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News 2/8/21

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Canadian primary care company Well Health Technologies strengthens its presence in the US with the pending acquisition of CRH Medical Corp. for $369 million. CRH provides anesthesia services at 69 ambulatory surgery centers and gastrointestinal clinics across 13 states.

Well Health, which is one of Canada’s largest EHR vendors, acquired San Francisco-based primary care company Circle Medical for $14 million in September.


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Dr. Jayne reminded readers last week of National Women Physicians Day, which occurs on February 3 to honor the birthday of Elizabeth Blackwell, who in 1849 became the first woman to achieve a medical degree in the United States. Readers may want to check out “The Doctors Blackwell,” which recounts the journey of Elizabeth and her sister, Emily, to becoming physicians.


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February 24 (Wednesday) 1 ET. “Maximizing the Value of Digital Initiatives with Enterprise Provider Data Management.” Sponsor: Phynd Technologies. Presenters: Tom White, founder and CEO, Phynd Technologies; Adam Cherrington, research director, KLAS Research. Health systems can derive great business value and competitive advantage by centrally managing their provider data. A clear roadmap and management solution can solve problems with fragmented data, workflows, and patient experiences and support operational efficiency and delivery of a remarkable patient experience. The presenters will describe common pitfalls in managing enterprise information and digital strategy in silos, how to align stakeholders to maximize the value of digital initiatives, and how leading health systems are using best-of-breed strategies to evolve provider data management.

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


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EQHealth Solutions names Mac Fuselier (David Raines Community Health Centers) CFO.


Research and Innovation

Canadian researchers find that virtual visits accounted for 71% of all visits between March and July of 2020, a dramatic increase compared to the 1.2% of virtual visits that occurred during the same timeframe in 2019. Nearly 33% of patients would prefer virtual care as their first point of contact after the pandemic.


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In Gwinnett County, Georgia, Magnolia Medical Clinic co-owner Ravi Shah, MD tells the local news that his practice’s biggest challenges during the pandemic have been staffing and a lack of funding to hire more people, fighting price gouging for PPE, communicating with state and federal health agencies, and staying on top of COVID-19 updates. Shah says they are committed to moving forward, even when stretched thin because of staff COVID diagnoses or quarantining. His father and practice founder Suresh Shah was hospitalized for COVID for one month – the only time in 30 years he’s missed more than a week of work.

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Fast Company looks at the healthcare industry’s shift toward telemedicine and the increasingly likelihood of financially struggling practices and burnt out physicians to make the leap to full time digital care. It also points out that traditional telemedicine companies like MDLive and Doctor on Demand are now having to think beyond urgent care services to differentiate themselves from competitors and traditional practices that have gone digital. Incorporating primary care services, where a patient sees the same physicians for treatment, seems to be the shiny new differentiator companies like Amwell and Teladoc are pursuing.

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Meanwhile, this article serves as a reminder that many patients and practitioners will always prefer in-person appointments. The hype around telemedicine will likely wane as healthcare facilities begin to eventually see a more consistent mix of virtual and in-person patients. “Most people still want to see people,” says Private Medical founder Jordan Shlain, MD. “And that goes both ways, with the doctors and the patients.”

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Amazon adds a new Alexa feature that helps users find the nearest COVID-19 testing site.


Sponsor Updates

  • Nordic, for the third year in a row, is the only firm with a rating higher than 90 across seven or more “Best in KLAS” categories.
  • Medicomp Systems CMO Jay Anders will present at Health Datapalooza February 18.

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News 2/3/21

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Alma raises $28 million in a Series B funding round led by Insight Partners. Founded by former Oscar Health VP Harry Ritter, the company offers independent mental healthcare providers access to practice management, RCM, and patient-matching services.


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February 24 (Wednesday) 1 ET. “Maximizing the Value of Digital Initiatives with Enterprise Provider Data Management.” Sponsor: Phynd Technologies. Presenters: Tom White, founder and CEO, Phynd Technologies; Adam Cherrington, research director, KLAS Research. Health systems can derive great business value and competitive advantage by centrally managing their provider data. A clear roadmap and management solution can solve problems with fragmented data, workflows, and patient experiences and support operational efficiency and delivery of a remarkable patient experience. The presenters will describe common pitfalls in managing enterprise information and digital strategy in silos, how to align stakeholders to maximize the value of digital initiatives, and how leading health systems are using best-of-breed strategies to evolve provider data management.

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


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Patient engagement and EHR integration software vendor NexHealth acquires digital forms company Enlive. NexHealth raised a $15 million Series A round of funding last July. 

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Integrative Health Centers raises $3 million in a Series A funding round led by FCA Venture Partners. The Nashville-based company assists providers in underserved communities with integrating in-person and virtual behavioral health services.


Announcements and Implementations

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Alliance Physical Therapy Partners announces GA of its AgileEMR for physical therapists.

