Cure Forward, a clinical trial service for cancer patients, is suspending its services

MedCity News | May 26, 2017

Cure Forward, a Cambridge, Massachusetts digital health startup to connect and enroll cancer patients to relevant clinical trials, has suspended its services, according to its website. The company zeroed in on the disconnect between patients and awareness of clinical trials relevant to them as one way to solve the most costly and prolonged part of drug development — clinical trial recruitment.

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What are the trends, challenges, and predictions for the future of healthcare communications? To find out, we surveyed hundreds of healthcare professionals in July 2021 from hospitals and health systems nationwide and found three major takeaways: 1) Communication via unsecure or personal communication tools is a concern 2) Clinician burnout has increased as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Improved communication could help address the risk 3) New communication technologies are on the horizon. Download the infographic for more information and statistics on the three major takeaways from the 2021 State of Healthcare Communications report. 

Spotlight

What are the trends, challenges, and predictions for the future of healthcare communications? To find out, we surveyed hundreds of healthcare professionals in July 2021 from hospitals and health systems nationwide and found three major takeaways: 1) Communication via unsecure or personal communication tools is a concern 2) Clinician burnout has increased as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Improved communication could help address the risk 3) New communication technologies are on the horizon. Download the infographic for more information and statistics on the three major takeaways from the 2021 State of Healthcare Communications report. 

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Veranex and Medidee Services | September 21, 2022

Veranex, the only truly comprehensive, global, tech-enabled service provider dedicated to the medical technology industry, announced that it has acquired Medidee, a top MedTech consultancy company headquartered in Lausanne, Switzerland. As a trusted European regulatory and quality service consultancy joining Veranex, Medidee expands and strengthens regulatory affairs, clinical development, and quality assurance services and capabilities for MedTech companies across Europe and the world. This improved ability to navigate the European Union’s Medical Device and In Vitro Diagnostic Device Regulations challenges supports truly full-service MedTech product development and commercialization. “Our acquisition of Medidee significantly expands our European footprint while also materially expanding the scale and scope of the clinical studies we can manage. The combined organization offers offices and expertise across Europe, the U.S., and Asia, augmenting our ability to help MedTech innovators achieve FDA and CE Mark approvals and uninterrupted market access for new as well as proven medical technologies that advance patient care.” Veranex CEO David Dockhorn With Medidee’s 11 locations across Europe, India, and Asia-Pacific, and Veranex’s 13 locations across the U.S., Europe, and China, the company now has unprecedented reach to serve clients with a full spectrum of integrated concept-to-commercialization services — design, engineering, regulatory, quality, preclinical research, clinical development, clinical operations, commercial strategy, and market access services — all under one umbrella. Medidee is one of the Top 3 medical device consultancy service providers in Europe uniquely positioned as a leader in future key areas such as digital health, machine learning, and cybersecurity. The company also brings expertise in clinical research exclusively focused on medical devices and in vitro diagnostics. “Medidee has a proven track record serving regulatory, clinical, and quality needs for companies of all sizes, with consulting expertise and clinical trial support in increasingly diverse therapeutic areas and technology categories across multiple geographies,” shared Medidee co-founders Kim Rochat, Philippe Etter, and Michael Maier. “With these services, coupled with the global infrastructure of Veranex, we expand expertise and resources for the benefit of our clients as well as for all EU innovative manufacturers wishing to access rapidly and efficiently the U.S. market and beyond. We look forward to providing these additional strengths and capabilities,” added the co-founders who take on new roles in the combined organization. About Veranex Veranex is the only truly comprehensive, global, tech-enabled service provider dedicated to the medical technology industry. Offering expert guidance from concept to commercialization and across the development continuum, Veranex enables accelerated speed to market, controlled development costs, development risk mitigation, and accelerated market viability assessment. At every stage, Veranex customers realize efficiencies in cost and time, while its comprehensive solutions unify and streamline the entire development process. Veranex is backed by Summit Partners, Accelmed, and Lauxera Capital Partners. About Medidee Services With sites in Switzerland, Germany, Denmark, Belgium, Spain, USA, and APAC, Medidee is a global services supplier serving companies ranging from academic startups to majors. Medidee was established by three partners, all experts in the field of medical devices. With 50 experts in all fields necessary to ensure compliance with the most stringent requirements, Medidee provides the necessary competencies to ensure and demonstrate compliance with all key medical device regulations. Medidee expends regularly to provide the best resources and competencies and supports more than 350 manufactures all over the world.

