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Morning Headlines 11/16/22

November 15, 2022 Headlines No Comments

Introducing Amazon Clinic, a virtual health service that delivers convenient, affordable care for common conditions

Amazon officially launches Amazon Clinic, a message-based service that connects customers with Amazon-approved, third-party virtual care services for more than 20 common health conditions.

Cleveland Clinic to soon bill for MyChart messages

Cleveland Clinic will begin billing patients for certain messages sent through its MyChart patient portal that take physicians longer than five minutes to answer and require a certain amount of clinical expertise.

Hackensack Meridian Health Aims to Boost Innovation, Increase Efficiencies and Strengthen Security with Plans to Run Epic on Google Cloud

Epic customers can now move their medical records to Google Cloud.

News 11/16/22

November 15, 2022 News 5 Comments

Top News

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Amazon officially launches Amazon Clinic, a message-based service that connects customers with Amazon-approved, third-party virtual care services for more than 20 common health conditions.

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Amazon Clinic, which doesn’t yet accept insurance, is available in 32 states and offers the option to fulfill prescriptions through Amazon Pharmacy.

Meanwhile, the online retailer plans to lay off 10,000 employees in corporate and technology roles, including those working in its devices (Alexa), human resources, and retail divisions.


HIStalk Announcements and Requests

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HLTH is in full swing in Vegas. HIStalk readers who’ve opted for their (hopefully) cozy home offices rather than the bright lights of Sin City may not know what they’re missing. (Perhaps they’re reminiscing about dueling Elvises at HIStalkapaloozas gone by.) Email me with your photos and observations, and I’ll possibly share in an upcoming post.


Webinars

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


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Digital health integration and remote patient monitoring technology vendor Validic secures $12 million in a financing round led by Kaiser Permanente Ventures.

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AngelEye Health, which offers patient and family engagement software for hospital neonatal, pediatric intensive care, and nursery units, raises $20 million in a Series B funding round.

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Cleveland Clinic will begin billing patients for certain messages sent through its MyChart patient portal that take physicians longer than five minutes to answer and require a certain amount of clinical expertise. Messaging through the portal has doubled since 2019.


Sales

  • TriHealth (OH) selects Andor Health’s ThinkAndor Virtual Patient Monitoring technology.
  • Jasper Health will leverage Particle Health’s FHIR-based integration and API capabilities as part of its digital cancer care coaching and support software.
  • Williamson Medical Center (TN) will implement EvidenceCare’s AdmissionCare and CareGauge decision support products within its Meditech Expanse workflows.
  • Smile Digital Health will use data integration capabilities from Redox to enable customers to migrate data from legacy systems to its digital health platform using the FHIR R4 standard.
  • In Louisiana, Lane Regional Medical Center and Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center will go live on a shared Epic system in 2024.
  • Labcorp will use Oracle Cerner’s laboratory information system to help manage the lab operations of a Catholic health system.

People

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Canvas Medical names JP Patil (Included Health) chief product officer.

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HCTec names Brent Prosser (ROI Healthcare Solutions) VP of sales and promotes Bernard Rush to VP of application support.


Announcements and Implementations

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Floyd County Medical Center (IA) goes live on Meditech Expanse with help from Healthcare Triangle.

Net Health develops Missed Visit Prediction Indicator, a predictive analytics tool for hospital-based outpatient rehab therapy clinics.

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Summa Health in Ohio transitions from Epic’s Community Care model, courtesy of nearby Bon Secours Mercy Health, to its own Epic system with help from Brightwork Health IT.

Wolters Kluwer Health announces GA of Digital Health Architect Consumer Education Suite, an educational content-as-a-service designed to help virtual care companies build and deliver custom digital health solutions.

Epic customers can now move their medical records to Google Cloud.

Commure introduces CommureOS, a new operating system designed to help providers create and customize organizational workflows.

Bamboo Health develops Rising Risk, new real-time risk stratification and patient engagement capabilities.


Other

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The Bermuda Hospitals Board celebrates the arrival of the first baby with an entirely digital health record. Frances Ivy Edwards was born shortly after the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital and the Mid-Atlantic Wellness Institute went live on the Oracle Cerner-based Patient Electronic & Administrative Records Log (PEARL).


Sponsor Updates

  • EClinicalWorks releases a new podcast, “Achieving Success Through Data Capture and Effective Communications.”
  • NTT Data leverages Lumeon’s care orchestration engine in its virtual command center to coordinate delivery of key non-clinical services for hospital-at-home programs.
  • Everest Group recognizes AGS Health as a leader in its Medical Coding Operations PEAK Matrix Assessment 2023.
  • Clearwater publishes a new whitepaper, “Back to the Basics: HIPAA Compliance for B
  • After switching to the EClinicalWorks Cloud, Hyndman Area Health Center reduces its expected five-year costs by over 50% and improves overall practice performance.
  • Wolters Kluwer Health makes its Digital Health Architect Consumer Education Suite and EmmiGuide solutions available via the Microsoft Marketplace.

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Morning Headlines 11/15/22

November 14, 2022 Headlines No Comments

Data breach of pediatricians’ computer network ‘may’ have exposed patient data

Pediatric health IT company Connexin Software, parent company of the Office Practicum brand, notifies over 100 customers and their patients of a data breach in late August.

Maven’s Second Act

Tech-enabled women’s and family care company Maven Clinic raises $90 million in a Series E funding round, bringing its total raised to $300 million.

Validic Inc. raises $12 million in its latest funding round

Digital health integration and remote patient monitoring technology vendor Validic secures $12 million in a financing round led by Kaiser Permanente Ventures.

HIStalk Interviews Ben Albert, CEO, Upfront Healthcare

November 14, 2022 Interviews 1 Comment

Ben Albert, MBA is co-founder and CEO of Upfront Healthcare of Chicago, IL.

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Tell me about yourself and the company.

I have been in healthcare for my whole career. Prior to starting Upfront, I founded a company called Care Team Connect, which was a care management platform for population health that was acquired by The Advisory Board. We did a lot of care management work through a digital platform that enabled care managers to support the high-risk patients that they were serving and supporting in a shared risk agreement.

That experience it led me to found Upfront, because every patient, not only those who are high-risk in some population health agreement, deserves to be navigated to the care that they need, and technology is required in order to scale that type of navigation for every single patient across a health system. That is the foundation of Upfront Healthcare, to help every patient get the care they need.

How do you differentiate the patient engagement and digital front door technology market?

It’s a confusing market, for sure. The digital front door is mostly tied to patient acquisition. Where Upfront focuses is on how to retain every single patient that you serve. If the digital front door is going to bring in a bunch of new patients, how do you use personalized engagement and access to optimize the experience for that patient so they stay with the system for the long term after the digital front door is activated and you engage that patient initially?

Health systems are starting to understand how to get patients into the system. Do they also study why patients leave the system?

They definitely study why patients leave the system. They look at referral patterns and if patients are leaking out. If they are being used as a retail service and the front door generates only retail visits, how can they convert that patient into an empaneled patient on the primary care side or the system of choice for that patient for the long term?

They definitely look at that conversion and understand how to keep that patient and retain them. Especially in light of all of the specialized services that are coming to market, Amazon and Oak Street Health for example, that are focused on particular types of patients, to help attract those patients to their services. Our clients, the health systems, need to focus on how to differentiate and keep their existing patients.

How do health systems engage with patients whose encounter was one-off, such as in an urgent care center or telehealth visit, and determine how much of a relationship those patients want?

They need to engage those patients through a more personalized experience to help understand the needs of those patients and then guide them to that service proactively. Patients are often left to figure that out on their own. They might get a simple text message thanking them for their visit or preparing them for a visit, but they aren’t really aware of options within the system and how to best use the system to meet their own needs.

We often talk about patients as the most underutilized resource in healthcare. How does the health system look at that initial encounter or initial event as a way to help educate the patient about all the services that are available to them in a personalized way, so that only those services that are going to be the most impactful for that patient are put in front of them?

How is that different from retailers, who are happy to sell you whatever you want to buy and hope you keep buying, when what patients want isn’t always what clinicians think they need?

The patient will make the right choice if they are given the education and the appropriate information to enable them to make that choice. Often the clinician might be communicating what the patient needs, but the patient doesn’t understand it at the time that communication is provided. It’s not as personalized in some ways as it could be.

You can give patient the alternatives in how to get that care. Let’s say it’s a flu shot for example, something very simple. You give them the alternatives of, you don’t have to go to your primary care physician because we have these different options for care for you, including our urgent care, where you can get this flu shot. We are going to help guide you and let you pick what service is most convenient for you to get that care that you need. It flips it around a little bit to give that patient choice to meet the needs that they have by availing them of the information to optimize their own care.

Is there any comparison to dental practices that message their patients effectively, albeit with list of services that is much shorter and predictable than that of a health system?

It will be as simple as that. It’s not the complexity of the system, it’s the communication of what pieces of the system meet the needs of the patient. 

There is a way — we call it care traffic control — to understand all the services that a health system can provide to a patient, and then to personalize that service and the access to those services so that the patient will know exactly where they’re supposed to go and when they’re supposed to go there. They will get that care that they need from the system and it won’t feel so complicated. It won’t feel like there are so many choices because it has been tailored for them and guides them directly to where they need to go.

So yes, it can feel like the dentist. Does it today? No, because it’s a lot of fragmented communication coming through different channels that confuses a patient as opposed to one omnichannel communication that will ultimately all be on the same page to enable that patient to get where they need to go.

How will you apply the consumer science capabilities of PatientBond, which Upfront acquired in August 2022?

We are excited about the acquisition of PatientBond. Psychographics, in combination with the behavioral analytics that we already do at Upfront, will help us understand how to best engage a person. Psychographics are a consumer capability that helps create these personas of individuals, so that we know exactly what communication pathway to take to engage that person so that we can ultimately understand how to best communicate with them.

You use the right imagery, you use the right language, you use the right time of day and super tailor and personalize the experience for that individual. You tie that in with the behavioral knowledge that the Upfront platform has and that really understands that when they go for care, where they need to go. You optimally tie those things together to have a communication pathway, then access that pathway for a patient that is unique to them and scalable. They are getting to that care 40% more than they were before because of that communication pathway.

