Health IT

3 Ways IoT is Empowering Modern Healthcare Industry Today

Ajay Rane, VP of Global Ecosystem Development, Sigfox Today’s healthcare systems are nothing like their predecessors of even a decade ago, and their growth is due, in large part, to the rapid evolution of technology. In recent years, e-health—the digital services that make it possible to improve the well-being of individuals, whether to prevent, diagnose …

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Leveraging Digital Health to Assist Developing Countries’ Health Systems

Ran Poliakine, CEO and Co-Founder of Nanox Vaccine rollouts are picking up steam and many parts of the world are gradually beginning to relax restrictions and reopen their economies. While this welcome news is cause for celebration, it is crucial for decision-makers in developed countries to understand the reality: for the most part, it is …

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Positioning Your Health System for Digital Transformation

Chris Ingersoll, Principal Architect at Innovaccer In my last article, I discussed how an incomplete picture of patient health can lower the quality and raise the cost of care. Healthcare has been fully digitized but the complete picture is stored in multiple data silos across hospitals, practices, health plans, consumer devices, and more. A data …

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The Pandemic Made Telemedicine an Instant Hit. Patients and Providers Feel the Growing Pains.

Crystal Joseph pays for two telemedicine video services to ensure that her small therapy practice in Silver Spring, Maryland, can always connect with its clients. She’s been burned before. During one hours-long service outage of SimplePractice in late May, PsycYourMind, which offers mental health counseling and group sessions for Black patients, lost about $600 because …

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Bon Secours Mercy Health invests in Trilliant Health as part of larger push into analytics

The health system has invested an undisclosed amount in Trilliant Health, which provides a predictive analytics platform giving users insights into market dynamics. Bon Secours Mercy Health is also a founding member of another healthcare data company: Truveta.

How the Pandemic Revolutionized Telehealth’s Mainstream Acceptance

Terrence D. Sims, President of Strategic Growth and Marketing, Raintree Systems Most people are surprised to learn telehealth is over a decade old because it didn’t take off until a global pandemic caused a massive paradigm shift in the minds of both consumers and medical providers.   In March, 2020 telehealth visits were up 154 percent …

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Sema4 goes public via SPAC merger

With a goal of making precision medicine the standard of care at health systems, Sema4 struck a nearly $800 million deal with CM Life Sciences to go public. The company, which offers tools that combine genomic and clinical data to glean patient care insights, will get $500 million in cash proceeds to grow its business.

Report: First half of 2021 sees massive spike in number of data breach victims

Provider organizations accounted for 73% of all data breaches reported to the HHS in the first six months of 2021, impacting about 22.7 million individuals overall, a new report shows. This represents a 185% jump in individuals affected compared to the same period last year.

A founder built a platform after bringing together her daughter’s health records. Now, employers are offering it as a benefit.

B.Well Connected Health, a startup that brings together patients’ health records and helps them navigate their benefits, recently raised $32 million in funding. CEO Kristen Valdes started the company based on her own experience advocating for her daughter.

Cybersecurity: The Hidden Health Tech Crisis No One’s Talking About

Roel Decneut, CMO at Lansweeper The life-saving capabilities of technology in a healthcare environment are beyond dispute. Medical professionals in hospital environments rely on networked medical devices to access and share patient information rapidly to reduce the time it takes to make life-saving decisions and deliver essential patient care. Connected devices in healthcare environments allow …

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Teladoc Health Integrates Solo platform with Microsoft Teams for Health Systems

What You Should Know: – Teladoc Health announced a collaboration with Microsoft in which Teladoc Health’s Solo platform for hospitals and health systems will be integrated into the Microsoft Teams environment to strengthen physician and patient access to best-in-class virtual healthcare. – The combination of communications and workflows in Microsoft Teams with Teladoc Health’s medical-grade whole-person virtual care delivery solutions will simplify the …

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VisiQuate Lands $50M to Expand AI-Powered RCM Automation Solution

What You Should Know: – VisiQuate, Inc., a Santa Rosa, CA-based provider of advanced analytics and AI-powered automation today announced a new $50 million equity investment from Sixth Street Growth. – Founded in 2009, VisiQuate, Inc.’s user-friendly data management and analytics solutions let virtually anyone in a healthcare organization explore complex data from multiple sources to …

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TEFCA Will be Live in 2022

Today we are pleased to announce the timeline for the Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement (TEFCA). The 21st Century Cures Act, signed by President Obama in 2016, calls on ONC to “develop or support a trusted exchange framework, including a common agreement among health information networks nationally.” In August 2019, ONC awarded a cooperative …

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Israeli Startup Aidoc Raises $65M for AI-Powered Medical Imaging Platform

What You Should Know: –  Aidoc, a Tel Aviv-based provider of artificial intelligence (AI) solutions for medical imaging, announced it has raised $65M in Series C funding led by General Catalyst, bringing its total funding to $140M. – This Series C round comes on the heels of a surge in demand for Aidoc’s AI-driven solutions, …

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When Virtual Goes Viral: Post-Covid Software Trends for Small Physician Practices

Stephen H. Dart, VP of Engineering at AdvancedMD After the great telehealth rush of 2020, healthcare providers who could offer HIPAA-compliant services while also being able to access their patients’ complete healthcare information remotely, came out ahead of the game. The practices that continued operating their organizations in a way that met the healthcare needs …

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ONC’s new interoperability standards support SDOH, sexual orientation data

The ONC has released the new version of the United States Core Data for Interoperability, a set of standards to enable seamless data exchange nationwide. The updated set includes standards for exchanging data related to social determinants of health, sexual orientation and gender identity.

HCTec Acquires Talon Healthy IT Services to Expand Managed Services Capabilities

What You Should Know: –  HCTec, a best-in-class IT services firm serving diverse health systems and healthcare provider organizations, today announced it has completed an acquisition of Talon Healthy IT Services, a managed IT solutions company with service centers in North Carolina and Wisconsin. – The acquisition accelerates HCTec’s growth and expands its managed services capabilities …

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Simulation tech played key role in staff training at this academic medical center during Covid-19

Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, the University of Nebraska Medical Center turned to patient simulation and visualization technologies to help train its staff on coronavirus-specific clinical protocols. Developed along with Gaumard Scientific, the provider’s medical simulation facility was able to train thousands of healthcare professionals over the course of the public health crisis.

Moving Beyond EHRs: What Lies Ahead for Healthcare Digitization?

Chris Ingersoll, Principal Architect at Innovaccer As our economy has become increasingly digitized, we are generating a massive influx of personal data. Across industries, the winning companies are those that have successfully harnessed the value of that data to create unique and personalized experiences for their customers. How we shop, travel, and handle our finances …

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Provider-owned Innovation Lab partners with Olive to build automation tools

Innovation Lab, an incubator owned by six nonprofit health systems, is joining forces with Olive to co-develop technology that will automate operational and clinical workflows. The companies will leverage Olive’s AI platform, as well as Innovation Lab’s frontline access to its health system owners.

Imprivata Acquires Privileged Access Management Provider Xton Technologies

What You Should Know: – Imprivata, the digital identity company for healthcare, today announced the acquisition of Xton Technologies, an innovative provider of privileged access management (PAM) solutions. – Founded in 2017, Xton Technologies takes a modern approach to enterprise PAM. The company’s Xton Access Manager (XTAM) software, deployed in just hours, combines all the features …

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Intelerad Acquires Clinical Workflow Automation Provider HeartIT

What You Should Know: – Intelerad, a global leader in medical image management solutions, announced its acquisition of Heart Imaging Technologies, the leader in clinical workflow automation. Founded in 2000, Heart Imaging Technologies was the first company to offer an FDA-cleared zero footprint medical image workstation, which has become the precedent for other companies seeking …

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ACLC, Innovaccer Jointly Launch Value-Based Care Collaborative

What You Should Know:  –  Innovaccer Inc., a San Francisco-based healthcare technology company, today announced its partnership with the Accountable Care Learning Collaborative (ACLC) to launch various initiatives promoting value-based care (VBC) in the industry. The ACLC is a nonprofit, peer-learning, member organization in which members work together to develop VBC competencies and build resources …

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State Farm Taps Included Health to Improve Healthcare Equity for LGBTQ+ Employees

