As telehealth becomes mainstream, seniors will be forced to adapt – but we as healthcare providers have a duty to make this process as seamless as possible, so one of our most vulnerable populations does not get left behind.
In order to gain insight into how organizations are thinking about digitizing medical documents and the strategy behind those decisions, we’re conducting a brief survey of the MedCity News audience and will publish a report based on this survey’s findings.
What 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… Read More »OpenLoop Raises $3M to Expand Digital Health Marketplace for Clinicians
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… Read More »The Pain Is In Your Brain: Your Knees Know Next to Nothing
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… Read More »Health2047 Spins Out Emergence Healthcare Group to Empower Independent Physician Practices
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… Read More »PHINs: Addressing the Fundamental Flaws that Have Broken Healthcare
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… Read More »Q1 2021 Health IT/Digital Health PC/VE, M&A, IPOs/ SPACs Activity
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… Read More »TytoCare & GIVA Care Partner to Bring Telehealth to Ukraine
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… Read More »How CMS final rule will impact E/M coding and documentation requirements
Not So Intelligent Design: The Bible, Darwin and the Trouble-making Appendix An anesthesiologist points to the useless, troublesome appendix as he explains why he favors the theory of natural selection over creationism. The Doctor Weighs In
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… Read More »Time and Goals Should Drive Your Post-COVID-19 Care Management Strategy
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… Read More »Doxepin, a Little Known Super Drug in My Personal Black Bag of Tricks
Though a majority of healthcare workers believe that the pandemic is at least somewhat under control now, about half still feel anxious or burned out when going to work, a new survey shows. Pandemic-related stress has also given rise to physical issues among healthcare workers,… Read More »Poll: About half of healthcare workers feel burned out, anxious when going to work
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… Read More »Does Telemedicine Impede or Help the Patient-Centered Medical Home?
If we don’t prioritize solutions now, the healthcare digital divide may present more widespread national and international challenges.
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… Read More »How a Virtual Care Mindset Leads to Greater Patient Acceptance and Sustainable Telehealth Growth
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… Read More »The Art of the Chart: Documenting the Timeline
U.S. Anesthesia Partners has filed lawsuits against UnitedHealthcare in Colorado and Texas, accusing the payer of forcing it out of network and intentionally interfering with its relationships with providers in those states. But, according to UnitedHealthcare, the lawsuits are an attempt to get the insurer… Read More »Lawsuit: Like a “boa constrictor,” UnitedHealthcare squeezed anesthesia group out of competition
Playing Poker With the Devil: “Prior Authorizations” are Paralyzing Patients and Burning out Providers
By HANS DUVEFELT The faxes keep coming in, sometimes several at a time. “Your (Medicare) patient has received a temporary supply, but the drug you prescribed is not on our formulary or the dose is exceeding our limits.” Well, which is it? Nine times out of… Read More »Playing Poker With the Devil: “Prior Authorizations” are Paralyzing Patients and Burning out Providers
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… Read More »Family of Dr. Lorna Breen pushes for mental health protections for physicians
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… Read More »SOC Telemed Acquires Access Physicians for $194M to Form Largest Acute Telemedicine Provider
“I Don’t Do Windows” Says the Maid. “I Don’t Do Machines” Says this Doctor – “But I Do Nudge Therapy”
By HANS DUVEFELT The hackneyed windows phrase, about what a domestic employee will and will not do for an employer, represents a concept that applies to the life of a doctor, too. Personally, I have to do Windows, the default computer system of corporate America,… Read More »“I Don’t Do Windows” Says the Maid. “I Don’t Do Machines” Says this Doctor – “But I Do Nudge Therapy”
Early Experiences with Death Informed a Physician’s Choices about Life Early experiences with death, including the failure to revive a drowned fisherman, spurred a young man to become a doctor. The Doctor Weighs In
Contactless check-in is not a new concept. Many consumer-focused industries, such as hospitality, have been utilizing this technology for years — including mobile check-in and checkout, keyless entry, and more — to enhance the guest experience.
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… Read More »NeoGenomics Acquires Precision Oncology Platform Trapelo Health for $65M
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… Read More »Evidation Health Nabs $153M to Expand Virtual Health Programs
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… Read More »The Art of Clinical Decision Making: Friday Afternoon Dilemmas
Pediatric Airway Emergency! An Anesthesiologist’s Life, a Father’s Nightmare The orderly progression of cases in the OR is interrupted when an l-year-old is rushed in, mottled and limp, from a pediatric airway emergency The Doctor Weighs In
While Covid-19 requires physicians and hospitals to be more efficient than ever, a number of legal structures must be considered before providers consolidate their resources. To optimize patient care and ensure rapid payment for services, avoid running afoul of these sometimes counterintuitive regulatory schemes.
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… Read More »The Art of Asking: What Else is Going on?
