11 Healthcare Innovation Trends To Watch In 2020

As we near the end of the year, rather than reflect on fond memories of 2019 (for which I’m grateful for my family, friends, Healthcare Pizza readers, and Twitter followers), I’ve already started thinking about 2020. If you ever wanted to get inside my brain for 5-10 minutes (scary proposition I know) related to healthcare startups and innovation, here are some areas or trends that I will be following in the new decade.

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Health Plan CEOs & Investors: I’ve Got Carolina [Medicaid] On My Mind

First off, after having time to reflect in Thailand and Cambodia, I would like to personally thank you all for reading Healthcare Pizza. If you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe for weekly notification emails here and follow me on Twitter @AMychkovsky. Now back to the regular blog. Let it be known I’ve got mad love for the Tar Heel state. I intentionally say Tar Heel, because that plus Old Crow Medicine Show’s version of Wagon Wheel and James Taylor are how I remember North Carolina. As a proud Michigander, I likely would’ve never experienced Cosmic Cantina’s deluxe nachos with guacamole or Cookout’s absurd burger with a side of chicken nuggets combo if not for my wife. She is originally from the state and is a proud graduate of NCAA basketball powerhouse, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The classroom halls where the legendary Michael Jordan surely studied… occasionally… I’m sure it happened at least once.

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The Stone Cold Truth About Home Health Startups

One of my all-time favorite healthcare blog posts (besides Healthcare Pizza’s last few…) is a Medium article by Kyle Hill titled, “There’s No Magic in Venture-Backed Home Care.” Kyle is the former CEO and founder of HomeHero, a venture-backed non-medical home health startup that raised $23 million in funding before shutting down operations in late 2016. Throughout the article, Kyle describes the conception, growth, and fall of the company, detailing from his own perspective what went right and wrong along the way. I am a big fan of startup leaders expressing vulnerability and releasing an autopsy report to help future businesses, investors, and entrepreneurs. And as an American, I very much want someone to create a sustainable home health model that provides high-quality and convenient care at a price point available for all Americans.

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Too Old or Young to Start a Healthcare Startup?

Over the weekend, I was reminded by a dear friend that I am now 31 years old and thereby unable to qualify for the Forbes 30 under 30 list. Who needs enemies when you have friends like that? Too bad Healthcare Pizza hadn’t started in 2017, I surely would’ve made the list. Now all I can hope is for is Fortune’s 40 under 40 list, sharing the award with billionaire Kylie Jenner and Presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg. Seems likely…

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Are Healthcare Startup Founders Doomed By Dilution?

I recently stumbled across a 2013 Business Insider article titled, “Why It’s Better To Sell A Startup for $20 Million Instead of $200 Million” and it got me thinking. In 2011, when Arianna Huffington and her two co-founders sold The Huffington Post, AOL paid a whopping $315 million after only 6 years of operations. I would’ve expected the namesake of the organization to have made a killing in the deal, however given significant equity dilution, Ariana took home only $18 million or 5.7% of the value despite the company using her last name.

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