Darshana V. Nadkarni, Ph.D. in Big Data -Cloud -IoT-Software -Mobile -Entrepreneurship, Biotech - Medical Device - Life Science - Healthcare on April 16, 2014
Life Science Industry gearing up for Innovation: Code-a-thon (Health Technology Forum), TiEcon, EPPIC event
Code-a-thons are fun and also highly productive live events that bring together developers, designers, innovators and entrepreneurs, brimming with new and exciting ideas on applications and tools for any given problem. Health Technology Forum in San Francisco was formed with a mission to improve healthcare through technology. In 2013, HTF organized a very successful code-a-thon that focused on serving the needs of the underserved populations. This year again, HTF has organized a code-a-thon to precede (by about a week to 10 days) its annual conference focused around the theme of Pathways to Sustainable Health, on May 20, at Parc 55, Wyndham Hotel, SF. Additionally, HTF has proposed a series of events to follow the weekend code-a-thon challenge, including a unique second phase to enable the winning team to be placed on-site at one or more safety-net hospitals.
So how do code-a-thons help spur innovation? These short and focused events often result in the rapid development of breakthrough concepts and working prototype applications. Code-a-thons highlight a problem in need of a solution. This spotlighting of the problem, with clarity around its challenges and opportunities, helps the problem to remain the primary focus of innovation, and not the technology. This is a good mental discipline for enthusiastic bright innovators who tend to fall in love with their own idea, and often fail to pay heed to the needs of the market. The ideas and technologies that come out of code-a-thons often lead to creation of actual products that can be deployed in the marketplace. Further, if these innovators would receive coaching from stakeholders within the hospital centers then it is inevitable that the positive impact will be enormous and immediate, in creating new innovative solutions, for sustainable healthcare. Few can argue that our healthcare system needs an overhaul, and something that will greatly impact the transformation in the healthcare system is the impact that Big Data will have. For instance, Big Data can help empower patients to be in charge of their own health. From providing access to their medical records, to enabling continuous health monitoring, it will help inform and empower patients to be proactive managers of their own health. Similarly, mounds of clinical and epidemiological data can lead to greater insights in diagnosis and therapeutics of various diseases. The requirements of this particular code-a-thon will be centered around developing and designing the prototype of an app that supports the collection and communication of health care data about key diseases and behaviors. Please stay tuned for more information, and sign up for the code-a-thon and for the annual conference at www.healthtechnologyforum.com and follow them on twitter @healthtechforum. You can follow me on twitter @DarshanaN.
Additionally, mark your calendar for 2 other interesting life science events.
May 16, 17 is #TiEcon 2014, the largest entrepreneurship conference, at Santa Clara Convention Center, CA. The Healthcare Track on Day 2 will feature panels on exciting topics like “Harnessing Healthcare Data”, “Engaging Patients of the Future”, “Where the VCs are Investing in Healthcare” and more. Register by May 1, for www.tiecon.org through the link http://tinyurl.com/kr2hkcw as my guest and enter promo code tievalue to get $100 off.
May, 6 EPPIC event – EPPIC frequently spotlights success stories of local entrepreneurs and on My 6 at Cubberley in Palo Alto, will host Dr. Sarvajna Dwivedi, Founder of Pearl Therapeutics which was acquired last year, by Astra Zeneca for $1.15 B. Register at www.eppicglobal.org.
http://www.bio2devicegroup.org is a group that meets every Tuesday, in Sunnyvale and hosts speakers on a wide range of healthcare topics. Pre-registration required for “Second Tuesday of the month meetings” and all other meetings are free and open for walk-ins. For information on any of these events, feel free to send me an email at wd_darshana at hotmail dot com.
Enabling Physician Adoption of new Medical Technologies
Posted by Darshana V. Nadkarni, Ph.D. in Biotech - Medical Device - Life Science - Healthcare on March 23, 2014
Dr. Akhil Saklecha, General Partner at Artiman Ventures talked about understanding the challenges of physician adoption of new technologies and discussed ways of overcoming resistance and enable adoption of new medical and heatlhcare technologies by physicians, at www.bio2devicegroup.org event. (See below, at the end of the article, more info on bio2devicegroup, EPPICon, TiEcon, & HTF conf.)
Entrepreneurs in the health technology sector, must first understand physicians, the environment they work in, and the nature of the work flow. Physicians have to be patient advocates, they often control the purse strings and make decisions on allocation of scare resources, and there is a potential to impact their adoption of new technologies by exercising influence upon them. Physicians generally have competitive, type A personalities and they do not want to lag behind in adoption of useful technologies, said Saklecha.