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… Read More »Why A Smart Command Center Requires A Health Cloud Platform
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… Read More »The Art of Listening: When the Inner Voice Whispers
In a lawsuit filed three years ago, Aetna alleged that Mednax had overbilled for medical procedures and services. Now, the insurer is accusing the medical group of destroying evidence pertaining to the suit and has asked a federal court to sanction Mednax.
Perchance to Dream: Suicidal Teen Shapes a Doctor’s Perceptions of Despair Recollections of caring for a suicidal teen with a devastating self-inflicted gunshot wound leads a physician to reflect on his own life. The Doctor Weighs In
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… Read More »Innovative, Non-Invasive Technologies Advanced Earlier Detection & Monitoring of Liver Disease
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… Read More »CorVista Health Nabs $65M for Non-Invasive Cardiac Diagnostic Platform
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… Read More »Payers Struggle with Provider Data Management Too
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.
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… Read More »The Paradigm Shift That Wasn’t: The ISCHEMIA Trial
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… Read More »Why Patients, Not EHRs, Deserve our Undivided Attention
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… Read More »VR and AR Simulation Medical Training Can Reduce Medical Errors
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.… Read More »Driverless Cars or Keyboardless EMRs? Which Do We Need Most?
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… Read More »3 Ways to Boost Patient Confidence with Real-Time Contactless Communication
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… Read More »1896 – The Birth of Radiology
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
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%… Read More »Vytalize Health Acquires Patient Financial Experience Platform MedPilot
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… Read More »98point6 Launches New Virtual Behavioral Health Offering
Addressing the missing link in value-based care: Timely, contextualized data in the workflow [Sponsored]
In an interview, Holon Solutions CEO Jon Zimmerman shared some insights on his 40-year career and how his experience aided the development of Holon’s approach to precision information delivery.
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… Read More »Report: 40% of chronically ill Americans delayed care during pandemic
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… Read More »Canadian-Based EMR MEDFAR Raises $25M to Expand Into North America
Of all populations, our veterans need—and deserve—the best quality care available. Virtual care technology and remote monitoring devices are easy to implement, cost-effective solutions that remove barriers and make that care possible.
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… Read More »Can AI Pave the Path to Reducing Physician Burnout?
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… Read More »Covid-19: A tipping point for EHR innovation
Paging Dr. Burnout: How to alleviate physician administrative burden and still reach value-based care goals
Engaging and listening to physician leadership early and often can make the VBC transition smoother and less complex over time for both providers and payers.
The Office of the Inspector General will audit Medicare Part B telehealth services to detect potential vulnerabilities and ensure compliance with regulatory requirements. To prepare, providers must first take stock of their programs and conduct audits of their own, experts say.
We need health systems to improve teamwork and communication by implementing clear processes that are supported by user-friendly platforms.
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… Read More »Nuance Acquires Ambient AI Assistant for Physicians Platform Saykara
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… Read More »Tenet ordered to pay $10M+ to fired physicians, restore medical privileges
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.… Read More »Virtual Care in the Post-COVID World: How to Prepare Your Healthcare Environment
Every patient who could benefit should be armed with the sophisticated and validated technologies currently available to monitor key biometrics at home to alert patients and their clinicians of abnormalities and opportunities for early intervention.
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… Read More »Casana Raises $14M to Expand IoT Heart Health Toilet Seat
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… Read More »Epic, Galen Healthcare, Chartis Group Named 2020 Overall Best in KLAS Awards
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,… Read More »Syapse Lands $68M to Expand Global Precision Oncology Data Sharing Network
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,”… Read More »Treat in Place: Protecting Nursing Home Patients From Hospital Readmission
Taking your clinician expertise and applying it to the business world might reduce your sense of burnout and rekindle the love you feel for medicine.
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… Read More »A New System to Fit A New Economy: How Healthcare Can Recover From COVID-19
Concert Health, a San Diego-based behavioral health startup that partners with primary care providers, raised $14 million in series A funding.
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… Read More »Why CMS Will Lead the 2021 Kidney Care Revolution
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… Read More »Cedars Sinai Launches COVID-19 Recovery Program
The solution will connect providers with social services organizations, enabling the secure exchange of messages, referrals and personal health information. The FHIR-based technology can help providers factor in social determinants of health when caring for their patients.
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… Read More »From Analog to Digital Neurology: 3 Steps to Better Inform Patient Care
Dr. Fauci stressed that whether humanity can root out the novel coronavirus depends on whether a robust global vaccine campaign can be launched such that cheaper and easily deliverable vaccines can be distributed en masse.
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… Read More »Onyx, AMA Innovations Form Collaboration to Build FHIR-Based Messaging
Cybersecurity will continue to be a major issue for providers in the year ahead. According to CareJourney President Aneesh Chopra, the most common factors putting providers at risk are their employees and being unable to track data flow.
The company partners with independent practices, health centers and clinics to establish primary care-focused accountable care organizations.
