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Membership-based primary care company Parsley Health raises $26 million and launches an online version of its brick-and-mortar practice. The New York City-based company has raised $36 million, and plans to open a second practice in L.A. this fall.


Webinars

October 15 (Tuesday) 1:00 ET. “Universal Health Services Case Study: How to Improve Network Design and Management with Claims Data.” Sponsor: CareJourney. Presenters: Mallory Cary, regional director of ACO operations, UHS; Abbas Bader, director of product development, CareJourney. Universal Health Services (UHS), one of the nation’s largest hospital management companies, has more than 350 acute care hospitals, behavioral health facilities, and ambulatory centers across the US, Puerto Rico, and the UK. UHS has collaborated closely with CareJourney over the last three years in building high-performing networks in new markets, managing patient populations as they flow through those networks, and targeting areas for performance improvement within the network. Join the expert presenters for deep insights into network design and optimization.

October 24 (Thursday) 1:00 ET. “The power of voice: Will AI-drive virtual bedside assistants become mainstream?” Sponsor: Orbita. Presenters: Nick White, co-creator of DeloitteAssist and principal in Deloitte’s Smart Healthcare Solutions practice; Bill Rogers, CEO and co-founder, Orbita. Conversational AI and virtual health assistants are bringing new opportunities to care facilities to improve patient journeys and yield radical workflow efficiencies. Will the hospital rooms of the future continue to provide traditional bedside call buttons? Or will these be replaced with digitally reimagined, AI-driven, voice-powered agents? Learn from the expert who created today’s industry-leading, market-proven, virtual bedside assistant.

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


Announcements and Implementations

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Rhinogram adds the ability to securely request and receive payments to its text-based patient engagement software.

Primary care-focused health IT company Canvas Medical will use Health Gorilla’s FHIR-based APIs to streamline lab ordering for its end users.

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AristaMD adds secure photo sharing to its e-consult technology.

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Patient intake and RCM vendor Health IPass offers RevSure, a new billing service that guarantees practices will be paid for patient visits.

North County Health Services (CA) will implement Epic next year through a partnership with nonprofit OCHIN.

Blue Shield of California’s physician network will soon use Apple Watches equipped with Notable Health’s documentation software. The wearable technology will convert discussions into relevant data that can then be transferred to a patient’s EHR.


People

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Membership-based specialty telemedicine company WithHealth hires Steven Miyao (SS&C) as COO.

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Population health and analytics vendor Geneia names Lori Logan (Paladina Health) chief product and client officer, and Todd Kozikowski (Yabidu) VP of sales.


Government and Politics

The Delaware Department of Health and Social Services is accepting applications from providers interested in mini-grants that can be put toward implementing HIE tools offered by the Delaware Health Information Network. Eligible applicants include PCPs, behavioral health providers, ACOs, and FQHCs. The department will award $8,000 to up to 25 organizations. Applications are due November 30.


Telemedicine

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CNBC looks at the small subset of physicians who are slowly accumulating medical licenses in all 50 states so that they can provide telemedicine services to patients across the country. Federation of State Medical Boards data shows that, as of last year, there were just 14 physicians who hold that many licenses. Technology and licensing companies that are starting to offer multi-state licensure services will likely help this number grow over the next several years. It remains to be seen if the number of physicians who want to hold that many licenses can afford them, if patient demand for telemedicine services will warrant it, and if reimbursement models will keep up with the perceived demand.


Other

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Bluefield High School in Bluefield, W.V. inducts alumna and AMA President Patrice Harris, MD into its Hall of Fame. Harris stressed three concepts in her keynote that everyone must follow to have a better life: intellectual honesty; context; and evidence, science, and data. “The point is,” she said, “you have to live your dream, not anyone else’s. So whatever you want to be, get education and training beyond high school and be the best of whatever you want to be.”

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Magnolia Pediatrics (LA) alerts patients to an August ransomware attack that infiltrated the practice through its unnamed IT vendor, which wound up paying the ransom. The practice uses Aprima technology.


