VA is a much more complicated rollout since there are so many different interactions and configurations of VistA. In addition,…
The American Hospital Association tells federal regulators that hospital mergers lower costs and create better outcomes, benefiting their patients and communities.
AHA specifically calls out the technology benefits of mergers:
- Expanded repositories of clinical and cost data.
- Real-time support of diagnoses and treatments.
- Advanced analytics.
- Large health systems making advanced technologies available to their smaller affiliates that otherwise couldn’t afford them.
AHA says the government’s merger guidelines don’t require big changes and should retain market definitions as a component of competition analysis.
AHA adds the FTC and DOJ should focus instead on “anticompetitive mergers and deceptive conduct by insurance companies.” It specifically supports DOJ’s lawsuit to block UnitedHealth Group’s planned acquisition of Change Healthcare.
From Brody Brodock: “Re: solutions that connect patients to clinical trials. I know of one, Ciitizen, although they seem to do only cancer trials.”
HIStalk Announcements and Requests
The employers of most poll respondents will focus this year getting and keeping employees and developing new offerings.
New poll to your right or here: For those who were laid off or terminated more than five years ago: what was the impact on your career? I did a similar survey years ago and it was shocking to see the super-high percentage of folks who said their unplanned job loss was a positive career event. As I often say, who wants to work for a company that lays people off, especially if you’re one of them? Although today’s truth is that nearly every company lays people off, kicking one set of “valued associates” to the curb while publicly bragging on company success that requires a fresh batch.
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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.
Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock
Buyouts magazine awards Francisco Partners its “Deal of the Year” recognition for carving out medical device integration technology vendor Capsule Technologies and selling it to Royal Philips for $635 million in early 2021 at a 233% gross internal rate of return. Qualcomm acquired Capsule Technologie (its original name as a France-headquartered company) in 2015 and made it part of Qualcomm Life, which Francisco Partners acquired in February 2019. FP renamed the business to Capsule Technologies, refocused it back on addressing inpatient hospital communications, hired former Spok CEO Hemant Goel to lead the company (he’s now at NThrive / FinThrive), and acquired clinical monitoring technology vendor Bernoulli Health, all in its first six months of ownership. FP sold the company to Philips two years after acquiring it, where it operates as Philips Capsule.
Hospital pharmacy consulting firm Visante acquires The Robertson Group, which offers pharmacy informatics and technology consulting.
Debra Carpenter, PhD (Crowe Healthcare Risk Consulting) joins Tri-State Memorial Hospital as CIO.
Change Healthcare hires Edward Baird (Spectralink) as VP of strategic accounts.
Industry long-timer Joyce Sensmeier, MS, RN retires as senior advisor of informatics at HIMSS.
Announcements and Implementations
Cerner won’t require non-client facing employees to be vaccinated until June 6, when workers are expected to return to in-office work.
England scales back its pandemic surveillance programs in a move toward living with COVID-19 rather than trying to eliminate it, raising concerns among health experts that the dialed-back data systems will not support the early detection of new surges and variants. Britain was the global leader in performing random community testing, genomic sequencing, and combining the results with electronic medical records and epidemiology to provide the world with much of its COVID intelligence.
Amazon Web Services posts a job for head of worldwide health technology solutions, which involves building health system relationships, working with partners, and creating AWS business opportunities.
- VisiQuate founders and staffers travel to Ensenada, Mexico with Baja Bound to build a house for a working family.
- The Urban Health Today Podcast features PeriGen CEO Matthew Sappern and his insights on rural maternity deserts, nursing burnout, and how AI is helping.
- Protenus will exhibit at the NADDI National Healthcare Facility Rx Diversion Summit April 25-26 in Raleigh, NC.
- TigerConnect will exhibit at AONL 2022 April 11-14 in San Antonio.
- TriNetX has signed a partnership agreement with Mitsui to expand its global research network in Japan.
- Consulting magazine names West Monroe partners Christina Powers and Melanie Prestridge Leading Women in Technology in the future leader and excellence in client service categories, respectively.
- Pharma USA Takeaways: Implementing a Practical Approach to AI and Real-World Data that Improves Care Journeys (OptimizeRx)
- One Big Question: How can we improve the human experience of healthcare? (Olive)
- How Insurers Can Make Improvements for Medicare Open Enrollment (PatientBond)
- Use Technology in 5 Ways to Ease Administrative Burden (Symplr)
- Culture is Priority #1: The Cornerstone of Impact Advisors (Impact Advisors)
- Five Steps to a Successful Healthcare Analytics Program (Premier)
- How the Right Digital Health Tools Can Help Providers Operate at the Top of Their License (Quil Health)
- 14 phone-based customer support best practices (Talkdesk)
- Software in Cash-Based Practice, Part 3: Streamlining Clinic Communications (WebPT)