Category: Physicians

  • Flipping the script on medication adherence

    The conversation about medication shouldn’t end when the prescription is written. Physicians need to be accessible to patients to talk about how the medication is working for them, how often they are using it as prescribed, and what barriers they have to using it.

  • Engaging Physicians in Data-Driven Healthcare

    Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, physicians were attuned to the operational and financial challenges faced by most hospitals and healthcare systems. They just weren’t necessarily living those challenges firsthand.  However, when procedures were canceled and demand for supplies soared, the experience became more personal. Many physicians experienced steep revenue decline as well as the challenges […]

  • Role of Engaging Physicians in Data-Driven Healthcare Environment in 2022

    John Cherf, MD, MPH, MBA, Chief Medical Officer, Lumere, a GHX company Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, physicians were attuned to the operational and financial challenges faced by most hospitals and healthcare systems. They just weren’t necessarily living those challenges firsthand.  However, when procedures were canceled and demand for supplies soared, the experience became more […]

  • The Healing Power of Even Virtual Human Connection

    By HANS DUVEFELT Almost two years into this new age of varying degrees of self quarantine, I am registering that my own social interactions through technology have been an important part of my life. I text with my son, 175 miles away, morning and night and often in between. I talk and text with my […]

  • Behind the Mask: A Country Doctor Writes

    By HANS DUVEFELT Today I saw a patient I have known for years. He suddenly pulled his mask down and said, “I’d like to know what you think I should do about this”. On his nose was an 8 mm (1/3”) brownish-red flat spot with a crack or scrape through it. “How long have you […]

  • Hospital at home: How to partner, not compete

    Expanding care services, adding specialty programs and supporting hospital-at-home programs can only improve upon the patient experience and the opportunities of home care, which will serve as a catalyst in the shift toward suitable care in the community.

  • Collective Medical, Nuance Launches PowerShare to Provide ED Physicians Real-Time Notifications

    What You Should Know: – Today, Collective Medical, a PointClickCare Company, was chosen for a collaboration with Nuance with the launch of Naunce PowerShare Image Aware.  – The collaboration will provide emergency department (ED) physicians with real-time notifications of a patient’s prior radiology studies within existing clinical workflows. Point-of-care access to previous diagnostic images reduces unnecessary imaging, healthcare […]

  • We are Asking Our Physicians to Do Too Much. It’s No Wonder They are Burnt Out.

    By GAIL PEACE We have heard the phrases “physician fatigue” and “burnout” too often in the last year – and for good reason. Covid-19 has placed an incredible burden on our healthcare providers. However, as healthcare professionals, the stats representing physician burnout are not new for us.   We have seen similar trends and stats for […]

  • We Use Too Many Medications: Be Very Afraid of Interactions

    By HANS DUVEFELT I happened to read about the pharmacodynamics of parenteral versus oral furosemide when I came across a unique interaction between this commonest of diuretics and risperidone: Elderly dementia patients on risperidone have twice their expected mortality if also given furosemide. I knew that all atypical antipsychotics can double mortality in elderly dementia patients, but […]

  • Medicine is a Moving Missile, Aiming for a Dangerous, Elusive Target

    By HANS DUVEFELT (Desperate times called for desperate measures.) In the tech world, we have come to expect our devices to become outdated and obsolete very quickly. The biggest tech companies in the world didn’t even exist a few years ago. Bitcoin, a virtual currency which at least I can’t wrap my head around, seems […]

  • American Primary Care is a Big Waste of Time (When…)

    By HANS DUVEFELT Before Johannes Gutenberg invented the printing press in 1450, books in Europe were copied by hand, mostly by monks and clergy. Ironically, they were often called scribes, the same word we now use for the new class of healthcare workers employed to improve the efficiency of physician documentation. Think about that for […]

  • Pearl Health Raises $18M to Support Independent Primary Care Physicians

    What You Should Know: – Pearl Health, a New York City-based primary care physicians (PCP) group today announced it has raised $18M in Series A funding led by a16z, with AlleyCorp and Kevin Ryan participating.  – Co-founded by Dr. Jeffrey De Flavio (founder of Groups: Recover Together), Michael Kopko (Oscar Health, Bridgewater Associates) and Ankit […]

  • I Am a Decision Maker, Not a Bookkeeper

    By HANS DUVEFELT Perhaps it is because I love doctoring so much that I find some of the tools and tasks of my trade so tediously frustrating. I keep wishing the technology I work with wasn’t so painfully inept. On my 2016 iPhone SE I can authorize a purchase, a download or a money transfer […]

  • One big reason healthcare access is hard

    Healthcare brands invest enormous sums of money in marketing campaigns, websites, and apps that will never be effective until a consumer can overcome the data barriers to healthcare access.

  • A Man With Sudden Onset of Gastroparesis

    By HANS DUVEFELT Leo Dufour is not a diabetic. He is in his mid 50s, a light smoker with hypertension and a known hiatal hernia. He has had occasional heartburn and has taken famotidine for a few years along with his blood pressure and cholesterol pills. Over the past few months, he started to experience […]

  • As Doctor Burnout Climbs, Can We Save Primary Care?

    By RONALD DIXON Week after week, I hear from colleagues in diverse specialties about how exhausted they are from practicing medicine. It’s no surprise that they are looking for careers outside of medicine. The demands and strain are unsustainable. So it’s also no surprise that a recent survey showed 40% of primary care clinicians are worried that their […]

  • Reducing low-value care starts by understanding its drivers

    There is no single driver of low-value care — providers, systems, and patients all play a role. But with the right tools, stakeholders can work together to re-align incentives and transform our healthcare delivery system into one that prioritizes value, eliminates waste and leads to better overall patient outcomes.

  • Anxiety, Worry or Fear? Disappointment, Grief or Depression?

