Jessica DaMassa

Firefly Health’s CEO & Exec Chairman on $40M Raise & Becoming a “Bloat-less Kaiser”

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By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Virtual-first primary care company Firefly Health is becoming a health plan! Backed by a $40M Series B, CEO Fay Rotenberg and Executive Chairman Jonathan Bush stop by to explain how they’re providing “half-price healthcare that’s twice as good.” (Or, as… Read More »Firefly Health’s CEO & Exec Chairman on $40M Raise & Becoming a “Bloat-less Kaiser”

The Medicaid Plan of the Future: Sean Lane on Building Circulo on Top of Olive’s AI Platform

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By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH What’s better than being the CEO of one blazing-hot disruptive health tech company that’s raised $450M to build “the internet of healthcare”? How about becoming the CEO of a second company – a new managed Medicaid health plan company –… Read More »The Medicaid Plan of the Future: Sean Lane on Building Circulo on Top of Olive’s AI Platform

Meet Rightway: The Little-Know $1.1B Care Navigator PBM Startup That Just Scored $100M

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By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Despite nearly 900 employer clients (including big brands like Burger King, Kroger, and DoorDash), a net promoter score of 84, and a new pharmacy benefits management (PBM) program launched mid-pandemic, healthcare navigator startup, Rightway, seems to have come out of… Read More »Meet Rightway: The Little-Know $1.1B Care Navigator PBM Startup That Just Scored $100M

Inside Owlet’s SPAC IPO: From Smart Sock Baby Monitor to Data-Driven Pediatric Healthcare Co

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By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Oh Baby! Connected digital nursery startup, Owlet Baby Care, just announced their SPAC IPO and intention to take their infant smart sock from baby monitor to FDA-approved medical device. I talk with Owlet’s co-founder & CEO, Kurt Workman, to find… Read More »Inside Owlet’s SPAC IPO: From Smart Sock Baby Monitor to Data-Driven Pediatric Healthcare Co

Buoy Health Wins Over Three Health Plans, Turns Symptom Checking into Patient Decision-Making

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By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Symptom checker startup Buoy Health’s $37.5M Series C caught a lot of attention among health tech market watchers because of the collaborative support the funding round garnered from health plans. THREE payor orgs – UnitedHealth’s Optum, Humana, and Cigna –… Read More »Buoy Health Wins Over Three Health Plans, Turns Symptom Checking into Patient Decision-Making

The Habit Change Provider? Newtopia & the Case for a New Category of Healthcare Provider

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By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Chronic disease prevention is often lumped into chronic disease management – but should it be? Aren’t there different nuances to preventing diseases than to treat them? Making the case that healthcare’s “primary prevention” businesses deserve their own category is the… Read More »The Habit Change Provider? Newtopia & the Case for a New Category of Healthcare Provider

#Healthin2Point00, Episode 176 | Optum acquires Change & deals for Hinge, Liva, and Metronom

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Insurgents have stormed the Capitol and we’re still here to talk about health tech deals. On Episode 176, Jess and I discuss Optum acquiring Change Healthcare in a $13.5 billion deal, bringing it back to Jess’s interview with CEO Neil Crescenzo bout what Change Healthcare… Read More »#Healthin2Point00, Episode 176 | Optum acquires Change & deals for Hinge, Liva, and Metronom

Olive CEO Sean Lane on 2020’s Big Numbers: 3 Funding Rounds, $450M, & a 5-Point Plan for the Future

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By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Arguably 2020’s hottest health tech startup, Olive (olive.ai) closed THREE funding rounds this year, totaling $450M and valuing the company at $1.5B. Backed by a “who’s who” of technology, healthcare, and health tech venture capital, Sean Lane, CEO, clues us… Read More »Olive CEO Sean Lane on 2020’s Big Numbers: 3 Funding Rounds, $450M, & a 5-Point Plan for the Future

The Evernorth Digital Health Formulary & the Disruption of the Digital Health Payment Model

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By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Last December, Express Scripts — now a part of Evernorth — became the first PBM to go to market with a digital health formulary. Basically, adapting the vetting, organizing, and pricing functions of a traditional medication formulary to the digital… Read More »The Evernorth Digital Health Formulary & the Disruption of the Digital Health Payment Model

Michelin Star Medicine: Food Start-Up Epicured Delivers Meals for GI & Chronic Condition Care

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By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Food-as-Medicine startup, Epicured, looks and acts a lot like the consumer meal delivery startups booming during this pandemic (think Freshly, which was just acquired by Nestle for $1.5B) but with one important difference: all the meals are based on diets… Read More »Michelin Star Medicine: Food Start-Up Epicured Delivers Meals for GI & Chronic Condition Care

Comcast, Independence BlueCross’s Quil: Fast-Forward Past Video Content to Home Sensors for Seniors

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By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH It’s not just eyeballs that Comcast NBCUniversal and Independence BlueCross’s joint venture, Quil, is after these days. Carina Edwards, Quil’s CEO, paints a compelling picture of the full-scale business model for “health-in-the-home” that her company is enacting. What started out… Read More »Comcast, Independence BlueCross’s Quil: Fast-Forward Past Video Content to Home Sensors for Seniors

Telehealth, Digital Health Market Update from Europe & Frontiers Health Preview

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By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Looking for more proof that telehealth has truly become a global trend in healthcare delivery? Our “man-on-the-street” in Italy, Roberto Ascione, CEO of Healthware Group, offers a detailed state-of-play on virtual care uptake across Europe, including how policy-makers, entrepreneurs, and… Read More »Telehealth, Digital Health Market Update from Europe & Frontiers Health Preview

Telehealth Reality Check: Who’s Really Going to “Win” the Race to Virtual Care Market Leadership?

