Wheel raises $50 million in a Series B round that brings its total funding to $66 million. The company, which rebranded from Enzyme Health last year, offers white-label telemedicine software and services, and staffing opportunities.
June 3 (Thursday) 2 ET: “Diagnosing the Cures Act – Practical Prescriptions for Your Success.” Sponsor: Secure Exchange Solutions. Presenters: William E. Golden, MD, MACP, medical director, Arkansas Medicaid; Anne Santifer, executive director, Arkansas Department of Health – Office of Health Information Technology; Kyle Meadors, principal, Chart Lux Consulting. A panel of leading experts will provide practical guidance on how to prepare for the Cures Act. Will it upend your business model? What is information blocking? How can standardized technologies be applied to meet Cures Act requirements? What must I do now as well as in the next five years?
Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock
Investment firm KKR wraps up its acquisition of Therapy Brands, which sells behavioral health EHR/PM systems via 19 subsidiaries that serve 28,000 practices.
Ryan Tillman (Cerner) joins CyTek as president. Tillman and new CEO and chairman Grant Burcham have acquired the boutique IT support and managed services firm, which includes medical offices among its service lines.
Announcements and Implementations
Quantum Imaging & Therapeutic Associates (PA) implements Rad AI’s automated radiology workflow technology.
Comagine Health, Idaho Health Data Exchange, Orion Health, and the Utah Health Information Network join forces to launch Beyond HIE, a nonprofit that will support HIEs and their stakeholders with funding and enhanced data delivery.
Government and Politics
The Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment disputes charges made by telemedicine vendor EMed that it has not yet paid the company for its services. The department had contracted with EMed in February to provide virtual consults and test results to select residents who took the state’s free BinaxNow rapid COVID test.
Research and Innovation
Google Health offers a preview of the Web-based, AI-powered, dermatology assist tool it plans to pilot later this year. The tool digests images and data captured via a user’s smartphone and then offers the most likely matching conditions a user may want to research further. The tool will also offer dermatologist-reviewed information, answers to commonly asked questions, and similar matching images from the Web.
Google Assistant gives users the most accurate information when it comes to using interactive voice technology for information on brand-name and generic medications, according to new research from Klick Health.
A survey of 250 patients conducted in March has found that text messaging between patients and providers increased 14% year-over-year. Nearly half say texting is now their preferred method of healthcare communication. Over 33% would be willing to switch providers who offer more modern communication methods.
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