What You Should Know: – Today,  State Farm announced that it is elevating care for LGBTQ+ employees through a new partnership with Included Health. As a free healthcare benefit, State Farm employees and their families now have access to a dedicated care coordinator who can help them find supportive, affirming healthcare providers and navigate healthcare challenges.   – Discrimination is rampant …

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XFIN Acquires Radiology Revenue Cycle Provider CMS – Health M&A

What You Should Know: – Health IT company XIFIN announced the acquisition of Computerized Management Services (CMS), a provider of comprehensive revenue management services for hospital-based radiology groups and imaging centers. CMS provides a comprehensive suite of outsourced financial services focused on maximizing radiology client revenue and cash flow streams. Its services leverage strong technology systems and analytics, including revenue cycle, strategic consulting, credentialing and coding.  – This …

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Healthix and The Garage to Launch Specialized Population Health Platform

What You Should Know: – Healthix, the nation’s largest public HIE, just revealed that it has partnered with tech company, The Garage, to launch a specialized population health management platform for its membership. Called “Municipal,” this turnkey platform will serve to organize, manage and analyze Healthix’s vast repository of patient data (over 20 million patients), and more. Beginning this fall, Municipal will be available to the 2,000 Healthix member organizations.  – Built on …

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Streamline Locally to Increase Efficiency, Battle COVID Globally

John Schaeffer, Co-President, SSG People tend to think of COVID-19 as a national or even worldwide crisis. The pandemic is everywhere, after all, and we tend to judge entire nations by their reaction to the disaster and how that reaction endangers or protects the countries around them. But a pandemic is made of millions of …

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ONC Chief: Data standardization key to integrating public health into info-sharing infrastructure

The Covid-19 pandemic shone a harsh light on how siloed the public health infrastructure is, and the ONC is working along with other government agencies to integrate it with the existing data-sharing ecosystem. According to Dr. Micky Tripathi, head of the agency, standardizing data will be essential to this integration.

4 Strategies for Health IT Leaders to Streamline Their Work & Serve Patients

Monica Bolbjerg, MD, Chairman, Founder & CEO of Qure4u As a physician turned entrepreneur, I’ve learned many lessons in my journey from the patient bedside to the health IT boardroom. As a young physician practicing in my native Denmark, my eyes were opened to the administrative headaches and limited engagement that was a result of …

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Jefferson Health-backed Tendo Systems gains $50M to digitize patient journey

Tendo Systems, a company that is co-developing a digital engagement platform with provider organizations like Jefferson Health, raised $50 million in a new funding round. The funds will be used to advance the development of the platform, which aims to be the “OpenTable” of healthcare.

Olive Secures $400M At A $4B Valuation to Support New Instant Claim Payment Solution

What You Should Know: – Today, healthcare automation company Olive, today announced a $400M in funding round led by Vista Equity Partners with additional investment from the Base10 Partners Advancement Initiative. Olive, a provider of AI powered workforce purpose-built for healthcare, has now secured $832 million in financing since March 2020, and $902 million since …

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Public Health Data Systems Hearing: Ensuring a Data-Driven Response to COVID-19

As part of  HHS’s response to President Biden’s Executive Order on Ensuring a Data-Driven Response to COVID-19 and Future High-Consequence Public Health Threats, ONC’s Health Information Technology Advisory Committee (HITAC) recently held an expert panel hearing to understand the performance of public health data systems during the COVID-19 pandemic  response and other gap areas in current infrastructure. The HITAC members heard …

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INVEST Precision Medicine Pitch Perfect Health IT and Life Science tracks (video)

Video from the Health IT and Life Science tracks of our Pitch Perfect contest at INVEST Precision Medicine is now available to view.  

Check out video highlights of INVEST Precision Medicine conference from pediatrics to funding trends

The INVEST Precision Medicine conference cast a spotlight on the role of children’s hospitals, biopharma companies, diagnostic companies and startups in biopharma innovation. The video recordings of the conference sessions are now available to view.

Texas Children’s, PeriGen bring AI-powered maternal-fetal monitoring system to Malawi

In collaboration with PeriGen, Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women is deploying the PeriWatch Vigilance automated early warning system in a hospital in Malawi, Africa. The system continuously tracks maternal and fetal data to prevent complications and deaths during childbirth.

AlohaCare, Kaiser Permanente to Launch First Social Care Network in Hawaii

What You Should Know: – Unite Us, the enterprise tech company providing digital infrastructure to create efficient ecosystems of care, today announced a partnership with Kaiser Permanente and AlohaCare, a nonprofit health plan in Hawaii, to implement the first-ever coordinated care network throughout the state of Hawaii. – As social services like food, employment, and …

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5 Reasons A Digital Front Door is a Healthcare Must-Have

Michele Perry, CEO of Relatient Healthcare leaders have seen an incredible increase in telehealth adoption over the past year alongside the continued growth of patient expectations for self-service, access, and convenience. Fortunately, healthcare IT continues to offer healthcare leaders new and expanded tools to deliver on these expectations so telehealth isn’t just offered but leveraged …

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Mayo Clinic, Spire Health to Co-Develop Remote Pulmonary Rehab Program

– Spire Health and Mayo Clinic announced a strategic collaboration to integrate Mayo Clinic’s remote pulmonary rehabilitation program into Spire Health’s respiratory remote patient monitoring (RPM) service. – Developed by Dr. Roberto Benzo and his team at the Mindful Breathing Laboratory, Mayo Clinic’s remote pulmonary rehabilitation program has been the recipient of multiple, multi-year grants …

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Foundation Medicine Integrates Genomic Profiling with Flatiron Health’s EMR

What You Should Know: – Foundation Medicine (FMI) announced today it will begin integrating with Flatiron Health and other electronic medical record (EMR) systems to make it easier for oncologists to order comprehensive genomic tests (CGP), review results, continually access clinical and genomic information and share among their care teams in order to quickly and efficiently develop personalized treatment …

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Former CMMI director’s new company will focus on value-based rural healthcare

Main Street Health, launched by former Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation Director Brad Smith, aims to provide value-based care solutions in rural America. The company’s first step will be to partner with primary care clinics, urgent care centers and independent pharmacies to implement a program that will coordinate care for seniors.

XSOLIS Raises $75M for AI-Driven Precision Utilization Management Platform

What You Should Know: – XSOLIS, a healthcare technology firm focused on improving healthcare operations announced it has raised $75M in minority growth investment from Brighton Park Capital (“Brighton Park”), a research-driven investment firm. – XSOLIS is an artificial intelligence-based software platform that helps national health systems and payers streamline the utilization management process. – …

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Walmart to Offer Included Health’s Care Navigation Platform to LGBTQ+ Employees & Families

What You Should Know: – Today, Walmart announced it is teaming up with Included Health, a LGBTQ+ focused care navigation platform to provide a new healthcare benefit for LGBTQ+ employees and their loved ones.  – Through its partnership with Grand Rounds, associates on a Walmart medical plan and their covered dependents will now be eligible to leverage …

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Hospital IQ Raises $25M to Scale Predictive Hospital Operations Platform

What You Should Know: – Hospital IQ, a provider of predictive hospital operations and communications software, secured $25 million in Series C funding led by Baxter Ventures, the venture investment arm of Baxter International Inc., and Health Velocity Capital, joining existing investors Pierpoint Capital and Allscripts. – Hospital IQ provides an operations management software platform that uses …

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Interoperability now needs to go beyond EHRs to include the larger digital health ecosystem

The next step in the evolution of interoperability will involve examining data flows in digital healthcare, according to panelists at the American Telemedicine Association’s annual conference. This includes looking into how data sharing will support telehealth, remote patient monitoring and programs involving wearables.

Q&A: Cleveland Clinic Innovations’ new head has his eyes trained on the future

In a wide-ranging interview, Dr. Geoff Vince, the new executive director of Cleveland Clinic Innovations, discussed his plans for how the commercialization arm will operate, the technologies he thinks will drive interest and whether the pandemic has changed approaches to innovation.

