Population Health

Healthix and The Garage to Launch Specialized Population Health Platform

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

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What Population Health Management Providers Need to Know About HITRUST CSF Certification

Bob Dupuis, VP of Enterprise Architecture and Security at Arcadia Healthcare companies continue to implement value-based care and population health management initiatives to coordinate healthcare delivery and improve the quality and value of patient care. These initiatives depend on the ability to access, aggregate, and analyze massive amounts of patient data, often coming from hundreds …

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Cardinal Health and Deep Lens Collaborate for AI-based Oncology Clinical Trial Matching

What You Should Know: – Today, Deep Lens and Cardinal Health announced a strategic collaboration that will integrate Deep Lens’ AI-based clinical trial matching solution, VIPER, into community-based oncology practices throughout the Cardinal network. VIPER will be a part of Cardinal Health’s new Navista advanced suite of technology solutions designed to help oncologists improve outcomes, …

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Achieving Financial Sustainability: A Connected Community of Care’s #1 Goal

Dr. Keith Kosel, Vice President at Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation (PCCI) “Show me the money!” No one old enough to have seen the 1996 movie, Jerry Maguire, will ever forget that memorable phrase. That simple but powerful phrase could apply to every person who punches a clock for a living and just about every …

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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 …

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Wellstar Invests $10M to Become First Sharecare-Enabled Health System

Wellstar Health System, one of Georgia’s largest and most integrated healthcare systems, and Sharecare, the digital health company that helps people manage all their health in one place, announced a strategic partnership to collaborate on unique, market-leading innovations in personalized care delivery, population health, and consumer engagement. Through this partnership, Wellstar also will become the …

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How Will Philips Acquisition of BioTelemetry Impact The Cardiac Monitoring Market?

At the end of December 2020, Philips announced the planned acquisition of BioTelemetry for $2.8 billion in cash. – BioTelemetry was formed in 2013 after a series of acquisitions from the initial founding company CardioNet, Inc. – CardioNet, Inc. based in San Diego, USA was initially founded in 1994. – After a multitude of acquisitions …

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Executive Hires: Walgreens Appoints New CEO, Cityblock Health, Innovaccer, Others

Walgreens appoints Rosalind (Roz) Brewer as the company’s Chief Executive Officer, effective on March 15, 2021. Brewer will also join the WBA Board of Directors upon assuming the role. She succeeds Stefano Pessina who, as previously announced, will transition to the role of Executive Chairman of the Board of WBA. Brewer, 58, will become the …

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UPMC Spinout Astrata Launches NLP Platform to Improve Value-Based Care

What You Should Know: – UPMC spinout company Astrata launches a natural language processing (NLP) technology platform that allows health insurers to more efficiently analyze unstructured clinical data. UPMC Enterprises, the innovation and commercialization arm of UPMC has incubated and launched Astrata, a digital healthcare quality company. Astrata uses advanced analytics and natural language processing …

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6 HIEs Form New Consortium to Drive Population Health Improvements Via Data Sharing Interoperability

What You Should Know: – A group of six health information exchanges (HIE) announced today their formation of the Consortium for State and Regional Interoperability (CSRI). – The 501(c)(3) CRSI aims to help drive individual and population health improvements across the nation through robust and innovative sharing of health information. – Collective, CRSI connects over …

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A Patient Engagement Strategy Needs to Deliver a Holistic Experience

Chris Evanguelidi, Director, Enterprise Healthcare Market for Redpoint Global Inc. Researchers from Johns Hopkins published a study in October on the impact of the pandemic on health care delivery. Among its findings, the data show a 21.4% decrease in primary care visits in Q2 of 2020, compared against the average volume of Q2 visits for …

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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. …

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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 …

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CHIME-KLAS Report Reveals 10 Key EMR Interoperability Trends

What You Should Know: – New CHIME-KLAS interoperability report reveals steady progress in some areas related to interoperability and leaps forward in others. – A total of 67% of provider organizations reported they often or nearly always had access to needed records in 2020, up from 28% in 2017. Providers noted improvements in functionality and …

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MetroHealth System, Care Simple, Epic Launch Remote Patient Monitoring Program

What You Should Know: – Care Simple, Epic, and MetroHealth System announced that they have entered into a strategic remote patient monitoring integration partnership. – Under the terms of the agreement, CareSimple will empower the Cleveland, Ohio public health system with simple, patient-friendly RPM solutions to improve health outcomes for their high-risk senior and chronically …

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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 …

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The challenges of cybersecurity during global mass vaccination programmes

For many of us 2021 feels like a lot like 2020 with lockdowns imposed and hospital pressures increasing. However, there is light at the end of the tunnel with several vaccines now being rolled-out globally, says Dr Saif Abed, founding partner, AbedGraham.