    By HANS DUVEFELT Especially in these strange and uncertain times, many people feel uneasy. Some of them come to us with concerns over their state of mind. In primary care, our job is in large part to perform triage. We strive to identify patients who need referral, medication or further evaluation. We also strive, or […]

  • Does Our Healthcare System Work for the Most Vulnerable Americans?

    By DEBORAH AFEZOLLI, CARL-PHILIPPE ROUSSEAU, HELEN FERNANDEZ, ELIZABETH LINDENBERGER “Why did you choose this field?” Most physicians are asked this question at some point in their early careers. We are geriatrics and palliative medicine physicians, so when that question is posed to us, it is invariably followed by another: “Isn’t your job depressing?” No, our […]

  • Cooper University, Nuance Expand Dragon Ambient eXperience Deployment to 475 Physicians

    What You Should Know: – Nuance Communications and Cooper University Health Care announced a strategic collaboration to expand Cooper’s deployment of the Nuance Dragon Ambient Experience (DAX) to 475 physicians based on previous deployment success. This ambient clinical intelligence solution will expand upon Cooper’s ability to enhance patient experiences, expand access to care, and advance […]

  • Health Insurance is a Stumbling Block in Many Patients’ Thinking

    By HANS DUVEFELT I have a patient with no health insurance but a brand new Mercedes. He says he can’t afford health insurance. He cringes at the cost of his medications and our office visit charges. His car cost a lot of money and I know that authorized Mercedes dealers charge around $140/hour for their […]

  • EHRs Are Workarounds, Rerouting the Way Physicians Work

    By HANS DUVEFELT IT GUY: Hey, Doc, don’t make up workarounds, use the EHR the way it was designed. DOCTOR: Listen, your whole EHR is a workaround itself – around the way medicine is practiced. – Hans Duvefelt, MD This was a tweet I posted a while ago. I expected it to either go viral […]

  • Morning Distort

    By MARTIN A. SAMUELS A 35 year old woman complains of weakness of the right side of her face and pain behind the right ear.  She lives in an urban environment and denies any recent illnesses.  She is not vaccinated against COVID-19 but is COVID negative.  What do you think, I was asked at our […]

  • Widespread use of health IT can cause burnout but also help curb it

    In a HIMSS 21 Digital session, panelists detailed the dichotomy of technology advancement for clinicians. Though technology has made it harder for them to disconnect from work leading to burnout, IT tools can also be used to identify pain points and implement solutions to alleviate stress.

  • The behavioral economic challenges of medication adherence

    It’s essential for physicians to consider the circumstances of their patient’s life while communicating the treatment plan and engage them with dialogue that addresses any challenges or hesitations that they may have to achieve medication adherence.

  • The Call to Be a Primary Care Doctor

    By HANS DUVEFELT I suspect the notion of calling in narrower specialties is quite different from mine. Surgeons operate, neurologists treat diseases of the nervous system, even as the methods they use change over time. Primary care has changed fundamentally since I started out. Others have actually altered the definition of what primary care is, […]

  • The inconvenient truth of convenience

    In an on-demand world, it may seem that convenience and speed are the only way to keep patients satisfied. But often competence is sacrificed at the altar of convenience.

  • The Call to Be a Primary Care Doctor

    By HANS DUVEFELT I suspect the notion of calling in narrower specialties is quite different from mine. Surgeons operate, neurologists treat diseases of the nervous system, even as the methods they use change over time. Primary care has changed fundamentally since I started out. Others have actually altered the definition of what primary care is, […]

  • CMS proposes to cover mental health virtual visits through 2022

    In the 1,747-page rule, which will be finalized later this year, CMS proposes expanding access to telehealth for behavioral healthcare, including for the first time allowing Medicare to pay for mental health virtual visits when they are provided by rural health clinics and federally qualified health centers and letting providers offer audio-only telehealth visits for […]

  • Can the Practice of Primary Care Medicine ever be Practical Again?

    By HANS DUVEFELT When I first lost power and then saw my generator fail during a storm last winter, two other failures struck. As I scrambled to fill my water containers for the horses, the failing generator delivered just enough electricity for dim lights and a slow trickle of water. And then, when the power […]

  • All roads lead to the EHR

    While the avenues of care delivery keep growing with new technologies and include care away from the traditional office setting like telehealth, a patient’s electronic health record remains the backbone of that care – no matter how it’s delivered.  

  • The Art and Soul of Medicine Exist in the Ordinary

    By HANS DUVEFELT The Art of Medicine is Doing the Ordinary Well Primary care doctors don’t usually operate any sophisticated medical instruments or perform any advanced procedures. But there is still art in what we do. We take care of ordinary ailments in ordinary people and that can be done well or not so well. […]

  • 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.

  • The Science of Clinical Intuition

    By HANS DUVEFELT In 2002, Dr. Trisha Greenhalgh published a piece in the British Journal of General Practice titled Intuition and Evidence – Uneasy Bedfellows? In it she writes eloquently about the things Christer Petersson and I have written articles on and emailed each other about. He mentioned her name and also Italian philosopher Lisa Bortolotti, and […]

  • Why I Seldom Recommend Vitamins or Supplements

    By HANS DUVEFELT People here in northern Maine, as in my native Sweden, don’t get a whole lot of natural sunlight a good part of the year. As a kid, I had to swallow a daily spoonful of cod liver oil to get the extra vitamin D my mother and many others believed we all […]

  • 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.

  • Did Covid and Telemedicine Finally Make the Physical Exam Obsolete?