So what are drivers for adoption of new technologies? Technologies that solve problems that drive doctors crazy, get their attention. Entrepreneurs with “must have” technology, will find it easier to get it adopted. Entrepreneurs must focus on solving their problems, said Saklecha. In addition to understanding physician’s work challenges, it is also important to understand every single stakeholder, in the healthcare setting. For instance, Saklecha said he has seen some GI tools that solve a smaller problem but take up additional time of the scrub technician, general nurse, and GI nurse. All this would add to the expenses and if the technology does not offset the cost, it will be rejected. In fact, there is an early shift towards disposable colonoscopy devices because it saves set up and clean up time.
When it comes to money, “ignore it at your own peril”, said Saklecha. His advice was that entrepreneurs must map out the flow of money, very early on. They should get an understanding of where the revenue is generated and who makes the money and who loses the money. Given the tremendous pressure to save costs, it is extremely important that new technology does not add costs to the system, unless it is a huge value add in terms of quality of health. Entrepreneurs must know the flow of the money, direct and indirect costs and savings and they should understand CPT codes and reimbursement rules. Obtaining CPT code does not necessarily translate into reimbursement, warned Saklecha.
Entrepreneurs must focus on enhancing quality and patient safety, said Saklecha. Quality drives revenues and safety keeps patients alive and providers’ revenues are increasingly tied to performance. A thorough understanding of work flow and how it impacts all various service providers including nurses, physicians, clerks etc. is very important.
One of the valuable advice Saklecha gave was with regard to timing and specific point of insertion of new technology. Find a point of least friction for insertion of new techology, said Saklecha. With regards to timing, it is important to keep in mind that no benefits will be seen during the first month, and instead there may be adverse effects. Most inefficiencies will dissipate in the following 3-6 months and only then will the benefits begin to appear. So this may be a time to keenly observe and understand the impact and every little nuance of the new technology on the work flow. In the past decade, electronic medical records or EMR has been all the rage. However, data entry and management takes physicians’ time away from patient care. This is a challenge that is not yet effectively tackled, said Saklecha. Voice recognition and scribes are used but the both have challenges of cost and errors.
Saklecha gave examples of several medical technologies and how they overcame physician adoption challenge by solving their key pressure point. For instance, iRhythm cardiac monitoring device allows for remote monitoring of minimally “at risk” patients and it enables ER doctors to read the data and generate revenues. Insurance companies also like it because instead of sending the patients over for hospital stays, they can be sent home and patients enjoy the convenience. Minimally invasive blood test offered by Cardio Dx replaces cardiac stress test and it was a great improvement in saving costs. The company directly marketed it to primary care physicians. However, they misjudged and found that these doctors were slow to adopt because they were looking for validation from the cardiologists. That was an important lesson in physician adoption of new technologies. Now the company has pivoted and changed their marketing strategy and they are finding traction.
Another example is GI Dynamics which has a medical device that targets obesity. Bariatric surgery is complex and there is high morbidity population. The company has a fairly simple procedure that was found to simultaneously solve issues around hypertension and diabetes, while treating obesity. GI physicians loved the technology since it offered them a whole new class of patients. Just like GI physicians, cardiologists are also a competitive and procedure driven specialty, and they are quickly adopting new technologies in cardiac stents and percutaneous valves. The talk was highly interactive and generated lot of discussion.
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Please mark 3 great conferences focused on life science, medtech, & healthcare, in the next two months, in San Francisco Bay Area, on your calendar, & see info on life science networking group that meets every week.
www.eppicglobal.org EPPICon annual conference is on March, 29, at Westin, SF and it features a panel on “Neglected & Rare Diseases” http://bit.ly/1c1vvTR, on “Point of Care”, on “Innovations in Clinical Development of Novel Agents” and more. Excellent event to network with VCs, panelists, speakers & other professionals.
www.tiecon.org is on May 16 & 17 at Santa Clara Convention Center. On day 2, May 17th, it will feature a Life Science track with keynote and a distinguished panel on “Disruptions in Healthcare”. Great to network with entrepreneurs working inside and on the boundaries of various disciplines.
www.healthtechnologyforum.com annual conference is on May, 20 at Parc 55, Wyndham, SF and it has excellent lineup of speakers and panels with a broad focus on “pathways to sustainable health”. More specific panels will focus on patient engagement, medical ethics, IoT, health apps, building resilient communities and more. Excellent to network with physicians, non profits & other entrepreneurs.
www.bio2devicegroup.org meets every Tuesday & covers a broad range of topics pertaining to biotech, medical device and pharmaceutical industries. On Tuesday, March 22, at 8:30am Johannes Schweizer, Arbor Vita will talk on OncoE6™ Cervical Test that Predicts Development of Cervical Cancer www.bio2devicegroup.org – Free event, all are welcome. Become a member and network with diverse range of life science industry professionals.