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… Read More »Aledade Secures $100M for Value-Based Primary Care, Reaching $2.1B Valuation
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… Read More »Abbott to Launch App to Track and Report Pain Relief in Chronic Pain Patients
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… Read More »UnitedHealth Rolls Out Employer Virtual Primary Care Plan
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… Read More »Cerner Leadership Changes, Other Key Executives Hires
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… Read More »FCC Unveils 14 Initial Projects Selected for $100M Connected Care Pilot Program
The video-sharing giant is partnering with providers and groups, like Mayo Clinic and the American Public Health Association, to create evidence-based health content. YouTube has also added CVS Health’s former chief community health officer to lead those efforts.
The CEOs of Pfizer, Moderna, McKesson and CVS Health explained that the distribution effort has gone well but the administration of the vaccine has now to catch up. They expect it to happen soon.
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… Read More »Modernizing Medicine Acquires Orthopedic EHR Platform Exscribe – M&A
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… Read More »Why Hospitals Should Act Now to Create Clinical AI Departments
What You Should Know: – Frenova Renal Research, a global division of Fresenius Medical Care, announced today that it has started to enroll patients in its new endeavor to build the world’s largest genomics registry targeting kidney disease. – The registry will be used to help… Read More »Frenova Begins Patient Enrollment to Build World’s Largest Genomics Registry for Kidney Disease
The lack of access to personal protective equipment is an ongoing issue in the U.S., particularly among smaller, non-hospital facilities. But doctor-led PPE collection and distribution groups are tackling the problem head on.
A grand jury indicted Surgical Care Affiliates, a network of surgical centers and hospitals owned by UnitedHealthcare, for agreeing with competitors not to poach top-level talent.
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… Read More »4 Quick Tips for Getting COVID-19 Claims Paid Promptly
East Carolina University’s Brody School of Medicine is one great example of medical schools that you may not know about but that are doing a very fine job training our next generation of patient-centered, compassionate caretakers in medicine.
Most Americans plans to use telehealth after the pandemic, according to a survey conducted by the Harris Poll. While most respondents were comfortable using virtual visits, they were also keen on keeping in-person visits with their doctor.
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.
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,… Read More »UnitedHealth Group Acquires Change Healthcare to Combine with OptumInsight for $13B
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… Read More »UCHealth Taps Conversa Health to Track COVID-19 Vaccine Effects on Frontline Healthcare Workers
By HANS DUVEFELT I sometimes tell patients “I work for the government”, but sometimes I say the opposite, “I work for you”. Herein lies a dichotomy that is eating away at primary care in this country, like a slow growing cancer. I suspect everybody is… Read More »Quality in Healthcare: Cultural Competence, Diagnostic Accuracy or Patronizing Insensitivity?
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… Read More »30 Executives Share Top Healthcare Predictions & Trends to Watch in 2021
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,… Read More »Patient-First Model: High Tech Meets High Touch for Individuals with Rare Disorders
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… Read More »Making EHRs more like a butler by serving the needs of clinicians
AR tools will see a massive boost in 2021 after a year in which its star grew. Here are some more trends that are poised to make 2021 a meaningful year for healthcare.
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… Read More »Gaps in Clinical Communication, Document Exchange Lead to Gaps in Care
Covid-19 provided everyone with a rare example of why it is so vital to communicate end-of-life wishes in a clear and easily accessible way.
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… Read More »Catching up on care post Covid-19 requires ‘digital compassion’
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… Read More »3 Patient Lessons: What Cancer Patients Teach Me
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… Read More »For Better Patient Care Coordination, We Need Seamless Digital Communications
By HANS DUVEFELT, MD Growing up in Sweden without a Thanksgiving holiday, Christmas has been a time for me to reflect on where I am and where I have been and New Year’s is when I look forward. I have written different kinds of Christmas reflections before:… Read More »A Christmas Message to All Physicians From a Swedish-American Country Doctor in Maine
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… Read More »M&A: Philips Acquires Remote Cardiac Monitoring BioTelemetry for $2.8B
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… Read More »Two Surgeons—a Veteran and a Newcomer—Talk Fighting COVID Burnout
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.
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… Read More »Medical Device Design: 4 Ways Designers Can Create Medical Devices That Work for Everyone
As hospitals across the country weather a surge of Covid-19 patients, in Seattle — an […]
The future of precision medicine will come only as quickly as doctors can pick out clinically useful information from the genetic data being gathered on their patients.
CityBlock Health, a startup focusing on providing care to Medicaid and dual-eligible patients, raised $160 million in funding. The Alphabet-spinout plans to use the funds to reach more patients and build out its digital care offerings.
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.
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… Read More »Banner Health, WellSpan, Others Invest in Virtual Maternity Care Platform Babyscripts
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… Read More »CRAZY AMERICA: Health Insurance Covers Testing When You Are Well But Not When You Are Sick
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… Read More »Cerner Invests in Elligo to Make Clinical Trials Accessible for Health Systems of All Sizes
Interactive, cloud-based video games are designed to tackle pharma’s current challenge: engaging doctors virtually during a pandemic. But the tools are likely to outlive the circumstances in which they were born.
