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News 7/24/19

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Mental health telemedicine and analytics company Telemynd announces plans for an $8 million IPO. Based in Mission Viejo, California, the vendor was spun off earlier this summer from parent company Mynd Analytics before it was sold to Emmaus Life Sciences.


HIStalk Practice Musings

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Check out the Advisory Board team’s suggested summer reading list. It’s full of suggestions for a wide range of interests. As a huge Star Wars fan, I will definitely check out(!) “The Princess Diarist” by Carrie Fisher.

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The folks at Hyland have also started a blog series about their favorite business, technology, leadership, and professional development titles.

Does your practice or company share reading recommendations? Email me with your lists and I’ll share them in an upcoming post. Happy reading!


Webinars

July 25 (Thursday) 2:00 ET. “Meeting patient needs across the continuum of care.” Sponsor: Philips Population Health Management. Presenters: Cindy Gaines, chief nursing officer, Philips Population Health Management; Cynthia Burghard, research director of value-based healthcare IT transformation strategies, IDC. Traditional care management approaches are not sufficient to deliver value-based healthcare. Supplementing EHRs with advanced PHM technology and a scalable care management approach gives health systems proactive and longitudinal insights that optimize scarce resources in meeting the needs of multiple types of patients. This webinar will address the key characteristics of a digital platform for value-based care management, cover the planning and deployment of a scalable care management strategy, and review patient experience scenarios for CHF and diabetes.

July 31 (Wednesday) 1:00 ET. “Modern Imaging Technology for the Enterprise: Mercy’s Approach That Improved Imaging Cost, Speed, Capacity, and Care Quality.” Sponsor: Mercy Technology Services. Presenter: Jim Best, executive health IT consultant, Mercy Technology Services. Enterprise imaging has become as critical as EHRs for transforming patient care, but many health systems are struggling with the limitations and costs of dated, disconnected PACS even as imaging volumes grow and radiologists report increasing levels of burnout. Radiologists at Mercy were frustrated by its nine disparate PACS, which required them to toggle between workstations, deal with slowdowns and poor reliability, and work around the inability to see the complete set of a patient’s prior images, even as demands for quick turnaround increased. In this webinar, MTS — the technical backbone of Mercy — will describe the lessons they learned in moving to a new best-of-breed PACS platform that increased radiology efficiency by 30%, with the next phase being to take advantage of new capabilities by eliminating third-party reading services and distributing workload across radiology departments to improve efficiency, capacity, and timely patient care.

Previous webinars are on our YouTube channel. Contact Lorre for information.


Announcements and Implementations

NextGen adds OptimizeRx’s point-of-care digital prescription savings software to its Enterprise EHR.

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HealtheConnections combines its New York-based HIE data with information from state and national healthcare databases to develop the MyData platform, which includes community health dashboards, quality measures, and data discovery capabilities.

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Modernizing Medicine announces GA of bundled EHR, practice management, and business services software.

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ESimplify develops Practice Analytics for family medicine providers and internal medicine groups.

CVS Health will work with social services software vendor Unite Us to develop a portal that Aetna Medicaid patients in Florida, Kentucky, and Louisiana can use to find and connect with local resources. The project is part of the $100 million Building Healthier Communities initiative, through which CVS and Aetna are working to improve community-based health and wellness over the next five years. CVS acquired Aetna late last year for $70 billion.


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Kaiser Health News covers the work University of Chicago Medicine PCP Wei Lee, MD is doing to help providers develop better “computer-side” manner. Lee and her colleagues have developed a curriculum to help physicians use EHRs in a way that makes patients feel included, including an ABC mnemonic for patients: Ask To See The Screen. Become Involved. Call For Attention.

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So sweet: Medical student Odolphe Augustin proposes to his girlfriend on stage after receiving his white coat at Touro College’s special ceremony. She said yes!


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News 7/22/19

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Starr Investment Holdings invests $700 million in Radiology Partners, which bills itself as the largest radiology practice in the US. The practice, which employs 1,400 radiologists across 21 states, will use the funding to continue its growth into new markets and to purchase and develop new technologies.

Radiology Partners also offers consulting, IT, and revenue cycle management services.


HIStalk Practice Musings

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I couldn’t help but laugh out loud when I saw this, at the local surf shop of all places. I would have bought one for Mr. H had the packaging mentioned the Oxford comma.