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News 10/9/19

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General Atlantic acquires onsite health center company Marathon Health from Goldman Sachs. Marathon Health has developed a proprietary health IT system that includes an EHR equipped with e-prescribing and Medicomp’s Medcin Engine, and member portal and app.


Webinars

October 15 (Tuesday) 1:00 ET. “Universal Health Services Case Study: How to Improve Network Design and Management with Claims Data.” Sponsor: CareJourney. Presenters: Mallory Cary, regional director of ACO operations, UHS; Abbas Bader, director of product development, CareJourney. Universal Health Services (UHS), one of the nation’s largest hospital management companies, has more than 350 acute care hospitals, behavioral health facilities, and ambulatory centers across the US, Puerto Rico, and the UK. UHS has collaborated closely with CareJourney over the last three years in building high-performing networks in new markets, managing patient populations as they flow through those networks, and targeting areas for performance improvement within the network. Join the expert presenters for deep insights into network design and optimization.

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


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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BetterConsult opens its first US office in Houston. The Australia-based company has developed software that enables patients to fill out pre-consult paperwork that is then summarized for physician review.

CentralReach will add newly acquired Precise Xceleration’s evidence-based clinical programming to its EHR and practice management technology for autism specialists.

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BrainCheck raises $8 million to further develop its cognitive assessment software for seniors.


Announcements and Implementations

Real-time patient data company Trio Health works with the American Rheumatology Network to develop a rheumatology registry that combines EHR data with prescription drug data.


Government and Politics

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In an effort to highlight and advance the adoption of electronic prescribing of controlled substances, ONC releases new data showing that the size of a practice correlates to the number of providers who electronically prescribe. Employed physicians electronically prescribe at rates higher than their private practice counterparts, and those who participate in CMS-sponsored programs also have higher rates of EPCS. ONC stats also show that providers using ONC-certified EHRs are more likely to prescribe electronically.


Telemedicine

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CVS Health’s MinuteClinic expands telemedicine offerings to locations in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and South Carolina. The Teladoc-powered service was first launched in August 2018 and is now available in 32 states.

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CareDash adds online consult providers and state-by-state virtual licensing to its provider review website.

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A Doctor on Demand survey of 1,000 consumers finds lack of time to be the biggest barrier to scheduling annual primary care visits. While 60% of respondents said they would use virtual care if their insurance covered it, the same percentage said such visits are more suitable for more urgent care. Sixty percent believe a relationship can be built with a PCP through video technology; 70% feel that phone calls and texts without video just won’t cut it.


Other

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New American Heart Association studies show that owning a dog may lead to a longer life and better cardiovascular outcomes, especially for heart attack and stroke survivors who live by themselves.


Sponsor Updates

  • AdvancedMD will exhibit at the AAO meeting October 12-15 in San Francisco.
  • Culbert Healthcare Solutions will exhibit at MGMA October 13-16 in New Orleans.

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News 10/7/19

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Practice management and billing vendor Abeo acquires AI-powered coding company Trusted i10 for an undisclosed sum.


HIStalk Practice Musings

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“The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” by Douglas Adams celebrates its 40th anniversary This article in Nature does a great job of celebrating its origins and reminding us how relevant many of its plot lines still are. Cybersecurity professionals will appreciate the Ident-I-Eeze card that is designed to hold multiple passwords but is quickly stolen. I’ve read the series several times, and now find myself just one year shy of the answer to the ultimate question of life. Highly recommended reading.


Webinars

Nothing scheduled in the coming weeks. Previous webinars are on our YouTube channel. Contact Lorre to present your own.


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Rock Health joins Natalist’s $5 million seed round. Founded by CEO Halle Tecco, who launched Rock Health in 2010, the startup offers bundles of mail-order, clinically-validated products for women trying to conceive.


Announcements and Implementations

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Fraser, a nonprofit special needs organization with 11 locations in Minnesota, selects Cerner Millenium. The facilities will go live in 2021.

Innovaccer announces GA of group practice reporting option software.

