Sleep Apnea: New Treatment Options You Should Know About One obstacle to diagnosis of sleep apnea is patient fear of treatment options. They may not know that more patient-centric options are now available. The Doctor Weighs In
What You Should Know: – Accolade, Inc. today announced an agreement to acquire PlushCare, a leading provider of virtual primary care and mental health treatment. – Under the terms of the agreement, the purchase price of up to $450 million will consist of $40 million in cash, $340… Read More »Accolade Acquires Virtual Primary Care Platform PlushCare for $450M
By HANS DUVEFELT Almost every day I catch a suspicious fax needing my signature. Often it is an out of state vendor who wants my permission to provide a back brace for a diabetic patient, a continuous blood glucose monitor for a non-diabetic or a… Read More »Please Sign Below: Fraudsters Phishing for Physician Signatures
New Features on Doximity’s Telehealth Application Make It Even Easier to Connect Doximity Dialer is loaded with new features that will be crowd-pleasers for doctors and patients alike, such as patient handoff & group calls The Doctor Weighs In
By HANS DUVEFELT Every patient is unique, with some common basic and measurable features and parameters. For a couple of decades now, healthcare has professed to be patient centered. But the prevailing culture of “quality” (and the reality of getting paid for what you do)… Read More »The Parallel Realities of Health Care: Ratio and Intellectus
Dr. John Frownfelter, MD, FACP, Chief Medical Officer at Jvion In 1852, Mercy Hospital & Medical Center opened as Chicago’s first chartered hospital. In May, it will close, leaving residents of the surrounding South Side community — poor and mostly people of color — without… Read More »What Will It Take for Hospitals to Survive the Pandemic?
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
Canvas Medical, a startup looking to build electronic medical records and ancillary tools for primary care systems, raised $17 million in funding.
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
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
VillageMD, a primary care startup that has Walgreens as a big backer, is reportedly planning to go public. The company has plans to open hundreds of co-located primary care clinics at Walgreens pharmacies.
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?
Virtual primary care startup Firefly Health plans to launch a benefit plan after raising $40 million in new funding. The company currently offers virtual and in-person access to a primary care team.
What You Should Know: – Firefly Health, a virtual-first healthcare company with a mission of delivering half-priced healthcare that’s twice as good, has announced that it has recently closed $40M in Series B financing, led by Andreesen Horowitz (a16z). a16z General Partner Julie Yoo will… Read More »Firefly Health Raises $40M to Expand Virtual Primary Care Platform
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
Dr. Thomas Van Gilder, Walmart’s first chief medical officer, will leave the company in May. Walmart’s head of dentistry, Dr. Roshan Parikh, also left the company. Both had a role in helping design some of the first clinics for Walmart Health.
The two companies plan to open a clinic in Phoenix this fall, and additional locations over the next five years. To start, Tia will offer virtual care services in Phoenix.
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
Birju Shah, Head of Product for Uber Health & Communities Nick Jordan, Founder and CEO, Narrative In a world where technology and Big Data can provide us with instantaneous access to our banking transactions, and our financial information and credit reports can be retrieved with a… Read More »COVID Exposed The Dire Need for Real-Time Healthcare Data Sharing
Crossover Health, a startup offering primary care services for several big tech companies, including Amazon and LinkedIn, raised $168 million in funding.
“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”
Mark Prather MD, MBA, CEO & Co-founder at DispatchHealth The COVID-19 pandemic has transformed how we interact with one another, with businesses, and with the world around us. From social distancing to hand sanitation to remote working, its impact on society is immense. And among… Read More »How the Pandemic is Accelerating the Shift to Alternative Care Delivery Models
What You Should Know: – Ro, the healthcare technology company, today announced it has raised $500 million in Series D fundraising round led by existing investors General Catalyst, FirstMark Capital and TQ Ventures, with significant participation from existing investors SignalFire, Torch and BoxGroup as well… Read More »Ro Nabs $500M to Strengthen Vertically Integrated Primary Care Platform
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
What You Should Know: – Grand Rounds, a leader in healthcare quality and clinical navigation, and Doctor on Demand, the nation’s leading virtual care provider, announced their merger agreement, creating a first-of-its-kind integrated virtual care company. – These two premier platforms will offer a patient… Read More »Grand Rounds Merges with Doctor on Demand to Create New Virtual Care Company
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?
