Health Insurance

Health insurance is one the biggest opportunities globally, ripe for disruption. We dive into how technology is continuing to make it more transparent, inclusive, affordable and patient-centric.

Abacus Insights Scores $12.7M as Cloud-Computing Startup Aims to Serve Health Insurers

Abacus Insights, a cloud-powered healthcare data startup, raised $12.7 million in series A funding, as investors bet that cloud-based data management solutions will migrate from hospitals to health insurance companies. Abacus is the first and only company that...

CareAngel: Addressing the Access Gap in Healthcare

With chronic care – conditions like diabetes, COPD, cancer, hypertension and others – soaking up ever more healthcare resources, providers and insurers are searching for ways to address preventative and behavioral risks before they grow into bigger problems. Care Angel was...

How Babylon Health is Improving Rwandan Health

KEY TAKEAWAYS Digital health startups are flocking to Africa to pick up the slack of its typically underserved and overworked health system. One player is Babylon, a London-based digital health app that allows patients to undergo virtual consolutions with healthcare professionals at an affordable...

Spencer Gerrol: Content is King, But Emotions Rule All

Perspectives: Opinions from our network of advisors, investors, operators and analysts on the risks and opportunities they see. Spencer Gerrol is the founder and CEO of SPARK Neuro, a neuroanalytics company that measures emotion and attention to optimize advertising and entertainment. Years ago, I read a study...

Nicole DiMaria: “Out-of-pocket costs are rapidly increasing, which heightens the demand for price transparency and consumer-driven healthcare.”

Perspectives: Opinions from our network of advisors, investors, operators and analysts on the risks and opportunities they see. The web of regulatory and individual privacy requirements in the U.S. makes it extremely difficult to be innovative in the healthcare sector. Even so, digital pharmacies are trying...

Cityblock Raises $65M to Expand Treatment to Underserved Communities

On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. It’s been said that all politics is local. At the community-health platform Cityblock Health, they believe that health, too, is local. The company, founded in 2017 and based in Brooklyn, N.Y., has...

Behavioral Health Care Provider US HealthVest Gets $55 Million Secured Loan

On Our Radar: Deals we are paying attention to for their impact on industry. US HealthVest (USHV) received a $55 million senior secured term loan from Silicon Valley Bank to finance existing debt and fund expansion and construction of its behavioral health facilities to treat psychiatric illness and...

CEO Brooks Tingle: “Respect for our clients’ privacy…has been paramount at John Hancock for more than 150 years.”

Sound Businesses: Profiles of companies and business models we are keeping an eye on. Brooks Tingle, president and chief executive officer of John Hancock Insurance, spearheads the insurance giant’s life insurance operations, including its data-enabled Vitality program. The program provides benefits that encourage healthy lifestyles...

Why Sub-Saharan Africans are Losing 70,000 Healthy Years of Life

KEY TAKEAWAYS The disease burden in sub-Saharan Africa is worse, and more fatal, than anywhere else in the world. Malaria, diarrhea, HIV/AIDS, and low respiratory infections are to blame for nearly 90% of the region’s disease burden. However, due to lifestyle changes over the...

Africa’s Underfunded Health System Craves Private Coverage

KEY TAKEAWAYS Underfunded African health systems are spurring an influx of private investment into the region. Indian private players, such as Moolchand Healthcare and Fortis Healthcare, are increasingly entering Africa’s $35 billion healthcare market to improve access and costs through implementation of low-cost high-value...

Fragmented Supply Chains & Counterfeit Drugs Hinder African Pharma Growth

KEY TAKEAWAYS Africa’s pharmaceutical distribution market and supply chain are highly fragmented, and drugs are simply not affordable for a large portion of African patients. Distributors and retail margins are also significantly pushing up the price of medications. To combat the industry’s numerous issues,...

Political Ramifications of Africa’s Universal Healthcare Commitment

By signing up to the UN's Sustainable Development Goals, all African states took accountability for the third goal, which is to reach universal health coverage by 2030. The political ramifications of this commitment are gradually being felt as consumers and patients are beginning to expect...

Is Universal Health Coverage Possible for Africa?

KEY TAKEAWAYS Total African health expenditure has surged over the past two decades, but sub-Saharan Africa still remains the least covered region in the world. In this video, Indranil Ghosh explains how high costs and low access rates still prevent sub-Saharan Africans from obtaining...

