An NBC News article notes the reduced availability of telehealth visits as state-level pandemic emergency health orders expire, reinstating more restrictive practice requirements.
Patients are being forced to change doctors, drive to in-person treatment locations, or answer questions about where they will be physically located during their appointment to comply with individual state laws that regulate cross-border provider practice.
Only 12 states still have telehealth waivers and some of those expire soon.
Additional challenges will be introduced when the federal pandemic order expires and Medicare’s telehealth and payment waivers will end.
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Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock
Telehealth infrastructure provider SteadyMD acquires BlocHealth, which offers a clinician licensing, credentialing, and payer enrollment platform.
- Union General Health System (GA) selects digital patient intake technology from Qure4U.
- Mount Sinai Health System (NY) will implement MphrX’s Minerva clinical data-sharing software.
- Valley Health System will install EVideon’s Vibe Health smart room technology at its new hospital in New Jersey next year.
- Appalachian Regional Healthcare (KY) will use virtual care and AI-based predictive analytics technology from Biofourmis as part of its new Rural Home Hospital project.
- Pfizer will use real-world, de-identified pharma safety evidence from Truveta, which represents 20 health system members.
Former ConnectiveRx and Surescripts executive Rick Ratliff (CAQH) joins Australian medication management app company MedAdvisor as its US-based CEO and general manager.
Kris Bhambhani (Columbia University Irving Medical Center) joins Amazon Web Services as global head of healthcare compliance.
Pinkrose Hamilton (Hackensack Meridian Health) joins University of Iowa Health Care as chief data analytics officer.
Rich Steinle (Innovista Health Solutions) joins Carium as CEO, replacing co-founder Scott Pradels upon his transition to COO.
Orion Health names Craig White (Concerto HealthAI) chief data officer and Grant Anthony (Verisure) CISO.
Joe Cabralm MS (Press Ganey) joins Prolucent Health as chief growth officer.
Industry long-timer Pete Mounts, partner with Himformatics and former executive with McKesson and Eclipsys, has died.
Announcements and Implementations
CloudWave announces that seven healthcare facilities, including Doctors Hospital (the Bahamas), Franciscan Hospital for Children (MA), Blythedale Children’s Hospital (NY), and Wooster Community Hospital (OH), have implemented its OpSus Cloud Services.
RxRevu, whose platform delivers patient-specific cost and insurance coverage information within provider decision-making workflows, renames itself to Arrive Health.
Chicago-based WellBe Senior Medical implements Bluestream Health’s virtual care platform-as-a-service.
GE Healthcare announces GA of Portrait Mobile, wireless vitals monitoring technology for hospital patients.
Government and Politics
In Australia, the Queensland government will allocate an additional $200 million USD for the continued implementation of its enterprise Cerner EHR project over the next five years. Sixteen of a hoped-for 27 hospitals have gone live to some degree on the new system. Originally launched in 2011 with a budget of $288 million, the IEMR project ballooned to an estimated completion cost of $840 million. An audit in 2018 found the scheme to be 40% over budget. Further problems, including outages in 2019, physician complaints, and the departure of the director-general have hampered go-live timelines.
The VA seeks bids for its $650 million Accelerating VA Innovation and Learning contract, which will focus on five innovation task areas – personalized care, data transformation, digital care, immersive technology, and care and service delivery models. Offers are due June 30.
The 49th Medical Group at Holloman Air Force Base in New Mexico celebrates the launch of MHS Genesis.
Privacy and Security
Baptist Health System notifies over 1 million patients in Texas of a data breach after noticing that an unauthorized entity installed a line of malicious code on the back-end of its website in late March, gaining access to its computer network for several weeks.
- AdvancedMD recognizes Product Developer Kylie Jensen with a FIT Award.
- CTG publishes a case study titled “VCU Health Partners with CTG for Successful Epic Go-Live.”
- Baker Tilly will sponsor and present at the Chief Patient Officer Summit July 19-20 in Boston.
- Nordic posts DoctTalk Ep. 106, “Redefining health for a new era of care.”
- CareMesh welcomes Elle Scott as a sales and account intern.
- Executives from Ascension, CVS, and Cognetivity Neurosciences will keynote the InterSystems Health Leadership Conference June 23 in Seattle.
- CloudWave sponsors the 2022 HIMSS Colorado Golf Classic in Littleton.
- Encompass Health implements Cerner at its 150th post-acute inpatient rehab hospital.
RxRevu, the nation’s leading provider of integrated cost and coverage data, has renamed itself Arrive Health in an effort to better reflect the company’s mission to improve patient access to care, reduce friction in provider workflows, and increase awareness of affordable care options. In conjunction with the renaming, Arrive Health has launched a new corporate website and new product offerings to better serve providers, care teams, and patients. Arrive Health will be exhibiting at the upcoming HFMA Annual Conference in Denver, from June 26-29.