If value-based care ever becomes significant and maintenance of health becomes more financially important to providers, will the same messaging platform support it?

Yes. From our point of view, whether it’s value-based care or not, every patient should be getting these necessary preventative services. How it gets paid for on the back end, we certainly understand the value of that. But ultimately if you take the patient-first approach, everybody should be getting that annual wellness visit who needs it and everybody should have those care gaps closed who need them, not only if they’re in some value-based care arrangement.

How do you help every single patient, regardless of what the economics are behind their care, get to the most optimal care for them? It’s informed by what type of care they need to receive and what type of model of care they’re in to make it super efficient for the health system while still enabling every patient to get the same level of care across the system. In a value-based care context it’s incredibly important, but it’s equally important in a fee-for-service context where these patients still need that same care.

How do health systems change their philosophy about consumerism and then choose systems to support it?

They all want to be more consumer centric and they’re on this journey to be so. They have built all of these services, retail-type services like urgent care, virtual care, on-demand care services, asynchronous care, and in-person services like traditional office visits. They have built all of these services to be more consumer centric, tried to increase access points, tried to make themselves more convenient.

Ultimately, though, they have not optimized that for the patient. What they are doing now in that next wave is saying, we have all these services and we can compete for access, convenience, and efficiency for the patient. How do we tie it all together and enable the patient to understand which one of those services they should be utilizing within our system to ultimately get the best experience for them and get in for care when they need it?

We see a big effort in tying that all together to make it feel seamless for the patient, even though we know that under the hood, it’s not as seamless as it probably should be in the long term from a health system point of view. You can enable the patient in a way that feels seamless and guides them across those services. That’s how they are digitally transforming right now. The first step is how to enable that consumer even if you can’t fix everything across the system on the back end right now.

Does consolidation into larger health systems change the scale and speed in moving to a more patient-focused direction and the use of technology to support it?

In theory it’s helpful, but ultimately you are now on multiple EMRs. You have to reconcile all of that data and all of those services across the system. Unless you have something that can sit beside the EMR, sit outside of that ecosystem and look across multiple EMRs to understand what services are available and guide patients, it doesn’t actually advance the cause. It can slow it down because of the focus is so heavily on the EMR itself and not on how to activate your patients and help all those patients navigate through the integration of a couple of systems coming together, which is incredibly complex for patients to navigate, but also for the system to execute on as well.

How do you see the consumerism aspect of playing out over the next few years and how will the company change in response to it?

To us, healthcare needs better personalization for every single patient. The more we can delve into truly understanding exactly what service the patient needs and enabling them proactively to get that service, the more efficient we will be at a macro level. For us, it’s continuing to enable patients through personalization, through psychographics, through behavioral data, through the right type of communication and omnichannel communication that is integrated across the system so that access and appointment booking is frictionless and easy to get to. 

I would love to say that it’s a one-year journey to be able to tie all of that together, but those of us who have been in this industry for a long time recognize the complexity of it. We will just stay with it and keep doing more of it over the next few years, and you’ll look back at the body of work and say, wow, we’ve made a big impact. More patients are getting the care they need. They are getting a personalized experience that feels much more consumer centric, and they are actually healthier as a result.

Curbside Consult with Dr. Jayne 11/14/22

November 14, 2022 Dr. Jayne 3 Comments

CHIME Recap

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Since leaving CHIME, I’ve been dodging sketchy airline schedules, some urgent priorities at home, and snow. I finally have a few minutes to reflect on my first CHIME meeting, which overall was successful in my book.

The general conference vibe was laid back. Most of the non-vendor attendees have substantial healthcare IT experience under their belts and didn’t seem to have anything to prove, so that may have been part of it.

Sunday and Monday were the inaugural “Innovation in Clinical Informatics” sessions, which were great for learning about the challenges that other clinical informaticists are facing. A couple of thoughts stuck in my brain:

  • One participant noted that they have concerns about their ability to function during a downtime event, in part because younger staff members don’t read cursive. Several people in my part of the room were unaware that schools stopped teaching cursive more than a decade ago, with the advent of the Common Core State Standards. The concern is real and should be addressed as part of downtime procedures.
  • There was a lot of emphasis on asking “why” when solving informatics problems. Finding the ultimate upstream “why” can often lead to different solutions than just taking a request for change at face value. I’m a huge fan of the Five Whys tool, and if you’re not using it with your team, I would ask yourself why.
  • Behavioral health was a hot topic. Several speakers noted that patients prefer to have these visits at home. Medical outcomes are better when behavioral health issues are treated, and if organizations aren’t offering adequate behavioral health services, they need to work on their strategies.
  • There was good discussion about whether secure chat messages should be considered telehealth.
  • UCHealth’s CT Lin presented the “Swiss cheese model of successful innovation,” explaining that all the holes have to align for projects to deliver maximum value. He used it as an admonition about the importance of clinical informatics, because clinical informaticists can often see the problem through different lenses and see how the holes need to align. They can also recommend how to make the connections and avoid pitfalls.
  • Clinician burnout was a common theme, as was the importance of culture compared to strategy.

One final thing really caught my attention, and that was discussion about the need to deliver “delightful” patient experiences. Based on my recent adventures in healthcare, I’d settle for “decent” or “passable” rather than the “awful” experiences I’ve been having. That imaging result that was supposed to be released within 24 hours actually took six days to release via the patient portal, and when I returned home, I found a paper result waiting for me that had been mailed the day after the study and arrived two business days later. Something is wrong when you get your results via snail mail faster than via the patient portal.

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During the conference, participants had the chance to paint a panel that will form a mural to be hung in a multi-assistance care center providing collaborative care and centralized services for individuals with special needs. The painting project was sponsored by CDW.

Tuesday was the opening keynote, with a celebration of CHIME’s 30th anniversary and an early morning champagne toast. Following awards and recognition, the guest speaker was introduced. Sophia is an “advanced humanoid” robot who was advertised as being able to wow audiences with “her superhuman intelligence and advanced ability to read faces, empathize with emotions, understand the nuances of language, and communicate with thousands of facial expressions. Unfortunately, Sophia seemed to encounter a glitch and the audience was asked to take a 15-minute break while they tried to get her back online. One can only presume that while we were out of the room, they tried turning her off and back on again. She wasn’t much better after the break, using mostly what seemed like canned segments of speech. Based on her performance, I don’t think we have to worry about robots taking over the world just yet.

The rest of the day and into Wednesday was a mix of engaging sessions, meet-ups with colleagues, and a couple of focus groups. Although generally the focus groups provided an opportunity for good discussion and learning about what other CIOs and CMIOs are facing in their organizations, one session became challenging. I couldn’t believe I was watching one participant troll another by making snarky comments about an organization’s challenges, knowing that the leader of the struggling organization was sitting right next to him. It just goes to show that it there’s a lot of variety in leadership skills. I hope that particular individual plays nicer with his colleagues at home than he did in the focus group.

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The San Antonio spirit was strong as staff worked on the setup for Tuesday night’s reception and dinner.

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For those of you looking for wardrobe and shoe reviews, in general the mood was subdued. Lots of jeans and blazers, but since this was my first time attending, I’m not sure if that’s usual for this conference or if it had something to do with the fact that emails were sent telling folks to bring their jeans and boots. The League of Women session had some fine shoe options including sassy espadrilles, kicky boots, strappy sandals, and “trust me, I mean business” pumps. I opted for some low-key loafers, although I did pull out the boots for the Wednesday night event.

The event was held at the Knibbe Ranch, which is about 30 minutes from the conference center. Not only were cowboy hats and western boots out in full force, but there were also several people wearing Woody costumes from “Toy Story.” As guests stepped off the buses, they had the opportunity to have a photo taken with genuine Texas longhorns. Dinner had a distinctly cowboy flair and was served from buffet lines that contained more cast iron than I’ve seen in one place in a long time (and I’ve seen a lot of cast iron). The bars were serving several Texas beers as well as the usual libations, and dessert of course included pecan pie. Attendees had the opportunity to relax with games of horseshoes and cornhole, along with a campfire.

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The main event of the evening included an honest-to-goodness Texas-style rodeo, courtesy of the Lester Meier Rodeo Company of Fredericksburg, TX. In talking with some of the attendees from the UK, they’ve never seen anything quite like it. The rodeo opened with the traditional grand entry and flag processional, followed by bull riding, barrel racing, more bull riding, and of course rodeo clowns. Having spent several years in Texas and having attended a variety of professional and amateur rodeos, I have to say this was some of the wildest bull riding I’ve seen. I think only one or two contestants managed to stay on the full eight seconds, and several looked like they needed medical attention after having difficulty releasing their grips after being thrown or dismounting.

Often a rodeo will have an event called a calf scramble, where children compete to try to catch a calf with only a rope and their wits. I strongly suggest a CIO calf scramble for future rodeos, with proceeds to charity. It would definitely add a healthcare IT twist to the festivities. The rodeo concluded with a fireworks display and guests moved back to the dance hall for music, dessert, s’mores kits for the campfire, and plenty of line dancing.

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I headed home Thursday morning, missing the final keynote but making it back in time to take care of some afternoon meetings, run a couple of loads of laundry, and begin packing for HLTH. It’s warmer in Las Vegas than it is at home, and I’ll have the opportunity to connect with friends I haven’t seen in years, so I’m looking forward to the bit of travel.

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Morning Headlines 11/14/22

November 13, 2022 Headlines No Comments

Controversial £360m NHS England data platform ‘lined up’ for Trump backer’s firm

England’s The Guardian reports that a $425 million contract for a national shared patient data system is likely to be issued soon to Palantir.

AngelEye Health Announces Series B Funding to Support Company’s Rapid Growth

AngelEye Health, which offers patient and family engagement software for hospital neonatal, pediatric intensive care, and nursery units, raises $20 million in a Series B funding round.

SocialClimb Secures $8.5 Million in Growth Funding from Spring Capital and Resolve Growth Partners

Healthcare marketing and patient relationship management software firm SocialClimb secures $8.5 million in growth funding.

Monday Morning Update 11/14/22

November 13, 2022 News 3 Comments

Top News

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Telehealth company Wheel acquires GoodRx Care’s back-end virtual care technology, which includes an EHR, clinical management tools, and patient experience software.