As part of our conferences and to augment panel discussions and presentations, we are launching MedCity News: Spotlight to use video to tell the story of important companies, executives and healthcare initiatives.
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… Read More »4 Actions to Elevate the Patient Experience and Spark Growth
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… Read More »MEDITECH Launches New Subscription-Based Cloud Platform Built on Google Cloud
The final physician payment rule for next year includes changes to the list of telehealth services covered by Medicare and updated payment policies for remote physiologic monitoring.
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… Read More »Virtual Engagement During COVID Pushes Paradigm Shift for Physician Training and Patient Care
Northwestern University researchers developed an AI system that analyzes patients’ chest X-rays to identify Covid-19. A study shows it can classify the images faster and with slightly higher accuracy than radiologists.
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… Read More »M&A: CarepathRx Acquires Pharmacy Operations of Chartwell from UPMC for $400M
CMS has finalized changes to the Physician Self-Referral Law, also known as Stark Law. Healthcare law experts say that these changes will generally make it easier for hospitals and physicians to remain in compliance with the statute.
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… Read More »M&A: CompuGroup Medical Acquires eMDs for $240M
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… Read More »3 Key Solutions to Fighting Stress In the Medical Field
Recent efforts to improve transparency haven’t made much of a difference, one author noted. But earlier reforms made a dent the “most egregious” practices.
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… Read More »The Art of Listening: Beyond the Chief Complaint
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.
The resource includes services and access to a data analytics platform that can help providers identify and address social factors affecting the health of the populations they serve.
Independent practices are grappling with increasing technology costs, regulatory requirements, and tighter margins and now may be an opportune time to consider exiting.
What You Should Know: – Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation awards Caption Health a $4.5M grant to support the development of an AI-guided lung ultrasound system. – The grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will be leveraged to create new AI technology that… Read More »Gates Foundation Awards Caption Health $4.95M Grant to Develop AI-Guided Lung Ultrasound System
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… Read More »Providence Taps Nuance to Develop AI-Powered Integrated Clinical Intelligence
The greatest issue that must be addressed is also the elephant in the room: reducing the administrative burden on physicians.
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… Read More »Amwell Launches New Offerings to Increase Doctor-to-Patient Virtual Connectivity
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… Read More »Mobile Point-of-Care Ultrasound Is Now A Frontline Warrior in Pandemic
Physician Compensation 2020: How Much Money Do U.S. Doctors Make Per Year? Doximity’s Physician Compensation report revealed that income growth slowed and the gender wage gap grew in 2020 due to the pandemic.. The Doctor Weighs In
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… Read More »Tampa General to Launch Healthcare Innovation Venture Fund in Q1 2021
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… Read More »How RPA Can Help Get COVID-19 Vaccines to High-Risk Patients First
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… Read More »How Data-Driven Technology Holds The Promise of Better Outcomes for Vascular Patients
A new survey of U.S. physicians shows that they have differing views on how the payer market needs to evolve, but a vast majority agree that affordable insurance is necessary to provide access to high-quality care while reducing costs.
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… Read More »AI Leads Way to Less False Positives on Remote Cardiac Monitoring Devices, Improved Results
Hospitals and physician practices are struggling to regain firm financial footing, and though there have been some recoveries, the landscape continues to be uncertain for these entities, according to reports from healthcare consultancy Kauffman Hall.
What You Should Know: – Mayo Clinic announced a collaboration with Vocalis Health to to research and develop new voice-based tools for screening, detecting and monitoring patient health, beginning with a study to identify vocal biomarkers to detect pulmonary hypertension (PH). – The clinical validation… Read More »Mayo Clinic Launches Vocal Biomarker Study for Pulmonary Hypertension Detection
Burnout: The Experience of Women In Medicine During COVID-19 Women in medicine are faced with heightened demands and lower than normal resources during the COVID pandemic. This can lead to burnout, The Doctor Weighs In
After alarming data showed that 865,000 women dropped of the workforce in September alone, new data from Doximity showed the pay gap between male and female doctors is widening.