A PCP Imperative: Integration of Behavioral and Physical Health Care Integration behavioral and physical health care creates opportunities to drive better outcomes and lower costs in ways not yet fully realized. The Doctor Weighs In
The companies now have a total of 17 primary care clinics, which are currently limited to Amazon employees. It’s a separate effort from the telehealth service Amazon rolled out earlier for its Washington employees.
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
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
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.
After a year of record growth, Teladoc set expectations for limited growth in its paid memberships and visits in 2021. But the company still sees long-term opportunities with a primary care pilot it is launching and its acquisition of Livongo.
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?
NHS Digital has tweaked its electronic referral system, to smoothen the process of making a hospital appointment. The e-Referral Service (e-RS) is used by primary care doctors to talk to and seek advice from secondary colleagues ahead of making a formal referral. e-RS is an… Read More »NHS Digital tweaks e-referral system to hospitals
Digital primary care startup 98point6 is adding digital mental health services to its app. The company added text-based visits with a therapist or behavioral health coach to its platform.
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
The digital triage platform eConsult that is widely used by NHS GP practices has closed a £7 million funding ($9.6 million) round to expand the service. This latest funding round led by Calculus Capital follows the £5 million from equity investor Gresham Health in October… Read More »eConsult gets further £7m to expand NHS digital triage platform
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A pair of new studies show that telehealth use differs by specialty, patient condition as well as socioeconomic factors, which may affect the technology used for care delivery.
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… Read More »A Patient Engagement Strategy Needs to Deliver a Holistic Experience
What You Should Know: – Volpara Health, an integrated breast care platform assisting in the delivery of personalized patient care has acquired breast cancer risk assessment platform CRA Health. – CRA Health, LLC, is a breast cancer risk assessment company spinoff from Massachusetts General Hospital… Read More »Volpara Acquires Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Platform CRA Health for $18M
The payer-agnostic subsidiary, Partners in Primary Care, operates primary care centers for thousands of senior U.S. citizens. It has an aggressive growth strategy, with plans to open up to 20 new centers this year. The company is also on track to have 100 centers open… Read More »Humana’s primary care subsidiary to open 100 centers for seniors by 2023
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
Roberto Martinez, President, Mexico, Encora Among the many evolving technologies in the healthcare industry, there may be none more important or impactful than remote patient monitoring (RPM) hardware and software solutions. This technology is opening up new possibilities in extended healthcare – saving patients money,… Read More »Challenges of Operationalizing Remote Patient Monitoring Data
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
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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
The telehealth company and managed care organization are launching a new HMO plan on the Texas health insurance exchange. The ‘virtual-first’ plan is designed for those who do not qualify for Medicaid or Medicare.
What You Should Know: – NeuroFlow raises $20M to expand its technology-enabled behavioral health integration platform, led by Magellan Health. – NeuroFlow’s suite of HIPAA-compliant, cloud-based tools simplify remote patient monitoring, enable risk stratification, and facilitate collaborative care. With NeuroFlow, health care organizations can finally… Read More »NeuroFlow Secures $20M for Tech-Enabled Behavioral Health Integration Platform
A subsidiary of Northwell Health is partnering with Whole Foods Market to offer its New York-based employees access to seven primary care locations. The supermarket chain’s employees will not be subject to a deductible or co-pay.
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… Read More »Is Your Connected Community of Care Truly Making a Difference?
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.
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… Read More »Meaningful Use of Genomics Requires Informatics Beyond EMRs
What You Should Know: – RenalytixAI and DaVita announce a program partnership that aims to slow kidney disease progression and improve outcomes for the nation’s estimated 37 million adults with chronic kidney disease (CKD). – This is the first clinical-grade program that delivers advanced early-stage… Read More »DaVita & RenalytixAI Partner for Early Risk Identification to Help Slow Kidney Disease Progression
New Models of Care in the Post-Covid Healthcare World Observations on models of care in a post-COVID world from HLTH VRTL 2020 with comments on applicability to autoimmune conditions. The Doctor Weighs In
Dr. Paul Hain, Chief Medical Officer of GoHealth Telehealth is Here to Stay in 2021 Prior to the pandemic, telehealth was a limited ad-hoc service with geographic and provider restrictions. However, with both the pandemic restrictions on face to face interactions and a relaxation of… Read More »12 Telehealth & Virtual Care Predictions and Trends for 2021 Roundup
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?