Jonathan Bush’s Second Venture Zus Health Launches with $34M for Health Data Interoperability Platform

What You Should Know:    – Former athenahealth founder and CEO Jonathan Bush, today announced the launch of Zus Health (“Zus” pronounced Zoos like the father of Athena) focused on creating the industry’s first shared development platform backed by a shared data record. – The company is launching with the close of $34M in Series …

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HHS Establishes $80M Public Health IT Workforce Program

What You Should Know: – The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) today announced the establishment of an $80M Public Health Informatics & Technology Workforce Development Program (PHIT Workforce Program) to strengthen U.S. public health informatics and data science. – The PHIT Workforce …

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RxLightning raises $3M to help providers streamline specialty drug enrollment

The health technology company offers a platform that enables clinicians to more quickly and accurately complete specialty drug enrollment processes and communicate with specialty pharmacies. The goal is to simplify the administrative burden on providers and get patients quicker access to the medications they need.

Comment Period for the Draft Project US@ Specification to Open Soon

As we continue to learn more about all of the factors that affect our health, where we live has proven to become more insightful over time. Our ability to study and measure health impacts, conduct public health monitoring across communities, deliver medications safely to patients, and a number of other efforts rely on the availability …

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KLAS: Growth of Drug Diversion Monitoring Market

Jackson Tate, Research Director, Pharmacy Solutions, at KLAS Research Often when we talk about the opioid epidemic, the focus is rightly on the suffering that the situation has caused. However, it’s important not to miss the surrounding context of this crisis, and what various health systems have started to uncover.  Currently, health systems face a …

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Elevate Health Taps Innovaccer to Redefine Its Care Management Model – PHM

What You Should Know: – Elevate Health, a Washington-based nonprofit Accountable Community for Health (ACH) organization, has partnered with us to leverage the Innovaccer Health Cloud to strengthen care management and improve patient outcomes. It was challenged to integrate data from disparate sources and close gaps for hundreds of patient records. – With the Innovaccer Health Cloud, Elevate Health saved $6M …

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Innovaccer Unveils Health Plan Analytics Tool to Give a Comprehensive View of Over 700 Medicare Advantage Plans

What You Should Know:  –Innovaccer Inc., a leading healthcare technology company, recently launched its Health Plan Analytics tool, which provides a comprehensive view of health plan performance across the country.  –With this tool, payers can identify the quality parameters where they lag and determine the performance threshold to attain satisfactory ratings and enrollment. In addition, …

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Why Provider-Payer Collaboration is the Secret to Value-Based Success

Rachael Jones is SVP, Performance Analytics and Quality, Cotiviti Emad Rizk, M.D.,President and CEO, Cotiviti Just before the COVID-19 pandemic emerged, 48% of healthcare providers surveyed said three-quarters of their organization’s payments were grounded in fee-for-service models of care. Fast forward a year and the financial aftershocks of the pandemic have highlighted some of the …

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Iodine Acquires Clinical Documentation Solution ChartWise – Health M&A

What You Should Know: – Iodine Software, a healthcare AI company, today announced it has acquired clinical documentation integrity company ChartWise Medical Systems. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. – The acquisition comes just two weeks after Iodine completed an acquisition of Artifact Health, a mobile-based physician query platform that was in 300+ hospitals. Now, after both acquisitions, Iodine will …

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The Global Digital Health Partnership White Papers and ONC’s Efforts to Advance Worldwide Digital Health Efforts

As the world responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, we continue to see how digital health plays a vital role in care delivery. ONC recognizes the importance of advancing digital health at domestic and global levels. As discussed in a previous blog post, part of ONC’s global engagement includes representing the United States in the Global …

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Datavant + CIOX Health Announce $7B Merger to Tackle Health Data Fragmentation

What You Should Know: – Today, Datavant and CIOX Health announced an agreement to merge the two companies in a transaction valued at $7.0 billion. The combined entity, to be named Datavant, will be the nation’s largest health data ecosystem, enabling patients, providers, payers, health data analytics companies, patient-facing applications, government agencies and life science companies to securely exchange their patient-level …

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Avoiding 4 Common Pitfalls of Remote Patient Monitoring

Susan Beaton, VP of Health Plan Strategy, Wellframe COVID-19 created a colossal opportunity for health plans and providers to reimagine how they engage with patients. With patients apprehensive about going to the doctor during the pandemic, it became even more vital to keep track of their health in between visits. This is where remote patient …

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INVEST Precision Medicine conference kicks off today. Register now to be part of the conversation.

Register for the INVEST Precision Medicine conference, which kicks off today. Over the next three days industry experts will talk about precision medicine developments across pediatrics, bioinformatics, startups and more.

CareDx To Acquire Transplant Hero Medication Management App – M&A

What You Should Know: – CareDx, Inc. (Nasdaq: CDNA), a leading precision medicine company focused on the discovery, development, and commercialization of clinically differentiated, high-value healthcare solutions for transplant patients and caregivers, today announced it has acquired Transplant Hero LLC, a New York-based provider of a mobile app supporting the needs of transplant patients. – The acquisition of Transplant Hero builds on AlloCare, the comprehensive CareDx mobile …

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Monogram Health Raises $160M for Next-Gen Kidney Care Platform

What You Should Know: – Monogram Health, a Nashville, TN-based kidney disease benefit management and care delivery company has closed a $160 million Series B funding round led by TPG Capital, the private equity platform of global alternative asset firm TPG. The funding round also includes existing investors Frist Cressey Ventures and Norwest Venture Partners, …

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The Crucial Role of SDOH Data in Value-Based Care

Rahul Sharma, CEO of HSBlox Roughly $4 trillion is spent on healthcare annually in the U.S.  Despite this massive expenditure, roughly 80% of health outcomes are attributed to social, behavioral and environmental factors, known as social determinants of health (SDOH).   What has been far less clear is how providers and payers can fully harness SDOH …

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ONC: Rural, critical access, independent hospitals trail behind in providing health data via apps

The number of hospitals providing patients electronic access to their health information via apps has increased exponentially over the past decade. But small, rural, critical access and independent hospitals were still falling significantly behind their counterparts as of 2019, a new ONC report shows.

One Medical Acquires Value-Based Primary Care Group Iora Health for $2.1B – Health M&A

What You Should Know: – Today, One Medical (NASDAQ: ONEM) announced its intent to acquire Iora Health, a value-based primary care group for serving roughly 38,000 Medicare patients through digital health and 47 in-person medical offices in ten markets across the United States for about $2.1B in stock. – Iora Health’s relationship-driven primary care model …

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Covid Was a Tipping Point for Telehealth. If Some Have Their Way, Virtual Visits Are Here to Stay.

As the covid crisis wanes and life approaches normal across the U.S., health industry leaders and many patient advocates are pushing Congress and the Biden administration to preserve the pandemic-fueled expansion of telehealth that has transformed how millions of Americans see the doctor. This story also ran on USA Today. It can be republished for …

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UPMC spins out AI-driven analytics company focused on chronic disease patients

Realyze Intelligence, incubated at and funded by UPMC Enterprises, provides a platform that uses EMR data to identify chronic disease patients and help clinicians link them to appropriate treatment options. The platform leverages not only the structured data available in EMRs but also unstructured clinical notes.

PE Firm Warburg Pincus Makes Minority Investment in GHX, Thoma Bravo Exits

What You Should Know: – GHX, a healthcare supply chain leader announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to receive a strategic investment from private equity firm Warburg Pincus. As part of this transaction, minority investor Thoma Bravo has exited its investment. Existing investor Temasek, an investment company headquartered in Singapore, will remain the …

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Finetuning Quality Measure Reporting to Perform Like Professional Athletes

Kyle McAllister, IT and Analytics Strategist, Pivot Point Consulting Tyler Camp, EHR Practice Manager, Pivot Point Consulting Healthcare organizations deal with a seemingly endless list of demands, including expanding access to care, financial sustainability, staffing shortages, rigorous data security, government regulations and quality improvement initiatives. Many organizations can operate at full speed and still find …

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Ensemble Acquires Digital Patient Communications Platform Odeza – M&A

What You Should Know: – Ensemble Health Partners (“Ensemble”), a provider of end-to-end revenue cycle management, announced today it has acquired Odeza, an all-in-one digital consumer communications platform that integrates with leading EHR platforms to unify, simplify and automate patient interactions. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. – The integration of this innovative …

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CareCloud Acquires Health IT Consulting Firm MedMatica – M&A

What You Should Know: – CareCloud today announced it has acquired Santa Rosa Staffing, Inc. and the assets of MedMatica Consulting Associates, Inc., through the closing of an Asset and Stock Purchase Agreement. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. – The acquisition reflects CareCloud’s continued expansion into the hospital and health system market, …

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Aunt Bertha Secures $27M to Expand Referral Platform for Social Services

What You Should Know: Today, Aunt Bertha, the nation’s leader in closed-loop social care networks and the company behind findhelp.org, announced it has raised an additional $27M in investment funding led by Warburg Pincus, had significant participation from existing investors including Pershing Square Foundation, Techstars Ventures, Noro-Moseley Partners, Digitalis Ventures and The Social Entrepreneurs’ Fund (TSEF). – The financing …

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Can Technology Improve How We Treat (or Prevent) Chronic Conditions?