What You Should Know: – Human API, the consumer-controlled health data platform announced it has closed a Series C round of $20M+ this week. – Human API’s consumer-controlled platform gives users a streamlined means of accessing and sharing their personal health records with physicians, trusted… Read More »Human API Raises $20M+ to Scale User-Controlled Health Data Ecosystem
What You Should Know: – Nuance Communications, Inc. announced the Kettering Health Network has selected ED Guidance for Nuance Dragon Medical Advisor. – This AI-powered computer-assisted physician documentation (CAPD) solution will help reduce physicians’ administrative burden while lowering the risk of adverse safety events, missing… Read More »Kettering Health to Deploy Nuance’s AI-Driven Physician Documentation for ED
What You Should Know: – Doctor On Demand and CareLinx, one of the largest professional networks for in-home care, have announced a collaboration to bring in-home virtual care services to CareLinx clients. – At a time when seniors have been encouraged to stay home to… Read More »CareLinx, Doctor on Demand Partner to Bring In-Home Virtual Care to Seniors
What You Should Know: – Cohere Health partners with health insurer Humana to modernize the prior authorization process for musculoskeletal treatment across 12 states. – In addition, the company has closed an additional $10M in funding led by Flare Capital Partners and Define Venture, bringing… Read More »Humana Taps Cohere Health to Modernize Prior Authorizations for Musculoskeletal Treatment
The COVID-19 pandemic has forever changed patient expectations for healthcare delivery, including offered services and health office operations. Although health systems have remained dynamic in adopting telehealth capabilities, their long-term capital, like real estate and supply chain management (SCM) protocols, have not adapted to match… Read More »5 Trends Driving The Future of Healthcare Real Estate in 2020 & Beyond
What You Should Know: – Today, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina partners with Carrot Inc. and Virta Health to help address two of the largest ongoing health issues facing Americans today – smoking and type 2 diabetes. – Virta and Carrot’s programs… Read More »Blue Cross NC Launches No-Cost Virtual Programs to Quit Smoking and Reverse Diabetes
Fred Lizza, CEO at Statum Systems Clinicians in healthcare settings typically have information coming at them from all directions, at all times, and often with little distinction as to the level of urgency. It makes for inefficiency and confusion for today’s busy doctor. In today’s… Read More »Making the Case: Why Pagers and Smartphones Should Wed
Kelly Patrick, Principal Analyst at Signify Research Without a doubt 2020 has been a devastating year for many; the impact of COVID-19 on both personal lives and businesses has had long-term consequences. At the end of September, the number of COVID-19 cases fell just short… Read More »The Future of the ICU? How Clinical Decision Support Is Advancing Care
Amwell, a national telehealth leader, released the results of its annual Physician and Consumer Survey. The results show physicians and consumers expect to use telehealth more often following COVID-19 than they did before the pandemic. Telehealth usage is up considerably in 2020, with 22% of consumers… Read More »From Virtual Care to Hybrid Care: COVID-19 and the Future of Healthcare
What You Should Know: – 65% of patients say they will wait to receive the forthcoming COVID-19 vaccine even if it becomes available before the end, according to a new Medisafe survey. – Consumers cited greater trust in Dr. Anthony Fauci and established protocols as… Read More »Consumers Cite Trump as Leading Driver of COVID-19 Vaccine Skepticism
What You Should Know: – Nuance Communications, Inc. announced the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is using the Nuance Dragon Medical One speech recognition cloud platform and its mobile app, PowerMic Mobile. – The solution helps VA doctors better document patient care in-person, and now… Read More »Veterans Affairs Expands Telehealth Services Using Nuance Dragon Medical One
98point6 App What You Should Know: – On-demand text-based primary care platform 98point6 raises $118M in Series E funding to further invest in research and development and expand its robust medical practice. – 98point6 offers patients easy access to primary care in the same way… Read More »98point6 Lands $118M to Expand Text-Based Primary Care Platform
Health Professionals Are Tomorrow’s Health Journalists. Here is a Code of Ethics to Guide Us and Trump’s White House Doctor.
By MIKE MAGEE The patient/health-professional relationship is fundamentally grounded in science and trust, and involves the exchange of compassion, understanding and partnership. The Covid-19 pandemic has challenged this relationship by acutely increasing the nation’s burden of disease, creating new barriers to face-to-face contact, and injecting… Read More »Health Professionals Are Tomorrow’s Health Journalists. Here is a Code of Ethics to Guide Us and Trump’s White House Doctor.
Health Professionals Are Tomorrow’s Health Journalists. Here is a Code of Ethics to Guide Us and Trump’s White House Doctor.
By MIKE MAGEE The patient/health-professional relationship is fundamentally grounded in science and trust, and involves the exchange of compassion, understanding and partnership. The Covid-19 pandemic has challenged this relationship by acutely increasing the nation’s burden of disease, creating new barriers to face-to-face contact, and injecting… Read More »Health Professionals Are Tomorrow’s Health Journalists. Here is a Code of Ethics to Guide Us and Trump’s White House Doctor.