African Dependence on Traditional Healers is a Hurdle for Standardized Medicine

KEY TAKEAWAYS In many countries across the African continent, high reliance on traditional medicine and self-medication has led to several countries integrating healers into their formal healthcare systems. There are two main elements of informal health care across Africa. The first is the widespread faith...

Africa’s Complex Disease Dilemma is Draining Patient Wallets

KEY TAKEAWAYS Instances of both infectious and chronic diseases are plaguing developing countries in Africa. This health problem presents a healthcare crisis, as spending skyrockets and efficient primary care becomes difficult for people to attain in the region. The disease burden in developing countries has...

The Consumer Demand for Transparent Health Insurance

KEY TAKEAWAYS The high - and rising - cost of healthcare has prompted the rise of new models of health insurance. Whether new health insurers organize health insurance around new technologies, medical expertise, or cost transparency, their ultimate success will be determined by their...

The Bottom Line: Health Insurance

KEY TAKEAWAYS The high - and rising - cost of healthcare has prompted the rise of new models of health insurance. Whether new health insurers organize health insurance around new technologies, medical expertise, or cost transparency, their ultimate success will be determined by their...

Fixing Health Insurance Starts with Managing Inefficiencies

KEY TAKEAWAYS The high - and rising - cost of healthcare has prompted the rise of new models of health insurance. Whether new health insurers organize health insurance around new technologies, medical expertise, or cost transparency, their ultimate success will be determined by their...

Tech Integration Could Heal the Insurance Market

KEY TAKEAWAYS The high - and rising - cost of healthcare has prompted the rise of new models of health insurance. Whether new health insurers organize health insurance around new technologies, medical expertise, or cost transparency, their ultimate success will be determined by their...

Are Consumers Ready for Digital Pharmacies?

Key Market Movements 1Mg, a platform offering an online pharmacy and health application that tells users about their medicines, their substitutes, and side effects, raised an undisclosed amount of venture funding on April 27, 2018, valuing the company at $75 million. Previously, the company raised...

How Digital Startups Are Besting Brick-and-Mortar Pharmacies

KEY TAKEAWAYS New financial technologies, such as digital wallets and commission-free investment platforms, are bring financial services to new, previously underserved demographics. Key Market Movements 1Mg, a platform offering an online pharmacy and health application that tells users about their medicines, their substitutes, and side effects,...

Regulation Is Still a Hurdle for Pharmaceutical Innovation

KEY TAKEAWAYS Digital pharmacies, with their focus on consumer experience and convenience, are expanding rapidly. Their ability to offer services beyond those of traditional pharmacies, such as medication management and patient engagement, will ultimately determine the success of these new pharmacy models. Key Market Movements 1Mg,...

PillPack & Capsule: Digital Pharmacy Pioneers

KEY TAKEAWAYS Digital pharmacies, with their focus on consumer experience and convenience, are expanding rapidly. Their ability to offer services beyond those of traditional pharmacies, such as medication management and patient engagement, will ultimately determine the success of these new pharmacy models. Key Market Movements 1Mg,...

Hendrick Lee // Palm Drive Capital

KEY TAKEAWAYS Millennials are demanding healthcare services that are patient-centric, flexible, adaptive, transparent, and cost-effective, allowing innovators to seize market share from moribund healthcare industry. Global private equity investments in the healthcare sector breached historic highs of $43B in 2017, a roughly 20 percent...

Rhea Mehta // Bowhead Health

KEY TAKEAWAYS Millennials are demanding healthcare services that are patient-centric, flexible, adaptive, transparent, and cost-effective, allowing innovators to seize market share from moribund healthcare industry. Global private equity investments in the healthcare sector breached historic highs of $43B in 2017, a roughly 20 percent...

Lower Healthcare Costs are Hiding in Your Personal Data

KEY TAKEAWAYS Millennials are demanding healthcare services that are patient-centric, flexible, adaptive, transparent, and cost-effective, allowing innovators to seize market share from moribund healthcare industry. Global private equity investments in the healthcare sector breached historic highs of $43B in 2017, a roughly 20 percent...

Cutting Costs and Wait Times with Digital Medical Care Services

KEY TAKEAWAYS Millennials are demanding healthcare services that are patient-centric, flexible, adaptive, transparent, and cost-effective, allowing innovators to seize market share from moribund healthcare industry. Global private equity investments in the healthcare sector breached historic highs of $43B in 2017, a roughly 20 percent...
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