Webinars

July 25 (Thursday) 2:00 ET. “Meeting patient needs across the continuum of care.” Sponsor: Philips Population Health Management. Presenters: Cindy Gaines, chief nursing officer, Philips Population Health Management; Cynthia Burghard, research director of value-based healthcare IT transformation strategies, IDC. Traditional care management approaches are not sufficient to deliver value-based healthcare. Supplementing EHRs with advanced PHM technology and a scalable care management approach gives health systems proactive and longitudinal insights that optimize scarce resources in meeting the needs of multiple types of patients. This webinar will address the key characteristics of a digital platform for value-based care management, cover the planning and deployment of a scalable care management strategy, and review patient experience scenarios for CHF and diabetes.

July 31 (Wednesday) 1:00 ET. “Modern Imaging Technology for the Enterprise: Mercy’s Approach That Improved Imaging Cost, Speed, Capacity, and Care Quality.” Sponsor: Mercy Technology Services. Presenter: Jim Best, executive health IT consultant, Mercy Technology Services. Enterprise imaging has become as critical as EHRs for transforming patient care, but many health systems are struggling with the limitations and costs of dated, disconnected PACS even as imaging volumes grow and radiologists report increasing levels of burnout. Radiologists at Mercy were frustrated by its nine disparate PACS, which required them to toggle between workstations, deal with slowdowns and poor reliability, and work around the inability to see the complete set of a patient’s prior images, even as demands for quick turnaround increased. In this webinar, MTS — the technical backbone of Mercy — will describe the lessons they learned in moving to a new best-of-breed PACS platform that increased radiology efficiency by 30%, with the next phase being to take advantage of new capabilities by eliminating third-party reading services and distributing workload across radiology departments to improve efficiency, capacity, and timely patient care.

Previous webinars are on our YouTube channel. Contact Lorre for information.


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Consulting firm Comagine Health names Marie Dunn (Health Catalyst) SVP for research and innovation, and Juliana Preston (HealthInsight) SVP for systemwide quality improvement, and promotes Dan Lessler, MD to SVP for clinical leadership.


Announcements and Implementations

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DrChrono adds DeepScribe’s AI-powered note-taking app to its EHR.


Telemedicine

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NHS psychiatrist and columnist Max Pemberton writes about his experiences with the GP at Hand app, both of which left him with misdiagnoses and incorrect prescriptions. Aside from his personal use of the glitchy Babylon-powered app, Pemberton points out the lack of evidence surrounding virtual care’s safety and clinical efficacy. He also worries that the app’s young, wealthy, tech-savvy users aren’t really the demographic England’s healthcare digitalization efforts need to focus on; and that brick-and-mortar practices will suffer as telemedicine apps siphon off their patients and overworked GPs looking for more flexible schedules. “I think there’s a place for apps,” he writes, “but this will not save the NHS. It provides a nice, convenient alternative to seeing a doctor, but it can no way replace physical GP surgeries. And the way it has been rolled out risks undermining NHS GP practices and hastening their decline.”


Research and Innovation

PatientPop releases its latest online reputation management report. The survey of 233 providers reveals that competing priorities are likely forcing physicians to give short shrift to patient feedback and online reputation management:

  • Just over a third don’t ask for feedback.
  • Half of survey-takers don’t have a process in place to monitor feedback or online reviews.
  • Nearly 18 percent of those who do monitor online reviews do not respond to negative feedback; half of those do so because they don’t think it will make a difference.

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New research from Vanderbilt University Medical Center (TN) finds that independent physicians have not kept up with federally-mandated EHR maintenance as much as their employed counterparts. The study of nearly 300,000 physicians found that:

  • Forty-nine percent of independent physicians attested to Meaningful Use at least once, versus 70 percent of physicians in group or hospital practices.
  • Nearly half of independent MDs who had attested between 2011 and 2013 dropped out of the program by 2015, while fewer than 20% of their employed counterparts did the same.
  • Independent physicians who participated in the program on their own were more likely to join integrated systems than physicians who did not participate.

Researchers suggest that the drop-out rate for independent physicians was likely due to the fact that the benefits didn’t outweigh the costs of maintenance. They also surmise that a lack of up-to-date technology may have induced some physicians to opt for employment or retirement.


