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Edifecs Acquires Talix to Expand Risk Adjustment Solution

What You Should Know: – Edifecs, a global health IT provider announced it is acquiring Talix, a SaaS IT company, to expand Edifecs’ reach in the encounter management and risk adjustment space. Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed. – The integration of Edifecs’ and Talix’s technologies will create an expanded risk adjustment solution …

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Leveraging SDOH in Post-Pandemic Risk Modeling to Overcome Distorted Care Projections for 2021 and Beyond

Kurt Waltenbaugh, CEO, Carrot Health The uncertainty and risk created by pandemic-related disruptions in care have health plans in uncharted water when it comes to relying on claims data and utilization patterns to inform their risk models. But while these disruptions weakened the reliability of traditional risk models, they also created opportunities to deepen and …

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Uncertainty and Vaccination Decisions

An interesting result from Courbage and Peter (2021): …uncertainty about the probability of side effects and the efficacy of the vaccine always reduces take-up under ambiguity aversion. However, uncertainty about the underlying disease, being the probability of sickness or the probability of a severe course of disease, may either encourage or discourage vaccination. Because vaccination …

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Stronger Together: A Remedy to Third-Party Cyber Risk in Healthcare

Ed Gaudet is CEO and Founder of Censinet Taylor Davis is Executive Vice President of KLAS Research Controlling healthcare costs while delivering faster and better patient care is predicated upon the secure digitization and distribution of health information, from clinicians to medical devices to EMR and EHR systems, and more. The healthcare blueprint looks and …

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Risk Mitigation: Strengthening Trust in AI for Healthcare

Joachim Roski, Principal at Booz Allen Hamilton Kathleen Featheringham, Principal at Booz Allen Hamilton Better clinical decision support, population health interventions, patient self-care, and research – these are just a few of the promising use cases of artificial intelligence (AI). In addition to its benefits, AI can introduce risks that could potentially undermine trust in …

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Report: Which US markets are ripe for ‘payvider’ models? 

“Payvider” models — that is, collaborative arrangements between payers and providers — are growing in popularity. But not all markets are created equal with regard to payvider adoption and growth. In a new report, consultancy firm Guidehouse identifies the markets with the most opportunities for payviders.

Talking about Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities in Medical Devices Shouldn’t be Taboo

Nastassia Tamari, Director of Information Security Operations for BD According to the National Vulnerability Database, 18,353 vulnerabilities were reported in 2020. That’s nearly three times the volume of vulnerabilities reported five years ago, and higher than any year in the previous two decades. Given the rise in connected devices, this increase is not entirely unexpected. …

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What Will It Take for Hospitals to Survive the Pandemic?

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 a place to see a doctor. And it isn’t the …

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PHINs: Addressing the Fundamental Flaws that Have Broken Healthcare

 Brad Bostic, CEO, hc1 The fundamental problem with healthcare can be summed up in one sentence:  We expect healthcare services that cater to our individual needs, yet the health care system operates under a one-size-fits-all, trial-and-error model. It is a model that results in missed diagnoses, protracted illnesses, and even premature death and wastes $935 …

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

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

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Does Telemedicine Impede or Help the Patient-Centered Medical Home?

Traditional patient care patterns have been radically altered by the COVID-19 pandemic. And after more than a year of disruption, it’s doubtful that everyone will revert to those patterns after the pandemic. New habits have been formed, and consumers are more willing to pursue the path of least resistance in obtaining care, such as opting …

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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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Blue Shield of CA Expands into Digital Health with Wellvolution Expansion

What You Should Know: – Blue Shield of California is enhancing its popular Wellvolution program by adding two new services that provide personalized care and nutrition support for members living with or at risk for Type 2 diabetes. – Wellvolution is a digitally based lifestyle medicine and health platform that can be personalized to each …

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Key Lessons from COVID-19 & How We Can Better Support our Healthcare Provider

Peter Ziese PhD, MD, Business Leader, Monitoring and Analytics, Philips COVID-19 has been a novel pandemic in many ways beyond the actual virus itself – from the irreparable impacts it’s having on society, to the immense strain it’s put on the healthcare industry. A recent report stated that 93% of healthcare professionals reported experiencing stress, …

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Boost Operational, Clinical and Financial Performance with Good Data

Peter Nelson, VP & General Manager, Global Alliances at GHX There’s an old adage that every challenge is merely an opportunity in disguise. COVID-19 highlighted the healthcare industry’s ongoing challenge with producing clean, standardized data. As the industry looks to rebound from the severe financial impact of the pandemic, there’s a renewed urgency among hospitals …

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3 Barriers Stalling AI Adoption in Revenue Cycle Management

Kenya Smith, Healthcare Solution Marketing Manager at ABBYY AI technology is quickly evolving and already surpassing human decision-making in certain instances; sometimes, in ways, we can’t explain. While many are alarmed by this, AI is producing some of the most effective and dramatic results in business today.  Adoption of AI in healthcare is growing, but …

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How the Pandemic is Accelerating the Shift to Alternative Care Delivery Models

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 the various industries that are experiencing significant change as a …

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Apriss Health Acquires Care Coordination Platform PatientPing

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

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How NLP Can Uncover Social Determinants of Heart Disease

David Talby, CTO, John Snow Labs Heart disease is the leading cause of death for people of most racial and ethnic groups in the United States. Cardiovascular disease-related deaths—which occur every 36 seconds—cost our country about $219 billion each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). People with poor cardiovascular health …

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Cloud Technologies in Healthcare: Improving Access to Care at Lower Costs

 Venky Ananth, SVP, Global Head of Healthcare at Infosys The healthcare industry has been among those at the fore when it comes to cloud adoption. It’s no wonder then that between 2020 and 2024, the global market is projected to see a rise of nearly US$25.54 billion in cloud technologies in this industry1. What has …

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3 Ways Providers Can Navigate COVID-19 Vaccination Rollout Successfully

Lisa Romano, MSN, RN, Chief Nursing Officer at CipherHealth The New Year brings hope and promises that an end to the COVID-19 pandemic is in sight. With two vaccines authorized by the FDA for emergency use, and close to 3 million healthcare workers already vaccinated, there is hope that this virus will be eradicated and …

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Strive Health Raises $140M for Value-Based Kidney Care Platform

What You Should Know: – Strive Health, a Denver-based provider of value-based kidney care today announced $140 million in Series B funding with Alphabet’s independent growth fund, CapitalG, as the lead investor. Strive has more than doubled its presence in regional markets and grown its employee base by more than 600% in the last year. This funding will further increase that momentum.  …

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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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How Artificial Intelligence Is Making Senior Care More Human

Bent Philipson, Founder of Philosophy Care When it comes to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) in particular and long-term care in general, a human-centered and empathetic approach is not only necessary, it’s obligatory. Putting the needs, constraints, and perspectives of patients first enhances the level of care we’re able to provide.  Perhaps ironically, it is the …

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bene : studio Launches HealthTech Product Accelerator Starting April 1st