Dr. John Janas, Medical Director, Twistle The prevalence of chronic disease in the United States will increase over the next several decades among all age groups, as will the associated care costs, and physical, mental and social consequences. Major obstacles to effective chronic care management (CCM) include: – Patients rarely suffer from a single chronic …

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Innovaccer and PatientPing Partner for Real-Time Care Coordination

What You Should Know: – Innovaccer, today announced a strategic partnership with PatientPing, a real-time care coordination platform. – As part of the partnership, Innovaccer will become a reseller of Pings, PatientPing’s real-time notification solution, which will be embedded directly within the Innovaccer Health Cloud. This will enable providers to improve care delivery outcomes, simplify …

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Federal Agencies Align to Promote Public Health Reporting

Recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed modifications to its Promoting Interoperability Program that, if finalized, would require hospitals to report on four public health and clinical data exchange measures. This proposal is the latest in a series of coordinated steps taken across HHS to leverage data standards and specifications adopted as …

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Bassett Healthcare Network outsources IT, RCM operations to Optum

The New York-based rural health system has entered into a collaboration to outsource its IT and revenue cycle management operations to Optum. Further, about 500 Bassett employees, who currently perform those functions, will be given the opportunity to transition to Optum.

Healthcare fintech M&A expected to boost patient experience, provider operations

M&A activity in the healthcare finance technology is heating up, evidenced by large transactions such as Cedar buying OODA Health and R1 RCM buying VisitPay. Experts agree that this activity won’t end anytime soon, and it will have a positive impact on providers and patients.

Olive, ASUS Partner to Bring AI-Assisted Medical Coding to 775+ Hospitals

What You Should Know: – Olive and ASUS announced their partnership to bring AI-assisted medical coding to over 775 U.S. hospitals. Olive will bring ASUS Miraico, the AI medical coding assistant, to healthcare providers via the Olive Helps platform. – The addition of Miraico to the Olive Helps system will allow the AI to analyze clinical terms in medical records and automatically recommend relevant and accurate ICD-10 codes. This partnership will provide much faster and more accurate medical coding, as well as …

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PE Firm Frazier Healthcare Partners Closes $1.4B Growth Buyout Fund

What You Should Know: –  Frazier Healthcare Partners, a Seattle-based healthcare private equity firm announced the close of its tenth global buyouts fund and 13th fund across buyouts and life sciences. Investment focus will continue to be middle market provider-based businesses, with virtual health as a major component. The oversubscribed $1.4 billion fund, FHGB X, is significantly …

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Register for INVEST Precision Medicine virtual conference June 9-11 where life science and health tech meet

The conference will include conversations with healthcare industry experts from The Steve & Cindy Rasmussen Institute for Genomic Medicine, Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Vineti, Ori Biotech, CVS Caremark, Caris Life Sciences, HHS, University City Science Center, and more.

Confronting Our ‘Frailties’: California’s Assembly Leader Reflects on a Year of Covid

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — When his 20-month-old daughter developed a rash earlier this month, Anthony Rendon did what many other parents do when their child is sick: The speaker of the California Assembly took Vienna to her pediatrician — but he did so via video from the comfort and safety of his home. This story also …

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Can Blockchain-Enabled Telehealth Uphold the Sovereignty of Physicians?

Pradeep Goel, CEO and Founder of Solve.Care  The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted yet again the immensely important role played by healthcare professionals across the globe, but it has also presented immeasurable challenges to physicians themselves. As frontline workers, they are placing their lives at risk day in, day out, to ensure the health of their …

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HCA, Google partnership to focus on data analytics

The health system and technology giant are teaming up to create a data analytics platform and tools that support workflow management. Google Cloud will gain access to the massive trove of patient information gathered at HCA’s 184 hospitals, though data access and use will be governed by privacy rules.

UCSF, Philips Partner to Enhance Digital Patient Experience & Interoperability

What You Should Know: – Today, Philips announced its collaboration with the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) to develop technology that will enable a more streamlined patient experience and set a new standard for healthcare delivery. – As part of the strategic collaboration, UCSF will use Philips HealthSuite Digital Platform to enable patient care personalization and make it …

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HCA Healthcare Taps Google Cloud to Create New Health Data Analytics Platform

What You Should Know: – HCA Healthcare, one of the nation’s leading healthcare providers, is partnering with Google Cloud to help create a secure health data analytics platform. – The partnership will leverage HCA Healthcare’s 32 million annual encounters to identify opportunities to improve clinical care. Note that privacy and security are guiding principles of the partnership, and Google Cloud will not have access to patient-identifiable data.  – HCA Healthcare has been at the …

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RelayHealth, McKesson Rx Automation, RxGrossroads Unifies Under CoverMyMeds Brand

What You Should Know: – Today, CoverMyMeds announced that RelayHealth, McKesson Prescription Automation, CoverMyMeds, and RxCrossroads by McKesson have unified as one business and one team under the CoverMyMeds brand. – Together, the technology innovation and robust connections to providers, pharmacies, payers, and biopharma provided by RelayHealth and CoverMyMeds; RxCrossroads’ deep therapeutic and drug commercialization expertise; and McKesson …

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Geisinger rolls out platform for virtual monitoring of chronic disease patients

Developed by Noteworth, the ConnectedCare365 application will enable Geisinger clinicians to virtually monitor patient vital signs and intervene when needed. The platform will be used for several clinical initiatives, including chronic condition management and behavioral health.

How to Bolster EHR Efficiency and Access to Offer Better Patient Care

Dessiree Paoli, Senior Solution Marketing Manager at Interlace Health Over the past few decades, technology has advanced health care in incredible ways. Between robotic surgery, training through augmented reality, and the use of wearables to enhance health data, the industry has embraced numerous advances to improve patient care. However, the industry’s relationship with technology hasn’t …

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Smart Contact Management Tech Empowering Providers to Offer Better Care

Technology adoption in the independent healthcare sector continues at breakneck speed. However, digitizing engagement with patients between appointments is one area where health providers have been slower to adopt. Even during COVID, research from the SMB Group showed one-fifth of healthcare providers had no plans to implement cloud technologies, which is a vital step for …

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Iodine Software Acquires Physician Query Platform Artifact Health – Health M&A

What You Should Know: – Iodine Software, a leading healthcare AI company, today announced it has acquired physician engagement platform company Artifact Health. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. – The acquisition brings together two industry leaders and expands Iodine’s clinical predictions and insights platform beyond clinical documentation improvement (CDI) teams to directly engage …

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Geisinger Launches Virtual Chronic Disease Monitoring System Powered by Noteworth

What You Should Know: – Geisinger today announced the launch of ConnectedCare365, an innovative care delivery model for patients with chronic diseases like diabetes, heart failure and hypertension available on Google Play and App Store. Powered by Noteworth, a digital health startup dedicated to rethinking healthcare delivery, this first-of-its-kind virtual care delivery platform uses remote patient monitoring, …

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Flume Health Raises $6M to Transform Third-Party Health Plan Administration

What You Should Know: – Flume Health, a New York City-based health plan administration platform for the modern fragmented healthcare today announced a $6M Seed II round, bringing its total amount raised to $10M. The Seed II round was led by new investor Crosslink Capital, with participation from new investors Route 66 Ventures and Convene CEO …

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What the Shift to 5G Will Mean for Healthcare Cybersecurity

Matthew Doyle, COO & Head of Investor Relations, Chicago Pacific Founders 5G has spent years hovering on the horizon, its industry-revolutionizing potential waiting just out of reach for healthcare providers and consumers. But now, the wait is (almost) over — and for some, it already is. Mobile 5G began to make limited appearances in major …

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Staffing firm AMN Healthcare buys telehealth provider for $42.5M

AMN Healthcare bought Synzi, a virtual care provider, to offer customers greater staffing flexibility. The acquisition is a part of the company’s strategy to keep pace with the evolving market, where a greater emphasis is being placed on virtual care delivery and remote patient monitoring.

