Norm Volsky Recaps Connected Health Conference

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By Norm Volsky, Director of Mobile HIT

Last month, I attended the Connected Health Conference in Washington D.C. for the fourth consecutive year. There is always a lot of excitement leading up to the show with emerging companies eager to show off their innovative technology. This year there were mostly young, high growth companies in attendance. Of the many companies that were in attendance, the following caught my eye:

CareWire - Patient Engagement solution that uses text messaging communication exclusively. This vendor agnostic platform is a combination of episodic engagement (before and after an encounter) and wellness/population health communication. Unique offering since it is mobile secure but not an app that a patient or caregiver has to download onto their phone or tablet.

MedStack- Healthcare platform company that specializes in helping mobile health companies achieve privacy compliance and seamless integration/interoperability. MedStack helps its customers achieve HIPAA compliance and allows them to focus on what they are passionate about which is healthcare. This allows healthcare apps to make it to market faster.

Vitalitics- Data analytics vendor founded by former Intel employees that takes all of the data generated from wearable and connected devices and makes that data actionable. The company’s mission is to allow patients to better understand their health.

Iggbo- Uses on demand technology and a flexible workforce to solve some of the biggest challenges in healthcare. The Iggbo platform allows providers and patients the ability to schedule lab testing anytime, anywhere. Iggbo has an appointment compliance rating of 98.2%, compared to the industry average of 70%, as well as 99% patient satisfaction.

Validic- Digital Health Platform that allows accessibility and integration to patient recorded data from mHealth apps, devices and wearables. Recently named the Fastest Growing Digital Health Company in 2016 by Rock Health. They also were recognized by CIOReview as the Most Promising Healthcare Solution Provider of 2016.

Medssenger- Combining messaging and workflow to connect everyone involved across the entire continuum of care including Hospitals, Primary Care Practices, Nursing Homes, Acute Care Facilities, and ER’s and Surgery Centers. Their HIPAA-compliant app facilitates more efficient care delivery and allows the entire care team to know how a patient is doing following their care plan, leading to better outcomes.

Hale Health- Multi-modal Telemedicine platform that allows its 350+ clinics to increase their practice capacity by 30% by leveraging remote care interactions. Hale allows its clinicians to interact with their patient using: messaging, photos, videos, questionnaires and health education materials all in one place.

Early Sense- Sleep Monitoring app focused on elderly care that measures: Heart Rate, Respiration, Movement, Stress and Sleep. This info is sent in real time to family members and caregivers. The sensor is positioned under a patients bed and enables real time alerts to be sent to the care team with the goal of optimizing sleep and predicting readmissions.

Overall, I came back from the Connected Health Conference energized to get back to work in this great industry. Based on the impressive technology I saw, I am confident the mobile HIT space is thriving and poised for more growth. I feel so lucky to be able to work in a space where people are so passionate about improving patient care and hospital efficiency.

The next trade show I am planning on attending is HIMSS in Orlando…if you are interested in having your company highlighted in my next blog, please let me know.

Pack Expo 2016 Recap

November 15, 2016

By David Peterson, Managing Partner of Plastics and Flexible Packaging

Last week I attended Pack Expo International at McCormick Place in Chicago with multiple team members from DRI. Pack Expo is the world’s largest processing and packaging show with over 45,000 attendees. With the recent World Series matchup of the Indians and the Cubs, I of course represented Cleveland by wearing my Tribe gear to the show. I was warmly welcomed with some banter by the people of Chicago, which was a great ice breaker for networking. Aside from that, I noticed new trends happening at the show, great companies, and innovative new technologies.

I have gone to several Pack Expo shows as an attendee, and this year I noticed the show seemed to be the busiest Monday through late Tuesday afternoon, with a good vibe and energy among the exhibit hall. One trend I am continuing to see is that companies no longer have business cards on display at their booths. While I would prefer to have the opportunity to exchange business cards, this could be a method to encourage more verbal communication at the booths.

Another great trend I noticed at Pack Expo for the entire industry is the collaboration between SPE and SPI. Together, they have created a new membership program that allows professionals belonging to SPI’s Brand Owners Council premium SPE memberships. This will offer a great opportunity for brand owners in the industry to have access to a network of plastics industry experts and the newest machinery and innovations across the market.

SPE
The Society of Plastics Engineers was founded in 1942 and is the largest plastics professional society in the world. It is a great source for networking, training, and information for plastics professionals around the globe.
http://www.4spe.org/membership/

SPI
The Plastics Industry Trade Association represents and promotes growth over all segments of the U.S. plastics industry. SPI works to strengthen global competitiveness, improve productivity, and pursue zero waste strategies.
http://www.plasticsindustry.org/

In addition to the busy flow of attendees at the show, the floor of the exhibit hall is also always buzzing with machinery companies showcasing their impressive equipment. With over 21,000 exhibiting companies at Pack Expo, I was interested in companies concentrating on the continued growth of flexible packaging and machinery in terms of innovation. Two of those innovative companies who I felt were noteworthy at Pack Expo included Sidel and Clear Lam.

Sidel
Sidel is a leading global provider of PET solutions for Liquid packaging, known for helping to package beverages enjoyed by millions around the world every day. With advancing technology, Sidel continues to innovate and offer products and services to meet consumer needs.
http://www.sidel.com/

Clear Lam
As a developer and manufacturer of innovative flexible and rigid packaging materials, Clear Lam focuses on developing technologies that lower the impact on the environment. Clear Lam develops Flexible Films, Forming Films, and CL Polymers for multiple markets.
http://www.clearlam.com/

With the multitude of innovative technologies, and networking opportunities, Pack Expo 2016 was a great event to attend. If you were at the show and would like to share what or who you were impressed with, please comment or contact me!

Recap of DIA 2016

July 13, 2016

By Sarah Pozek, Director of Life Sciences

Sarah PozekLast week I had the opportunity to attend DIA 2016 in Philadelphia. As expected, this event showcased some of the most innovative and exciting new companies in the life science industry – from discovery and development to the life cycle management of these products.

Below are a sampling of the companies that I met with who I felt were noteworthy. What technologies, services or companies blew you away at DIA?

