Health Services

The role of mindfulness in healthcare from behavioral health to physical therapy [Sponsored]

Clinicians used to wonder if there was a role for mindfulness meditation in healthcare. But after the Covid-19 pandemic laid bare the overwhelming need for practical solutions in behavioral health, the question has shifted to what role it can play.

How payers are using predictive analytics and virtual care to improve care delivery [Sponsored]

As part of its Envision U.S. Healthcare Summit, Microsoft conducted interviews with executives at Aetna CVS Health and Humana to highlight some of the ways these companies are adapting to consumerization of healthcare.

Digital transformation: Reimagining clinical trial management [Sponsored]

Decentralized clinical trial approaches helped the pharma industry navigate through Covid-19. Now it is becoming increasingly clear that there’s a need for a hybrid approach to decentralized clinical trials that considers the perspectives of patients and the impact to clinical trial sites.

Study: Seniors prefer in-home care, but most are unaware of options available

Of those aged 50 years or older, 70% would prefer in-home care, a new survey by Cross Country Workforce Solutions Group found. But while 66% of respondents said they have thought about their future healthcare needs, only 9% said they are actively looking into it and 34% said they haven’t thought about it at all.

MedCity Pivot podcast: Using virtual-first care to improve the patient and clinician experience [Sponsored]

The Covid-19 pandemic has propelled virtual healthcare into our daily lives, although the quality of that experience varies. But one emerging trend from the scaling of telehealth is virtual-first care, as Wheel CEO and founder Michelle Davey explained.

Cancer care poses challenges for employers; Transcarent shares vision for how it can help [Sponsored]

As they seek to support their staff, self-insured employers are turning to innovative programs to balance evidence based programs with the need to manage healthcare costs.

How proactively addressing social determinants of health (SDOH) can drive better outcomes, lower healthcare costs

With proactive outreach by highly trained community health navigators guided by data and leveraging easy-to-use technology, we could get ahead of an individual’s needs, design and execute a care plan, and – hopefully – keep them out of the hospital.

Metaverse in healthcare

Dr. Mona Flores, Global Head of Medical AI at Nvidia, will deliver the keynote talk kicking off the MedCity INVEST Digital Health conference, scheduled for Wednesday, September 28, in Dallas and presented in collaboration with Health Wildcatters. Register today.

Which clinical trial innovation startups will present at INVEST PharmaTech Pitch Perfect?

The Pitch Perfect contest at MedCity INVEST PharmaTech, the free virtual conference scheduled for July 26, will spotlight five startups seeking to improve clinical trials.

MedShift CEO shares vision for growth [Sponsored]

A veteran of GE Healthcare, Joe Gasque talks about how he’s growing the company’s niche position in the high-paced aesthetics industry, offering services to surgeons, practitioners, medical device and injectables manufacturers.

Creating better alignment between digital and pharma sectors

At the MedCity INVEST PharmaTech virtual conference July 26, strategies and alignment between digital and pharma companies will be a major theme of the conference. Register now to join the conversation.

BrightInsight launches new digital disease management solution for biopharma and medtech [Sponsored]

BrightInsight developed the Disease Management Solution to help biopharma and medtech companies bring their Software as a Medical Device (SaMD)  to market faster, according to BrightInsight CEO and Co-founder Dr. Kal Patel.

Improving the financial experience in healthcare

At the INVEST Digital Health conference, scheduled for Wednesday, September 28, in Dallas and presented in collaboration with Health Wildcatters, healthcare experts will address a wide range of topics in the context of how employers are addressing healthcare needs of their workforce.

What has Covid-19 taught us about virtual clinical trials?

At the upcoming INVEST PharmaTech virtual conference scheduled for July 26, the conversations will span myriad topics at the intersection of digital health and drug development. Register today.

Helping employers navigate healthcare in a post-pandemic world at INVEST Digital Health

MedCity INVEST Digital Health will be held in collaboration with Health Wildcatters in Dallas, Texas on September 28. Want to speak on a panel or pitch how your startup is addressing employee benefits and supporting employers and employees? Apply today.

