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AxialHealthcare raises $15 million in a Series C funding round. The company offers analytics and new personalized medicine services focused on patients with substance use disorders.


Webinars

March 4 (Wednesday) 1 ET: “Tools for Success: How to Increase Clinician Satisfaction with HIT Solutions.” Sponsor: Intelligent Medical Objects. Presenter: Andrew Kanter, MD, MPH, FACMI, FAMIA, chief medical officer, IMO. Dr. Kanter will explore how striving to achieve the Quadruple Aim (by focusing on the provider experience) can improve clinician satisfaction and population health needs while also reducing per capita healthcare costs. Attendees will learn how to set providers up for success with new technology, the potential unforeseen consequences of purchasing without the clinician in mind, and the factors that are critically important to clinicians who are using new health information systems.

March 4 (Wednesday) 1 ET: “Healthcare Digital Marketing: Jump-Start Patient Discovery and Conversion.” Sponsor: Orbita. Presenters: Victoria Petrock, MBA, MLIS, principal analyst, EMarketer; Kristi Ebong, MBA, MPH, SVP of corporate strategy, Orbita. Does your digital front door capture consumers who search for health-related information one billion times each day? Do you have actionable steps to convert them into patients? Do you understand voice and chat virtual assistants? The presenters will explore the consumer challenges involved with finding, navigating, and receiving care, discuss why healthcare marketers need to embrace conversational voice and chatbot technologies, and describe how new technologies such as conversational micro-robots can improve engagement.

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


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Rectangle Health secures a patent for its Practice Management Bridge technology, which interfaces with practice management, EHR, and RCM systems to manage patient payments.

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App-based house call and virtual visit company Remedy expands into the Dallas-Forth Worth area. The Austin, TX-based company raised $10 million last summer.

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RxAdvantage President and former Apple CEO John Sculley believes Walmart Health will be the straw that finally breaks the camel’s back when it comes to disrupting healthcare’s byzantine pricing structure and shrinking access pipeline:

“We’re going to have a consumer revolution in retail for point of care. Why? Because if the Walmart tests are successful, and I suspect they will be, people will be able to go in and get these kinds of health services at a lower cost than if they had health insurance. Think about that. They’re still nearly 30 million people who don’t have health insurance. A lot of these people are going to go to a Walmart where you get these kinds of routine services. That’s going to be a dramatic change.”


People

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Primary care management company Tandigm Health promotes Frank Ingari to CEO, replacing Tony Coletta, MD who becomes executive chairman.


Announcements and Implementations

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VisitPay and Sphere announce GA of text-based payment capabilities for providers.

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Catholic Medical Partners will implement Innovaccer’s population health analytics, physician engagement, and clinical integration software across its physician network in Buffalo, NY.


Telemedicine

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Canadian primary care and software company Well Health Technologies launches VirtualClinic+, a nationwide telemedicine service that includes video and messaging-based visits. Well Health will integrate the capabilities with its OSCAR EHR.


Other

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The Vermont HIE announces that it will switch to a patient opt-out model in order to ensure that providers have easy access to patient records. Public health officials believe only 50% of Vermont patients have been asked to join the HIE since its launch in 2014.

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OpenBeds extends its reach to Indiana, offering access through its www.treatmentconnection.com portal to patients and caregivers looking for substance use disorder and mental health treatment facilities within the state. The company’s technology is powered by Appriss Health, which partners with states to integrate their prescription drug monitoring programs with provider EHRs.


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  • Healthwise will exhibit at the HealthTrio User Group Summit March 2-4 in Tucson.

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News 2/26/20

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EHR and practice management vendor CentralReach acquires Thread Learning, a developer of mobile data collection technology for clinics and schools. CentralReach, which targets providers who care for autistic children, will integrate Thread Learning’s software with its soon-to-be-released Electronic Visit Verification-compliant mobile data collection app.

Thread Learning CEO and co-founder Greg Brill will join the CentralReach product development team.