MedNet Solutions – Around since 2001, MedNet is in the position to deliver technology innovations backed by experience and reliability. Their platform, iMedNet eClinical, is a proven, flexible, award-winning, SaaS-based EDC and eClinical platform. Made with ease of use in mind, it allows non-technical research personnel to configure and manage their own clinical studies. This comprehensive platform also offers randomization, inventory, risk-based monitoring, etc. making it a one-stop shop.

www.mednetstudy.com

DATATRAK – I loved seeing another Cleveland company at DIA (especially coming off of a big Cavs win)! While they opened their doors in 1995, DATATRAK has gone through a few different iterations since then. Most recently, they completed a transformational upgrade to create a completely unified experience for their customers. By combining, Clinical Trial Management (CTMS), Data Capture (EDC), Medical Coding, Randomization, Clinical Supply and Trial Design into a singular platform, they are able to remove complexities of clinical trials, accelerate the process and ultimately reach an outcome sooner. With a new platform and strong vision, I am very excited to see where the next few years take them!

http://www.datatrak.com

OpenClinica – In just a few years since its first release, OpenClinica became one of the world’s most widely adopted EDC and CDM solutions. Offering an open source model, OpenClinica capitalized on McKinsey’s predicted “freemium” trend before it even had that name. They are currently powering research in over 100 countries. OpenClinica continues to innovate and expand their product offering outside of EDC. Namely, they have released a Patient Engagement/ePRO tool that not only allows the study to receive more accurate data faster, but also gives the participant a mobile way to engage (leading to higher satisfaction).

www.openclinica.com

Adaptive Clinical Systems – I had the chance to meet with Sina Adibi, CEO & President, of Adaptive Clinical Systems, and I was so impressed by what they are doing over there. To simplify, they offer a secure, validated, compliant (CFR 21-Part 11 and GxP) and cost-effective solution for clinical data integration. The Adaptive eClinical Bus is a cloud-based service that will integrate with your EDC, CTMS, ePRO/IWRS, Medical Imaging, Analytics, Data Acquisition Systems and EHR/EMR to reduce error and speed data management for any size study. With their pay-as-you-go model, you are able to use as many or as few modules as you need while utilizing their scalable EDC for no additional cost.  The case studies on their site are definitely worth a read as well! One CRO saw a start-up reduction time of two weeks, 100% audit success rate and data errors due to reentry were eliminated.

http://www.adaptive-clinical.com

Greenphire – I think we all could stand to thank Greenphire for their “Taste of Philly” theme on Wednesday afternoon… what a better way to finish a long day than with a soft pretzel and local brew? I was happy to be able to catch up with Wayne Baker, Chief Commercial Officer, to learn a bit more about this energetic, fast-growing company. Since 2008, Greenphire has focused on developing best-in-class clinical trial payment solutions. With 9 of the top 10 pharmaceutical companies utilizing their technology, it’s no surprise that Greenphire is the global leader in clinical payment solutions. While some would rest at the top, Greenphire has continued to innovate and expand with ClinCard. This painless, streamlined option is a game-changer for patients, sponsors and CROs alike – offering direct payment to the patient, 90% reduction in administrative process and an increase in retention of nearly 12%. Their eClinicalGPS solution for the administration of site payments offers significant benefits to sponsors and CROs – reducing administration burden, providing robust financial analytics, supporting global transparency requirements and ultimately delivering an average cost savings of up to 40% per study.  I can’t wait to see what is next for them!

http://www.greenphire.com

Integritrial – This young, agile, mission-driven company is looking to modernize patient recruitment advertising by creating sincere messages and reaching patients where they are in dynamic ways. Bold social advertising, responsive web design and honest messaging are hallmarks of Integritrial. “If your messages aren’t remarkable, people are going to ignore you,” Founder and Creative Director Damian Hanley states, “if you don’t hit someone in the gut with your ad, you will be ignored. If people don’t laugh, or cry, or get scared about a future that is potentially worse than their present, they will not act on your advertising.”

http://integritrial.com/

MedPoint Digital – With over 25 years of experience in life science, MedPoint Digital combines learning and technology to produce digital platforms that are exceptionally intuitive and engaging for medical professionals. Offering eChannel and eClinical solutions that are built on a process of adaptive planning, agile development, continuous improvement, and rapid, flexible response to change, MedPoint is powerful and practical. New to their suite of products is RegDoc eSafe, a new electronic Investigator Site File on their TriPort Trial Portal. Completely interoperable with other eTMF systems, RegDoc integrates with TriPort for self-populating sections, is intuitive for sites and provides a workspace for CRAs.

http://www.medpt.com/

Overall, the conference displayed many state-of-the-art life science technologies, and it is so fascinating to watch these evolve over time. More impressive was the passion of the employees for what their companies are doing to develop and innovate in this space.

For more information about DIA 2016, contact Sarah Pozek 440-996-0597 or spozek@directrecruiters.com

ATA 2016 Emerging Technology Companies

BLM999_NORM VOLSKI_B_WEBMay 19, 2016 By Norm Volsky, Director of Mobile Healthcare IT Practice

As an executive search consultant in the Healthcare IT space, it is my job to be able to identify emerging technology companies that are poised for significant growth. Since I am specifically focused on Mobile Technology and Telehealth, I have plenty of companies from which to choose. I do research daily and during my discussions with industry thought leaders, I make it a point to ask them what companies in the space they find intriguing and unique. I feel it is my job as a member of this industry tATA2016-Logo_Date_CItyo share this knowledge/information with my network so that you could be exposed to these organizations too.

Below are companies I have had my eye on all year that I met with in person at ATA to learn more about their story and vision.

Avizia: Robust end-to-end telehealth platform that connects any doctor to any patient at any time. Avizia as a company has made it their mission to advance healthcare by helping all patients have the ability to get top quality healthcare regardless of their location or situation. Named one of the 10 Most Promising Telemedicine Solutions Providers of 2016 by Healthcare Tech Outlook.

American Well: Unveiled their new Exchange service which allows patients to choose the doctor they want to visit with. This announcement was on the heels of introducing the first Mobile Telehealth Software Development Kit (SDK), which lets organizations plug telehealth capabilities directly into their own consumer-facing mobile apps. With the Exchange, these consumer-facing apps can now tap directly into services from American Well’s partners, which include Cleveland Clinic and Nemours Children’s Health System.

Chiron Health: Provides its physician practice customers Telehealth services with the most robust eligibility checks for reimbursement. Chiron’s eligibility check solution is so advanced that they guarantee their customers reimbursement by paying them the claim themselves. They have increased collections by 3-4% for their customers, who also see 98% patient satisfaction. Chiron is partnered with athenahealth, Greenway Health and CareCloud. See their website here:  www.chironhealth.com

Zipnosis: With an average diagnosis time of 2 minutes, Zipnosis is a force to be reckoned with in the provider market. Allowing their customers to save $175 per patient, per visit. In January, the company raised $17M in investment.

Stratus Video Interpreting: With over 1400 hospital customers, Stratus allows its customer to reach a live video interpreter in 30 seconds or less. They have recently moved into Telehealth and hired Lee Horner (President) and Brad Blakey (VP of Sales and Marketing) to build out that team. Stratus has the unique ability to support hearing impaired and English second language patients. Their two new solutions recently launched are Emergency Room/Urgent Care Consult and Post Hospital Discharge. Stratus won Tampa Bay’s Most Innovative Company Award in 2014.