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Advanced Urology (GA) implements Radix Health’s Dash patient engagement and appointment management software.

McKesson develops strategic planning services for oncology practices.


Government and Politics

HHS will award $017 million to 1,273 high-performing health centers across the country to help them continue to improve their care quality, efficiency, and value.


Telemedicine

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Sajad Zalzala, MD opens an online clinic specializing in anti-aging. A CNBC article highlights the fact (as does the clinic’s website) that it will push several prescription drugs that weren’t developed for anti-aging purposes. Zatzala insists he’ll be conservative in his prescriptions, which will be preceded by lifestyle and dietary change recommendations. Zatzala’s previous experience includes time at Hims and Jack Health, both of which offer online prescriptions for men’s health and wellness.


Other

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Startup dental practice Tend opens its first location in New York City (in the same neighborhood as Kindbody, in fact), creating buzz for its consumer-friendly aesthetic and amenities, and tech-savvy services that include air-powered dental tools, online booking, and a patient portal. The company has raised $36 million and boasts executives from One Medical and Smile Direct Club.


Sponsor Updates

  • Healthwise will exhibit at Cerner Health Conference 2019 October 7-9 in Kansas City, MO.
  • EClinicalWorks will exhibit at the Georgia Primary Care Association conference October 9-11 in Alpharetta.
  • AdvancedMD publishes a new e-guide, “4 Ways to Tell if Your EHR is an Adult or Teen.”

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News 10/2/19

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VSP Global acquires the popular optical retailer Visionworks.

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VSP’s many eye care-related businesses include EHR and practice management software vendor Eyefinity.


HIStalk Practice Musings

One more reason to pick up a book: An AMA study finds that the more non-medical books residents read, the more their symptoms of burnout decrease. The study’s authors write that, “Leisure reading has an established role in the context of medical student education, where it is thought to reduce stress while fostering empathy and creativity.”

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Hard-working residents may enjoy “The Body: A Guide for Occupants,” the latest from one of my favorite authors, Bill Bryson. As those familiar with Bryson’s style already know, he tends to pack an amazing amount of facts, humor, and personal stories into his works. And “The Body” is no different, according to this review by The Guardian.

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Young entrepreneurs in your life may appreciate a copy of “Girl CEO” by Ronnie Cohen and Katherine Ellison. Epic’s Judy Faulkner is a featured business leader, alongside 39 other women like Taylor Swift and Venus Williams.


Webinars

Nothing scheduled in the coming weeks. Previous webinars are on our YouTube channel. Contact Lorre to present your own.


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Professional Billing will expand operations when it relocates its Montgomery, AL headquarters to larger office space nearby later this year. The family-run medical billing and practice management business employs 350 people across eight offices in five states.


Announcements and Implementations

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Practice management company Unified Women’s Healthcare will offer Qure4u’s patient engagement app to its network of 1,600 Ob-Gyns.

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EHR, RCM, and practice management company AllMeds partners with HealthWatch to add chronic care management services to its EHR, RCM, and practice management solutions.

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ISalus Healthcare announces GA of ENTChoice, software for ENT practices that combines EHR, practice management,  billing, and telemedicine capabilities.

Simple Interact and Health 1 Technologies develop technology that automatically pushes patient intake forms from Simple Interact’s front office automation software to Centricity EHRs.


Telemedicine

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Telemedicine kiosk vendor OnMed will use Athenahealth software to transmit patient data to its secure servers.

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HCAP Partners invests $6 million in BetterNight, a virtual care platform developed by San Diego-based Sleep Data that includes video visits, remote patient monitoring, and digital therapeutics for people suffering from sleep apnea and/or insomnia.


Other

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Elite Dental Associates in Dallas will pay the HHS Office of Civil Rights $10,000 to settle potential HIPAA violations that occurred when the practice responded to a Yelp review by disclosing the patient’s last name and condition. A further review found that the practice had done it multiple times with other patients.


