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News 7/27/22

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Text message-based concierge care provider Summer Health announces $7.5 million in seed funding. The initial version of the company’s app focuses on pediatric-focused urgent and developmental care. Summer Health currently offers its services, which include expert advice, milestone workups, referrals for in-person care, and prescription and lab tests, for $20 per month.


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August 10 (Wednesday) 12:30 ET. “Navigating healthcare’s data quality challenge: An actionable discussion.” Sponsor: Intelligent Medical Objects. Presenters: Alastair Allen, CTO, Better; Dale Sanders, chief strategy officer, IMO. Achieving a consolidated patient record is challenging in an environment of hospital M&A, where EHR rip-and-replace projects are expensive and HIEs and FHIR connectivity haven’t significantly accelerated progress. The underlying problem is that systems don’t speak the same language due to a lack of comprehensive, persistent clinical terminology and data standards adoption. UK-based Better offers a unique, FHIR-based approach to integrating disparate EHR data. The presenters will explore how to improve clinical data quality and how interoperable information can be used to support patient safety, reimbursement, and population health management.

Previous webinars are on our YouTube channel. Contact Lorre to present your own.


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Healthcare payments startup Sift Healthcare raises $9 million in Series A funding.

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NextGen’s revised 2023 revenue and earnings estimates cause shares to drop 5% in after-hours trading. The company reported 5% revenue growth for Q1 2023, with fully diluted EPS dropping slightly.


People

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Victoria Giambattista (CareRev) joins TSI Healthcare as VP of marketing.


Announcements and Implementations

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Greenway Health announces GA of medical coding services.


Research and Innovation

MGMA’s latest report on costs and revenues finds that:

  • Productivity at physician-owned practices are lower than pre-pandemic/2019 levels.
  • Revenue increased last year, jumping especially at physician-owned, non-surgical practices.
  • Similar practices saw operating costs increase between 2020 and 2021.

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Researchers determine that embedding digital versions of paper-based patient surveys within EHRs enables easier data collection, which in turn leads to increased research efficiency and decreased survey-related labor costs. Survey data can also be tied to a patient’s medical record for contextualization.


Other

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Perhaps appointments will be discounted during Prime Day?


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  • EClinicalWorks releases a new customer success story featuring Orthopaedic Institute of Ohio, “Prisma: How Better Data Improves Care and Reduces Costs.”
  • Nordic releases a new episode of its “DocTalk” video series.

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News 7/25/22

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Healthie raises $16.5 million in Series A funding. The company has developed white-label EHR, practice management, patient engagement, and billing technology for providers interested in launching virtual care services.


Webinars

August 10 (Wednesday) 12:30 ET. “Navigating healthcare’s data quality challenge: An actionable discussion.” Sponsor: Intelligent Medical Objects. Presenters: Alastair Allen, CTO, Better; Dale Sanders, chief strategy officer, IMO. Achieving a consolidated patient record is challenging in an environment of hospital M&A, where EHR rip-and-replace projects are expensive and HIEs and FHIR connectivity haven’t significantly accelerated progress. The underlying problem is that systems don’t speak the same language due to a lack of comprehensive, persistent clinical terminology and data standards adoption. UK-based Better offers a unique, FHIR-based approach to integrating disparate EHR data. The presenters will explore how to improve clinical data quality and how interoperable information can be used to support patient safety, reimbursement, and population health management.

Previous webinars are on our YouTube channel. Contact Lorre to present your own.


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Mental health chatbot development company Wysa raises $20 million in a Series B funding round led by HealthQuad. The startup plans to expand further into the US, UK, and India; and to improve integration with WhatsApp.

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Lisa Health launches its menopause-focused health and wellness Midday app and announces $2.5 million in seed funding. The app incorporates education material and access to virtual visits from the Mayo Clinic. A premium version of the app that includes symptom tracking will launch later this year.


Announcements and Implementations

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Erie Family Health Centers deploys OCHIN’s hosted Epic system at its 13 clinics in Chicago, with assistance from Pivot Point Consulting.

Bedrock Management Services selects CareCloud’s Remote digital health technology to support its home-based exercise physiology program in seven states.


Research and Innovation

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Researchers at UCLA determine that informing primary care physicians of how their care stacks up against their peers has no significant impact on their ability to provide preventive care. It does, however, lower their job satisfaction and leads to increased rates of burnout. The nearly 200 PCPs interviewed during the five-month study reported feeling a lack of leadership support when faced with benchmarking interventions, though training the leaders on how to better present the data did take some of the edge off.


