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Xerox Healthcare is committed to developing scalable, technology-enabled services, often through collaboration with some of the industry’s most innovative startups like PokitDok and the Healthy Communities Institute, which it bought in 2015. With a current focus on facilitating “care anywhere”, supporting population health management in a value-based world, and smoothing the path for the free flow of data, Xerox is trying to push towards the high functioning healthcare system we all deserve.
At the center of Johns Hopkins technology lies its Technology Innovation Center, which strives to create technology based solutions applicable to medical practice. As a world leader in research and medical education, Hopkins has also facilitated startups like Avhana Health and Doctella through its technology ventures program.
Venerable and veteran integrated system Kaiser Permanente serves over 10 million people in the US, and has been a long-term friend of Health 2.0. Most famously Kaiser implemented the first major EHR installation in the US with its adoption (and customization) of the Epic system. More than 50% of its members have used the online service, and Kaiser expects that more than 50% of all its interactions will be virtual by 2018. More recently KP Ventures has been an aggressive investor (Omada, Health Catalyst, Vidyo), and the organization continues to lead its peers in innovation, with centers in Oakland and Washington DC dedicated to the future.
Texas Children's Hospital has been named “Most Wired” by the American Hospital Association several years in a row. This year it launched "Project MORE" which is reviewing the workflows for every single module in its EHR system and it recently launched a remote monitoring program for transplant patients. Next up, it’s sending telemedicine carts into schools to give students access to virtual physician care.
Recognized as one of Canada's most research-intensive hospitals, the Hospital for Sick Kids is at the forefront of innovation. With the use of a new gene editing tool, CRISPR-Cas9, to edit embryonic cells tackling genetic diseases which were considered incurable, it’s generated discoveries that have helped children globally. In addition, SickKids is running a pilot program for researchers and clinicians to obtain secure cloud-computing services to maximize the efficiency of health care in Canada.
The famed pediatric institution is a center for new technology development including being ground zero for the SMART health IT platform, led by uber-techies Zak Kohane, Ken Mandl & Josh Mandel. More recently they’ve been creating the fast growing SMART on FHIR standard. Meanwhile CIO Josh Brownstein showed his big data analysis using Twitter feeds to rate hospitals at Health 2.0 last year.
Mass General set up the Center For Connected Health under joe kvedar more than a decade ago and has aggressively integrated technology as a tool to track, diagnose, and treat patients well outside the hospital’s four walls. Currently in the midst of the largest Epic implementation in the US, MGH is also a user of (and investor in) Health Catalyst, and its Healthcare Transformation Lab is redesigning primary care.
Providence Health is a West Coast healthcare giant that changed its philosophy to “consumer first”. It hired former Amazon executive Aaron Martin to run innovation, and it’s built a sophisticated venture capital arm which has added tech companies including Squord, Kyruus and Omada Health to its portfolio. In addition, Providence has worked with PokitDok to open API’s to its tech and is now gearing itself towards building a new delivery system for employers like Boeing.
America’s most famous health care brand’s Connected Care Delivery Platform is one of the nation’s most advanced. It now includes services like eConsults, AskMayoExpert, eTumor Board Conferences, and its famous Patient Education Library. Mayo not only has a hugely popular consumer website, but also has had one of the most pervasive and influential social media practicers lead by Lee Aase. And in (what we think was a first), had ePatient Dave deBronkart as a visiting professor at grand rounds.
RWJF is the oldest and most influential foundation working in health in the U.S. It is supported far too many projects in health and health technology to count, including the County Health Rankings, Games4Health, Project Health Design, the Health Information Technology Report, and many more. Recently it created the simulation program, Conversations for Health, developed by NYC based patient engagement company Kognito, and in 2014 promoted significant research into the impact of stress on health. More recently, RWJF has been working to create a nationwide culture of health and is working with Health 2.0 to promote better use of health technologies in underserved communities and to increase the diversity of the health tech workforce.
Dignity Health, the big Catholic affiliated chain in Western US, has been an aggressive promoter of innovation, led by Rich Roth. It has been an early user and has made strategic investments in technologies including the Google Glass-based Augmedix and Doctor on Demand.
One of America’s biggest drugstore chains is known for expanding its role in health. It bought early retail store Minuteclinic, which now has 1,000 venues nationwide. Last year CVS Health opened a 100-person strong digital innovation lab with goals to integrate smart device-driven apps to improve health care. It also showed a genuine commitment to health by banning tobacco sales in their stores-- which has cost it real money.
