This year’s HealthBeat conference continues through Tuesday in San Francisco, with health technology innovators gathering to offer their take on what’s challenging, what’s working and what’s next in innovation for the health care industry.
The conference, hosted by technology Web publication Venture Beat (with which The Washington Post has a content sharing agreement), focuses on ”the focal point of where technology is disrupting health care.” Executives and representatives from companies large and small—and even the federal government—were scheduled to attend.
VentureBeat’s Christina Farr and Rebecca Grant reported that Doximity CEO Jeff Tangney, announced that his company would be offering continuing medical education, or CME, courses online. Unlike massive open online course, or MOOCs, which typically come with no potential for formal credit when completed, Cleveland Clinic has agreed to offer credit for Doximity courses completed by practicing physicians. According to Tangney, 24 percent of physicians use the service.
But lurking around the corner for many health-care innovation attempts is the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996, or HIPAA. The law is meant to insure the security of patients’ digital medical data. File transfer and storage company Box has received HIPAA certification, meaning it can store and transfer patients’ medical data. As VentureBeat’s Meghan Kelly writes, the certification could have potentially far-reaching ramifications in the health-care innovation space:
“Partnerships with third party developers, however, may put Box at the center of health IT innovation because it automatically shares its HIPAA compliance with those who build on top of Box data.”
Earlier this month, online platform HealthTap, which offers doctors a way to field questions from patients, finished a $24 million funding round with Khosla Venture coming on board. Just last week, the Department of Health and Human Services announced a second $1 billion round of awards to spur health-care innovation. And IBM brought Watson, its supercomputer best known for competing on the game show Jeopardy! to Washington to show off Watson’s latest health-care related features to lawmakers.
Then, of course, there’s the world of wearable tech, which is already allowing patients to monitor aspects of their daily lives, including how well they sleep or how many miles they run. And technology, as we’ve written previously, is already in development to assist doctors, improving the speed and accuracy with which they access patient data.
What technology are you looking forward to in health-care? Let us know in the comments.