Home » News » Recent Articles:

News 1/10/24

January 10, 2024 News No Comments

Top News

image

Suicide prevention-focused telemedicine company Vita Health raises $22.5 million in a Series A funding round. The startup has raised over $32 million since launching in 2021.


Webinars

January 19 (Friday) 1 ET. “Unlocking Reliable Clinical Data: Real-World Success Stories.” Sponsor: DrFirst. Presenters: Alistair Erskine, MD, MBA, CIO/CDO, Emory Healthcare; Jason Hill, MD, MMM, associate CMIO, Ochsner Health; Colin Banas, MD, MHA, chief medical officer, DrFirst. Health system leaders will describe how they are empowering clinicians with reliable patient data while minimizing workflow friction within Epic. They will offer real-world experience and tips on how to deliver the best possible medication history data to clinicians at the point of care, use clinical-grade AI to infer and normalize prescription instructions in Epic, and encourage patient adherence to medication therapies for optimal outcomes.

January 24 (Wednesday) noon ET. “Medication Management Redefined.” Sponsor: DrFirst. Presenters: Nick Barger, PharmD, VP of product, DrFirst; Caleb Dunn, PharmD, MS, senior product manager, DrFirst. Clinical workflow experts will paint a reimagined vision for e-prescribing that offers enhanced patient adherence, customizable clinical support, intelligent pharmacy logic, and data integrity and safety. Join this first chapter of an ongoing conversation about what medication management should be, how to deliver greater benefits today, and how to prepare for the future. Elevating your solution and customer benefits isn’t as hard, scary, or economically challenging as you may think.

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


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

image

Catalight, an Easterseals affiliate, spins off its technology and innovation group into a standalone behavioral health technology company known as Xolv Technology Solutions.


Announcements and Implementations

image

Sleep Advantage in Seattle selects CareCloud’s EHR and practice management software.

image

Firefly Children and Family Alliance (IN) implements Arize care management technology from Cantata Health Solutions.

image

Spectrum Healthcare will leverage EHR, practice management, population health, and other solutions from NextGen Healthcare across its seven locations in Arizona.


Research and Innovation

Provider organizations should focus their technology investments on the areas of clinical decision support, EHR transition, and remote patient monitoring, according to a recent workforce survey of 700 providers. Respondents included telehealth utilization and greater use and/or adoption of technology among their top reasons for considering employment with an organization.

Specialty practice EHR vendor 4D EMR incorporates Knowtex’s specialty-specific voice and generative AI clinical documentation capabilities, enabling more automated workflows.


Other

image

Philip Masterson, MD makes headlines (earning a mention on Good Morning America) after a TikTok video of him roller skating his way into retirement goes viral. Masterson, who rolled through TotalEmergency Care (TX) on his last day dancing to “Hit the Road Jack” by Ray Charles, says skating has been a big stress reliever for him during the course of his 40-year medical career. He and his wife plan to spend the next year living in Spain.


Contacts

Jenn, Mr. H, Lorre

More news: HIStalk.

Get HIStalk Practice updates.
Contact us online.
Become a sponsor.

Jenn_125

News 1/8/24

January 8, 2024 News No Comments

Top News

image

Healthcare Outcomes Performance Company, a value-based orthopedic care business based in Phoenix, acquires virtual care provider MoonlightOrtho.


Webinars

January 19 (Friday) 1 ET. “Unlocking Reliable Clinical Data: Real-World Success Stories.” Sponsor: DrFirst. Presenters: Alistair Erskine, MD, MBA, CIO/CDO, Emory Healthcare; Jason Hill, MD, MMM, associate CMIO, Ochsner Health; Colin Banas, MD, MHA, chief medical officer, DrFirst. Health system leaders will describe how they are empowering clinicians with reliable patient data while minimizing workflow friction within Epic. They will offer real-world experience and tips on how to deliver the best possible medication history data to clinicians at the point of care, use clinical-grade AI to infer and normalize prescription instructions in Epic, and encourage patient adherence to medication therapies for optimal outcomes.

