Tuesday’s telehealth short takes: CommonWell, Medikly, accelerators, mHealth savings, Televero

In HIMSS13 news, healthcare/EHR/practice management heavyweights Cerner, McKesson, Allscripts, athenahealth, Greenway and RelayHealth are forming the CommonWell Health Alliance to foster interoperability and care integration, enabled by ‘data liquidity’ (a term new to this Editor, but perhaps the result of ‘data exchange’). With Cerner and Allscripts taking some heat for lobbying for Federal stimulus funds that helped fuel the explosive growth of EHRs [TA 20 Feb], diverting to this albeit necessary issue seems to be a good move. HealthcareITNews

Medikly raises $1.2 million in series A financing from Easton Capital: A recent graduate of the Blueprint Health accelerator in New York City, it springboards data analytics on multiple touchpoints of physician behavior and preferences, enabling pharma companies to more effectively distribute content, achieve cost efficiencies and perhaps in the long run, change behavior. It also doesn’t hurt to be on track to have $5.6 million in revenue in 1st Quarter, according to their CEO. TechCrunch

Accelerators, and what to look for in them, are the subject of this California HealthCare Foundation report, “Greenhouse Effect: How Accelerators Are Seeding Digital Health Innovation”.  They do the most good when focused on business models–and whether they meet the survivability test, utilize health subject matter experts for guidance, narrowcast their sector and customer type, work closely with sponsors and partners, and tailor programs by stage of development.  White paper PDF

Update 8 March: And if you’ve experienced the frustration of applying to an accelerator, there is a video parody on the usual clip from the Hitler-last-days film ‘Downfall’ which sends up the whole process as well as some of the Silicon Valley figures in the tech funding area: Dave McClure of 500 Startups and The Gimlet Eye’s favorite VC, Vinod Khosla. Cautions for Hitler, profanity, raving, German uniforms and your tolerance for yet another ‘Downfall’ takeoff.  

mHealth saving over $400 billion by 2017:  Released at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona last week, the GSMA/PwC study ‘Connected Life’  calculated that mobile health could save developed countries $400 billion by 2017 four ways: detection of sudden incidents, remote medical home monitoring, mobile EHR access by physicians and nurses, and the (good old reliable) SMS (texting) for appointments, reminders etc. Gigaom, link to study PDF (see pages 5-8). 

Waldo has left the building: Waldo Health is now reinvented, according to an announcement by CEO Vincent Salvo, as Televero Health. Based on the website, there is more focus on patient population management and visualized analytics than on individual adoption. Waldo Health debuted at ATA 2010 and combined telehealth, telemedicine, med reminders and patient education into an easy-to-use touchscreen monitor format. Last year, they also made news when they licensed Bosch Healthcare’s patents to settle infringement issues [TA 30 Apr 2012]. Mr. Salvo is also an operating/venture partner with TEXO Ventures, a main investor, and joined the company in late 2011. Founder and original designer Sam Fuller has left the company.

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