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 1/5 – 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 weeks, 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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Student Feature Case Study: How to build a telemedicine app with video call – HealthCloud by Roshan Kadasani

Roshan recently finished his “HealthCloud” healthcare application he built for his Master’s project. In this interview we’ve invited him to talk about his web app development journey.

BetterDoctor (BD): Roshan, tell us about yourself and your idea about HealthCloud.

Roshan: I have just graduated in Computer Science from California State University, Fullerton. For my final Master’s project I had to build an app and I wanted to focus on healthcare, as I believe technology will solve many problems in that field. Everyone has experienced long waiting times at a doctor’s visit. I even found out in a survey that the average appointment wait time to see a family physician can range up to 66 days! I wanted to fix this by building HealthCloud, a web app that enables patients to stay connected to medical professionals through features like video call and chat.

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Vital Signs Hackathon Call to Action: Bring More Transparency to Healthcare Data

Last week, BetterDoctor’s provider data and API were a main tool for hackers at ProPublica’s ‘Vital Signs’ Hackathon last weekend. The 2 day hacking party at Chicago’s technology and entrepreneurship center 1871 resulted in innovative solutions for improving patients’ access to doctors, bringing transparency to information about doctor’s availability, affordability and above all, the quality of care.


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Why Epicodus Coding School chose BetterDoctor API for their JavaScript classes

“Create an interactive webpage where users may research doctors in their area with up-to-date information, in order to make informed decisions about their medical care.”

Does this sound like a service you would use? This is the prompt for one assignment in an Epicodus JavaScript class. Over the last few months, students at Epicodus Coding School have been creating and powering their apps with BetterDoctor’s provider data via our free API. We’re proud to collaborate with such an innovative and forward-thinking coding school!

I interviewed Courtney, Curriculum Developer at Epicodus, about their creative projects in the health space. 

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EVENT RECAP: What’s next for Healthcare Investing?

Last Thursday, we hosted our first meetup of this year, “Investor Talks”, where we heard the perspectives of three health tech investors.

The crowd consisted of medical professionals, preventive health entrepreneurs, and engineers and they were eager to hear what investors were thinking about and how they envisioned the next ten years of healthcare investing. Below is a quick recap of our event.

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The BetterDoctor API: Updates and New Features to Come in 2017!

Last year was a phenomenal year for the BetterDoctor API. The amount of developers using the BetterDoctor API grew by 70 % and their intense coding resulted in 1340 % growth in API calls. We were also honored to get the Best of Health Care API award. Thank you for using our API!

So what’s coming in 2017? This year, we’re going to do our best to help our developer community create healthcare related applications using our API. To do this, we have enabled our new API users to 50 calls per minute, so if you’d like a higher rate limit send us a note.

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