Whats’s the future of digital medicines? Find out at INVEST PharmaTech.

Digital medicines, which span chronic conditions, mental health issues such as depression, anxiety, and addiction, is just one of the topics that will be offered at MedCity INVEST PharmaTech, a virtual conference scheduled for July 26. Learn how to take part or register today.

Surescripts webinar highlights: Interoperability progress depends on how you look at it [Sponsored]

Register to view a webinar, sponsored by Surescripts, highlighting progress made on interoperability and what’s needed to improve and expand it.

Are you a startup seeking to transform clinical trials? Here’s why you should apply to pitch at INVEST PharmaTech.

INVEST PharmaTech Pitch Perfect virtual conference July 26 will give startups the opportunity to present their approaches to clinical trial innovation to a team of investor judges. Apply today!

Startup that equips medical and dental practices to provide OR-level care raises $9M

OFFOR Health brings mobile anesthesiologists and on-site clinical services to medical and dental practices such that certain procedures that needed to be done inside an operating room at the hospital can now be done in a doctor’s clinic. This leads to lower wait times for patients and reduced overall costs.

CancerIQ raises $14M to grow its platform focused on early detection and prevention

The Series B financing round was co-led by Merck Global Health Innovation Fund and Amgen Ventures. The company’s Black female co-founders have prioritized overcoming systemic barriers to cancer prevention that have led to higher death rates for minorities.

Three factors that are key to improving health equity at MedCity INVEST

Penn Medicine CEO Kevin Mahoney will be part of a panel discussion on health equity at the MedCity INVEST conference March 28-30 at the Ritz Carlton hotel in Chicago. Register today!

HerMD raises $10M to expand women’s sexual health, menopause services

The company currently operates two centers, one in Cincinnati and the other in Crescent Springs, Kentucky. The Series A funding round led by JAZZ Venture Partners will allow the company to open new locations as well as offering virtual care.

Halting the mental health crisis: Be part of the conversation at MedCity INVEST

Behavioral health will be a focus of discussion at the MedCity INVEST conference coming up March 28-30 at the Ritz Carlton hotel in Chicago. Register now for compelling content, networking opportunities and startup pitches across pharma tech, medtech, diagnostics, and digital health.

Are healthcare investors spending too much too fast? Find out at MedCity INVEST March 28-30.

Register for MedCity INVEST at the Ritz Carlton in Chicago and be part of the conversation on healthcare investment trends. Attendees will also be able to take part in networking opportunities and hear health tech, medtech and pharma tech startups pitch to investors.

Diagnostic startups: Time is running out to apply to INVEST Pitch Perfect

The point of care diagnostics and testing market has climbed dramatically with the rise of the Covid-19 public health crisis. We’re seeking applications for diagnostics startups who would like to take part in INVEST Pitch Perfect Diagnostics 2.0 track at the conference, scheduled to take place March 28-30 in Chicago.

Providers need to make employee well-being a top priority [Sponsored]

Managing the healthcare workforce can be a challenge for providers, particularly in the current environment. There has never been a greater need for a holistic approach to workforce management. DXC Technology offers solutions to a wide range of increasing healthcare industry business needs.

Investor insights: Blake Wu of NEA

In the runup to MedCity INVEST in Chicago, we’re spotlighting the perspectives of investors and what motivates them to invest in startups. If you’re a startup in pharma tech, value-based care and care coordination, diagnostics or remote patient monitoring/smart devices, apply to our Pitch Perfect contest today.

BrightInsight CEO Kal Patel M.D. discusses the future of regulated digital health for biopharma and medtech  [Sponsored]

In order to benefit from the Virtual1Care trend, pharma and medtech companies must ensure that their digital health tools, wrapped around a drug or device, comply with evolving regulations.

Investor insights: Ling Wong of Sea Lane Ventures and Lightspeed Venture Partners

What draws investors to healthcare startups? In this series in the runup to MedCity INVEST in Chicago, we’ll highlight these perspectives. If you’re a startup in pharma tech, value-based care and care coordination, diagnostics or remote patient monitoring/smart devices, apply to our Pitch Perfect contest today.

