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3 Ways to Address Gender and Racial Bias in Clinical Trials

Jennifer Jones-McMeans, Ph.D., Divisional VP of Global Clinical Affairs at Abbott’s Vascular Business I have dedicated my career to clinical research and making strides to advance modern medicine. In the work I do as a clinical researcher, we are addressing racial and gender biases that exist today in clinical trials. For example, in cardiovascular disease—my …

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Best Buy Acquires Care-At-Home Platform Current Health – M&A

What You Should Know: – Best Buy, today announced it has signed an agreement to acquire Boston-based Current Health, an enterprise care-at-home technology platform that brings together remote patient monitoring, telehealth, and patient engagement into a single solution for healthcare organizations. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed.  Founded in 2015, Current Health’s enterprise …

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3 Ways Digital Health is Transforming Decentralized Clinical Trials

Decentralized Clinical Trials (DCTs) have been gaining steam over the last decade, but it was the COVID-19 pandemic that cast its advantages into the limelight. Sponsors benefit by creating efficiencies virtually throughout drug discovery, research, and treatment phases. However, the greatest long-term benefactors will ultimately be the patients.  Many aspects of traditional clinical trials are …

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Flywheel Acquires Radiologics, Raises $22M for Biomedical Research Platform

What You Should Know: – Flywheel, a biomedical research data management platform, announced the acquisition of St. Louis-based Radiologics. The two organizations’ combined capabilities in imaging research data management and analytics provide the medical research community unrivaled end-to-end research workflow solutions—from open source to global enterprise. – In addition, the company announced a $22M Series …

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EHR Data Reveals COVID-19 Vaccines Effective in Preventing Hospitalizations, ER Visits

What You Should Know: – Real world evidence from electronic medical records (EHR) data reveals the COVID-19 vaccines  are highly effective at preventing hospitalizations, emergency department visits and intensive care admissions due to the virus, according to a study just published in the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).  – The study, “Effectiveness of COVID-19 …

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Invitae Acquires Ciitizen for $325M to Strengthen its Patient-Consented Health Data Platform

What You Should Know: – Medical genetics company Invitae today announced its $325M acquisition of Ciitizen, a patient-centric consumer health tech company that offers a global platform to help patients collect, organize, store and share their medical records digitally. – Ciitizen is a patient-centric consumer health technology platform that enables patients to collect, store and …

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Mayo Clinic, Verily Partner to Develop Clinical Decision Support Solutions

What You Should Know: – Today, Mayo Clinic and Verily, an Alphabet company announced a strategic two-year collaboration to develop clinical decision support solutions. This modular, evidence-based decision support solution, will provide contextualized and validated knowledge on disease management, care guidelines, and treatment to help clinicians make decisions. – The clinical decision support tool will …

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Google Shuts Down Health Division After VP Joins Cerner

What You Should Know: – Google is eliminating its health division after VP, David Feinberg, MD, joins Cerner as its newest President and CEO, according to an internal memo, Insider first reports. In an internal memo sent by Jeff Dean, head of Google’s research division to employees stated Google Health will no longer function as …

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Cerner Appoints Head of Google Health as New President & CEO

Dr. David Feinberg, President & CEO at Cerner What You Should Know: Today, Cerner announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Dr. David Feinberg as its new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective Oct. 1. Dr. Feinberg succeeds Brent Shafer, who previously announced his decision to transition from chairman and CEO. – Dr. Feinberg will …

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Nordic Capital and Insights Partners Acquires Inovalon for $7.3B

What You Should Know: – Inovalon, a provider of cloud-based platforms empowering data-driven healthcare, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to be acquired by an equity consortium led by Nordic Capital, and joined by Insight Partners, as lead co-investor, 22C Capital for $7.3 billion in cash. – Under the terms of …

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Streamline Health Acquires RCM Consulting Firm Avelead for $20M

What You Should Know: – Streamline Health Solutions, Inc., a provider of the eValuator Revenue Integrity Program to help healthcare providers proactively address revenue leakage and compliance exposure, announced the acquisition of Avelead Consulting, LLC (“Avelead”), a provider of solutions and services to improve revenue integrity for healthcare providers. – Financial terms of the acquisition include closing cash and …

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5-Step Guide to Hiring AI Talent for Digital Health, Biotech & Life Sciences Companies

Michael Delisle, VP, Practice Leader for Digital Health at GattiHR Artificial Intelligence (AI) will disrupt healthcare’s destiny for good. Here are five steps digital health startups can take to find the premier talent to get the job done.  Not too long ago, AI was the topic of futuristic movies. What was once a fictional draw …

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Unite Us Acquires Health Analytics Platform Carrot Health

What You Should Know: – Unite Us, a New York City-based company connecting health and social care services, today announced the acquisition of Carrot Health, an action-oriented health analytics company focused on removing barriers to health and optimizing care. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. – The combination of predictive analytics powerhouse Carrot Health and Unite Us’ end-to-end …

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HIMSS21 Day 3 Roundup: Sharecare Acquires CareLinx, Verizon Telehealth, Samsung

