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Rock Health Names Genentech Veteran Bill Evans Managing Director

Healthcare venture capital company Rock Health has just announced that pharmaceutical veteran Bill Evans will be appointed the role of Rock Health’s Managing Director. Evans will fill the shoes of Rock Health founder Halle Tecco, who left the organization in May 2016. Evans will also take on the responsibilities previously held by Malay Gandhi, who was CEO of the company and Managing Director until he left in November 2015. Evans worked at Genentech for 11 years, where he specialized in physician-facing technology. Genentech (a member...

How Digital Systems Can Enhance Patient Outreach

Gary Druckenmiller, Jr., Vice President, Marketing Practice Lead at Evariant, recently wrote an article for Health Data Management about the necessity of digital CRM systems in today’s healthcare system. In the article, Druckesnmiller points to a recent survey by HCAHPS. The survey, taken directly by patients, found that the majority of patients are highly dissatisfied with their personal healthcare system. In 2014, only 4.5% of hospitals received excellent ratings. A study by Deloitte found that between 2008 and 2014, hospitals with excellent ratings on the HCAHPS satisfaction...

19 Under-the-Radar Companies to Join Before They’re Huge

The Muse recently released a list of 19 up-and-coming companies they feel are on track to become bigger and highly successful. Among those listed were companies involved in data analytics, commerce platforms, healthcare technology, and more. A few examples: 1. TrackMaven Located in Washington DC, TrackMaven provides digital marketers with the data they need in order to stay ahead of the competition. Their analytics offer insight into the latest trends, strategies, and techniques being used in the industry. 3. ContextMedia ContextMedia combines modern technology with health education to deliver...

2016 #OWHIC Summit Preview: Accolade’s Tom Spann on the Magic Formula for Consumer Engagement

The fourth annual Oliver Wyman Health Innovation Summit will commence on September 21, 2016. The three-day summit, held in Chicago, is centered on “The Consumer Imperative: Transforming Healthcare From the Outside In.” This year’s summit will feature a carefully selected panel of industry leaders who will discuss how they’ve used consumer trends to their advantage. Healthcare concierge Accolade has had tremendous success with their consumer-centered approach (Accolade recently raised more than $70 million in Series E funding). As a sneak-peak of the what’s to come, Oliver...

McKesson Ventures Joins SHYFT Analytics Series B, Bets on Analytics for Pharma

McKesson Ventures is the latest company to invest in Series B financing for SHYFT Analytics Inc. McKesson Ventures joins Medidata Solutions Inc., Health Enterprise Partners, and Milestone Venture Partners in a funding campaign for SHYFT that has secured $12.5 million. SHYFT, a cloud-based analytics company that provides information for the life sciences industry, will use the funds to expand its data-driven technologies. McKesson Ventures Managing Director Dave Schulte is banking on outcome-based pharmaceuticals as being the way of the future. Indeed, healthcare industry trends show an increased focus...