WeCounsel: Telemedicine specifically geared towards Behavioral Health. Their company mission is to increase access to behavioral healthcare for patients. They provide their customers unique back-end administrative functionality and have secured $3.5M in funding. WeCounsel was recently chosen to be the primary provider of Telehealth software for MedOptions.

AMC Health: Device Agnostic Remote Patient Monitoring solution built on an open source platform. AMC Health has over 50 care managers on their team that can communicate with patients using: Virtual Visits, Phone Calls, Texts or Emails. Their mission is to “help people be healthier…anywhere”. Recently, AMC Health partnered with Glooko to fight Diabetes, and Propeller Health to fight Asthma and COPD.  They helped Geisinger Health Plan reduce readmission risk by 44% and delivered a 3.3 to 1 ROI. Their solution is also endorsed by the American Hospital Association.

PokitDok: API platform that helps enable other software platforms to gather information easier. This solution allows its customers to do transactions easier and have access to powerful data. McKesson recently made a strategic investment in the company with a total series B of $34M. Recently, PokitDok became a member of the CommonWell Health Alliance. They launched Digital Eligibility and Pricing Estimate Services for prescription medications.

TruClinic: Was named 2016 IDC Innovators by supporting a variety of telehealth models such as site-to-site, facility-to-field (e.g., EMTs, visiting nurses) and clinician-to-patient (direct to consumer and fee for service). TruClinic has customers on 4 different continents and in all 50 states. Recently signed Sharp Healthcare as a customer. The company’s mission is to make on-line health as common as on-line banking. The solution allows physicians to create their own patient surveys. In the past 15 months the company has experienced 400% revenue growth.

Propeller Health: FDA-cleared asthma and COPD management vendor that helps patients and physicians better manage chronic respiratory conditions. They make digital products that have therapeutic benefit. Propeller Health won the 2016 Innovation in Remote Healthcare Award at the ATA conference.

Doctor on Demand:  “Putting Patients First” is the company motto. Doctor on Demand offer its enterprise customers a consumer-grade experience and does not charge PEPM fees. They have both United Healthcare and several state BCBS plans as customers. Their goal is to help increase healthcare access in the most convenient way possible. DOD has over 400 employer customers, and 4 of the Fortune 10 companies.

Glooko: Diabetes Remote Monitoring solution to help a patient manage their chronic condition. This mobile solution addresses both type 1 and 2 diabetes. Glooko is significantly helping its patients reduce their A1C using its patient engagement and education tools. They recently announced an EPIC integration.

Vivify Health: Remote Patient Monitoring Platform helping move the industry toward value based care. Helping its patient manage their chronic disease, Vivify is one of the leaders in mobile population health management. They recently not only signed UPMC as a customer, but the health system also participated in their recent $17M Series B investment round.

Quintree:  Telemedicine solution specifically geared towards first point of care centers developed by ENTs.  The platform allows a patient to be seen in real time by an ENT, even when there is not one on site.  The care centers can scope a patient and live stream to a waiting ENT or simply video conference an ENT for a consult.  The SaaS model allows for scalability with little capital expenditure. ENT coverage is sparse and this solution allows ENTs to see more patients, more efficiently and allows for care centers to provide quicker and better patient care.  In addition, this solution is trying to curb over-prescribing antibiotics.

Teladoc: The company goal is to improve access to care in a cost effective way. Teladoc provides an ROI of 5:1 to their customers and have saved their customers $400M in net savings. This turnkey telemedicine platform has 95% satisfaction rate and 74% net promoter score which is unheard of. Aetna and state BCBS are customers. Teladoc was the first telehealth company to receive NCQA certification and was honored by Frost & Sullivan with the Product Line Strategy Leadership Award for Virtual Telemedicine Services. The CEO of the company Jason Gorevic announced at ATA that Teladoc will be launching their first chronic condition management program by the end of the year.

REACH Health: Next Generation Telemedicine software platform that cut its teeth in Telestroke and has more recently established themselves as a full end to end enterprise Telemedicine solution. REACH recently launched their 5.0 software update which enables clinical adaptability across the healthcare continuum. Analytics dashboard and reporting functionality allow their customers to monitor their Telemedicine programs at all levels. Being hardware agnostic, REACH allows their customers to have very little capital expenditures and encourages adaptability.

I remember going to this show two years ago in Baltimore and I am amazed at how much the industry has moved towards being software focused. The software vendors are definitely trending up as they had the largest and shiniest booths. I always come back amazed at how passionate and innovative this industry is as a whole. All of the companies above are helping drive change towards value based care and I feel so lucky to be able work in this industry every day.

The next trade show I am planning on attending is mHealth in Washington DC…if you are interested in having your company highlighted in my next blog, please let me know.

Companies Topping the Charts at ISC West 2016

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April 19, 2016

By Aaron Kutz, Executive Recruiter for Government and Electronic Security, DRI

Last week, I attended the ISC West Security Conference and Exhibition in Las Vegas, NV for the third consecutive year. As this is one of the larger security exhibits of the year, it is always filled with much excitement by exhibitors and attendees alike. Companies are unveiling new technology and new solutions that have previously been under wraps. Of the many companies at the show, I did have a chance to sit down with a few that caught my eye.

BluBox-  A unique solution that seems to be truly innovating the space. Blubox introduced a new “person reader” this year while at ISC. This solution which has 5 different versions provides a new innovation in Biometric readers. Blubox is very excited about this new solution that adds to an already impressive solution set.

Boon Edam– Boon Edam, with what seemed like an always packed booth, was show casing a variety of products filled with both familiar products as well as some new solutions that were being showcased for the first time. As I spoke to people there the prevailing thought was “what’s next?” What else can we do with this data? That is truly the next step for the industry and they are excited to lead the way into that market.

Elk Products– While focused on residential security, Elk Products prides itself on constantly innovating and bringing new products to the marketplace. While visiting with Elk, they were excited about several new solutions including their M1 platform control, panic lights and panic buttons. All of which are to be released this year.

Paxton– This company had one of the more interesting booths that I had the pleasure of visiting. They are focused on a separate trend in not only the security space, but also the technology world in general, the “Internet of Things”. Paxton is looking to expand their cloud based access control and incorporating integration across several platforms. Their motto of being “geniusly simple” Paxton showcased their cloud based access control system named Paxton Blu along with a new partnership with HID. Paxton seems poised to continue their growth in the US marketplace.

Overall, I came back from the 2016 ISC West conference energized to get back to work in this growing and exciting industry. Based on the impressive technology that I saw last week I feel this industry is poised for further growth and for some new exciting innovations.

The next trade show I plan on attending is the ASIS Seminar in Orlando, FL from September 12-15. If you are interested in having your company highlighted in my next blog, please let me know.

