BetterDoctor’s Provider Directory & Data Summit 2017 Recap

As part of this year’s Provider Directory & Data Summit, hosted by BetterDoctor, we had over 40 attendees gather at Google Launchpad to talk about provider data management, how to fix provider rosters, and how to overcome regulatory challenges facing providers and health plans. People from diverse backgrounds joined — from health plans to individual brokers —  to bring solutions to the longstanding problem of inaccurate provider data.

Healthcare industry leaders took the stage and had dynamic conversations with our audience about what the new future of healthcare will look like with accurate provider data, what the blockers are, and how to overcome legacy technology challenges. The attendees agreed that more transparency and collaboration will need to happen in the industry to fix the provider data problem as a whole and to eventually improve provider directories for both industry and consumer use.

Below we recap and include videos of our panels from the summit. Enjoy!  

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BetterDoctor API Helps Stanford Students Leverage Provider Data

This past weekend, Stanford hosted its Health++ hackathon. Organized for the second time by a student volunteer group called SHIFT, the healthcare hackathon welcomed nearly 200 people from a myriad of backgrounds, varying from med school to bioengineering and data science. The teams flew in from all over the world, including Japan, China and India. BetterDoctor participated as an API sponsor and spoke about how to innovate with healthcare data.

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BetterDoctor API Leveraged at Health 2.0 Hackathon

Last weekend, BetterDoctor’s API was used to innovate healthcare solutions at Hack Healthcare! by Health 2.0 San Francisco. The hackathon, organized by a team of volunteers, was the first of its kind and brought together healthcare APIs (BetterDoctor, Athenahealth, Yelp Fusion) as well as other healthcare players’ APIs (Grand Rounds, Limelight health) to support finding solutions for provider access and availability.

During the three day event, Google Launchpad hosted 10 teams and 70 participants with technical, design, and business expertise combined with healthcare and clinical backgrounds.

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Event Recap: How can Machine Learning be Used to Maintain Accurate Provider Directories

Last week, Virta Health, a health tech startup that helps patients reverse type 2 diabetes, hosted a meetup called,  ‘Machine Learning in Healthcare.’ We joined to discuss the potential of these learning algorithms and heard five talks focused on how machine learning could improve healthcare.

Lightning talks were given by:

Below are 5 key takeaways about machine learning and how they can be  applied to improving provider directories.

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Student Feature Case Study: Doctor search app combines provider data with speech recognition. DocFinder by Eben Holderness, Claire Sun, R Matthews, and Nila Mandal

This Summer, Brandeis University students Eben, Claire, R, and Nila, joined the Justice Brandeis Semester Program for a course on Voice, Web, and Mobile Apps. Without knowing each other before and all coming from different fields of study, they created DocFinder to give everyone a chance to find a provider near them by using a simple voice command. (more…)

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Provider data learnings part 1 – Improving provider directory data quality when there is scarce, missing or non-existing data

Our journey from a direct-to-consumer app to validating provider data has given us a lot of (sometimes surprising) insight around provider directories, especially in terms of data quality and managing complex provider data systems. In the upcoming posts, we will share key learnings from our provider data validation work, which has expanded nationwide.

In this first piece, we will talk about the misconceptions that still exist around collecting provider data, the overall data quality, and how to fix your provider directories when there is missing data.

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BetterDoctor Closes on $11M, Expands Nationally to Fix Doctor Data and Health Plan Provider Directories

SAN FRANCISCO (June  20, 2017) —BetterDoctor, a company with a mission to fix provider data and help consumers find the care they need, closed a new $11M funding round led by Health Catalyst Capital. Vision+, Texo Ventures, SoftTechVC, LifeLine Ventures and B-ForeCapital also participated in the round.

Provider data inaccuracy continues to be an ongoing (hidden) problem that overburdens the entire US healthcare system. BetterDoctor is in a unique position to solve this persistent data problem and to ensure health insurance companies, health systems and providers comply with several federal and state regulations.

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