How CMS has made progress on healthcare interoperability

Seema Verma is administrator of the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. This article was co-authored with Alexandra Mugge, deputy chief health informatics officer at CMS, and Shannon Sartin, chief technology officer at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation.

Is Your Connected Community of Care Truly Making a Difference?

Dr. Keith Kosel, Vice President at Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation (PCCI) Connected Communities of Care Definition: An innovative method for effective population health management using social determinants of health. A way to streamline effective coordination between medical, government, and community-based organizations. We ask this type of question every day. For example, we may ask― “Is this …

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Meaningful Use of Genomics Requires Informatics Beyond EMRs

Assaf Halevy, Founder and CEO of 2bPrecise Electronic medical records (EMRs) are widely expected to serve as a cornerstone technology that drives the delivery of modern patient care.  But can the EMR alone support all the informatics capabilities required by an ever-evolving healthcare industry? The rapid growth of precision medicine, particularly the use of genetic …

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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 …

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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. …

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Regence, MultiCare Health System to Deploy HL7 Da Vinci Member Attribution List for Value-Based Care Arrangements

What You Should Know: – Regence and MultiCare ink first-in-the-nation value-based care partnership to deliver improved health outcomes at lower costs. Health insurance provider Regence and MultiCare Health System, an independent accountable care organization (ACO) have partnered to deploy a first-in-the-nation value-based model that delivers better health outcomes to members at lower costs while simplifying …

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As Telehealth Surges, Are Seniors Being Left Behind?

Anne Davis, Director of Quality Programs & Medicare Strategy at HMS A global health crisis has thrust us into a scenario in which lives quite literally depend on the ability to virtually connect. Telehealth has rapidly emerged as a vital tool, enabling continuity of care, allowing vulnerable individuals to access their physician from home, and …

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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 …

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Recent Executive Hires: CVS Health New President, Cleveland Clinic/Amwell Joint Venture Leadership, Others

Neela Montgomery, EVP & President at CVS Pharmacy/Retail CVS Health Corporation names Neela Montgomery Executive Vice President and President of CVS Pharmacy/Retail, effective November 30, 2020. Montgomery will oversee the company’s 10,000 pharmacies across the United States. Montgomery, currently a Board Partner at venture capital firm Greycroft, most recently served as chief executive officer of …

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How Care Coordination Technology Addresses Social Isolation in Seniors

Jenifer Leaf Jaeger, MD, MPH, Senior Medical Director, HealthEC Senior isolation is a health risk that affects at least a quarter of seniors over 65. It has become recognized over the past decade as a risk factor for poor aging outcomes including cognitive decline, depression, anxiety, Alzheimer’s disease, obesity, hypertension, heart disease, impaired immune function, …

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SPAC Mergers with 2 Telehealth Companies to Form Public Digital Health Company in $1.35B Deal

What You Should Know: – GigCapital2 Inc has agreed to merge with UpHealth Holdings Inc and Cloudbreak Health LLC to create a public digital healthcare company valued at $1.35 billion, including debt, the blankcheck acquisition company said on Monday. – The combined company will be named UpHealth, Inc. and will continue to be listed on …

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Change Healthcare Unveils Social Determinants of Health Analytics Solution

What You Should Know: – Change Healthcare launches national data resource on social determinants of health (SDoH) for doctors, insurers and life sciences organizations to better understand the connection between where a person lives and how they live their life to the care a patient receives and their health outcome. – 80% of U.S. health …

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Reimaging population health at INVEST Pop Health Virtual: Register today

MedCity News is partnering with the New Orleans Business Alliance to host the executive summit November 16-18. It focuses on population health and highlights where innovation and investment are occurring in the field.

Lean on Your Connected Community of Care in Times of Crisis

Dr. Keith Kosel, Vice President at Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation (PCCI) We’ve all experienced crises in our lives. They may be personal in nature (e.g., involving our interpersonal relationships), organizational (e.g., relating to our employment or retirement income), or nature-made (e.g., floods, tornados, or the COVID-19 pandemic). When crises hit our communities, the impacts …

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Which healthcare startups will present at Pitch Perfect for INVEST Pop Health Virtual?