    By HANS DUVEFELT Left to my own devices, I would be selective about when and how much of a physical exam I do: either not at all or very detailed for just those things that can help me make the diagnosis. I have no patience for boilerplate normal exams. Any doctor who uses the term […]

  • The Art of Medicine is Not an Algorithm

    By HANS DUVEFELT The Art of Medicine is such a common phrase because, for many centuries, medicine has not been a cookie cutter activity. It has been a personalized craft, based on the science of the day, practiced by individual clinicians for diverse patients, one at a time. Unlike industrial mass production, where everything from […]

  • Off Our Chests: No Secrets Left Behind

    By CHADI NABHAN She was a successful corporate lawyer turned professional volunteer and a housewife. He was a charismatic, successful, and world-renowned researcher in gastrointestinal oncology. He was jealous of all breast cancer research funding and had declared that disease his nemesis. They were married; life was becoming a routine, and borderline predictable. Both appeared […]

  • 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 […]

  • CMS’ Next Generation ACO Model to end this year

    In a move that ACOs found “disappointing,” CMS has declined to extend the Next Generation ACO Model beyond 2021. Though evaluations have found that the model did not generate net savings for Medicare, proponents argue that the program was successful.

  • What Does Your Patient Need to Hear You Say Right Now?

    By HANS DUVEFELT Today a patient told me a cancer doctor had told her husband that he only had a year to live. She was angry, because she felt that statement robbed her husband of hope and she knew well enough that doctors don’t always know a patient’s prognosis in such detail. “Would you want […]

  • 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.

  • “Tell Me More”

    By HANS DUVEFELT Words can be misleading. Medical terms work really well when shared between clinicians. But we can’t assume our patients speak the same language we do. If we “run with” whatever key words we pick up from our patient’s chief complaint, we can easily get lost chasing the wrong target. Where I work, […]

  • Five Weight Loss Myths I am Constantly Fighting

    By HANS DUVEFELT 1) EXERCISE MORE I talk to people almost every day who think they can lose weight by exercising. I tell them that is impossible. I explain that it takes almost an hour of brisk walking to burn 100 calories, which equals one apple or a ten second binge on junk food. To […]

  • Screening for Depression: Then What?

    By HANS DUVEFELT Primary Care is now mandated to screen for depression, among a growing host of other conditions. That makes intuitive sense to a lot of people. But the actual outcomes data for this are sketchy. “Don’t order a test if the results won’t change the outcome” was often drilled into my cohort of […]

  • 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 […]

  • Some People Don’t Think Like Doctors (!)

    By HANS DUVEFELT This may come as a surprise for people with business degrees: Doctors don’t really care when a test was ordered. We care about our patient’s chest X-ray or potassium level the very moment the test was performed. We also don’t care (unless we are doing a forensic review of treatment delays) when […]

  • 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.

  • To help tackle healthcare worker burnout, start talking about it

    Healthcare staff are working through immense loss, grief and uncertainty to provide care during the Covid-19 pandemic. As organizations think about how to support their staff, speakers at a MedCity INVEST panel said they must first talk about it openly and provide a safe space for workers to discuss their feelings.

  • Please Sign Below: Fraudsters Phishing for Physician Signatures

    By HANS DUVEFELT Almost every day I catch a suspicious fax needing my signature. Often it is an out of state vendor who wants my permission to provide a back brace for a diabetic patient, a continuous blood glucose monitor for a non-diabetic or a compounded (custom made) ointment of some sort that makes no […]

  • 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 […]

  • The Parallel Realities of Health Care: Ratio and Intellectus

    By HANS DUVEFELT Every patient is unique, with some common basic and measurable features and parameters. For a couple of decades now, healthcare has professed to be patient centered. But the prevailing culture of “quality” (and the reality of getting paid for what you do) has us spending at least half our time documenting for […]

  • OpenLoop Raises $3M to Expand Digital Health Marketplace for Clinicians

    What You Should Know: – Techstars-backed OpenLoop raises $3M in funding to expand digital health marketplace to connect certified clinicians to telehealth opportunities. – The company plans to use the funding to This financing enables OpenLoop to expedite the development of their marketplace technology and grow their team of experts. OpenLoop, a Des Moines, Iowa-based […]

  • The Pain Is In Your Brain: Your Knees Know Next to Nothing

    By HANS DUVEFELT A “frozen shoulder” can be manipulated to move freely again under general anesthesia. The medications we use to put patients to sleep for such procedures work on the brain and don’t concentrate in the shoulder joints at all. An ingrown toenail can be removed or an arthritic knee can be replaced by […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • TytoCare & GIVA Care Partner to Bring Telehealth to Ukraine

    What You Should Know: – TytoCare has partnered with GIVA Care Group, a leading healthcare distribution company, to bring its all-in-one remote examination solution to the Ukrainian healthcare industry. – The partnership with GIVA Care will mark the first implementation of the TytoCare telehealth solution in Eastern Europe. As the sole distributor of TytoCare in Ukraine, GIVA Care is making the solution available to local physicians and healthcare systems across the country as well as selling it directly […]

  • How CMS final rule will impact E/M coding and documentation requirements

    Historically, providers had to meet certain criteria and address three key areas in the patient’s progress notes: patient history, physical exam and medical decision making. CMS has eliminated the history and exam components as required elements for billing purposes, so medical decision making is now the sole driver of the level-of-service.