Wheel was already providing GoodRx with technology and clinicians. It will license the technology back to GoodRx for use on its GoodRx Care website and app.

GoodRx share price has dropped 87% in the past 12 months, valuing the company at $2 billion versus $23 billion in February 2021.

The company’s share price took a hit in August when grocery chain Kroger stopped accepting GoodRx coupons in its pharmacies, which cost GoodRx 25% of its business.  


Reader Comments

From Not-Football SEC Fan: “Re: Datavant. Other tidbits: (a) Roivant still holds a minority stake; (b) Ciox’s main investor New Mountain Capital seems to be the majority owner; and (c) Datavant has acquired companies such as Mirador and Convenet to expand internationally.” Datavant acquired HIPAA expert determination firm Mirador Analytics in late 2021, then added UK-based Convenet in September 2022 to offer clinical trials tokenization in the UK. Datavant had previously acquired Health Data Link in 2019, which offered health systems linkage to researchers, and de-identification services vendor Universal Patient Key in 2018, both before Datavant merged in 2021 with Ciox Health, which New Mountain Capital formed in 2016 by rolling up four of its acquisitions. Datavant has raised $81 million in funding through a Series B round.


HIStalk Announcements and Requests

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Poll respondents may not love the fact that conferences sell their registration lists to facilitate vendor spamming, but it’s apparently a pretty minor inconvenience since only a few folks would be willing to pay to eliminate the practice.

New poll to your right or here: What kind of headshot do you use on your LinkedIn profile? A reader told me that she has seen pictures that are more than 10 years old, which must be as awkward as creating an “optimized” online dating profile that leads to an awkward in-person moment. I trawl LinkedIn regularly for People updates and have seen awful headshots that are unusable – tiny or low-resolution ones and shots that include adjacent body parts from people who were amateurishly cropped out of a group photo. Most puzzling to me is why someone would bother to create a LinkedIn profile without adding a headshot unless they are technically challenged, struggling with appearance issues, or hiding from the mob. 


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Lorre has published a children’s book and will send a copy to anyone who donates $20 or more to the non-profit animal sanctuary where she volunteers. She is personally covering the printing and shipping costs, so the entire tax-deductible donation goes toward taking care of the animals.

Serving in the military involves sacrifices – career, family, and sometimes life and limb. Thanks to those who made them.

I’m pondering the takeaways from rich CEOs who are grandstanding their sorrow about laying off their employees. Many of these are wunderkinds who seem shocked by the concept of business cycles. My second reaction is more cynical — investors rewarded them for irrational growth, questionable strategies, and overpriced acquisitions and probably will do so again down the economic road, so their handwringing over dumping human ballast overboard reeks more of all-about-me embarrassment than personal remorse. It was inevitable that the “talent wars” power that was begrudgingly granted to galley-rowers was temporary and that the Great Resignation would eventually toggle to the second definition of that word  — unhappily accepting something that you can’t change, like taking a job because you need the money and realizing that “work from anywhere” and “take all the vacation you want” policies can disappear faster than crypto billions.


Webinars

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


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

An article by Andreessen Horowitz, a tech-heavy venture capital firm that manages $35 billion in assets, says that the biggest company in the world will be in consumer health technology. Snips:

  • Healthcare is a $4 trillion industry in the US alone that consumes 20% of GDP, five times the size of the entire world’s advertising industry.
  • The consumer health giant won’t be a big tech firm or an healthcare incumbent. It will be “a consumer-obsessed, healthcare-native tech company that reimagines what care can look like.”
  • The company’s core competency will be the ability to engage and retain patients, which healthcare companies have done poorly.
  • The vertical path to creating that largest company in the world would be to create a payvider firm that can demonstrate value, such as if “UnitedHealth Group and Apple had a baby.” The challenge is that consumers don’t pay directly for healthcare and the system is optimized for insurers and self-insured employers, so companies have little incentive to care about the consumer experience.
  • The horizontal path would be for a company to become the Amazon or Visa of healthcare, offering a marketplace of healthcare reviews, quality metrics, and price transparency or simplified bill-paying in return for a tiny percentage of the revenue, which given massive healthcare spending could still make that company one of the world’s largest.
  • Companies must plug into the health industry to succeed, using health systems and providers as channel partners who can help drive transactions.

Sales

  • William Osler Health System chooses Sectra’s enterprise imaging, including radiology imaging, breast imaging, and vendor-neutral archive.
  • Pivot Point Consulting deploys OCHIN’s Epic EHR at San Francisco Community Health Center.

People

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Tower Health names surgeon Eugene Reilly, MD, MHCI as VP/CMIO.

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Andrew Burchett, DO (Avera) joins Meditech as executive director of medical informatics.


Announcements and Implementations

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Finland announces Radical Health Festival, a pan-European digital health conference that will be held in Helsinki June 12-15, 2023. It will offer a speed-dating platform, a Solution Match service, a hosted buyer program, and conference app. CHIME will offer its Boot Camp there. Early bird registration opens on December 1 and starts at $200.

Two new KLAS reports look at home-based care technology. Facilities – which name as their top three challenges staffing, regulatory requirements, and COVID-19 – most commonly choose MatrixCare, PointClickCare, and Indeed. Home-based acute care organizations name staffing,regulatory requirements, and reimbursement changes as their top concerns and most commonly deploy MatrixCare, SHP, Netsmart, and WellSky to address them.


Government and Politics

South Africa’s deputy health director says that the country’s universal healthcare system will add a central patient information system within 4-5 years ,

England’s The Guardian reports that a $425 million contract for a national shared patient data system is likely to be issued soon to Palantir. Patients will not be required to provide consent for using their data, which will be used by integrated care boards and then de-identified for use by researchers. 


Privacy and Security

The ransomware hackers behind the breach of Australia-based insurer Medibank post a list of customers who have been treated for mental health and alcohol issues, following its earlier list of those who have had abortions. They are demanding payment of $1 AUD per customer, nearly $10 million USD.


Other

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The VA and DoD fund a 12-month surgical fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth School of Medicine that trains surgeons to perform pre-surgical preparation using a patient’s 3D-modeled organs or tumors.

A JAMA Health Form research letter notes that the EHRs of the six vendors that have settled HHS/DOJ charges are being used by 77,000 clinicians, recommending that (a) ONC’s certification process be changed so that vendors don’t know in advance which functions will be tested; and (b) post-market surveillance of EHRs be initiated.

A Gonzaga law professor who studies antitrust, health law, and inequity says that a federal judge should not have approved last month’s $13 billion merger of UnitedHealth Group and Change Healthcare because the insurer can use Change’s EDI clearinghouse data to cherry-pick the most profitable consumer groups to insure, reducing access and allowing the company to unfairly compete with insurers that don’t have access to that data. She says that insurers want to acquire companies that capture health data so they can create a unique digital ID for each person insured, which on the positive side would allow them to apply healthy nudges, but would also allow them to move sicker people to plans that require higher cost-sharing,. She notes a 2014 complaint that insurers in Florida placed all HIV drugs, even cheap generics, in their highest cost-sharing tier to discourage HIV patients from signing up and that UHG could remove specific providers from their network if their claims data shows that they see a lot of expensive patients, such as diabetics. 

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The Internet has resurfaced years-old survey data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics that shows who people spend time with by age, as visualized by Our World in Data. It isn’t pandemic-adjusted current, but still interesting since I hadn’t seen it until folks starting sending it my way. Tidbits, from which your life-planning takeaways may vary:

  • People spend more time with co-workers than family members from ages 21 through 65.
  • Time spent alone hums along at fours hour per day until the mid-30s, when it steadily increases to nearly eight hours per day for those in their 70s.
  • Time spent with children peaks at 4.5 hours in the mid-30s, then tapers down hard to one hour per day by 60.
  • Time spent with friends peaks at more than two hours per day at 18, then trends down do a fairly steady half hour per day at around 40 through 80.
  • People spend more time with their partners as they age, increasing from three hours per day with a big jump starting in their late 50s, then tapering until 77 (I assume due to death or a change in living situations).

Sponsor Updates

  • Gozio Health and Artera expand their partnership, following their initial launch at UNC Health, to add smart links to Artera patient communications and to launch text messages to providers from the mobile app.
  • The Inspiring Women Podcast features Kim McKay, MD PeriGen CMO and clinical VP of OB/GYN at Avera Health (SD).
  • The Executive Leaders Radio Podcast features Quil Health CEO Carina Edwards.
  • Oracle Cerner releases a new podcast, “Increasing interoperability to connect care for Veterans and service members.”
  • Spok publishes a new report, “The state of healthcare communications.”
  • Upfront Healthcare CEO and co-founder Ben Albert joins the Day Zero Podcast to share his entrepreneurial journey.
  • Wolters Kluwer Health expands its Sentri7 suite of clinical surveillance tools to include Sentri7 Sepsis Monitor.

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Morning Headlines 11/11/22

November 10, 2022 Headlines No Comments

Amazon’s leaked ‘Clinic’ would connect patients to telemedicine

Amazon posts and then quickly unpublishes a video on its YouTube page describing Amazon Clinic, an online care program for common conditions.

Northwell Holdings and Aegis Ventures Sign Strategic Collaboration Agreement to Launch Upliv, a Comprehensive Digital Health Company for Menopause

Northwell Holdings and Aegis Ventures launch Upliv, which will offer video consults and care for managing the symptoms of menopause.

CommonSpirit Update

CommonSpirit Health says that access to its EHR and patient portal has been restored for most users following an October 4 ransomware attack.

Virtual care startup Wheel buys GoodRx tech for $20M

Virtual care company Wheel will acquire prescription savings company GoodRx’s virtual care technology for $20 million.

News 11/11/22

November 10, 2022 News 3 Comments

Top News

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A posted and then quickly unpublished video on Amazon’s YouTube page describes Amazon Clinic, an online care program for common conditions.

The video showed people completing a symptom questionnaire, paying a fee, and then being given a diagnosis and prescriptions by “third-party healthcare provider groups.”

Amazon Care, a similar service, will cease operations on December 31, 2022.


HIStalk Announcements and Requests

Attending HLTH next week? Some HIStalk sponsors will be there too, and provided a summary of what they will be doing in Las Vegas and how you can connect with them.

