Health and Human Services

Biden Announces Deal With Merck, Johnson & Johnson to Boost COVID-19 Vaccine Production

What You Should Know: – President Biden’s administration today announced a historic manufacturing deal between Merck and Johnson & Johnson (J&J), to expand production of J&J’s COVID-19 vaccine. The collaboration will increase manufacture of vaccine drug substance, as well as its fill-finish capacity – two of the biggest bottlenecks facing J&J in the production of …

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Escalating Cyberattacks on Healthcare Organizations Highlight Need for Security Interventions

Michelle Drolet, CEO of Towerwall, Healthcare organizations have faced continual stress from heavy COVID-19 caseloads in 2020. Cyberattacks on their information networks also loomed as a serious threat, and the pressure to protect data is expected to grow this year, as more criminals target healthcare providers. Protecting patient data from unauthorized access has long been …

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Healthcare Metadata Management: 3 Critical Capabilities to Creating A Unified, Automated Approach

Amnon Drori, CEO of Octopai The healthcare industry, like many others, has become a data driven industry collecting data from patients, doctors, labs, and payers that are all crucial to patient healthcare diagnosis and outcome. When it comes to research, data can be useful in creating emerging healthcare technological innovations, pharmaceutical discoveries, as well as …

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Onyx, AMA Innovations Form Collaboration to Build FHIR-Based Messaging

What You Should Know: – Onyx and AMA Innovations partner to rethink ways FHIR-based messaging technology can improve links between healthcare and community-based organizations. – As part of the collaboration, both organizations will jointly target grant opportunities through HHS’ Administration for Community Living’s Social Care Referrals Challenge Program. Onyx Technology LLC and AMA Innovations Inc., …

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To Beat COVID-19, We Need A Modern Approach to Public Health Data

Ed Simcox, Chief Strategy Officer at LifeOmic The COVID-19 pandemic, which has taken 270,000 American lives to date, has shined a light on another crisis — the U.S. currently has no standardized system for reporting public health data. Health departments all over the country resort to using paper, fax, phone, and email to transmit and …

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HHS Awards Funds to Increase Data Sharing Between HIEs & Immunization Registries

What You Should Know: – The ONC today unveiled a series of investments to improve the sharing of health information related to vaccination. – The new investments will provide opportunities to track vaccination progress, help clinicians contact high-risk patients, and help identify patients due to receive the second dose of the vaccine. The U.S. Department …

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IoMT Is Improving Patient Access: We Must Avoid Creating New Barriers

Heidi Sveistrup, CEO at Bruyère Research Institute Elza Seregelyi, Director at L-SPARK The Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) is changing the face of healthcare and has the potential to significantly improve patient access as well as system efficiencies. The adoption of telemedicine, for example, spurred on by the Covid-19 pandemic, has spread rapidly.  Forrester revised …

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Why Hospitals Should Act Now to Create Clinical AI Departments

John Frownfelter, MD, FACP, Chief Medical Information Officer at Jvion A century ago, X-rays transformed medicine forever. For the first time, doctors could see inside the human body, without invasive surgeries. The technology was so revolutionary that in the last 100 years, radiology departments have become a staple of modern hospitals, routinely used across medical …

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Death by Ransomware: Poor Healthcare Cybersecurity

Babur Khan, Technical Marketing Engineer at A10 Networks If hackers attack your organization and you’re in an industry such as financial services, engineering, or manufacturing your risks are mostly monetary. But when it comes to healthcare cybersecurity, not only is there significant financial jeopardy, people’s health and wellbeing are also at risk so the stakes …

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2020’s Top 20 Digital Health M&A Deals Totaled $50B

Teladoc Health and Livongo Merge The combination of Teladoc Health and Livongo creates a global leader in consumer-centered virtual care. The combined company is positioned to execute quantified opportunities to drive revenue synergies of $100 million by the end of the second year following the close, reaching $500 million on a run-rate basis by 2025. …

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Billions in Federal Provider Relief Funds Have Been Distributed. Now Come Auditing and Compliance.