Webinars

March 4 (Wednesday) 1 ET: “Tools for Success: How to Increase Clinician Satisfaction with HIT Solutions.” Sponsor: Intelligent Medical Objects. Presenter: Andrew Kanter, MD, MPH, FACMI, FAMIA, chief medical officer, IMO. Dr. Kanter will explore how striving to achieve the Quadruple Aim (by focusing on the provider experience) can improve clinician satisfaction and population health needs while also reducing per capita healthcare costs. Attendees will learn how to set providers up for success with new technology, the potential unforeseen consequences of purchasing without the clinician in mind, and the factors that are critically important to clinicians who are using new health information systems.

March 4 (Wednesday) 1 ET: “Healthcare Digital Marketing: Jump-Start Patient Discovery and Conversion.” Sponsor: Orbita. Presenters: Victoria Petrock, MBA, MLIS, principal analyst, EMarketer; Kristi Ebong, MBA, MPH, SVP of corporate strategy, Orbita. Does your digital front door capture consumers who search for health-related information one billion times each day? Do you have actionable steps to convert them into patients? Do you understand voice and chat virtual assistants? The presenters will explore the consumer challenges involved with finding, navigating, and receiving care, discuss why healthcare marketers need to embrace conversational voice and chatbot technologies, and describe how new technologies such as conversational micro-robots can improve engagement.

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


Announcements and Implementations

Community Health of South Florida selects Orb Health’s Collaborative Virtual Care software to better enable its chronic care management program.


People

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Bill Keyes (Connecture) joins I2I Population Health as chief growth officer.


Telemedicine

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The local paper profiles Plessen Healthcare’s efforts to bring telemedicine to the US Virgin Island of St. Croix. Plessen, which comprises a clinic and the USVI’s only CMS-accredited ambulatory surgical center, used a USDA distance learning and telemedicine grant to purchase new equipment and bolster IT infrastructure and security. At the same time, Plessen developed its own HIE, giving it the ability to share patient data with the local hospital, CDC, and physician EHRs.

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Fresenius Medical Care North America will launch virtual visit capabilities for its home dialysis patients through TheHub  its remote patient monitoring platform.

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DaVita makes a similar announcement with the launch of telemedicine and patient engagement services for its home dialysis patients.


Other

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Jezebel digs into the data-sharing details of mental health apps like Talk Space and Better Help, both of which send user data to dozens of third parties including Facebook, Pinterest, Google, and Snapchat. User details could alerts when a user opens the app; metadata that includes the time of day, a user’s location, and how long the app was used; the type of device being used; a user’s age; and some mental health details. The authors point out: “Unless the people who trust Better Help deftly analyze the fine print, they might not have much of an idea of how far their intimate information is traveling, in a way that’s designed to make companies bigger and richer while patients become more easily gamed.”

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Consumer Reports points a similar type of finger at GoodRx, the prescription-savings app that is often recommended to patients by physicians and pharmacists. Many prescribers often aren’t aware that patient data is shared with 20 companies eager to get a hold of medication and pharmacy names, as well as de-identified patient data that could easily be re-identified.


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News 2/24/20

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Health IT vendor MTBC launches a telemedicine division. Leadership will include President Shruti Patel, COO Iram Fatima, MD and Chief Revenue Officer Seth Loonan. MTBC, which acquired EHR and practice management vendor CareCloud earlier this year, began offering telemedicine capabilities through its TalkEHR last December.


HIStalk Practice Announcements and Requests

As Mr. H mentioned in his latest post, Lorre wants to add to our webinar calendar with new entries, so contact her and you’ll get a pre-HIMSS deal.

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Getting your exhibit hall game plan together for HIMSS? Check out HIStalk’s Guide to HIMSS20. It’s a handy resource for those who’ll be strolling the show floors looking for particular products, networking opportunities, in-booth and off-site events, and fun giveaways.


Webinars

March 4 (Wednesday) 1 ET: “Tools for Success: How to Increase Clinician Satisfaction with HIT Solutions.” Sponsor: Intelligent Medical Objects. Presenter: Andrew Kanter, MD, MPH, FACMI, FAMIA, chief medical officer, IMO. Dr. Kanter will explore how striving to achieve the Quadruple Aim (by focusing on the provider experience) can improve clinician satisfaction and population health needs while also reducing per capita healthcare costs. Attendees will learn how to set providers up for success with new technology, the potential unforeseen consequences of purchasing without the clinician in mind, and the factors that are critically important to clinicians who are using new health information systems.

