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News 1/15/20

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ONC publishes a draft of its “2020-2025 Federal Health IT Strategic Plan” for public comment. The 28-page plan is organized around four goals:

  • Promoting health and wellness.
  • Enhancing care delivery and experience.
  • Building a secure, data-driven ecosystem to accelerate research and innovation.
  • Connecting stakeholders and their data through interoperability.

Public comments, which are due March 18, will help shape government efforts to improve patient access to data via smartphones, develop new API-based business models, and better enable data-sharing practices across federal agencies, while hopefully inspiring similar progress in the private sector.


Webinars

January 29 (Wednesday) 2:00 ET. “State of the Health IT Industry 2020.” Sponsor: Medicomp Systems. Presenters from Medicomp Systems: Dave Lareau, CEO; Jay Anders, MD, MS, chief medical officer; Dan Gainer, CTO; James Aita, MBA, director of strategy and business development. Despite widespread adoption of EHRs, healthcare professionals struggle with several unresolved systemic challenges, including the lack of EHR usability, limited interoperability between disparate systems, new quality reporting initiatives that create administrative burdens, and escalating levels of physician burnout. Join the webinar to learn how enterprises can address current industry roadblocks with existing market solutions and fix health IT’s biggest challenges.

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


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Fellow Health Partners acquires New York-based competitor Billing Services for an undisclosed amount.

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Carbon Health opens a new primary and urgent care clinic in Pasadena, bringing its total to 14 since launching three years ago. The San Francisco-based company is one of a handful attempting to break the primary care mold by touting easy access and high-tech offerings like messaging, virtual care, and handy apps. Kindbody, VillageMD, Parsley Health, and higher-profile One Medical have all made similar expansion announcements in the last several months.


Announcements and Implementations

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Carolina Neurosurgery and Spine Associates implements InteliChart’s Healthy Outcomes patient-engagement software.

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The American Medical Association adds access to RedCrow’s healthcare investment community to its Web-based Physician Innovation Network. The RedCrow Hub will connect physicians with entrepreneurs looking for feedback on their products and services.


Government and Politics

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The Johnson County health department announces it will connect to the relatively new Wyoming Frontier Information System, an HIE powered by Health Catalyst and managed by the Wyoming Department of Health.


Other

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WebMD adds a prescription savings tool for consumers to its website, a move that will no doubt give incumbent GoodRx a run for its money. (A search for “Tamiflu” shows that I would pay about $10 more at my preferred pharmacy with a WebMDRx coupon than with one from GoodRx.) The tool is powered by technology from RxSense-owned SingleCare.


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News 1/13/20

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Tech-heavy women’s healthcare company Advantia Health (VA) raises $45 million from BlueMountain Capital Management.

Advantia will use the funding to hire more providers; expand its technology offerings, which already include an app with messaging, scheduling, and telemedicine capabilities; and build a flagship practice that integrates Ob/Gyn, primary, and mental healthcare with other health services in Washington, DC.

The company acquired maternal and pediatric telemedicine company Pacify last year.


HIStalk Practice Musings

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I’ve finished my first book of the new year: Charlotte Brontë’s “Villette” was at times sluggish, and thus always perfect bedtime reading. The story of the Bronte family is a tragedy unto itself. If you’re in the mood for such a read, I suggest “The Brontës: Wild Genius on the Moors: The Story of a Literary Family.”

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If you’re looking to brush up on your leadership skills before the new year gets too far gone, check out the seven books listed in this article, and/or “Leadership & Life Hacks: Insights from a Mom, Wife, Entrepreneur & Executive” by Surgical Solutions CEO Alyssa Rapp.


HIStalk Practice Announcements and Requests

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Mr. H is looking for a founding sponsor to take the place of a vendor that held the high-profile spot for 13 years. Contact Lorre to take their permanent #1 spot on the page next to Medicomp.


Webinars

January 29 (Wednesday) 2:00 ET. “State of the Health IT Industry 2020.” Sponsor: Medicomp Systems. Presenters from Medicomp Systems: Dave Lareau, CEO; Jay Anders, MD, MS, chief medical officer; Dan Gainer, CTO; James Aita, MBA, director of strategy and business development. Despite widespread adoption of EHRs, healthcare professionals struggle with several unresolved systemic challenges, including the lack of EHR usability, limited interoperability between disparate systems, new quality reporting initiatives that create administrative burdens, and escalating levels of physician burnout. Join the webinar to learn how enterprises can address current industry roadblocks with existing market solutions and fix health IT’s biggest challenges.

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


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Well Health Technologies begins trading on the Toronto Stock Exchange. The company operates 20 clinics and provides EHR software to nearly 1,000 clinics in Canada.

