Disruptive collaboration is gaining momentum in healthcare

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This article is part of a series powered by HLTH and CHIME to highlight key insights and perspectives from key leaders speaking at ViVE.

Disruptive collaboration has long been a theme of health technology innovation, but the LIVE conference highlighted how this concept has gained momentum, especially with the announcement that the non-profit organization Civic Rx prepares to manufacture and sell insulin cheaply at $30 a vial. In a panel discussion at the conference, Civica Chairman Daniel Liljenquist, who serves as Chief Strategy Officer at Intermountain Healthcare, presented a roadmap for how nonprofit generic drug company planned to reduce chronic generic drug shortages and price gouging..

“The idea is basically to organize the demand side of the equation in a different way,” Liljenquist said. “Bringing together disruptive collaboration with the goal of democratizing these issues is the idea behind it.”

Liljenquist noted that 55 health systems are currently involved in Civica. It will produce insulin at its manufacturing facility in Petersburg, Va., with a production capacity of about one-third of the market.

He also commented on the frustrating situation in health care trying to balance the need to help patients with health care matters.

“Everyone wants to see a solution, but they’re also playing a huge game of hungry hippos just trying to get their marbles, right? But there are some things like drugs like, frankly, the digital health, transformational care, especially creating a lingua franca and a clear, interoperable system that you can’t do by partial bypass, we can’t do it by a point solution. so from CivicaRx to that the premise is the same we have a collective action problem in healthcare, and through non-profit structures, but yet companies that operate like companies are monetizing at the expense I think our mutual game in our toolbox is to solve seemingly unsolvable problems.

Another exciting development is the drive to take interoperability to a new level this year with the release of the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA). Its origins date back to the 21st Century Cures Act calling for a national exchange framework to support data sharing between providers, health plans, patients, health information exchanges and public health organizations. highlighted in a panel discussion at the conference. Although several groups such as CommonWell Health Alliance, E-health exchange, as well as health information exchanges, and others have helped advance interoperability, TEFCA seeks to establish universal guidelines for national interoperability and simplify connectivity for organizations to exchange information. The heads of The Sequoia Project and Quality of care participated in a roundtable on this topic at ViVE.

The Startup Pavilion highlighted entrepreneurs from Cedars-Sinai accelerator and AARP Age Tech Collaborative that has taken several different approaches to solving health issues. Some of these challenges include making home healthcare less stressful for caregivers, how to improve access to holistic care, and helping people express how they would like to be cared for before they are unable to care for themselves. themselves.

OmPractical is a digital health platform that seeks to use remote participation in evidence-based wellness exercises, such as yoga, meditation, pilates, tai chi, qigong, in part to reduce economic and geographic barriers to well-being. Although it has a direct-to-consumer model, it also has commercial partners such as ESPN and the University of Massachusetts. It is also working with the Veterans Administration to provide platform access to some of its Veterans Integrated Service Networks (VISN). OmPractice hosts 100 live and interactive classes per week. Although the classes are designed to improve mobility, they also seek to promote mental health, helping participants to relax and reduce stress.

The company recently added a course focused on curing cancer and a course on pelvic health to help women strengthen the pelvic floor led by a physical therapist.

Instructors leading classes can provide real-time feedback to participants. Although the company was launched in 2017 with co-founders Christopher Lucas (CEO) and Sam Tackeff (COO), its members have been helped by those who are reluctant to return to in-person classes due to Covid-19 and prefer to participate in the comfort of their own home.

Eternally offers a personalized platform for advanced care planning. Co-founder Matti Burnett explained that it helps patients name their healthcare power of attorney and document their well-being. Hospital systems are its main customers.

“Hospitals like us because in terms of value-based care, they get higher quality scores when they’ve completed more advanced guidelines. We participated in [latest] Cedars-Sinai Accelerator [cohort] it just wrapped up in December and we have a pilot with them now,” Burnett said.

Omcare is a digital health company that aims to provide comprehensive support for caregivers.

“Everyone is struggling to develop a home health strategy,” observed Grant Barrick, Chief Growth Officer of Ōmcare. “What we’re trying to do is be the infrastructure that allows that to happen.”

This infrastructure combines a mail-order pharmacy, a medication compliance component, and a telehealth component for visual confirmation that the patient is taking their medications on time, through a portal device. The device can also take patients’ vital signs through a transdermal optical imaging tool. It collaborates with at least two other companies that connect to its infrastructure platform.

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