A HIMSS Event | SANTA CLARA, CA | SEPT. 16-18, 2019
By Matthew Holt, Co-Founder of Health 2.0
It’s that time of year again. We’re preparing the original—and still the best—conference on the frontiers of health tech. But this year there is a different vibe in the air at Health 2.0 and it’s not hard to figure out why. We are looking forward to representing all these changes on stage to continue the discussion around the next frontier of health tech.
In the meantime, here’s a little teaser of what we’ll cover in Santa Clara, CA this September 16-18, 2019. I’ve broken it down for you into three sectors to see how the health tech is disrupting business as usual.
The IPO window is open. It hasn’t been tough for later-stage tech companies to raise lots of private money, but with Uber, Lyft, Pinterest, Slack et al finally making the leap to being public companies, it’s time for health tech to follow along. Right now some well-funded companies that have been around a while, and at Health 2.0 a lot, (Livongo, Health Catalyst, Phreesia) are in the final strokes of their IPOs. Those of us pouring through S-1s are learning a lot about how they’re selling to clients, how they’re enrolling and retaining patients and the relationship between these new guys and the established players. As of yet they are all playing the Amazon model of go big and lose/spend money to grab the land. How long will it be before the public markets want to see profits? And what’s the role of these new care management companies in the future?
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Livongo’s President, Dr. Jenny Schneider, has been thinking about all of this for a long time. She lives with type 1 Diabetes, manages the team of data scientists who make Livongo’s “AIAI” system work and leads the company through the highest profile IPO in the digital health world since Castlight in 2014. Oh, and she was there for that IPO, too! We can’t think of a better or more timely keynote speaker for Health 2.0 this year
There’s also a sea-change in government. We’re in year three of the Trump experiment and there’s lots of attacks on the Affordable Care Act from the administration and the Democratic left. But for the health tech market, it’s a new day. HITECH is done, but there’s the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA) promising to really put the wood on the health system around data and API access. In addition, the FDA is expanding its digital health software pre-certification program and CMS is now rolling out new CPT codes that will fund remote monitoring and allow telehealth for Medicare Advantage, while designing a whole new way for primary care doctors to share risk under Medicare Fee-For-Service.
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At Health 2.0 we’ll have Don Rucker from ONC to talk about the data sharing issue; Ed Simcox, Chief Technology Officer of HHS, to talk about the new tech; and data privacy experts Deven McGraw and Vince Kuraitis to explain the likely changes in health information regulations in the age of Cambridge Analytica & FaceApp.
Jane Sarasohn-Kahn’s wonderful book Health Consuming shows that consumers are—willingly or not—front and center in healthcare and the industry is reacting. Retail care, urgent care, virtual care, hospital at home and the evolution of consumer tracking is everywhere. This is making for some strange bedfellows.
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We’ll hear from Aetna’s Ben Wanamaker, who is working with Apple and Carina Edwards, will show us Quil, the new joint venture between Independence Blues and Comcast. We are also looking forward to hearing from the leadership of a new world of health plans with companies like Bind, Oscar and Collective Health.
Be There to See the Disruptors
This is just a taste of what you will experience at the 2019 Health 2.0 Annual Conference. This event is THE conference that presents health tech changes in context and I look forward to seeing you there in September.