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News 8/19/20

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Pediatric behavioral health startup Brightline raises $20 million in a Series A funding round that will enable the Silicon Valley company to further develop its virtual visit services, add evidence-based treatment plans for teenagers, and launch subscription-based services.

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Co-founder Naomi Allen, formerly chief growth officer at Livongo, says she hopes to eventually open clinics, and that digital access will remain the priority for now.


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September 3 (Thursday) 2:00 ET. “How Does A Global Pandemic Reshape Health IT? A Panel Discussion.” Sponsor: Intelligent Medical Objects. Presenters: Rob Wallace, chief product officer, IMO; Andrew S. Kanter, MD, MPH, chief medical officer, IMO; Lori Kevin, VP of enterprise IT and security, IMO; Sahas Subramanian, MCA, enterprise architect, IMO. As COVID-19 continues to spread, regulation changes, code system updates, and an increased reliance on technology are making it hard to stay on top of the many ways the pandemic is altering health IT. What’s more, we’re confronting challenges that rely heavily on technological solutions – like accurate reporting tools or telehealth adaptations – and we need those solutions now. The panel of subject matter experts across the enterprise will share insights on how the global pandemic is reshaping the health IT world.

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Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Consulting and analytics firm Milliman acquires Torch Insight, healthcare data and analytics technology developed by Leavitt Partners. Milliman will incorporate the Torch Insight into its MedInsight analytics platform.

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Walmart CEO Doug McMillion says the company is committed to the expansion of its Walmart Health clinics in the wake of the departure of Sean Slovenski, the health and wellness SVP who had overseen the launch of the clinics for the last two years. The company shows no signs of slowing down its expansion plans, which include opening clinics in Florida next year:

“We recently opened another clinic not far from Bentonville, Elm Springs and it’s a smaller clinic than the one that some of you have seen in Dallas, Georgia …,” McMillion said. “So we’re playing around with it as you would expect, and it’s been interesting to watch how customers are interacting with that experience during the COVID-19 environment. The team has done a great job and the medical doctor and the other professionals in the clinic of keeping people safe, and demand is still strong in an environment where people are not necessarily taking advantage of a lot of preventative care.”


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Andrew Schutzbank, MD (Iora Health) joins kidney care company Cricket Health as chief product officer.


Announcements and Implementations

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Primary and pulmonary care company Sunrise Medical Management adopts HGE Health’s remote symptom management technology as part of its remote patient monitoring service offered to COPD patients across its three clinics in Arizona.


Research and Innovation

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A Physicians Foundation survey of 3,500 physicians finds most are not optimistic that their practices will return to “normal” anytime soon:

  • Nearly half believe COVID-19 won’t be under control until June of next year.
  • Nearly 75% believe the virus will negatively impact patient outcomes because of delayed care, negative impacts on patient payment abilities, and the pandemic-induced closure of practices.
  • Nearly 60% believe the virus will lead to a decrease in the number of independent practices.
  • Eight percent of respondents, representing 16,000 practices, have already closed their doors, while 43% have reduced staff.
  • Twelve percent have switched to virtual visits; 52% say they will increase their use of telemedicine within the next year.

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News 8/17/20

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Consumer-facing telemedicine and prescription delivery startup Thirty Madison raises $47 million, bringing its total funding to $70 million. The three year-old company offers treatments for migraines, hair loss, and acid reflux. Newly launched virtual urgent care services are offered on a pay-as-you-can basis.


Webinars

August 19 (Wednesday) 1:00 ET. “A New Approach to Normalizing Data.” Sponsor: Intelligent Medical Objects. Presenters: Rajiv Haravu, senior product manager, IMO; Denise Stoermer, product manager, IMO. Healthcare organizations manage an ever-increasing abundance of information from multiple systems, but problems with quality, accuracy, and completeness can make analysis unreliable for quality improvement and population health initiatives. The presenters will describe how IMO Precision Normalize improves clinical, quality, and financial decision-making by standardizing inconsistent diagnosis, procedure, medication, and lab data from diverse systems into common, clinically validated terminology.

September 3 (Thursday) 2:00 ET. “How Does A Global Pandemic Reshape Health IT? A Panel Discussion.” Sponsor: Intelligent Medical Objects. Presenters: Rob Wallace, chief product officer, IMO; Andrew S. Kanter, MD, MPH, chief medical officer, IMO; Lori Kevin, VP of enterprise IT and security, IMO; Sahas Subramanian, MCA, enterprise architect, IMO. As COVID-19 continues to spread, regulation changes, code system updates, and an increased reliance on technology are making it hard to stay on top of the many ways the pandemic is altering health IT. What’s more, we’re confronting challenges that rely heavily on technological solutions – like accurate reporting tools or telehealth adaptations – and we need those solutions now. The panel of subject matter experts across the enterprise will share insights on how the global pandemic is reshaping the health IT world.