What You Should Know: – bene : studio, a San Francisco, CA-based global digital product consultancy, announced its non-equity, online HealthTech Product Accelerator, starting on April 1st. The accelerator will focus exclusively on the enhancement of the participating companies’ design and technology. – This accelerator is tailored to advanced Health Tech startups with $1M+ yearly …

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

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

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

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

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Data-Driven Future: Impact of Machine Learning on Diabetes Management

Athar Siddiqui:  Global Strategy Lead, Digital Connected Solutions –  Ascensia Diabetes Care “Information technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I don’t think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without the talking about the other” – Bill Gates wrote this in 1999 and, nowadays, the same can certainly be said about information technology and healthcare.  …

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BridgeBio and Origin’s Nulibry (fosdenopterin) Receives the US FDA’s Approval as the First Therapy to Reduce the Risk of Mortality in Patients with MoCD Type A

Shots: The FDA has approved Nulibry based on three clinical trials compared to data from a natural history study in patients with MoCD Type A The results from three clinical trials showed improvement in overall survival and an 82% reduction in the risk of death, @3yrs. probability of survival in rcPMP-treated patients (84% vs 55%), …

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VR and AR Simulation Medical Training Can Reduce Medical Errors

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

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Best Practices to Ensure Telehealth Security and Protect Patient Data

Paul Banco, CEO of etherFAX To support the sudden increase in test results and medical records being transmitted during the pandemic, hospitals, laboratories, and pharmacies implemented additional devices and remote connections into their networks. After the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) lifted penalties around telehealth to expand care options amid the crisis, new platforms were …

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UK Launches World’s First COVID-19 Human Challenge Study

What You Should Know: – This week, the United Kingdom (UK) will be the first country in the world to run a COVID-19 human challenge study, following approval from the UK’s clinical trials ethics body. – First Covid-19 human challenge study will begin within a month, after receiving ethics approval in the same week the …

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Electronic Signatures Speed Care, Keep Providers in Compliance

Stephan Herron, CEO/President of Scriptel Corporation While certain healthcare regulations—especially those around telehealth visits—have been relaxed during the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, the core compliance and regulatory environment remain intact, including rules around signatures. Many hospitals and health systems have set up temporary care facilities or COVID-19 testing sites, while all types of healthcare providers have …

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ECRI Institute: Top 10 Health Technology Hazards to Watch in 2021

What You Should Know: – ECRI Institute identified the complexity of managing medical devices with COVID-19 emergency use authorization as the number one technology hazard in its Top 10 Health Technology Hazards for 2021 report. ECRI Institute’s Top 10 Health Technology Hazards, now in its 14th year, identifies top health technology concerns that warrant attention from healthcare leaders. The …

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Holy Name to Offer Needle-Free Blood Draws for Inpatients, First Hospital in NJ

What You Should Know: – Holy Name Medical Center announced that it is the first hospital in New Jersey among a growing number of health systems nationwide to offer needle-free blood draws for inpatients using the PIVO™ device from Velano Vascular. – As part of this effort, Holy Name is deploying a new telepresence technology, …

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Escalating Cyberattacks on Healthcare Organizations Highlight Need for Security Interventions

Michelle Drolet, CEO of Towerwall, Healthcare organizations have faced continual stress from heavy COVID-19 caseloads in 2020. Cyberattacks on their information networks also loomed as a serious threat, and the pressure to protect data is expected to grow this year, as more criminals target healthcare providers. Protecting patient data from unauthorized access has long been …

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Can AI Pave the Path to Reducing Physician Burnout?

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

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Why Cancer Registries are Part of America’s Fight for Racial Equality

Warren A Whyte, Ph.D., VP Scientific Partnerships at ConcertAI According to a 2019 study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, one in 1,000 Black males can expect to die at the hands of the police. Black males were also 2.5 times more likely to die during an encounter with police than white …

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Experian Health, Epic Partner to Address COVID-19 Identity Verification Challenges

What You Should Know: -Experian Health is partnering with Epic to expedites access to Precise ID® for Epic customers to address COVID-19 identity verification challenges.   – Collaboration aims to accelerate vaccination efforts with swift implementation and touchless identity proofing for high volume immunization programs. As part of its ongoing efforts to assist the healthcare industry with pandemic-related …

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Telehealth Helped Me Beat COVID-19, But It’s Just A Start

Lisa Romano, MSN, RN, Chief Nursing Officer at CipherHealth I was the voice of social distancing, a proponent of mask-wearing from the very start. Still, after months of keeping distance from loved ones, the idea of a quick, safe, outdoor family gathering on a beautiful fall day, even if we weren’t going to be wearing …

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

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

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

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

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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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Volpara Acquires Breast Cancer Risk Assessment Platform CRA Health for $18M

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 — a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital. Today the company delivers more …

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Healthcare Metadata Management: 3 Critical Capabilities to Creating A Unified, Automated Approach

Amnon Drori, CEO of Octopai The healthcare industry, like many others, has become a data driven industry collecting data from patients, doctors, labs, and payers that are all crucial to patient healthcare diagnosis and outcome. When it comes to research, data can be useful in creating emerging healthcare technological innovations, pharmaceutical discoveries, as well as …

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GetWellNetwork Acquires Consumer Engagement Platform Docent Health

What You Should Know: – GetWellNetwork is acquiring Docent Health, a digital health company. Docent provides a patient engagement platform used by healthcare organizations to coordinate personalized care at scale through AI-enabled communication technology. – The acquisition advances GetWellNetwork’s mission to empower patients and families to be more active participants in their care, and extends …

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

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

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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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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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Intelligent Automation of the Revenue Cycle: How an Integrated Platform Approach Yields Financial Results

Sean Barrett, Senior Vice President, Product and Digital Transformation, R1 RCM Healthcare provider networks are experiencing enormous pressure to manage financial margins and invest in contactless patient experiences. With overall financial losses projected to exceed $323 billion as a result of COVID-19, a projected $200 billion in administrative waste due to revenue cycle inefficiencies, and …

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Leveraging Technology and Data for COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution

Kevin Grauman, President and CEO, QLess After months of uncertainty, hope is finally on the horizon as three viable COVID-19 vaccine candidates are moving closer towards approvals for public distribution. Getting to this stage was extremely labor-intensive, but unfortunately, it’s not the end of the hardships. The coronavirus vaccine will represent the largest vaccine distribution …

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Tyto Care Launches FDA-Cleared Fingertip Pulse Oximeter Medical Device

What You Should Know: – Tyto Care announces the launch of its fingertip Pulse Oximeter device, allowing users to measure their own blood oxygen saturation level and heart rate from the comfort and safety of home. – Expanding its clinic-quality remote capabilities, TytoCare users will be able to perform a remote blood oxygen exam, allowing …

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HHS Awards Funds to Increase Data Sharing Between HIEs & Immunization Registries

What You Should Know: – The ONC today unveiled a series of investments to improve the sharing of health information related to vaccination. – The new investments will provide opportunities to track vaccination progress, help clinicians contact high-risk patients, and help identify patients due to receive the second dose of the vaccine. The U.S. Department …

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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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3 Steps to Maintain Telehealth’s Momentum Post-Pandemic

