A Barren Landscape for Meth Treatment

Usnews | April 24, 2019

kenny fowles says he started drinking at age 12. at 15, he tried cocaine, and at 16, methamphetamine.i actively used from, you know, when i had my first drink all the way up until about 23 or 24, then i got sober for three years and change, and then relapsed and was back out for another 20 years or so," fowles recalls. "i would have intermittent periods of recovery, but never really finding the sort of freedom and peace that i have now.

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Healthcare is undergoing digital transformation, and now there are no doubts about it: technology has become its integral part, conquering more and more aspects of patient interaction, R&D and clinical trials. The most frequent word that you will now hear when it comes to healthcare digitalization is “AI” or “Artificial Intelligence”.


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HEALTH TECHNOLOGY

KLAS and Phreesia Partner to Deliver Patient Insights on Healthcare Technology

KLAS, Phreesia | May 30, 2022

KLAS, a healthcare research and insights firm, and Phreesia, a leader in patient intake, outreach and activation, are pleased to announce the release of a report that aims to shed light on patients’ preferences and expectations for the technology they interact with as a part of their healthcare experience. The report is the result of a survey designed to better understand patient sentiments on a range of topics, including how they like to schedule appointments, their participation in telehealth visits and their communication with their doctor. KLAS and Phreesia partnered together on this report because they share a common mission of improving healthcare and the patient experience, and they recognize that patients’ voices and preferences are not always reflected in healthcare technology. The two organizations leveraged the size and scale of Phreesia’s network—which performed more than 100 million patient check-ins in 2021—to get a firsthand perspective of patients’ priorities. "What do patients want?" asked Adam Gale, CEO of KLAS Research. "This report, based on a survey with nearly 13,000 patients, provides deep insights into how providers and vendors can help meet patient preferences." Phreesia surveyed patients across the U.S. over a two-week period in 2021, as they checked in to a doctor’s appointment using Phreesia’s automated intake platform. The quantitative survey asked 14 questions about patients’ experiences using healthcare technology. Respondents represented a wide range of demographic groups across age, education level, race and gender. The report includes many detailed, data-driven insights and recommendations to providers, including Digital access tools are very important to patients: Online appointment self-scheduling and check-in, price transparency and online bill pay are among the offerings patients desire most. Survey responses indicate that patients aged 18-34 are almost twice as likely to choose organizations that have digital access tools. There are gaps between what patients want and what is offered by vendors and provider organizations—for example, the ability to schedule and reschedule an appointment or request a prescription refill online. Patients are still interested in telehealth: Nearly half of respondents had at least one virtual visit in the past year. Of those who did not, 40% reported they are likely to receive care virtually in the future. Only 33% of respondents interact with a provider portal at least once a month, and 26% don’t use a portal at all, with the youngest patients (18-24 years old) most likely to fall into the latter category. The report recommends providers take a multi-pronged approach and offer technology alternatives for things like virtual care and patient communication to better engage those who rarely or never use a portal, in addition to encouraging increased portal adoption. “As the report describes, patients want to be more actively involved in their healthcare, especially since the start of the pandemic. We believe that patient-centered care is critical to the transformation of our healthcare system. It’s incredibly important to us to be able to use our insights to help providers better engage patients and improve their experience. We’re thrilled to partner with KLAS on this valuable work.” Phreesia CEO Chaim Indig This collaboration is a result of Phreesia and KLAS’ common interest in ensuring patients’ voices are heard and that technology reflects their needs and preferences. As part of the non-financial agreement, KLAS performed its own analysis of Phreesia’s data, created this report and maintains editorial rights. KLAS’ partnership with Phreesia is in no way an endorsement of Phreesia’s performance and has had no impact on Phreesia’s standing in KLAS ratings. About KLAS KLAS has been providing accurate, honest, and impartial insights for the healthcare IT (HIT) industry since 1996. The KLAS mission is to improve the world’s healthcare by amplifying the voice of providers and payers. The scope of our research is constantly expanding to best fit market needs as technology becomes increasingly sophisticated. KLAS finds the hard-to-get HIT data by building strong relationships with our payer and provider friends in the industry. Learn more at klasresearch.com. About Phreesia Phreesia gives healthcare organizations a suite of robust applications to manage the patient intake process. Our innovative SaaS platform engages patients in their healthcare and provides a modern, convenient experience, while enabling our clients to enhance clinical care and drive efficiency.