  • Time and Goals Should Drive Your Post-COVID-19 Care Management Strategy

    Jessica Scruton, BSN, RN, CCM, VP of Clinical Transformation for Lightbeam Health Solutions COVID-19 forced many health systems to reassess and reconfigure their care management processes and staffing models so that clinicians could better manage more of their acute, complex, and otherwise healthy patients remotely to limit in-person care.  During this time, health systems likely […]

  • Doxepin, a Little Known Super Drug in My Personal Black Bag of Tricks

    By HANS DUVEFELT A while back I was able to completely stop my mastocytosis patient’s chronic hives, which the allergist had been unable to control. I did it with a drug that has been on the market since 1969 and is taken once a day at a cost of 40 cents per capsule at Walmart pharmacies. […]

  • 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 […]

  • The Art of the Chart: Documenting the Timeline

    By HANS DUVEFELT The timeline of a patient’s symptoms is often crucial in making a correct diagnosis. Similarly, the timeline of our own clinical decisions is necessary to document and review when following a patient through their treatment. In the old paper charts, particularly when they were handwritten, office notes, phone calls, refills and many […]

  • Chat-based telehealth provider CirrusMD snags $20M

    The Denver-based company provides a platform through which patients can text, send images to and have video calls with physicians. The new funds will be used to scale its operations, grow its clinical network and improve user experience.

  • Family of Dr. Lorna Breen pushes for mental health protections for physicians

    The family of Dr. Lorna Breen, an emergency physician working on the front lines of the pandemic who died of suicide, is working with Congress to introduce legislation that would make it easier for phyiscians to seek out mental healthcare. At the state level, licensing boards are also reevaluating application questions to not discourage physicians […]

  • NeoGenomics Acquires Precision Oncology Platform Trapelo Health for $65M

    What You Should Know: – NeoGenomics, Inc., a provider of cancer-focused genetic testing services and global oncology contract research services announced it has reached an agreement to acquire precision oncology platform Trapelo Health for $65M. The agreement purchase price of $65 million, consists of $35 million in cash on hand and $30 million in NeoGenomics […]

  • Evidation Health Nabs $153M to Expand Virtual Health Programs

    What You Should Know: – Evidation Health announced it has raised $153 million in Series E funding co-led by OMERS Growth Equity and Kaiser Permanente Group Trust. Existing investors including McKesson Ventures and B Capital also joined. – Founded in 2012, Evidation measures health in everyday life and enables anyone to participate in ground-breaking research […]

  • The Art of Clinical Decision Making: Friday Afternoon Dilemmas

    By HANS DUVEFELT The woman had a bleeding ulcer and required a blood transfusion. The hospital discharge summary said to see me in three days for a repeat CBC. But she had a late Friday appointment and there was no way we would get a result before the end of the day. She also had […]

  • The Art of Asking: What Else is Going on?

    By HANS DUVEFELT Walter Brown’s blood sugars were out of control. Ellen Meek had put on 15 lbs. Diane Meserve’s blood pressure was suddenly 30 points higher than ever before. In Walter’s case, he turned out to have an acute thyroiditis that caused many other symptoms that came to light during our standard Review of […]

  • Why A Smart Command Center Requires A Health Cloud Platform

    Dr. David Nace, Chief Medical Officer at Innovaccer Aviation, military, NASA, or even utilities like the New York Power Authority—almost all high-consequence, complex organizations have one thing in common: a command center. The concept of a command center or a ‘war room,’ or ‘air traffic control’ has been around for a while. Command centers help […]

  • The Art of Listening: When the Inner Voice Whispers

    By HANS DUVEFELT “I worry, so you don’t have to”, is how I explain to patients when something about their story or physical exam makes me consider that they may have something serious going on. The worst thing you can do is give false reassurance without serious consideration. And the next worst thing you can […]

  • Innovative, Non-Invasive Technologies Advanced Earlier Detection & Monitoring of Liver Disease

    Jon Gingrich, CEO, Echosens North America Leveraging technological advances to facilitate new ways of engaging patients and integrating non-invasive technology into a liver disease program not only serves to improve individual outcomes and reduce costs but also strengthens the financial performance of health systems and provider organizations that include this approach to testing. At a […]

  • CorVista Health Nabs $65M for Non-Invasive Cardiac Diagnostic Platform

    What You Should Know: – CorVista Health, a Toronto-based digital health company dedicated to improving cardiovascular disease diagnosis, announced it has closed a $65 million Series C financing, bringing the total funding to nearly $100 million. – This significant capital provides a runway for ongoing research, development and commercialization efforts for CorVista® System, the company’s […]

  • Payers Struggle with Provider Data Management Too

    Eric Demers, CEO of Madaket Health Provider data management is usually discussed from the provider perspective: the busy staff, the needless paperwork amid a pandemic, the faxing, emailing and uploading of data. In these scenarios, the health plans are often painted as the villains for their bureaucratic processes and unique requirements. But the reality is […]

  • How the pandemic transformed primary care for seniors

    Seniors in the U.S. are among the hardest hit by the Covid-19 pandemic and providing them with primary care proved to be a major challenge. But several organizations rose to the occasion, deftly changing their care delivery strategies as the pandemic evolved.

  • The Paradigm Shift That Wasn’t: The ISCHEMIA Trial

    By ANISH KOKA A recent email that arrived in my in-box a few weeks ago from an academic hailed the latest “paradigm shift” in cardiology as it relates to the management of stable angina.  (Stable angina refers to chronic,non-accelerating chest pain with a moderate level of exertion).  The points made in the email were as […]

  • Why Patients, Not EHRs, Deserve our Undivided Attention

    Prayus Tailor, MD, FASN We cannot earn patients’ trust and respect if we are tethered to a computer in the exam room, navigating the EHR concurrent to a visit or otherwise in a hurry to finish so we can return to our office where data entry to the EHR awaits us. ______________________________________________________ I am a […]

  • VR and AR Simulation Medical Training Can Reduce Medical Errors

    Adam Dougherty, MD, MPH Chief Medical Officer, SimX Human error is an inevitable event in the practice of any trade, including healthcare and medicine. The errors made in medicine can have many negative effects for patients and healthcare providers. A study out of Johns Hopkins in 2016 found that medical errors accounted for over 250,000 […]

  • Driverless Cars or Keyboardless EMRs? Which Do We Need Most?