Companies Capturing Attention at BIO-IT World 2016

Sarah PozekApril 19, 2016 By Sarah Pozek, Director of Life Sciences, DRI

As we continue to grow our Life Science practice it is more important than ever to get the pulse of what is going on in the industry, which is why I was so excited to head to Bio-IT World this year. It did not disappoint! All of the chatter at the conference was around Precision Medicine/Genomics… software to support it, storage for the data derived from it and if/when we can expect to see consolidation occur. Definitely a space I will be keeping my eye on!

Bio IT WorldBelow are some of the companies that I’ve had my eye on the last few months that I was able to meet up with in person.

Genospace – Matt Fischer, VP of Sales and Marketing, was our first meeting of the show, and he definitely set the tone for the day with Genospace’s innovative product offering. Their mission to make biomedical data useful and usable by everyone is achieved through their comprehensive platform that enables interpretation, analysis of large clinical and research data sets, reporting and collaboration. This technology can be found in such big names as PathGroup, Seattle Children’s Hospital, Inova Healthcare and the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation. In addition to security, storage and a web-based platform, Genospace offers physician and patient portals. This is taken a step further in the form of their Patient Communities. These online forums are designed to drive engagement, education, communication and data management.
http://www.genospace.com/

Core Informatics – Coming off of a Best of Show win in 2015 for the Web-Based Services category, Core Informatics was once again a Best of Show nominee, this time for its Platform for Science Marketplace. This ground-breaking informatics solution was designed for unparalleled flexibility. The PFS Marketplace features apps which can be combined to form solutions for scientific domains and run on Core’s cloud-based platform infrastructure: the Platform for Science. New applications are constantly joining the PFS Marketplace. The most recent collections of apps are for:  Biopharmaceutical Drug Discovery, Genomics (including NGS), and Biobanking.
http://www.corelims.com/

Datalytic Solutions – Starting as an idea within the Mind Research Network, Datalytic Solutions has grown into a company all its own. While initially focusing on neuroscience, they have now expanded their offerings into other industries, such as telecommunications, genomics, healthcare, and workforce optimization. Their experience in managing exceedingly complex data sets guided them in developing a platform that can securely streamline and organize data, analyze hidden patterns, and predict future trends. I really enjoyed the example of Huntington’s Disease presented by Sergey Plis, VP for Research, and Eric Verner, Senior Data Scientist. Definitely worth a read on their website! http://datalyticsolutions.com/

ClinCapture – Recently I had the pleasure of doing a Thought Leader interview with ClinCapture’s (formerly Clinovo) CEO, Glenn Keet, so I was very excited about the opportunity to meet with Chief Technology Officer, Marc Desgrousilliers, at this year’s show. Marc’s paper called “Disrupting Clinical Trials in the Cloud” was a finalist for the Best Practice Awards. Disrupting is just what ClinCapture is doing with their cloud based eClinical system. This EDC system allows smaller companies to start and run their own clinical studies, without dealing with the ramp up time or expense of the standard technology. Not to mention that their “freemium” model completely eliminates the barrier to entry. At last count, there were over 1,000 studies utilizing this opportunity!
http://www.clincapture.com/

https://www.directrecruiters.com/uncategorized/blog/interview-with-glenn-keet-ceo-clinovo/

Biomatters – Keeping with the genomics theme, Biomatters has been offering solutions to translate genomic data into insight since 2004. Their platform, Geneious, was the most highly cited bioinformatics platform due to its innovation in the research community. It’s currently being used by all 20 of the top 20 Universities globally and seven of the 10 largest pharmaceutical companies. http://www.biomatters.com/

Starfish – Spinning off from Cambridge Computers, Starfish offers end to end life cycle management for research data collections. This virtual global file system provides storage, data and collection management in one platform. Loved by scientists for its content classification and streamlined workflows and by storage administrators for its advanced automation, I think we can expect big things from them! Being newer to the industry, I also have to thank Enrico Palmerio and Don Preuss for their creative explanations and patience in explaining their technology (and for giving us a much needed moment to sit).
http://www.starfishstorage.com/

Lab7 – System efficiency was a big theme at BioIT. Lab7 identified this need in the lab space and has built an end to end platform that streamlines the lab’s workflow. Taking the lab’s multiple systems from data collection, through processing, analyzing, reporting to when it will be queried and putting them into a single, flexible platform is a giant leap up from traditional LIMS data management. What really sets Lab7 apart according to Varshal Dave, VP Sales and Marketing & Chief Product, Positioning, Promotion Officer, is their ability to integrate with existing systems and be customized to each client’s needs.
https://www.lab7.io/

DDN – Genetic sequencing is very compute and data heavy, leaving institutions with the challenge of clearing this bottleneck. Laura Shepard, Senior Director – Products and Vertical Markets, shared a particular example of how DDN’s solutions can help remedy this issue. Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City uses a rapid genome sequencing protocol as a diagnostic tool in the NICU. This innovative approach to diagnosing  genetic disorders in newborns used to take several days. Multiple enhancements – including a move to DDN storage which accounted for almost doubling the speed of the rapid genome testing phase of the process – will soon reduce the time from patient admission to preliminary diagnosis in the hands of the physician to the hospital’s goal of under 26 hours.

A talk by Children’s Mercy on their process, goals and outcomes to date can be found here. http://www.ddn.com/

Nexsan – A global leader in storage, back up and data management solutions that focuses on connecting a workforce as seamlessly and securely as possible has found themselves another niche in the Healthcare/Life Science industry. The vast amounts of patient and participant data needing to be stored and retained in an environment that meets HIPAA/HITECH regulations in these industries creates a unique set of issues. Nexsan presented its newest answer to these challenges at BioIT this year. Their newest product Transporter is able to deliver the cloud experience that users demand while IT is still able to have full control (think Dropbox without the fees plus more security). Bonus: it works on mobile devices.
http://www.nexsan.com/

Signet Accel – Co-Founded by Dr. Philip R.O. Payne, PhD, FACMI and Dr. Peter J. Embi, MD, MS, FACP, FACMI, Signet Accel’s Avec platform was developed and refined over 12 years at The Ohio State University (Go Buckeyes!). Offering true interoperability, this platform allows for analysis of even the most complex, distributed healthcare data in a highly secure and controlled environment. I had the pleasure of speaking with COO, Dave Billiter and Dr. Payne at this year’s conference. Dave’s unique skillset and experience combined with Dr. Payne’s vast industry knowledge made for a truly interesting conversation. Definitely a company to keep an eye on!
http://signetaccel.com/

Whitepaper by Dr. Payne: http://resources.signetaccel.com/data-driven-approaches-to-improving-health?portalId=1739321&hsFormKey=1ace81c2d66fea09ec709f42bca1ff9c&submissionGuid=12cd5b24-d8a1-4fd8-8de6-ca8d58066ac3#module_14543409480658952