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Here’s a Datavant company refresher after I interviewed CMIO Doug Fridsma, MD, PhD about tokenization. Drug development technology vendor Roivant Sciences created the company in 2017, then merged it with healthcare data firm Ciox Health (which was itself a rollup of HealthPort, IOD, Care Communications, and ECS) in 2021 in a $7 billion deal to create a company with $700 million in annual revenue. Roivant has created a dozen drug therapy companies that it calls “vants” (all of them have names ending in “vant,” such as Datavant, Genevant, Psivant, etc.). Riovant Sciences went public in October 2021 in a $7 billion SPAC merger, with shares having since lost 46% of their value versus the Nasdaq’s 27% loss, valuing the company at $3.6 billion.

I ignored several press releases today in which I couldn’t figure out exactly what the company does, what its new product or service involves, or why I (and my readers) should care. Committee-generated writing is usually awful.


Webinars

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


Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Northwell Holdings and Aegis Ventures launch Upliv, which will offer video consults and care for managing the symptoms of menopause. The company, which will get $8.4 million in seed funding through the end of 2023, will market to employers who will offer it as a free employee benefit.

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Medical coding automation vendor Fathom raises $46 million in a Series B funding round.

CitiusTech acquires healthcare-focused Salesforce services company Wilco Source.

Best Buy Health-owned care-at-home platform vendor Current Health joins Epic’s App Market.

Strategic advisor Seth Joseph says that “Glen Tullman’s best magic trick yet” would be for his Transcarent to buy Teladoc Health, which Glen foisted Livongo in August 2020 for $18.5 billion to create a $37 billion behemoth that quickly turned into a $5 billion mid-player. He says that Transcarent needs Teladoc’s relationships with health systems and its care management capabilities courtesy of Livongo, which would give the employer-focused Transcarent a better chance of selling to employers and taking on risk.

Amazon becomes the first publicly traded company to lose $1 trillion in market value, with Microsoft on its heels with a market capitalization that is down $889 billion.


Sales

  • Hugh Chatham Memorial Hospital (NC) will implement Oracle Cerner’s EHR via the CommunityWorks model.
  • Boston Medical Center will implement Sectra enterprise imaging via the Sectra One subscription model.
  • Warren General Hospital (PA) will replace its legacy Meditech system and three ambulatory EHRs with Meditech Expanse.
  • The VA expands its work with Get Well to include 70 medical centers and its first rollout of GetWell Loop care plans.

People

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Derek Baird, MBA (Sensyne Health) is named CEO of newly launched virtual specialty care network Switchboard Health, which he co-founded.

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Chris Wild, MBA (Experian Health) joins Experian Data Quality as VP of sales.

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Sriram Devarakonda, MSEE (Nordic Consulting Partners) joins Cardamom Health as co-founder and CTO.


Announcements and Implementations

A large-scale study of the VA’s data warehouse determines that being infected with SARS-CoV-2 more than once carries increased risk of death, hospitalization, and long-term effects. Those people who get through an initial infection can’t let their guard down to reinfection, as each additional infection increases the risk.

HealthStream launches a developer portal of shared services, applications, and APIs.

Redox and product innovation firm TXI will partner to develop digital products.

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Pakistan’s Shifa International Hospital wins a Cheers Award from the Institute for Safe Medication Practices for its $900 project in which pharmacy services verify chemotherapy preparation using a camera and off-the-shelf software. ISMP notes that not all hospitals can afford sophisticated IV workflow and robotic software.

A KeyCare survey of people who have had at least one telehealth visit like or prefer it as an option, with 79% saying that it is important that both their regular doctor and their telehealth provider have access to their health records.

Salesforce announces Patient 360 for Health innovations for behavioral health, advanced therapy management, Salesforce Genie for healthcare, and care coordination. .


Government and Politics

The waitlist of England’s NHS reaches a record 7.1 million patients even before a planned nursing strike.


Privacy and Security

Russian ransomware hackers begin posting the exfiltrated data of Australia-based health insurer Medibank on the Dark Web after the company declines to pay their demanded $10 million ransom. The first data posted was a list of patients who have had abortions. The Australian Federal Police warns that people who looks at the data are themselves committing a crime under the country’s privacy laws. Minister for Home Affairs Clare O’Neil called the hackers “scumbags,” adding that as a woman whose private health information was compromised by the hackers, the attack should not have happened and she expects Medibank to fully support its customers.

CommonSpirit Health says that access to its EHR and patient portal has been restored for most users following an October 4 ransomware attack.

Recently filed lawsuits claim that hospitals whose websites and patient portals used Meta Pixel may have violated federal and state wiretapping laws, as the hospitals and Meta intercepted doctor-patient communication without their consent. Legal experts wonder whether Meta’s terms of service will protect it from liability since hospitals accepted responsiblity for configuring the tool.


Other

London-based doctors write in the BMJ that a chronic lack of attention to NHS IT infrastructure and systems “brings to a halt the everyday business of healthcare.” The authors suggest learning from US approaches such as researching burnout and having ONC provide some federal oversight. 

Ontario’s government and the Ontario Medical Association agree to decrease physician payments for virtual visits in which no existing patient-physician relationship exists, ending pandemic policies in which doctors were paid the same for virtual or in-person encounters. The most common face-to-face fee code is paid $27 US, while one-off virtual visits will now pay $11 to $15. A pediatrician and virtual care provider says the pay cut devalues services to the point that seeing patients virtually without a referral is no longer viable, ending the trend of expanding access. The Ontario government is targeting a 60-40 ratio of in-person and virtual care for family doctors. 

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A chronic pain patient files a complaint against a Pennsylvania doctor who was assigned by a national medical marijuana card service to review her request. The woman says she could barely see the doctor during her video visit, their conversation was short, and she couldn’t figure out how to upload her medical records. The state agreed that he approved her card without reviewing her medical records. The doctor contracts for Veriheal, which gives patients their money back if they aren’t approved and reportedly pays doctors only for patients they approve.

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The ED charge nurse who called 911 seeking help with patients due to short staffing says that employees of St. Michael Medical Center (WA) were stressed by ongoing changes in ownership and leadership, a move to a different building, and CommonSpirit Health’s cyberattack that took the hospital’s Epic system down and sent clinicians back to paper charting. She says that the night she called for help, the ED was at less than 50% of minimum staffing and patients with serious issues were being left unattended in the waiting room. Joint Commission issued a preliminary denial of accreditation to hospital after the incident. She concludes:

We’re taught that we keep our issues with staffing, no breaks, long shifts, impacts on our own health, etc., to ourselves. We’re taught to suck it up and be martyrs for the cause and for the corporations that own our hospitals, to be grateful for the crumbs thrown to us by hospital “leaders” (that not once show up during a night like the one I described above) in the form of pizza parties and banners, all the while dealing with anxiety while driving to work and tears on the way home, UTIs from dehydration because there’s just no time to drink any water (or pee, after), time away from our families and fear that when we do see them, we might be bringing them some residual disease from work. 


Sponsor Updates

  • Nordic publishes a new episode of its monthly DocTalk series titled “Healthcare’s labor pains.”
  • AGS Health is recognized as a leader in medical coding operations by Everest Group.
  • LexisNexis Risk Solutions publishes its “True Cost of Fraud for Healthcare Payers” study.
  • Renown Health (NV) expands its partnership with Loyal, implementing the company’s provider data management and physician search services.
  • Myndshft’s automated prior authorization platform is now available on the Google Cloud Marketplace.
  • NeuroFlow publishes a new case study, “Using Natural Language Processing (NLP) to Prevent Suicides.”
  • CHIME posts a 30th anniversary podcast featuring inaugural board chair John Glaser, PhD.
  • Nordic publishes a new infographic, “Consolidating an ERP: 9 steps for a smoother, more efficient transition.”

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EPtalk by Dr. Jayne 11/10/22

November 10, 2022 Dr. Jayne 1 Comment

I’m glad to see healthcare delivery organizations putting their proverbial feet down when it comes to patients treating staff poorly. Mass General Brigham is one of the more visible examples, as they release their patient code of conduct. The policy has zero tolerance for “words or actions that are disrespectful, racist, discriminatory, hostile, or harassing.” Patients can be asked to seek future non-emergency care elsewhere if they are found to exhibit a list of behaviors, including sexual or vulgar words or actions. Disrupting another patient’s care or experience is also on the list. Patients who violate the code will be asked to explain their point of view prior to decisions being made about future care at the institution.

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Next week’s HLTH conference will include the “Patients at HLTH Impact Program,” which has been designed so that patients and patient advocates can be engaged as “equal partners in care design.” The track offers opportunities for health tech leaders to interact with patients. Since nearly every employee of every organization in the US has been a patient at some point in their lives, I’d suggest that execs don’t need to go far or to spend money on conferences to get input. One of the panels being offered is around “What do digitally-savvy, empowered consumers want?” and although that is certainly valuable, we need to not overlook the non-digitally savvy and non-empowered patients who might need our help even more than the other group. I’d like to see health tech execs troll the waiting rooms and cafeterias of any hospital in the US. They would certainly get an earful, and it would be cheaper than a trip to Las Vegas.

Addressing physician burnout is always a hot topic, so I was interested to see this piece from the American Medical Association on helping physicians reduce “pajama time” and have “more great days.” For those who might not have heard the term, pajama time refers to the time that physicians (and sometimes other clinicians) spend working outside of normal working hours. Although a lot of people think this phenomenon started when EHRs became more common, it definitely happened in the paper world. In my early days as a physician, I had a couple of colleagues who were constantly being reprimanded for taking charts home and sometimes forgetting to return them to the office. However, I was disappointed to see the suggestions made in the article. They’re not at all revolutionary:

  • For medication refills, a recommendation was made to renew maintenance medications at the annual visit and to provide the maximum number of refills. This was standard of care in family medicine in the 1990s and appears several times in the literature, yet physicians still can’t incorporate it into their practices. I heard the best description of this workflow at CHIME this week, when UCHealth CMIO CT Lin referred to it as “90 by 4, don’t bother me no more” meaning that patients should receive 90-day prescriptions for their medications with four refills, enough to get them through their next annual appointment. It doesn’t apply to just primary care — anyone performing chronic care can do this and EHR preference lists or favorites make it easy.
  • A physician was frustrated by having to walk to the printer to grab after visit summaries to hand to patients, so they installed printers in each exam room. Why are these not being sent through a patient portal for those who have accounts, so that they can become enduring materials accessible to the patient forever versus a piece of paper that can be lost? If the patient isn’t enrolled in a patient portal, why not have a medical assistant or checkout person print them?