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


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Health IT vendor MTBC reports a 17% increase in Q2 revenue, taking in nearly $20 million. The company saw a dip in quarterly revenue during the COVID-19 lockdown earlier this year, but has since seen patient encounters at client sites return to within 6% of weekly averages seen during January and February.


Research and Innovation

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Urgent care clinics across the country saw a peak in patient visits during the month of July, according to new data from Experity and the Urgent Care Association. On average, 253 patients visited urgent cares during the week of July 11, compared with 88 per week in April. The increase seems in keeping with Dr. Jayne’s latest in-the-trenches observations, which, in a nutshell, highlight the stress put on urgent cares as stressed patients try to delay care and avoid hospitals.


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Patient safety, evidence-based medicine and technology decision-support nonprofit ECRI partners with the Institute for Safe Medication Practices to form a joint patient safety organization. According to ECRI President and CEO Marcus Schabacker, MD, the new PSO will bring “up-to-date information and real-time guidance to assure healthcare leaders that they’re making the best decisions to keep patients, long-term care residents, and staff safe.”

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Ava Clara Bridal Couture in Virginia Beach hosts a bridal gown giveaway for healthcare workers as a way to say thank you for all they’ve done over the last several months. The boutique, which has held similar giveaways for teachers, had such overwhelming interest when they first announced the event in April that they increased the number of gowns from 50 to 75. The brides-to-be had about 30 minutes to find their dream dresses.


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  • Nordic volunteers help The River Food Pantry distribute over 100 pounds of curbside emergency food and supplies per household.
  • PerfectServe announces bidirectional integration between its clinical communication platform and Nuance’s PowerConnect Actionable Findings solution within the radiologist’s Nuance PowerScribe reporting workflow.

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News 8/12/20

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ONC announces a $2.5 million funding opportunity to help state and local public health agencies strengthen their connections to HIEs. Applications are due September 1.


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August 19 (Wednesday) 1:00 ET. “A New Approach to Normalizing Data.” Sponsor: Intelligent Medical Objects. Presenters: Rajiv Haravu, senior product manager, IMO; Denise Stoermer, product manager, IMO. Healthcare organizations manage an ever-increasing abundance of information from multiple systems, but problems with quality, accuracy, and completeness can make analysis unreliable for quality improvement and population health initiatives. The presenters will describe how IMO Precision Normalize improves clinical, quality, and financial decision-making by standardizing inconsistent diagnosis, procedure, medication, and lab data from diverse systems into common, clinically validated terminology.

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Kaiser Health News looks at the continued pressure primary care physicians find themselves in as a result of COVID-19-induced revenue decreases:

  • Corporate owners are giving some practices an ultimatum – show viability or face sale or closure, forcing those practices to cut costs at a time when budgets are already beyond razor-thin.
  • Payments for virtual visits are still inadequate, and not all patients have access to technology.
  • Most physicians and analysts say transitioning away from fee-for-service to fixed monthly payments for value-based care  will be key to primary care’s survival.

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Cloud-based imaging company Emergent Connect names John LoGioco (Zebra Medical Vision) head of growth.

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AristaMD promotes Pamela Gould, RN to chief growth officer.


Announcements and Implementations

Greenway will launch an integrated telehealth solution powered by Twilio, its patient messaging vendor, in the fall.

Middleton Family Medicine (MA), a part of the Congenial Healthcare network, implements Epion Health’s telemedicine software.


Research and Innovation

Telemedicine number-crunching shows no signs of slowing down: The Chartis Group’s latest data finds that urban residents used telemedicine for primary care visits 28% more than those in rural areas. National utilization of telemedicine has fallen from its peak level of 50% in mid-April; between 18 and 20% of visits are now conducted virtually.

Meanwhile, a study of 1,000 behavioral healthcare providers shows that virtual visits are here to stay. Eighty percent deliver care virtually at least 60% of the time, while 70% say they’ll deliver care virtually 40% of the time moving forward. Twenty percent say they’ll need new EHRs to accommodate anticipated telemedicine capacity.


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Piedmont Orthopedics/OrthoAtlanta experiences a ransomware attack, according to DataBreaches.net, which reports that the attackers have already dumped 3.5 GB of data online – including medical records.

In other cybersecurity news, a consultant discovers a database containing the details of 3.1 million patients left exposed online by practice management and marketing company Adit. The consultant, who notified the company, says the data was destroyed by an unknown actor a week later.

