Please read my interview below with David Van Sickle, Co-Founder and CEO, Asthmapolis. He has done an amazing job in the last few years and is a leader of the mobile health movement.
Calling all Health IT Startups - 23 Days Left to Apply to the DC to VC: Health IT Startup Showcase
Morgenthaler Ventures and Health 2.0 are partnering with HealthTech Capital to help lead nationwide DC to VC contest to find the best startup companies in health information technology (HIT). The competition is open to any U.S. startup seeking Series-A funding that is applying cutting edge technology to improve the quality and delivery of healthcare. In its 3rd year, the event will be co-located with the Health 2.0 Fall Annual conference in San Francisco on October 10, 2012.
David Shaywitz wrote a must read article in Forbes called "Want To Revolutionize Health? Enable Physicians, Don't Replace Them".
This is a great description of the challenges we face to improve healthcare delivery. I founded HealthTech Capital because it takes three sets of expertise to start new healthcare delivery companies: HEALTHCARE (workflow of multiple stakeholders, complex regulatory and payment systems), TECHNOLOGY ENABLERS (mobility and social media are enablers only..we learn these lessons during the internet bubble), and USER ENGAGEMENT (patients, nurse or doctors). Nobody has these three sets of expertise (entrepreneurs or investors). We had to create an ecosystem of providers, clinicians, industry, angel and venture capitalists to bring all these expertise together! unfortunately tech VC fall back to their comfort level which is selling directly to consumers instead of dealing with complexity and irrationality of today's healthcare delivery. There is a funding gap for selling productivity tools to existing healthcare providers and an overabundance, if not exuberance, of activities for patient empowerment and direct to consumer products and services.
HealthTech Capital is sponsoring the third nationwide contest called "DC to VC: HIT Startup Showcase" to find the best startup companies in health information technology (HIT). The competition is open to any U.S. startup seeking Series-A funding that is applying cutting-edge technology to improve the quality and delivery of healthcare. Applications are being accepted from Monday, June 4, 2012 through Friday, August 3, 2013 at www.dctovc.com. In its third year, the event will be co-located with the Health 2.0 Fall Annual conference in San Francisco on October 10, 2012.
“DC to VC was initially started to help bring the venture capital community together with Washington D.C. policymakers to help bridge the gap between those who are investing in health IT innovation and those who are creating public policy that leads to innovation,” said Rebecca Lynn, General Partner, Morgenthaler Ventures.
“With the trend towards more clinical integration, Accountable Care Organizations and new opportunities around healthcare reform, health IT has never been a stronger segment for investors to spend time on,” said Missy Krasner, Executive in Residence, Morgenthaler Ventures and former Google Health founding team memb
On March 22, 2012, I will be moderating a panel on Global Advances in the Technology of Health at the Silicon Valley Chapter of ACG.
We will be discussing advances and issues with personalized medicine, EMR, Accountable Care Organization, Quantified Self and Patient Centric healthcare delivery!
We have a great panel lined up:
Randall N. Spratt
Executive Vice President, Chief Information Officer and Chief Technology Officer, McKesson Corp.
Chief Business Officer, 23andMe
Faye Karnavy Sahal
Executive Director, Innovation & Advanced Technology, Kaiser Permanente
Uri Lopatin, M.D.
Senior Director, Gilead Sciences, Inc.
Managing Director & Founder, MedStars & HealthTech Capital