    By HANS DUVEFELT I love cars and dislike computers. My car takes me where I need to go, but it also gives me pleasure along the way. I have had it for just about ten years now and I have driven it almost 300,000 miles. It feels like an extension of me. Everything about it […]

  • 3 Ways to Boost Patient Confidence with Real-Time Contactless Communication

    Ford Blakely, SVP & GM, Medallia Zingle Although the vaccine’s rollout is slowly underway, Covid cases worldwide are continuing to reach all-time highs as new mutations make the virus even more contagious than ever before. Not surprisingly, patients’ concerns about visiting their healthcare providers in the midst of this global pandemic persist, pushing demand for […]

  • 1896 – The Birth of Radiology

    By SAURABH JHA and JEANNE ELKIN Mr. Smith’s pneumonia was clinically shy. He didn’t have a fever. His white blood cells hadn’t increased. The only sign of an infection, other than his cough, was that his lung wasn’t as dark as it should be on the radiograph. The radiologist, taught to see, noticed that the […]

  • The Healing Power of Music in a Physician’s Life

    The Healing Power of Music in a Physician’s Life Playing music was a ritual that passed through generations in my family but it wasn’t until I became a physician that I understood how music could console and bring hope. The Doctor Weighs In

  • Vytalize Health Acquires Patient Financial Experience Platform MedPilot

    What You Should Know: – Vytalize Health acquires patient financial experience platform MedPilot to accelerate data-driven engagement technology to its ACO’s Medicare population. – An alumnus of the Cedars-Sinai Accelerator, MedPilot’s platform has already helped over 1 million patients to date and boasts a 97% patient satisfaction score.   Vytalize Health, a leading provider of value-based […]

  • 98point6 Launches New Virtual Behavioral Health Offering

    What You Should Know: – 98point6 announces the launch of its new virtual behavioral health service – 98point6 Primary Care Plus Behavioral Health. – With primary care at the center, 98point6’s new single-stop virtual care solution helps ensure that every patient is fully supported in their mental health treatment journey. – Currently available to commercial […]

  • Report: 40% of chronically ill Americans delayed care during pandemic

    As of September 2020, about a third of Americans said they delayed or avoided medical care due to the Covid-19 pandemic, according to a new report. That figure shoots up to 40% among Americans with chronic conditions, which means providers need to work harder to assuage patient fears, the authors wrote.

  • Canadian-Based EMR MEDFAR Raises $25M to Expand Into North America

    What You Should Know: – MEDFAR Clinical Solutions, a Montreal-based Electronic Medical Record (EMR) provider in Canada, announced today a minority investment of nearly $25 million led by Walter Capital Partners. – MEDFAR’s cloud-based EMR solutions, MYLE and PLEXIA, are built with physicians in mind. MEDFAR R&D is performed in partnership with doctors and healthcare administration and is […]

  • Can AI Pave the Path to Reducing Physician Burnout?

    Abboud Chaballout, Founder of Diagnoss The timing couldn’t be more critical for us to start making serious headway to reduce the growing problem of burnout among America’s physicians. In 2018, physician burnout was already at an alarming 42%, but that number is growing as COVID-19 cases surge around the country.  While we are at a hopeful place […]

  • Covid-19: A tipping point for EHR innovation

    EHRs have caused a few problems for healthcare but they have paved a path on which we can set out on the journey of healthcare transformation.  Without the existing EHR infrastructure, we’d not only have to map out a path but lay the road while we’re on it. 

  • Nuance Acquires Ambient AI Assistant for Physicians Platform Saykara

    What You Should Know: – Nuance acquires ambient AI healthcare voice assistant Saykara, Inc. to bring complementary AI technology and engineering talent to conversational AI and ambient clinical intelligence market leader. – Kara’s AI-powered healthcare voice assistant can be used during a physician-patient encounter without any voice commands, promising to eliminate up to 100% of […]

  • Tenet ordered to pay $10M+ to fired physicians, restore medical privileges

    Two cardiologists claimed they were fired from Tenet’s Detroit Medical Center for raising concerns about patient care, though the medical center says they were let go for behaving unprofessionally. Following an arbitration process, a federal court in Michigan has ruled that Tenet must pay the physicians $10.6 million and reinstate their medical privileges.

  • Virtual Care in the Post-COVID World: How to Prepare Your Healthcare Environment

    Nicole Muehlenhaus, Senior Product Manager, Ergotron As the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated telehealth adoption, many patients and providers supported the remote-friendly technology. While the big spikes of usage may slow, adoption is still far ahead from where it was pre-pandemic, and we expect that to remain. In fact, the global telehealth market is projected to reach […]

  • Casana Raises $14M to Expand IoT Heart Health Toilet Seat

    What You Should Know: – Casana raises $14M in Series A funding to pursue FDA clearance for its an IoT heart health toilet seat that captures clinically relevant measurements, including heart rate, blood pressure, blood oxygenation, and cardiac output. Casana, previously known as Heart Health Intelligence, Inc., a healthcare technology firm that is re-inventing in-home […]

  • Epic, Galen Healthcare, Chartis Group Named 2020 Overall Best in KLAS Awards

    What You Should Know: – Epic was named the top Overall Software Suite for the eleventh consecutive year in the Best in KLAS 2021 Software & Services report, released today, which reports on the top vendors for 2020. Epic was also named the top Overall Physician Practice Vendor. Galen Healthcare Solutions was named the top Overall IT Services Firm. […]

  • Syapse Lands $68M to Expand Global Precision Oncology Data Sharing Network

    What You Should Know: – Syapse raises 68M in equity investment  led by Ally Bridge Group (ABG), with Northpond Ventures to expand delivery of real-world evidence  through Syapse’s Learning Health Network. – The Syapse Learning Health Network is a global precision oncology data sharing network, improving cancer care across communities by using real-world data to […]