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FUTURE OF HEALTHCARE

House Rx Secures $30 Million in Financing to Improve the Specialty Pharmacy Experience for Patients and Their Care Teams

House Rx | March 15, 2022

House Rx, a health technology platform focused on improving affordability and patient access to specialty medications, announced it has secured $25 million in Series A financing led by Bessemer Venture Partners, bringing total funding to $30 million. House Rx's technology platform and pharmacy service enable specialty practices to offer medically-integrated dispensing, which means patients can receive both their physician and pharmacy care from one team, collaborating on a unified technology platform. Since it launched in March 2021, House Rx has partnered with four medical specialty practices and 30 prescribers in California and Washington. "We have a simple idea: partner with specialty clinics all over the country to enable medically integrated dispensing where the physician, pharmacist, nurses and techs can work together as one team, under one proverbial roof, to improve patient care. Our vision for the future of specialty pharmacy is a more local, more collaborative, and ultimately a more affordable system that leads to much better outcomes for patients." Ogi Kavazovic, CEO and a co-founder Specialty medications, which include treatments for cancers, rheumatic diseases and other chronic and acute conditions, are some of the most expensive drugs available. Unlike infused therapies which are administered in the clinics, the burden of specialty medication access and adherence often falls on patients, who typically need to battle several large bureaucracies to gain access to their medications. These often lead to multi-week delays in treatment and much lower adherence rates compared to medications administered in clinics. Currently, specialty medications are mainly dispensed via mail by a patient's insurance company, not their doctor or a pharmacy a patient chooses. A growing body of research demonstrates that when patients obtain timely access to cancer treatments directly from their care team, they have better outcomes, including improved quality of life and increased survivability. House Rx currently has over 30 employees, who are mostly software engineers and pharmacy operations. In addition to Bessemer Venture Partners, First Round Capital, Character.vc, and 1984.vc participated in the Series A funding. First Round Capital led the seed round as the initial investor alongside Khosla Ventures, Maverick Ventures, and 1984.vc. The funding from this latest round will go towards continued investments in House Rx's technology platform and scaling pharmacy operations. "The specialty pharmacy market is in much need of a new approach - the current system severely lacks in patient choice and innovation, and we think House Rx's vision for a more modern, more decentralized approach will have incredible impact," said Steve Kraus, Partner, Bessemer Venture Partners. "Bessemer is proud to back a company with a mission to ultimately make it easier and more cost effective for patients to get the treatment they need." In addition to Kavazovic, the health technology start-up was co-founded by Tesh Khullar, who serves as the company's President. Kavazovic and Khullar are former Flatiron Health executives, where they gained experience working closely with hundreds of oncology clinics. The company's Chief Pharmacy & Operating Officer is Denali Cahoon, PharmD, who is a former executive at Trellis Rx. "The antiquated pharmacy systems developed decades ago inhibit coordinated patient care and increase costs. The current system also prevents patients from choosing where they can get their medically prescribed life-sustaining therapies," said Tesh Khullar, President and a co-founder. "We started House Rx to make the medically integrated dispensing model the new normal in specialty pharmacy. With the right technology, and the right distribution partners, we can re-establish the partnership between physicians and pharmacists that brings a new level of transparency and patient care." House Rx's technology platform helps prescribers and pharmacists collaborate more effectively via one integrated system. Built based on in-depth feedback from pharmacists and physicians, the platform is designed specifically for the management of specialty medication, and includes built-in analytics to enable continuous improvement in operational efficiency and quality of care. The specialty medical practices that have already partnered with House Rx include Care Oncology Center, California; Sarcoma Oncology, California; Arthritis Northwest Washington; and Northwest Medical Specialties, Washington. About House Rx House Rx is a technology-enabled service company focused on making specialty medication more accessible and affordable. We do so by helping clinics dispense specialty medications to their patients in a medically-integrated way using pharmacist expertise and modern technology. By helping physicians and pharmacists collaborate on patient care, we're able to improve patient outcomes, lower the cost of care, and create a better experience for patients and their caregivers.

