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March 5 2015
by Todd Hixon

Startups Are Rebuilding The Healthcare User Experience

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on March 2, 2015] A senior exec of a big health insurer recently returned from a company offsite dedicated to becoming “customer centric”. I asked if they talked about making EOBs (Explanation of Benefits) understandable? “Not really”, he said. For me that sums up the state of healthcare customer care: becoming top-of-mind, but the […]

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March 5 2015
by Todd Hixon

Healthcare Costs: Low-Hanging Fruit

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on April 4, 2014.] Many proposals for improving cost/effectiveness of U.S. medicine are contending for resources and attention. These proposals span personalized medicine, big-data technology to find patterns and coordinate care, tightly-managed accountable healthcare systems, and marketplace incentives. Listening to a panel prepare for a conference this week brought that […]

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February 18 2015
by Todd Hixon

Every Great Startup Needs A Growth Explosion

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on February 18, 2015.] We know start-ups need to grow fast. Most people would say that doubling every year (100%/year) is great growth. In my experience, 100%/year doesn’t do it. In its first few years a great start-up needs a growth explosion that takes it to a significant scale, say $10 […]

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February 12 2015
by Todd Hixon

There Are No Base Hits For Startups Today

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on February 12, 2015.] Once upon a time, like ten years ago, entrepreneurs could make decent money building a business that hit milestones but never got big and sold for $10 – $20 million. These exits would pay entrepreneurs enough to sends kids to college and return 1x-2x capital […]

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February 5 2015
by Todd Hixon

Why Digital Health Will Have Huge Impact

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on February 3, 2014.] Digital Health has big buzz this year. For example, it was a hot topic at both the Consumer Electronics Show (“CES”) and the more-serious JP Morgan Healthcare Conference. (“Digital Health” refers to products and businesses that apply modern digital technologies — the web, mobile, the […]

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February 5 2015
by Todd Hixon

Where The Big Healthcare Bulls Are Running: Notes From The 2015 JP Morgan Conference

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on January 25, 2015.] The Annual JP Morgan conference is a great opportunity for entrepreneurs and venture investors to learn where the big players think U.S. healthcare is going, and how they plan to play. Here’s a summary of the trends I heard at the conference, and what they […]

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January 29 2015
by Todd Hixon

Cancelling Employer Health Insurance Can Be A Kindness

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on January 19, 2015.] Subsidies created by the ACA (1) plus ongoing escalation of health insurance premiums make canceling health insurance plans financially attractive for many employers. In fact this transition can be even more attractive for employees. And for some low-paid moms and dads, it’s a blessing. The shift […]

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January 22 2015
by Todd Hixon

The Doctor/Patient Relationship Is At A Crossroads

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on January 13, 2015.] The relationship between doctors and their customers (aka “patients”) is changing fast, driven by the forces underlying healthcare reform. Three new models are emerging: integrated health systems, direct primary care, and retail care. Their strengths and weaknesses are very different, and our lives and fortunes […]

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January 15 2015
by Todd Hixon

Seven Turning Points To Watch For In 2015

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on January 1, 2015.] Accountability is a good thing. Here are my predictions for 2014 and how they played out. Last year I called for: 1) continued progress for the U.S. economy, 2) acceleration of healthcare reform, 3) beginning of similar reform in higher ed, 4) big data impacting many […]

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January 7 2015
by Todd Hixon

Unicorn Hunting Is Not The Only Way To Make Money In Venture Capital

[This post first appeared at blogs.forbes.com/toddhixon on December 18, 2014.] The U.S. venture industry has been fascinated by “Unicorns” (companies with a $1 billion exit or private valuation) in recent years. The term Unicorn, coined by Aileen Lee of Cowboy Ventures in a TechCrunch post three years ago, suggests a rare and magical thing. The […]

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