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Will Medicare Advantage (MA) Startup Plans Be The Future?

Would it blow your mind if only five startup health plans interested in Medicare Advantage (MA) have collectively raised over $3.9 billion in private funding to-date? Well, Healthcare Pizza readers, that is the reality. Now I know there are some skeptics out in the healthcare ecosystem, so I’m here to break down some of the investment thesis. Not going to necessarily defend, but explain some reasons why you should love and hate these investments. Let’s start with who raised these mind-boggling sums of money. The five startups are Oscar Health, Bright Health, Clover Health, Devoted Health, and Alignment Healthcare.

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9 Things Every Healthcare Startup Should Know About Business Development

In this edition of Healthcare Pizza, I write down all my strategy and business development knowledge in healthcare and organize it into the top 9 commandments for selling as a healthcare startup. I think everyone from the founder to the most junior person on the team should know these pillars because all startups must grow. I should also note these tenets are most applicable for selling into large enterprise healthcare incumbents (e.g., payers, providers, medical device, drug companies). Although I appreciate the direct-to-consumer game, these slices are less applicable for that domain. If your startup needs help developing or implementing your business development strategy, shoot me an email and we can discuss a potential partnership. Enjoy!

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Is Your Data 11 Times Safer With Your Doctor Than Facebook?

When the Wall Street Journal reported in November that one of the largest health systems in the country, Ascension, was partnering with tech-giant Google to mine patient data, the concerns around patient privacy reached their tipping point. Allegedly named, “Project Nightingale”, the partnership allows Google to aggregate millions of patients health data via medical records (including lab results, medications, and diagnoses) and apply artificial intelligence tools to recommend changes to patient care. This is in addition to Google’s acquisition of Fitbit, which many speculate will be a treasure chest of longitudinal heart and fitness data to unlock, even causing some Fitbit owners to throw away their beloved devices in the name of privacy. For many years now, technologists have claimed the key to unlocking health is commoditizing access to information and letting the machines go to work. For years the public has solely trusted healthcare institutions with their most personal information, but as companies like Google or Facebook  move into the picture, Americans will need to decide who they trust most with their precious data.

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9 Healthcare Companies Who Changed the 2010s

Happy new year! The Healthcare Pizza team strives to serve you up better ingredients than your average blog or pizzeria. In order to celebrate the next decade (although the internet is confused whether its actually the end of the decade…), we’re taking a step back and listing our picks for the 9 most influential healthcare companies of the 2010s. If your company is left off, there’s always next decade… But honestly, we tried our best to compile a unique listing that spanned the gamut of redefining healthcare for a variety of good and bad reasons. Bon appétit!

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