Month: April 2016

Telehealth for chronic conditions: Interview with Synzi CEO Lee Horner

Lee Horner, CEO, Synzi

Synzi is a new technology company focused on helping healthcare organizations provide virtual care. The Synzi platform enables on-demand video interactions, including for those with limited knowledge of English and for patients with hearing loss.

I sat down with Synzi CEO Lee Horner at last week’s JP Morgan Healthcare Conference to discuss telehealth and Synzi’s role.

Overview:

  • (0:10) People with multiple chronic conditions are responsible for much of the healthcare spending in this country. What are some of the key challenges they face in maintaining their health?
  • (1:18) What role can telehealth play? How does it work in practice?
  • (2:44) What populations are most suited to telehealth? Which less so?
  • (4:09) What’s the value of telehealth beyond the traditional nurse phone call?
  • (5:55) Who pays the bill? What’s the value proposition?
  • (8:03) Do you offer archiving of the video visits?
  • (8:47) When customers archive do they make the archives available to patients?
  • (9:30) Synzi is a new company but it came out of Stratus, which had language services as well as tele heath. How do those fit together?
  • (11:10) What does the future hold for telehealth for people with chronic conditions?


By healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of Health Business Group.

On-demand market research: Podcast with InCrowd co-founder Diane Hayes

InCrowd co-founder Diane Hayes

Diane Hayes is Co-founder and President of InCrowd, an on-demand market research company specializing in healthcare and life sciences.

In this podcast interview we covered:

  • (0:10) What does InCrowd offer? How does it differ from others?
  • (3:26) Who are the customers? Who do you work with at the client?
  • (5:05) How has market research changed in biopharmaceuticals?
  • (7:10) What are you seeing from respondents? How do you combat survey fatigue?
  • (9:47) What will change going forward? What impact will it have on inCrowd?
  • (12:00) You and your co-founder came out of life sciences. Is there anything differentiated or unique about how you set up the company?


By healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of Health Business Group.

Getting a handle on health insurance data: Podcast with Vericred CEO Mike Levin

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Mike Levin, Vericred Founder and CEO

A huge ecosystem of technology companies has sprung up with tools to shop for health insurance, search drug coverage, administer HR and benefit plans, make physician appointments and more. They all need accurate, accessible, and detailed data on topics such as health plan design and rates, provider network participation and drug formularies in order to succeed. It’s remarkably difficult and expensive to obtain and maintain the data, and this has created an opportunity for a specialized company —Vericred— to perform the function as a utility for the whole industry.

I’m excited by the opportunity and recently joined the board of Vericred to help guide the company’s growth. In this podcast, I interview founder and CEO Mike Levin about the market and how Vericred is addressing it.

Overview:

  • (0:15) What are some of the key data challenges in the health insurance market?
  • (1:53) Why are these problems so tough? Don’t other industries have similar issues?
  • (6:23) So what’s the problem? With consumerization you have all these new players springing up and health plans just need to work with them, right?
  • (7:40) What are the typical approaches to addressing these problems? Are the problems being solved?
  • (9:16) You talk about “liberating” the data. Doesn’t that scare health plans?
  • (11:11) What does Vericred do to address these issues? Are you gaining traction?
  • (15:03) Who are your customers?
  • (17:10) Are there analogs in other industries or this is a unique beast for healthcare?
  • (18:13) What changed with the passage of Obamacare and emergence of the marketplaces? And what is the impact of recent actions to undermine Obamacare?
  • (20:23) How did you get involved with founding the company? How did it go from concept to implementation?
  • (22:44) What changes do you expect in 2018? How is the company evolving to keep pace?

By healthcare business consultant David E. Williams, president of Health Business Group.