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News 4/18/22

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Virtual mental health treatment provider Ahead, which launched in 2019 as a subscription-based service focused on ADHD, announces it will shut down after raising $9 million in 2020 from Truepill. The closure seems largely due to Truepill’s decision to no longer invest in the company as it turns its attention to corporate customers, according to CEO Sid Viswanathan.

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The news comes less than a week after online clinic Halcyon Health’s CEO announced via LinkedIn that the substance use disorder-focused company would be closing. Halcyon Health was also founded in 2019, and had raised $2.5 million.


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April 22 (Friday) 1 ET. “CMIO 3.0: What’s Next for the CMIO?” Sponsor: Intelligent Medical Objects. Presenters: Becket Mahnke, MD, CMIO and pediatric cardiologist, Confluence Health; Dale Sanders, chief strategy officer, IMO. The relatively short history of the CMIO role includes Version 1.0 (EHR implementation, Meaningful Use, and regulatory compliance) and Version 2.0 (quality and efficiency). Version 3.0 is at the forefront of predictive analytics, population health initiatives, and optimization of data-driven tools. The presenters will discuss the digital revolution’s impact on CMIO responsibilities; the connection between clinical informatics, analytics, population health and the CMIO; and how CMIO 3.0 will be involved in the adoption of advanced technologies.

April 28 (Thursday) 2 ET. “Undercoded and Underpaid: Making It Easier to Document to Optimize Reimbursement.” Sponsor: Intelligent Medical Objects. Presenters: Deepak Pillai, MD, physician informaticist, IMO; June Bronnert, MSHI, RHIA, senior director of informatics, IMO; Nicole Douglas, sales engineer, IMO. The presenters will discuss how to simplify precise documentation for clinicians; the effects of imprecise coding on reimbursement; why accurate code capture at the point of care can have positive downstream impact on population health initiatives; and how third-party solutions integrated with the EHR can reduce documentation burdens.

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


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Titi Oguni, NP and Joshua Yang, MD launch telemedicine company Breezefast.


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Tiffani Misencik (Intelerad Medical Systems) joins Greenway Health as chief revenue officer.


Announcements and Implementations

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Providence Community Health Center implements Bluestream Health’s virtual care platform-as-a-service to provide telehealth services to its 12 facilities across Providence, RI.


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Voices Rock Medicine, an all-female choir of physicians, appears on Canada’s Got Talent singing Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song.” The choir, which launched in 2019, now has 60 in-person members and 40 virtual members.


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    News 4/13/22

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    Primary care company Carbon Health launches a diabetes management program leveraging technology developed by Steady Health, which it acquired last year. It is also using technology from Abbott and Dexcom to integrate continuous glucose management data with its EHR and patient app.


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    None scheduled soon. Previous webinars are on our YouTube channel. Contact Lorre to present your own.


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    The American College of Physicians promotes Daisy Smith, MD to chief membership and engagement officer.

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    Hint Health names David Cameron, MD (Nadhari Medical Clinic) CMO of its Hint Connect community of direct primary care physicians.

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    DAS Health COO Michelle Jaeger takes on the additional role of president.

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    Madison Mauzé (Vertex Systems) joins telehealth vendor SecureVideo as CEO. Former CEO and founder Jonathan Taylor will take on the role of chief product and technology officer.


    Announcements and Implementations

    Evolent Care Partners will use care management software and services from Strive Health to help its network of primary care physicians better care for patients with chronic or end stage kidney disease.

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    Mankato Clinic (MN) has adopted CareSignal’s deviceless remote patient monitoring technology as part of its chronic care management programs for patients with COPD, congestive heart failure, diabetes, hypertension, and depression.


    Research and Innovation

    For the fourth year in a row, ModMed achieves the top customer ranking for its integrated practice management, EHR, and RCM software, according to a Black Book survey of end users working in surgical specialties.


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    Canadian Marc Cotran shares what led to his decision to hang up his stethoscope after 18 years in family medicine. It’s interesting to note the influence health IT had on his burnout:

    … [W]hat disappointed me the most is the lack of technological progress in medicine. The app that controls my robot vacuum cleaner is far smarter than the electronic medical record (EMR) system I was forced to use. And I know about apps — I spent seven years building my own records system.

    So many times I sat frustrated, begging my USB dongle to contact the mother ship to get results for the patient sitting in front of me — typing my password eight times in a row to finally get a partial response.


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    News 4/11/22

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    Senior-focused value-based care company Vytalize Health raises $50 million in a Series B funding round. The company has partnered with 280 primary care practices in 16 states to offer their patients virtual and in-home care enabled by its technology platform. Vytalize acquired patient communication company MedPilot last year.


    Webinars

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

    Here’s the video of last week’s webinar from Mend titled “19 Massive Best Practices We’ve Learned from 4 Million Telehealth Visits,” along with the accompanying ebook.


    Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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    Hybrid mental health and substance abuse treatment provider Eleanor Health raises $50 million in a Series C funding round. The startup, which has developed its own care delivery and analytics platform, plans to expand beyond its 28 clinics in six markets into Texas.

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    Tech-enabled mental health and substance use treatment provider Forge Health raises $11 million in a funding round led by HC9 Ventures.


    Announcements and Implementations

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    Cary Skin Center (NC) will join the NC HealthConnex health information exchange through a partnership with the North Carolina Department of IT’s HIE Authority.