Eagle Genomics – The release of Eagle’s new solution, eaglediscover, was honored with a new product award for Knowledge Management at this year’s show. Building upon eaglecore, this new web-based platform allows pharmaceutical and biotech firms to most effectively use their scientific data. Instead of spending time “data wrangling” customers are able to focus on the scientific interpretation removing the threat of “data analysis paralysis” by enabling the exploration of meta-data rather than raw-data. This system of providing prioritized data selection will encourage re-use and create more valuable data sets.
https://www.eaglegenomics.com/

RCH Solutions – Around since 1991, RCH Solutions serves the Life Science industry as a trusted partner in offering hardware, software and consulting solutions. Supported by a team of professionals, it is these services that focus on “making all the innovation work in the real world” as Phil Eschallier, Director of Managed Services, so eloquently explained. With Life Science/HIT being such a dynamic industry, it is so important to have a partner like RCH that offers a single point of contact for guidance, support, security and integration.

http://rchsolutions.com/

Being my first time at BioIT I was absolutely blown away by the innovation. Matt Fischer from Genospace said it best, “Precision Medicine is today where the computer was in 1972… everything we learn shows us how much further we have to go.”

The next trade show I am planning on attending is DIA in Philadelphia…if you are interested in having your company highlighted in my recap, please contact me: 440-996-0597/ spozek@directrecruiters.com.

DRI Attended “Greatest Supply Chain Show on Earth”

April 14, 2016

By Cherie Shepard, Director of Material Handling, DRI

ModexMy team and I returned from Modex very excited about the many people we met, our visit with current clients, seeing the latest equipment on display, and learning the sizzle of what is happening in our industry.

Our feet can tell you that we covered thousands of square footage and covered hundreds of exhibits. It’s no wonder the show is considered “the Greatest Supply Chain Show on Earth!”

Modex is such a great opportunity for companies to debut their newest products to the market and talk about the latest news including that Automation is moving forward. As states increase minimum wage, the need to automate becomes a greater reality. This increase along with the growing e-commerce market continues to make Supply Chain Automation a growing industry.

According to eMarketer, US e-retail sales will nearly double to just over half a trillion dollars by 2019.  With the need for automation and the increasing need for warehouse and distribution facilities comes a need for new skills in the workplace.

We talked to several companies who brought new technology to the show. Here is a sampling of our conversations.

SSI SCHAEFER 

WAMAS – Warehouse Management, Warehouse Control and Material Flow System – This software, exclusively developed by SSI SCHAEFER, works within the warehouse to offer value added services, stock management, picking enhancement, material flow and inventory tracking within a facility. The continuous development and enhancement of WAMAS brings state of the art technology to the client.

CUBY is SSI SCHAEFER’s new one-level shuttle system. This system can work with bins and cartons and allows for optimization of space and can be customized for height variances. Along with the space efficiencies it offers a quick return on investment.

SSI SCHAEFER also introduced a new Vertical Lift Module, LogiMat®. This latest edition does not require chains or belt drives. This large cabinet system allows for storage and picking of small parts.

Gorbel

Road Ranger is the mobile system that meets the OSHA fall protection codes.      It can adjust to heights from 18’, 20’ or 22’ and has a 310 lbs. capacity. It is rated for highway towing up to 65 mph. The Road Ranger is used with a full body harness and self-retracting lanyard to stop a fall when a worker is working above the 4’ OSHA maximum working height.
 

Bizerba

Bizerba celebrates its 150 years in business and brings a 5-year warranty on logistical scales and new batch of high-speed terminals. Bizerba provides weighing and labeling equipment that can meet the requirements found in manufacturing, warehousing, and distribution.

Forte

Forte a Swisslog company is focused on optimizing distribution centers with its warehouse automation and warehouse execution software, WES.

Swisslog as a part of Kuka attracts growth markets like warehouse logistics and the healthcare sector. At Modex they are together demonstrating the interaction of the systems.

On display is the “worker friendly Kuka Robot” AIP, Automated Item Pick” that works with people and can sense their interaction which assists with picking processes and safety.

The CycloneCarrier, which provides hourly throughput of up to 1000 infeeds and outfeeds per aisle was also on display. This shuttle can work in the retail, pharmaceutical, and food & beverage industries,

The newest member of the Swisslog family was also discussed on the Modex floor. Swisslog acquired PAS, Power Automation Systems, bringing this leader of pallet shuttle ASRS to the team.

Seeing our clients and meeting with a variety of specialists in the industry is a key to assisting with the growth of the market. Skilled candidates are busy and in most cases, happy with their current situations. However, we always want to be able to share the buzz of the industry with our clients and potential candidates to make the opportunities we present enticing and “worth a listen”. The education we receive from shows like Modex, is imperative to that success.

Cybersecurity Companies That Impressed Me at HIMSS 2016

March 30, 2016

HIMSS logoBy Brad Katz, Cybersecurity Practice Leader

As a healthcare IT recruiter for Direct Recruiters, Inc., I look to identify the next growing markets in the healthcare IT space. As a result, I have been appointed by our senior management team to expand our current cybersecurity practice area as the demand for security provisions skyrockets. In fact, the global healthcare cybersecurity market is expected to exceed $170 billion by 2022.

That’s why at HIMSS 2016, I was most excited to meet and speak with key players in the cybersecurity industry in order to learn more about their company’s ground-breaking products and services.  Here are 10 organizations that impressed me:                                                                      
Cylance
– Headquartered in Irvine, California, Cylance is redefining next generation endpoint threat software. They are revolutionizing cybersecurity with products and services that proactively prevent, rather than reactively detect, the execution of advanced persistent threats and malware. Their software is built to protect and keep threats out. They are very innovative in the cybersecurity space and making a big push into healthcare since attackers can now more easily gain access to systems and put patient health and personal information at risk. No other industry is hit harder by cyberattacks than healthcare.

Forcepoint– A joint venture of the Raytheon Company and Vista Equity Partners, Forcepoint safeguards against internal threats and outside attacks.  They offer industry-leading security healthcare solutions to protect a healthcare facility’s reputation and earn patients’ trust while enabling healthcare professionals to access patient data wherever and whenever they need it to provide the best care. Forcepoint helps simplify compliance while improving decision making and streamlining security. Forcepoint brings a new approach to security by safeguarding users, data, and networks. Forcepoint is based in Austin, Texas with worldwide sales, service, security laboratories and product development.

ESET– With over 25 years of experience in the security space, ESET has grown into a global brand with over 100 million users in 180 countries They base their approach on multiple layers of protection. They have many products that predict (cloud malware protection system, reputation and cache), prevent (exploit blocker, network attack protection), detect (DNA signatures, advanced memory scanner, botnet protection) and Respond (responding to malware).