Adam Sabloff, Founder and CEO of VirtualHealth As we re-examine the healthcare system in the wake of the pandemic, we are continually identifying opportunities to rebuild parts of the system to new and improved specifications. One critical facet is digital health, where we continue to… Read More »How to Capitalize on Digital Health Momentum in 2021
In the new year, payers with an abundance of capital resulting from deferred care amid the pandemic will look to make investments in technology and ramp up acquisition activity in the primary care arena, a PwC expert predicts.
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
The company, which offers a text-based primary care platform, is building a suite of technology to support its physicians.
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: – Cityblock Health, a transformative, value-based healthcare provider focused on improving healthcare outcomes for marginalized communities, today announced a $160M Series C round, bringing its total raised to $300M. – Cityblock is a care delivery trailblazer working to right the injustices… Read More »Cityblock Health Reaches $1B Valuation, Raises $160M to Address Systemic Healthcare Inequity
What You Should Know: – Elation Health, which provides an easy-to-use and affordable clinical technology platform for more than 7 million independent primary care clinicians serving 14M+ patients – including an EHR raises $40M in Series C funding from Al Gore’s sustainable investment firm, Generation… Read More »Elation Health Nabs $40M for Clinical-First Solution to Power Independent Primary Care
Powered by Doctor on Demand, ArcBest Rolls Out Virtual Primary Care Health Plan to its 13k Employees
What You Should Know: – Publicly traded logistics company ArcBest announced its deal with Doctor On Demand to introduce its virtual-first health plan to its 13,000 employees, who are largely “essential workers” as long-haul truckers. – Employees appreciated the convenience and safety of 24/7 virtual… Read More »Powered by Doctor on Demand, ArcBest Rolls Out Virtual Primary Care Health Plan to its 13k Employees
What You Should Know: – San Francisco-based digital health startup Pair Team emerges out of stealth with $2.7M in seed funding backed by Kleiner Perkins, Craft Ventures, & YC. – Pair Team provides both a remote team and AI that automates workflows, provides infrastructure &… Read More »Pair Team Emerges Out of Stealth with $2.7M to Automate Primary Care Operations
Don Godbee Don Godbee, Mobile Solutions Architect at Stratix Don Godbee Telehealth and virtual care are not brand-new phenomena suddenly cobbled together as a rapid response to the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, but the average US patient could be forgiven for thinking that it… Read More »Ensuring Telehealth Providers’ Virtual Care Dollars Make Sense
What You Should Know: – Ro announced it has acquired Workpath, a technology platform that powers on-demand, in-home healthcare and diagnostics services nationwide. – Through this acquisition, Ro’s platform will now uniquely bring together a patient’s doctor, pharmacy, and diagnostics/lab–offering a personalized, end-to-end experience with… Read More »M&A: Ro Acquires On-Demand, In-Home Platform Workpath
Claudia Williams, CEO of Manifest MedEx When doctors know their patients have been to the hospital, they can act fast to provide needed support. Widespread use of hospital event notifications is associated with all kinds of health benefits, including a 10 percent decrease in readmissions… Read More »5 Myth-Busting New Hospital ADT Notification Requirements
Amazon, which opened a primary care clinic for employees in June, has added four more such clinics — all operated by medical group Crossover Health. The new clinics are based in Texas, but Amazon plans to open more locations in Arizona, Kentucky and Michigan over… Read More »Amazon opens 4 more primary care clinics with Crossover Health
By HANS DUVEFELT Sooner, rather than later, we will be driving electric cars because of the environment. We use energy efficient light bulbs and recyclable packaging for the same reason. And there is a growing debate about the environmental impact of what kind of food… Read More »Stewardship: We Worry More About the Environment than Our Own Bodies
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,… Read More »How Care Coordination Technology Addresses Social Isolation in Seniors
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
What You Should Know: – Omada’s diabetes prevention program will be available to Intermountain’s at-risk patient population as part of a limited engagement in 2020 and 2021. – Omada’s diabetes prevention program is personalized to meet each participant’s unique needs as they evolve, ranging from… Read More »Intermountain Adds Omada’s Diabetes Prevention Program to At-Risk Patients
Carbon Health, which more than tripled its footprint in the last year, plans to further grow its network of primary care and urgent care clinics with $100 million in new funding.