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One Medical members take to Twitter to voice their discontent with its acquisition by Amazon. Most are concerned with the possibility that Amazon could use their PHI for retail-oriented purposes, though the company has denied it will do so. Their qualms echo those of Dr. Jayne and her colleagues: “Several of us brought up the point that most consumers don’t read terms and conditions, even when there are limited updates to an agreement, so it’s likely that Amazon could obtain such a consent without patients full understanding what they’ve accepted.”

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Recommended reading: Urgent care physician Wayne Liebhard, MD has published, “Walking The Tightrope: Trusting Your Life To Telemedicine,” in an effort to help patients better understand the pros and cons of virtual visits. He explains: “Someone needs to sound the alarm when a type of care is being promoted that — if used improperly — may not always be safe, and that is the reason the book was written.”


Sponsor Updates

  • Nordic Consulting achieves ISO 27001 certification.
  • PerfectServe publishes a case study, “Children’s Hospital & Medical Center Omaha: Centralizing Provider Scheduling Across an Enterprise.”

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News 7/13/22

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Fold Health raises $6 million from a group of investors that includes Zus CEO Jonathan Bush. The San Francisco-based startup is developing technology for primary care practices that unifies patient onboarding, marketing, messaging, and billing into one application. Customers will be charged on a monthly basis, per user.

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Fold Health co-founders CEO Abhijit Gupta and President Ram Sahasranam both spent time at Athenahealth before transitioning to AbVaRa Capital and then Iron Pillar. Gupta founded health app developer Praxify Technologies in 2010, which Athenahealth acquired in 2017 for $63 million.


Webinars

None scheduled soon. Previous webinars are on our YouTube channel. Contact Lorre to present your own.


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Pediatric and family-oriented virtual behavioral healthcare company Brightline adds a $10 million investment from Northwell Health (NY) to its Series C funding round, bringing its total to $115 million. Brightline, which markets its services to employers and payers, has raised a total of $220 million.


People

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Kevin Marasco (Zenefits) joins Tebra as chief marketing officer.


Announcements and Implementations

The Knoxville Academy of Medicine Foundation rolls out NinePatch’s Whole Person Care referral and care coordination software to the Tennessee Community Resource Network.

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Behavioral health EHR vendor Kipu Health announces GA of its patient portal.

E-consult and referral company AristaMD will leverage Axuall’s physician onboarding and enrollment software to improve its own onboarding, privileging and payor enrollment processes.

Online physician search and appointment scheduling website Zocdoc develops an API that will enable providers to integrate their back-end scheduling software with Zocdoc’s technology, enhancing visibility of real-time appointment availability and improving online scheduling.


Research and Innovation

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A CVS Health survey of 1,000 consumers and 400 providers finds that 37% have scheduled an online appointment to save time and/or money, while 53% of providers say virtual appointment options have led t more patient visits and improved care plan adherence. Nearly 75% of patients appreciate receiving custom alerts and reminders about screenings and checkups, though no mention is made of whether or not those reminders led to appointments.


Other

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The local news profiles Howard Tucker, MD a centenarian who was recognized several years ago by Guinness World Records as the world’s oldest practicing doctor. Tucker currently lectures neurology residents at St. Vincent Charity Medical Center in Cleveland. He doesn’t see patients anymore, though, according to his grandson, he did sneak out of the house during the early days of COVID to help with patients at the hospital. Tucker doesn’t seem to be a fan of telemedicine: “To me, it’s a very discomforting thought, but that’s my limited perspective on the future of anything. It works partially, but I can’t fathom how they’re still working without seeing a patient, feeling around, knowing what you’re looking at.”


Sponsor Updates

  • EClinicalWorks releases a new customer success story featuring Ninth Street Internal Medicine, “Healow Pay: Improving Collections, Reducing Phone Calls.”

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News 7/11/22

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Tebra, the new name for the combined ambulatory health IT businesses of Kareo and PatientPop, secures a $72 million investment from Golub Capital, giving it a $1 billion valuation.

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Former Kareo CEO Dan Rodrigues took on the CEO role at Tebra earlier this month.