In the face of COVID-19, healthcare witnessed how crises can become the long-awaited push for creativity and innovation that the industry needs. When our healthcare infrastructure’s weaknesses were exposed, telehealth helped to stitch them up, with the number of telehealth claims increasing 8,336% nationally from April 2019 to April 2020. Out of need, patients quickly …

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IoMT Is Improving Patient Access: We Must Avoid Creating New Barriers

Heidi Sveistrup, CEO at Bruyère Research Institute Elza Seregelyi, Director at L-SPARK The Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) is changing the face of healthcare and has the potential to significantly improve patient access as well as system efficiencies. The adoption of telemedicine, for example, spurred on by the Covid-19 pandemic, has spread rapidly.  Forrester revised …

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

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

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MEDITECH Launches Quick Vaccination Solution to Streamline COVID-19 Vaccination Process

What You Should Know: – MEDITECH launches a web-based Quick Vaccination solution enabling healthcare organizations to efficiently administer the vaccine to their patients from multiple care venues, including through tablet devices. – With Quick Vaccination, healthcare organizations have the speed and mobility to distribute the vaccine at high-volume locations, including pop-up inoculation sites. To accelerate …

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Provider Strategies for Mitigating Telehealth Fraud & Abuse in 2021

Dr. Gary Call, Chief Medical Officer at HMS As healthcare spending continues to rise, so too does the inherent risk for bad actors to take advantage. Today, the United States is estimated to spend nearly 18 percent of its GDP, or $3.6 trillion, on healthcare, and is expected to increase to one-fifth of GDP within …

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NeuroFlow Secures $20M for Tech-Enabled Behavioral Health Integration Platform

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 bridge the gap between mental and physical health in order …

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Why Hospitals Should Act Now to Create Clinical AI Departments

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

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Transforming Care Delivery Through AI-Powered Predictive Surveillance

John Langton, Ph.D. Director of Applied Data Science, Wolters Kluwer, Health Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, hospitals and health systems have pushed forward with innovative technology solutions with great expediency and proficiency. Healthcare organizations were quick to launch telehealth solutions and advance digital health to maintain critical patient relationships and ensure continuity of …

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COVID-19 Deferrals Lead to 3 Major Conditions Payers/Providers Must Address in 2021

What You Should Know: – COVID-19 care deferrals lead to three major boomerang conditions that payers and providers must proactively address in 2021, according to a newly released report by Prealize. – COVID-19’s hidden victims—those who avoided or deferred care during the pandemic—will increasingly return to the healthcare system, and many will be diagnosed with …

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CareSource, Healthify Partner to Address Social Determinants of Health in Ohio

What You Should Know: – Healthify and CareSource are teaming up to build a statewide network of community-based organizations in Ohio. – This new network will provide social services to CareSource’s members throughout the state of Ohio with referrals to address Social Determinants of Health (SDoH). CareSource, a nonprofit multi-state managed care plan has partnered with Healthify to build a statewide network of community-based organizations in Ohio. The …

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Xealth’s CEO Shares Impact of Digital Health in 2020 and What’s Ahead in 2021

Mike McSherry, CEO & Co-founder of Xealth HIT Consultant sat down with Mike McSherry, CEO, and co-founder of Seattle-based digital prescription platform Xealth to discuss digital health lessons learned in 2020 and what we can expect in 2021. As Xealth’s CEO, Mike also works with Duke Health, UPMC, Atrium Health, and The Froedtert & the …

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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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DaVita & RenalytixAI Partner for Early Risk Identification to Help Slow Kidney Disease Progression

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 prognosis and risk stratification, combined with actionable care management to …

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Death by Ransomware: Poor Healthcare Cybersecurity

Babur Khan, Technical Marketing Engineer at A10 Networks If hackers attack your organization and you’re in an industry such as financial services, engineering, or manufacturing your risks are mostly monetary. But when it comes to healthcare cybersecurity, not only is there significant financial jeopardy, people’s health and wellbeing are also at risk so the stakes …

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12 Telehealth & Virtual Care Predictions and Trends for 2021 Roundup

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 governmental regulations, telehealth utilization has significantly increased from thousands of …

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CIO: 3 Rules for Meeting ONC/CMS Interoperability, While Improving Cybersecurity

Scott Galbari, CTO, Lyniate Drew Ivan, Chief Product and Strategy Officer, Lyniate Healthcare data security has been a growing concern for CIOs for the last year or so, as hackers are increasingly targeting health information. Now, with a global pandemic forcing a shift to telemedicine and remote work, and new rules from the ONC and …

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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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5 Post-Acute Care Industry Trends to Watch in 2021

What You Should Know: – Healthcare technology company Forcura names the five most significant trends for the post-acute care industry in 2021. The post-acute care (PAC) sector saw some of its most profound challenges this year, from deadly COVID-19 outbreaks in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) to a suddenly accelerated need for the services provided by …

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

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

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Lyft Launches 60M Ride COVID-19 Vaccine Access Campaign with Anthem, Chase, Epic, United Way, Others

What You Should Know: – In partnership with JP Morgan Chase; United Way; top healthcare organizations including Anthem, Centene, One Medical and Epic; and other non-profit and community partners, Lyft’s goal is to facilitate 60M safe rides to vaccination sites. – Lyft’s vaccine access campaign will help the communities who need it most safely travel …

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Humana Taps Vida Health to Power Virtual Diabetes Management for Kentucky’s Medicaid Population

What You Should Know: –  Humana Healthy Horizons™ in Kentucky announced it has selected Vida Health’s virtual diabetes management program to serve Kentucky’s Medicaid population. – Vida’s diabetes management program achieves lasting results for participants. Because chronic conditions like diabetes, obesity, and hypertension often occur simultaneously, Vida’s unique program was built from the ground up to …

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DoD Awards $2.8M to Philips & BioIntelliSense to Validate Wearable for Early COVID-19 Detection

What You Should Know: – Philips and BioIntelliSense has been selected by the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command (USAMRDC) to receive nearly $2.8M from the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) to validate BioIntelliSense’s FDA-cleared BioSticker device for the early detection of COVID-19 symptoms. – Working with the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus, …

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How The Internet of Things (IoT) Can Be Used to Monitor The Elderly

Ajay Rane, VP of Global Ecosystem Development, Sigfox Shelter-in-place orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic have exaggerated the social exclusion and loneliness of many elderly and vulnerable individuals, thereby increasing their chances of experiencing critical health complications. This trend—combined with societal shifts including reduced inter-generational living, greater geographical mobility, and less cohesive communities—has placed the …

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For Better Patient Care Coordination, We Need Seamless Digital Communications

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

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COVID-19 Exposed The True Vulnerability of Healthcare Infrastructure

Martyn Crew, Director of Solutions Marketing at Gigamon In 2019, 41 million patient records breached in 572 reported incidents at an average cost of $1.8 million per breach. These statistics are far from surprising with healthcare records selling for a reported average of $45 on the dark web. Unfortunately, the year 2020 aggravated these issues …

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12 Recently Launched COVID-19 Vaccine Management Solutions to Know