Sharecare Acquires On-Demand Home Health Platform CareLinx for $65M Sharecare today announced that it has closed its acquisition of CareLinx , an on-demand home health platform of tech-enabled care providers from Europ Assistance, one of the largest global assistance companies. Under the terms of the agreement, the acquisition is valued at approximately $65M, consisting of $54.6M in …

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Sharecare Acquires On-Demand Home Health Platform CareLinx for $65M

What You Should Know: – Sharecare today announced its official entry into the home health market with the acquisition of CareLinx , an on-demand home health platform of tech-enabled care providers from Europ Assistance, one of the largest global assistance companies. Under the terms of the agreement, the acquisition is valued at approximately $65M, consisting of $54.6M …

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HIMSS21 Day 2 Roundup: CVS Health Virtual Primary Care, M&A Activity, Funding, More

Raintree Systems Mourns the Passing of its CEO, Richard Welty Raintree Systems, a software development company that provides value-based solutions for the healthcare industry, announces the passing of the company’s Founder and CEO, Richard Welty. Terrence Sims, former Chief Operating Officer and current President of Strategic Growth & Marketing has been appointed Interim CEO.  Mergers & …

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HIMSS21 Day 1 News: Google Cloud, Salesforce, Zoom, Philips, GE Healthcare, GoodRx

Google Cloud Unveils New Research examining COVID-19’s Acceleration of Innovation in Healthcare Google Cloud revealed new research unveiling the impact of COVID-19 on reshaping technology’s role in healthcare. This research is the second phase of research that Google Cloud published in July, showcasing how critical data interoperability is in improving patient outcomes. The research reveals …

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Relatient Merges with Patient Access Platform Radix Health, Raises $100M+

Anup Lakare co-founder of Radix Health, Michele Perry CEO of Relatient and Arun Mohan co-founder and CEO of Radix Health (L to R) – Today, Relatient, Inc., the leading SaaS-based, patient engagement platform, announced the signing of a definitive agreement to merge with Radix Health, a data-driven platform that helps medical practices and hospital groups optimize …

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Clarify Health Acquires Apervita’s Value Optimization Business – M&A

What You Should Know: – Clarify Health, a cloud analytics company delivering real-world insights to healthcare and life sciences organizations, announced today the acquisition of the Value Optimization business of Apervita, the trusted platform for healthcare collaboration for payers, providers and other stakeholders. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. – This acquisition bolsters …

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RV Health Acquires Healthgrades.com from Mercury Healthcare – M&A

What You Should Know: – RV Health, a Red Ventures business, has acquired Healthgrades.com from Mercury Healthcare, the new brand for the separate enterprise-wide technology and data platform for health systems formerly known as Healthgrades, which will remain a separate business. – Healthgrades.com is the leading online marketplace to find and connect with the right …

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WellSky Acquires Healthify to Enhance Social Determinants of Health

What You Should Know: – Seamless coordination between providers, community-based organizations, and payers is the key to delivering value-based care at scale. To better connect providers, identify social determinants of health, search for social services, and coordinate care with community partners, WellSky has acquired Healthify. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. – Together, WellSky and Healthify will connect providers across and within communities to …

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Amwell Acquires Conversa Health & SilverCloud Health – M&A

What You Should Know: – Amwell®, a telehealth leader, today announced that it has signed definitive agreements to acquire SilverCloud Health, a leading digital mental health platform, and Conversa Health, a leader in automated virtual healthcare. – By adding the technology of these two companies to its virtual care platform, Amwell is greatly enhancing the …

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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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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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Ro Acquires At-Home Diagnostic Testing Company Kit – M&A

 What You Should Know: – Healthcare technology company, Ro today announced the acquisition of Kit, an at-home diagnostics company that offers self-administered diagnostic tests, including finger prick blood assays, blood pressure tests, weight measurement tools, and more—all shipped directly to their door. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. – The acquisition of Kit …

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Humana Acquires Integrated Post-Acute Care Provider onehome – M&A

What You Should Know: – Humana Inc. announced that it has signed a definitive agreement to acquire integrated post-acute care provider One Homecare Solutions (“onehome”) from WayPoint Capital Partners (WayPoint), the private equity affiliate of a New York-based family investment office. – The acquisition will further advance Humana’s strategy to build a value-based home health …

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Valo Health and Khosla Ventures Merge to Go Public in $2.8B SPAC Deal

What You Should Know: Valo Health, the technology company using human-centric data and artificial intelligence (AI) powered computation to transform the drug discovery and development process, and Khosla Ventures Acquisition Co. (“KVAC”) (NASDAQ: KVSA), a special purpose acquisition (SPAC), announced today that they have entered into a definitive merger agreement. – The SPAC deal represents …

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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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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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Report: State of Black Mental Health Before and After George Floyd’s Death

What You Should Know: – Hurdle, a Washington D.C.-based digital mental health company, announced the publication of a white paper on Black mental health before and after George Floyd’s death. – Co-authored by leading mental health researchers Dr. Harold “Woody” Neighbors, Professor Emeritus, University of Michigan School of Public Health, and Dr. Norma L. Day-Vines, Associate Dean …