The healthcare startups targeting chronic conditions and population health presenting at INVEST Pop Health November 16-18 span prescription drug delivery to addressing social isolation.

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 …

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Healthcare gets ready for a Starbucks and BOPIS revolution

A few months ago, who would have thought that going into a hospital or clinic to meet with your doctor would be considered a high-risk experience? And yet, here we are. COVID-19 has forced the entire health care sector to adopt low-contact and contactless experiences for the safety of patients and caregivers alike – an …

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Human API Raises $20M+ to Scale User-Controlled Health Data Ecosystem

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 startups and enterprises, and insurers. – The platform harnesses a …

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How is population health innovation unfolding in Louisiana? [Sponsored]

With the annual INVEST Population Health virtual conference coming up November 16-18, here’s a look at our collaboration partner New Orleans Business Alliance. It plays a vital role in helping to stimulate the local economy by supporting the development and advancement of the healthcare and biotech infrastructure.

Banner Health Taps Innovaccer’s Data Activation Platform to Power Digital Transformation

What You Should Know: – Banner Health, one of the country’s largest non-profit healthcare systems, has partnered with Innovaccer for its digital transformation. – Banner Health will leverage the platform to create unified patient records that drive comprehensive, preventive, and whole-person care solutions for patients across the care continuum. Banner Health, one of the country’s …

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Lyft Integrates with Epic EHR to Enable Hospitals to Schedule Rides for Patients

What You Should Know: – Lyft is continuing to expand rideshare for non-emergency medical transportation (NEMT) through a first of market direct integration with Epic, the largest electronic health record (EHR) in the U.S. – This will have an immediate impact on hospital operations and patients, with currently committed customers including Tampa General and Ochsner …

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Humana, Fresenius Medical Care Expand Partnership to Improve Care Coordination for Medicare Advantage Members

What You Should Know: – Humana Inc. and Fresenius Medical Care North America (FMCNA) today announced an agreement to broaden their collaboration toward improving the health of eligible Humana Medicare Advantage members – The agreement between Humana and Fresenius Medical Care North America goes into effect Jan. 1, 2021. Humana Inc. and leading renal care …

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Is Your Community Ready for Connected Community of Care Model?

Dr. Keith Kosel is a Vice President at Parkland Center for Clinical Innovation (PCCI) This question initially brings to mind many possibilities such as connection to the latest 5G cellular service, a new super-fast internet provider, or maybe one of the many new energy suppliers jockeying for market share from traditional utility companies. While all …

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Digital Behavioral Health: Addressing The COVID-19 Behavioral Health Crisis

Victor Siclovan, Director of Medicaid Transformation Project at AVIA Living through a pandemic is stressful and anxiety-inducing. Stay-at-home measures are compounding this stress, resulting in social isolation and unprecedented economic hardship, including mass layoffs and loss of health coverage. Fully understanding the impact of these pernicious trends on overall mental health will take time. However, …

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Value-Based Reimbursement Contracts Now Account for 26% of Hospital Revenue, KLAS Finds

What You Should Know: – Value-based reimbursement (VBR) contracts now account for 26% of hospital revenue, according to a new report from KLAS research and CHIME. – Report reveals providers are looking first to their electronic health record (EHR) systems to drive PHM, and are most interested in investing in new healthcare information technology (HIT) …

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Accounting for the Social Determinants of Health During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Andy Aroditis, CEO, NextGate The COVID-19 pandemic is not just a medical crisis.  Since the highly contagious disease hit American shores in early 2020, the virus has dramatically changed all sectors of society, negatively impacting everything from food supply chains and sporting events to the nation’s mental and behavioral health. For some people, work-from-home plans …

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Terminology standards bridging gaps between health systems during COVID-19

The clinical manifestations of COVID-19 are varied, and patients are known to have rapidly changing signs and symptoms that must be tracked with laboratory testing. A patient may start his treatment journey with his primary care physician and will include lab centers, diagnostic centers, inpatient, and home quarantine centers. 