The Risks of Delaying Data Migration for Healthcare Systems

Sashank Purighalla, Founder & CEO at BOS Framework It only takes one data breach to paralyze a whole industry. Hospitality offers one prescient example. In 2014, hotel chain Marriott International was victim to a severe cyber attack, in which the information of 500 million clients was released. That scandal exploded to the political sphere as …

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Where 5 CIOs see IT innovation heading as pandemic winds down  

The Covid-19 pandemic has upended the healthcare industry in a myriad of ways — including the focus of IT innovation. Healthcare CIOs are seeing IT innovation priorities shift to arenas like at-home care, data science and supply chain.

Anthem, Epic strike data exchange partnership

The EHR giant will integrate its payer platform with the insurer’s operating system to facilitate two-way data exchange with providers. Through this integration, the organizations hope to support clinical decision-making and streamline administrative processes like prior authorizations.

Banner Health Launches Digital Health Program with Xealth & Babyscripts

What You Should Know:  –  Banner Health announced the launch of its digital health program with Xealth to enable digital health at scale. Banner Health is making it simpler for medical providers to order digital health solutions directly from its Cerner EHR, helping to strengthen its connection with patients across its 30 acute-care hospitals and other entities. The launch will begin with Babyscripts, a leading virtual care platform for managing obstetrics. – Available …

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ONC Mentors + Computer Science Graduate Students + Inferno = Campus on FHIR

To promote and support the consistent development and implementation of the Health Level Seven (HL7®) International® Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources® (FHIR®) standard and associated implementation guides, ONC launched the Inferno testing suite a few years back. Inferno supports the ONC Health IT Certification Program through a set of streamlined tests for software services seeking to …

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Why Ransomware Poses a Threat to Both Providers & Patient Health​

Gary Ogasawara, CTO, Cloudian Ransomware attacks continue to wreak havoc on all types of organizations across almost every industry. The healthcare sector in particular has emerged as one of the top targets for ransomware gangs, and the impact can be more dire than for most others. According to new research by Tenable, ransomware is responsible …

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A Promising New Post-COVID World of Virtual Care

Josh Weiner, CEO of SR Health at Solutionreach It’s a striking contrast to look at the world as it now in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic compared to what life was like prior to March 2020. To pre-pandemic eyes, it may even seem like an unrecognizable alien landscape with people everywhere donning facemasks, limited …

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DarioHealth Acquires Digital Behavioral Health Platform wayForward for $30M

What You Should Know: – DarioHealth Corp., a pioneer in the global digital therapeutics market, today announced it has entered into an agreement to acquire PsyInnovations, Inc. (dba wayForward), a behavioral health digital platform that includes AI-enabled screening to triage and navigate members to specific interventions, digital Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), self-directed care, expert coaching …

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Doctors Now Must Provide Patients Their Health Data, Online and On Demand

Last summer, Anna Ramsey suffered a flare-up of juvenile dermatomyositis, a rare autoimmune condition, posing a terrifying prospect for the Los Angeles resident: She might have to undergo chemotherapy, further compromising her immune system during a pandemic. This story also ran on Los Angeles Times. It can be republished for free. After an agonizing three-day …

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Insurtech Helper Bees Acquires In-Home Care Platform healthAlign

What You Should Know: – The Helper Bees (THB), an insurtech company creating a better model for home care, today announced the acquisition of healthAlign, a platform, connecting Medicare Advantage health plan members to a full range of of in-home service providers.. Together the two companies will drive aging-in-place innovation by centralizing a full range of in-home services …

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athenahealth integrates Nuance’s Dragon Medical to Reduce Documentation Time

What You Should Know: – athenahealth and Nuance® Communications announced the integration of Nuance’s cloud-based speech and virtual assistant technology, Dragon® Medical, into the athenaOne® EHR and Mobile App. – 94 percent of clinicians believe speech recognition and virtual assistant technology will improve the ability to document care. Meeting the needs of clinicians everywhere, athenaOne Dictation users can now take advantage of fully …

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Mednax Taps R1 for Enterprise Revenue Cycle Management Services

What You Should Know: – R1 RCM Inc., a leading provider of technology-driven solutions that transform the patient experience and financial performance of healthcare providers, and Mednax, Inc., a national medical group specializing in prenatal, neonatal and pediatric services, have entered into an agreement that will make R1 the primary provider of enterprise revenue cycle …

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Talking about Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities in Medical Devices Shouldn’t be Taboo

Nastassia Tamari, Director of Information Security Operations for BD According to the National Vulnerability Database, 18,353 vulnerabilities were reported in 2020. That’s nearly three times the volume of vulnerabilities reported five years ago, and higher than any year in the previous two decades. Given the rise in connected devices, this increase is not entirely unexpected. …

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Oscar Health betting on +Oscar business as it posts net loss of $87M in Q1

Despite recording a net loss of $87 million in Q1 2021, the insurance startup’s leaders are optimistic about future growth, especially in light of the launch of +Oscar. A platform business, +Oscar generates revenue by making the company’s technology stack available to providers and payers.

Beam Health CEO on how the startup needed to evolve beyond telehealth to deliver value

With the commoditization of telehealth, startups will need to provide value-added services to compete in the crowded market. To that end, Beam Health is focusing on solving private practice pain points in addition to providing telehealth services, including those around patient collections.

Frontline Workers Need New Approaches to Treat COVID-19-Related Mental Health Issues

Robert Cuyler, PhD, Chief Clinical Officer at Freespira We’ve long known that the coronavirus pandemic would dramatically impact the mental health of health care professionals and the general population. But just how many of us have been impacted is stunning. Fully 41% of Americans reported at least one adverse mental or behavioral health condition associated …

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Kaiser Permanente, Mayo Clinic invest $100M in hospital-at-home company

The health systems are sinking a combined $100 million into Medically Home Group, which enables clinicians to provide hospital-level care in patients’ homes. The funds are intended to scale the company’s operations and expand access to its care delivery model.

Cedar Acquires OODA Health for $425M to Power Healthcare Financial Tech Platform

Cedar Acquires OODA Health for $425M What You Should Know: – Cedar, a healthcare financial technology platform, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire OODA Health, a healthcare technology company focused on improving the healthcare administrative experience with payers and providers, for $425M. – By bringing together providers and payers onto …

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Why Healthcare Data Won’t Magically Create Value-Based Care

Irv Lichtenwald, President & CEO of Medsphere Systems Corporation The conversation about transitioning the American healthcare system from fee for service (FFS) to value-based care (aka, pay for performance) has been going on for more than 15 years. Still, it felt like time travel to come across a Health Affairs book review from 2006 by the late …

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EHR Adoption is Essential for Outpatient Surgery to Remain Relevant in Managed Care

Tara Vail, Chief Growth Officer at HST Pathways In 2009, hospitals and doctors were given financial incentives to adopt electronic health records (EHRs) through the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health (HITECH) Act. Ambulatory surgery centers (ASCs) were not eligible for these funds, and were therefore not incentivized like the rest of the …

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MedCity Spotlight Video: Fruit Street Health on diabetes and telemedicine [Sponsored]

Although it has focused on diabetes management, Founder and CEO Laurence Girard says that the company is growing its telemedicine services to include virtual primary care support for other chronic conditions such as hypertension, mental health and smoking cessation that pair community and clinical components.

Patient Experience 2.0: A Shift in Priorities Defined by A Year of the Pandemic

Tim Dybvig, SVP of Patient Engagement at Experity The COVID-19 pandemic has upended the healthcare continuum within the past year, creating many roadblocks in the path towards high-quality care delivery. Amid these challenges, we have witnessed a significant shift in patient wants and needs, in addition to heightened demand for accessible, convenient clinical care. Notably, …

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Mayo Clinic strikes remote patient monitoring partnership with NXgenPort

Mayo Clinic is ramping up activity in the remote patient monitoring arena. Its latest move is a collaboration with biomedical technology company NXgenPort, which will focus on an implantable catheter that can remotely monitor cancer patients for complications as they undergo treatment.