Georgia Health Information Network selects interoperability technology from Velatura Public Benefit Company to enhance its ConnectedCare HIE functionality.

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Idaho Health Data Exchange will implement Leap Orbit’s Consentric patient consent management software, enabling behavioral health providers across the state to leverage its HIE services.

New England Baptist Radiology (MA) selects RCM software and services from Healthcare Administrative Partners.


Government and Politics

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The City of Chicago leverages technology from provider search and appointment booking site Zocdoc to automate COVID-19 vaccination scheduling.


Other

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The local news interviews Carbon Health co-founder Caesar Djavaherian, MD about the primary care company’s COVID-19 vaccine delivery partnership with the City of Los Angeles: “Some of the ways we’ve impacted vaccine distribution administration is that with the same number of employees, we’ve nearly doubled the number of vaccines delivered at the same sites. That shows you how important the technology is. We’ve made things like recording the visit automated. We’re not spending time handwriting the vaccine and the lot number, which is what most people are experiencing. It’s a literal race against this virus.”

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Indiana high school sophomore Charlotte Annes helps the local chapter of Telehealth Access for Seniors donate dozens of smartphones, tablets, and laptops to veterans and seniors across the state. The student-run organization has so far given 3,200 devices to 105 partner clinics across 26 states.


Sponsor Updates

  • PerfectServe’s Telmediq clinical communication software wins a “Best in KLAS Software & Services 2021” distinction in the security and privacy category.

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News 2/1/21

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Ro considers going public via merger with a special purpose acquisition company in a deal that would value the online health, wellness, and prescription delivery company at $4 billion.

The New York City-based company raised $200 million in July, giving it a $1.5 billion valuation.

Competitor Hims went public last month through a merger with SPAC Oaktree Acquisition Corp. – a move that earned it a $1.6 billion valuation.


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February 24 (Wednesday) 1 ET. “Maximizing the Value of Digital Initiatives with Enterprise Provider Data Management.” Sponsor: Phynd Technologies. Presenters: Tom White, founder and CEO, Phynd Technologies; Adam Cherrington, research director, KLAS Research. Health systems can derive great business value and competitive advantage by centrally managing their provider data. A clear roadmap and management solution can solve problems with fragmented data, workflows, and patient experiences and support operational efficiency and delivery of a remarkable patient experience. The presenters will describe common pitfalls in managing enterprise information and digital strategy in silos, how to align stakeholders to maximize the value of digital initiatives, and how leading health systems are using best-of-breed strategies to evolve provider data management.

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


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Specialty practice-focused health IT company Nextech acquires medical lead management software developer MyMedLeads.

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Behavioral health services company Concert Health raises $14 million in a Series A round led by Vertical Venture Partners. The company works with primary care practices to integrate behavioral health into treatment plans via licensed providers and technology.


People

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Practice optimization and RCM vendor Health Prime has named Pranil Vadgama (R1 RCM) president and CEO.


Announcements and Implementations

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Banty announces GA of a white label telemedicine and patient engagement offering for practices.

The Texas-based Aspen Physician Network will use health information exchange capabilities from Hasa to underpin its clinically integrated network in the Dallas-Forth Worth area.

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Online urgent care and walk-in clinic search tool developer Solv launches COVID-19 vaccine scheduling and logistics software for healthcare facilities.


Other

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Health workers and volunteers from the Josephine County Public Health department in Oregon administer COVID-19 vaccines to fellow stranded motorists. The JCPH team, traveling between vaccine clinics, didn’t want the six doses they had on hand to go to waste.


Sponsor Updates

  • The Sharp Index, in partnership with Medicomp Systems, announce the 2021 Annual Sharp Index Awards recipients for excellence in physician well-being.
  • CHIME names Nordic Chairman of the Board Bruce Cerullo a Healthcare Hero for his work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • MHS will integrate its CareProminence platform with the Healthwise Care Management Solution for health education.

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News 1/27/21

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Toronto-based Skylight Health Group (fka CBS Insights) applies for listing on the Nasdaq. The group operates 30 medical clinics in 14 states, offers a subscription telemedicine service, and has developed its own EHR. Skylight acquired six-facility US Primary and Urgent Care for $14.3 million earlier this month.


Webinars

January 28 (Thursday) 12:30 ET: “In Conversation: Advancing Women Leaders in Health IT.” Sponsor: Intelligent Medical Objects. Presenters: Tabitha Lieberman, SVP of clinical and revenue cycle applications, Providence St. Joseph Health; Ann Barnes, CEO, IMO; Deanna Towne, MBA, CIO, CORHIO; Amanda Heidemann, MD, CMIO, CMIO Services, LLC. IMO CEO Ann Barnes brings together a panel of female health executives for a results-oriented discussion on how managers and C-suite executives can address diversity and inclusion in their organizations. From STEM education to mentoring and networking, the “COVID effect” on women in the workplace, to matters of equity, there’s no better time to talk openly about these issues to help generate meaningful change in healthcare.