  • Treat in Place: Protecting Nursing Home Patients From Hospital Readmission

    Waseem Ghannam, MD, President, Telehealth Solution A night doctor’s dilemma Five years ago, I was practicing medicine in a rural hospital in North Carolina as a nocturnist, when I received a call from an Emergency Room (ER) doctor. “Hey, it’s Blake. Room 7. Demented. UTI,” he says, and hangs up. I was struck by the […]

  • A New System to Fit A New Economy: How Healthcare Can Recover From COVID-19

    Paula Muto, MD, FACSFounder and CEO, UBERDOC, Inc. We are at a watershed moment. The COVID-19 pandemic has forced us to reevaluate our priorities both economically and with regard to public health. Living with a healthcare system that was created in response to an emergency measure during World War II, US consumers have struggled for […]

  • Why CMS Will Lead the 2021 Kidney Care Revolution

    Chris Riopelle, CEO of Strive Health After an unprecedented year, kidney care providers, including nephrologists, dialysis facilities, and care extenders are expecting 2021 to follow suit. We will see an overhaul in reimbursement and major industry shifts, partly led by CMS, that will require providers to advance their capabilities in a way that will usher […]

  • Cedars Sinai Launches COVID-19 Recovery Program

    What You Should Know: – Patients in the Cedars-Sinai COVID-19 Recovery Program receive a comprehensive in-person evaluation with an expert in infectious diseases or pulmonary medicine who can refer them to a network of specialists. Cedars-Sinai, today announce the launch of the COVID-19 Recovery Program to meet the needs of a growing number of COVID-19 patients who […]

  • From Analog to Digital Neurology: 3 Steps to Better Inform Patient Care

    Dr. Nandor Pinter, Director of Neuroimaging Research, DENT Institute Dr. Murray Gillies, General Manager of Digital Cognitive Dx Venture, Philips The field of neurology is at an inflection point. With a growing aging population, neurologists are facing an increasing number of patients needing care, and the pent-up demand for services due to COVID-19 only exacerbates […]

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

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

  • Aledade Secures $100M for Value-Based Primary Care, Reaching $2.1B Valuation

    What You Should Know: – Aledade raises $100 Million in Series D funding to help more primary care practices thrive in value-based care. – The new funding will power the growth of a nationwide network of more than one million patients by further expanding into Medicare Advantage Contracts. Aledade, a Bethesda, MD-based provider of value-based […]

  • Abbott to Launch App to Track and Report Pain Relief in Chronic Pain Patients

    What You Should Know: – Abbott launches new app, NeuroSphere myPath that will allow patients to record their pain relief during the device trial period with spinal cord stimulation or dorsal root ganglion therapy, simplify reporting outcomes and connect patients to physicians who have real-time access to this data – NeuroSphere myPath will be available […]

  • UnitedHealth Rolls Out Employer Virtual Primary Care Plan

    What You Should Know: – UnitedHealthcare is rolling out a virtual primary care plan for employers that will be powered by telehealth platform Amwell, CNBC first reports. – The virtual primary care plan will allow patients access to physicians with low or no co-pays for routine care via phone or computer. – The virtual primary […]

  • Cerner Leadership Changes, Other Key Executives Hires

    Travis Dalton Dan Devers Cerner announced some leadership changes promoting long-time associates Travis Dalton to Chief Client & Services Officer and Dan Devers to Chief Legal Counsel. After long, respected, meaningful careers at Cerner, John Peterzalek and Randy Sims will be departing. Cognoa, the leading pediatric behavioral health company developing diagnostic and therapeutic solutions for children living with […]

  • FCC Unveils 14 Initial Projects Selected for $100M Connected Care Pilot Program

    What You Should Know: – FCC announces initial 14 pilot project selected for $100M Connected Care Pilot Program that will support connected care service across the country and focus on low-income and veteran patients. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) today announced an initial set of 14 pilot projects with over 150 treatment sites in 11 […]

  • Modernizing Medicine Acquires Orthopedic EHR Platform Exscribe – M&A

    What You Should Know: – Modernizing Medicine announced it has acquired orthopedics EHR vendor Exscribe bringing together two of the healthcare industry’s leading, all-in-one orthopedic EHR vendors. – As part of the acquisition, Exscribe Founder and CEO, Dr. Sachdev and other members of the Exscribe team will be joining Modernizing Medicine. Specialty-specific EHR provider Modernizing […]

  • Why Hospitals Should Act Now to Create Clinical AI Departments

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

  • 4 Quick Tips for Getting COVID-19 Claims Paid Promptly

    Lillian Phelps, Sr. Director of Product Management, Availity As the COVID-19 pandemic has gripped the world, many providers have adopted an all-hands-on-deck approach and mentality for treating COVID-19 patients, stretching their resources to the breaking point.  We have heard about the frontline heroes who have sacrificed their own health and safety to treat patients and, […]

  • The bot will see you now

    Using natural-language processing and speech recognition technologies, startups are now creating chat-bots and other apps that can, to a remarkable extent, accurately replicate the experience of chatting with a receptionist or nurse.

