Ariel Katz, co-founder and CEO of H1, on the VatorNews podcast
H1 aggregates healthcare data to identify and connect the most relevant healthcare professionals
Steven Loeb and Bambi Francisco Roizen speak with Ariel Katz, co-founder and CEO of H1a company that aggregates healthcare data, enabling patients, insurance companies, healthcare organizations, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies to identify and connect with the most relevant healthcare professionals.
Our overall goal is to understand how technology is radically changing healthcare: the way we screen, treat, and measure progress and outcomes. How we empower the consumer. Are we creating productivity that lowers economic costs? And how technological advances are changing the role of the doctor.
- Katz’s first venture was a platform that helped students connect with the right faculty mentor to get their PhD program, which was sold to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Through this experience, he learned how medical research was funded and decided to create H1 as a LinkedIn meets ZoomInfo for doctors. The idea was to keep up to date everything you would want to know about every doctor in the world and pass it on to doctors, insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies and patients.
- H1 helps pharmaceutical companies find physicians who can recruit patients for a clinical trial from a diverse patient population. Pharmaceutical companies want people who take part in a clinical trial to be representative of people with the disease, and H1 helps them find doctors who see these types of patients. It also helps medical device companies find the right doctors to perform specific procedures.
- The company separates the data, which is a raw electronic medical record entered by a doctor; information, which consists of putting a user interface on it, grouping it and giving a representation so that it is easier to digest; and ideas, which says, “this doctor sees 15% more patients than the doctor next door and the patients this doctor sees have better patient outcomes than the doctor next door.” It puts ideas above information that sits above data. The problem in health is not access to data, the real problem is the transformation into information and ideas, which do not exist.
- The company obtains its data from both public sources, including hospital websites, as well as information published by the government, as well as private sources, including insurance company information from records. medical devices, and through partnerships with governments around the world, such as CMS. . The US government has been breaking new ground in healthcare, starting with the Obama administration, but the European government is particularly hard to work with.
- CMS has scores called HEDIS, which rate a hospital and doctors based on their performance. This is data that is not available outside of the United States. Understanding what patients think is good, but what everyone really wants to know is how good is this doctor at treating a disease?
- Healthcare organizations use H1’s faculty opinion product to understand what physicians think about the latest science-based medicine, and also to drive successful referrals to their hospital healthcare systems. Hospitals have teams that will educate primary care physicians about the skills and expertise of that hospital and they generally want to know who are the physicians in the community who are seeing the patient populations they want to bring to the hospital .
- Katz thinks decentralized clinical trials are all the rage and a tiny percentage only works for certain conditions. He believes in remote monitoring of patients using technology embedded in trials and embedded in hospitals, but not a fully remote decentralized clinical trial. It was a buzzword during COVID because people wouldn’t go to a hospital for their clinical trials.
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