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Boca Raton, FL-based practice management company Unified Women’s Healthcare acquires Lucina Health, an analytics company specializing in predicting adverse outcomes during pregnancy.

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BrainCheck relocates to larger office space in Houston following an $8 million Series A funding round last fall. The company has developed cognitive assessment software to help PCPs diagnose conditions like dementia.

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EHR, practice management, and RCM vendor DrChrono raises $20 million from Orix Growth Capital.


Announcements and Implementations

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ChenMed implements patient feedback software and analytics from Medallia.

Cerner will implement HealthTap’s virtual primary care service at its on-site health centers.


People

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As part of its sale to MTBC, CareCloud CEO Ken Comée will step down, and CFO Noel Marsden will become division president.


Government and Politics

HHS awards the US Virgin Islands $15 million to set up a health information exchange for Medicaid beneficiaries, and to continue to promote the use of certified EHRs.

A call center employee in New Orleans admits to stealing the personal data of 8,000 Healthcare.gov customers and then using that information to open credit cards and apply for loans. He faces up to five years in prison.


Other

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Fast Company profiles Binah.ai, an Israeli-based company that made waves at CES with technology that can detect heart rate and stress levels over video. While the company’s software has garnered interest from law enforcement agencies, a spokesperson has stressed that its greatest potential is in telemedicine and hospital intake procedures.

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Digital health entrepreneur Elizabeth Tikoyan develops Riley, an app that connects people with similar health conditions. She named the app after a patient she met while volunteering at Georgetown University Hospital in Washington, DC. Tikoyan remembers that Riley, who had a compromised immune system, often had no other means of connecting with people than through technology.


Sponsor Updates

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  • Healthwise employees donate over 150 coats to City Light Home and Idaho Office for Refugees.

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News 1/8/20

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Ambulatory-focused health IT and RCM vendor MTBC acquires Miami-based competitor CareCloud. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, though MTBC touts the acquisition as its largest transaction to date. Its only other acquisition was medical billing and coding company MediGain in 2016.


Webinars

January 29 (Wednesday) 2:00 ET. “State of the Health IT Industry 2020.” Sponsor: Medicomp Systems. Presenters from Medicomp Systems: Dave Lareau, CEO; Jay Anders, MD, MS, chief medical officer; Dan Gainer, CTO; James Aita, MBA, director of strategy and business development. Despite widespread adoption of EHRs, healthcare professionals struggle with several unresolved systemic challenges, including the lack of EHR usability, limited interoperability between disparate systems, new quality reporting initiatives that create administrative burdens, and escalating levels of physician burnout. Join the webinar to learn how enterprises can address current industry roadblocks with existing market solutions and fix health IT’s biggest challenges.

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


People

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Former Athenahealth CMO Kevin Ban, MD takes on a similar role at Walgreens. Ban will be involved in helping to steer physical and digital healthcare services at the company, which announced several months ago that it will close 40% of its in-store clinics and that it is considering going private.

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Employer-focused primary care company Proactive MD hires Jon Hernandez (Health Rosetta) as chief strategy officer.


Government and Politics

HHS will use de-identified data from drug testing company Millenium Health’s Emerging Threat Intelligence Program to monitor illicit drug use trends across the country. HHS will then equip local and state public health officials with the necessary resources to develop and implement drug-prevention programs in their communities.


Telemedicine

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Telemedicine software development company EVisit raises $5.3 million.

A Philadelphia landlord will offer its tenants discounted telemedicine services from Teladoc. Shift Capital CEO Brian Murray believes the service goes beyond the typical tenant perk: “Ideally, this really helps the mother who has the minimum-wage hourly job, and allows her an opportunity to not have to take the day off from work to take [her kids] to the doctor. It doesn’t take dollars off her table, she doesn’t lose money off her paycheck. That could start a downward spiral.”


Other

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Dr. Phil puts his eclectic LA mansion up for sale for $5.75 million. The home includes an art installation of melted guns, a giant staircase made of wooden vines, purple hanging egg chair, and lots of colorful velvets throughout. The talk show host and his son Jay helped to launch Doctor on Demand in 2012.


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News 1/6/20

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Primary care company One Medical files for a $100 million IPO. The San Francisco-based business offers membership-based care to consumers and contracts with employers like Google, which is also an investor. It operates 77 clinics in nine markets, and has announced plans to expand to three more. Digital offerings include online appointments scheduling, virtual visits, an EHR, and an app.


HIStalk Practice Announcements and Requests

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Welcome to 2020! Now that we’ve celebrated the holidays, it’s time to start counting down to HIMSS. I’ll play a bit of catch up this week, covering news and stories that came across my desk over the break. Feel free to send me anything I might have missed.