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Physicians in Alaska share their experiences with telemedicine, with access to technology being the biggest barrier to utilization by the state’s rural patients. Virtual mental health appointments have taken off, according to Cohen Veterans Network President and CEO Anthony Hassan. The clinic network, including one in Anchorage, has seen 98% of its visits go virtual – a big jump from its traditional 18%. “I know (virtual care) isn’t a panacea; people do need to come in,” he said. “But our outcomes in-clinic and telehealth are equal.”


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News 8/10/20

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Oak Street Health’s IPO raises $328 million, well above its hoped-for $250 million. Shares initially priced at $21 rose to over $43 before settling down to $40 by end-of-day trading. The Chicago-based primary care company for Medicare patients now carries a $5 billion valuation.


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August 19 (Wednesday) 1:00 ET. “A New Approach to Normalizing Data.” Sponsor: Intelligent Medical Objects. Presenters: Rajiv Haravu, senior product manager, IMO; Denise Stoermer, product manager, IMO. Healthcare organizations manage an ever-increasing abundance of information from multiple systems, but problems with quality, accuracy, and completeness can make analysis unreliable for quality improvement and population health initiatives. The presenters will describe how IMO Precision Normalize improves clinical, quality, and financial decision-making by standardizing inconsistent diagnosis, procedure, medication, and lab data from diverse systems into common, clinically validated terminology.

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


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Ginger raises $50 million, which it will use to scale its virtual therapy and psychiatry services to payers. The company, which has traditionally marketed its technology to employers, has raised $120.7 million since launching in 2011.

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Canadian telemedicine company CloudMD sets up shop in the US through the purchase of a clinic that will rely on its software and services to care for its chronically ill patients. Healthcare Networks of America co-founder Fred Roh will oversee the new facility and help to develop a stateside-network of satellite telemedicine clinics.


Announcements and Implementations

Tiffany Griffiths, Psy.D. & Associates selects the SmartCare EHR from Streamline Healthcare Solutions.

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Golden Valley Health Centers in California will implement the CareVention HealthCare Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly technology and services from Tabula Rasa HealthCare for its new PACE program in Modesto.

Public and behavioral health-focused EHR vendor Patagonia Health adds telemedicine capabilities to its EHR for public and behavioral healthcare providers.

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The Oregon Clinic rolls out InteliChart’s Healthy Outcomes patient engagement software across its 60 locations in and around Portland.


Government and Politics

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Governors from Washington, Colorado, Nevada, and Oregon announce they will work together to identify and share best practices for telemedicine to better support state residents. While their telemedicine policies will reflect individual state needs, they will be based on shared principles related to access, privacy, standards of care, equity, payment/reimbursement, and patient choice.


Research and Innovation

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A survey of 2,400 people finds that nearly half prefer providers who offer telemedicine, though only 28% have taken advantage of virtual visits. Top reasons for using telemedicine include renewing prescriptions, getting regular check-ups, and discussing new symptoms and lab results.


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Practice management software vendor MedEvolve notifies patients of a former customer that a data breach at her practice may have compromised patient information, though none has been misused thus far. The May 2018 data breach involved an FTP server left open on the Internet.

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CNBC’s Chrissy Farr shares the results of an informal poll.


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News 8/5/20

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EHR Integration Services merges with health IT development company Byte Sized Solutions to form Keena Healthcare Technology. The new company will focus on clinical workflow and interface development, as well as EHR conversions and data archiving.

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Founding partner Craig Luce began his career with IDX Systems, moving to Allscripts when it acquired IDX in 2000. He founded EHR Integration Services in 2006.


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August 19 (Wednesday) 1:00 ET. “A New Approach to Normalizing Data.” Sponsor: Intelligent Medical Objects. Presenters: Rajiv Haravu, senior product manager, IMO; Denise Stoermer, product manager, IMO. Healthcare organizations manage an ever-increasing abundance of information from multiple systems, but problems with quality, accuracy, and completeness can make analysis unreliable for quality improvement and population health initiatives. The presenters will describe how IMO Precision Normalize improves clinical, quality, and financial decision-making by standardizing inconsistent diagnosis, procedure, medication, and lab data from diverse systems into common, clinically validated terminology.

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Radiation Business Solutions acquires MBR Medical Billing for an undisclosed sum.

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MedCoShare launches in Philadelphia to offer physicians co-working office space. Membership plans include reserved office space, medical equipment, and cleaning and disposal services. The company’s initial space includes eight exam rooms and two offices that could accommodate 10 full-time physicians.

Primary care development company Tandigm Health and Gateway Medical Associates (PA) launch Tandigm Physician Services, which will offer independent practices technologies and services for value-based care.


Announcements and Implementations

ReferWell adds virtual visit scheduling capabilities from Bluestream Health to its care coordination and transition software.


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Physician education company Knowledge to Practice announces GA of CurrentMD COVID, a series of subscription-based microlearning modules designed to help physicians diagnose, treat, and manage COVID-19 patients.


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