An in-depth look at twelve recently released COVID-19 vaccine management solutions as COVID-19 vaccines are being distributed nationwide. 1. Microsoft Microsoft launches a COVID-19 vaccine management platform with partners Accenture and Avanade, EY, and Mazik Global to help government and healthcare customers provide fair and equitable vaccine distribution, administration, and monitoring of vaccine delivery. Microsoft …

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VHA Innovation Ecosystem Taps MDClone to Leverage Synthetic Data for Faster Healthcare to Veterans

What You Should Know: – Data analytics and digital health company MDClone announced a partnership with the Department of Veterans Affairs’ (VA) VHA Innovation Ecosystem to democratize data and provide better, smarter, faster healthcare to U.S Veterans. – By leveraging MDClone’s data platform, the VHA is able to tackle this massive problem by securely accessing, …

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More Than 45 Million Medical Images Are Openly Accessible Online

What You Should Know: – CybelAngel tools scanned approximately 4.3 billion IP addresses and detected more than 45 million unique medical images left exposed on over 2,140 unprotected servers across 67 countries including the US, UK, and Germany. – The report highlights the security risks of publicly accessible images containing highly personal information including ransomware …

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AI Algorithms Can Predict Outcomes of COVID-19 Patients with Mild Symptoms in ER

What You Should Know: – Artificial intelligence algorithms can predict outcomes of COVID-19 patients with mild symptoms in emergency rooms, according to recent research findings published in Radiology: Artificial Intelligence journal. – Researchers trained the algorithm from data on 338 positive COVID-19 patients between the ages of 21 and 50 by using diverse patient data …

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Innovaccer, SyTrue Partner to Generate Actionable Insights from Healthcare Data

What You Should Know: – Innovaccer partners with SyTrue to uncover powerful insights and accelerate its efforts to drive healthcare’s digital transformation. – The integration of SyTrue’s proprietary NLP OS with Innovaccer’s FHIR-enabled Data Activation Platform will empower healthcare organizations to identify diagnosis codes and Hierarchical Condition Categories (HCC) from patient care progress notes and …

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Gleaning Insights for COVID-19: Why Claims and Clinical Data Matter

Emad Rizk, M.D., President, CEO & Chairman of the Board, Cotiviti As 170 research teams race to develop a vaccine for COVID-19, some that are in late-stage approvals have seen recent progress, but it is still not yet clear when a vaccine will become widely available. Until then, healthcare organizations continue to rely heavily on …

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Microsoft Deploys COVID-19 Vaccine Management Platform

What You Should Know: – Microsoft launches a COVID-19 vaccine management platform with partners Accenture and Avanade, EY, and Mazik Global to help government and healthcare customers provide fair and equitable vaccine distribution, administration, and monitoring of vaccine delivery.  – Microsoft Consulting Services (MCS) has deployed over 230 emergency COVID-19 response missions globally since the pandemic began …

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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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DispatchHealth Launches New Clinic Without Walls for Enhanced Virtual Visits to MultiCare Patients

What You Should Know: – DispatchHealth launches Clinic Without Walls, a new service line offering patients a telemedicine visit with in-person assistance for more complex medical visits. – The initial service line will be available in a pilot to MultiCare patients in the Tacoma and Spokane areas in an effort to its senior patients’ alternative …

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Cityblock Health Reaches $1B Valuation, Raises $160M to Address Systemic Healthcare Inequity

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 of a healthcare system that cycles vulnerable communities through frequent …

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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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Google Health Studies App Launches in Partnership with Harvard Medical School & Boston Children’s Hospital

What You Should Know: – Google announces the launch of its Google Health Studies App with the first study focused on respiratory illness in partnership with Harvard Medical School & Boston Children’s Hospital. – Google Health Studies aims to create opportunities for more people to participate in health research. By contributing, you’ll represent your community …

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PointClickCare Acquires Collective Medical for $650M to Create to Largest Combined Acute and Post-Acute Care Network

What You Should Know: – PointClickCare announces its intent to acquire Collective Medical to create the largest combined acute and post-acute care network in North America for $650M. – Collective Medical’s platform connects more than 1,300 hospitals, thousands of ambulatory practices and long-term post-acute care (LTPAC) providers, as well as accountable care organizations (ACOs) and …

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Highmark Taps Lark Health for AI-Driven Chronic Disease Management/Prevention

What You Should Know: – Highmark, one of the largest Blues plans, has chosen Lark Health for its chronic disease prevention and management platform. – Members will have access to Lark’s 24/7 AI-based coaching and programs to manage diabetes, hypertension, and prevent chronic conditions. Highmark Inc., America’s fourth-largest overall Blue Cross Blue Shield-affiliated organization, announced …

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The Modern Approach to Acquiring Healthcare IT

 Cheryl Rodenfels, Healthcare Strategist, Nutanix The COVID-19 pandemic has shed light on the shortcomings of today’s hospital and healthcare IT infrastructure, with many healthcare organizations quickly adopting the latest and greatest technology to support remote operations. However, in the scramble to adapt, many IT leaders did not ensure that the acquired technology integrated well with …

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HHS Taps CVS Health for Pilot to Administer COVID-19 Therapy to Patients At Home & Long-Term Care Facilities

What You Should Know: – Today, CVS Health was selected by HHS, as part of Operation Warp Speed, to pilot the administration of a limited supply of bamlanivimab, a monoclonal antibody therapy, with eligible COVID-19 patients at-risk of severe infection or complications resulting from the virus. – Under this pilot, Coram, the specialty pharmacy and …

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Healthcare M&A: DAS Health Acquires Randall Technology Services

What You Should Know: – DAS Health Ventures acquires healthcare and managed IT company Randall Technology Services (RandallTech). – This acquisition adds Allscripts® PM and EHR solutions to the DAS portfolio of supported products, and DAS Health has now added additional staff in Texas that will create opportunities for greater regional support of its entire …

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Zebra Medical Vision to Co-Develop AI-Based Models for Osteoporosis Early Detection & Prevention

What You Should Know: – Zebra Medical Vision, the deep-learning medical imaging analytics company, and Scottish digital transformation consultancy Storm ID were chosen to co-develop new AI-based osteoporosis prevention solutions under EUREKA intergovernmental network.  – The UK-Israel research and development grant will be co-developed with clinical teams from NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde and Assuta …

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3 Key Solutions to Fighting Stress In the Medical Field

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

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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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Signify Health Acquires Healthcare Payment Blockchain Company PatientBlox

Signify Health, a leading provider of technology-enabled healthcare solutions designed to keep people healthy and happy at home has acquired PatientBlox, an Atlanta-based technology company with deep expertise in applying distributed ledger technology in healthcare. The acquisition accelerates Signify’s prospective provider payment capabilities for episodes of care, supporting the company’s commitment to advance value-based care …

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Hospital Sustainability Demands that Revenue Integrity Move Front and Center

Vasilios Nassiopoulos, VP of Platform Strategy and Innovation, Hayes Razor-thin operational margins coupled with substantial and ongoing losses related to COVID-19 are culminating in a perfect storm of bottom-line issues for U.S. hospitals and health systems. A study commissioned by the American Hospital Association (AHA) found that the median hospital margin overall was just 3.5% pre-pandemic, and …