I’ve spent a good portion of my professional life helping organizations address policy and procedure issues. Sometimes it’s a gap and new policies and procedures are needed, while other times there are changes needed to keep up with advances in EHR use, medical group governance, office practices, and more. Policies can be a blessing or a curse depending on what they contain, and the latter is addressed in a recent piece in JAMA Health Forum. The authors address the idea of harmful hospital policies and propose that they should be classified along with other “Never Events” such as wrong-side surgery. The authors list five particularly harmful policies:

  • Aggressively pursuing payment from patients who are unable to afford their medical bills.
  • Spending less on community benefits, such as public health or indigent care, than what is earned through tax breaks due to non-profit status.
  • Noncompliance with federal requirements to be transparent about cost of care,
  • Paying employees less than a living wage.
  • Delivering racially segregated medical care by underserving surrounding communities of color.

They note that other entities, such as insurance companies and medical device makers, are also responsible for harms, but find that given the fact that the majority of hospitals exhibit at least one of the above behaviors, that hospital-associated harms should be addressed in a priority fashion. In addition to calling on hospital leaders to address them directly, they call on the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to deny payments to hospitals engaged in these practices. They also call on state legislatures to require reporting in these areas and state attorneys general to investigate hospitals that are taking advantage of their non-profit status. The article is a quick read and should be mandatory for leaders of healthcare organizations.

Michigan Medicine has fallen victim to a phishing scheme that may have compromised the information of 33,000 patients. The health system learned of the attacks in August, but some patients didn’t receive the breach notification until more than two months later. At least four employees provided credentials that allowed hackers to access their email accounts. I feel for the employees who apparently disregarded their cybersecurity training, for the IT teams that had to investigate and work on the cleanup, and of course for the patients whose information was compromised by individuals who can’t follow the rules.

I feel like I’m fighting a battle on two fronts with email volume right now. At work, I’m getting multiple daily emails from HLTH which don’t always go to their designated folder since I was forced to take a recent Outlook update. In my personal email, I’m inundated with pre-Black Friday emails from retailers. I guess now that the Christmas shopping season actually begins before Halloween, it makes sense for Black Friday to begin November 1. I’d love to see the data on how various retail trends have changed over the years and see what the migration of the start dates for shopping seasons looks like. I’m sure there are big data folks in retail and marketing, so if someone has a connection to the data, maybe you can hook a girl up.

What do you think about the increasingly early start for holiday shopping? Leave a comment or email me.

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HIStalk’s Guide to HLTH 2022

November 10, 2022 News No Comments

Bamboo Health

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Booth #2030

Contact: Alison Matthiessen, senior communications manager
amatthiessen@bamboohealth.com
540.230.9021

Billions of dollars are wasted in healthcare services each year due to poorly coordinated care and lack of real-time patient insights. This is fueling the disconnect among physical health, behavioral health, and social care, which has led to an ever-widening gap in health disparity and the rapidly growing behavioral health epidemic. At HLTH, Bamboo Health will unveil several new solutions aimed at better supporting providers and payers to meet their goals for connecting the care continuum and value-based care initiatives. Through its suite of solutions, Bamboo Health delivers distilled and specific insights at the high-value care moments that matter, ushering in a new era of insights and analytics to bridge the gap in health equity, improve both clinical and financial outcomes, and make whole person care a reality. Bamboo Health will also lead discussions on how to reduce the fragmentation and friction that plague healthcare and prevent the desired results of improved outcomes, better experiences and lower costs.

Bamboo Health events at HLTH include an executive fireside chat titled, “988: Opportunity for Equitable Behavioral Health Access?” on Monday, Nov. 14, from 11:50 AM – 12:10 PM PST. Dr. Nishi Rawat, Bamboo’s Chief Clinical Officer will moderate the discussion featuring Madhuri Jha, LCSW, MPH, director at Kennedy-Satcher Center for Mental Health Equity and Morehouse School of Medicine, and Brandon J. Johnson, MHS, MCHES, public health advisor at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) and Center for Mental Health Services. Together, they will discuss the challenges associated with the 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline in terms of an equitable response for all, including varied resources, awareness and stigma. The chat will also explore ways 988 has opened behavioral health access and what remains a challenge for the initiative regarding health equity. Those wishing to continue the conversation are invited to Bamboo Health’s Grove Theatre in booth #2030 from 12:15-12:45 p.m. PST. 

Bamboo Health is a finalist in the Mental and Behavioral Health Best in Class category for the UCSF Digital Health Awards, which recognize the achievements of innovative health technology companies dramatically improving healthcare. Bamboo Health’s executive team will be in attendance at the awards ceremony on the evening of Nov. 14 at 6:00 p.m. PST at the Zouk Nightclub in Resorts World in Las Vegas to see the winners crowned. Find out more at: https://bamboohealth.com/news-pr/bamboo-health-to-showcase-suite-of-solutions-designed-to-achieve-careflow-at-hlth-2022/.


Censinet

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Contact: Chris Logan, chief security officer
clogan@censinet.com
401.443.0287

Censinet’s SVP and Chief Security Officer Chris Logan will be in attendance, and in conjunction with KLAS Research representatives, will be giving out “Cybersecurity Transparent” awards to vendors at HLTH. The “Cybersecurity Transparent” designation represents vendors who have demonstrated meaningful cybersecurity program maturity, cyber preparedness, and an ongoing intention to communicate cyber risk posture to providers and payers looking for Best in KLAS solutions.


Get-to-Market Health

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Contact: Steve Shihadeh, CEO and Founder
steve@gettomarkethealth.net
610.613.4074

The continued pace of transformation in healthcare creates enormous pressure on technology companies to adapt and deliver clear value. Get-to-Market Health (GTMH) was formed to address this challenge. Whether a company has taken in a new round of investment and needs to accelerate its top line growth or is bringing new products to market, GTMH helps healthcare technology leaders’ market, sell and create sustainable, long-term relationships with their customers.


Healthwise

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Meeting Pod 43

Contact: Nate Smith, Partner Solutions, Digital Health & Emerging Markets
nsmith@healthwise.org
415.516.9848

Healthwise has set the standard for health education since 1975. Nonprofit and independent, Healthwise is a trusted resource for health information, technology, and services that help people make better decisions and improve health outcomes. Interactive tools, videos, and content integrate seamlessly into any workflow or application, adding value to your digital health solution while providing consumers the information they need to live healthier lives.


Lumeon

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Viosk/Booth #V-3359

Contact: Todd Fane
todd.fane@lumeon.com

Lumeon believes that care better coordinated is care better delivered. Lumeon is a digital health company that provides a cloud-based care orchestration platform that automates the tasks, workflow, activities, and events that occur during the process of coordinating care. With real-time, bi-directional data/system integration and the dynamic application of clinical intelligence and automation, Lumeon ensures that each patient receives the right care at the right time –every time. By automating care coordination, care teams deliver care faster, more efficiently, effectively, and consistently across the continuum of care, while also empowering clinicians and staff to work at the tops of their licenses and spend time with patients that need it most.


Lyniate

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Booth #2609

Contact: Drew Ivan, chief strategy officer
drew.ivan@lyniate.com

Lyniate delivers secure, proven, and flexible interoperability solutions. As your trusted partner, Lyniate powers the applications and workflows that improve clinical, operational, and financial outcomes today while helping you understand, prepare for, and influence changes on the horizon. Foundational offerings, Lyniate Rhapsody and Lyniate Corepoint, are in use by healthcare teams around the world.


NTT DATA

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Booth #1418; Meeting Rooms 364 and 366

Contact: Lisa Esch, SVP strategy and industry solutions
Lisa.Esch@nttdata.com
303.918.3069

NTT DATA is a title sponsor for HLTH 2022. Visit booth #1418 to learn how we’re humanizing the digital healthcare experience with a data-driven approach.

Join our sessions:

  • Health Equity Impact Session: Going Digital: Technology Is Only One Piece of the Puzzle 11:40 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15 on the Impact Stage Lisa Esch (NTT DATA) and Kelly Nye (HCA Healthcare)
  • Tech Talk Session: Business-Led Innovation: NTT DATA and Snowflake’s Health Plan Price Transparency Tool 10:35 a.m. Monday, Nov. 14 on the Tech Talk Stage Tamara Villalon (NTT DATA) and Patrick Kovalik (Snowflake)
  • Tech Talk Session: How to Beat Ransomware 10:50 a.m. Tuesday, Nov. 15 on the Tech Talk Stage Jack Buxbaum (NTT DATA)

Watch our demonstrations:

Each day of the event you’ll find informative demos in the NTT DATA booth, including: Hospital at Home, Sepsis Workflow Management, Advocate AI, Patient Experience, Medical Cost Manager (Payment Integrity), AI for Chronic Disease Prediction, Health Data Bank powered by Snowflake, Giving Back.

A healthy planet is fundamental to a healthy society, and we’re partnering with One Tree Planted to plant 2,000 trees on behalf of HLTH attendees! Stop by our booth (#1418) and choose where to plant your tree to support reforestation efforts around the globe.


OptimizeRx

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Booth #V-4845

Contact: Maria Cipicchio, SVP of marketing
mcipicchio@optimizerx.com
617.433.0406

OptimizeRx helps people start and stay on life-impacting therapies. Our end-to-end technology platform allows life science companies to support the full care journey – from increased brand awareness, to streamlined market access, to ongoing patient adherence – by connecting providers and patients to treatment information and support at the moments it’s needed most. Our network of 300+ EHR partners provides life science brands with access to 700K+ HCPs, representing 60% of US healthcare providers and 90% of hospital systems. Only OptimizeRx uses patent-pending artificial intelligence and real-word data to deliver more relevant, actionable information, while offering true omnichannel reach within the EHR, online and beyond hospital system firewalls, and across social networks. Visit OptimizeRx.com to learn more, or to connect with a member of our team.


