Sunday, January 24, 2021

A look back on 2020: reshaping the healthcare IT landscape

An unknown author commented that "if necessity is the mother of invention, desperation is its father." As I reflect upon the year 2020, it is unequivocally highlighted and underscored as the most significant year in my lifetime thus far regarding the healthcare industry's response to the desperation generated by the coronavirus. In terms of...

Blue KC, HealthMine’s expanded partnership will extend digital rewards program to ACA members

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Kansas City expanded its partnership with HealthMine, a technology company providing member engagement solutions, to build a rewards program for the payer’s individual and family Affordable Care Act members. The Missouri-based payer, also known as Blue KC, has an existing partnership with HealthMine to offer a rewards program...

CeramTec Group acquires Dentalpoint AG to expand its ceramic Medtech leadership

CeramTec Group acquires Dentalpoint AG to expand its ceramic Medtech leadership
Plochingen, 04.01.21. The CeramTec Group has taken the next step in the transformation into a medical technology corporation and acquired the Swiss specialist for ceramic dental implants, Dentalpoint AG. With this acquisition, the globally leading medical technology group further expands its offering as a supplier in the field of high-performance...

Frost & Sullivan’s Top 10 predictions for healthcare in 2021

Reenita Das is partner and senior vice president for transformational health at Frost & Sullivan. This article was co-authored with Chandni Mathur, senior industry analyst at Frost & Sullivan. The year 2020 has been a year unlike any other year in our history. It has impacted the fabric of our society and life –...

Color hits $1.5B valuation, plans to build on testing infrastructure

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Color, which started as a genetic testing service, quickly found a second use for its technology: facilitating Covid-19 testing. The Burlingame, Calif.-based is working with more than 100 companies and governments to facilitate their testing programs, including Salesforce, United Airlines and the state of California, where it is working with PerkinElmer to process up...

How Cerner plans to bolster rural hospitals’ telehealth efforts amid the pandemic and beyond

Rural hospitals, many of which were already in dire straits, have been hit especially hard by the Covid-19 pandemic. The public health crisis has exacerbated existing challenges facing these hospitals, such as low patient volumes and lack of adequate resources. Recognizing the difficult position that many rural facilities are in, EHR giant Cerner...

EverCommerce buys healthcare communication platform Updox

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EverCommerce, which provides marketing, business management and customer retention solutions to businesses in the service sector, has purchased Updox, a healthcare communication platform for both in-person and virtual care. Updox will join EverCommerce’s portfolio of health services companies and solutions, which includes cloud-based medical billing, specialty EHR, practice management and revenue cycle management software...

The Coach Fitness Tracker Awards

Coach Fitness Tracker Awards 2020 – Best Fitness Band: Fitbit Charge 4
Coach has put more than 25 fitness trackers through their paces this year. We spend weeks wearing each device so we discover those little quirks which makes a tracker either delightful or infuriating. We also test the accuracy of the hardware in our training, as well as trying the new features to...

Celebrate Christmas together without anyone getting infected

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In many places, uncertainty is now mixed in with the anticipation of Christmas: will Christmas be a “super spreader event” as many politicians are warning? “No”, Roland Meissner, the CEO of nal von minden in Moers, Germany is convinced: “you can protect your relatives as best as...

Walmart pharmacies fueled opioid crisis, DOJ lawsuit claims

The U.S. Department of Justice has filed a lawsuit against Walmart Inc., alleging that through its network of pharmacies the retailer knowingly filled thousands of opioid prescriptions, which were not issued for legitimate medical purposes, at the height of the nationwide opioid crisis. But Walmart, which operates more than 5,000 pharmacies across the country...
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