What You Should Know: – Curation Health raises an undisclosed Series A round of funding to accelerate the adoption of its advanced clinical decision support platform. – Curation Health provides an advanced clinical decision support platform for providers and health plans that aids in managing… Read More »Curation Health Raises Series A Funding for Clinical Decision Support Platform
Roland Therriault, President, InSync Healthcare Solutions Since COVID-19 emerged as a major health threat, virtual care has taken off. As many as 46% of patients reported in late April that they had used telehealth to replace a canceled healthcare visit in 2020, while 48% of… Read More »Getting Beyond the Telehealth ‘Stop-Gap’ Mentality
What You Should Know: – NVIDIA and Massachusetts General Brigham Hospital researchers develop an AI model that determines whether a person showing up in the emergency room with COVID-19 symptoms will need supplemental oxygen hours or even days after an initial exam. – The ultimate… Read More »NVIDIA Develops AI Model to Accurately Predict Oxygen Needs for COVID-19 Patients
What You Should Know: – NIH awards funding for Rare and Atypical Diabetes Network, or RADIANT that will seek to discover the cause of several unusual forms of diabetes. – RADIANT plans to screen about 2,000 people with unknown or atypical forms of diabetes that… Read More »NIH Funds First Nationwide Rare and Atypical Diabetes Network
By HANS DUVEFELT Interviewing celebrities can make you a celebrity yourself, and it can make you very rich. So there’s got to be something to it or it would be a commodity. The world of media certainly recognizes the special skill it takes to get… Read More »Physicians’ Communication Skills are Overlooked and Undervalued
When food production technology made it possible, wheat flour processors started to eliminate the tough exterior (bran) and nutrient-rich core (germ) of the kernel to get at the large, starchy part (the endosperm) only. The bread produced from this process is white and fluffy, and… Read More »Why Hasn’t A More Holistic Approach to Patient Care Become The Norm?
Talking Politics in the Exam Room: A Physician’s Obligation to Discuss the Political Ramifications of Science with Patients
By HAYWARD ZWERLING I walked into my exam room to see a patient I first met two decades ago. On presentation, his co-morbidities included poorly controlled DM-1, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and a substance abuse disorder. Over the years our healthcare system has served him well as… Read More »Talking Politics in the Exam Room: A Physician’s Obligation to Discuss the Political Ramifications of Science with Patients
By NELLY GANESAN, JOSH SEIDMAN, MORENIKE AYOVAUGHAN, and RINA BARDIN With support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Avalere assesses opportunities to normalize cost-of-care conversations through measurement. Cost continues to pose a barrier to accessing healthcare for millions of Americans. Research has shown that conversations… Read More »Measuring the Effectiveness of Cost-of-Care Conversations
How to Stay Excited and In Love with a Career in Medicine If you combine an insatiable desire to expand skills with a fearlessness to walk away, you can have a long, exciting career in medicine. The Doctor Weighs In
By HANS DUVEFELT Meaningful Use was a vision for EMRs that in many ways turned out to be a joke. Consider my list of Meaningful U’s for medical providers instead. When electronic medical records became mandatory, Federal monies were showered over the companies that make… Read More »Meaningful U’s
What You Should Know: – Validic launches the newest version of its remote patient monitoring (RPM) offerings, Validic Impact: Rapid Deployment. – This new standalone version of Validic Impact requires no EHR integration and can be used as a fully standalone solution. Validic, a Durham,… Read More »Validic Launches New Remote Patient Monitoring Solution, Requires No EHR Integration
Dr. Kayur Patel, Chief Medical Officer of Proactive MD The impact of the coronavirus crisis is shining a bright light on many of the challenges facing the U.S. healthcare system. So much more than a lack of primary care physicians and hospital beds, the all-hands-on-deck… Read More »The Coronavirus Crisis’ Silent Death Toll: Chronically Ill Patients
Bill Krause, VP and GM, Digital Experience and Consumer Engagement at Change Healthcare With the rise of healthcare consumerism, people are looking to hospitals, health systems, and physician practices to deliver the same user-friendly, digital experiences they receive from other industries. A recent survey found… Read More »Designing A Digital Experience to Drive Revenue and Patient Engagement
What You Should Know: – Nuance advances conversational AI with Dragon Medical virtual assistant for Hey Epic! virtual assistant in Epic Hyperspace. – Building upon Nuance’s Dragon Medical solution already used by more than 550,000 physicians, this integration with Hey Epic! enables clinicians to conversationally… Read More »Nuance Advances Virtual Assistant Tech for Customers Using Epic EHR
What You Should Know: – Change Healthcare acquires Nucleus.io to create the first of its kind end-to-end, cloud-native Enterprise Imaging to integrate Change Healthcare’s next-generation medical imaging platform. – The acquisition will accelerate Change Healthcare’s timeline to implement a complete cloud-based, end-to-end Enterprise Imaging solution… Read More »Change Healthcare Acquires Cloud-Native Imaging Platform Nucleus.io
What You Should Know: – Cerner announces a commitment to help expand COVID-19 testing at Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) across the U.S through a partnership with Testing for America. – As part of the partnership, Cerner will serve as the national technology partner for a return… Read More »Cerner Technology to Support COVID-19 Testing for HBCUs Nationwide
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Rikki Jennings, Chief Nursing Informatics Officer, Zebra Technologies The importance of handwashing has never been more obvious than in recent months, but as experts continue to share information on the spread of the virus, there’s a need to disinfect more than just our hands. In… Read More »Fighting COVID-19 Pandemic: It Starts With Cleaning Our Devices
What You Should Know: – Memorial Health System selects LifeLink Conversational AI technology to virtualize the waiting room experience for patients – Mobile chatbots to automate intake for telehealth and in-person visits, while maintaining COVID-19 social distancing and safety protocols. Memorial Health System , a community-based, not-for-profit… Read More »Memorial Health Deploys Chatbots to Virtualize Waiting Room Experience
By HANS DUVEFELT He cancelled his followup appointment because he was feeling fine. He didn’t see the point in wasting a Saturday to come to my clinic when he had lawns to mow and chores to do. Less than two weeks before that he was… Read More »I Cured My Patient, But What Was His Diagnosis?