Medical device companies should consider embracing connected care platforms [Sponsored]

A recent webinar hosted by MedCity News and sponsored by BioT shared insights on some of the ingredients to successful creation and execution of remote patient monitoring solutions supported by a cloud-based connected care platform with speakers from BioT and Abbott.

Preparing for Omicron: streamlining care with digital scheduling tools

The recent discovery of the Omicron variant has placed the world on high alert. As COVID-19 continues to transform and evolve, erupting as “new” pandemics within the existing pandemic,  it is becoming clear that digitally-enabled clinical care and access to that care are some of the world’s tools to mitigate its spread. Should infection rates …

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The prestigious alumni of MedCity INVEST Pitch Perfect contest for healthcare startups

The application window is open for the startup contest Pitch Perfect at INVEST March 28-30 at the Ritz Carlton in Chicago. Here’s a look at some of the participants in the contest and progressed they’ve made on their mission to improve healthcare.

100Plus webinar recap: How physician practices can implement an RPM program and succeed [Sponsored]

In a recent webinar sponsored by 100Plus, the healthcare company provided a roadmap on how their RPM program works, including device deployment, collaboration with clinicians, implementation and reimbursement.

Who won INVEST Pop Health Pitch Perfect?

Six healthcare startups took center stage at the conference and presented their approaches to addressing pain points in chronic condition management and population health.

A preview of MedCity INVEST 2022: A return to in-person conferences

INVEST, scheduled for March 28-30, 2022 in Chicago, marks a return to in-person events for MedCity News. The conference, held in partnership with Mid-America Healthcare Investors Network, will spotlight healthcare innovation, investment trends, and share insights from healthcare executives.

How to improve health equity? Start by bringing care beyond the clinic

The pandemic has revealed many health inequities across society. A panel of speakers at MedCity News’ INVEST Pop Health conference discussed the various ways that they are working to reduce inequities and improve outcomes.

To innovate in population health, start with the basics

To succeed in population health, companies must first consider the basics, such as wrangling patient data and making sure it matches up. Panelists at INVEST Pop Health spoke about the challenges of taking this information and translating it into meaningful health outcomes.

Register for INVEST Pop Health to learn about the role of data and analytics in population health

Industry executives will share their insights at the INVEST Pop Health virtual conference, held in collaboration with New Orleans Business Alliance, scheduled for November 15-16. Register today.

Imagine a world without disease [Sponsored]

The team behind the World Without Disease Accelerator, part of Janssen Research & Development, one of the Janssen Pharmaceutical companies of Johnson & Johnson, is embracing an ambitious paradigm focused on disease prevention, interception and cure.

Kaia adds in-person physical therapy through partnership

The digital health company recently struck a partnership with Luna On-Demand Physical Therapy to offer in-person physical therapy services, in addition to its virtual programs for musculoskeletal care. Users in markets where Luna is available can schedule an in-home visit with the same physical therapists over time. 

Improve patients’ outcomes with AI-powered remote monitoring devices and increase revenue for your practice [Sponsored]

A webinar from MedCity News sponsored by 100Plus scheduled for November 9 at 12pm ET will explore remote patient monitoring to achieve greater patient adherence and clinically meaningful outcomes for conditions such as hypertension, obesity, and diabetes. 

Engage at HLTH: As patient engagement solutions abound, here’s what investors are looking for

Investors noted the challenges of changing patient behaviors using digital solutions at the engagement track at HLTH, hosted by MedCity News. They also shared what health systems and insurers are looking for in a potential partner. 

After Grand Rounds and Doctor on Demand merged — what’s next?

The combined company, now called Included Health, is selling employers on its integrated virtual care and patient navigation services. Grand Rounds President Robin Glass shared more about what the company has planned next and how it’s setting itself apart from other digital health platforms.

The Post-COVID-19 Patient Journey: What’s next for healthcare?