  • UnitedHealth Group Acquires Change Healthcare to Combine with OptumInsight for $13B

    What You Should Know: – UnitedHealth Group has reached an agreement to acquire Change Healthcare in a deal valued at more than $13 billion, marking the first major acquisition of 2021. – Change Healthcare will be combined with OptumInsight to advance a more modern, information, and technology-enabled healthcare platform. UnitedHealth Group’s has reached an agreement […]

  • UCHealth Taps Conversa Health to Track COVID-19 Vaccine Effects on Frontline Healthcare Workers

    What You Should Know: – Conversa Health’s COVID-19 programs now include patient monitoring pre- and post-vaccination, education on vaccines, and appointment reminders. – Healthcare workers at UCHealth in Colorado are receiving 24/7 monitoring of vital signs two days before and seven days after receiving their vaccinations courtesy of Conversa Health. Conversa Health, a Portland, OR-based […]

  • 30 Executives Share Top Healthcare Predictions & Trends to Watch in 2021

    As we close out the year, we asked several healthcare executives to share their predictions and trends for 2021. Kimberly Powell, Vice President & General Manager, NVIDIA Healthcare Federated Learning: The clinical community will increase their use of federated learning approaches to build robust AI models across various institutions, geographies, patient demographics, and medical scanners. The sensitivity and […]

  • Patient-First Model: High Tech Meets High Touch for Individuals with Rare Disorders

    Donovan Quill, President and CEO, Optime Care Industry experts state that orphan drugs will be a major trend to watch in the years ahead, accounting for almost 40% of the Food and Drug Administration approvals this year. This market has become more competitive in the past few years, increasing the potential for reduced costs and broader patient accessibility. […]

  • Making EHRs more like a butler by serving the needs of clinicians

    Healthcare leaders can continue to wait for the government to enact and enforce IT changes that may or may not serve the needs of clinicians. Or, they can embrace proven solutions today that make their EHRs a bit more like a good butler – and serve the needs of clinicians.

  • Gaps in Clinical Communication, Document Exchange Lead to Gaps in Care

    John Harrison, Chief Commercial Officer of Concord Technologies Communication problems and inadequate information flow are two of the most common root causes of medical errors. The potential for miscommunication and faulty exchange of information in healthcare is substantial.  Consider: patient information is dispersed among multiple providers and payers along the continuum of care. Electronic Health […]

  • Catching up on care post Covid-19 requires ‘digital compassion’

    In addition to human empathy, we are also seeing a new “digital compassion” emerging as healthcare providers work to support patients in need during this uncertain time. Showing this kind of compassion has become easier as technology becomes more advanced and patient-centric in response to the pandemic.

  • 3 Patient Lessons: What Cancer Patients Teach Me

    By YASMIN ASVAT An estimated 1.8 million people in this country may face a cancer diagnosis this year, in what has already been a bleak year of isolation and loss.   While news of the COVID-19 vaccine rolling out across the U.S. offers hope in a year of 311,000 deaths,  11 million  people face the financial pressure of unemployment, and, approximately 43 percent of […]

  • For Better Patient Care Coordination, We Need Seamless Digital Communications

    Catherine Thomas: Co-Founder and VP, Customer Engagement, careMESH  Peter Tippett MD, PhD: Founder and CEO, careMESH A recent Advisory Board briefing examined the annual Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Readmission penalties.  Of the 3,080 hospitals CMS evaluated, 83% received a penalty for payments to be made in 2021, based on expected outcomes for a […]

  • M&A: Philips Acquires Remote Cardiac Monitoring BioTelemetry for $2.8B

    What You Should Know: – Philips acquires BioTelemetry, a U.S. provider of remote cardiac diagnostics and monitoring for $72.00 per share for an implied enterprise value of $2.8 billion (approx. EUR 2.3 billion). – With $439M in revenue in 2019, BioTelemetry annually monitors over 1 million cardiac patients remotely; its portfolio includes wearable heart monitors, […]

  • Two Surgeons—a Veteran and a Newcomer—Talk Fighting COVID Burnout

    By MICHAEL E. LIPKIN and RUSSELL S. TERRY, JR. Burnout has always been a concern in medicine, and that concern has been amplified by the added stress of COVID-19. Many months into an unpredictable and distressing situation, we have both hung on to our mental health and professional passion by seeking out strategies that work […]

  • Getting healthcare enterprise AI data to deliver

    When we talk about artificial intelligence, the truth is most physicians aren’t using it.What we need now is for developers and tech executives to stop designing theoretical solutions, and instead place physicians, patients, and specific clinical needs at the center of their solutions.

  • Medical Device Design: 4 Ways Designers Can Create Medical Devices That Work for Everyone

    Stuart Karten, Founder/President, Karten Design Medical device design has been going through sweeping changes over the last decade.  Ten years ago, medical device companies weren’t concerned with delivering consumer-level design: Devices that are both attractive and intuitively easy to use by a wide variety of users.  Then the Affordable Care Act was passed, and adherence […]

  • Elation Health lands $40M in new funding round

    The technology provider for independent primary care practices plans to use the new funds to further invest in its core platform and add new solutions, such as billing and patient collections capabilities.

  • Banner Health, WellSpan, Others Invest in Virtual Maternity Care Platform Babyscripts

    What You Should Know: – Virtual maternity care platform Babyscripts announced a new round of investments from Banner Health, CU Healthcare Innovation Fund, The Froedtert & Medical College of Wisconsin Health Network, and WellSpan Health – Using internet-connected devices for remote monitoring, Babyscripts offers risk-specific experiences to allow providers to manage up to 90% of […]

  • CRAZY AMERICA: Health Insurance Covers Testing When You Are Well But Not When You Are Sick

    By HANS DUVEFELT Insurance is the wrong word for what we have here. Our private health insurance system’s prioritization of sometimes frivolous screenings but non-coverage for common illnesses and emergencies is a travesty and an insult to typical American middle class families. State Medicaid insurance for the underemployed has minimal copays of just a few dollars […]

  • Cerner Invests in Elligo to Make Clinical Trials Accessible for Health Systems of All Sizes

    What You Should Know: – Cerner announced a strategic investment in Elligo Health Research, a leading research organization that enables clinical trials with nationwide community-based health care practices. – Cerner plans to expand the data and tools available in the Cerner Learning Health Network to offer additional clinical trial resources to community and rural hospitals […]