Aetion Closes $100M to Expand RWE Analytics Platform

What You Should Know: – Healthcare technology company Aetion announced today a $110M Series C fundraise, led by Warburg Pincus, a leading global growth equity firm, with additional investments from B Capital and Foresite Capital. Aetion’s existing backers New Enterprise Associates (NEA) and Flare Capital Partners also joined the round. Aetion has raised a total …

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M&A: Medicus IT Acquires Managed Services Provider HITCare

What You Should Know: –  Medicus IT (MIT), the leading healthcare-focused managed services provider (MSP) based in Alpharetta, Georgia, today announced the acquisition of Health Information Technology Care (HITCare), California’s premier healthcare managed IT services provider. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. – The uniting of these leading companies further elevates Medicus IT …

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Blue Health Intelligence, AnalyticsIQ to help fight health inequity by enhancing payer data

Together, the companies will add race, ethnicity and language information as well as social determinants of health factors to a database of millions of Blues plan members. The insights gleaned will be used to design interventions and develop community partnerships to reduce disparities in care.

8 Key Areas Representing $13.3B in Cost Saving Opportunities for Healthcare Administration

 Scott Overholt, Director of Business Development, Vyne Medical According to the 2020 CAQH Index report, an annual report published by the Council for Affordable Quality Healthcare, a study of eight key transactional areas revealed opportunities for cost savings totaling $13.3 billion for medical providers and plans willing to move to fully electronic administrative processes. The …

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Allscripts Launches ADP Empower to Amplify Diverse Voices in Health IT

What You Should Know: – Allscripts announced its team that leads the Allscripts Developer Program (ADP) has launched ADP Empower, a new program designed to amplify diverse voices in the healthcare technology industry and offer valuable resources to underrepresented entrepreneurs to grow their businesses and accelerate innovation. – The Allscripts Developer Program aims to build …

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TriHealth Taps Olive to Deploy On-Site AI Command Center Across Enterprise

What We Should Know: – Olive and TriHealth announced their partnership to deploy Olive’s on-site AI command center, the AlphaSite, across TriHealth’s enterprise. The AI investment will begin with automating revenue-cycle related tasks, such as claims status checks while delivering increased ROI to the TriHealth network.  –  The AlphaSite program — the creation of an on-site AI command center — allows Olive to take a 360-degree approach to transform the entire healthcare …

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The Future of Revenue Integrity: From Reactive to Predictive – RCM

Vasilios Nassiopoulos, Vice President of Platform Strategy and Innovation, Hayes Healthcare organizations have witnessed an explosion of new opportunities to extract value from the industry’s treasure trove of data in recent years, with success stories related to using advanced technology such as artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning found in every sector.  Revenue integrity is …

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Care.coach takes aim at senior loneliness with round-the-clock virtual pets

Armed with a tablet and virtual pet companion, California-based startup care.coach is aiming to alleviate senior loneliness — an issue that has worsened amid the Covid-19 pandemic. The company, which won the health IT track of the Pitch Perfect contest at MedCity INVEST, aims to fulfill seniors’ medical and social needs through access to health …

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Connect America Acquires Royal Philips’ Aging and Caregiving (ACG) Business

What You Should Know:      – Connect America has acquired international healthcare technology leader, Royal Philips’ Aging and Caregiving (ACG) business in a strategic deal that expands Connect America’s customer base and connect care portfolio. Connect America is an independent provider of medical alert systems in North America and has become known as a leader in technology solutions that …

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INVEST Video Conference: What is the role of AI in health equity? [Sponsored]

With artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms are becoming more in vogue in different aspects of healthcare, our panel discusses how can we ensure that AI is leveraged properly so that it advances the goals of health equity.

Providers to HHS: ACO quality reporting changes create undue burdens

Eleven provider organizations sent a letter to HHS urging them to reconsider the new rules around quality measurement and reporting for ACOs. One of the reasons these rules are burdensome and should be revised is the lack of EHR interoperability, they said.

Insurtech companies’ IT expertise give them competitive edge in telehealth & beyond

Insurance startups’ interest in telehealth is backed by both technical expertise and a focus on consumer experience. This will provide them a leg up not only in the competitive telehealth arena but also in consolidating other digital care services.

Provation Acquires Perioperative Data Management Platform iProcedures

What You Should Know: – Provation, a SaaS provider of procedure documentation and clinical decision support solutions,  backed by Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. (together with its affiliates, “Clearlake”), today announced its acquisition of iProcedures, LLC, a top-rated provider of cloud-based anesthesia  documentation and perioperative data management software solutions. Financial terms of the transaction were not …

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R1 Acquires Patient Financial Engagement Platform VisitPay for $300M

What You Should Know: – Today R1 announced they will acquire patient financial engagement company VisitPay for $300 million in cash, leading the charge in overhauling the patient experience in the area with the most pain points – from surprise billing to price transparency. The acquisition marks R1’s third acquisition in the last year, transitioning …

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A Road Well Traveled – Sunsetting the Interoperability Roadmap

Over six years ago, ONC embarked with all of you on an ambitious initiative to create a shared, nationwide interoperability roadmap (the Roadmap). In typical fashion, we produced a draft, many of you shared your comments (about this time in 2015), and we released the final Roadmap in October, 2015. At a time when consistent …

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Scripps Health IT applications pushed offline following cyberattack

The San Diego-based health system experienced a cyberattack on Saturday, following which it suspended user access to several IT applications, including its patient portal. Though it is not clear if patient data was compromised, care services were affected, with the system having to reschedule some appointments and revert to paper records.

Votive Health Raises $2.5M to Facilitate Payer-Provider Integration through Value-Based Arrangements

What You Should Know: – Votive Health announced its formal launch following a $2.5 million financing led by Flare Capital Partners with Chrysalis Ventures and OCA Ventures as co-investors. – Votive Health is a technology enabled network manager delivering complex care at home for people facing serious illness.  It was founded by a team of …

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Paper vs. Electronic: 72% of Americans Want Physicians to Use Mobile E-Prescribing Tools

What We Should Know: – A new e-prescription survey of 1,004 U.S. consumers, ages 18 and over conducted by Propeller Insights on behalf of DrFirst in December 2020 shows that despite the industry’s claim of widespread adoption of e-prescribing (EPCS), many doctors continue to write paper prescriptions. The survey found that 53% of Americans say some of their prescriptions are still sent …

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35% of Americans Would Prefer A Chip to a Vaccine Passport

What We Should Know: – A 2021 Vaccine Passport Privacy Study of 1,000 American adults from NordVPN found that two-thirds of Americans (66%) would get a vaccine passport if it were required to travel, and even though the US may not require vaccine passports, 62% would still get one if it’s required to visit other countries. – …

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HCPs: Breaking Through The Noise with Digital Engagement

Andrew Ploszay, PhD Vice President, Digital Strategy & Chief Digital Officer, IQVIA In 2020, the pandemic forced a dramatic switch to a 100 percent remote commercial model for the pharmaceutical industry virtually overnight. While many digital technologies had already been evaluated or implemented by pharmaceutical companies, this event accelerated a digital-first approach with many enterprises …

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Halma Acquires AI-Powered Perinatal Platform PeriGen for $58M

– Halma, a UK global group of life-saving technology companies that provide innovative solutions to key problems facing the world today has acquired PeriGen, a leader in artificial intelligence that improves safety during childbirth for $58M in cash. – The acquisition provides access to a supportive network and additional resources so that PeriGen can expand its perinatal safety technology throughout the U.S. and beyond. – PeriGen’s software runs at hundreds …

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CareCloud to Pay $3.8M to Settle Whistleblower Case Alleging Kickbacks

What You Should Know: – Miami-based EHR company CareCloud has agreed to pay $3.8 million to the federal government to settle a “qui tam” lawsuit filed on behalf of a whistleblower by Phillips & Cohen LLP that alleged CareCloud paid kickbacks to healthcare providers to boost sales of its EHR products. – The “relator” (whistleblower) …

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CHIME CEO: Digital acceleration fueling cybersecurity concerns

Healthcare is in the midst of a digital revolution, unlike anything the industry has experienced before. But, according to CHIME CEO Russell Branzell, the growing dependence on technology for patient care and remote work is raising concerns related to cyberattacks.

