This page will tell you a bit about what problem we’re solving, why our solution is unique, and what technologies we use. Then you’ll get to meet some of our team and learn how you can join us.
Let’s start with the problem we’re solving…
Current Healthcare Experience
Let’s be frank.
The healthcare experience we know was designed before the internet and before every consumer had the power of a massive supercomputer in the palm of their hand.
Patients have only recently been given access to their own health data with Consumer Right of Access laws within the Cures Act of 2020. Until now, health plans and health systems and medical providers have kept a close guard on the data as a competitive asset.
When we get health data back, it’s mostly in the form of confusing Explanation of Benefits (EOB) we receive from our insurance company. Most consumers do not understand these EOBs and many pay their provider before the claims are adjudicated which then makes it hard to get any necessary refund.
Even choosing the right insurance plan from those offered by our employer is a tough decision with high dollar ramifications.
Knowing where we can get the best price on medications is not consumer friendly. And providers always want us to bring in a bag of our medications (they get paid to help us keep track).
And the world of connected health devices continues to expand exponentially. “I have a lot of data but does any of it affect my health?”
Over the course of a lifetime, we’re leaving behind a trail of medical records in various physician portals and insurance portals. All of these have separate log-ins and passwords – all of our information is left behind in forgotten, inaccessible silos. Of course, those with families — we’re talking about not just our records but our spouse’s, our kids’ and our parents’ records too.
The bottom line is that to get your healthcare data you’d have to go to 20+ places that all work differently and have different usernames and passwords. And you’d have to keep going since your healthcare data is always changing.
As if collecting this data is not hard enough, we are then bombarded with all the possible things we could be doing to improve our health:
“Lose weight! Eat healthy! Sleep more! Exercise more! Get flu vaccine! Get Covid vaccine! Get a Covid test! Get a physical exam! Get cholesterol check! and more!”
Given our insanely busy lives, which ones should we try to do and what impact can we expect in the coming years if we do that?
There are lots of companies willing to help: Weight Watchers, Livongo, Jenny Craig and more but they have no access to my healthcare record so how can they really craft a personalized plan for me and which of these programs works best for someone like me?
Finally, how can I be in control of my healthcare data? I want to know who has access to what parts of my healthcare record. I want to choose to allow access or stop it when I want. I can do it for my Facebook posts but I can’t do it for my health information!
Most importantly, I want all of my data to move with me when I change jobs, change doctors or change insurers. I want my new doctor to have my full longitudinal health record so she can help me make the best decisions for my health and that of my family.
Well this is exactly why we built b.well!
b.well is your digital assistant for healthcare on the phone.
It brings together all of your data from doctors, hospitals, insurers, employers, pharmacies and personal devices and puts you in control of your healthcare data – you can share it with family members and doctors, and stop sharing when you want.
Using data science, it gives you personalized insights and recommendations, helps you find and schedule appropriate care when you need it, helps you save on out-of-pocket expenses and enables you to make the best decisions for you and your family’s health.
And it does not lock you into a doctor, a health system, an insurance company, an employer or even a phone vendor. You have the freedom to change any of these and your data will always be with you.
A Modern and Open Health Platform For Consumers
To accomplish our mission, we had to build the first health platform designed for consumers. There are, of course, plenty of platforms designed for providers, insurers, employers and pharmacies that have “add-ons” to give tidbits of data to consumers.
Helix leverages state of the art technologies like Apache Spark, AWS, Python, Elasticsearch, Node.js, Docker, and Kubernetes to process millions of records every day.
We’ve built our platform from the ground up for data science (both traditional machine learning and deep learning) so our data science is not trapped in Jupyter notebooks but runs every day on your healthcare record.
Helix is an open platform allowing anyone to read and write the data in real-time via FHIR APIs (as long as you’ve allowed them access to your patient record).
We are active contributors to the open source ecosystem to help the whole healthcare industry:
- Our icanbwell/fhir-server supports GraphQL access to FHIR data and a more flexible security model.
- Our framework for Apache Spark enables processing FHIR in parallel for millions of records (https://github.com/icanbwell/SparkPipelineFramework and icanbwell/SparkAutoMapper.FHIR).
b.well Mission and Customers
Leading the Industry
b.well Connected Health is leading the industry efforts to design and execute digital transformation for consumer-patients, providers, payors and retail pharmacy clinics. The patient wants a consumer-like experience with healthcare; healthcare providers want to improve their offering and move to a more engaged patient to drive preventive care in a personalized way.
Single Place for All Health and Wellness Tools
b.well is the platform to be the consumer SSO(Single Sign On) of all health and wellness tools, so that all are in one place, and the data is integrated and analyzed for clinicians to then create a personalized health journey for each patient. Greater engagement enables preventive care to improve care outcomes and more affordable care.
