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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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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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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Why Fix Inaccurate Provider Data? It Leads to Lower Costs, Better Care, and Satisfied Patients

As uncertainty swirls around the fate of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Republicans’ replacement, the American Health Care Act (AHCA), many patients have only one thing on their mind—finding a doctor who accepts their insurance. For individuals insured under the ACA, either in the state or federal marketplaces or through the Medicaid expansion, increasingly narrow provider networks and lack of choice among insurers makes this an especially important but daunting task.

Penny Gentieu knows this firsthand. She called 308 physicians in six different insurance plans to find a primary care physician (PCP). She discovered that more than three-quarters of the PCPs listed as accepting new patients in her part of Ohio had no openings. Some had not accepted new patients in years, and others listed as PCPs were specialists, nurse practitioners, or medical residents who had not yet completed their training.

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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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