Weekend reading: Forbes picks the next $1B startups, is TV streaming analogous to the future of healthcare?

Will we have any more unicorn startups? Forbes seems to think we will and picked out 25 with TrueBridge Capital Partners. They’re a potpourri of cybersecurity, ID fraud, IT, fashion, financial, farming, and even an aircraft company. Only a few are healthcare-related and Becker’s picked them out:

Chapter, co-founded by Republican Party presidential hopeful Vivek Ramaswamy. uses its database to fit the best Medicare plan options (Medicare Advantage, supplements) to individuals. Unlike brokers, their consultants get paid the same no matter the plan. It’s raised $61 million and has revenue of $15 million.

Medallion does the dog work of verifying medical licenses and enrolling doctors in insurance networks. They have more than 300 customers, including Oak Street Health and VillageMD. It’s raised $85 million   and has revenue of $13 million.

Pendulum Therapeutics is in microbiomes–gut health–and what early usage can produce over a lifetime. Many babies given antibiotics have now been found to be more susceptible to chronic lifelong problems that include asthma, ADHD, diabetes, and celiac disease. Its flagship is a glucose-control pro­biotic for mana­ging Type 2 diabetes. It’s raised $116 million and has revenue of $11 million.

Verifiable verifies the credentials of medical professionals using machine tools. It’s raised $47 million and has revenue of $6 million.

Is there a usable analogy between the TV streaming wars and healthcare’s future? This essay in Becker’s Hospital Review is unusual for them. It draws a line between the fragmentation, redundancy, and overlap in entertainment that streaming services such as Hulu, Disney+, and Netflix have created, to the fragmentation, redundancy, and overlap between health systems and health companies such as Optum, Humana, CVS Health, Walgreens, and even Amazon in taking care away from the hospital setting into clinics and the home, breaking the centralized hold that health systems have had on patients. Too much á la carte, confusing, and fragmented for patients at usually a very bad time, unlike sitting on the couch and wondering which home improvement or celebrity reality show to watch.

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