Top Ten in AWS Healthcare Accelerator
b.well was recently chosen by AWS to be one of ten companies out of over 400 applicants, to be part of their healthcare acceleration initiative. Our clients include leading multi-hospital health systems, health plans, retail pharmacy/clinics and self-funded employers.
Personalized Recommendations and Insights
b.well is attractive and unique to stakeholders because by using data science, b.well gives you (the consumer-patient) personalized insights and recommendations, helps find and schedule appropriate care when you need it, helps save on out-of-pocket expenses and enables you to make the best decisions for you and your family’s health.
Driving Healthcare Standards
b.well is also actively involved with federal regulatory and policy committees setting FHIR data standards for the next phase of digital transformation.
Here’s recent press coverage about us:
Real People You’ll Actually Enjoy Working With
Mission is great but you want to have fun with people you work with every day, right? b.well team comprises of veterans of the healthcare industry that have built large systems in healthcare, are unique and diverse, and like to have fun at work too. Just look at some of the awesome folks here you would work with:
Jeff (VP Clinical Data)
“I run the Aperture team that provides the ability for you to go and grab your digital health data from wherever it may live. Whether it’s at your doctor, your insurance, or in a device, my team is working hard to allow you to create a unified health record with you at the center.”
Abbey (Data Analyst)
“I understand all the various formats your healthcare data can come in, and can map it to FHIR so we can create your unified health record. Some might say I really like to play with FHIR.”
Chang (Director of Engineering)
“My team and I build the bSights rule engine that analyzes your healthcare record and identifies care needs and insights that can help you and your family be healthier. My team is called Harmony because we bring your healthcare data into harmony.”
Janine (Manager of Reporting)
“My team and I create dashboards that help identify your care needs. We are wizards at finding nuggets of insights in lots of data and presenting them in an actionable format.”
Sean (Data Scientist)
“I get to develop new ways of looking at your healthcare data, to summarize your health using machine learning and to make personalized recommendations to improve your and your family’s lives. Entertaining the company with my developing ukulele skills is one of my unofficial duties.”
Kyle (Product Owner)
“I work on making it easier for folks to find their data with providers, insurance, pharmacies and devices. It’s your data. I help bring it together for you.”
Dominic (Product Owner)
“I work on making it easier for you to find the right care at the right time. I also love Japanese video games and can tell you where to buy them online.”
Mike (VP of Engineering)
“My team and I build pipeline infrastructure in Python on top of Apache Spark and AWS so we can process millions of FHIR records every day. I still hold out hope that New York Mets will make the playoffs one day.”
Ready to Explore Further?
Here’s our problem: we need more people to build all this. If you are a data engineer, data analyst, data scientist or full stack software engineer, we desperately need you, my friend!
Look at our job openings and apply: https://www.icanbwell.com/careers/.
Feel free to also reach out to me directly on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/imranq2/.
Director of Data Engineering
Must have: Managing engineers, Python, GitHub, Data Engineering, Relational & document databases, JSON, Big Data
Good to have: Spark, AWS, Docker, Healthcare Tech, Kubernetes
- 7+ years of experience in technology leadership, leading agile teams around the delivery of data products.
- 7+ years of experience in data processing.
- 7+ years experience leading and coaching high-performance talent, amidst startup culture.
- Managing a team of around 4 engineers responsible for building data pipelines in Apache Spark and building data services using GraphQL
- Spending about 50% time on hands-on software development
Data Pipeline Engineer
Must have: Python, Data Engineering, GitHub, Relational & document databases, JSON
Good to have: Spark, AWS, Docker, Healthcare Tech, Big Data, GraphQL, FHIR
- 5+ years of professional programming experience
- 3+ years of Python experience
- 1+ years of data engineering
- Building data pipelines in Apache Spark and building data services using GraphQL (both using Python).
- Building micro-services in Python and GraphQL
Must have: Data Mapping, SQL, Healthcare
Good to have: FHIR, GitHub
- 5 years of experience working in the capacity of a data analyst; with a minimum of 2 years of experience working with healthcare data specifically
- Mapping data from various formats to FHIR
- Defining and implementing quality checks for data
Must have: Python, one of Scikit, SparkML or Keras, training models with more than 1M rows
Good to have: Healthcare,
1+ years of training data science models
- Building traditional and deep learning models for building a personalized experience for healthcare consumers.
- Integrating models into the real-time pipelines so predictions change as soon as new data arrives.
Full Stack Engineer
Must have: Node.js, React, iPhone, Android, GitHub
Good to have: GraphQL, Healthcare Tech
- Building and enhancing a user experience for users to find and connect to their data.
- Enhancing our open source FHIR server.