Synapse Medicine

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Booth # 4651

Contact: Ingrid Graff-Cailleaud, US market contact
ingrid@synapse-medicine.com
+33 6 63 57 36 34

Synapse Medicine is a provider of data-driven clinical decision support that optimizes drug regimens along the entire patient care journey, from prescribing through adherence, for a safer, more effective and efficient path to medication success. At HLTH 2022, Synapse Medicine is hosting a special Boothside Chat—The Future of EHR Integration—with guest, Brendan Keeler, Head of Product, Flexpa. Champagne & Lite Bites will be served. Be sure to sign up to reserve your spot. https://synapse-medicine.com/en-us/hlth-2022 Tuesday, November 15 at 12:30 p.m.


Tegria

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Booth #452

Contact: Kevin Kutz, vice president of external relations
kevin.kutz@tegria.com
425.984.4777

Tegria provides consulting and technology services to help organizations of all sizes humanize each healthcare experience. We are more than 4,000 colleagues throughout the United States and internationally who help customers maximize technology, transform operations, improve financials and optimize care. We maintain partnerships with a wide range of technology leaders, including Microsoft, 3Cloud and ServiceNow. Learn more at www.tegria.com. Visit us at Booth 452 and we’ll donate $5 for every badge swipe to the National Diaper Bank Network, up to $5,000. Please help us spend it all and learn more about how meeting basic needs for young families contributes to health equity. Mark your schedules for Monday 11:25 – 11:45 at the Impact Pavilion for Theresa Demeter’s fireside chat with Leon Caldwell, PhD, senior director for health equity strategies and innovation for the American Hospital Association.


Morning Headlines 11/10/22

November 9, 2022 Headlines No Comments

Hackers Are Posting Australian Health Insurance Data on the Dark Web

Hackers begin publishing patient data stolen from Australian company Medibank after the insurance company refused to pay the requested ransom.

CitiusTech Acquires Wilco Source, Expands Specialized Salesforce Capabilities for Healthcare & Life Sciences

Healthcare technology and consulting firm CitiusTech acquires California-based Wilco Source, which offers Salesforce consulting and implementation for healthcare and life sciences companies.

Fathom Secures $46M Series B Financing

Medical coding automation vendor Fathom raises $46 million in a Series B funding round.

HIStalk Interviews Douglas Fridsma, MD, CMIO, Datavant

November 9, 2022 Interviews 4 Comments

Douglas Fridsma, MD, PhD is chief medical informatics officer of Datavant of San Francisco, CA.

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Tell me about yourself and the company.

I’m the chief medical informatics officer at Datavant. Before that, I was president and CEO of the American Medical Informatics Association. Before that, I was the chief science officer at the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT during the Meaningful Use era, as we were trying to get electronic health record adoption.

A lot of the work I did at ONC was to set up the basic infrastructure for collecting data. The goal, for many of us who were working on these projects, was to make sure that once we collected the data, we would get rid of the lazy data. That is data that would  get collected and then just sit there and not be used for population health, a learning healthcare system, or those sorts of things. That’s my history and where I come from — let’s figure out ways to make data useful for patient care and for healthcare delivery.

Describe how tokenization is performed and how the information that it enables is being used in healthcare.

A lot of data out there is fragmented. If you were to try to get your medical record, you’ve got bits of your information that might be in a claims record, some of it might be in a specialty pharmacy, and some of it might be with your primary care doctor or within a hospital in which you were seen in the emergency room. The problem is that when data is distributed like that, it’s hard to bring it all together into a longitudinal view of that particular patient’s experience in the healthcare system.

If you want to link a record from one hospital to another hospital, you have to have some kind of identifiable information. But if you are using the data for research purposes, HIPAA doesn’t allow us to release that kind of information without lots and lots of safeguards, IRB approvals, and things like that.

It is possible to strip out all of the identifiable information from the medical record — eliminating names, genders, changing birth dates from a month and date to just a year, removing addresses, maybe abstracting ZIP codes to a higher level. Datavant strips out that information and replaces it with an irreversible hash that we call a token. It’s like baking a cake — you cannot go back and get back to the original ingredients. This hash is derived from a lot of that personally identifiable information, but that hash has nothing that would point that back to the original person.

Datavant allows people to de-identify their data within each of their organizations. Then we have the ability to link that data back together without ever revealing a person’s name, Social Security number, or phone number. Using these tokens allows data to  move in ways that protect patient privacy and that reduce the risk of re-identification.

How reliably can the process generate a token that correctly matches the same patient across multiple data sets?

We did a lot of work when I was at ONC on trying to make sure that we could optimize patient match. Patient match is determined by three things — the algorithm that you use; the kind of data that you use, whether you’re doing it based on a phone number or a name or something like that; and the quality of the data. Probably the biggest impact is making sure that you have high-quality data that can then go through this process to generate the tokens. We work with organizations to make sure that their addresses, for example, conform to the US Postal Service standards.

With high-quality data and the algorithms that we use to generate these tokens, our metrics can be very high. It can be almost comparable to what you would get if you had a Social Security number, the name, or all of the identifiable information. It’s quite comparable as long as you’ve gone through the process of making sure that you’ve cleaned up the data and made sure that it’s accurate and an accurate reflection of the patient’s record.

Does that raise the same challenges as in interoperability, where matching data from multiple systems then brings up the new issue of semantic interoperability, where systems represent the same data concepts differently?

You raise a really important point. Datavant can link two records together and do it in a reliable way while protecting a patient’s privacy. But suppose you have one record that has all of the diagnoses in an ICD-10 code and another one that has all the diagnoses in a SNOMED code. You’ve linked the records together and you know that it’s the same patient, but now you have semantic incompatibility between a record that was collected in ICD-10 code and another one that was collected in a SNOMED code.

That’s not part of the problem that Datavant solves. We do find, though, that in the work that the NIH has done with the N3C — the National COVID Cohort Collaborative – before they run data from everybody who is contributing data through the tokenization engine, they normalize the data to an information model that consistently represents diagnoses and consistently represents things like vaccination status or other things like that. Often you can normalize the data and make it semantically consistent at each one of those sites, and then when you combine them, that data flows together much more easily.

There are ways to do it after the fact, after you’ve done the linkages, because now you might have two records that are inconsistent. The National Library of Medicine and others have ways that you can transform, say, one code into a different code to make that happen. The issue that you raise around semantic interoperability is a critical one, but it isn’t one that is solved by the process of tokenization.

Life sciences, public health and particularly COVID research, and real-world evidence would seem to be good use cases. What opportunities and users do you see for tokenization?

Let me break that down into a couple of use cases that you mentioned and give you some examples of that.

One example that you mentioned was around COVID. We as a country were trying to understand COVID and who got vaccinated, and if they were vaccinated, what their outcome was compared to people who were not vaccinated. The challenge that we had is that people had their vaccinations done at the public health agencies, their primary care provider, or CVS and Walgreens. Their hospitalization or their care might be in an outpatient clinic, the emergency room, or in a hospital setting. The problem was this fragmentation issue. The only way to understand who got vaccinated, who got infected, and who got long COVID was to link together all these different data sources. It’s a tremendously complicated thing to do, particularly because you have to have identifiable information to be able to link, say, your pharmacy record with your emergency room record.

We worked with the NIH to create tokens across this ecosystem from pharmacy, public health, and most of the major medical research institutions in the country that were part of a research program at NIH. That allowed us to pull together all the data and then create data sets that basically said, here are the folks who got vaccinated. Here are the folks who got hospitalized. Here are the people who had long-term complications related to that. That has provided a lot of rich research for the folks at the NIH who are doing that.

We see other use cases in life sciences. When pharmaceutical companies want to do a clinical trial, they get consent to collect information as part of participation in a clinical study. They have identifiable information that they use for that study. But it’s important for drug safety to be able to monitor patients after they have left a clinical study to see if they have long-term follow-up or other things that may happen as part of their participation. That can be tremendously expensive. Those are called Phase 4 clinical studies.

We have found that a lot of life sciences companies are getting permission to tokenize the information of those patients and their record. Then they can find that patient at a population level — not at an individual level, but at a population level — to identify cohorts of patients that might, say, have an increase in their cancer risk. O they may find that their five-year follow-up was fine, but their 10-year follow-up might be more challenging. That has been tremendously valuable within real-world evidence and using that for clinical studies in the life sciences. By creating those tokens as part of that process, they are able to do a lot more of the Phase 4 studies, which are expensive and they take a long time, but to do those efficiently by using this real-world data and being able to collect it directly.

As this becomes increasingly relevant, we are finding that a lot of hospitals and providers are starting to see de-identified data as not just a nice-to-have, but part of a strategic approach to how they use data. For example, within a large-scale academic medical center, there are hospitals that will de-identify and tokenize these very large data sets, and they’ll have them within their institution. They provide the ability to link that data together and reduce the risk of breaches, reduce the risk of other problems, because the data has already been de-identified and can then be used for research purposes.

Other hospitals are taking a look and using de-identification to enhance the data that they already have. They might create tokens within their hospital, but use that as a way of drawing in other data, matching it into their population, and being able to do a richer analysis at a population health level because they have augmented the data with mortality data or with social determinants of health data that allows them to get a better picture of their population. Again, not to the individual patient level, but at that population level.

Many of the providers are using this data to participate in some of these clinical studies, to be able to take their data, de-identify it, and then make it accessible to life science companies and to people who are doing research in a way that is respectful of the patient’s privacy and that prevents that lazy data. They are able to have the data that has been collected as part of their provision of care and make it be useful for other purposes that advance our understanding of how to deliver better health and healthcare.

Could tokenization be used by an EHR or other system to de-link a patient’s identity from their detailed information so that if a hacker exfiltrated their entire database, they still couldn’t connect a patient’s identity to their data?

This whole notion of being able to take two data sets potentially that have been tokenized and not be able to link them together is a fundamental part of the Datavant technology. We have probably 100 billion records and 300 million covered lives that have been tokenized using the Datavant technology. Should someone inadvertently get a copy of, say, one hospital’s tokenized data and the records from another hospital’s tokenized data, our system creates different tokens for each of those sites so that it’s impossible, even if someone were to get that information, to be able to link it together and potentially re-identify a particular patient.