    No Limits MD (NC) selects Kareo’s EHR, practice management, patient engagement, and telemedicine software.

    Colorado-based HIE Quality Health Network will implement Safety Net Connect’s e-consult technology to power its Colorado Specialty CareConnect consult service for primary care physicians and specialists.

    Child Focus (OH) will implement Cantata Health’s behavioral health-focused Arize EHR.


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    Liz Walker (Geisinger-Marwoth) joins Forge Health as VP of business development.

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    CloudMD Software & Services President Karen Adams will assume the role of interim CEO when founder and CEO Essam Hamza steps down on May 2.


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    The Niagara Falls Public Library in New York will use a $29,000 grant from the National Institutes of Health to install two private booths patrons can use for telemedicine consults.


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    • Nordic releases a new podcast, “The value of data infrastructure modernization for the health system.”

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    News 4/6/22

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    Eleos Health raises $20 million in a Series A funding round led by F-Prime Capital and Eight Roads Ventures. The company has developed AI-powered, clinical documentation software for behavioral health providers.


    Webinars

    On demand: “Cybersecurity Threats Facing Healthcare Today.” Sponsor: Net Health. Presenters: Jason James, MS, CIO, Net Health; Monique Hart, MBA, CISO, Piedmont Healthcare; Jeffrey Rosenthal, , MBA CIO, Reliant Rehabilitation; David Jollow, MBA, CISO, Healogics. The panel of CIO and CISO leaders will discuss the cyberthreats that healthcare faces today. They will review security priorities for the increasingly complex healthcare IT environment that includes cloud-based applications, an increased number of endpoints that include connected devices and patient wearables, and patient portals.

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


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    Information and technology-enabled health services business Optum will acquire Kelsey-Seybold Clinic, which employs 500 physicians across 30 clinics in Houston. The deal comes on the heels of Optum’s $5.4 billion acquisition of home care company LHC Group, and purchase of Refresh Mental Health. In related news Optum parent company UnitedHealth has extended its deadline to purchase Change Healthcare by nine months. Originally announced in January 2021, the deal has been hung up by a DoJ lawsuit. Optum will pay a $650 million fee to Change Healthcare should the DoJ’s lawsuit bring the deal to an end.

    RCM technology vendor Med-Metrix Solutions acquires medical coding and release-of-information company Armco Partners.

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    Consumer-focused digital medical home company Recuro Health acquires telemedicine vendor WellVia.

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    StationMD, a telemedicine company specializing in treatment for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, raises $3.2 million.

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    Women’s telemedicine and online prescription startup Evernow raises $28.5 million in a Series A funding round. The company’s initial focus is on treatment for perimenopause and menopause.


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    Kimberly O’Loughlin (Therapy Brands) joins Health Recovery Solutions as CEO.

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    CentralReach names Drew Hamilton (Kareo) as its first chief revenue officer.


    Announcements and Implementations

    California Mental Health Services Authority will implement the Smart Care EHR from Streamline Healthcare Solutions at its member organizations throughout the state.

    The National Cancer Treatment Alliance selects House Rx to develop analytics software to track and compare physician dispensing quality metrics.


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    News 4/4/22

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    Nurse-1-1-, a nurse chat software startup that works with other digital health companies, raises $2.3 million in seed funding. Co-founder and CEO Michael Sheeley met co-founder and Chief Nurse Practitioner Kimberly Line, NP during his daughter’s treatment for a congenital heart defect.


    Webinars

    April 6 (Wednesday) 1 ET. “19 Massive Best Practices We’ve Learned from 4 Million Telehealth Visits.” Sponsor: Mend. Presenter: Matt McBride, MBA, founder, president, and CEO, Mend. Virtual visits have graduated from a quickly implemented technical novelty to a key healthcare strategy. The challenge now is to define how telehealth can work seamlessly with in-person visits. This webinar will address patient satisfaction, reducing no-show rates to single digits, and using technology to make telehealth easy to use and accessible for all patients. The presenter will share best practices that have been gleaned from millions of telehealth visits and how they have been incorporated into a leading telemedicine and AI-powered patient engagement platform.

    On demand: “Cybersecurity Threats Facing Healthcare Today.” Sponsor: Net Health. Presenters: Jason James, MS, CIO, Net Health; Monique Hart, MBA, CISO, Piedmont Healthcare; Jeffrey Rosenthal, , MBA CIO, Reliant Rehabilitation; David Jollow, MBA, CISO, Healogics. The panel of CIO and CISO leaders will discuss the cyberthreats that healthcare faces today. They will review security priorities for the increasingly complex healthcare IT environment that includes cloud-based applications, an increased number of endpoints that include connected devices and patient wearables, and patient portals.

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


    Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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    Virtual behavioral healthcare support company Brightline raises $105 million in a Series C funding round, bringing its total raised to $209 million.


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    Perdido Bay Medical Group (AL) selects clinical, billing, and telehealth software from Kareo, and website optimization and patient relationship management services from PatientPop.

    Billing company Coronis Health adopts Kareo Cloud, which provides on-demand access to secure, cloud-hosted data storage.

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    Behavioral health nonprofit Aspire Health Partners (FL) selects ContinuumCloud’s EHR and human capital management technologies.


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