March 4 (Wednesday) 1 ET: “Healthcare Digital Marketing: Jump-Start Patient Discovery and Conversion.” Sponsor: Orbita. Presenters: Victoria Petrock, MBA, MLIS, principal analyst, EMarketer; Kristi Ebong, MBA, MPH, SVP of corporate strategy, Orbita. Does your digital front door capture consumers who search for health-related information one billion times each day? Do you have actionable steps to convert them into patients? Do you understand voice and chat virtual assistants? The presenters will explore the consumer challenges involved with finding, navigating, and receiving care, discuss why healthcare marketers need to embrace conversational voice and chatbot technologies, and describe how new technologies such as conversational micro-robots can improve engagement.

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


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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In Canada, Premier Health Group rebrands to CloudMD Software & Services to better reflect its focus on digital health and telemedicine. It’s been a busy year so far for the Vancouver-based company: It acquired telemedicine vendor LiveCare in January, and announced a new CEO and rolled out the CloudMD direct-to-consumer telemedicine app in early February.


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Employer-focused primary care clinic operator CareATC names Scott Strickland (Optimis) president and COO, Lisa Ness chief revenue officer, and promotes Ann Stoeppelwerth to chief engagement solutions officer.


Announcements and Implementations

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The MO HealthNet HIE will use $9.3 million in federal funding to develop a Provider Health Information Exchange Onboarding Program, which will subsidize connection and subscription fees for member providers. The Medicaid-focused HIE hopes to get its members, which include 1,000 physicians and 40 hospitals, fully connected to its data-sharing service before HITECH Act funding runs out in 2021.

Comprehensive Partners in Florida selects remote patient monitoring and chronic care management technology and services from Reliq Health Technologies.


Government and Politics

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McKesson Canada’s decision to not renew its contract with health officials in Nova Scotia has left some physicians frustrated at the void that will be left once the Relay Health-powered MyHealthNS app is shut down at the end of March. First introduced in 2012, the app has given patients a number of self-service capabilities and enhanced their ability to communicate with their physicians outside of the clinic. Family physician and clinic director Ajantha Jayabarathan believes the government’s decision to abandon the program has more to do with physician complaints that they haven’t been reimbursed for care provided through the app than the fact that adoption hasn’t been as widespread as health officials would have liked. Patients have until March 31 to retrieve their data from the app.

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An op-ed in Health Affairs outlines the need for CMS to integrate behavioral health into its Primary Care First program, which will initially reward physicians for reductions in acute hospital utilization rates when it finally launches in January 2021. They point out that:

  • Smaller practices with fewer resources will need more support, which can be offered using evidence-based guidance on behavioral health integration from the Continuum-Based Framework.
  • Direct incentives for behavioral health support and improved outcomes should be added.
  • The program should offer bigger incentives for PCF practices that bill using new payment codes designed for behavioral health.

Other

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CNBC profiles Recycle Health, a nonprofit working out of Tufts Medical School that collects abandoned wearables and donates them to organizations serving the homeless, veterans, and intellectually disabled; senior living facilities; and others living in underserved populations. Donations have come in from Fitbit, Fossil, Withings, and individuals. Recycle Health has even received donations from tourist sites like the Statue of Liberty and amusement parks.


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News 2/19/20

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Maven raises a $45 million Series C round of financing led by Icon Ventures, bringing the virtual clinic company’s total raised to nearly $90 million. Focused on women’s and family health, the company offers its services to employers and health plans.

The New York City-based company made sure to mention celebrity investors Reese Witherspoon, Natalie Portman, Mindy Kaling, and 23andMe co-founder and CEO Anne Wojcicki in its funding announcement.


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None scheduled in the coming weeks. Previous webinars are on our YouTube channel. Contact Lorre to present your own.