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
Matt Dickson, VP, Product, Strategy, and Communication Solutions at Stericycle COVID-19 terms such as quarantine, flatten the curve, social distance, and personal protective equipment (PPE) have dominated headlines in recent months, but what hasn’t been discussed in length are the hidden costs of COVID-19 as… Read More »4 Ways to Combat Hidden Costs Associated with Delayed Patient Care During COVID-19
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
What You Should Know: – Nice Healthcare raises $5M in seed funding to power the next phase of growth of its in-home and virtual primary care services. – Nice contracts directly with employers to provide unlimited access to its service under a transparent and capitated… Read More »Nice Healthcare Nabs $5M to Power ‘Frictionless’ Virtual Primary Care
Vanessa Kuhn, Director of Health Policy, PatientPing The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) created the Direct Contracting Model to expand opportunities for more diverse providers and healthcare organizations to participate in value-based care arrangements for Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) beneficiaries. The goal of the… Read More »CMS Direct Contracting Model Options for Value-Based Care
What You Should Know: – Priority Health launches its virtual-first coverage option with MyPriority Telehealth PCP plans, using top platform Doctor On Demand. – Members who choose one of the MyPriority Telehealth PCP plans will have a doctor assigned as their primary care physician (PCP)… Read More »Priority Health Launches Telehealth PCP Plans for Members in Michigan
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
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
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
By KEN TERRY In a recent podcast about the future of telehealth, Lyle Berkowitz, MD, a technology consultant, entrepreneur, and professor at Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine, confidently predicted that, because of telehealth and clinical automation, “In 10-20 years, we won’t need primary care… Read More »Will AI-Based Automation Replace Basic Primary Care? Should It?
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… Read More »Digital Behavioral Health: Addressing The COVID-19 Behavioral Health Crisis
Telehealth Update from ATA President Dr. Joe Kvedar Joe Kvedar, MD, President of ATA, joins Pat Salber, MD, CEO and Editor of The Doctor Weighs In, for an in-depth telehealth update. The Doctor Weighs In
Ruby Raley, VP of Healthcare and Life Sciences at Axway Twenty years ago, technology consultants started advising CIOs to build less. That’s when the movement towards Commercial Off the Shelf (COTS) began. Today, there are many shops, especially those in small and medium-sized organizations, with… Read More »How Low-Code Solutions Reduce Headaches for Healthcare CIOs
What You Should Know: – Tyto Care and Amwell® announced an expanded partnership, allowing the companies to develop new integrations to enhance virtual care offerings for providers. – By pairing Tyto Care’s TytoHome device and platform with Amwell’s platform, the two companies will together provide patients and providers with augmented virtual care… Read More »Amwell, Tyto Care Expand Partnership to Power Augmented Virtual Care Experiences
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?
By JESSICA DaMASSA, WTF HEALTH It’s the telehealth market reality check you’ve been waiting for! “Rogue” digital health consultant Dr. Lyle Berkowitz unpacks the numbers and the market potential for virtual care from the unique vantage point of a primary-care-physician-turned-health-tech-entrepreneur with nothing to lose. Having… Read More »Telehealth Reality Check: Who’s Really Going to “Win” the Race to Virtual Care Market Leadership?
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
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
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: – CancerIQ raises $5M in Series A funding led by HealthXVentures to accelerate the growth of its genetic cancer risk assessment platform to identify and manage patients at high risk of cancer. – CancerIQ’s technology enables hospitals to use genomics to… Read More »CancerIQ Raises $5M to Expand Genetic Cancer Risk Assessment Platform
Walmart caught the healthcare industry’s attention when it began opening primary care centers across Georgia, Florida and Illinois. But without its leader, will the effort still be able to keep its momentum?