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News 9/30/19

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Matter, a health IT startup accelerator based in Chicago, announces plans to develop an innovation center in New York City through a partnership with the NYC Economic Development Corp. Matter has helped launch 200 startups since opening its doors five years ago. Given its Chicago roots, it has developed a strong relationship with the neighboring AMA, resulting in an AMA Interaction Studio and physician feedback on developing products.

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Matter plans to open its NYC center in 2021.


HIStalk Practice Musings

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I came across this list of the six books shortlisted for the 2019 Royal Society Insight Investment Science Book Prize. I’m not a huge non-fiction fan, but may take a peek at “Clearing the Air” by Tim Smedley solely based on Arnold Schwarzenegger’s top-of-cover enticement.

Aside from “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot, I can’t recall reading a riveting, science-based book that I then recommended to everyone I knew. Please turn me on to new titles via a quick email.


Webinars

October 2 (Wednesday) 1:00 ET. “Conversational AI in Healthcare: What About ROI?” Sponsors: Orbita, Cognizant. Presenters: Kristi Ebong, SVP of strategy and GM of healthcare providers, Orbita; Matthew Smith, AVP and conversational AI practice leader, Cognizant. Conversational AI holds great promise to drive new opportunities for engaging consumers and customers across all industries. In healthcare, the stakes are high, especially as organizations explore opportunities to leverage this new digital channel to improve care while also reducing costs. The presenter experts offer a thought-provoking discussion around conversational AI’s timeline in healthcare, the factors that organizations should consider when thinking about virtual assistants through chatbots or voice, and the blind spots to avoid in investing in those technologies.

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


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

Canada-based Well Health Technologies consolidates its Open Source Clinical Application Resource (OSCAR) EHR assets into a new division called Well EMR Group. Built on the acquisitions of KAI Innovations, NerdEMR, OSCARprn, and OSCARwest, the new group has released OSCAR McMaster Professional Edition EHR software.


Government and Politics

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National Coordinator Don Rucker, MD and Deputy National Coordinator Steve Posnack reflect on ONC’s progress over the last year, and share their patient-access and interoperability to-do list for 2020. Highlights include releasing a final strategy and recommendations for reducing health IT-related burden on clinicians, and working with HHS OCR to ensure patients have ways to access and share their PHI.

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And speaking of ONC, the office is hiring a Washington, DC-based economist to conduct research on the adoption, use, and impact of health IT and related HHS policies and programs. The role will also entail the development, implementation, and evaluation of public health programs and policies.


Telemedicine

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Sam’s Club will use 98point6’s software and services to provide telemedicine to members who sign up for its new health-related discount bundles. Developed through a partnership with Humana, the bundles will include free prescriptions for popular generics, unlimited $1 virtual visits, dental discounts, free lab tests, and prepaid health debit cards.

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Insurance software startup Jauntin’ launches a membership-based telemedicine service that offers unlimited visits for $15 per month and 33 free medications. The company has created buzz in insurance circles by creating software that allows traditional payers to automate the process of offering extremely short-term policies that cater to freelancers.

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At-home testing company BodyHealth IQ adds online wellness consults to its list of services, giving consumers the ability to talk with a physician about their results.


Other

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Dr. Jayne’s latest Curbside Consult catches us up on the latest in voice-recognition technology for the exam room. Google Glass is apparently far from dead, as her conversation with Glass-powered scribing company Augmedix founding chairman Ian Shakil reveals. Given Amazon’s forays into healthcare, I wonder if it will soon enter this territory, given last week’s news that the company is introducing Echo Frames. Priced at $180, the specs give users access to Alexa, which providers and vendors have already been toying with as part of an invite-only developer program.


Sponsor Updates

  • ITether adds access to Healthwise’s evidence-based curriculum to its outpatient care coordination and patient engagement software.
  • AdvancedMD will host its global user conference, Evo19, October 2-5 in Orlando.
  • EClinicalWorks will exhibit at the APHCA Annual Conference October 1-3 in Gulf Shores, AL.
  • Healthwise will exhibit at AdvancedMD’s Evo19 conference October 2-5 in Orlando.

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