9Health Fairs: Bringing Digital Health To All Coloradoans

At Hippo, we are always looking for ways to connect with people and talk about taking control of their health in was that are effective and convenient. When 9Health invited us to participate in their Health Fair at the Fillmore Auditorium in Denver, we were thrilled to have the opportunity to spread the word about technology's ever-expanding role in health management. As our first chance to participate in this series, the Hippo team was excited to be a part of this long-running and important health-focused event: 9Health Fairs is a long-running series that has been serving the state of Colorado to provide residents with affordable health screenings from trusted providers. 

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Kevin McGarvey
Your Personal Healthcare Assistant: Orderly Health

"The stone age didn't end because they ran out of stones."

While comparing healthcare to the stone age might seem a little extreme, it's hard to argue the industry's seemingly static position and resistance to moving forward in an increasingly transparent digital world. Eventually, disruption comes to every industry - and in the case of healthcare, there's a growing army of digital revolutionaries founding companies poised to make healthcare more accessible. As a part of this tech-driven movement, Hippo Health is always seeking partners to unify and amplify efforts for change. Enter Orderly Health. Orderly is a personal healthcare assistant and Hippo Health partner. Co-founded by Kevin Krauth and James Dickhoner in 2015, the concierge service strives to find consumers discounts and health plans while removing the unnecessary layers - naturally, they're a great fit for Hippo Health.

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Kevin McGarvey
ROI, Reimbursement & Adoption in Telemedicine: Telemed Leadership Forum Recap

We recently attended the Telemed Leadership Forum in Washington, DC, hosted by Telemed Magazine with the goal of bringing together telemedicine innovators and thought leaders to cover telemedicine's most pressing issues, for both providers and those interested in investing in digital health. Panels and individual presentations covered a variety of topics; here's what we learned: 

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Kevin McGarvey
Charlie Martin: Entrepreneurism in healthcare - how payers can make or break your startup

This is great, no-BS talk about innovation in healthcare. Charlie Martin lays it out in plain terms, leaving the jargon behind. As you may know, Charlie Martin is the founder of Vanguard Health Systems, and an investor in the healthcare space at Martin Ventures. Here, Martin discusses the issues around healthcare payers, their impact on care, and potential solutions.

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Kevin McGarvey
How Does Telemedicine Work?

Don't be intimidated by telehealth solutions. If you have a smartphone, telemedicine is the easiest way to connect with a doctor on everyday health concerns. Keep reading as we walk you through the setup and process of using telemedicine applications to consult with a doctor and get the care you need - without leaving home or rescheduling your week.

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Kevin McGarvey
Burning Questions: The story behind the US opioid epidemic

Opioid abuse is a serious and widespread problem in the US. But how did we get to this place? Opioids are certainly not new; in fact, narcotics have been around for long time - their usage is referenced as far back as 460 BC. What else isn't new: the complexities surrounding their relieving properties coupled with euphoric side effects and the possibilities of addiction. 

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Kevin McGarvey
Amazon, JPM and Berkshire Hathaway May Lead The Healthcare Revolution - but what does that mean for consumers?

Recently, JPMorgan, Berkshire Hathaway and Amazon announced a joint venture in healthcare. Healthcare, as we know, is something few people can agree on when it comes to best practices, but everyone agrees is a broken construct. As we also know, JPM, Berkshire Hathaway and Amazon are among the most influential companies in the world: JP Morgan is the largest bank in the US, Berkshire Hathaway is one of the largest public companies in the world, and Amazon is Amazon. And though nitty-gritty details are yet unknown, through statements released by Amazon's Jeff Bezos and B-H's Warren Buffet, one can assume several top-tier goals for this venture:

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Kevin McGarvey
The 2018 Flu Epidemic: What You Need To Know

Flu season is upon us. And if you're listening to the news, you're likely to be, well, freaking out. The 2018 flu season is ramping up to be one of the worst yet, with half of the nation's states reporting especially high flu activity. Why is the 2018 flu epidemic making headlines for its intensity? For one, it began earlier than in past years, extending the flu season past the standard timeline. Another factor: this year's dominant strain is known for making people sicker than past viruses. What can you do to avoid this rampant and potentially dangerous flu virus? The first step is getting a flu vaccination. While the flu season peaks from December through March, experts predict we won't be out of the woods until May. (Don't know where to get your flu shot? Check out the CDC's Vaccine Finder for flu vaccine providers in your local area). 

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Kevin McGarvey
Dear Emergency Room Newbie: What you can expect from a trip to the ER

There are an estimated 141 million visits to the emergency rooms in America each year. And while none of us ever want to see the inside of an ER, it's not unlikely. A trip to the ER means you're in pain, and it's going to cost a few pennies. What happens in an emergency room visit? What does a trip to the emergency room cost? Should I go to an Urgent Care center instead of the ER? First, let's be clear about one thing: if you have a life-threatening condition - heart attack, severe burn, you ate a Tide pod - get yourself to the emergency room, STAT. Non-urgent conditions tend to fall under the flu/cough/animal bite/scrapes categories, and you may consider some less urgent (and less expensive) alternatives. Now that we have that out of the way, if you find yourself in need of a visit to the ER, here are a few tips on what to expect.

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Kevin McGarvey
The Doctor Will (Virtually) See You Now

There's a new(ish) way to get your health care. It's called telemedicine - but what is it? 

What is telemedicine? It's a simple concept: talking to a doctor on the phone. At Hippo Health, we call it a 'new-old' concept. New because it still seems to be in an early adoption phase in its V2 iteration, and old because your grandparents likely used telemedicine regularly. It hearkens back to a time when health care was simpler, easier, and personal. When you needed care, you called your doctor. Your doctor would then, if necessary, drive out to your house and, well, care for you. Since then our system has become layered - overburdened clinics, insurance plans, co-pays, deductibles, Urgent Care vs ER visits, endless new regulation and legislation - and countless nuanced, behind-the-scenes changes that our beleaguered health care system struggles to keep up with.

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Kevin McGarvey