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… Read More »Eden Health Lands $25M to Bring On-Site and Virtual Care To Employers, Commercial Real-Estate
– Healthcare Growth Partners’ (HGP) summary of Health IT/digital health mergers & acquisition (M&A) activity, and public company performance during the month of July 2020. While a pandemic ravages the country, technology valuations are soaring. The Nasdaq hit an all-time high during the month of… Read More »Analysis: July Health IT M&A Activity; Public Company Performance
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
Oak Street Health, which operates primary care centers for Medicare patients, went public on Thursday for $328 million. Its capitation payment model has helped the company continue on where many clinics have struggled during the Covid-19 pandemic.
– Lemonaid Health, a direct to consumer telehealth company raises $33M in Series B funding to expand the company’s medical team and number of services being offered to patients. – To date, the company has treated more than a million patients online for a variety… Read More »Lemonaid Health Raises $33M to Expand On-Demand Consumer Telehealth Platform
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
In-home primary care startup Heal raised $100 million in funding, led by Humana. Heal plans to use the funds to expand into new markets and expand the breadth of services that it offers.
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
After opening four health centers in Georgia and Arkansas, Walmart confirmed that it will expand to Florida next year.
DarioHealth, Williams Medical Partner to Expand Digital Therapeutics Platform Across the UK and Ireland
What You Should Know: – Dario Health enters strategic partnership with Williams Medical marking its expansion into the UK remote patient monitoring market across the UK and Ireland. – Williams Medical is the leading provider of medical goods and services to primary care in the… Read More »DarioHealth, Williams Medical Partner to Expand Digital Therapeutics Platform Across the UK and Ireland
Why We Need to Unlock the Full Potential of Primary Care There are powerful reasons to move to a value-based primary care system. Highly effective Primary Care 3.0 is an indispensable piece of that effort. The Doctor Weighs In
What You Should Know: – Microsoft released the public preview of Azure IoT Connector for FHIR (Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources), the latest update to the Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare. – The Azure IoT Connector for FHIR makes it easy for health developers to set up… Read More »Microsoft Releases Public Preview of Azure IoT Connector for FHIR to Empower Health Teams
CityBlock Health, a company building out healthcare services for low-income communities, raised $53.5 million in a series B extension. The company plans to use the funds to expand its clinical programs and further develop its technology.
Today on Health in 2 Point 00, it’s the 4th shoe! On Episode 135, we’ve got Amazon’s entry into primary care through its pilot program with Crossover Health, UnitedHealth Group launching Level2, their own digital health diabetes prevention program, Health Catalyst acquiring healthfinch, Truepill raising… Read More »Health in 2 Point 00, Episode 135 | Amazon’s primary care entry, UnitedHealth’s digital DPP & more
Amazon is testing a pilot to offer primary care clinics for its employees. The company plans to open 20 locations operated by direct primary care startup Crossover Health.
Oak Street Health, a Chicago-based company that operates primary care centers for Medicare patients, filed initial IPO paperwork on Friday. The company has not yet priced the offering, but it plans to use the proceeds to repay a loan and grow its business.
Facing declining retail traffic, particularly overseas, Walgreens posted a net loss of $1.7 billion for the quarter ending on May 31. The company still has a long road ahead, but analysts said they liked its long-term strategy with VillageMD.
Telehealth startup Doctor on Demand raised $75 million in a series D round led by General Atlantic. The company plans to use the funds to build out its virtual primary care offering,
Walgreens plan to open hundreds of VillageMD clinics at its stores in the next five years. It would be the first major move by Walgreens to staff its locations with primary care physicians.
– Walgreens will invest $1 billion in equity and convertible debt in VillageMD to open 500 physician-led primary care clinics in more than 30 U.S. markets in the next five years. – VillageMD and Walgreens also recently announced the availability of Village Medical telehealth providers… Read More »Walgreens to Invest $1B in VillageMD to Open 500 to 700 Full-Service Doctor Offices
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
Reflections on Death with Dignity Facing a painful death from incurable cancer, Brittany Maynard had to move to Oregon so she could control her destiny & die with dignity. Why do so few states allow this? The Doctor Weighs In
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