CVS Health Launches Employer-Based COVID-19 Vaccination Program

What You Should Know: Today, CVS Health announced it recently began administering COVID-19 vaccines at employer-based vaccination clinics through Return Ready, the company’s comprehensive COVID-19 solution that helps employers return and maintain healthy workforces. – With vaccine hesitancy on the rise, federal and state governments are looking to partners, like employers and CVS Health, to help by making …

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How Mobile Channels Improve Patient Engagement and Outcomes

Jeanae DuBois, Chief Marketing Officer, Bitwise Technology Consulting The past year’s pandemic struck a painful blow to health organizations’ pre-COVID patient engagement efforts. A recent report detailed fewer patient visits amidst coronavirus fears and stay-at-home orders. People are simply not going into clinics to address non-COVID medical needs. The result is more serious health issues …

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Digital Therapeutics Startup Kaia Health Raises $75M to Optimize MSK & COPD Care

What You Should Know: – Digital therapeutics company, Kaia Health, has raised $75M Series C round (total: $125M) to expand clinical capabilities and transform the treatment path for Musculoskeletal (MSK) and Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) care in the U.S. and Europe. – The Series C round was led by an unnamed leading growth equity fund with support from …

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Caresyntax Raises $100M to Expand Digital Surgery Platform in Key Markets

What You Should Know: – Caresyntax, a Boston-based enterprise-level digital surgery platform delivering actionable insights to make surgery smarter and safer, today announced that it has closed a significantly oversubscribed $100 million Series C funding round led by PFM Health Sciences LP, which also included participation from Optum Ventures, Intel Capital, Lauxera Capital Partners, Vesalius …

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Why the Digital Front Door is Critical to the Healthcare Revenue Cycle

Joel French, EVP of Patient Experience at R1 RCM, Inc. The COVID-19 crisis has upended many of our traditional business procedures and processes. However, because digital transformations were well underway before the pandemic, the shift to remote work and contactless consumer self-service was swift. In healthcare, digital strategies that were expected to take 10 years …

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Lyniate Acquires Datica Integration Business to Deliver Interoperability

What You Should Know:– Lyniate announced the acquisition of Datica Integrate and the subsequent launch of Lyniate Envoy, the company’s new cloud-based data integration solution. – Powered by the Datica Integration team, Lyniate Envoy provides healthcare organizations with the support necessary to rapidly integrate their healthcare IT solutions with EHRs, labs, public health departments, and more.  – Together, Lyniate …

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Some proposed HIPAA changes could inadvertently expose the data it’s supposed to protect

The government’s proposed changes to HIPAA aim to provide guardrails against data breaches and misuse, but some of the modifications may not work as intended. Three healthcare experts delved into the ways in which certain proposals could provide inappropriate access to health data during a recent panel discussion.

Privia Health launches IPO, aims to raise up to $370M

The physician practice management company launched its IPO through which it plans to sell 19.5 million shares of common stock, priced between $17 and $19 per share. It will use the proceeds for general corporate purposes, like research and development, and to acquire complementary businesses or technologies.

Narrow Margins, Low Patient Volumes Fuel Ongoing Financial Instability for Hospitals

What You Should Know: – Narrow margins, low patient volumes, and high costs fuel ongoing financial instability for U.S. hospitals, health systems, and physician groups, according to two new reports from Kaufman Hall. – U.S. hospitals and health systems saw mixed performance in March, as national COVID-19 metrics plateaued early in the month before climbing steadily again with …

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Innovaccer Launches Enterprise Data Platform for Payers on the Innovaccer Health Cloud

What You Should Know: – Innovaccer, Inc., a San Francisco, CA-based healthcare technology company, has launched its Enterprise Data Platform for payers on the Innovaccer Health Cloud. – The solution will enable healthcare payers to accelerate digital transformation, facilitate interoperability, foster collaboration across stakeholders in the healthcare ecosystem, and comply with regulatory requirements. – Fragmented …

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Current Health nabs $43M to scale remote patient monitoring solution

The company is planning to use the newly raised funds to scale its remote patient monitoring solution, which integrates data from wearables and patient-reported symptoms to give clinicians a virtual view into patients’ health at home. The company’s plans also include doubling its workforce this year.

Glytec Raises $21M to Fix Hospital Insulin Management

What You Should Know: – Glytec announced $21M in funding today from Silicon Valley Bank, Savitr Capital and others to help address the challenge that 90% of hospitals in the U.S. face with insulin management. – Glytec’s insulin management solution, eGMS helps providers track blood glucose data, detect and alert patients in glycemic disarray, provide personalized insulin dosing regimens, and get patients into target blood glucose …

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4 Ways Health Systems Need To Reinvent Themselves to Compete

Juan Pablo Segura, Co-founder of Babyscripts For about a decade, digital health has been slowly winning the battle against healthcare’s slow pace of change. Digital found an unexpected ally in Covid, as the pandemic forced health systems to adopt virtual solutions wholesale.  As we start to come out on the other side, though, some health …

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Brave Care Lands $10M to Expand Pediatric Primary and Urgent Care Clinics Nationwide

What You Should Know: – Brave Care, a Portland, OR-based company providing primary, urgent and remote pediatric to improving healthcare for kids, announced it has raised $10M in Series A funding led by City Light Capital, with participation from AV8, Interplay, Founders Co-op, Refactor, Learn Capital and other value-aligned investors like Gaingels. – Brave Care currently operates …

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ONC Annual Meeting 2021: Perspectives on the Impact of SDOH on Health Equity and Care

Health equity and social determinants of health (SDOH) data were a recurring theme at this year’s ONC Annual Meeting. Leveraging these important data, which reflect where people are born, live, learn, work and play can have a significant impact on patient care and public health. SDOH data provide opportunities for promoting health equity and improving …

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Dr. Micky Tripathi on interoperability, health equity & how his work with VCs will help him lead the ONC

In a wide-ranging interview, the National Coordinator for Health IT Dr. Micky Tripathi discussed his career and how his varied experiences have expanded his perspective. He also spoke about ONC’s plans for the future, which include “evangelizing” about the opportunities the federal interoperability rules will create for the industry.

Medchart Raises $17M to Simply The Request of Medical Records for Patients, Businesses

What You Should Know: – Medchart, a Dallas-based cloud-based platform powering patient-authorized information for businesses, researchers, and consumer services announced it has raised $17M in seed and Series A funding led by Crosslink Capital and Golden Ventures, with additional funds from Vast Ventures, Union Ventures, iGan Partners, Stanford Law School, and hip hop icon Nas, …

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InterWell Health Raises $46M to Drive Innovation in Value-Based Renal Care

What You Should Know: – Interwell Health, the leading physician organization driving innovation in the renal industry, announced the closing of a Series B round of equity funding of over $46 million, expanding Interwell’s investor group of premier, visionary nephrology practices across the country. – Through its network of more than 1,400 nephrologist network participants, …

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Most Providers are Unprepared for The Surge of Post-Pandemic Referrals, Survey Finds

What You Should Know: – The healthcare industry is bracing for an unprecedented wave of provider referrals that formed as thousands of procedures were canceled or delayed due to COVID-19, according to new research conducted by Innovaccer – . Despite rising concerns, few healthcare organizations are adequately prepared. Innovaccer’s recent survey reveals that more than …

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Top 3 Ways to Justify Interoperability Spend & Power Your Physician Alignment Strategy

Dr. Peter S. Tippett, CEO of careMESH For decades, interoperability has been a dirty word for hospitals and health systems. No matter how much they have worked at it, paid for it, and thrown IT resources at it, return on investment has been difficult to prove. This has been especially true when executing a community …

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Serimmune CEO: Leveraging the functional antibody repertoire will transform healthcare

In response to emailed questions, the CEO and CTO talk about the immune intelligence startups’ Human Immunity Map — a growing database of immune interactions that can support the development of multiplex diagnostics, vaccines and therapeutics.