If you had a list of everybody’s name, and you tokenize that and then use that to link to other data sources, as soon as you got a link, you’d say, “I know the name of this person.” We don’t allow those kinds of linkages to occur except under strict review. We also do other reviews to make sure that, even after you’ve linked the data, it is no longer re-identifiable. That’s a fundamental piece of the puzzle.

To your second point, how does an organization reduce their liability or risk if somebody were to breach their system and get access to this data? Obviously, if you have lots and lots of research data sets that are lying around that have identifiable information, the more identifiable information you have, the greater the risk. If, however, you have those data sets that have been de-identified, but it’s still possible to link them together even within your own institution, there are organizations that use that as a way of helping mitigate the risk around research data and still make it useful to people, because it’s not as if you’ve de-identified it and now it can only be used for one purpose. You can de-identify it, but by making sure you’ve got those tokens, you can still then reassemble different kinds of data sets for different purposes as long as you’re being very careful that the risk of re-identification remains low.

If FDA receives tokenized data that requires urgent follow-up with individual patients, would it be possible for them to go back to the contributing source?

If it’s your data, if you’re a provider and you have data within your electronic health record, you can maintain a look-up table that will have the patient’s identity, your medical record number perhaps, and the token assigned to that as well. But that would be something that an individual hospital would maintain and it would never become public knowledge. So the short answer to your question is, absolutely, if the FDA said, “There’s a safety concern, and we’ve identified within this population that there are specific patients that we need to reach out to,” you can go back to the contributing hospitals and you can ask them that question – “We have some folks, here are their tokens, can you help us identify who they are?” If that organization has maintained that look-up table, then yes, we can get back to those things for those safety needs that the FDA or others might have. That look-up is not something that Datavant does. That would be something that would be within the purview of the owners of the data.

Is there a consistent de-identification method that is being used by all these companies, EHR vendors, and even providers themselves who are selling de-identified patient data?

We take maintaining the de-identification of the data pretty seriously. We provide the ability to remove the PHI and to add in the tokens. But you can imagine, you might have one dataset that is perfectly de-identified and another dataset that is perfectly de-identified, but when you combine them, you increase the risk of re-identification.

Suppose the first dataset has specific diagnostic information and the second dataset has specific geographic information. You combine those two and you might say, we have a geographic area in which there’s only a single diagnosis of this particular disease. That becomes highly re-identifiable if somebody connects some of the dots. De-identification, in and of itself, doesn’t necessarily mean that it can’t be re-identified when combined.

For folks who have complex data or complex linkages, we always recommend expert determination, which is a statistical approach to analyzing the risk of re-identification. You can run a series of algorithms across the dataset that can tell you that you have too much geographic specificity or diagnostic specificity. Given the kind of study that you’re trying to do, maybe we need to aggregate this at a less granular geographic area so that you can still ask the questions that you want about the details of a particular diagnosis. That expert determination is a way of assuring, even if the data has been de-identified or linked to other data sources, that you remain compliant and that the risk of re-identification remains low with those datasets.

What kind of expert performs the expert determination?

There aren’t a lot of rules out there around this. A provision within HIPAA says that expert determination is the statistical approach that has a low-to-no risk of re-identification. Typically, you have academicians who are doing expert determination. It’s really about controlling the release of information in a way that has statistical controls around it. There are companies that do this.

Within Datavant, we have a firewalled relationship with a company, Mirador Analytics, that does this expert determination. They work essentially independently when it comes to the expert determination effect. But it’s offered as a service so that people who are doing this tokenization and then linking have the ability to then, in an efficient manner, determine whether there is a risk of re-identification. There’s a whole host of folks that are out there, from academicians that have a shingle and they do a good job of this, to an organization like Datavant that provides that as a service to folks who use our tokens.

You’ve seen healthcare grow data-rich going back to your days working on Meaningful Use. What issues remain on the table for using the wealth of data that is suddenly available?

The Institute of Medicine had a series of articles going back 10 or 15 years — I think it predates some of Meaningful Use work I did at ONC and has has continued since then – describing this notion of the learning healthcare system. To me, that is a societal goal that I would love to see, where every interaction that a patient has with our healthcare system becomes an opportunity to learn how to take care of the next patient, and the next patient after that, in a better way.

There’s a whole host of problems that we have to overcome to get there. One of them that Datavant is addressing is that when your data gets fragmented and you want to get that longitudinal record, is there a way you can do that that preserves a patient’s privacy?

We have got lots and lots of regulatory frameworks in which your data is used. If you are a student and download your student healthcare record, combine it with your electronic health record information, download it to your Apple Watch, and then use that information on your Apple Watch to support a clinical trial, you will have traversed five different regulatory frameworks. People tend to think that if it’s health data, it must be covered by HIPAA, and that’s not the case. For the data that is in an app or that is part of a commercial venture, it’s that 80 pages of stuff that you just scroll through and you click OK because you want to be able to use the app that defines what they can do with your data. One of the things that we’re going to have to address is getting a consistent way in which we address privacy.

The last thing I’ll say about that is that because there is this notion and there are some concerns that data that is outside of the healthcare environment may need some additional protections that the FTC or that Common Rule or whatever doesn’t necessarily cover, we are seeing a lot of states that are starting to come up with their own privacy rules about how health data gets managed. We run the risk of having inconsistent definitions of what de-identification and expert determination is, and that’s going to create a tremendous burden on the industry and it’s going to create potential holes in which patients’ privacy could be otherwise compromised.

As we begin to solve these technical problems, there becomes other kinds of problems that come up. Keeping consistency across all of the different states, as well as integrating the different frameworks that we have, even at the federal level, becomes important, because if we’re going to use data in this learning healthcare system, we need to have consistent, reliable, and effective means of making sure that patients’ privacy is protected and done in a consistent way.

Readers Write: How CMS Can Build a National Directory of Healthcare Providers

November 9, 2022 Readers Write No Comments

How CMS Can Build a National Directory of Healthcare Providers
By Justin Sims

Justin Sims is president and chief operating officer of CareMesh of Reston, VA.

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Four weeks ago, CMS issued a Request For Information (RFI) to collect feedback on whether it should build a national directory of healthcare providers and services. They highlighted the problems the lack of quality provider information causes for consumers and the industry and asked for feedback on solving those problems.

But doesn’t CMS already have a provider directory?

NPPES is the closest thing that CMS has to a directory. It is used to issue ID numbers to healthcare professionals (NPIs) and covers almost all physicians (about a million) and many other healthcare workers (about five million). However, it suffers from infrequent update (the average age of an entry is 6.7 years old) and has gaps in the information it collects (it lists only 200k validated secure email addresses when there are well over a million).

There is also the Medicare Provider Enrollment, Chain, and Ownership System (PECOS). This is routinely updated by physicians every five years, so it is a little more current, but because it focuses on Medicare enrollment, it doesn’t cover all physicians and doesn’t collect the same information as NPPES.

Why hasn’t the problem already been fixed? In the words of Tom Hanks in “A League of Their Own,” if it wasn’t hard, everyone would do it.

There are several reasons that a single national provider directory has eluded us.

First, there’s scale. Maintaining information on a million of anything is hard.

Second, there’s the structure. Physicians often work for multiple organizations and keep a fluid list of physical locations with different contact information at each one.

Third, there’s content. Do you, for example, know your EIN? And how many physicians do you think know their Direct Address? (Not a lot!) Or their EHR end-points? (Even fewer.) Or can readily list the insurance carriers they accept at each organization and location? Not to mention that providers and their staff are busy.

If CMS is going to take this challenge on, and we hope that they do, we see four broad options:

Provider-Supplied Data

There are already regulations to encourage providers to submit information updates to NPPES and PECOS within 30 days. These rules have some teeth. For example, providers can be suspended from the Medicaid program if they don’t comply. As part of their strategy, CMS could certainly make it easier for providers and their staff to make updates and could increase penalties for those who don’t. But asking a million physicians and a further five million healthcare professionals to update their information manually will be a tough strategy to deliver success.

System-Supplied Data

In most cases, basic profile information about providers is maintained in the EHR. Another strategy that CMS might consider is to modify its Certification of Electronic Health Record Technology (CEHRT) standards and establish a process for EHRs to send directory information electronically using HL7 FHIR standards. While this would only cover EHR users, it would account for almost every prescriber in the country, and done right, it could reduce physician burden and result in continuously updated information, at least for some.

Combine Multiple Data Sources

While the EHR concept sounds promising, it would take some years to implement and a few more to iron out the wrinkles. Another approach that CMS might follow is to combine data from many sources. In addition to CMS data sources, there are many others, including state Medicaid agencies, medical licensing boards, Medicare Advantage plans, Medicaid MCOs, Qualified Health Plans, DirectTrust, and health system and provider group websites (many of which follow the schema.org standard), to name but a few.

By combining all of these sources and using statistical techniques to validate the data, CMS could create a more accurate picture of the provider than any single source alone. Minimally, it could use these techniques to identify where data quality issues may exist and then follow up with the provider.

Help Industry Solve the Problem

Finally, CMS could do more to help the industry solve the problem. Several companies, ours included, are already doing a combination of the above. But it would be much easier if CMS standardized its data (in NPPES and PECOS) and modified regulations to ensure that health plans, in particular, shared their information in a standardized electronic format.

For a problem as old as the US healthcare industry — states gained the right to regulate health and license doctors in the Bill of Rights in 1791 — we doubt that CMS will solve this overnight. But it is a challenge that most segments of the healthcare industry are cheering for, and one for which the ultimate solution will lie in a combination of the options described above.

Readers Write: Reversing RCM Brain Drain and Creating Revenue Cycle’s Digital Twin

November 9, 2022 Readers Write No Comments

Reversing RCM Brain Drain and Creating Revenue Cycle’s Digital Twin
By Jim Dumond

Jim Dumond, MS is senior product manager at VisiQuate of Santa Rosa, CA,

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Across all industries, the need to retain knowledge of key processes and details has gained new emphasis as the labor supply has tightened and grown more expensive. In the revenue cycle space, health systems are competing against not only each other, but other industries to retain talent and ensure that their organizations run smoothly. The loss of seasoned RCM professionals is creating a knowledge gap or “brain drain,” which makes it harder for systems to keep their businesses moving, let alone do so efficiently.

