Invitae will acquire Ciitizen, a consumer-focused health data startup, for $325 million.
The genetics company will integrate Ciitizen’s technology as a health data collection and organization service for its patients.
Ciitizen has raised $20 million since launching four years ago. It acquired HIE vendor Stella Technology in May.
HIStalk Announcements and Requests
Welcome to new HIStalk Platinum Sponsor Olive. The Columbus, OH-based automation company is creating the Internet of Healthcare. It is addressing healthcare’s most burdensome issues through automation, delivering hospitals, health systems, and payers increased revenue, reduced costs, and improved efficiency. People feel lost in the system today and healthcare employees are essentially working in the dark due to outdated technology that creates a lack of shared knowledge and siloed data. Olive is driving connections to shine new light on healthcare processes, improving operations today so everyone can benefit from a healthier industry tomorrow. Thanks to Olive for supporting HIStalk.
I found this YouTube demo of using Olive to automate prescription refill requests.
We had a family get-together last week, with a dozen of us traveling to a place we had rented. All of us who are eligible have been fully vaccinated and we all tested negative before arrival with the BinaxNow rapid COVID-19 test. A four-year-old whose family stayed only through the first weekend became symptomatic and tested positive last Monday. Her infection almost certainly came from close contact the week before with an unvaccinated preschool teacher (the school was waffling on its mandatory vaccination plans and was not forthcoming with parents about staff vaccinations). Luckily everybody else in our group tested negative. Testing is once again a US problem as drive-through sites have shut down and not all stores have the $10 BinaxNow tests (CVS had the complicated, expensive, and reportedly less-reliable Ellume tests in limited supply). Not to mention that not all families can afford to buy and keep boxes of tests at home. Other countries are providing the many brands of tests their governments have approved (versus a handful here) at no charge, even mailing them to homes, so that infected people can avoid exposing others, but of course here even people with positive tests can’t be trusted to be responsible. Abbott must be making a fortune even at $10 per test since it looks like maybe 75 cents worth of product and packaging whose fixed cost component has long since been covered. Coronavirus capitalism is interesting.
September 16 (Thursday) 1 ET. “Patient Acquisition and Retention: The Future of Omnichannel Virtual Assistants.” Sponsor: Orbita. Presenters: Harris Hunt, SVP growth product, Cancer Treatment Centers of America; Patty Riskind, MBA, CEO, Orbita; Nathan Treloar, MSc, co-founder and COO, Orbita. Consumers want the same digital healthcare experience from healthcare that they get in online shopping, banking, and booking reservations, and the pandemic has ramped up the patient and provider need for frictionless access to healthcare resources and services. Health systems can improve patient acquisition and retention with the help of omnichannel virtual assistants that engage and delight. Discover how to open and enhance healthcare’s digital front door to offer care that goes beyond expectations.
September 16 (Thursday) 1 ET. “ICD-10-CM 2022 Updates and Regulatory Readiness.” Sponsor: Intelligent Medical Objects. Presenters: June Bronnert, MSHI, RHIA, VP global clinical services, IMO; Theresa Rihanek, MHA, RHIA, mapping manager, IMO; Julie Glasgow, MD, clinical terminologist, IMO. IMO’s top coding professionals and thought leaders will discuss the coding changes in the yearly update to allow your organization to prepare for a smooth transition and avoid negative impacts to the bottom line. The presenters will review new, revised, and deleted codes; highlight revisions to ICD-10-CM index and tabular; discuss changes within Official Coding Guidelines, and review modifier changes.
Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock
Urgent care appointment-booking software vendor Solv raises $45 million in a Series C funding round, bringing its total raised to $95 million.
Medication management software vendor Omnicell opens a software development center in India.
A new KLAS report on ambulatory surgery center EHRs finds that HST Pathways and Surgical Information Systems lead in adoption with high usability although falling short on anesthesia documentation, while Provation performs highly for specialties.
- Virginia Hospital Center selects Phunware’s digital front door technology.
- Athenahealth makes ConnectiveRx’s ScriptGuide point-of-care prescription savings messages available through its EHR.
Former EMT and health IT long-timer John Danahey joins Picis Clinical Solutions as EVP.
CipherHealth names Mandana Varahrami (RapidDeploy) chief product officer.
Industry long-timer Scott Lenz, who retired from NetApp in 2016, died Friday at 59.
Announcements and Implementations
Mount Sinai Health System’s IT department develops the patient-facing MyMountSinai app.
Government and Politics
Ireland’s national health service has almost totally recovered from the May ransomware attack that severely impacted services across the country for several weeks. Some facilities are still dealing with cancelled appointments, and employee email access has yet to be restored. The hackers ended up giving the HSE the encryption key for “free” after it refused to pay the $20 million ransom.
Hawaii’s COVID-19 case counts are being reported incorrectly as its systems are stressed by volumes as well as inconsistency in how reporting systems – including more than 100 labs – send their data. Not all systems support HL7 and those that do may apply different rules to individual data elements. Another issue that in the absences of a national patient identifier, a misspelled name can cause one person’s multiple test results to be counted as multiple cases. State epidemiologists suggest using seven-day case averages to smooth out one- or two-day swings caused by inconsistent reporting times.
Scripps hospitals in California report that they experienced their highest-ever single day deaths this past weekend, all 19 of them involving patients who were not fully vaccinated. Its employees say they are being called liars by some patients who don’t believe they are infected.
Amazon will reportedly offer in-home medical visits in 20 US cities later this year via its Amazon Care business.
- Ascom hires Lori Lyons as director of marketing engagement.
- CareSignal wins the HIMSS 2021 Global Maternal Health Tech Challenge.
- CHIME releases a new Digital Health Leaders Podcast featuring MedStar health SVP and CIO Scott MacLean.
- Dimensional Insight receives a high overall rating in the 2021 “Gartner Peer Insights Voice of the Customer: Analytics and Business Intelligence Platforms” report.
- Divurgent celebrates its 14th anniversary.
- Spok offers a new e-book, “Solving the critical test result workflow challenge with closed loop communication.”
- Ten steps SNFs must take for stronger infection protection and control (Ability Network)
- Is your phone being spied on? (AdvancedMD)
- Agfa HealthCare’s 2021 Summer Interns (Agfa HealthCare)
- Care transitions: 3 major challenges for post-acute providers (CarePort)
- 3 Problem Areas an IT Asset Inventory Can Uncover in Healthcare Facilities (CereCore)
- Previewing What’s in Store for AAOS 2021 (ChartLogic)
- Why Do So Many Providers Fail to Capture Annual Wellness Visits? (ChartSpan)
- Lessons in cybersecurity from Clearwater Compliance’s Bob Chaput: Part 1 of 2 (Clearwater)
- What’s New in the Cloud? (Cloudwave)
- How to Help Your Patients with Manufacturer Copay Cards (CoverMyMeds)
- Seven Tips for a Successful ERP Implementation (Optimum Healthcare IT)
- Top Healthcare IT Challenges in the Aftermath of COVID-19 (Dimensional Insight)
- Why Usability is Critical to Healthcare IT (EClinicalWorks)
- 4 data-driven healthcare marketing strategies to re-engage patients after COVID-19 (Experian Health)
- The Era of Claim Denials and How to Avoid Coding Errors that Cause Them (EZDI)