COVID-19 transformed the patient journey, and it’s clear when we evaluate every step. Data and technology gave patients the convenience, flexibility, and control to get care on their terms, and these changes will be here to stay. From marketing to scheduling to payments and more – providers and payers have ample opportunities to respond to …

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SSM Health, Optum to enhance inpatient, RCM & digital services in new 10-year collaboration

The St. Louis-based health system is collaborating with the UnitedHealth subsidiary to implement technology and processes that focus on improving care quality and reducing costs. Thousands of SSM Health employees will transition to Optum as part of the deal.

MedCity Spotlight Video: Fredrikson & Byron attorneys discuss Covid-19’s impact on deal-making and value-based care [Sponsored]

In a Spotlight Video interview, Fredrikson & Byron Shareholders and Co-chairs of the firm’s life sciences group, Jeff Steinle and Ryan Johnson, talked about the deal-making environment in healthcare and how the Covid-19 pandemic has impacted it. 

Who won the INVEST Digital Health Pitch Perfect contest?

Judges proclaimed winners across three tracks of the digital health startup pitch contest including: Home health, chronic disease management and value-based care, and technology to support payer and provider efficiency.

Investors see promise in digital health — the challenge is adoption

VCs at MedCity INVEST Digital Health said there’s no shortage of interesting digital health companies, even ones that can prove their innovations are effective. The challenge is winning over insurers and physicians, and finding payment models that work. 

Patient Self-Scheduling as a Competitive Advantage – Interview with the Expert

The rising popularity of virtual care seems to be extending itself into other areas of patient experience, including a re-energized consumer preference for digital self-scheduling. In fact, McKinsey & Company reports that telehealth visits and utilization are 38x higher than pre-COVID-19 levels (July 2021). Meanwhile, Experian Health’s State of Patient Access 2.0 survey, released in …

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INVEST Digital Health Preview: How Has RPM Reimbursement Evolved and Where Does it Need to Go?

INVEST Digital Health is set for September 20-23. Held in a virtual format due to Covid-19, the healthcare conference brings together innovative investors across the healthcare spectrum, prominent industry players and the most promising digital health startups.

With $100M in new funding, Tia CEO says the ‘tide has turned’ for investing in women’s health

Tia, a concierge clinic combining primary care and OBGYN services, recently raised $100 million in funding. Amid a surge of financing into women’s health startups, CEO Carolyn Witte said investors’ perspectives are changing. 

IncludeHealth strikes partnership with Google, Ohio-based health system for virtual PT

Cincinnati-based IncludeHealth launched a virtual physical therapy program using pose-estimation models developed by Google. It plans to offer this software to healthcare providers, starting with its largest partner to date, ProMedica Health System.

How 24/7 self-scheduling can improve the post-pandemic patient experience

This is the second in a series of blog posts that will highlight how the patient journey has evolved since the onset of COVID-19. This series will take you through the changes that impacted every step of the patient journey and provide strategic recommendations to move forward. In this post, we explore how 24/7 self-scheduling can …

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Digital health companies debate: how much can we scale the human element in mental health?

Four digital health leaders debated the role of self care apps, coaches and therapists in mental health during a panel at “What’s Next in Health Care?” While some touted the broader reach of self-guided treatments, others noted it was critical to have a therapist available for patients who need it.  

Should we do away with ACOs? The answer depends on who you ask  

In a new study, researchers suggest ACOs are not helping CMS save substantial amounts of money as they were expected to do, so the model should be eliminated. But other experts in the industry disagree, taking issue with the study’s methods and conclusions.

INVEST Digital Health Preview: Mapping the Digital Future of Pharma

INVEST Digital Health is set for September 20-23, and held in collaboration with Medical Alley. The healthcare conference, held in a virtual format due to Covid-19, brings together innovative investors across the healthcare spectrum, prominent industry players and the most promising digital health startups.

INVEST Digital Health Pitch Perfect Preview: Home Health

Read more to find out which finalists will present in the Home Health track of the startup pitch contest during the virtual conference, scheduled for September 20-23.