January 24 (Wednesday) noon ET. “Medication Management Redefined.” Sponsor: DrFirst. Presenters: Nick Barger, PharmD, VP of product, DrFirst; Caleb Dunn, PharmD, MS, senior product manager, DrFirst. Clinical workflow experts will paint a reimagined vision for e-prescribing that offers enhanced patient adherence, customizable clinical support, intelligent pharmacy logic, and data integrity and safety. Join this first chapter of an ongoing conversation about what medication management should be, how to deliver greater benefits today, and how to prepare for the future. Elevating your solution and customer benefits isn’t as hard, scary, or economically challenging as you may think.

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


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

image

The Corvallis Clinic, a physician-owned company with 11 locations in Oregon, considers an acquisition offer from UnitedHealth Group’s Optum Health business in the face of ongoing financial losses that will, among other things, likely result in its inability to retain clinicians. UnitedHealth has promised to hire more physicians, increase service quality, and upgrade software and improve workflows. The deal would be UnitedHealth’s third within the state.


People

image

Matt Wesolosky (Net Health) joins Lightning Step as CFO.

image image

NextGen promotes Srinivas Velamoor to president and COO, and James Hammerschmidt to CFO.

image image

Mindful Support Services promotes Krystal Tonning to EVP and Ryan Bourke to vice president of operations.


Announcements and Implementations

image

Premier Orthopaedic and Hand Center (IL) selects EHR and patient engagement software from EClinicalWorks.


Research and Innovation

image

Withings unveils its BeamO “multiscope,” a device designed for use during home-based virtual visits that acts as a digital thermometer, electrocardiogram, oximeter, and stethoscope all in one. The company anticipates launching the product, which has an accompanying app, in July for $250 at select retailers.


Other

image

Health and wellness company Love.Life begins offering its members telemedicine appointments via its acquisition of Plant Based Telehealth. Whole Foods co-founder and former CEO John Mackey founded Love.Life in 2022.


Sponsor Updates

  • Nordic releases a new podcast, “Designing for Health: Interview with Kevin Dufendach, MD and Andy Spooner, MD.”

Blog Posts


Contacts

Jenn, Mr. H, Lorre

More news: HIStalk.

Get HIStalk Practice updates.
Contact us online.
Become a sponsor.

Jenn_125

News 1/3/24

January 3, 2024 News No Comments

Top News

image

MGMA calls on ONC to pull back on its proposed financial penalties for providers found guilty of information-blocking. The trade association suggests that physician practices would face undue financial and administrative burdens if faced with such disincentives – both of which would hamper interoperability and value-based care efforts. MGMA hopes that the final rule will take a more educational approach, using corrective action programs to promote the sharing of information.


Webinars

January 31 (Wednesday) noon ET. “Essential Innovations in Primary Care: The Impact of AI on Physician Burnout, Efficiency, and Value-Based Performance.” Sponsors: Navina and the American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP). Presenters: Steven Waldren, MD, VP/CMIO, AAFP; Jarrett S. Dodd, MD, medical director, CVFP Medical Group; Ronen Gordon, MBBS, head of medical product, Navina. If 2023 was the year of artificial intelligence (AI) hype, 2024 will be the year in which we’ll see how AI actually delivers. This webinar will delve into AI’s role in transforming primary care. A panel of experts will discuss how AI can help primary care organizations as they navigate the reality of physician burnout and complexities of value-based payment models. We will review strategies for integrating AI tools into clinical workflows and discuss how AI implementation impacts physician engagement, workflow efficiency, and value-based outcomes.

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


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

image

Former Doxy.Me director Neel Ghoshal launches Healthpitality, a telemedicine company focused on hospitality and restaurant workers. The startup currently offers individual memberships in South Carolina and Florida, though Ghoshal envisions employers adding on Healthpitality services as part of their benefits packages.


People

image

HIMSS elects Greenway Health Director Stephanie Jamison chair of its EHR Association.


Announcements and Implementations

The Mississippi Department of Human Services will use mental and behavioral healthcare evaluation services from Syra Health at its Oakley Youth Development Center.

image

New England Orthopedic Surgeons implements EHR, RCM, and patient engagement software from Athenahealth.


Sponsor Updates

  • Skin Solutions Dermatology (TN) reports a significant increase in monthly online appointments after implementing the Healow Open Access online appointment booking solution from EClinicalWorks.
  • EClinicalWorks releases a new set of podcasts focusing on “Transforming Patient Care with EClinicalWorks and Healow.”
  • EClinicalWorks releases a new customer success story, “Healow Enables Seamless Interoperability for Foster Children’s Medical Records.”