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Research shows that the interest of private equity firms in acquiring physician practices has increased year-over-year since 2013. Of the 18,000 practices looked at between 2013 and 2016, PE firms bought 355, increasing from 59 to 136 within those three years. PE firms typically sough anesthesiology, multispecialty, emergency medicine, family medicine, and dermatology practices. Researchers point out that a PE firm’s ROI requirement may “conflict with the need for longer-term investments in practice stability, physician recruitment, quality, and safety. There may be additional pressures to increase revenue streams (eg, elective procedures and ancillary services), direct more referrals internally, and rely on lower-cost clinicians.”


Announcements and Implementations

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MedEvolve announces GA of AI-powered workflow automation capabilities for patient pre-registration.

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Georgia Health Information Network adds lab-results sharing to its HIE services.

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NJ Spine and Wellness implements MTBC’s CareCloud EHR, practice management, and patient relationship management software at its four locations.


Telemedicine

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Amazon’s virtual care clinic begins seeing the company’s Seattle-based employees and dependents. The Amazon Care app enables users to schedule virtual visits and home or office visits with NPs for further follow-up, and to order prescriptions for delivery. Amazon staffs the clinic with providers from subsidiary Oasis Medical, which it says prevents it from accessing patient data it’s not legally entitled to. Oasis Medical Director Martin Levine, MD previously headed up Iora Health’s Medicare clinics in Seattle.

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Onsite health care company Premise Health launches a virtual care offering that includes primary, acute, episodic, and some behavioral healthcare services. In making the announcement, the company stressed that Premise Virtual providers are salaried, use the same EHR (presumably Epic, which it installed at its clinics a year ago), and share the same training and value-based incentives.


Research and Innovation

New Research from Western New York-based HealtheLink, the University of Connecticut, and Brookings Institution’s Center for Technology Innovation shows that practices that incorporate health information exchange into their workflows – particularly care notifications – can reduce their patients’ ED visits by 13% and their 30-day hospital readmissions by 10%. Adding such capabilities also helped practices save several hours a week in chart preparation and appointment planning, and reduced patient cycle times by up to 40 minutes.


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News 2/17/20

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Remote patient monitoring startup CloudCath raises $12 million in a Series A funding round led by Capital Integral. CEO and co-founder Aly ElBadry says the company’s catheter-focused technology enables dialysis providers to catch and manage complications earlier than traditional monitoring methods.


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Announcements and Implementations

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Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute implements patient billing software from Cedar.


Research and Innovation

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New research from Cornell University confirms what previous studies have found: Physicians prescribe more medications after marketing visits from pharmaceutical reps touting those drugs. However, the new study shows that the amount is well below what other studies have suggested. The Cornell research found no correlation between wining and dining doctors and their propensity afterwards to write prescriptions for “higher-quality” medications. While the marketing visits are well worth the time in terms of ROI for pharma companies, there is no direct link to improved clinical outcomes for patients based on the drug prescribed afterwards.


Other

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This article highlights the world of paramedical tattooing, in which tattoo artists provide customers who want to camouflage stretch marks, surgery scars, and discolored skin. Tattoos of areolas are among the most commonly requested paramedical designs. Eric Catalano offers free paramedical tattooing on “Wellness Wednesdays” at his Eternal Ink studio in Missouri. He started offering the service after seeing the joy a fingernail tattoo brought to a customer who lost two fingers in an accident: “Financially it doesn’t make sense, but it’s just something that I love to do. Every time I see that emotion, I’m 100 percent sure this is something that I can’t stop doing.”

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Designer Danielle Baskin proposes developing face ID masks so that users can log into their devices without having to take off their masks. Baskin’s other products and art projects include:

  • Founder Fitness Club, which prints pitch decks on yoga mats so users can attract investors at the gym.
  • Womb Escape Game, an escape room kit for newborns that comes with a tiny “We Escaped!” sign for first baby photos.
  • Giant Cover Letter, a service that sends attention-grabbing 5’ cover letters to potential employers.
  • Cryptocutlery, which offers a pocket knife equipped with a cryptocurrency ledger wallet.

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