Telehealth: The Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH), ZocDoc goes remote 🩺

Telehealth: The Patient Centered Medical Home (PCMH), ZocDoc goes remote 🩺

The startups and corporate initiatives changing healthcare

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In this week’s edition, we cover the near and medium-term future of healthcare. One common theme we hear across industries is that the COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated already existing industry shifts, and this is certainly the case in remote healthcare services.

In the past week alone, we saw Zocdoc launch a video consultation service, Mount Sinai implemented Google nest cams to allow for remote patient monitoring, Salesforce launched a product to help companies monitor employee health, and GE and Microsoft joined forces for a new hospital tech initiative.

Our curated links also include a CB Insights market map and Crunchbase data on the startups in the space.

Finally, I was very intrigued by the concept of a Patient-Centered Medical Home (PCMH). It stresses the importance of a centralized, secure and accessible medical history dataset that is leveraged by specialists and AI to create desired health outcomes. It’s covered in the first piece on Innovacer, and if you read just one of these articles, I recommend this one!

Next week, we’ll be covering esports platforms. If there are any specific startups or initiatives you’d like us to highlight, just hit reply or email me at

We wish you and your community safety, calm, and solidarity as we support each other through this unprecedented time. Thank you again for reading.

All best,
Erica Matsumoto

Innovaccer And Value-Based Healthcare In The Age Of COVID-19

Innovaccer was founded under the vision of the “patient centered medical home” (PCMH), a place where all your medical information lives that exists in both the virtual and physical world. A primary care physician could consult you remotely, you go in for physical therapy, and are prescribed medicine that’s delivered to you. The key is one central data hub that securely manages your data, informs all caregivers, and more importantly, unifies everything to generate desired health outcomes and measure progress.

Paul Grundy, a physician who is often described as the “godfather” of the PCMH movement, is the company’s Chief Transformation Officer.

Forbes — 7 min read Read More A Pandemic Benefit: The Expansion of Telemedicine

In line with the previous piece, this is a must-read from the NY Times on the field of telemedicine. One stat that jumped out for us was how 90% of the effectiveness in diagnosis is simply from a reliable medical history, which would flow in line with the PCMH thesis.

NY Times — 6 min read Read More With Red Tape Lifted, Dr. Zoom Will See You Now

A NY Times op-ed from Veronique Mintz, a New York City eighth-grader, who explains why they are in favor of distance learning.

NY Times — 4 min read Read More The Top 150 Digital Health Startups Of 2019: Where Are They Now?

CB Insights market maps are always a go-to resource to understand an industry. They just updated their original digital health map and wrote a blog post listing new initiatives by many of these startups in response to COVID-19.

9 min read

Read More How technology is safeguarding health and livelihoods in Asia

A deep-dive from McKinsey covering all the ways technology was deployed across Asia in responding to the pandemic. Of particular note was many systems and companies that grew out of the SARS epidemic which were rapidly leveraged.

McKinsey — 12 min read

Read More GE Healthcare and Microsoft launch Covid-19 offering for hospitals

GE Healthcare last month launched the Mural Virtual Care Solution. Built on Microsoft Azure, the solution allows hospitals to remotely view numerous ventilated patients simultaneously, and enables the identification of patients at risk of deterioration.

2 min read Read More Zocdoc becomes a telehealth facilitator with new video service

The New York-based longtime healthcare startup launched a new telehealth service. Of particular note is they are launching the product in partnership with communications platform Twilio.

Engadget — 3 min read

Read More Telemedicine Is Becoming More Popular. That’s Good for Prescription Delivery Startups.

Prescription delivery startups were already gaining in popularity pre-COVID, but it’s clearly a sector poised to grow amidst the quarantine. The team at Crunchbase pulled data on both market entrants, and large players like Alto Pharmacy (has raised $250 million).

Crunchbase — 4 min read

Read More From now on, every company must become a digital health company

An intriguing proposal from the Chief Evangelist at Salesforce on the newfound responsibility of businesses to assume healthcare responsibilities for their employees. Whether it means office design, elevators, or even mental health, he argues that businesses must play a greater role in keeping their teams safe in the transition back.

We will note that Salesforce updated its product to help organizations created “command centers” to better monitor the health statuses of employees.

5 min read Read More Mount Sinai deploys Google Nest cameras for COVID-19 patient monitoring and communication

Using Nest cameras for this helps healthcare professionals, including nurses and doctors, limit their potential exposure to COVID-19, allowing them to centrally monitor and provide care while limiting person-to-person interaction to only extremely necessary contact.

3 min read Read More This Week in Business History May 10th, 1872: The first female nominee for President of the United States is announced.

Victoria Claflin Woodhull, who ran the first female-led brokerage on Wall Street, on this week in 1872, was announced as the Presidential nominee by the newly formed Equal Rights Party. Just as notable, the abolitionist Frederick Douglass was selected as her running mate.

Her Wikipedia entry is quite something. This article also is a great writeup on her Presidential run in 1872.

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