Wellaho CEO Naser Partovi Presents a Prescribable App

PartoviThere are thousands of wellness apps in the app store. When we asked Naser Partovi what sets Wellaho apart from the crowd, allowing it to help individuals manage chronic conditions, he had a three-part answer:

1.  It’s a prescribable app, connecting patient and clinician, sending individually-configured alerts to the clinician as appropriate.

2.  It’s been validated through numerous clinical trials.

3.  It’s personalized medicine — the app is configured to reflect an individual’s history and experience (e.g., diagnosed with diabetes 10 years ago, not taking insulin).

For conditions subject to the preventable readmission rule, Wellaho customers are the hospitals that would be on the hook financially for a readmission: the hospital is the party most interested in preventing the readmission because it will not be able to bill for the readmission if it is for a condition on the Medicare list (currently COPD, pneumonia and acute myocardial infarction). For other conditions, the customer is the insurance company covering an individual with a chronic condition.

Join Naser Partovi at Diabetes Innovation 2013, and hear more about Wellaho — and a new soon-to-be unveiled product as well.

Have a listen to our interview (press play); read the transcript after the jump.

Naser Partovi (Wellaho) Diabetes Innovation Interview 08 2013

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College Diabetes Network CEO Christina Roth Networks with Diabetes Innovation

christina rothCollege Diabetes Network (CDN) founder and CEO Christina Roth has diabetes. When she was a college student she found that she didn’t have an adequate support system, so she built one for herself, and created the infrastructure for students on other college campuses to do the same.

Fast forward to the present, and she is at the helm of a growing not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing the tools necessary to empower persons with diabetes who happen to be college students — going through what is often a challenging time for anyone, not just someone living with a chronic condition requiring monitoring and self-care — to share experiences, share tips (medical advice is moderated by medical professionals) and more, using the existing infrastructure of public social media sites, as well as the CDN website and blog. The organization now offers resources for parents of college-age children with diabetes as well.

In building this ecosystem of support, Christina has focused in part on providing curated advice from medical professionals in a manner that can be accessed easily by college students, but the secret sauce is the peer support network that CDN is building out on line and in the real world (chapters established on over thirty campuses across the US and Canada in just four years, starting when Christina was an undergrad).

Have a listen to our conversation, which clocks in at about fifteen minutes.  Come hear Christina talk about CDN at Diabetes Innovation 2013.

Read the transcript after the jump.

Christina Roth Diabetes Innovation Interview 08 2013

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DI speaks with Rushika Fernandopulle, CEO of Iora Health: Managing chronic disease with primary care on steroids

Rushika F I recently spoke with Rushika Fernandopulle, co-founder and CEO of Iora Health, a company based in Cambridge, MA which is building “an entirely new model of primary care.” He will be a panelist at Diabetes Innovation 2013.

In order to improve the health care system, Rushika says we can’t fiddle around the edges. Instead we must take bold steps and start from scratch, beginning with three key elements: (1) Payment redesign, (2) Delivery system redesign, and (3) Health IT systems redesign.

Iora Health has started from scratch and has reinvented primary care for the populations it manages on behalf of large self-insured employers. Rushika acknowledges that he can’t do it alone (even though his company got a nice infusion of capital earlier this year), and wants Iora Health’s model to be emulated by others even as the company expands its reach within its existing geographic markets. The secret sauce is an intensive primary care service staffed with health coaches in addition to the usual suspects. The primary care service costs participating employers about twice as much as typical primary care services, but the results are anything but typical. In fact, they result in a net health care cost savings in the 15% range.

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Diabetes Innovation Gets to “Ask Manny” Hernandez a Few Questions

Manny HernandezI spoke with Manny Hernandez (@askmanny) about the diabetes online communities he founded at TuDiabetes (Engligh) and EsTuDiabetes (Spanish) — which include tens of thousands of people with diabetes and their family members — as well as his experience attending Diabetes Innovation last year, and his thoughts on communications regarding diabetes.

Manny was a keynote speaker at last year’s conference and will take part in a social media panel discussion this year.

I asked him whether social media can play a role in effecting clinical improvements in diabetes management, and he pointed to the Big Blue Test, an initiative of his Diabetes Hands Foundation. He’s presented data from this project at the American Diabetes Association annual meeting: Folks who participate by posting their blood glucose readings before and after 15-20 minutes of exercise, and engaging in online conversation, see long-term benefits in terms of better management of their conditions. (The before-and-after glucose readings showed a 20% drop on average.) Over 40,000 PWD have participated to date. Look for a social media campaign this fall to promote participation in the Big Blue Test in the month leading up to World Diabetes Day.

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Viridian Health CEO Brenda Schmidt talks multi-modal disease management with DI

BrendaSchmidt_1We caught up with Viridian Health CEO Brenda Schmidt after the American Diabetes Association meeting in Chicago where Viridian and Omada Health announced a partnership to launch “the first multimodal lifestyle offering to address the national diabetes epidemic.”

Viridian is scaling its national diabetes program through lifestyle coaches and technology, partnering with Omada Health to provide a social support structure in a virtual environment that mimics the National Diabetes Prevention Program. The power of the partnership lies in the ability to offer individuals choices about how they receive their services: through bricks and mortar sites, or virtually.

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