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HCA Healthcare Strengthens Partnership with Tennessee State University

HCA Healthcare, Inc. | October 07, 2022

HCA Healthcare, Inc. one of the nation’s leading healthcare providers, announced that it will give $1.5 million to Tennessee State University to create scholarship opportunities for students enrolled in the Dr. Levi Watkins, Jr. Institute and the Department of Computer Science within the College of Engineering. This gift is part of the organization’s larger commitment to give $10 million over three years to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic Serving Institutions. Since making the pledge in 2021, HCA Healthcare has announced approximately $5.25 million in donations towards multiple partnerships. “We are proud of the long-standing relationship we have fostered with TSU. By strengthening our partnership, we will be able to create additional opportunities for TSU students and further our commitment to advancing diversity in healthcare.” Sam Hazen, chief executive officer for HCA Healthcare Funds from this gift will support scholarships for students participating in the university’s Dr. Levi Watkins, Jr. Institute Accelerated Medical Pathway program. Three two-year scholarships for rising juniors and three two-year scholarships for graduate students within the College of Engineering will also be awarded. Through these scholarship programs, HCA Healthcare Scholars and HCA Healthcare ITG Scholars will be provided with hands on shadowing opportunities, mentors, seminars, leadership sessions, guest speakers and career guidance. HCA Healthcare will also offer dedicated internship opportunities in the ITG Pathways, Technical Resident and Part-Time Internship programs annually to TSU students. “It is an honor to partner with TSU to support more students pursuing careers in healthcare and, in turn, helping to build a diverse talent pipeline of healthcare professionals,” said Sherri Neal, chief diversity officer of HCA Healthcare. “Increasing the diversity of our healthcare workforce is vital to providing equitable, culturally competent care to our communities.” HCA Healthcare has a history of partnering with TSU. In 2015, HCA Healthcare gave $1 million to TSU to fund internship opportunities and support the growth of the Health Information Management program. Marty Paslick, chief information officer for HCA Healthcare, serves as an advisory board member for the College of Engineering where there are currently seven HCA Healthcare colleagues serving as adjunct faculty. “We applaud and thank HCA Healthcare for this generous gift and continued support of TSU, and our talented students,” said Glenda Glover, president of Tennessee State University. “This investment in our students helps them to become the future doctors and health technology leaders they aspire to be. HCA Healthcare is making their dreams a reality.” HCA Healthcare is committed to partnering with organizations to help develop a diverse pool of future healthcare leaders. Included among these partnerships is $750,000 to The University of Texas at El Paso to create multiple graduate-degree opportunities for students interested in healthcare careers. The company also gifted $1.5 million to Florida International University’s (FIU) Nicole Wertheim College of Nursing & Health Sciences (NWCNHS) to expand its faculty, offer scholarships to increase enrollment and help address the national nursing shortage. In 2021, HCA Healthcare announced a $1.5 million investment in Florida A&M University’s (FAMU) School of Allied Health Sciences to strengthen students’ pathways from undergraduate to graduate to management careers in the healthcare industry. In 2019, the HCA Healthcare Scholars at Fisk University program was created to provide scholarships, career planning support and internship opportunities for high-achieving undergraduates. These partnerships and others with industry- and school-based associations are part of HCA Healthcare’s continued efforts to strengthen the diversity of the organization’s talent pipeline. 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Lionel Richie Partners With All-In-One Healthcare Company, Devoted Health

Devoted Health | October 04, 2022

The iconic singer, actor, and American Idol judge, Lionel Richie is partnering with Devoted Health, a new kind of healthcare company providing all-in-one care for Americans on Medicare. Richie has long been dedicated to improving healthcare access, and through this partnership, he will support Devoted Health’s expanding efforts to offer higher-quality care to more Americans on Medicare across the country. “Getting great healthcare needs to be a lot easier for folks. Devoted is making this happen by bringing all of the ingredients for quality healthcare together.” Richie said. “Devoted cares for each member with all-in-one healthcare. Better quality healthcare from better coordination of care can really make a difference to folks who want to live their best and most fulfilling lives. I am excited to partner with Devoted to change and improve healthcare in America!” Devoted Health is changing healthcare for the better through its innovative all-in-one healthcare solution, which combines Devoted Health Medicare Advantage plans, access to top local providers alongside specialized care delivered by Devoted Medical, full-service guides for more personalized coordination, and world-class technology that powers it all. The result of bringing these exceptional ingredients together into one seamless offering is a complete, coordinated, and customized healthcare experience for each Devoted member. "We are thrilled to work with Lionel Richie, who is such an inspiring leader and so deeply passionate about making healthcare easier for everyone. We couldn't imagine a better spokesperson and ally than Lionel Richie." Todd Park, Executive Chairman of Devoted Health About Devoted Health Devoted Health is an all-in-one healthcare company on a mission to dramatically improve the health and well-being of older Americans by caring for every person like family. To accomplish this, Devoted Health has designed and built an integrated healthcare solution that combines Devoted Health Medicare Advantage plans, access to top local providers alongside virtual and in-home care delivered by Devoted Medical, full-service guides, and world-class technology that powers it all. The result of bringing all of these exceptional ingredients into one seamless offering is a complete, coordinated, and customized healthcare experience for each Devoted member. Founded in 2017 by brothers Todd and Ed Park, Devoted now serves over 70,000 members across Florida, Texas, Arizona, Ohio, and Illinois.

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