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AI-powered medical scribe vendor Robin raises $50 million in a Series B funding round that brings its total raised to $65 million.


December 9 (Thursday) 1:30 ET. “Cone Health: Creating Extreme Efficiencies in Surgical Services.” Sponsor: RelayOne. Presenters: Wayne McFatter, RN, MSN and Sharon McCarter, RN co-directors of perioperative services, Cone Health. The presenters will discuss how they have empowered the entire surgical care team, including vendor representatives, to get real-time access to surgery schedules and case requirements in the palms of their hand. RelayOne CEO Cam Sexton will also present the findings of a recent study of 100 hospital leaders regarding their operating room optimization plans for 2022.

December 14 (Tuesday) 1 ET.  “Using Cloud to Boost AI and Enterprise Imaging.” Sponsor: CloudWave. Presenters: Larry Sitka, MS, VP/CSIO of enterprise applications, Canon Medical Informatics; Jacob Wheeler, MBA, senior product manager, CloudWave. Enterprise imaging has remained a holdout of data center complexity despite the benefits the cloud offers. The presenters will discuss innovative ways to reduce complexity and lead with disruptive technology using AI, enterprise imaging, and the cloud.

December 15 (Wednesday) 1 ET. “Improve Efficiency, Reduce Burnout: Leveraging Smart Clinical Communications.” Sponsor: Spok. Presenters: Matt Mesnik, MD, chief medical officer, Spok; Kiley Black, MSN, APRN, director of clinical innovation, Spok. The presenters will identify the technologies that most often contribute to clinician burnout, then explain how improving common clinical workflows can help care teams collaborate better and focus on what they do best—taking care of patients. They will describe how a clinical communication and collaboration platform can automate clinical consults and code calls to alleviate burnout.

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Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock


Lyn Health launches with funding from Summer VC to offer patients with multiple chronic conditions access to virtual care and support services. Co-founder and CEO Rick Abbott comes from Premera Blue Cross, having also done stints at Castlight Health, Imagine Health, and BCBS.


Raintree Systems, which offers EHR, practice management, and RCM software to therapy and rehab clinics, raises funding from Serent Capital.


Pair Team raises $7.3 million, bringing the startup’s total funding to $10 million. The San Francisco-based company provides digital assistants and tech-enabled care teams to community health centers. Co-founders Neil Batlivala and Cassie Choi, RN spent time together at Forward, a vendor of AI-powered primary care and telemedicine, and UCSF Medical Center.

Announcements and Implementations


ExamRoom Live announces GA of its white-label telemedicine app that features billing, time tracking, and secure messaging.

AllianceChicago will offer FQHCs Athenahealth’s EHR software with Wellsheet’s predictive clinical workflow software.

Linc adds GenieMD’s Continuum remote patient monitoring software to its own RPM service.


Monmouth Family Health Center (NJ) selects NextGen’s suite of FQHC-focused health IT.

Government and Politics


The Maryland Department of Health recovers from a ransomware attack over the weekend that forced it to take several systems offline.

Research and Innovation

A Cedar healthcare billing experience survey of 1,500 patients finds that 26% have left a negative review to share their frustration with unexpected costs or a frustrating billing process. Fifty-seven percent say they are more likely to recommend a physician if offered a seamless digital experience.



The healthcare community on Canada’s Prince Edward Island launches a physician recruitment program that incorporates virtual reality. Interested candidates are sent PEI goods and a VR headset pre-loaded with tours of local healthcare facilities. It seems a far cry from the days of “Anne of Green Gables” author Lucy Maud Montgomery and the family doctoring of Anne’s husband, Gilbert Blythe. Speaking of Avonlea, I was happy to come across “Marilla of Green Gables,” a prequel of sorts by Sarah McCoy. Gilbert’s father, John, seems to have been just as mischievously flirtatious as his son.


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