SAS-SAS is making big headlines in healthcare cybersecurity not only in the US but also in Europe. Their cyber analytics solutions like the new SAS Cybersecurity can help prevent the theft of personally identifiable information (PII). If hackers have the PII, fraud-fighting software can spot suspicious claims and prevent the payments from ever being made. In addition, SAS helps to improve patient outcomes with analytics software and big data solutions that address readmissions, health outcomes and patient safety. SAS identifies potential issues before they become a reality by analyzing diverse data sources to predict and medically investigate patient safety signals.

Intel- The healthcare space has become a big focus for Intel. According to Intel’s data and research, avoiding breaches and associated business impacts are top priority and security concerns across healthcare organizations. Per Intel, healthcare security is all about survival. They can quickly assess breach security, establish maturity level relative to the healthcare industry all while creating an action plan to improve a security breach, reduce risk and enable adoption of beneficial new technologies to improve care.

DB Networks-Founded in 2009 and headquartered in San Diego, California, DB Networks is the industry’s first signature-less database cybersecurity. Their product was launched in 2013. They have pioneered database cybersecurity through intelligent sensors and turn-key appliances. The company was awarded a patent for their novel approach to database protocol information extraction. DB Networks next generation technology is based on database infrastructure sensors, deep protocol extraction, machine learning, and behavioral analysis. DB Networks database cybersecurity products are effective against both perimeter breaches and breaches resulting from an insider threat. This is a very innovative company that has made a fantastic footprint in the space.

SecureAuth– SecureAuth is the leader in adaptive access control solutions, empowering organizations to determine identities with confidence. They offer solutions in single sign-on and user self-service tools in a unified platform, allowing strong identity security with minimal user disruption. This team has many big named accounts such as HBO, Southwest Airlines, General Mills, Dillards, EA, Qualcomm, Tickmaster, Big Lots, Methodist, Grainger, Western Union, etc.

OpenSky Corp.-OpenSky provides security services to help organizations design, implement, operate, manage, assess, and improve their cybersecurity programs.  OpenSky has successfully delivered hundreds of security projects across diverse industries including healthcare. They are known for their HIPAA compliance and privacy assessments as well their medical device security assessments. OpenSky’s engagement managers confirm at every juncture that their clients’ goals are being achieved. OpenSky provides exceptional IT consulting and assessment services in a business model that ensures high quality deliverables.

Coalfire– Started in 2001 with a simple idea – cyber threats are increasing, compliance mandates are getting more complicated, and a well-designed cyber risk management program is needed. They have been rethinking risk management and compliance ever since. Coalfire helps organizations comply with global financial, government, industry and healthcare mandates while helping build the IT infrastructure and security systems that will protect their business from security breaches and data theft. The company is a leading provider of IT advisory services for security in retail, payments, healthcare, financial services, higher education, hospitality, government and utilities.

Carbon Black Enterprise Response-Carbon Black Enterprise Response helps protect healthcare providers and patients with advanced endpoint security. They understand that healthcare providers, insurers, patients, and executives expect access to sensitive information, business systems, and specialized applications anytime, anywhere and on any device. Carbon Black Enterprise Response is the most complete endpoint detection and response solution available to security teams who want single platform for hunting threats, disrupting adversary behavior and changing the economics of security operations. Carbon Black leads a new era of endpoint security by enabling organizations to disrupt advanced attacks, deploy the best prevention strategies, and leverage their expertise to shift the balance of power back to security teams.

Healthcare cybersecurity is no doubt on a fast trajectory due to the many factors at risk: patient intrusion, intellectual property thefts, confidentialities of business, loss and damage of electronic health records of patients, medical identity fraud, and more.

The companies mentioned above are helping drive change by delivering innovative and revolutionary security measures to reduce vulnerabilities.  They are no doubt key players operating in the healthcare cybersecurity space.

For more information or if I can help you with any of your current or upcoming cybersecurity talent needs, please contact me at 440-996-0580 or bkatz@directrecruiters.com.

A Look Back at HIMSS 2016

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By Norman Volsky, Director of Mobile Healthcare IT

As an executive search consultant in the Healthcare IT space, it is my job to be able to identify emerging technology companies that are poised for significant growth. I do research daily and during my discussions with industry thought leaders, I make it a point to ask them what companies in the space they find intriguing and unique. I feel it is my job as a member of this industry to share this knowledge/information with my network so that you could be exposed to these companies too. Below are companies I have had my eye on all year that I met up with in person at HIMSS to learn more about their story and vision.

Kurbo Health– Mobile health coaching app focused on helping obese children ages 6-18 to lose weight. Being that 1 in 3 kids are obese, this is a crucial tool to reduce risk for health plans and employers. The app coaches adolescents to make healthier eating decision by giving a color corresponding to types of foods (green for healthy, yellow for foods to be eaten in moderation, red for unhealthy) and allowing kids a certain number of each per day. The solution includes video chats with health coaches, some of which are Olympic athletes in training. Kurbo allows families to be happier and healthier by taking the role of “food police” from a child’s parents. Not only did this app help the kids decrease their BMI 88% of the time, but 55% of their parents decreased theirs too!

Omada Health– Chronic Disease Prevention company initially focused on preventing type 2 diabetes. 1 in 3 American adults (86 Million) are pre-diabetes and of that group, 9 out of 10 are unaware they are at risk. This lifestyle intervention mobile application helped patients reduce their A1C Blood Sugar from 6.0 to 5.6 on average. After 1 year, participants lost 4.6% of their BMI and decreased risk of type 2 diabetes by 58%. Omada is leveraging their success in diabetes prevention and branching out into hypertension and heart disease. Preventing diabetes saves a risk bearing organization $10K on average per year for the patient’s entire life.

Lyra Health– Behavioral Health technology enabled services vendor helping screen for mental health diseases. Each patient is assigned a care manager and all of the visits are done leveraging telemedicine. 1 in 5 Americans suffer from a mental health condition and this solution identifies patients that need care and connects them to the right form of care. Lyra closed a $35M Series A investment in fall of 2015. Lyra’s CEO David Ebersman is the former CFO of Facebook.

Alignment Healthcare– Hybrid organization that can function as both a payer and/or provider that is helping the healthcare market move towards value based care. Their solutions help providers make better decisions by giving them better data on their populations. Alignment mixes IT, Care Management and Chronic Disease Management to influence change by providing daily clinical interventions. This is designed to take burden off of a patient’s family members and give them better care. Alignment uses Vivify Health’s chronic disease management platform to monitor their high risk patients’ vital signs and biometric data remotely resulting in better outcomes at a lower cost.

Care Thread- Mobile Care Coordination solution that improves the way clinicians communicate with each other in real time. Their patient-centered messaging threads can eliminate gaps in clinical communication and improve clinical workflow and efficiency. Care Thread has seamless integration with all EMR systems (including Epic), and their secure VPN-less integration technology allows customers to be up and running in minutes. Care Thread helps customers such as Partners Healthcare in Boston improve productivity and increase patient safety.