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Mountain Family Health Centers Director of Data Quality Chris Tonozzi, MD shares his thoughts on EHRs in the wake of a NextGen upgrade across the FQHC’s six locations in Colorado. Staff spent two half-days in training and slowed their schedules for two weeks to allow for time to adapt to the software’s changes. Tonozzi, who is also known as the “Data Doctor,” shares several ways in which the EHR has helped improve efficiency:

  • We make active efforts to make good use of the data that is generated from the EHR. For example, most of our quality improvement goals are based on data from the EHR, including our hypertension control rates, our diabetes control rates and our tobacco cessation counseling rates. 
  • We regularly coach clinical staff on the connection between their EHR data input and the desired quality outcomes. We continue with a series of “Lunch and Learns” in which we review the outcomes, and how to best document the care related to these outcomes in the EHR.
  • During the EHR upgrade this summer we’ve had a team of very dedicated providers, nurses, medical assistants, office staff and IT staff configuring, training and testing. The upgrade happened with a minimum of disruption. 
  • We make time for clinicians and other users to write their notes and orders in the EHR. Our staffing patterns and clinic schedules account for much of the time needed to document in the EHR.

Sponsor Updates

  • USPTO awards Medicomp Systems a patent for the intelligent filtering of health-related information in its Quippe solution.
  • EClinicalWorks will exhibit at the 2019 FACHC Annual Conference July 21-24 in Fort Lauderdale, FL.

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News 7/17/19

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Long Beach, CA-based Agilon Health is reportedly considering an IPO. The company offers primary care practices value-based care transformation services that include proprietary technology and analytics.


Webinars

July 18 (Thursday) 2:00 ET. “Healthcare’s Digital Front Door: Modernizing Medicine’s Mobile-First Strategies That Are Winning Patient Engagement.” Sponsor: Relatient. Presenters: Michele Perry, CEO, Relatient; Michael Rivers, MD, director of EMA Ophthalmology, Modernizing Medicine. Providers are understandably focused on how to make the most of the 5-8 minutes they have on average with a patient during an exam, but what happens between appointments also plays a significant role in the overall health of patients. Modernizing Medicine is driving high patient engagement with best practice, mobile-first strategies. This webinar will describe patient engagement and the challenges in delivering it, how consumerism is changing healthcare, and how to get started and navigate the patient engagement marketplace.

July 25 (Thursday) 2:00 ET. “Meeting patient needs across the continuum of care.” Sponsor: Philips Population Health Management. Presenters: Cindy Gaines, chief nursing officer, Philips Population Health Management; Cynthia Burghard, research director of value-based healthcare IT transformation strategies, IDC. Traditional care management approaches are not sufficient to deliver value-based healthcare. Supplementing EHRs with advanced PHM technology and a scalable care management approach gives health systems proactive and longitudinal insights that optimize scarce resources in meeting the needs of multiple types of patients. This webinar will address the key characteristics of a digital platform for value-based care management, cover the planning and deployment of a scalable care management strategy, and review patient experience scenarios for CHF and diabetes.

July 31 (Wednesday) 1:00 ET. “Modern Imaging Technology for the Enterprise: Mercy’s Approach That Improved Imaging Cost, Speed, Capacity, and Care Quality.” Sponsor: Mercy Technology Services. Presenter: Jim Best, executive health IT consultant, Mercy Technology Services. Enterprise imaging has become as critical as EHRs for transforming patient care, but many health systems are struggling with the limitations and costs of dated, disconnected PACS even as imaging volumes grow and radiologists report increasing levels of burnout. Radiologists at Mercy were frustrated by its nine disparate PACS, which required them to toggle between workstations, deal with slowdowns and poor reliability, and work around the inability to see the complete set of a patient’s prior images, even as demands for quick turnaround increased. In this webinar, MTS — the technical backbone of Mercy — will describe the lessons they learned in moving to a new best-of-breed PACS platform that increased radiology efficiency by 30%, with the next phase being to take advantage of new capabilities by eliminating third-party reading services and distributing workload across radiology departments to improve efficiency, capacity, and timely patient care.

Previous webinars are on our YouTube channel. Contact Lorre for information.


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Specialty retina practice NJRetina launches Prism Vision Group, an ophthalmology-focused practice management company. NJRetina founding partner Steven Madreperla, MD will head up the new business.

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Bertie Bregman, MD and Rachel Bregman, MD – the husband and wife team at Westside Family Medicine in New York City – launch Qwell, an online appointment booking and social networking site.

Medical screening device distributor PreCheck Health Services acquires practice management and billing company JAS Consulting and its sister business, CPD Integrated Health Care, which operates seven behavioral health and primary care clinics in Texas and Oklahoma.