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COVID-19 and Racial Disparities: Transforming the Health of Businesses

Margarita Alegría, PhD, Chief of the Disparities Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital American businesses and their leadership are at a crossroads. COVID-19 has forced us all to re-evaluate how we work and live, while the current protest movements have placed a spotlight on the systemic injustices non-white workers face both in and out of …

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7 Best Practices for Third-Party Risk Management in the Pharmaceutical Industry

Dr. Aleksandr Yampolskiy, CEO of SecurityScorecard, The globalization of the pharmaceutical industry has forced pharma companies to outsource, increasing their reliance on third-party vendors and suppliers. As this supply chain grows in complexity, companies find themselves grappling with a growing amount of cyber risk.  A data breach in the pharmaceutical industry can cost companies upwards …

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How COVID-19 Has Revealed Healthcare’s Blockchain Use Cases

Brett Furst, President at HHS Technology Group Blockchain technology has somewhat infamously been described as “a solution in search of a problem,” but as the healthcare industry responds to the demands of the pandemic, several valuable use cases have surfaced that could benefit from employing the emerging technology.   Due in large part due to its …

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White House Coronavrius Task Force Doubles Down on Rapid Testing Strategy

What You Should Know: – White house coronavirus task force doubles down on rapid testing strategy to fight the coronavirus as some states say they don’t have the supplies to comply with the federal government’s advice. – This article was originally published by the Center for Public Integrity, a nonprofit investigative news organization based in Washington, …

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8 Ways Advanced Analytics Can Help You Decide If Telehealth Should Be Temporary or Permanent

Prasad Dindigal, Vice President, Healthcare & Life Sciences, EXL. Over the past few months, primarily as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth has gone from a “nice-to-have” to a “must-have” for healthcare providers. The surge of COVID-19 patients in the spring, coupled with “stay-at-home” orders in many states, meant that many patients in need …

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Intermountain Adds Omada’s Diabetes Prevention Program to At-Risk Patients

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 diabetes prevention, type 2 diabetes management, hypertension, behavioral health, and …

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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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NeuroFlow Joins Epic App Orchard for Behavioral Health Integration

What You Should Know: –  NeuroFlow, the leader in technology-enabled behavioral health integration, is now available to healthcare providers through Epic’s App Orchard marketplace. NeuroFlow combines provider workflow augmentation solutions, clinical care dashboards, and a patient-facing application to create a clinical feedback loop centered around behavioral health. – Patient generated data including validated assessment scores, mood and …

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

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

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Buoy Health Raises $37.5M to Expand AI-Powered Healthcare Navigation Platform

What You Should Know: – Buoy Health raises $37.5 million in Series C funding to expand it’s AI-powered healthcare navigation platform, bringing its total raised to date at $66.5M. – Buoy will use the proceeds to further build out its IP with respect to artificial intelligence and other technologies, as well as grow the Buoy …

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Cleveland Clinic Develop COVID-19 Risk Prediction Model through Epic MyChart

What You Should Know: – Cleveland Clinic develops the COVID-19 risk prediction model through Epic MyChart that is now available to health systems around the world. – Healthcare organizations can present the clinically validated model to patients in MyChart to assess their risk of having COVID-19. Cleveland Clinic researchers have developed a COVID-19 risk prediction …

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New Covid-19 risk model available via Epic’s patient portal

A risk prediction model for Covid-19, developed by researchers at Cleveland Clinic, is now available to all health systems worldwide that use the Epic MyChart patient portal. The model will help clinicians estimate the likelihood of a patient testing positive for the disease.

M&A: Centene to Acquire AI Healthcare Analytics Platform Apixio

What You Should Know: – Centene Corporation acquires AI healthcare analytics platform Apixio to additional data and AI capability to technology portfolio. – Apixio will remain an operationally independent entity as part of Centene’s Health Care Enterprises group to continue bringing value to its clients and the industry. Centene Corporation, today announced it has signed …

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VHA, Ontrak Launch 3-Year AI Study to Help Prevent Veteran Suicide

What You Should Know: – The Veterans Health Administration has selected Ontrak in collaboration with Harvard Medical School and Brown University to transform suicide prevention care for veterans. – Leveraging AI developed by a Harvard Medical School professor and the core analytics of the Ontrak platform, the three-year study will look at the effect of …

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Medigate, Ordr Emerge as Leaders in Growing Healthcare IoT Market, KLAS Report Finds

What You Should Know: – As the buying wave of healthcare IoT solutions continues, strong technology offerings and numerous new wins in the last year have established Medigate and Ordr as leaders in the growing market. –  KLAS finds that the adoption of security solutions for the healthcare internet of things (IoT) continues to grow …

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To Solve Healthcare Interoperability, We Must ‘Solve the Surround’

Peter S. Tippett, MD, Ph.D., Founder & CEO of careMesh Interoperability in healthcare is a national disgrace. After more than three decades of effort, billions of dollars in incentives and investments, State and Federal regulations, and tens of thousands of articles and studies on making all of this work — we are only slightly better …

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ASN, HHS Launches KidneyX COVID-19 Kidney Care Challenge

What You Should Know: – The HHS and the American Society of Nephrology announces the launch of the COVID-19 Kindey Care Challenge. – The $300k challenge aims to identify and share these frontline solutions so all communities can benefit. Winners will receive $20,000 each in recognition of their solutions. The U.S. Department of Health and …

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4 Ways to Combat Hidden Costs Associated with Delayed Patient Care During COVID-19

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 it relates to patient adherence.   The coronavirus pandemic has amplified …

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AstraZeneca’s Brilinta (ticagrelor) Receives the US FDA’s Approval to Reduce the Risk of Stroke in Patients with an Acute Ischemic Stroke or High-Risk Transient Ischemic Attack

Shots: The approval is based on P-III THALES study involves assessing Brilinta (180mg as a loading dose followed by 90mg, bid) + aspirin vs aspirin as monothx. in 11,000 patients with non-cardioembolic acute ischaemic stroke or high-risk TIA for 30days Results demonstrated a reduction in the rate of the composite 1EP of stroke & death …

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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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FDA Extends RCA With COTA to Explore COVID’s Effect on Cancer

What You Should Know: – The FDA just extended its research collaboration agreement (RCA) with COTA, specifically looking at how COVID-19 is affecting cancer. – With this expanded agreement, COTA and the FDA will use real-world data to explore the impact of COVID-19 and the pandemic on cancer treatment, with the opportunity to expand into …

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

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

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Ontrak Acquires Science-Backed, Behavior Change Platform LifeDojo

What You Should Know: – Ontrak acquires LifeDojo Inc, a San Francisco, CA-based comprehensive, science-backed behavior change platform. – The acquisition broadens Ontrak’s addressable market and footprint to lower acuity populations enabling new interventions and remote patient monitoring. Ontrak, Inc., a leading AI-powered and telehealth-enabled, virtualized healthcare company, today announced that it has acquired LifeDojo …

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COVID-19 Underscores Need for Identity Governance Administration