VisualDx– Unique clinical decision support tool that leverages medical images to help their customers get the diagnosis correct as efficiently and quickly as possible. Although the company originated in the dermatology market (followed by ophthalmology and oral medicine), recently the company launched an innovative solution to address general medicine. VisualDx for the 5th year in a row won a Best in KLAS award. At HIMSS the VisualDx solution was exhibited integrated into Cerner using FHIR and is a part of their new app gallery. This solution is the most used diagnostic clinical decision support tool in healthcare. This solution helps physicians save an average of 26 minutes per day and increases diagnostic accuracy 120%.

Sentrian– Remote Patient Intelligence vendor focused on using data and analytics to avoid preventable hospitalizations (estimated $17B of Medicare’s annual readmission costs are avoidable). Using its analytics platform, Sentrian can help its customers identify which of its patients are deteriorating at 80% accuracy. In 2015, Sentrian won the ATA award for Innovation in Remote Healthcare and the Frost & Sullivan RPM Innovation Award.

Jellyfish Health– Patient Experience platform designed to reduce wait times and improve patient satisfaction. Their mobile app allows patients to see available appointments and estimated wait times then schedule and confirm – all from the convenience of their mobile device.   By increasing patient satisfaction, the provider groups are able to keep their patients (on average, practices turn over 25% of their patients per year). It is 6 times more expensive (around $19,000) to acquire a new patient than to keep an existing one.  The tool helps drive revenue by increasing patient traffic, reducing staff interruptions, streamlining physician schedules, and improving patient throughput.

Propeller Health– FDA-cleared asthma and COPD management vendor that helps patients and physicians better manage chronic respiratory conditions. Digital products that have therapeutic benefit. Propeller Health recently announced a Development Agreement and R&D Collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline. They also partnered with Aptar Pharma for development of a next generation, integrated, connect metered dose inhaler. Propeller was named one of the “Fierce 15” Med Tech companies of 2015 and also mentioned in the following Forbes article: http://www.forbes.com/sites/reenitadas/2016/02/04/the-internet-of-medical-things-digitalization-revolutionizes-respiratory-care-management/#55ead82c319d

Atigeo– Healthcare Analytics vendor that cut its teeth in predictive and prescriptive cybersecurity. Atigeo’s xPatterns currently protects and serves over 180 hospitals, and expects to double its workforce to 200 employees by the end of 2016. Cybersecurity and Fraud Prevention has been a key issue in healthcare and Atigeo helps its customers spot breaches before they happen.

healthfinch– Practice Automation solution that helps a provider automate, delegate, and simplify routine busywork so its clinicians can spend more time treating patients. It saves physicians, on average, 30 minutes per day. It helps increase staff efficiency at least 3x and reduces turnaround on patient prescription re-fill requests under 24 hours.

Qlik– Business Intelligence vendor that can analyze Clinical, Financial, Supply Chain or Operational data from any source. The end user not only gets the insights that they want but even for the ones they didn’t ask for but need to know. Qlik has strong relationships with Epic and Health Catalyst as well as some prominent consulting partners. Qlik allows its customers to qualify for Meaningful Use quicker. Implementation for an enterprise deal could only take weeks or at most several months. Qlik has over 1,500 customers relying on their technology, including Texas Children’s Hospital that achieved a tremendous ROI.

Caremerge– Care Coordination platform designed to bring the entire care team (families, clinicians, and patients) to communicate better resulting in better outcomes. Caremerge Improves the patient’s and their family’s satisfaction with the healthcare provider. Caremerge does a great job in independent living, skilled nursing, and assisted living markets.

Canary Health– Focused on tackling early stage chronic disease. Whether it be diabetes, COPD, arthritis or depression, Canary looks to identify populations that are at risk and make sure their condition does not get worse. They allow patients to self-manage themselves to reduce their risk of long term health problems.

Livongo– New approach to diabetes management. Having diabetes is a heavy burden, Livongo makes the patient’s life easier by allowing them to do less while receiving better outcomes. Livongo’s user spend less time managing their disease by leveraging technology. Run by the former CEO of Allscripts Glenn Tullman, Livongo has received investment from General Catalyst Partners, KPCB and DFJ. Customers include Lowe’s, Office Depot, Iron Mountain, Optima Health and Mount Sinai. Livongo was named one of Inc. Magazine’s 20 Best Entrepreneurial Stories of 2015.

Airstrip– Mobile Interoperability platform that allows its customers to connect in real time to any data source. This innovative tool enables care collaboration and single workflow visualization to improve decision making. Their new intelligence and analytics tools allow them to notify clinicians when a high acuity event may occur. Airstrip’s goal is to provide clinicians with less overall data to quiet the “noise” but more actionable data to help treat patients effectively. For one of Apple’s recent iOS releases, Airstrip was one of 3 companies to present on stage using the iWatch.

PatientPing– Backed by Google Ventures, First Round Capital and Fidelity Investments, PatientPing enables care teams to be informed regardless of where the patient is being treated. This simple, light weight, clean technology sends real time admissions and discharge notifications to providers to enable seamless care transitions. With over 15,000 providers using PatientPing, critical information can be shared and patient safety is improved.

PokitDok– API platform that helps enable mHealth apps to function better. This solution allows its customers to do transactions easier and have access to powerful data. McKesson recently made a strategic investment in the company with a total series B of $34M. PokitDok anables organizations to get connectivity to health plans.

Healthloop -“Patient Experience” company in regards to its high touch cloud-based patient engagement platform. The goal was to develop technology that had the ability to feel empathy. Healthloop sends educational content to the patient to not only answer any questions that the patient currently has but more importantly answers question he or she might have in the future. This takes a lot of stress away from the patient and makes him or her confident with what to expect in the future. They have a staggering 86% patient satisfaction rate, 11% increase in HCAHPS scores and 25% reduction in readmissions.

Catalyze.io– HIPAA compliant cloud computing vendor that enables innovative mHealth partners to scale appropriately. Its hosting and managed services encourage interoperability and allows its customers to save significant dollars. Catalyze.io is a “Last Mile Provider” that enables many companies to thrive affordably.

Avizia– End-to-end Telemedicine provider. Spun off from Cisco with the goal in bridging gaps in care. Recently launched a direct to consumer product to allow a patient to interact with their personal doctor. They provide 5,000 remote visits per month and are live in 36 countries. They have 7 of the top 10 IDN’s using Avizia.

Persivia– An Alere spinoff focused on Chronic Disease Management. They have a clinical decision support platform that focuses on bundled payment, care management, and quality management. Persivia recently partnered with Aprima Medical Software.

