By Annie ErstlingToday the 5th annual Exponential Medicine Conference hosted by Singularity University kicks off at Hotel Del Coronado in San Diego, California. This sold-out unique four-day event explores how innovation and breakthrough technology research can reshape and redefine healthcare. The conference kicks off today at 1pm PST and runs through Thursday, November 12th at 1pm PST.In partnership with...

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November 9, 2015 #xmed

By Kate WarnockIs it possible that the source of the next generation of medical breakthroughs resides in our very own gut? Absolutely, according to GuideWell’s senior director of business innovation, Chris Hillier. A trained pharmacologist, physiologist and multiple patent-holder of biologic solutions, Chris has long been fascinated by the potential of the microbes that live in, and on, every person’s body including the skin and digestive system. He was motivated to select the microbiome as his topic for a workshop he’ll lead at next week’s ...

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November 4, 2015 #xmed

By Kate WarnockWhen market forces like payer consolidation, payment reform and consumerism are enough to absorb a health industry leader’s full attention, you might assume that disruptors like precision medicine and telehealth would take a back seat to more immediate operational concerns. Yet consulting powerhouse Oliver Wyman recognizes that tomorrow’s most rigorous health companies won’t just survive, they’ll thrive under executives who lead sustainable change in these disruptive times. That’s precisely why Oliver Wyman invited GuideWell Chairman and CEO Pat...

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October 26, 2015 #owhic, Oliver Wyman

By Danielle DavisAs Big Health shifts its focus to providing a more consumer-driven health experience, startups with direct-to-consumer solutions find it increasingly encouraging to adapt their product to be sold through existing channels in the health industry. An example is entering the market as a population health solution that insurance carriers and employers can offer to – and subsidize – for their large user-bases. But what does that mean for the start-up? Their product? Their go-to-market approach?...

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September 14, 2015 entrepreneur, startup

 Renee Finley, head of GuideWell Innovation and Nina Nashif, CEO and Founder of Healthbox By Kate WarnockIf you’re an entrepreneur and are considering a startup accelerator program, the one thing you likely don’t have is an excess of time or resources. How do you evaluate one business accelerator program as better from the next? If you’re accepted into a program, how do you get the most out of it? Does it make a difference if you’re coming from outside the health industry? Your questions are what motivated us to interview Nina Nashif, CEO and Founder of...

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September 5, 2015 accelerator, entrepreneur, Healthbox

By Danielle Davis “What’s the old saying? You can tell the pioneers by the arrows in their backs?”I had asked Eric Buffkin, the President and Chief Operating Officer of eTect, about what it was like to be a start-up on the “bleeding edge” of the digital medicine trend.I didn’t exactly expect him to liken it to real bloodshed. There was a pregnant pause.“Nah,” he laughs...

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August 24, 2015 digital health, entrepreneur, startup

By Danielle Davis My all-time favorite pitch has to be by Darren Wendroff of CareSpotter. His Innovation Day pitch – the winning pitch from GuideWell’s first-ever Innovation Day in 2013 – stands out for a lot of reasons. It was well-crafted. The value proposition was clear. And Darren was an engaging presenter.Darren approaches pitching like Payton Manning takes on football. He studies. Watches film. Films himself and dissects it. Has a fundamental process for developing his pitches that he practices over and over again. Darren doesn’t just have advice; he has a...

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August 7, 2015

By Danielle DavisWhen the Peerfit team came into Healthbox, their company was three years old, employed three people, and was still trying to figure out how to capture the market opportunity they saw unfolding in the fitness industry.Their product was a solid, innovative solution. A flexible fitness pass, they had unbundled the traditional gym membership and offered a new option to consumers. One that let people workout at a network of several different gyms and get member rates at all of them. All the commitment people hated about gym memberships? Gone. Peerfit operated with a month-to-month...

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July 26, 2015 entrepreneur, startup
save on medical team

By Sara McFarland, Communications Director with Save on MedicalEditor’s Note: The following is a guest post submitted by Save on Medical, a 2014 graduate of the Healthbox accelerator program sponsored by the GuideWell family of companies.Picking the right physician for you or your family is important. So, whether you’ve just moved to a new area or your health care insurance coverage has changed, finding a new doctor can be a stressful process. Discerning the quality...

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May 27, 2015 entrepreneur, startup
grooms final

By Kate WarnockJamie Grooms, the CEO of the Florida Institute for the Commercialization of Pubic Research (here forward, The Institute) may not be known as the successful publicly-funded, Florida-based start-up’s secret weapon, but he should be. A seasoned serial entrepreneur who transitioned to leading two successful companies, Jamie leads a host of business, human resources, financial and scientific advisors at The Institute who are charged with leading nascent companies started at Florida universities or research centers through the “Valley of Death.” This real-world...

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