How COVID-19 changed the patient journey: A call for digital transformation

COVID-19 changed every aspect of the patient journey – placing unprecedented demands on the healthcare system and accelerating the need for digital transformation industry-wide. Telehealth, touchless engagement, and self-service scheduling became the new normal; however, this created new stress on operations, administration, and finance. While this new normal comes with many challenges, data and digital …

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Mental health unicorns Headspace, Ginger merge into $3B company 

The two companies will merge to form Headspace Health, which will combine Headspace’s many meditation and wellness exercises with Ginger’s coaching and therapy services. The combined company will have more than 800 employees and a $3 billion valuation. 

The State of Patient Access 2.0: 4 opportunities to strengthen the digital experience

“93% of providers say creating a better patient experience remains a top priority, up 3% from last year.” – Experian Health’s State of Patient Access, June 2021 Download now In November 2020, we surveyed patients and providers for their sentiments on how patient access changed because of the pandemic. During this time, patients welcomed the …

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Reports: 1 in 10 adults delayed care in spring amid trailing healthcare utilization levels

According to two new reports, hospital admissions were about 85% of what was expected based on historic patterns at the beginning of April, and in the same month, 11% of adults reported delaying care because of Covid, including 16% of Hispanic and 13% of Black adults.

INVEST Digital Health preview: The Next Phase of Digital Health Investment

INVEST Digital Health is set for September 20-23, and held in collaboration with Medical Alley. It brings together innovative investors across the healthcare spectrum, prominent industry players and the most promising digital health startups.

Vera Whole Health grabs Morgan Health’s interest — and a $50M investment

Morgan Health, JPMorgan Chase’s business unit, has made its first-ever investment in a company that provides a coordinated primary care model. Vera Whole Health operates a network of primary clinics across 10 states, supported by a technology platform.

Insurers back kidney care startup Cricket in $83.5M round

Cigna Ventures and Blue Shield of California contributed to a funding round for Cricket Health, a startup that provides services to help patients identify chronic kidney disease and get support in treatment. The investment was led by Valtruis, a firm that invests in value-based care companies.

INVEST Digital Health preview: What’s the recipe for a successful social determinants program?

SDoH is just one of the topics at the MedCity INVEST Digital Health conference, a virtual event scheduled for September 20-23, in collaboration with Medical Alley.

Boost vaccination rates with frictionless self-scheduling

It’s time to accelerate the pace of COVID-19 vaccinations. Healthcare experts are increasingly concerned about the rapid spread of the highly contagious delta variant, which now makes up over 83% of COVID-19 cases. This variant is estimated to be 60% more transmissible than previous strains, and while vaccination doesn’t eliminate the risk, it does reduce …

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Boost vaccination rates with frictionless self-scheduling

As the country strives to ramp up the pace of COVID-19 vaccinations, providers need to take new approaches to drive registration volume. Healthcare experts are increasingly concerned about the rapid spread of the highly contagious delta variant, which now makes up over 83% of COVID-19 cases. This variant is estimated to be 60% more transmissible …

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What insurers’ premium rate filings can tell us about predicted health utilization in 2022

An examination of health insurers’ premium rate filings for 2022 shows that most are not factoring in additional costs or savings, which indicates that they expect health utilization to reach pre-pandemic levels.

How a benefits navigation startup for LGBTQ employees won over big companies

Included Health, a benefits navigation startup for LGBTQ+ employees, recently landed two big clients, Walmart and State Farm. CEO Colin Quinn explained the company’s journey so far and why more benefits leaders are paying attention to LGBTQ+ employees’ health needs. 

In another blow to workplace wellness programs, study finds no improvement in health outcomes, cost

A randomized, controlled trial of a workplace wellness program found that it made no significant difference in employees’ health outcomes or cost over three years. But employees did have better self-reported health behaviors, about on par with those who participated in the program for a shorter period of time. 