Sitting in the heart of silicon valley Stanford has embraced the digital revolution. CIO Pravene Nath led building a custom version of the epic MyHealth app, bringing online physician access and customized coaching direct to patients. Across campus, the StartX incubator has produced several leading companies like Spire and Lark. Meanwhile Larry Chu’s MedicineX has a well deserved reputation for being a leading academic, patient-included conference.
Johnson & Johnson’s brand image and size sometimes obscures its aggressive work in tech and digital health. Its innovation centers in Boston, California, London and Shanghai provide identify promising technologies at all stages of development and help translate these ideas into solutions for patients. J&J also has several partnerships in health innovation, including one with HP in 3D printing and another with IBM Watson. But it's not ignoring smaller companies and has funded several incubators including one at Plug and Play in Silicon Valley.
Of all the for profit insurers, Humana has been the one of most aggressive in buying, partnering with, and developing its own health technology solutions. It co-founded all payer database company Availity, bought drug analytics company Anvita Health and created several other services in house--mostly under the Vitality banner. Humana also recently launched a silicon valley-based venture fund.
Best known for disaster response and blood collection, the Red Cross has significantly changed the way that technology connects with emergency preparedness. It joined forces with OpenStreetMaps to allow data to be available for first responders and it created a series of free mobile apps. For example, the Emergency App gives people instant access to more than 35 customizable emergency weather alerts as well as safety tips and preparedness information for 14 different types of emergencies and disasters.
Anthem is the parent of multiple for-profit Blues plans and was an early technology adopter. It was WebMD’s first national insurer client for its ASP (now called Cloud!) personal health record service and one of the first promoters of virtual visits through its LiveHealth Online program, provided by American Well. Anthem is also an investor in services like Resolution Health and retail kiosk vendor SoloHealth (now Pursuant Health) which launched at Health 2.0 in 2011..
Virtua is an Epic EHR user and a participant in an active regional Health Information Exchange in New Jersey, which allows patients and professionals access to electronic medical information. As one of New Jersey’s largest health systems, Virtua’s strong push for interoperability and data collection is moving the region towards better health care.
Another famed institution, Cleveland Clinic had one of the first widespread Epic EMR implementations, allowing patient access to their information. it also was an early adopter of including patient generated health data, like vital signs, into the EMR, and also started one of the first online second opinion services. the clniic has also spun off many tech products such as Health 2.0 favorite Explorys (since bought by IBM) and has been improving the patient experience--led by evangelists Bridget Duffy and now Adrienne Boissy.
the west coast's oldest academic medical center started its Center for Digital health innovation in 2013, led by Michael Blum, Aenor Sawyer & Pam Hudson. UCSF is now known for a mass volume of pilots in which its assessing the value of new tech, as well as one of the most advanced children’s hospitals in the world, Including each room having a massive multipurpose screen from OneView Health--you should go visit!
Starting as one of the first dedicated health incubators and turning into a seed fund which also invested in some big Series A rounds, Rock Health has nurtured some of the leading Health 2.0 companies including Omada, Stride Health, Honor, Collective Health, and Doctor on Demand. Originally led by Halle Tecco & Malay Ghandi, Rock Health has also been one of the research leaders tracking the growth of overall digital health funding, and put out a number of other reports.
Scottsdale Health Partners is a physician-led clinical integration network formed in 2012 with some 700 physicians supporting a data-driven, multidisciplinary approach to health care. SHP has made some remarkable enterprise-wide achievements in reducing hospital readmission rates to below 9 percent, via real-time data analysis run on a platform CIO/COO Faron Thompson created to keep Dr. Tiffany Nelson’s clinical team and patients directly in the loop.
Genentech (owned by Swiss giant Roche) is the biggest biotech company in the US and befitting its San Francisco roots, it’s been active with many health tech companies. Most famously it was the initial customer of the 23andme genetic database, but Genentech’s also worked with Inspire and SmartPatients to recruit patients for clinical trials, and done surveys with Crohnology and MediGuard to incorporate the patient perspective. In 2015 it signed a 5 year contract to get access to all PatientsLikeMe’s de-identified data.
UnitedHealthcare is the insurer attached to the giant UnitedHealth Group. While sister company Optum focuses on data (and lots more), UnitedHealthcare’s Innovation Center of Excellence led by Vidya Raman-Tangella focuses on designing and developing breakthrough innovations. United has also implemented tools like Rally Health, Real Appeal, Health4Me, and the myHealthcare Cost Estimator. It has partnered with Doctor On Demand and American Well to provide virtual visits and is continuing experimental work with startups, like health coaching service Vida.
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