Re: Walmart Health: Just had a great dental visit this morning, which was preceded by helpful reminders from Epic, and…
Healthcare CRM/care coordination company Updox raises $12.7 million in a Series B round led by TT Capital Partners. The company has raised $15.2 million since launching in 2008. CEO Michael Morgan joined Updox in 2012 after stints with Netsmart and ProductManage.
Announcements and Implementations
Compulink develops an EHR for OB/GYNs that includes PM, RCM, and telemedicine capabilities.
CORHIO will add FHIR-based API access o its HIE services next month. The move is part of a broader interoperability and data aggregation effort that will soon see the Colorado-based organization gather the housing, transportation, and financial data of patients.
Drchrono adds new OB/GYN-specific flow sheets and medical forms to its EHR.
Great Falls Clinic (MT) selects RCM software and services from MTBC. The clinic already uses MTBC subsidiary MediGain Practice Management’s RCM support services.
Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock
Boston-based Polaris Partners launches a $435 million fund that it will use to invest in healthcare, technology, and biotech companies. Current health IT investments include managed primary care services company Iora Health, patient intake vendor Phreesia, and telemedicine startup First Opinion.
The American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists elects Jonathan Leffert, MD (North Texas Endocrine Center) president.
Brent Asplin, MD (Mercy Health) joins VillageMD as COO.
The ClearHealth Quality Institute takes over management of the American Telemedicine Association’s accreditation program. ATA will help CHQI draft and update standards associated with the program, which will be rebranded as the Telemedicine Accreditation Program. American Well, Avera, Care Simple, Doctor on Demand, HealthLinkNow, MDLive, United Concierge Medicine are the only vendors thus far to take advantage of the program.
Research and Innovation
Scientists at the University of Illinois and the Carle Foundation Hospital’s Research Institute design a digital doctor capable of explaining lab tests to patients via a provider’s portal. Developed for adults with low levels of health literacy in mind, the “computer agent” has been tested on seniors in two pilot studies; both of which found no preference for the agent’s “natural-sounding” or computer-generated voice. Next steps will include applying for grant money and developing a more robust pilot study.
I’m labeling this a hipster data breach: Thieves use fishing lure, poles, and lines to steal mail from a box outside of a post office in Palm Beach County, FL. Postal officials are now encouraging patrons to drop off mail inside the building. One post office employee has already been arrested for stealing checks and gift cards from a similar mailbox.