What Should Health Systems’ Patient Access Strategies Be Heading into 2023?

What Should Health Systems’ Patient Access Strategies Be Heading into 2023?

Health system leaders believe that improving patient access should be their top priority when strategically planning for 2023, according to a new report from the KLAS Research spirit UPMC‘s Center for Connected Medicine. For the report, KLAS and the Center for Connected Medicine surveyed 61 leaders from 59 US health systems. These leaders included C-level … Read more

DTC Metabolic Tracker Company To Expand Personalized Nutrition Guidance With $62M

DTC Metabolic Tracker Company To Expand Personalized Nutrition Guidance With M

Users breathe into the Lumen device in order to get a reading on their metabolism. Based on the results, the connected app will give users a recommendation to follow a low-carb diet that day, a high-carb diet or somewhere in-between. Wellness and fitness company Lumen announced Thursday that it aims to bring its metabolism tracking … Read more

How Patient Care Is Being Improved by Technology Everyday

How Patient Care Is Being Improved by Technology Everyday

With technology becoming more integral to patient care in recent years, innovation in the medtech space is progressing at an unprecedented level. From streamlining long-held manual processes to creating entirely new diagnostic devices, new tech is cropping up all over the industry—resulting in a real-world impact on patients’ quality of life. These technologies are helping … Read more

The FDA Is Opening the Use of Registry Data in Drug Development – ​​What Does It Mean for Patient Advocacy Groups?

The FDA Is Opening the Use of Registry Data in Drug Development – ​​What Does It Mean for Patient Advocacy Groups?

Having a full view of a patient’s health story through real-world data (RWD) and evidence (RWE) is the key to improving health outcomes and advancing treatment options. Yet, many historical challenges have slowed consistent adoption, such as data standards, data holders disregarding and blocking the sharing of information, and a lack of awareness among a … Read more

BCBS Massachusetts Ramps Up Mental Health Services After Seeing Visits Double

BCBS Massachusetts Ramps Up Mental Health Services After Seeing Visits Double

Data released Wednesday by Blue Cross Blue Shield Massachusetts revealed that mental health visits among its members have increased 100% since 2019. In response, the payer is upgrading its services. In the third quarter of 2022, BCBS Massachusetts’ members had about 8 million behavioral health visits, compared to about 4 million in 2019. The insurer … Read more

Federal Court Says Cerner May Be on the Hook in Brain Damage Lawsuit

Federal Court Says Cerner May Be on the Hook in Brain Damage Lawsuit

Medical software company Cerner must head to trial for a jury to decide whether its software contained design defects that caused brain damage to a 25-year-old who was undergoing surgery to remove his gallbladder. In a 2-1 decision, the Fourth Circuit said that the lower court, the Eastern District of Virginia, erred when it sided … Read more

Why UNC Chose AWS as Its Cloud Partner to Launch 10 Startups Over 3 Years

Why UNC Chose AWS as Its Cloud Partner to Launch 10 Startups Over 3 Years

The innovation institute run by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill teamed up with Amazon Web Services on Wednesday to create a venture studio to turn the university’s digital health research concepts into full-fledged startups. AWS’ platform beat out the other major cloud providers because it was “the most entrepreneurial,” according to Bob … Read more

AHIP: Americans Want Congress To Make Telehealth Capabilities Permanent

AHIP: Americans Want Congress To Make Telehealth Capabilities Permanent

To address challenges during the Covid-19 pandemic, state and federal governments provided temporary waivers and flexibilities to make telehealth more available for consumers. Now, Americans want the government to make these provisions permanent, a new one survey shows. The survey was published Thursday by advocacy group America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP). It was fielded in … Read more

UpStream Rakes In $140M to Scale VBC for Seniors

UpStream Rakes In 0M to Scale VBC for Seniors

UpStream — a company that provides care coordination technology and services for physicians enrolled in value-based care models — raised $140 million in Series B financing on Thursday. The round brings the Greensboro, NC-based company’s total funding to nearly $185 million to date. It was co-led by investment firms Coat spirit Dragonswith participation from Avidity … Read more

Creating Cancer Treatments for an Aging Population: Four Ways To Increase Cancer Clinical Trial Participation of Underrepresented Older Patients

Creating Cancer Treatments for an Aging Population: Four Ways To Increase Cancer Clinical Trial Participation of Underrepresented Older Patients

Older adults are projected to outnumber kids for the first time in US history by 2034. As our population ages, preparations must be made across industries, fields of study and governments to address its evolving needs, including in clinical trials that set the standards for efficacy and safety of new treatments, especially in cancer. Ageism … Read more