Anna E. Stevens, CPA, is the Partner-in-Charge of Health Care Services at Weaver, Of the $175 billion in federal Provider Relief Funds (PRF) allocated to healthcare providers, $125 billion has been accepted by hospitals and healthcare providers. The cash infusion was designed to cover costs related to COVID-19 related care. These targeted payments were earmarked …

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AHRQ and Google Pilot New Tool to Help Patients Plan for Medical Visits

What You Should Know: – Built-in collaboration with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Google is piloting a new tool to help patients plan for medical visits. – The new Google visit planning tool makes it easy for patients and those who care for them to privately list and prioritize their questions in …

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HHS Taps CVS Health for Pilot to Administer COVID-19 Therapy to Patients At Home & Long-Term Care Facilities

What You Should Know: – Today, CVS Health was selected by HHS, as part of Operation Warp Speed, to pilot the administration of a limited supply of bamlanivimab, a monoclonal antibody therapy, with eligible COVID-19 patients at-risk of severe infection or complications resulting from the virus. – Under this pilot, Coram, the specialty pharmacy and …

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Lean on Your Connected Community of Care in Times of Crisis

Dr. Keith Kosel, Vice President at Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation (PCCI) We’ve all experienced crises in our lives. They may be personal in nature (e.g., involving our interpersonal relationships), organizational (e.g., relating to our employment or retirement income), or nature-made (e.g., floods, tornados, or the COVID-19 pandemic). When crises hit our communities, the impacts …

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ASN, HHS Launches KidneyX COVID-19 Kidney Care Challenge

What You Should Know: – The HHS and the American Society of Nephrology announces the launch of the COVID-19 Kindey Care Challenge. – The $300k challenge aims to identify and share these frontline solutions so all communities can benefit. Winners will receive $20,000 each in recognition of their solutions. The U.S. Department of Health and …

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Innovaccer Unveils Risk Adjustment Solution For Improved Coding Accuracy

What You Should Know: – Innovaccer unveils new risk adjustment solution to help providers better segment their population to refine the risk scoring process and improve coding accuracy and efficiency, thereby improving performance on risk-based contracts. – The solution utilizes Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Natural Language Processing (NLP) to make risk predictions. Innovaccer, Inc., a …

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3 Telemedicine Security and Compliance Best Practices

Gerry Miller, Founder & CEO at Cloudticity The coronavirus pandemic accelerated telemedicine exponentially as patients and doctors switched from in-person visits to remote consultations. Health providers rapidly scaled virtual offerings in March and April and traffic volumes soared to unprecedented levels, with practices “seeing 50 to 175 times the number of patients by telehealth than …

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Bridge Connector Lands $25.5M to Expand Healthcare Integration Platform

What You Should Know: – Bridge Connector raises $25.5 million in Series B funding to advance interoperability layer for healthcare organizations as demand for integrated health data intensifies during COVID-19 pandemic. – The investment will support the growth of Destinations, the company’s new integration-platform-as-a-service (iPaaS) that connects health data systems using use-case-based interoperability blueprints to …

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Analysis: July Health IT M&A Activity; Public Company Performance

– Healthcare Growth Partners’ (HGP) summary of Health IT/digital health mergers & acquisition (M&A) activity, and public company performance during the month of July 2020. While a pandemic ravages the country, technology valuations are soaring.  The Nasdaq hit an all-time high during the month of July, sailing through the 10,000 mark to post YTD gains …

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COVID-19 Underscores Why Certain Aspects of the American Healthcare System Should Change Forever

Irv Lichtenwald, President & CEO of Medsphere Systems Corporation In the late 1940s, the United Kingdom was busily reassembling country and what remained of the empire in the aftermath of World War II. Among many revelations, the war had convinced Britain’s leaders of the need to provide healthcare for all in the event of calamity …

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Talis Awarded $25M NIH Contract for Point-of-Care COVID-19 Testing

What You Should Know: – Today, Talis Biomedical Corporation announced it has been awarded a $25M contract from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as part of Phase 2 of its Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) initiative as well as another $100 million in additional financing.   – The new funding will be used to …

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Walgreens to Invest $1B in VillageMD to Open 500 to 700 Full-Service Doctor Offices

– Walgreens will invest $1 billion in equity and convertible debt in VillageMD to open 500 physician-led primary care clinics in more than 30 U.S. markets in the next five years. – VillageMD and Walgreens also recently announced the availability of Village Medical telehealth providers on Walgreens Find Care™, which is an online platform that …

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