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As we enter 2022, the pandemic continues to exact a terrible toll in both human and economic terms. But one side effect of this crisis helped healthcare move forward dramatically: We experienced a decade’s worth of technology adaptation and adoption in the space of mere months. Tools and technologies that had been lingering (or languishing)
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One of the oldest, yet still unresolved issues plaguing the US health system is the unequal distribution of healthcare. This past August, a new study by JAMA revealed the ongoing disparity in healthcare spending by race. In particular, mental healthcare remains highly inaccessible across the board, but particularly for certain groups. Patients are screened for
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A federal jury ruled against CVS, Walgreens and Walmart, finding that the pharmacy chains helped fuel the opioid crisis in two Ohio counties. The three pharmacy chains currently face thousands of lawsuits, but this was the first one to go to trial. The case, which was part of a broader multidistrict litigation involving multiple cases
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Spurred by Covid-19, we are witnessing the unprecedented digital transformation of healthcare, and health systems that don’t rapidly innovate to meet this “new normal” risk being left behind. While the core tenets of growth, financial stewardship, and quality remain the same, health systems must tailor their strategies to win consumer loyalty while delivering differentiated value.
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Another Talkspace executive is leaving the company, in a tumultuous week for the mental health startup. Just days after both of the company’s co-founders departed, Talkspace COO Mark Hirschhorn is also resigning, effective immediately. Talkspace declined to elaborate on the reasons for his departure, other than to say it followed an internal review of his
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Sword Health uses sensors to guide people through physical therapy exercises. Photo credit: Sword Health Facing an increasingly competitive market for musculoskeletal care, Sword Health recently struck a $2 billion valuation after closing an oversubscribed series D round. The company originally sought out to raise $163 million in a round led by technology-focused VC firm
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Less than three years after it was bought out by private equity investors, athenahealth will soon change hands again. Its current owners, Veritas Capital and Evergreen Coast Capital, struck an agreement to sell it for $17 billion to Bain Capital and Hellman & Friedman.  The deal will be financed through a mixture of equity and
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  Chronic kidney disease’s progression can lead to problems beyond the kidney as mineral deposits form in blood vessel walls and heart valves, limiting blood flow. Vifor Pharma has reached deals to acquire Sanifit Therapeutics and Inositec, two companies with clinical-stage drug candidates that address these disease complications. The Sanifit deal is the bigger of
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Hinge Health system combines sensors with health coaches to help patients make sure they’re doing physical therapy exercises correctly. The company raised $90 million for its solution, intended to reduce musculoskeletal pain. The adoption of digital health tools, including synchronous and asynchronous treatment options, has exploded during the Covid-19 pandemic, growing at a faster rate
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Venture capital dollars are pouring into digital health companies. Every week, the news cycle is filled with new funding rounds for a diverse portfolio of new healthcare services and technologies. The pandemic has accelerated innovation, from telemedicine to remote patient monitoring to behavioral health. The funding community and entrepreneurs are excited about what the future
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When doctors and insurers want to evaluate a patient’s health status, they typically use objective and broad measures, such as laboratory and vital sign measures like blood pressure or hemoglobin A1c, utilization of healthcare resources such as hospital admissions and emergency room visits, and the number and types of medications a patient is taking. While
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As healthcare providers grapple with soaring demand for behavioral healthcare, a new analysis by Cigna’s health services subsidiary found that access to outpatient mental health services can have a significant impact on an individual’s cost of care over two years. Evernorth Behavioral Health found that getting outpatient behavioral healthcare could reduce a person’s total cost
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Nearly six in 10 health care C-suite leaders who took part in a recent survey said their organization’s top digital transformation goal is improving patient access. More than simply navigating patients to schedule appointments or view medical records, the goal is to make it easy for patients to gain digital access to every resource they
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The No Surprises Act (NSA) goes into effect on January 1, 2022. We know what this means for patients—a welcome reprieve from unexpected medical bills arising from circumstances beyond their control. But what about other stakeholders, like insurance companies? One of the provisions of the No Surprises Act requires health plans to update their provider
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