Healthcare is a dynamic industry. Market forces, politics, and demographics combine to create a challenging and potentially rewarding environment for entrepreneurs and investors alike. Senior Francisco Partners investors Ezra Perlman (Co-President and Co-head of healthcare) and Chris Adams (Partner and Co-head of healthcare) shared their perspective and outlook on health IT investing with the Pulse. In the theme of this year’s conference, Ezra and Chris also provide their thoughts on collaboration vs. competition in health IT.
Health information sharing is critical for improved care coordination and clinical integration. Yet barriers still remain preventing the easy exchange of health data. The federal government has historically been very active with incentives for health information exchange. However a new administration may mean a increased role in private companies to define future change. To learn more about these dynamics, we sat down with opening key note speaker Dr. David Blumenthal.
The Health Care Payment Learning and Action Network has set a goal of having 50% of all health care payments linked to Alternative Payment Models by 2018. To that end, Anthem is pursuing enhanced collaboration in support of its diverse portfolio of alternative payment models. To learn more, we sat down with Dr. Craig Samitt who is speaking at the Wharton Health Care Business Conference on February 10th.
Each day, healthcare providers help chronically ill patients get healthy. Still, patients often struggle to reach health goals because of challenges like trouble paying for medication, access to transportation, and other unaddressed barriers.
1 in 3 Americans were victims of healthcare data breaches in 2015, according to Bitglass’ report, as part of an 80 percent increase in hacks last year. As that number continues to grow, healthcare organizations are focusing on mitigating the issue. The Pulse spoke with Xu Zou, a veteran of the networking and security industry, to hear firsthand about the challenges facing healthcare providers and how his company, ZingBox, is pioneering medical device security.