The companies’ combined IT capabilities include website development and management, messaging and scheduling, telehealth, EHR, care delivery, practice management, billing, payments, analytics, and reputation management.


Webinars

July 12 (Tuesday) 1 ET. “Digital Data Stewardship for Trusted, High-Quality Data Exchange.” Sponsor: Clinical Architecture. Presenter: Carol Graham, MS, RN, product manager, Clinical Architecture. Organizations face challenges in ensuring that the patient data they received and send is consistent, accurate, and usable. Use cases include receiving multi-source data across health information networks with variation in formats and content; merging and de-duplicating provider, payer, and research data; uplifting legacy data for current use cases and formats; and normalizing and formatting data for public health surveillance, quality measure reporting, and providing directly to the patient. This webinar will cover Pivot, a comprehensive Digital Data Steward solution that orchestrates format harmonization, content (vocabulary) normalization, de-duplication, and data quality validation into a single solution.

Previous webinars are on our YouTube channel. Contact Lorre to present your own.


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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GeekWire profiles Ventrk, a physical therapy app startup led by former Seattle Seahawks player Doug Baldwin. The company, which has raised $1.5 million in seed funding, offers TheraCentric, a PT-focused app, and TrainCentric, a post-PT app that focuses more on diet, exercise, and sleep.


Government and Politics

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The VA installs a Phillips-equipped telemedicine pod at American Legion Ball-McColm Post 5 in Emporia, KS as part of its Accessing Telehealth Through Local Area Stations pilot program. There are now a dozen ATLAS sites across the country.


People

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CVS Health hires Tilak Mandadi (MGM Resorts) as EVP and chief data, digital, and technology officer.


Other

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Suggested reading: Chuck Radis, DO shares his time in the mid-80s as the lone physician serving patients on four islands off the coast of Maine in “Go By Boat.” Radis opted for the somewhat unusually structured assignment as part of his National Health Service Corps Scholarship. The book, according to a local reviewer, “shows the demanding work involved in breaking new ground in providing healthcare services to underserved populations. He had to negotiate with multiple island constituencies and the federal healthcare bureaucracy. This double-barreled task is not for the faint-hearted.”


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News 7/6/22

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CareConnectMD secures $25 million from TT Capital Partners. The company provides primary care and care coordination services for medically fragile Medicare patients in the home or skilled nursing facilities. CareConnectMD also partners with other primary care groups in value-based care programs.

The investment will enable the company to expand its existing services in California, Ohio, and Texas, grow into new markets, and further develop its technology, including telemedicine.


Webinars

July 12 (Tuesday) 1 ET. “Digital Data Stewardship for Trusted, High-Quality Data Exchange.” Sponsor: Clinical Architecture. Presenter: Carol Graham, MS, RN, product manager, Clinical Architecture. Organizations face challenges in ensuring that the patient data they received and send is consistent, accurate, and usable. Use cases include receiving multi-source data across health information networks with variation in formats and content; merging and de-duplicating provider, payer, and research data; uplifting legacy data for current use cases and formats; and normalizing and formatting data for public health surveillance, quality measure reporting, and providing directly to the patient. This webinar will cover Pivot, a comprehensive Digital Data Steward solution that orchestrates format harmonization, content (vocabulary) normalization, de-duplication, and data quality validation into a single solution.

Previous webinars are on our YouTube channel. Contact Lorre to present your own.


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Virtual alcohol use disorder treatment provider Ria Health raises $18 million in a Series A funding round led by SV Health Investors. The company has provided its services since 2016 and is the first AUD provider to receive Joint Commission accreditation based on providing evidence-based treatment protocols and clinical quality measured by patient outcomes.

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Online mental healthcare company Sensible Care raises $13 million in a Series A funding round led by Volition Capital. The company, co-founded and led by veteran Paul Kim, will use the new funding to expand beyond California to Texas, Florida, and Virginia.


People

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Melissa Humphrey (Gainwell Technologies) joins Health Recovery Solutions as chief marketing officer.


Announcements and Implementations

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Erie Family Health Centers (IL) have implemented Epic.

First introduced last fall, Teladoc Health adds new features to its virtual primary care service for health plans including in-network referrals and care coordination support; free, same-day medication delivery; and in-home, on-demand lab collection.


Sponsor Updates

  • EClinicalWorks releases a new podcast, “How Price Transparency Can Offer a Competitive Edge.”

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