What You Should Know: – Cone Health has signed a letter of intent to merge with Norfolk, Virginia-based Sentara Healthcare for a combined $11B in assets. – The merger creates one large health system totaling of 17 hospitals – 11 Sentara hospitals in Virginia and one… Read More »Cone Health to Merge with Sentara Healthcare Totaling $11B in Assets
Dr. Donald Brown, CEO and founder of LifeOmic The coronavirus pandemic has affected every aspect of our lives, from how we work to how we get our health care. The crisis has put the creativity of many small businesses to the test after being forced… Read More »4 Ways Businesses Will Adapt Their Healthcare Landscape
What You Should Know: – Philips announced the launch of Virtual Care Station, a telehealth environment delivering virtual care services to patients in convenient neighborhood locations, such as retail settings, libraries, town halls and universities. – Using proven Philips technology developed for the ATLAS program… Read More »Philips Launches Virtual Care Station to Deliver Personalized Telehealth
Blue Shield of CA Taps Cricket Health to Offer AI-Driven, Personalized Kidney Care Plans for Members At No Cost
What You Should Know: – Blue Shield of CA and kidney care provider Cricket Health announced a partnership to offer a personalized, virtual, multidisciplinary care available for members with kidney disease or kidney failure at no extra cost – By offering remote care, via phone… Read More »Blue Shield of CA Taps Cricket Health to Offer AI-Driven, Personalized Kidney Care Plans for Members At No Cost
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to change healthcare operations in the world, foundational systems are being adapted to meet these new demands. Sometimes it takes extreme circumstances to see the cracks in a system. COVID-19 has exposed areas with more room for improvement in the… Read More »How Times of Crisis Spur Needed Change in Healthcare Delivery
What You Should Know: – Today, Talis Biomedical Corporation announced it has been awarded a $25M contract from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) as part of Phase 2 of its Rapid Acceleration of Diagnostics (RADx) initiative as well as another $100 million in additional… Read More »Talis Awarded $25M NIH Contract for Point-of-Care COVID-19 Testing
Abhinav Shashank, CEO and Co-founder of Innovaccer Inc. COVID-19 has presented healthcare with a challenge like no other, with nearly nine million cases all over the world and over 470,000 lives lost. The speed of the outbreak and the disruption caused by it has created unforeseen… Read More »The Adoption of Telehealth During the Pandemic will Shape Healthcare’s New Normal
By SYLVIE STACY, MD, MPH As a physician and writer on the topic medical careers, I’ve noticed extensive interest in nonclinical career options for physicians. These include jobs in health care administration, management consulting, pharmaceuticals, health care financing, and medical writing, to name a few.… Read More »Medical Education Must Adapt to Support the Broadening Role of Physicians
Cerner Integrates Nuances Virtual Assistant Platform with Millennium EHR to Reduce Physician Burnout
What You Should Know: – Cerner expands its AI collaboration with Nuance to provide joint customers with more advanced natural language virtual assistant technology to navigate electronic health records (EHRs) using just their voice, giving clinicians more time to spend with patients and less time with a computer.… Read More »Cerner Integrates Nuances Virtual Assistant Platform with Millennium EHR to Reduce Physician Burnout
Jay Desai, CEO & Co-Founder, PatientPing As COVID-19 continues to impact the country, providers across the continuum face new challenges delivering care and ensuring safety for their patients and themselves. During this period, sharing real-time information about patients’ care encounters across provider types and care… Read More »How ADT-Based E-Notifications Can Enable Better Safety for COVID-19 Patients
What You Should Know: – Innovaccer has recently partnered with Central Maine Healthcare (CMH), an integrated healthcare delivery system that serves over 400,000 people in the central, western, and mid-coast regions of the state, to connect providers with their patients through data-driven telehealth, powered by… Read More »Central Maine Healthcare, Innovaccer Partner to Power Data-driven Telehealth Capabilities
Muthu Alagappan, MD, Medical Director at Notable Health The COVID-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented shift in the way consumers view and access a variety of goods and services—and healthcare is no exception. Recent studies show that many patients, including vulnerable populations like those living with cancer, are delaying recommended care and… Read More »Virtually or In-Person, Automation Improves The Healthcare Experience
Ernie Ianace, EVP Sales and Marketing at VitalTech “The numbers don’t lie,” is a famous old adage and quite appropriate with regard to the rapid rise and deployment of telehealth solutions in the medical community. It may have taken a global pandemic for society to… Read More »Telehealth’s Time Has Come. And It’s Here to Stay.