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


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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TimelyMD secures a $60 million Series B investment from JMI Equity. The telemedicine company offers mental health, psychiatry, and health coaching services to college and university students across the country.

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Equality Health, which manages a network of value-based, tech-enabled primary care practices, secures funding from General Atlantic and acquires consulting firm Daraja Services.


Announcements and Implementations

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Exer Urgent Care implements virtual line notification capabilities from Pomelo Health.

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Upstate Family Health Center (NY) selects Orb Health’s Enterprise Virtual Care technology to improve chronic care management between patient visits.

Workplace clinic operator Concentra replaces its telemedicine software from Amwell with virtual visit technology from EVisit.

Ortho Florida integrates Rectangle Health’s Practice Management Bridge payment and billing software with its Intergy EHR from Greenway Health.

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Online form builder Jot Form develops the Health app, giving providers access to HIPAA-compliant data collection for patient intake, payments, surveys, team collaboration, and business associate agreements.


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The Connecticut Examiner updates readers on the plight of HIE in Connecticut: The state has spent $43 million over 14 years on three failed efforts. The fourth and most current saw its leader resign in early December, leaving the remaining CONNIE team members with the unenviable task of overcoming “organizational skepticism after a legacy of past failed efforts.” Contractors CedarBridge and Velatura have yet to finish tasks they’ve already been paid for, and in fact have had their contacts extended. Technology developed by CRISP and UConn Analytics & Information Services is complete but can’t be shared until agreements are finalized between the state and providers. Twenty three small- to medium-sized providers have signed on so far, while just one health system has expressed strong interest.


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News 1/25/21

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CloudMD acquires Canadian Medical Directory for $1.6 million and will integrate it with its Juno EHR, billing, and telemedicine software.


HIStalk Practice Musings

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Did reading make your list of New Year’s resolutions? If you’re in need of titles to put on your must-read list, check out “4 nonmedical books every doctor should read” and “6 Books for Budding PT Leaders to Read in 2021.” I myself am in the middle of “The Hemingses of Monticello,” which, while rich with information, reads almost like a textbook. I have been on a bit of a Founding Fathers kick lately, but may need to take a break once I’m done with this award-winner.

What books have helped you kick off 2021? Email me with your picks and I’ll gladly share with fellow readers.


Webinars

January 28 (Thursday) 12:30 ET: “In Conversation: Advancing Women Leaders in Health IT.” Sponsor: Intelligent Medical Objects. Presenters: Tabitha Lieberman, SVP of clinical and revenue cycle applications, Providence St. Joseph Health; Ann Barnes, CEO, IMO; Deanna Towne, MBA, CIO, CORHIO; Amanda Heidemann, MD, CMIO, CMIO Services, LLC. IMO CEO Ann Barnes brings together a panel of female health executives for a results-oriented discussion on how managers and C-suite executives can address diversity and inclusion in their organizations. From STEM education to mentoring and networking, the “COVID effect” on women in the workplace, to matters of equity, there’s no better time to talk openly about these issues to help generate meaningful change in healthcare.

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


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Telemedicine and online prescription delivery companies Hims and Hers will refer patients who use their telemedicine and online prescription delivery services to Privia Health providers for in-person care in Georgia, Maryland, Texas, Virginia, and Washington, DC. Hims and Hers have similar arrangements with Ochsner Health (LA) and Mount Sinai Health System (NY).


People

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Iora Health names Gillian Munson (Union Square Ventures) CFO and Chris Hollander (Panera Bread) chief growth officer.


Other

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AdvantageCare Physicians in New York City inadvertently creates a barrier for patients trying to use its online system to schedule a COVID-19 vaccination by also requiring that new patients setting up accounts go through an identity verification process conducted by Experian. Patients with a lack of credit history are then effectively kicked out of the registration process, likely frustrating some patients – especially those without access to the Internet – who might feel that the process is already overly burdensome.

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An MGMA survey of 400 practices finds that 85% of independent practices and 45% of hospital or health system-owned practices in pursuit of the COVID-19 vaccine for their patients report having obtained none to date – figures in keeping with nationwide reports that smaller healthcare facilities are being left out of the distribution loop, despite physician sentiment that patients would be far more comfortable receiving a vaccine from their PCP than at a drive-thru clinic or local hospital.

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Workers at a clinic in Frankenham, England, share their appreciation for a Banksy-like piece of street art sprayed (or stenciled or chalked) outside of the clinic. A similar image has also appeared outside of a local bakery.


Sponsor Updates

  • Medicomp Systems sponsors the awards section of the Physician Burnout Symposium through January 29.

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