Announcements and Implementations

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The Network of Behavioral Health Providers (TX) selects ClientTrack Community Care Coordination software from Eccovia Solutions. The technology will be used as part of a two-year pilot project that will deliver medical, behavioral, and social services to 300 mental health patients.

Stanly County Imaging (NC) selects RCM and MIPS compliance services from Healthcare Administrative Partners.

NextGen integrates Appriss Health’s prescription monitoring and tracking analytics into its Office EHR and practice management software.

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Diagnostic Imaging Centers implements patient engagement software including online scheduling, appointment reminders, and digital registration capabilities from OpenDoctor across its eight locations in Kansas and Missouri.


Telemedicine

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A report from Doximity finds physician interest in telemedicine opportunities has grown 20% each year over the last several years, and that the number of MDs who list telemedicine as a job skill has doubled since 2015. Women were more interested in such jobs than men, though men were more interested in locum tenens opportunities.


Other

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Tech Crunch profiles Brave Care, a pediatric urgent care clinic in Portland started earlier this year by pediatrician Corey Fish, MD and tech entrepreneur Darius Monsef, the father of several of of Fish’s patients. The clinic, which has raised $1.5 million and is participating in Y Combinator, is working to develop a triage app for parents and may eventually look at adopting telemedicine.


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News 7/15/19

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SPH Analytics will merge MIPS software and consulting company SA Ignite with its population health business.

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SA Ignite VP Matt Fusan will become GM of population health at SPH Analytics. SA Ignite founder and CEO Tom Lee will move into an advisory role.


HIStalk Practice Musings

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I’ve been meaning to mention the weekly #HTreads tweet chat for some time now. The chats are a sort of online book club, focusing on books that are typically related to business or professional and personal development. They are held every Tuesday at 9pm ET. Check out the hashtag and @HealthTechReads account for more info.

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Fun: Just in time for Christmas, Metallica will publish a children’s book titled, “”The ABCs of Metallica,” with proceeds going to their All Within My Hands charity.

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Not-so-fun: A serial book vandal seems to be on the loose in England. Officials in Kent say the “Herne Bay Book Ripper” has been ripping pages and putting books back on the shelves at the local library and charity shop. They believe 120 books have been damaged by the vandal over a six-month period.


Webinars

July 18 (Thursday) 2:00 ET. “Healthcare’s Digital Front Door: Modernizing Medicine’s Mobile-First Strategies That Are Winning Patient Engagement.” Sponsor: Relatient. Presenters: Michele Perry, CEO, Relatient; Michael Rivers, MD, director of EMA Ophthalmology, Modernizing Medicine. Providers are understandably focused on how to make the most of the 5-8 minutes they have on average with a patient during an exam, but what happens between appointments also plays a significant role in the overall health of patients. Modernizing Medicine is driving high patient engagement with best practice, mobile-first strategies. This webinar will describe patient engagement and the challenges in delivering it, how consumerism is changing healthcare, and how to get started and navigate the patient engagement marketplace.

July 25 (Thursday) 2:00 ET. “Meeting patient needs across the continuum of care.” Sponsor: Philips Population Health Management. Presenters: Cindy Gaines, chief nursing officer, Philips Population Health Management; Cynthia Burghard, research director of value-based healthcare IT transformation strategies, IDC. Traditional care management approaches are not sufficient to deliver value-based healthcare. Supplementing EHRs with advanced PHM technology and a scalable care management approach gives health systems proactive and longitudinal insights that optimize scarce resources in meeting the needs of multiple types of patients. This webinar will address the key characteristics of a digital platform for value-based care management, cover the planning and deployment of a scalable care management strategy, and review patient experience scenarios for CHF and diabetes.

Previous webinars are on our YouTube channel. Contact Lorre for information.


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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PE Hub reports that primary care management company VillageMD is seeking $150 million in funding. The Chicago-based company has raised nearly $120 million since launching in 2013. It no doubt wants to expand beyond the 10 markets it serves, including adding more clinics to its partnership with Walgreens. It’s set to open five primary care clinics next to the retail pharmacy in Houston by the end of this year.

Health IT reseller Microwize Technology begins offering Aprima EHR and practice management software from EMDs.


Announcements and Implementations

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West Cancer Center & Research Institute implements interactive digital patient education tools from PatientPoint at its 13 facilities in Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee.


People

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Federal health IT vendor A-Tek hires Ted Schmitt (Salient CRGT) as VP and account manager.