Wes Wright, CTO at Imprivata If you work in healthcare, chances are that the COVID-19 pandemic forced you to quickly scale up or move staff around to manage the onslaught of patients. The demand for clinicians and support staff grew alongside the spread of the virus, making organizations add clinicians or reassign employees with new …

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KēlaHealth Lands $12.9M to Expand AI-Powered Surgical Intelligence Platform

What You Should Know: –  KēlaHealth announced their Series A round (combined seed and Series A) of $12.9M led by Sante Ventures and new innovation VC, Intuitive Ventures. – KēlaHealth, is a surgical intelligence engine that applies a dynamic cycle of patient-specific predictions, stratified interventions, and outcomes tracking to reduce surgical complications – KēlaHealth is …

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Healthify, Algorex Health & Excellus BCBS Tap into SDoH Analytics to Address Social Disparities

What You Should Know: – Healthify in partnership with Algorex Health Technologies, announced the results of new social determinants of health (SDoH) population analysis of Excellus BlueCross BlueShield (BCBS) members. – SDoH are non-clinical conditions that significantly affect health outcomes. The analysis identified Excellus BCBS members who are struggling with SDoH such as unstable housing, …

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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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Kettering Health to Deploy Nuance’s AI-Driven Physician Documentation for ED

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 diagnoses, and malpractice litigation – priorities for all physicians, especially …

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CMS Direct Contracting Model Options for Value-Based 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 new model is to create the next generation of risk-sharing …

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CareLinx, Doctor on Demand Partner to Bring In-Home Virtual Care to Seniors

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 avoid exposure to COVID, Doctor On Demand’s partnership with CareLinx …

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Rural Hospital Execs Can Beat COVID-19 By Shifting From Reactive to Proactive Care

Eric Tran, Tulane School of Medicine Donald Voltz, MD, Aultman Hospital The COVID-19 virus is ravaging the planet at a scale not seen since the infamous Spanish Flu of the early 1900s, inflicting immense devastation as the U.S. loses more than 200,000 lives and counting. According to CDC statistics, 94% of patient mortalities associated with …

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5 Trends Driving The Future of Healthcare Real Estate in 2020 & Beyond

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 these expectations. Health systems must be aware of current trends …

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Babyscripts Forms Commercial Partnership with Roche to Develop RPM Programs for Pregnancy

What You Should Know:   – Babyscripts today announced a commercial partnership with Roche Diagnostics, a division of the world’s largest biotech company and a global pioneer in pharmaceuticals and diagnostics.  – Roche will partner with Babyscripts on the development of Babyscripts’ remote patient monitoring (RPM) programs to leverage groundbreaking data science through the next generation of RPM in …

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RLDatix Acquires Verge Health to Accelerate Proactive Risk Mitigation in Healthcare

What You Should Know: – RLDatix acquires Verge Health, creating the largest safety-led compliance and credentialing software platform specifically designed for healthcare. – The acquisition will accelerate the adoption of RLDatix’s applied safety intelligence framework and create an industry-standard for proactive risk mitigation. RLDatix, the leading global provider of intelligent patient safety solutions, announced today …

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Blue Cross NC Launches No-Cost Virtual Programs to Quit Smoking and Reverse Diabetes

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 will be available to individual under-65 members and fully insured …

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The Future of the ICU? How Clinical Decision Support Is Advancing Care

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 of 350 million, with just over 1 million deaths reported. …

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Imprivata Launches Touchless Palm Vein Scanner to Address Patient Safety Concerns from COVID-19

What You Should Know: – Imprivata launches a new palm vein scanner solution: Imprivata PatientSecure to power touchless biometric patient identification for healthcare. – The next generation palm scanner, developed in collaboration with Keyo, will help healthcare organizations solve the challenge of patient ID amidst the COVID-19 pandemic by eliminating the need to touch any …

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Were We Mentally Ready for COVID-19? Why It’s Time to Take Behavioral Health Seriously

Dr. Jacob Lazarovic M.D., IMCS Group As you read this, over 200,000 American deaths have been attributed to the virus. The influx of cases continues, while state and local economies are experiencing hardship, children are shuttered in their homes learning remotely, grown children are moving back home and the “new normal” disrupts nearly all of …

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Fujifilm & Volpara Partner to Help Clinicians Determine Patient Breast Density

What You Should Know: – FUJIFILM Medical Systems U.S.A., Inc. and Volpara Solutions announced the extension of their partnership to provide mammography facilities and clinicians with breast imaging solutions designed to improve image quality, streamline workflow and accurately assess a patient’s breast density. – Building on a successful 6-year partnership, Fujifilm’s customers using ASPIRE Cristalle …

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Healthify Integrates with Altruista Health to Help Payors Address SDoH

What You Should Know: – Healthify’s social determinants of health (SDoH) infrastructure will be integrated into Altruista’s GuidingCare® platform to support health plans in addressing the social needs of members. – SDoH such as poverty, housing instability, and food insecurity can significantly impact health outcomes, so it is imperative that they are not overlooked. Healthify, a …

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HP Launches EMR-Integrated Print Solutions to Digitize Point of Care Workflows

What You Should Know: – HP launches patient-first print technologies to help healthcare workers stay safe and spend more time caring for patients. – Innovations co-developed with healthcare professionals include industry’s first sterilizable printers, exclusive EMR-compliant workflow solutions, and services to improve patient safety and privacy. Today, HP Inc. officially launched new print solutions for …

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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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Innovaccer Unveils Risk Adjustment Solution For Improved Coding Accuracy

What You Should Know: – Innovaccer unveils new risk adjustment solution to help providers better segment their population to refine the risk scoring process and improve coding accuracy and efficiency, thereby improving performance on risk-based contracts. – The solution utilizes Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Natural Language Processing (NLP) to make risk predictions. Innovaccer, Inc., a …

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Virta Expands Offerings to Treat New Group of Chronic Illnesses

What You Should Know: – Virta is expanding its suite of treatment options to include prediabetes reversal, obesity reversal, and type 2 diabetes management. – By making this crucial expansion, Virta can scale its treatment to support the tens of millions of additional patients with prediabetes and obesity, as provide an on-ramp to reversal for …

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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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Curation Health Raises Series A Funding for Clinical Decision Support Platform

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 risk contracts and improving quality performance. Curation Health, an Annapolis, …

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AWS, PHDA Collaborate to Develop Breast Cancer Screening and Depression Machine Learning Models

What You Should Know: – Amazon Web Services (AWS) and the Pittsburgh Health Data Alliance (PHDA) announce a collaboration to produce more accurate machine learning models for breast cancer screening and depression. – In work funded through the PHDA-AWS collaboration, a research team led by Shandong Wu, an associate professor at the University of Pittsburgh …

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3 Telemedicine Security and Compliance Best Practices

Gerry Miller, Founder & CEO at Cloudticity The coronavirus pandemic accelerated telemedicine exponentially as patients and doctors switched from in-person visits to remote consultations. Health providers rapidly scaled virtual offerings in March and April and traffic volumes soared to unprecedented levels, with practices “seeing 50 to 175 times the number of patients by telehealth than …

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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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Amwell and Cigna Ranks High in Telehealth Patient Satisfaction, J.D. Power Finds