As result, the question these organizations must answer is: how do we guard against this loss of RCM knowledge by having robust, prescriptive workflow systems in place that direct employees what to do, when to do it, and how to do it based on predictive analytics that mine data to suggest actions that successfully have solved the same issues in the past?

Health systems today are primarily reliant on their human “tribes” of users to pass key knowledge about specific payer processes, required details, and thousands of other minutiae. This has created a system where users inefficiently share that knowledge via occasional Zoom calls, PowerPoints or job aids, and often emails or hallway conversations (if they are back in the office) that don’t get recorded except in a single brain at a time. That verbal tradition of the health system is what is creating the impact that sites are seeing today as users leave for other systems or careers.

Why not create a centralized database of knowledge for all the activities that move an account through the revenue cycle from scheduling to a zero balance? We live in a proactive world. Amazon and Netflix use a recommendation engine to identify what we should buy or watch next. Why not utilize that same approach for the revenue cycle? Use all the available data and user history to provide specific next best steps help the user efficiently work the account.

Just like Waze takes real-time data from drivers, the recommendation engine could be further enhanced by crowdsourcing, gathering data from revenue cycle shops across the country and getting smarter every day.

A digital twin is a virtual representation of a machine, system, or other complex organism that exists in real life. Think of it like a simulated wind turbine in a computer program. You can run it through different kinds of environmental or mechanical break downs and make real-time design changes without costly real-world experiments.

In other words, digital twins are complete, virtual representations of all the actions and sequences of actions taken by a human agent performing a job. In the revenue cycle world, this means curating and combing through all the data signals that are created by a human worker, as well as signals that are coming from third-party systems like payer remits, to create a perfect representation of what the human is doing to a given encounter record.

Some might say that creating such system is unnecessary. After all, most systems have some form of bot automation. That should solve the problem just as well, right?

Automation and bots can be great for productivity, as once online they work endlessly and never skip a step. But bots have to be methodically crafted to perform specific sets of tasks in a specific order, and they require continual maintenance. Turnover contributes to the problem, when the employees who depart are the ones who developed the business rules for the bot.

The next step then is to start to combine intelligent process automation with the centralized, ever-learning, ever-adapting recommendation engine. That recommendation engine should continuously breadcrumb what a worker is doing and even allow workers to add new recommendations to a knowledge repository. That knowledge repository should be connected to incoming data signals so the engine can show the right knowledge to the right person at the right time for a given piece of work the staff member is doing.

Using the recommendation engine enables the system to visualize the end-to-end revenue cycle process, allowing organizations to see where those recommendations and changes lead to better performance or not. The digital twin provides the data and analytics to help revenue cycle leaders prioritize the right work for their users, determine process inefficiencies, help define where best to apply bots, and help those bots change over time. More efficient revenue cycle operations benefit the organization overall because its focus can be placed on the core mission of delivering exceptional patient care.

Morning Headlines 11/9/22

November 8, 2022 Headlines No Comments

SCP Health Announces Acquisition of Tech-Enabled Patient Engagement Company PreMedex

Clinical staffing and outsourced practice management company SCP Health acquires PreMedex, which offers patient engagement and communication software.

Talkspace Announces Jon Cohen, M.D. As Next Chief Executive Officer

Mental health app vendor Talkspace promotes Jon Cohen, MD to CEO after announcing disappointing Q3 results.

Censinet Announces Healthcare Cybersecurity Benchmarking Study Co-Sponsored by the American Hospital Association and KLAS Research

Censinet, the American Hospital Association, and KLAS Research launch a healthcare cybersecurity benchmarking study that will allow health systems to compare cybersecurity investments, resources, performance, and maturity versus peers.

News 11/9/22

November 8, 2022 News 1 Comment

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Primary care company VillageMD will acquire provider Summit Health for $9 billion.

Walgreens owns a majority stake in VillageMD, having invested over $5.2 billion in the company to co-locate its clinics with Walgreens retail pharmacies. It said earlier this year that 200 of the co-branded practices would open in 2022.

VillageMD will operate nearly 700 primary, specialty, and urgent care facilities in 26 markets once the deal is done.

Summit Health was formed in 2019 by the merger of multispecialty medical group Summit Medical Group and CityMD, which operated urgent care centers in the New York City metro area.


HIStalk Announcements and Requests

Latest LinkedIn peeve — congratulating someone who announces their new job with the ungrammatical “You got this!” that seems to question competence in the manner of “I like you no matter what anyone says.” I can identify, however, since even though I crank out millions of words per year, I still get writer’s block when Mrs. H slides a greeting card my way and expects me to awkwardly dash off heartfelt thoughts, at least until I pester her to just dictate what I should say.


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Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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ChristianaCare (DE) launches a Business Health Solutions unit to offer employers direct virtual primary and behavioral health services, destination surgery programs, and COVID-19 vaccination and symptom-monitoring capabilities.

Legacy data archiving company MediQuant acquires Knowledge Based Systems, which offers data access and retrieval solutions for several industries.

NantHealth announces Q3 results: revenue up 16%, adjusted EPS –$0.12 versus –$0.10. NH shares are down 81% over the past 12 months and have shed 98% of their value since their first-day close in June 2016, valuing Patrick Soon-Shiong’s company at $39 million.


Sales

  • Thirty-year Meditech customer HCA Healthcare will upgrade its hospitals to Meditech Expanse as its go-forward EHR.
  • MedStar Health in Washington, DC will implement and train Zephyr AI’s predictive analytics Insights software using its T2D de-identified data sets.
  • PainChek, an Australian pain assessment and monitoring app, will use TrakCare HIS and Iris for Health EHR integration software from InterSystems.

People

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Scott Van Houten (Philips) joins Lyniate as VP of sales.

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Matt D’Errico, MBA (Joslin Diabetes Center) joins Lawrence General Hospital as CIO.

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Extrico Health hires Kevin Dawson, MS (Howard University Hospital) as CIO.

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Hiteks Solutions names Judy Cassetty, RN (Iodine Software) as chief clinical officer.

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Direct Recruiters promotes Jordan Freireich and Jaimie Bailey to partner.

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Aetion hires Dorothee Bartels, PhD (UCB) as chief digital officer, Jade Cusick (Cerner Enviza) as chief commercial officer, and Jeremy Brody, MS (Cerner Enviza) as chief strategy officer.

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Polly Israni, MBA (Google) joins CoverMyMeds as chief marketing officer.

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Paul Roscoe (Trinda Health) joins CLEW as CEO.

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Definitive Healthcare hires Jon Maack, MBA (Athenahealth) as president.

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HCTec promotes Mike Linville to president.

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Kathy Ruggiero (Commure) joins Lumeon as VP of marketing.

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Lee Rivas, MBA will become CEO of R1 RCM on January 1, 2023, replacing Joe Flanagan. John Sparby will replace Rivas as president. Rivas is a West Point graduate and former US Army captain.

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Chris Baker (Experian Health) joins Doceree as VP of business development for health systems.


Announcements and Implementations

Censinet, the American Hospital Association, and KLAS Research launch a healthcare cybersecurity benchmarking study that will allow health systems to compare cybersecurity investments, resources, performance, and maturity versus peers.

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In Alberta, Canada, Foothills Medical Centre and its associated clinics go live on Epic as part of a province-wide Connect Care rollout set to conclude in 2024.

Healthcare AI and voice vendor Care Angel will partner with senior living company Upside to offer insurers a social determinants of health risk assessment and housing intervention solution.

CCS, which offers clinical solutions and home-delivered medical supplies for people with chronic conditions, adds a gestational diabetes management program that includes remote blood glucose monitoring and clinical coaching.

Epic announces that the country’s six largest health plans, along with 250 health systems, are participating in its Payer Platform.

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A new KLAS report on PACS finds that 30% of organizations could replace their vendor due to vendor acquisitions and replacement of legacy systems. Sectra continues to lead the market despite a customer-observed slippage in its high support quality, while Fujifilm and Merative are showing signs of overall improvement in bucking the industry trend. Intelerad customers note worsening support as the vendor makes acquisitions, while Change Healthcare’s are unsure of the product’s future following the company’s acquisition by UnitedHealth Group. GE Healthcare has the most vulnerable customer base because of disengaged relationships.


Government and Politics

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Clinical and IT staff at Fox Army Health Center (AL) are working through several issues that are associated with the facility’s September rollout of MHS Genesis, including intermittent access to the cloud-based messaging system and eventual online appointment booking and a backlog of medication requests that have put prescription fulfillment at 72-plus hours.

Attendees of ViVE 2023, March 26-29 in Nashville, can save 35% by registering before Friday at midnight. CHIME and HLTH are expecting the conference to draw 7,500 attendees and 450 exhibitors.

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In Canada, the Saskatchewan Health Authority takes its Administrative Information Management System offline after numerous complaints from users related to scheduling and leave requests. AIMS went live last week to replace 82 payroll, human resources, scheduling, and finance systems. Deloitte, Kronos, and Oracle have contributed to the decade-long, $138 million project.

A federal judge denies the three motions filed by former Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes in which she requested a new trial, ruling that she was offering no new evidence for her fraud conviction and that a new trial was not likely to lead to her acquittal. She is scheduled for sentencing on November 18.


Other

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Ninety-eight percent of hospital management leaders say they have ramped up efforts to employ more outsourcing vendors, according to a Black Book survey of 775 provider organizations. Less than 5% of respondents reported extreme dissatisfaction with current third-party companies.

An AMA survey finds that more physicians are using telehealth and most think it provides patient care advantages, but they have four requirements:

  • The technology must work.
  • They have to be paid properly.
  • Liability insurance coverage and assurances of data privacy and security must be provided.
  • The process must work within existing practice workflows.

Sponsor Updates

  • Bamboo Health will exhibit at the National Association of Medicaid Directors conference November 14-17 in Washington, DC.
  • Oracle Cerner publishes a new client achievement, “Henry Community Health delivers a personalized patient experience with HealtheCRM.”
  • ChartSpan names Askia Sultan sales development representative.
  • Nordic posts a video titled “The Download: Optimizing Performance to Address Labor Shortages.”
  • CHIME awards 18 providers with its Digital Health Most Wired Survey level 10 certification.
  • Ellkay will exhibit at ModMed’s Momentum 2022 conference November 18-20 in Orlando.
  • Sphere company Health IPass joins Azalea Health’s API Marketplace.

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