Telemedicine

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Bighorn Valley Health Center in Montana will use a $188,000 USDA grant to purchase telemedicine software and supplies that it will use to help patients with opioid addictions. CEO David Mark say the clinic’s new virtual capabilities will be game-changing for patients across the state’s frontier towns.


Other

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In New York, Adirondacks ACO notifies 25,000 patients of a March data breach that may have exposed PHI found in a spreadsheet related to a population health analysis. The ACO handles analytics for several area hospitals and the Hudson Headwaters Health Network.


Sponsor Updates

  • EClinicalWorks publishes a podcast titled “Interoperability: The Key to Complete Patient Information.”

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News 7/10/19

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Cancer-focused social network Belong.Life raises $14 million in a funding round led by Iqvia, which was formed in 2016 through the merger of IMS Health and Quintiles. The app-based startup will use the financing to advance patient engagement software for a variety of conditions launched in May.


HIStalk Practice Musings

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Thanks to Amy for reminding me about “The Nightingale” by Kristin Hannah. The novel tells the story of two very different sisters who survive the German occupation of France during World War II. I couldn’t put it down, though parts of it were hard to get through. I’m sure I haven’t been the only one to shed a tear or two by book’s end.

Please keep your book recommendations coming! Email me with your guilty summer pleasures.


Webinars

July 18 (Thursday) 2:00 ET. “Healthcare’s Digital Front Door: Modernizing Medicine’s Mobile-First Strategies That Are Winning Patient Engagement.” Sponsor: Relatient. Presenters: Michele Perry, CEO, Relatient; Michael Rivers, MD, director of EMA Ophthalmology, Modernizing Medicine. Providers are understandably focused on how to make the most of the 5-8 minutes they have on average with a patient during an exam, but what happens between appointments also plays a significant role in the overall health of patients. Modernizing Medicine is driving high patient engagement with best practice, mobile-first strategies. This webinar will describe patient engagement and the challenges in delivering it, how consumerism is changing healthcare, and how to get started and navigate the patient engagement marketplace.

July 25 (Thursday) 2:00 ET. “Meeting patient needs across the continuum of care.” Sponsor: Philips Population Health Management. Presenters: Cindy Gaines, chief nursing officer, Philips Population Health Management; Cynthia Burghard, research director of value-based healthcare IT transformation strategies, IDC. Traditional care management approaches are not sufficient to deliver value-based healthcare. Supplementing EHRs with advanced PHM technology and a scalable care management approach gives health systems proactive and longitudinal insights that optimize scarce resources in meeting the needs of multiple types of patients. This webinar will address the key characteristics of a digital platform for value-based care management, cover the planning and deployment of a scalable care management strategy, and review patient experience scenarios for CHF and diabetes.

Previous webinars are on our YouTube channel. Contact Lorre for information.


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Bloomberg profiles Well Health Technologies, a Vancouver-based startup focused on dominating Canada’s ailing primary care market. The company has focused on acquiring clinics and EHR vendors, including KAI Innovations and NerdEMR Services. It seems to have hopes of building a national chain of practices that surpasses Canada’s largest, which only has 34. In addition to offering its physicians EHR technology, it plans to roll out telemedicine services in the near future.


Announcements and Implementations

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Innovaccer launches an ACO solution that helps member providers aggregate, analyze, and act on population health data from various sources across their networks.

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Genesis Chiropractic Software announces GA of the XDocs EHR.

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Specialty EHR and practice management vendor WRS Health develops an EHR for Ob/Gyns.

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Rimidi adds a cardiovascular disease view to its chronic disease management software, which also helps providers aggregate and act on data associated with diabetes, heart failure, and nonalcoholic fatty liver.

Nextech adds RCM capabilities from Health IPass to its EHR and practice management software for specialty physician practices.


People

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Brian Boyd (SAP Fieldglass) joins Modernizing Medicine as chief revenue officer.


Telemedicine

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CVS Health expands access to MinuteClinic virtual visits to eight additional states. Launched last August in 18 states, the telemedicine service is powered by Teladoc.

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HNC Virtual Solutions develops a device-agnostic application that enables providers to view, edit, share, and consult on radiology images.

Senator Jacky Rosen (D-NV) awards $226,348 from the USDA’s Distance Learning and Telemedicine program to two counties that will invest the funds in telemedicine efforts to combat opioid abuse.


Sponsor Updates

  • AdvancedMD publishes a new e-guide, “Untangling Large Group Techno-Spaghetti.”

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