Cano Health buys Doctor’s Medical Center for $300M

Senior-focused primary care provider Cano Health acquired Doctor’s Medical Center for $300 million, which adds around 54,000 new members and 18 medical centers to its roster. This is the second major acquisition for Cano Health in less than a month. The company bought University Health Care for $600 million in mid-June.

Report: As ambulatory visits fell in California, kids saw steeper declines than adults

In late March 2020, ambulatory visit volumes fell by more than 50% compared to pre-pandemic levels in California, according to a report by the state’s largest nonprofit health information network. Declines in visits were greater among children and adolescents than adults, which is “concerning,” the CEO of the HIN said.

Cano Health’s $600M acquisition will add 24,000 MA members to its roster

Cano Health, which provides primary care services for seniors, bought Miami-based University Health Care for $600 million. University Health Care serves approximately 24,000 Medicare Advantage members, which will bring Cano Health’s membership to around 143,000.

Truepill becomes a ‘triple threat’ with diagnostics

Truepill, the company operating behind-the-scenes to help digital health companies with pharmacy fulfillment and telehealth visits, has added a third feature: at home testing. CEO Umar Afridi hopes the trio of services will create a seamless experience for most people’s basic health needs.

ChristianaCare added a primary care practice to its cancer center. Here’s why.

When ChristianaCare’s Graham Cancer Center saw that a significant number of its patients did not have a primary care provider, they decided to take action. Now, any patient that doesn’t already have a PCP is connected to one onsite at the cancer center, expanding the care each patient receives.

Building affirming spaces for LGBTQ youth saves lives, according to Trevor Project survey 

Having access to affirming spaces and living with people who respected their pronouns made a big difference in LGBTQ kids’ mental health, according to a survey conducted by the Trevor Project. Youth living with people who respect their pronouns were half as likely to report attempting suicide than those who didn’t. 

Digital health startups saw better-than-expected revenue during the pandemic

According to a survey conducted by Catalyst @ Health 2.0, a whopping 41% of digital health companies said their revenue was above expectations last year. Despite reporting longer sales cycles, most companies still were optimistic about their business prospects going into 2021. 

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.

INVEST Pitch Perfect winner spotlight: Oshi builds digital approach for oft-overlooked GI conditions

As awareness grows around GI conditions, startup Oshi Health is building a platform to connect people to teams of clinicians and health coaches to better manage their symptoms. Judges picked the startup as the health services winner for MedCity INVEST’s Pitch Perfect contest. 

Survey: Large employers want more government action to curb healthcare costs

Executives at large companies feel that the cost of providing employee health benefits will become unsustainable within the next decade, a new survey shows. They want the government to play a bigger role in providing coverage and lowering costs.

Accolade to acquire telehealth startup PlushCare for $450M

Care navigation startup Accolade struck an agreement to buy telehealth startup PlushCare for $450 million. The goal is to support primary care physicians with information about a patient’s health and benefits, CEO Rajeev Singh said. 

These health services startups are finalists for MedCity INVEST Pitch Perfect

Representatives from five health services startups will present their companies to three judges, followed by a Q&A. The judges for the health services track include: Cheryl Chang of BlueRun Ventures; Keith Figlioli of LRVHealth, and Steve Tolle of HLM Venture Partners.

Cityblock nets another $192M, plans to expand into maternity and pediatrics

The startup, which provides primary care services to Medicaid patients, plans to use the funds to expand into new states and add maternity and pediatrics services lines. It also recently launched a vaccination site in conjunction with the New York Department of Health.

In adding more conditions, is Onduo becoming a me-too platform of Omada and Livongo?

Verily’s virtual diabetes platform, Onduo, is expanding to support additional conditions and languages, Onduo’s CEO Vindell Washington shared. How will the company differentiate itself among a growing number of multi-condition platforms, such as Livongo and Omada?

Folx raises $25M to expand direct-to-consumer health platform for LGBTQ patients

Folx, a direct-to-consumer health startup for LGBTQ patients, raised $25 million in funding. The company, which launched in December and currently operates in 11 states, plans to use the funds to further expand its footprint and expand into sexual health and family planning services.