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PE Firm Thoma Bravo Acquires Clinical Trial Financial Platform Greenphire – Health M&A

What You Should Know: – Thoma Bravo, a private equity investment firm focused on the software and technology-enabled services sector announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire Greenphire, a financial lifecycle management software for clinical trials, from The Riverside Company. Financial details were not disclosed for the pending transaction. – The acquisition, which …

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Lyft Offers Free or Discounted Rides to COVID-19 Vaccination Sites

What You Should Know: – Starting today, anyone going to get their COVID-19 vaccine can get access to a free or discounted Lyft ride. – The Lyft initiative in partnership with the White House supports Biden Administration’s goal of getting at least one shot in the arms of 70% of U.S. adults by July 4.   …

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Ro Acquires Modern Fertility to Integrate With Primary Care Platform

What You Should Know: – Ro, today announced the acquisition of Modern Fertility, one of the fastest growing companies in women’s health. – This acquisition, one of the largest deals in women’s health tech yet, will accelerate Ro’s position as a leader in women’s health and bring Modern Fertility’s fertility tests and reproductive health tools …

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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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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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Decentralized Clinical Trials: Surviving & Thriving in the Clinical Research World of COVID-19

Zach Henderson, Chief Commercial Officer, Glooko As with so many aspects of our daily lives, the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on clinical trials was both widespread and monumental. Thousands of trials—an estimated 80% of non-COVID-19 trials—came to a halt or were interrupted by the pandemic, which challenged the ability to conduct trials safely and …

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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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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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How a Virtual Care Mindset Leads to Greater Patient Acceptance and Sustainable Telehealth Growth

Sandeep Pulim, MD, Chief Medical Officer at Bluestream Health There’s no question that the demand for telehealth and virtual care has grown exponentially over the last twelve months. With that growth has come a fundamental shift in the attitude toward virtual care. No longer do patients and providers take a “let’s try it” approach—now, it’s …

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COVID Exposed The Dire Need for Real-Time Healthcare Data Sharing

Birju Shah, Head of Product for Uber Health & Communities Nick Jordan, Founder and CEO, Narrative In a world where technology and Big Data can provide us with instantaneous access to our banking transactions, and our financial information and credit reports can be retrieved with a few keystrokes when applying for a mortgage — trying to …

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SOC Telemed Acquires Access Physicians for $194M to Form Largest Acute Telemedicine Provider

What You Should Know: – SOC Telemed, today announced the acquisition of Dallas-based Access Physicians in a deal valued at $194 million in cash and stock to become the largest pure-play provider of acute telemedicine in the country. – The company will deliver care to almost 1,000 facilities including more than 700 hospitals in 48 …

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Apriss Health Acquires Care Coordination Platform PatientPing

What You Should Know: PatientPing, a comprehensive care collaboration platform, today announced that it has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Appriss Health, a cloud-based care coordination software and analytics solutions focused on behavioral health and substance use disorder. – Together, PatientPing and Appriss, backed by Clearlake Capital Group, L.P. and Insight Partners, will represent the largest and most diverse care …

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Long-Time Cerner Board Member Linda M. Dillman Passes Away

Linda M. Dillman What You Should Know: – Linda M. Dillman, a long-time and trusted Cerner Corporation board member, passed away on Saturday, March 13. – Dillman retired from QVC in January 2017, having served as its Chief Information Officer since January 2012. Previously, she held positions as Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer …

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Ro Nabs $500M to Strengthen Vertically Integrated Primary Care Platform

What You Should Know: – Ro, the healthcare technology company, today announced it has raised $500 million in Series D fundraising round led by existing investors General Catalyst, FirstMark Capital and TQ Ventures, with significant participation from existing investors SignalFire, Torch and BoxGroup as well as new investors Altimeter, Baupost, Dragoneer, Shawspring, Radcliff, and 776. …

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Unite Us Nabs $150M, Reaching $1.6B Valuation to Address Social Determinants of Health

What You Should Know: –   Unite Us, the tech company creating coordinated care networks nationwide, has just announced a $150M Series C round of funding led by ICONIQ Capital, bringing its valuation at $1.65 billion.   – Unite Us is leading the care transformation movement towards whole-person health with its core product, Unite Us Platform, an outcome-focused coordination software sconnecting community-based …

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Grand Rounds Merges with Doctor on Demand to Create New Virtual Care Company

What You Should Know: – Grand Rounds, a leader in healthcare quality and clinical navigation, and Doctor on Demand, the nation’s leading virtual care provider, announced their merger agreement, creating a first-of-its-kind integrated virtual care company. – These two premier platforms will offer a patient and provider experience unmatched elsewhere, providing a full suite of …

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First Databank Clinician Addresses COVID-19 Vaccine Skepticism – Q/A

Joan Kapusnik-Uner PharmD, FCSHP, FASHP, VP of Clinical Content for First Databank (FDB) As the Biden administration ramps up its efforts to increase the access of COVID-19 vaccines to more Americans, there are a large number of Americans who are skeptical about of the COVID-19 vaccine. About 1 in 3 Americans stated they definitely or probably …

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