Apple, Google building Covid-19 contact tracing tool

Medcity News | April 13, 2020

Apple and Google revealed on Friday that the two tech rivals are collaborating to launch a contact-tracing app for Covid-19. The system would use a Bluetooth signal that would bounce between users’ mobile phones to trace who they had been in contact with recently.  If that person disclosed they had been diagnosed with Covid-19, everyone they had been in contact with would receive an alert.Contact tracing, or the process of tracing down people that might have come into someone who had been infected, can be time consuming, especially when there are already many cases. The U.S. had more than 501,000 cases as of Friday, according to data compiled by Johns Hopkins University. 

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As millions of Americans consider their health care plans during open enrollment or as they take advantage of new marketplaces under the A ordable Care Act, consumers should pick their provider before choosing a plan—and Healthgrades should be their ¬rst stop.

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Ontrak Health Team Up with Eleos to Announce an AI Integration Partnership in Support of Care for Ontrak Members

Ontrak Health ( | June 08, 2022

Ontrak Health, premier telehealth-enabled healthcare provider and AI-innovator, has announced a partnership with Eleos Health, a frontrunner in careOps automation. The partnership has been formed to integrate Eleos’ AI platforms to support Ontrak members. “We are pleased to be working with Ontrak Health, a long-time leader in behavioral health, to support its efforts to provide personalized effective care to its members,” said Alon Joffe, CEO and Co-Founder, Eleos Health. “Our aim is to enable patient-facing teams to focus on treatment by reducing documentation time and provide actionable insights to continually improve care.” Eleos Health was launched in 2020. It offers a ground-breaking voice AI powered clinical application that operates in the background ambiently. It is used of clinicians in more than 20 national health plans and by care providers “We are partnering with best-in-class technology providers to enhance programs for our members and reduce the care and treatment teams’ administrative burdens. Integrating Eleos’ CareOps Automation solution provides greater visibility into treatment effectiveness and is key to our program measurement and personalized clinical model. Eleos is purpose-built for use in behavioral health and by integrating this innovative solution into Ontrak’s evidence-based clinical model we are gaining a clear line of sight into patient needs, progress and outcomes.” Arik Hill, Ontrak’s Chief Information Officer

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Dialyze Direct Partners with CommuniCare Health to Provide On-Site Dialysis

Dialyze Direct | July 28, 2022

Dialyze Direct, the nation’s leading provider of home hemodialysis services in Skilled Nursing Facilities. announced it has partnered with CommuniCare Family of Companies, one of the nation’s largest post-acute care providers, to conduct onsite hemodialysis services at its facilities around the U.S. Founded in 1984 on the philosophy of “Serving with Pride,” CommuniCare’s standard of excellence, which focuses on patient care and quality of life, mirrors Dialyze Direct’s mission to change the dialysis industry by pioneering customized, gentler care proven to positively impact patients’ prognoses and quality of life. Dialyze Direct’s continued growth with like-minded healthcare providers has further solidified the company’s position as the foremost home hemodialysis provider to SNFs in the United States. “The ultimate goal of healthcare is to provide services that benefit our clients but also to ensure those services save or significantly prolong lives. As a result, we approach partnerships with the understanding that both parties share a common patient-first philosophy. We are pleased to bring our onsite dialysis offerings to CommuniCare’s facilities and join forces with a fellow provider that also views patient comfort and care as the cornerstone of their business model.” Dialyze Direct’s Chairman and Co-Founder Henry Kauftheil Dialyze Direct recently announced its acquisition of Chicago-based RenPro Renal Services, which provided dialysis services to patients in SNFs in Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. Earlier this year, the company completed its acquisition of Compass Home Dialysis, a regional SNF dialysis provider in Pennsylvania, and at the end of 2021, the company acquired Renew Dialysis, a regional SNF dialysis provider in Ohio and Virginia. “Providing our residents with a better quality of life is what we strive for at CommuniCare,” said Ronald Wilheim, President of CommuniCare. “We are proud to partner with Dialyze Direct and that through this partnership we have another opportunity to raise the bar and innovate our level of care.” Dialyze Direct now offers onsite dialysis services in more than 170 SNFs in Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia. About Dialyze Direct Founded in 2015, Dialyze Direct is a leading kidney care innovation company that seeks breakthrough solutions for patients suffering from kidney disease. With a mission to build the next generation of kidney care, Dialyze Direct leverages its leading nephrology specialists to develop new methods and technology to evolve the treatment options nephrologists have at their disposal. Dialyze Direct pioneered significant changes to the existing treatment model for dialysis patients in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), in which many of the most medically challenging subsets of dialysis patients reside, and has grown to become the nation’s largest provider of home dialysis in the SNF setting. Dialyze Direct’s innovative staff-assisted home hemodialysis treatment model entails a gentler, personalized treatment plan comprised of meticulously crafted protocols designed to tackle the unique fluid management challenges of geriatric dialysis patients, resulting in increased overall patient health and reduced hospitalizations while substantially decreasing costs for payors. Dialyze Direct currently operates in 13 states with new operations launching soon in additional states. About CommuniCare Health Services CommuniCare Health Services was founded in 1984 and is headquartered in Cincinnati, Ohio. The company currently operates more than 110 healthcare and rehabilitation centers in seven states. Our centers focus on patient-centered care plans and provide specialized programing in cardiac, pulmonology, memory care & dementia, amputee and behavioral health. Our expert physicians and nurses provide care for the most medically complex residents.

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Planet DDS Acquires QSIDental from NextGen Healthcare

Planet DDS | August 12, 2022

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