What You Should Know: – Amwell ranks highest among direct to consumer brands and Cigna ranks highest among health plans for telehealth patient satisfaction, according to the J.D. Power 2020 U.S. Telehealth Satisfaction Study – Though telehealth has been pitched as a solution to improve access to healthcare for everyone, more than half (52%) of …

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Nebula Gives Users Ownership Of Their Personal Genomic Data with Oasis Integration

What You Should Know: – Nebula Genomics announces integration with Oasis Labs to give its customers full ownership and control of the data received from their comprehensive genome sequencing tests. – Through Oasis Labs’ unique privacy solution Parcel, Nebula’s users will be able to retain ownership and control of their personal genomic data. Data remains …

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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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NIH Taps PhysIQ to Develop AI-Based COVID-19 Digital Biomarker

What You Should Know: – physIQ has been selected by the National Institute of Health (NIH) to develop an innovative AI-based COVID-19 digital biomarker solution to address the COVID-19 pandemic. – Early detection of COVID-19 decompensation in patients is complicated by infrequent and non-specific clinical data. The first-in-kind tool will collect and analyzes continuous physiologic …

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TrustHCS, Visionary RCM, T-System, RevCycle+ Merge to Form New Entity CorroHealth

What You Should Know: – CorroHealth – a newly-formed entity – combines the services and technologies of TrustHCS, Visionary RCM, T-System, and RevCycle+. – Under this new entity, CorroHealth is committed to helping clients navigate regulatory compliance complexities, ease physician burdens and improve financial outcomes. Today, four revenue cycle management services and technology organizations have …

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Why Hasn’t A More Holistic Approach to Patient Care Become The Norm?

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 it makes great PB&Js and takes forever to grow mold, …

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4 Areas Driving AI Adoption in Hospital Operations and Patient Safety

Renee Yao, Global Healthcare AI Startups Lead at NVIDIA COVID-19 has put a tremendous burden on hospitals, and the clinicians, nurses, and medical staff who make them run.  Many hospitals have suffered financially as they did not anticipate the severity of the disease. The extended duration of patient stays in ICUs, the need for more …

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Verily Forms New Subsidiary Focused on Employer Stop-Loss Through Precision Risk

What You Should Know: – Alphabet’s Verily has established a new subsidiary, Coefficient, with a mission to create value by combining innovative health technology solutions with new insurance and payment models. Verily is the majority shareholder and Swiss Re Corporate Solutions, an established player in the employer stop-loss market, has a minority stake in the …

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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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The Coronavirus Crisis’ Silent Death Toll: Chronically Ill Patients

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 approach to combating the spread of COVID-19 has forced patients …

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Led by Mount Sinai, Trellus Health Nabs $5M for Precision Platform for Complex Chronic Conditions

What You Should Know: – Trellus Health secures $5M in seed funding and collaborates with Mount Sinai to deliver resilience-driven, connected care, integrating expert clinical and behavioral health for better outcomes. – The first disease Trellus will tackle is IBD, which is one of the costliest chronic conditions with a high mental health burden. Trellus …

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Designing A Digital Experience to Drive Revenue and Patient Engagement

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 that more than 80% of consumers surveyed believe “shopping for …

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Fighting COVID-19 Pandemic: It Starts With Cleaning Our Devices

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 healthcare settings where the spread of infectious diseases is not …

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Innovaccer Launches Perioperative Optimization Platform for Surgeons

What You Should Know: – Innovaccer launches a perioperative optimization solution for surgeons to realize clinical and financial goals with patient-risk analysis. – The solution redefines surgical planning and post-surgical recovery with machine learning-based patient stratification for optimized surgery experience and personalized patient care management. Innovaccer, Inc., a San Francisco, CA-based healthcare technology company, recently …

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Memorial Health Deploys Chatbots to Virtualize Waiting Room Experience

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 corporation serving the people and communities of central Illinois through …

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CancerIQ Raises $5M to Expand Genetic Cancer Risk Assessment Platform

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 personalize the prevention and early detection of cancer. – Two …

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4 Ways Businesses Will Adapt Their Healthcare Landscape

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 to move operations online once social distancing became the norm. …

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HHS Announces Investments for STAR HIE Program to Support State and Local Public Health Agencies

What You Should Know: – HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) will award up to five 5 cooperative agreements under the Strengthening the Technical Advancement and Readiness of Public Health Agencies via Health Information Exchange (STAR HIE) Program. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) today issued a Notice of Funding Opportunity to expand and accelerate innovative uses of electronic health information via health information exchanges (HIEs) to support state and local public health agencies. …

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FDA, Syapse Expand Research to Generate Real-World Data Related to COVID-19 and Cancer

What You Should Know: The FDA and Syapse announce research collaboration expansion to address urgent public health challenges including supporting FDA’s goal of rapid understanding of COVID-19. As part of the research, Syapse is partnering with FDA’s Oncology Center of Excellence to investigate methods to derive RWD from multiple sources including electronic health records, registries …

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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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Top 5 RCM Challenges for Healthcare Executives in the COVID-19 Era and Beyond

Brian Robertson, CEO at VisiQuate, There have been many memorable “where were you?” events since the 21st century began. But few can match the COVID-19 pandemic, at least from a healthcare perspective.  The effect on healthcare (and healthcare executives) has been particularly profound since our industry is in the center of everything. From the search for …

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Salesforce, CVS Health Integrates COVID-19 Return to Work and Campus Solutions

What You Should Know: – Salesforce and CVS Health announced a strategic relationship to help organizations, including employers and universities, return critical populations to the workplace or campus. With this new joint offering, which combines Salesforce Work.com capabilities with CVS Health’s Return Ready, worksite and campus locations will be able to provide complementary services for wellness assessments, COVID-19 testing and manual contact tracing for …

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Verisk Launches EHR Triage Engine to Help Speed Approval of Life Insurance Apps

What You Should Know: – Verisk launches its new EHR Triage Engine, a tool that uses data from consumer-authorized electronic health records (EHRs) to help life insurers fast-track many applications for coverage. – The EHR Triage Engine bypasses manual workflows, leveraging advanced predictive analytics and automation to digitally ingest and analyze EHRs and the tool …

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COVID-19 Underscores Why Certain Aspects of the American Healthcare System Should Change Forever

Irv Lichtenwald, President & CEO of Medsphere Systems Corporation In the late 1940s, the United Kingdom was busily reassembling country and what remained of the empire in the aftermath of World War II. Among many revelations, the war had convinced Britain’s leaders of the need to provide healthcare for all in the event of calamity …

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New Tech Solution Lets People Securely Share COVID-19 Testing Results

What You Should Know: – TransUnion, in partnership with CLX Health, a joint venture from UST Global and SiriusIQ, announced the launch of HealthyAmerica, a technology solution that will give individuals the power to securely share their COVID-19 testing results while maintaining their individual privacy – helping businesses and schools across the country to minimize risk and …

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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 or virtually online, Cricket Health’s approach to kidney care is …

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How Times of Crisis Spur Needed Change in Healthcare Delivery