Opisoft– Clinical, Financial and Operational Business Intelligence tool. Opisoft was founded in Israel and recently launched in the US market. Predictive analytics at the point of care enabled by NLP tool. In Israel, they went head to head on deals against dbMotion (also an Israeli company later acquired by Allscripts). Opisoft owns 90% of the hospital market share in Israel which is ranked #4 in the world for healthcare quality.

iVEDiX– Mobile Business Intelligence platform that enables the flow of bidirectional data. iVEDiX secured business with the United Nations and has gotten some significant traction with healthcare providers. It saves one of its customers 1 hour per physician per day. iVEDiX received a Series A investment of $10M.

Lightbeam Health Solutions– Population Health Management vendor that is fully integrated, requires zero IT footprint, and is cloud hosted. Lightbeam Health Solutions can aggregate both clinical and claims data and analyze it to identify at risk patients. Software suite includes: Data Warehouse, Risk Stratification, Physician and Patient Engagement, Quality Measure Optimization and Care Management. Lightbeam Health Solutions has over 70 ACO customers.

Validic– Digital Health Platform that allows accessibility and integration to patient recorded data from mHealth apps, devices and wearables. Validic is getting a lot of traction recently into the pharma and clinical trials market along with international markets. Validic recently came out with innovative VitalSnap solution that enables real time data transfer from non-connected devices.

CareSync– Chronic Disease Management/Care Coordination solution with over 100,000 patients using their solution/service. Their goal is to allow collaboration between every stakeholder in the care continuum and help get the right information to the right care team member at the right time. In helping their patients navigate their way through the Health System, they improve the quality of care and patient experience drastically. CareSync members avoided duplicate tests 64%, 33% found errors in their medical records and 84% better followed their post visit care plans. Recently announced partnership with NextGen Healthcare.

Glooko– Diabetes Remote Monitoring solution to help a patient manage their chronic condition. This mobile solution addresses both type 1 and 2 diabetes. Glooko is significantly helping its patients reduce their A1C using its patient engagement and education tools. They recently announced an EPIC integration. Their CEO Rick Altinger was recently invited to speak at the Vator Splash Health conference in San Francisco.

Vivify Health– Remote Patient Care Platform helping move the industry toward value based care. Vivify is one of the leaders in mobile population health management. Their customers typically accomplish a >50% reduction in acute utilization, by engaging patients on any device and connecting caregivers at any interval. Vivify recently not only signed UPMC as a customer but the health system also participated in their recent $17M Series B investment round.

This was my fourth HIMSS show and I always come back amazed at how passionate and innovative this industry is as a whole. All of the companies above are helping drive change towards value based care and I feel so lucky to be able work in this industry every day.

The next trade show I am planning on attending is ATA in Minneapolis…if you are interested in having your company highlighted in my next blog, please let me know.

mHealth Summit Recap

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November 18, 2015

By Norm Volsky, Director of Mobile Healthcare IT Practice

Last week, I attended the mHealth Summit in Washington D.C. for the third consecutive year. There is always a lot of excitement leading up to the show with emerging companies eager to show off their innovative technology. This year there were mostly young, high growth companies in attendance although large companies like Qualcomm Life and IBM had a strong presence at the show (which is a good sign for the industry as a whole). Of the many companies that were in attendance, the following caught my eye:

  • Edamam- A unique platform to help any person eat healthier. With over 1 Million recipes in their database, it allows someone to customize their meal choices depending on their goals/needs. Not only does it help people with food allergies, it also helps people trying to fight a chronic condition or even someone who is simply trying to eat healthier. Edamam has had significant traction and has grown its user base 15X in the past year.
  • CareSync- Chronic Disease Management/Care Coordination solution with over 100,000 patients using their solution/service. Their goal is to allow collaboration between every stakeholder in the care continuum and help get the right information to the right care team member at the right time. In helping their patients navigate their way through the Health System, they improve the quality of care and patient experience drastically. In 2015, the White House recognized CareSync’s chief operating officer, Amy Gleason RN, as one of nine “Champions of Change” for its national precision medicine initiative.
  • io- HIPAA compliant cloud computing vendor that enables innovative mHealth partners to scale appropriately. Its hosting and managed services encourage interoperability and allows its customers to save significant dollars. A “Last Mile Provider” that enables many companies to thrive affordably.
  • CareClix- Healthcare specific Telemedicine platform with over 3.5 Million members that is geared towards both primary and specialty care. This software connects with devices and shares biometric patient data, enabling patients in remote/rural markets to get high quality care while keeping costs low.
  • rimidi- Diabetes management platform to help patients manage their chronic condition. Allows patients to meet their glucose targets and create a more efficient cycle of care by encouraging communication. Tracks glucose, weight, exercise, etc. and using this data predicts glucose readings.
  • VisualDx- The name of the game is reducing errors in diagnosis. Using their unique clinical decision support tools that leverages medical images, they help their customers get the diagnosis correct. Although the company originated in the dermatology market (followed by ophthalmology and oral medicine), recently the company launched an innovative solution to address general medicine. VisualDx is also making a strong push into the international market.
  • PokitDok– API platform that helps enable mHealth apps to function better. This solution allows its customers to do transactions easier and have access to powerful data.
  • MDLIVE- Announced an expansion of their virtual care collaboration with Walgreens to an additional 20 states. The Telemedicine vendor has also have been making waves in the behavioral health market recently.
  • Doc Halo- Mobile Health Platform that enables HIPAA compliant communication, clinical alarms management, nurse call, scheduling, care coordination and more. Company has been expanding its footprint drastically in some prominent accounts.
  • Science 37- Groundbreaking vendor simplifying the process of participating in clinical trials and giving patients access to the world’s best scientists. Their mobile platform allows a clinical trial to reach rural/underprivileged participants (which has huge advantages for rare disease research). Shifts the care setting from the hospital to the patient’s home which improves patient experience while reducing cost significantly. Increases speed of the trial and results are the highest data quality.
  • Validic- Digital Health Platform that allows accessibility and integration to patient recorded data from mHealth apps, devices and wearables. Getting a lot of traction recently into the pharma and clinical trials market along with international markets. They doubled in size last year.
  • iVEDiX– Mobile Business Intelligence platform that enables the flow of bidirectional data. Secured business with the United Nations and has gotten some significant traction with healthcare providers.
  • Saturn Care- Chronic Disease Management program that enables providers to care for their patients remotely and get reimbursed for it. This program allows the care team to be in control and educate patients properly.

Overall, I came back from the mHealth Summit energized to get back to work in this great industry. Based on the impressive technology I saw last week, I am confident the mobile HIT space is thriving and poised for more growth. I feel so lucky to be able to work in a space where people are so passionate about improving patient care and hospital efficiency.

The next trade show I am planning on attending is HIMSS in Las Vegas…if you are interested in having your company highlighted in my next blog, please let me know.

All the Best

Norm