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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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A developer purchases Athenahealth’s campus in Watertown, MA for $525.5 million. The company is leasing half of the 29-acre space.


Announcements and Implementations

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Patient Pass announces GA of its secure, text-based patient messaging software.

Violence Intervention Program Community Mental Health Center in Los Angeles selects EHR technology from Qualifacts.


People

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Senior-focused primary care company ChenMed promotes Jason Barker to COO.

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Kaiser Permanente promotes Kimberee Phelps to VP of quality.


Government and Politics

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A local paper in Iowa covers Mitchell County Regional Health Center’s transition to e-prescribing using software from RXNT. As of January 1, providers in Iowa, Arizona, Massachusetts, North Carolina, Oklahoma, and Rhode Island are now required to submit prescriptions for controlled substances electronically. A federal mandate for the e-prescribing of controlled substances will go into effect January 1, 2021.


Telemedicine

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Modern Day Health Care expands its telemedicine and house call services to include Colorado, Iowa, and South Dakota.

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Sherlonda Adkins launches PsychConnect, a telepsychiatry practice in Charleston, SC using technology from OnCall Health. The state is one of eight that has yet to legislatively address how private payers should reimburse providers for virtual visits.


Research and Innovation

An analysis of 1.5 million Yelp reviews finds that consumers are more likely to review their experiences with providers than with restaurants and hotels. The study found that providers, hotels, and restaurants typically average 3.5 out of 5-star ratings, yet physicians are 64% more likely to receive a five-star review and 194% more likely to receive a one-star review. Poor customer service, rather than clinical care, seems to have the biggest impact on a provider’s online rating.


Other

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Lakewood Family Medicine is one of several practices in Holland, MI involved in the Reach Out and Read Program, which seeks to expose pediatric patients to books at an early age. Participating physician Kurt Lindberg, MD believes the program is helping him make a difference in the lives of his patients: “We live in a region that has a lot of income diversity. There are some people who you give a book to and they have plenty of books at home, so you wonder if this is making a difference. You also have those interactions where you have a teenage mother with no support system. There aren’t any other books at home, so you’re giving something that could change this child’s life.”

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Garrick Baskerville, MD opens Music, Entertainment, Technology and Service Industry Care in Austin, TX. The direct primary care practice caters to members of the city’s creative community, who often don’t have traditional insurance and may forego care. Patients pay $69 a month for unlimited visits.


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News 12/18/19

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A network of nephrology practices partners with Fresenius Medical Care to form InterWell Health, a population health management company that will offer the full scope of kidney care services to payers and providers participating in value-based care business models. The new company has already raised $20 million.


HIStalk Practice Announcements and Requests

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Sounds strange to say, but this will be the last HIStalk Practice post of the decade. I’ll resume publishing the first week of 2020. Happy holidays!


HIStalk Practice Musings

Stumped as to what to give that friend or family member who has everything? Check out “20 Of The Best Books To Give As Gifts This Year.” (And there’s absolutely nothing wrong with gifting a book to yourself.)

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I’ll be gifting myself the “Read Harder” reading log soon. I’ve tried to maintain reading lists via Goodreads in the past, but that habit never seemed to stick. Putting pen to paper in a journal that also challenges readers to pick up certain types of books throughout the year seems more fun.

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I received my first HIMSS event invite this week, and was surprised that it took this long for them to start arriving. Like Christmas, it seems HIMSS prep starts earlier and earlier every year.

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Like Dr. Jayne, I’ll be looking for the perfect walking shoe and show-floor bag to take to Orlando. I opted for a velvety, floral backpack last year. Perhaps I should consider something from Moschino’s latest collection instead. Smartphones are getting bigger, after all, and fanny packs are soooo 2019.


Webinars

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Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Pediatric behavioral health provider Emilio Health raises $5 million in seed funding from Oak HC/FT. The Palo Alto, CA-based startup combines in-person treatment with digital behavioral health tools that include scheduling, tracking progress, and virtual visits.


Announcements and Implementations

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Greenway Health makes the Carequality Interoperability Framework available to its Prime Suite and Intergy EHR customers via the CommonWell network.

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Precision Cardiology Consultants (FL) implements remote patient monitoring technology and services from LiveCare for its diabetic patients.


People

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GoodRx names Jody Mulkey (Aspiration) CTO.


Government and Politics

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HHS Secretary Alex Azar swears in new FDA Commissioner Stephen Hahn, MD. Hahn comes to the position from MD Anderson Cancer Center, where he held several positions including chief medical executive, since joining the Texas-based organization in 2015.


Sponsor Updates

  • AdvancedMD publishes an e-guide, “The ABCs of Patient Engagement.”

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