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 healthcare system, such as optimizing operational efficiency. Organizations and individuals …

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DAS Health Acquires Managed IT Services and CyberSecurity Company Technology Seed

– Both companies’ clients will gain an increased depth of IT and security support, and Technology Seed’s healthcare clients will now have a substantially improved value proposition DAS Health Ventures, Inc., a provider of health IT and management, announced today it completed the acquisition of Technology Seed, LLC, a managed IT and cybersecurity services company based in Salem, NH. …

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Super-Spreading of COVID-19 Co-Infections Reveals a Deadly Diagnostics Gap

Oliver Schacht, PhD, CEO of OpGen Secondary bacterial or fungal co-infections in COVID-19 patients have received inadequate attention from the public. For most, co-infections pose little to no risk according to reports that an estimated 8% of patients are found to experience this during hospital admission – a relatively low number compared to the global impact of the …

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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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How COVID-19 is Driving Changes in Hospital Safety Through Technology

Scott Heather, VP of Professional Services US, Bits In Glass COVID-19 has had a tremendous impact on all of us, and it’s likely that many aspects of our daily lives will never return to “normal.” In the same way that we scoff at the notion of driving cars without seatbelts today, we’ll likely feel the …

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5 Critical Considerations for Patient Privacy in Telehealth

Sachin Nayyar, CEO at Securonix The COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous ripple effect across all industries, with one of the most impacted being healthcare. Providers have had to quickly adapt to supporting patients ‘virtually’ in a secure manner, while simultaneously developing procedures to support accurate reporting to government organizations. These changes have placed added …

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How COVID-19 is Driving Changes in Hospital Safety Through Technology

Scott Heather, Vice President of Professional Services US, Bits In Glass COVID-19 has had a tremendous impact on all of us, and it’s likely that many aspects of our daily lives will never return to “normal.” In the same way that we scoff at the notion of driving cars without seatbelts today, we’ll likely feel …

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Avoid COVID-19 Modeling Pitfalls by Eliminating Bias, Using Good Data

Kim Babberl, Product Consulting Group Director at MedeAnalytics COVID-19 models are being used every day to predict the course and short- and long-term impacts of the pandemic. And we’ll be using these COVID-19 models for months to come. While many of us in healthcare are not epidemiologists or data scientists, we’re all sifting through the …

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Sharecare Acquires WhiteHatAI to Enhance Healthcare Payment Integrity

What You Should Know: – Sharecare acquires WhiteHatAI to provide health plan and provider clients with additional capabilities to ensure healthcare payment integrity  – WhiteHatAI’s ability to detect erroneous claims before they are paid will help Sharecare’s health plan partners reduce costs associated with FWA. – Sharecare will integrate WhiteHatAI’s capabilities to foster deeper engagement …

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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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Current Health, Dexcom Partner to Deliver Continuous, Remote Glucose Monitoring

What You Should Know: – Current Health has partnered with Dexcom to add continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) capabilities to its remote patient monitoring (RPM) platform – enhancing care and improving outcomes for diabetics. – Dexcom CGM data will transmit directly into the Current Health wearable and platform for review by the care management and clinical …

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Cybersecurity: Managing Risk in the COVID-19 Era

Healthcare IT consultants’ work involving health records may expose them – and their provider and payer clients – to regulatory, legal, financial, and reputational risk. These risks are potentially higher in the COVID-19 era, with many of their employees working from home and accessing sensitive records and networks from remote locations. According to the US …

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Telehealth and Cybersecurity: What You Should Know

Healthcare providers are seeing between 50 and 175 times (1) more patients via telehealth than before. Telehealth platforms* offer solutions for a wide array of different healthcare issues. An estimated 20 percent of all emergency room visits and 24 percent of routine office visits and outpatient volume could be delivered virtually via telehealth. Telehealth is …

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Virtually or In-Person, Automation Improves The Healthcare Experience

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 procedures—and will continue to do so for at least several …

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Healthify, Ride Health Partner to Offer SDOH-Driven Transportation to Vulnerable Populations

What You Should Know: Healthify, a social determinants of health company (SDOH), announced a national partnership with Ride Health to offer transportation to medical and non-medical services for people faced with transportation barriers. – Each year, an estimated 3.6 million Americans do not obtain medical care due to transportation issues such as cost, lack of …

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Telehealth’s Time Has Come. And It’s Here to Stay.

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 recognize and investigate the rewards of its adoption, but statistics …

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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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HGP Semi-Annual Health IT Market Review: 6 Key Trends to Know

Healthcare Growth Partners, an Investment Banking and Strategic Advisory firm exclusively focused on the transformational health IT market, today announced the release of its Semi-Annual Health IT Market Review report that summarizes M&A and private equity activity across health IT, health information services, and digital health. Report Background/Methodology This edition of the report includes feedback from …

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Same-Day Pharmacy Delivery NowRx Raises $20M to Expand into Additional Territories

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 and robotics to fill and deliver prescriptions in record time, …

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Merck and Bayer Receive the US FDA’s Priority Review for Vericiguat to Reduce the Risk of CV Death in Patients with Symptomatic Chronic Heart Failure with HFrEF

Shots: The NDA is based on P-III VICTORIA study assessing vericiguat (qd, (titrated up to 10mg) vs PBO when given in combination with available HF therapies in ~5,050 patients with worsening CHF, reduced left VEF of <45% within 12mos. prior to randomization following a decompensation event The 1EPs is the composite of time to the …

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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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Wake Forest Baptist Health Launches Drone Delivery for Medicines, PPE for COVID-19

What You Should Know: – Wake Forest Baptist Health will establish a hospital drone delivery network to carry patient-specific time- and temperature-sensitive medicines and PPE for medical professionals treating COVID-19. – In partnership with Matternet and UPSFF today started operating on two routes from one location at Wake Forest Baptist Health to two other health …

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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 teams will be merged. UPMC will continue to own a …

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4 Ways Healthcare Organizations Can Establish Partnerships to Drive Innovation

With public and private healthcare spending significantly outpacing that of other countries, U.S. hospitals face intense pressure to find new ways to capture greater value. More and more, organizations are finding that partnerships with existing vendors can help unlock next-level performance gains in a transformative environment. Take Nebraska Medicine, for example. In the early 2000s, …

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COVID-19 Has Permanently Shifted Patient Behavior Towards Virtual Care

What You Should Know: – The COVID-19 crisis has significantly impacted the patient care paradigm, and the ripple effects have altered patient behaviors and expectations, requiring a significant change in how life sciences companies engage with and support patients – Accenture surveyed 2700 patients about changes in care during COVID-19 and found a major shift …

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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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Doctor On Demand Raises $75M to Expand Comprehensive Virtual Care Platform

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 On Demand, today announced it has raised $75 million in …

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Propeller Health, Novartis Co-Package Asthma Medication in Europe for Prescription

What You Should Know: – Propeller Health announced it will co-package a new asthma medication from Novartis, which was approved by the European Commission this week for use in the EU. – Enerzair® Breezhaler® plus Propeller Health sensor is the first asthma medication to be co-packaged and co-prescribed with a digital health platform. – Propeller’s …

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