Not long ago, IBM CEO Ginni Rometty took the stage at a major health technology conference to share a bold vision for the future of healthcare. Healthcare AI (or “cognitive computing,” IBM’s preferred term) is poised to usher in a “golden age,” Rometty said. “I believe healthcare could be the leader for the world in showing what it means for an industry to shape an era.”
Last week, healthcare technology was all over the stock market, and while interesting, talking about the financial side of health tech isn’t our usual focus. As previously noted, this weekly post is all about keeping you in the know by distilling journalism on the topic of healthcare technology into an easier-to-read format.
Heather Bowerman is on the brink of launching the first saliva test for endometriosis, a condition that affects 176 million women worldwide. Normally diagnosed via a surgical procedure called laparoscopy, Bowerman's team at DotLab developed an innovative test that replaces the invasive procedure with a simple saliva sample. An emerging presence in healthcare, Goldman Sachs named her one of the Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs of 2017.
It is often difficult to keep up with the news these days, primarily due to the sheer volume new information available on a daily basis. This holds true even when one narrows the field to news specifically related to healthcare and the way technology constantly reshapes it—and parsing through it to get to the news that actually matters complicates things even further.
This past week, I’ve been at America’s Health Insurance Plan’s (AHIP) National Conferences on Medicare and Medicaid in Washington, DC. It’s been jam-packed with speakers representing health plans from across the country, software vendors, service providers, lobbyists, and government relations.
Building technology that has anything to do with healthcare can be a daunting task for developers—every system you connect to might have a different way of sending data (TCP, MLLP, HTTP, SFTP, etc) and a different format for the data itself (HL7v2, FHIR, JSON, XML, PDF, etc).
Back in June, Redox put on the Redoxathon, our first developer-focused event that gave hands-on support to groups looking to connect to our sandbox EHR environments. The day-long event was hosted by our friends at MATTER in Chicago, and it was a big success—groups got connected, data was exchanged, and to be honest, a lot of fun was had.
Michelle Longmire was raised by a family of scientists, so when she went on to become a lead researcher at Stanford and eventually launched her own health tech company, the career path was more than fitting.
Recently, CNBC posted an article by Rob Coppedge titled "Digital Health is Dead, Says this Health Tech Investor". Obviously, such a bold headline caught the attention of just about everyone at Redox, and the article (and our thoughts about it) circulated through our Slack channels for about a day.