  • 4 Actions to Elevate the Patient Experience and Spark Growth

    What You Should Know: – According to a new report from Accenture, 2 out of 3 patients are likely to switch to a new healthcare provider if their expectations for managing COVID-19 are not met, including sanitary and safety protocols, access to up-to-date information, and the availability of virtual care options. –  Accenture identified four ways to improve the patient experience, and therefore your path to recovery, during, and […]

  • MEDITECH Launches New Subscription-Based Cloud Platform Built on Google Cloud

    What You Should Know: – Today, MEDITECH announced MEDITECH Cloud Platform—a suite of solutions available to healthcare organizations of all sizes that further extend the possibilities of the Expanse EHR. – This offering includes: Expanse NOW, High Availability SnapShot, and Virtual Care solutions, all created to work naturally in the cloud, and available through a […]

  • Virtual Engagement During COVID Pushes Paradigm Shift for Physician Training and Patient Care

    Shalini Shah, MD is Vice-Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care, and Enterprise Director of Pain Services, UC Irvine Health The dominant presence of COVID-19 has not meant the absence of cancer, ear infections, heart attacks, chronic pain, or other illnesses that need attention and care. Physicians have continued treatment for all […]

  • M&A: CarepathRx Acquires Pharmacy Operations of Chartwell from UPMC for $400M

    What You Should Know: – CarepathRx will acquire the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center’s pharmacy operations in a $400M deal. – The company fully integrates pharmacy operations, expands healthcare services, improves ambulatory access, minimizes clinical variation and creates new health system revenue streams. – CarepathRx serves more than 15 health systems and 600 hospitals, with […]

  • M&A: CompuGroup Medical Acquires eMDs for $240M

    What You Should Know: – CompuGroup Medical (CGM) acquires eMDs, Inc. (eMDs), a leading provider of healthcare IT with a focus on doctors’ practices in the US, reaching an attractive size in the biggest healthcare market worldwide. – CGM is building an attractive platform for future growth through complementary product portfolios and the ability to […]

  • 3 Key Solutions to Fighting Stress In the Medical Field

    As you read this, doctors are on the frontlines fighting a global pandemic. Lives depend on their skills and expertise, but what often gets overlooked is the fact that doctors are still prone to stress. Sure enough, according to a report by Medscape, more than 42% of physicians across various specialties say they are burned […]

  • The Art of Listening: Beyond the Chief Complaint

    By HANS DUVEFELT A doctor’s schedule as typical EMR templates see it only has “Visit Types”: New Patient, 15 minute, 30 minute. But as clinicians we like to know more than that. One patient may have a brand new worrisome problem we must start evaluating from scratch, while another is just coming in for a […]

  • Why we need a wholistic approach to behavioral health

    I’m not proud to say that in the past, I’ve played a role in cutting behavioral health programs in an effort to navigate budget constraints and mitigate financial losses. But my perspective as a finance executive is not what it used to be.

  • Providence Taps Nuance to Develop AI-Powered Integrated Clinical Intelligence

    What You Should Know: – Nuance Communications, Inc. and one of the country’s largest health systems, Providence, announced a strategic collaboration, supported by Microsoft, dedicated to creating better patient experiences and ease clinician burden. – The collaboration centers around Providence harnessing Nuance’s AI-powered solutions to securely and automatically capture patient-clinician conversations. – As part of […]

  • Amwell Launches New Offerings to Increase Doctor-to-Patient Virtual Connectivity

    What You Should Know: – Amwell just announced some new offerings Amwell Now, Touchpoint Tablet software, and C500 to help increase doctor-to-patient virtual connections as patient and doctor preferences change in light of the pandemic. – The new solutions (a quick-to-deploy video visit offering, new tablet software, and a telemedicine cart) are designed to be […]

  • Mobile Point-of-Care Ultrasound Is Now A Frontline Warrior in Pandemic

    Diku Mandavia, M.D., SVP, Chief Medical Officer at FUJIFILM Sonosite Health authorities need to prioritize delivery and the repurposing of mobile point-of-care ultrasound machines which have proven to be reliable, affordable, and effective in saving the lives of coronavirus patients.   Most Americans are familiar with ultrasound technology from the scans done to check on the […]

  • Tampa General to Launch Healthcare Innovation Venture Fund in Q1 2021

    What You Should Know: – Tampa General Hospital announces its plan to launch a new healthcare innovation venture fund to improve the quality and access to care across the Tampa/St. Pete metro area in Q1 2021. – Through TGH InnoVentures, Tampa General will partner with Embarc Collective, Tampa Bay’s innovation hub and education nonprofit dedicated […]

  • How RPA Can Help Get COVID-19 Vaccines to High-Risk Patients First

    Ram Sathia, VP of Intelligent Automation at PK While most of the public’s attention is focused on the horse race for an approved COVID-19 vaccine, another major hurdle lies just around the corner: the distribution of hundreds of millions of vaccine doses. In today’s highly complex and disconnected health data landscape, technologies like AI, Machine […]

  • How Data-Driven Technology Holds The Promise of Better Outcomes for Vascular Patients

    Abbott recently released global research on vascular patient care, designed to shine a light on the vascular patient journey. The report called “Beyond Intervention” uncovers the universal challenges faced by physicians who deliver vascular care, their patients, and the hospital administrators who support them. It also explores how the right use of technology and data […]

  • AI Leads Way to Less False Positives on Remote Cardiac Monitoring Devices, Improved Results

    What You Should Know: – Cardiac patients and their cardiologists are experiencing a high number of false positives with remote patient monitoring devices as a result of signal artifact providing inaccurate data, which can lead to many complications—other than medical, such as unnecessary tests and increased medical costs. – Ambulatory cardiac monitoring provider InfoBionic has […]