Cerner to Provide Access to More Than 54M Patient Records for Life Insurance Industry

What You Should Know: – Cerner has taken another step into the life insurance industry today with an strategic collaboration with MIB, a company providing risk management services to hundreds of insurance companies in the United States and Canada. – The agreement will establish MIB as the exclusive collaborator to provide access to digital patient data from Cerner …

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Proximie Raises $38M to Expand Augmented Reality Surgical Platform in U.S. & European Markets

What You Should Know: – Proximie, a health technology platform company focused on digitizing operating and diagnostic rooms, announced the completion of its $38 million Series B equity financing led by F-Prime Capital, with participation from new investors Questa Capital, Eight Roads, Maverick Ventures, and the support of existing investors Global Ventures, BECO Capital and …

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Innovation, Interoperability Accelerated Healthcare Digital Transformation in 2020

What You Should Know: – In the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, the digital transformation of healthcare accelerated in 2020 with increased adoption of interoperable tools to support innovations in care management, price transparency and specialty medications, according to the Surescripts 2020 National Progress Report.  – The data, which represents 98% of the U.S. population, reveals how the digital transformation of healthcare …

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PatientKeeper Integrates with MEDITECH Expanse EHR for Physicians’ Mobile Devices

What You Should Know: – PatientKeeper, a provider of electronic health records (EHR) optimization software solutions, today announced it has integrated its mobile app with the MEDITECH® Expanse™ hospital EHR system, enabling healthcare providers to view inpatient data stored in Expanse on their iOS and Android smartphones and tablets. – Physicians using the Expanse acute-care …

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Aetna Launches Connected Plan with CVS Health in St. Louis Market

What You Should Know: – The Aetna Connected Plan with CVS Health™ is a first-of-its-kind plan offering that will deliver CVS Health® and Aetna’s combined capabilities in the St. Louis market to help members access care when and where they need it – and at a more affordable price than a traditional plan. – The …

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3 Reasons Why Mobility Matters for Surgery

Dr. Jeffrey Zavaleta, MD, Chief Medical Officer Graphium Health As the computer form factor shrank from the size of a room to a laptop, computing “mobility” finally became a reality as devices could be transported anywhere. For over a decade, the laptop continued to shrink while increasing in performance and lowering in price. Mobility became …

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Compliance with HIPAA may offer some clues on how providers will fare with new info blocking rules

Despite a 20-year head start, providers still fall short of HIPAA requirements around fulfilling patient requests for their medical records. In light of the federal information blocking rules, providers should first examine their compliance with HIPAA and then address the new demands imposed by the recently enacted regulations.

How are healthcare organizations shifting to digital documents? [Sponsored]

In order to gain insight into how organizations are thinking about digitizing medical documents and the strategy behind those decisions, we’re conducting a brief survey of the MedCity News audience and will publish a report based on this survey’s findings.

What Will It Take for Hospitals to Survive the Pandemic?

Dr. John Frownfelter, MD, FACP, Chief Medical Officer at Jvion In 1852, Mercy Hospital & Medical Center opened as Chicago’s first chartered hospital. In May, it will close, leaving residents of the surrounding South Side community — poor and mostly people of color — without a place to see a doctor. And it isn’t the …

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Cohere Health Raises $36M to Automate Prior Authorization Between Payers & Providers

What You Should Know: – Boston-based health IT company Cohere Health has closed a $36 million Series B funding round led by Polaris Partners, with additional participation from new investors Longitude Capital and Deerfield Management, as well as existing investors Flare Capital Partners and Define Ventures. The round comes less than a year after the company launched, and only 3 months after …

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Health2047 Spins Out Emergence Healthcare Group to Empower Independent Physician Practices

What You Should Know: – Health2047, the innovation arm of the American Medical Association, today announced the spinout of a new company, Emergence Healthcare Group, that offers the first turnkey practice solution designed to enable greater physician autonomy by relieving them of administrative burdens and financial pressures intrinsic to today’s private practice. – Emergence Healthcare Group provides …

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PHINs: Addressing the Fundamental Flaws that Have Broken Healthcare

 Brad Bostic, CEO, hc1 The fundamental problem with healthcare can be summed up in one sentence:  We expect healthcare services that cater to our individual needs, yet the health care system operates under a one-size-fits-all, trial-and-error model. It is a model that results in missed diagnoses, protracted illnesses, and even premature death and wastes $935 …

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Q1 2021 Health IT/Digital Health PC/VE, M&A, IPOs/ SPACs Activity

The first quarter of 2021 has been one of investor optimism as the vaccine rollout continues ahead of expectations and economic activity begins to accelerate in response.  Within the Health IT industry, the already strong investment and M&A trends seen in 2020 have only accelerated.  Over the course of the quarter, we observed $7 billion in private …

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M&A: Microsoft Acquires Nuance for $16B to Accelerate Healthcare Cloud Strategy

What You Should Know: – Today, Microsoft Corporation (Nasdaq: MSFT) and Nuance Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: NUAN) announced they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Microsoft will acquire Nuance for $16B.  Financial terms of the all-cash deal details Microsoft paying $56 per Nuance share, a 23% premium over Friday’s closing price with a total value including debt at $19.7 billion. – Microsoft’s acquisition of Nuance builds …

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Enforcement landscape for HHS data-sharing rules is hazy, experts say

The HHS’ new interoperability and information blocking rules have been in effect for one week, yet how they will be enforced is unclear. But there are some clues that could provide a glimpse into what the enforcement landscape might look like, and the best thing providers and IT developers can do is be proactive, experts …

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500,000+ Trinity Health patients affected in widespread Accellion data breach

Several healthcare entities that used Accellion’s file transfer software now find themselves the victims of a data breach, including Trinity Health. The software had vulnerabilities that were exploited by cybercriminals, resulting in the exposure of personal health information.

Dedalus Completes Acquisition of DXC’s Provider Healthcare Business – M&A Analysis

What You Should Know: Last week saw Dedalus complete the purchase of DXC’s healthcare provider business for $450M, a deal that was originally announced in July 2020.   – DXC was created in 2017 via the merger of CSC and the Enterprise Services business of Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) – Dedalus has been through a rapid …

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The key IT decisions that helped providers survive April 2020

As Covid-19 cases started escalating last April, providers in hotspot states, like New York, California and Washington, had to quickly pivot their IT plans. These are some of the decisions that five health IT leaders made — aside from expanding telehealth — that helped their health systems survive the first wave of the pandemic and …

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Carta Healthcare Raises $17.3M for AI-Assisted Data Abstraction

What You Should Know: – Carta Healthcare, a provider of AI-powered clinical data abstraction technology and services, is pleased to announce a recent $17.3M Series A investment led by Storm Ventures. AI Digital Innovation Fund (affiliated with Mass General Brigham), CU Health Innovation Fund (affiliated with University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus), Asset Management Ventures, …

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Does Telemedicine Impede or Help the Patient-Centered Medical Home?

Traditional patient care patterns have been radically altered by the COVID-19 pandemic. And after more than a year of disruption, it’s doubtful that everyone will revert to those patterns after the pandemic. New habits have been formed, and consumers are more willing to pursue the path of least resistance in obtaining care, such as opting …

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Unite Us and Metro United Way Invests $1M Towards Financial Efforts in Greater Louisville Area

What You Should Know:  – Enterprise coordinated care network provider, Unite Us, makes a combined $1 million investment with Metro United Way for help towards pandemic struggles and social upheaval in the Greater Louisville metro area. – Funds will provide housing-related costs and support for Louisville residents impacted both by the COVID-19 pandemic and persistent, …

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A preview of the INVEST Precision Medicine conference June 9-11

The conference highlights the intersections of technology and life sciences through the prism of precision medicine. The topics at the conference span pediatric innovation in precision medicine, how tech companies are addressing clinical trial challenges, supply chain management, and more.

Kaiser Names Diane Come New Chief Technology Officer

Diane Comer, Chief Technology Officer at Kaiser Permanente What You Should Know: – Kaiser Permanente announced today that Diane Comer has been named the new chief information technology officer. – In this role, she will lead Kaiser Permanente’s focus on developing and delivering innovative, strategic initiatives that improve the employee and consumer experience, and on …

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Firefly Health Raises $40M to Expand Virtual Primary Care Platform

What You Should Know: – Firefly Health, a virtual-first healthcare company with a mission of delivering half-priced healthcare that’s twice as good, has announced that it has recently closed $40M in Series B financing, led by Andreesen Horowitz (a16z). a16z General Partner Julie Yoo will also join the Firefly Health board. – Led by former …

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MEDITECH, WELL Health Partner to Enhance Digital Patient Engagement

What You Should Know: – MEDITECH recently announced Expanse Patient Connect, powered by WELL Health, a contemporary, mobile solution enabling bidirectional, communication between healthcare organizations and their patients. Available through the MEDITECH Cloud Platform, the solution leverages WELL Health’s automated patient interaction functionality to improve provider efficiency and keep patients and their families connected to their care …

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