What You Should Know: – Boston-based health IT start-up Cohere Health announced the official launch of its company with a $10 million Series A funding round led by Flare Capital Partners. – The company’s patient journey-focused platform improves the notoriously difficult prior authorization process and… Read More »Cohere Health Launches with $10M to Increase Transparency Across Care Journey
What You Should Know: – Same day pharmacy delivery startup NowRx raises $20 Million in Series B funding to expand into new U.S. territories and accelerate its technology roadmap, transforming the way consumers get their prescriptions. – NowRx’s competitive advantage is its proprietary pharmacy management system, which leverages AI… Read More »Same-Day Pharmacy Delivery NowRx Raises $20M to Expand into Additional Territories
Eric Stone, Co-Founder & CEO at Velano Vascular Prior to the outbreak of COVID-19, the healthcare industry in the United States was in the midst of an intense refocusing on patient-centered care. This evolution was defined by a number of innovations, policies, and even federal reimbursement… Read More »COVID-19 Infects Patient & Practitioner Demands, Unsettling the Future of Hospital Operations
What You Should Know: – Medly Pharmacy raises $100M investment co-led by Volition Capital and Greycroft to propel Medly’s leadership in the $500B+ digital on-demand pharmacy market. – Medly will use the funding to expand its digital on-demand pharmacy platform, enter new markets, and provide… Read More »Medly Pharmacy Lands $100M to Expand Digital On-Demand Pharmacy Platform
Curavi Health, CarePointe, U.S. Health Systems Merge to Form Arkos Health to Power Virtual Care for Seniors
Curavi Health, CarePointe, U.S. Health Systems announced a merger agreement to form Arkos Health. Arkos Health will provide virtual care solutions and health insights to vulnerable populations across the United States. These three entities will become wholly-owned subsidiaries of Arkos Health, and the executive leadership… Read More »Curavi Health, CarePointe, U.S. Health Systems Merge to Form Arkos Health to Power Virtual Care for Seniors
What You Should Know: – Nationwide, the seven-day moving average for COVID-19 cases is up 148% from June 7th to July 7th. In many states across the country, the “curve” never flattened. Since June there hasn’t been a flattening effect, but rather a significant spike… Read More »7 Day Moving Average for COVID-19 Cases Is Up 148% Nationwide
What You Should Know: – Health Catalyst announces an agreement to acquire clinical workflow optimization solution healthfinch using a mix of stock and cash. – As part of the acquisition, healthfinch will be a new application suite category called EMR Embedded Insights and its refills,… Read More »Health Catalyst Acquires Clinical Workflow Optimization Solution healthfinch
What You Should Know: – Philips integrates the BioIntelliSense FDA-cleared BioSticker™ sensor as part of its remote patient monitoring solutions for patients outside the hospital. – Multi-parameter sensors aid monitoring across multiple chronic conditions with medical-grade vital signs for physicians to remotely track core symptoms,… Read More »Philips and BioIntelliSense Integrate to Enhance Remote Patient Monitoring
Randy Carpenter, SVP of the Executive Advisory Board at HCTec The loss of lives and livelihoods from COVID-19 is almost too much to comprehend. And yet, slowly, conversations are emerging about the positives percolating from the pandemic. It’s human nature to want to look for… Read More »Post COVID-19: 3 Things I Hope Healthcare Won’t Recover From
What You Should Know – Doctor On Demand raises $75M in Series D funding led by General Atlantic to expand comprehensive virtual care. – Doctor On Demand is seeing record usage this year – up 139% – for COVID-19 screenings, routine health issues, chronic conditions and behavioral health. San Francisco, CA-based Doctor… Read More »Doctor On Demand Raises $75M to Expand Comprehensive Virtual Care Platform
What You Should Know: – U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs selects Philips to create the world’s largest tele-critical care system, further integrating tele-health and delivering quality care for veterans. – The ten-year contract, which enables VA to invest up to $100 million with Philips for tele-critical care… Read More »VA, Philips to Create World’s Largest Tele-Critical Care System for Veterans
Christopher Thompson, RN, Director of Patient Experience, CenTrak Healthcare facilities and their sprawling campuses can be overwhelming and challenging to navigate. In fact, facilities lose close to $800 million a year due to missed hospital appointments, and many physicians blame a significant portion of this… Read More »Hospital Wayfinding: The Next Frontier in Healthcare Design
By CHADI NABHAN, MD, MBA, FACP “The goal for me and for my clinical and research colleagues is to put ourselves out of a job as quickly as possible”. This is how Mikkael Sekeres ends his book “When Blood Breaks Down” based on true stories… Read More »“When Blood Breaks Down”: It Can Break Your Heart