Contacts

Jenn, Mr. H, Lorre

More news: HIStalk.

Get HIStalk Practice updates.
Contact us online.
Become a sponsor.

Jenn_125

News 12/20/23

December 20, 2023 News No Comments

Top News

image

Knownwell, a hybrid primary care and weight management clinic based in Needham, MA, raises $20 million in a Series A funding round.


Webinars

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


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

image

Chamber Cardio launches to offer cardiology practices value-based care services including contracting support, evidence-based guidelines, real-time data, and clinical extenders.


People

image

Strategic Radiology names Greg Thomson (Vector Health Solutions) COO.


Research and Innovation

A survey of 450 breast cancer patients finds that nearly 70% use online resources several times a week to manage their care, and that nearly 90% seek additional information about their diagnosis from sources outside of their care team. Most interesting, perhaps, is the fact that 60% of surveyed patients say they wouldn’t ask their care team questions via their patient portal if there was an associated cost for doing so.

A majority of consumers say they appreciate when their physician uses AI to inform diagnoses and prescription options, according to a DrFirst survey of 1,008 patients. Twenty-seven percent use consumer-facing generative AI tools to research health issues.

An AMA study finds that 74% of surveyed practices offered telemedicine visits in 2022, with over half having provided a video-based visit within the last week. Use of remote patient monitoring increased 21% over the previous year.

image

Findings published in the BMJ suggest that new episodes of Doctor Who shown on Christmas Day are associated with (slightly) lower death rates in the following year across the UK. The lead author suggests, among many other slightly tongue-in-cheek things, that watching a doctor (with two hearts!) caring for people “could encourage health-seeking behaviour.”


Contacts

Jenn, Mr. H, Lorre

More news: HIStalk.

Get HIStalk Practice updates.
Contact us online.
Become a sponsor.

Jenn_125

News 12/18/23

December 18, 2023 News No Comments

Top News

image

Remote patient monitoring and virtual care company CoachCare acquires RPM vendor Verustat. CoachCare has been on a bit of a buying spree over the last year, having acquired RPM companies WebCare Health, NVolve, and Alertive.


Webinars

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


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

image

Nine months after acquiring telehealth-based weight management company Sequence, WeightWatchers launches WeightWatchers Clinic to offer members access to prescription weight loss drugs.


Announcements and Implementations

image

Behavioral healthcare coordination and support company Holon Health selects CareCloud’s TalkEHR.

Charlie Health, which offers teens and young adults virtual, intensive outpatient mental healthcare, will offer patients access to Talkiatry’s virtual psychiatric care as they transition out of its programs.

image

ClarityHlth launches to offer consumers a one-stop shop for comparing telemedicine providers based on specialty, pricing, accepted insurance, medications, and payment methods. The business model seems remarkably similar to that of Amazon Clinic.


Government and Politics

Optum Medical Care of New Jersey will pay $160,000 to the HHS Office of Civil Rights to resolve potential HIPAA violations related to six complaints of failure to provide timely access to requested medical records. Patients received requested records between 84 and 231 days, rather than within the federally mandated 30 days.


Sponsor Updates

  • The National Health Insurance Authority in the Bahamas reports a significant uptick in cancer screenings since the implementation of its EClinicalWorks EHR and associated population health tools.
  • Nordic releases a new Designing for Health Podcast, “Interview with Lalita Abhyankar, MD.”
  • EClinicalWorks announces its intent to become a QHIN.

Contacts

Jenn, Mr. H, Lorre

More news: HIStalk.

Get HIStalk Practice updates.
Contact us online.
Become a sponsor.

Jenn_125

Platinum Sponsors


  

  

  

Gold Sponsors


 

Subscribe to Updates




Search All HIStalk Sites



Recent Comments

  1. Re: Walmart Health: Just had a great dental visit this morning, which was preceded by helpful reminders from Epic, and…

  2. NextGen announcement on Rusty makes me wonder why he was asked to leave abruptly. Knowing him, I can think of…

  3. "New Haven, CT-based medical billing and patient communications startup Inbox Health..." What you're literally saying here is that the firm…

  4. RE: Josephine County Public Health department in Oregon administer COVID-19 vaccines to fellow stranded motorists. "Hey, you guys over there…

  5. United is regularly referred to as "The Evil Empire" in the independent pediatric space (where I live). They are the…