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By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH It’s the telehealth market reality check you’ve been waiting for! “Rogue” digital health consultant Dr. Lyle Berkowitz unpacks the numbers and the market potential for virtual care from the unique vantage point of a primary-care-physician-turned-health-tech-entrepreneur with nothing to lose. Having… Read More »Telehealth Reality Check: Who’s Really Going to “Win” the Race to Virtual Care Market Leadership?

Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 144 | Magical Forests, PsychCentral’s History, & More Funding Rounds

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On Episode 144 of Health in 2 Point 00, Matthew has gingerly emerged from his office and gone into a Magical Forest! Jess asks me about Healthline media acquiring PsychCentral, the first-ever online psychiatry support group and I explain the history of how it has… Read More »Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 144 | Magical Forests, PsychCentral’s History, & More Funding Rounds

Crossover Health: The Amazon Deal, Primary Care & The Rise of the ‘Health Activist’ Employer

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By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH “Next-gen” healthcare might just be getting its start in primary care. So says Crossover Health’s CEO, Scott Shreeve, who laughingly channels Justin Timberlake and says he’s “bringing sexy back” to it too. With Walmart launching its own Healthcare Super Centers,… Read More »Crossover Health: The Amazon Deal, Primary Care & The Rise of the ‘Health Activist’ Employer

Don’t Underestimate Doctor On Demand – CEO Hill Ferguson on the Era of ‘Tele-Everything’ Healthcare

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By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH JUST before the Teladoc-Livongo merger was announced, I had a chance to catch up with Doctor on Demand’s CEO, Hill Ferguson. The future for telehealth, he said, is “bright green” — and I’m pretty sure it’s looking even greener now!… Read More »Don’t Underestimate Doctor On Demand – CEO Hill Ferguson on the Era of ‘Tele-Everything’ Healthcare

Vida Health’s CEO on Scaling Up in the Highly Competitive Chronic Condition Virtual Care Space

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By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH Even before Covid19, virtual care for chronic conditions was a hot and competitive area, with the heat turned up by Livongo Health’s IPO last year and big funding rounds for companies like Omada Health, Virta Health, and One Drop. Another… Read More »Vida Health’s CEO on Scaling Up in the Highly Competitive Chronic Condition Virtual Care Space

The THCB Book Club!

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by JESSICA DAMASSA & MATTHEW HOLT We are launching a new THCB program! The THCB Book Club (TM) is going to be a discussion with leading health care authors, which will be released on the third Wednesday of every month. We are kicking off with the new… Read More »The THCB Book Club!

Amwell’s Roy Schoenberg: Telehealth Post-Pandemic is “Entrenched Inside” Traditional Health Care

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By JESSICA DaMASSA There are few better positioned to speculate on what’s next for telehealth than Roy Schoenberg, co-CEO & President, of Amwell. After 15 years, more than $710M in total funding, and probably the best analogies out there for describing telehealth’s potential as a… Read More »Amwell’s Roy Schoenberg: Telehealth Post-Pandemic is “Entrenched Inside” Traditional Health Care

“Going Digital: Behavioral Health Tech Conference” Matthew Holt & Jessica DaMassa’s Keynote 6/17/20

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Matthew Holt and Jessica DaMassa gave a talk at the “Going Digital: Behavioral Health Tech Conference” on June 17, 2020. They spoke about how technology is evolving the mental health space, along with their thoughts on where the future of the industry is headed. Jess… Read More »“Going Digital: Behavioral Health Tech Conference” Matthew Holt & Jessica DaMassa’s Keynote 6/17/20

Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 135 | Amazon’s primary care entry, UnitedHealth’s digital DPP & more

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Today on Health in 2 Point 00, it’s the 4th shoe! On Episode 135, we’ve got Amazon’s entry into primary care through its pilot program with Crossover Health, UnitedHealth Group launching Level2, their own digital health diabetes prevention program, Health Catalyst acquiring healthfinch, Truepill raising… Read More »Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 135 | Amazon’s primary care entry, UnitedHealth’s digital DPP & more

Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 134 | Health Tech’s “PPP Blacklist”, Walgreens and VillageMD, & more

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Today on Episode 134 of Health in 2 Point 00, Jess and I cover Livongo’s stock price swinging, Brian Dolan’s PPP “Black List” for Health Tech Startups, and Oak Street Health & GoHealth filing their S-1’s. We also get Matthew’s take on Walgreen’s deal with… Read More »Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 134 | Health Tech’s “PPP Blacklist”, Walgreens and VillageMD, & more