Dignity Health Management Services to Leverage Innovaccer’s FHIR-enabled Data Activation Platform

What You Should Know: – Dignity Health Management Services (DHMSO), the largest health system in the state of California to transform their network health data into actionable insights. – With this partnership, the organization will leverage Innovaccer’s FHIR-enabled Data Activation Platform to better manage healthcare services for its attributed patients. Dignity Health Management Services (DHMSO), …

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emids Acquires Payer IT Consulting Firm FlexTech

What You Should Know: – emids – a leader in digital engineering and transformation solutions for the healthcare and life sciences industries – today announced the acquisition of Nevada-based FlexTech, a payer IT consulting firm recognized by KLAS as a category leader. – The FlexTech deal will drive expanded channel partnership opportunities for emids among …

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Eden Health Lands $25M to Bring On-Site and Virtual Care To Employers, Commercial Real-Estate

What You Should Know: – Eden Health raises $25M to give employers and commercial real estate owners and operators the ability to offer medical care on-site, near-site, and virtually. – Eden’s membership model makes high-quality healthcare an affordable benefit for the average employer, with low to no out-of-pocket costs for their employees. – Since the …

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The age of precision in the post COVID-19 world

Health and care have been inexorably moving towards a new paradigm – one where the nature of the interactions are more personalised and require the person to be more active in their pursuit of reducing risks that have an adverse effect upon the development of non-communicable diseases, says Dr Charles Alessi, chief clinical officer at …

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Philips Launches Virtual Care Station to Deliver Personalized Telehealth

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 (Accessing Telehealth through Local Area Stations), which was created to …

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Innovaccer, CareSignal Partner to Enable Deviceless Remote Patient Monitoring

What You Should Know: – Innovaccer has recently partnered with CareSignal to address healthcare’s urgent need amidst the COVID-19 pandemic: to create and maintain solid, clinically actionable relationships with patients in a new set of predominantly virtual care. – CareSignal offers evidence-based end-to-end support services for chronic medical conditions such as asthma, CHF, COPD, diabetes, …

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The Adoption of Telehealth During the Pandemic will Shape Healthcare’s New Normal

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 challenges for communities and economies, and it’s especially apparent in …

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Secrets to Pop Health Management success: Take a leap of faith, be strategic, and collaborate

Population health management advocates need to demonstrate how redefining care management by adopting a holistic viewpoint to include what’s happening outside the hospital will help systems influence health at scale and improve care at a lower cost.

Holon Integrates with Cerner’s HealtheIntent PHM Platform for Value-Based Care Insights

What You Should Know: – Holon and Cerner announced a partnership to advance the delivery of relevant patient insights to providers when they need it most.  – Holon and Cerner will deploy patented technology that automatically delivers contextually relevant patient information from Cerner’s HealtheIntent® population health platform, which is EHR-agnostic, directly to clinicians in their workflow to inform care decisions.  Holon Solutions, one …

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Failing States of health – How broader collaboration can bring us closer to the future of health

Without cross-border co-operation the potential of personalised health cannot be realised, acccording to Bogi Eliasen, director at the Health Copenhagen Institute for Futures Studies and HIMSS Future50 leader, who will be speaking at HIMSS & Health 2.0 European Digital Event taking place 7-11 September.

Top 3 Priority Areas for Healthcare CIOs in the Age of COVID-19

What You Should Know: – In the age of COVID-19, healthcare CIOs cite interoperability, cybersecurity, and operationalizing SDOH data priorities as top three priority areas, according to the third annual LexisNexis focus group of CHIME executives. – The survey results also highlighted the importance of a team approach with support across the organization in helping CIOs …

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Banner Health to Implement Cerner Revenue Cycle Management Across Enterprise

What You Should Know: – Cerner and long-time client Banner Health announced a new deal to implement a comprehensive suite of revenue cycle management solutions as part of a long-standing strategic alignment to use health care technology to drive population health improvement. – The revenue cycle integration will take place across Banner Health’s entire system, including …

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COVID-19 Infects Patient & Practitioner Demands, Unsettling the Future of Hospital Operations

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 programs that prioritized emphasis on and impact on the patient experience. It …

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Emtiro Health Taps Innovaccer to Leverage the FHIR-Enabled Data Activation Platform

What You Should Know: – Emtiro Health, an innovative population health company in North Carolina has selected Innovaccer to deliver data-powered solutions to enhance the efficiency and effectiveness of care delivery.  – Powered by Innovaccer’s FHIR-enabled Data Activation Platform, Emtiro Health will create unified patient records that drive comprehensive, whole-person care management, no matter where …

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Health Catalyst Acquires Clinical Workflow Optimization Solution healthfinch

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, care gaps closure, and visit planning applications will continue to …

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Philips and BioIntelliSense Integrate to Enhance Remote Patient Monitoring

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, including COVID-19. – Healthcare Highways is the first to leverage …

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