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DIGITAL HEALTHCARE

UniDoc Partners with AMD Global Telemedicine

UniDoc | February 04, 2022

UniDoc Health Corp., an innovator in the telehealth sector, is pleased to advise on a commercial master distribution agreement (the “Agreement”) with Massachusetts-based AMD Global Telemedicine Inc. (“AMD Global”) for the provision of specialized products and services critical to ongoing commercialization efforts. As a pioneer of virtual care technology, and an industry leader in telehealth solutions, AMD Global has been providing quality healthcare solutions for over 30 years with product sales and registered deployments in 100+ countries. The agreement adds AMD Global as a UniDoc key supplier of telehealth solutions including virtual care software platforms, integrated medical devices, and telemedicine bundled kits. The products and services will be purposed and integrated into the UniDoc Virtual Care Solutions Model (“VCSM”), which will offer a proprietary, customizable, and comprehensive telehealth solution based on a variety of integrated physical enclosures, kiosks, and related configurable packaging designed to deliver web-based services and analytical tools in combination with access to a developing network of healthcare providers, pharmacies, and hospitals. All AMD Global products and telehealth technologies are built to provide high performance and quality, are easy to use and maintain, and operate dependably even in difficult environments. AMD Global is ISO 13485:2003 certified and runs an FDA registered facility operating within good manufacturing telemedicine best practices guidelines. The AMD platform provides UniDoc with immediate access to FDA & Health Canada approved devices (FDA Certified; ISO 13485; and FDA GMP – including all HIPPAA privacy and compliance) which support and help propel the Company’s fast-track plans for commercialization. Mr. Eric Bacon, President of AMD Global Telemedicine Inc. states, we are very pleased to have this opportunity to work with the UniDoc team. Their dedication, passion and commitment are outstanding and adds great value to their ability to drive ahead, overcome obstacles, and keep focused on achieving results. Their offering is unique in its vision and feasibility to scale. We are excited to have been chosen as UniDoc’s provider of choice for their telehealth technology needs today as well as help them extend and develop their telehealth portfolio going forward.” “We are so very delighted to have this opportunity to work with AMD Global as a key vendor of critical components and services. When we began this venture, we found a very short list of suppliers who so clearly fit our needs and timelines. It didn’t take long to determine that AMD’s medical grade instruments are integrated into high quality software. Additionally, AMD completely met our needs when it came to ensuring all required certification and compliance requirements were already in place. To everyone’s credit on both sides, the synergies were readily apparent, and it didn’t take long to come to an agreement. I’m confident that this arrangement will prove instrumental in unlocking the value of this exciting venture together.” UniDoc CEO Antonio Baldassarre About UniDoc Health Corp. UniDoc is developing a telehealth solution which is being designed as a self-contained remote virtual clinic within a private kiosk for patients to undergo full consultations as if they were present in a physician’s office. Telehealth opens the doors to a large segment of the population challenged by access, experience or understanding of online computer technology. It is the Company’s belief that physical accessibility is the key to its business proposition. UniDoc is dedicated to unlocking shareholder value by delivering an excellent product and sophisticated commercial network within an expedited timeframe.

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HEALTH TECHNOLOGY

Bright Health Group Expands Executive Team as It Drives Performance in Scaled Businesses

Bright Health Group | May 18, 2022

Bright Health Group, Inc. the first technology-enabled, Fully Aligned System of Care built for healthcare's consumer retail market,announced the expansion of its leadership team with the addition of Michael Carson as Bright HealthCare Chief Executive Officer and Jeff Cook as NeueHealth Chief Executive Officer. These proven leaders, reporting directly to Bright Health Group CEO Mike Mikan, will focus on leading the Company’s two complementary businesses, as Bright HealthCare has gained scale, and NeueHealth emerges as a differentiated market player. Carson will lead the Bright HealthCare business, which has reached scale, and will focus on driving core operational excellence, innovative consumer product and network solutions and profitable, sustainable growth. Carson brings deep experience across the payer and provider space, along with a passion for integrated and transformative healthcare innovation that drives better healthcare outcomes, experiences, and value. Most recently, Carson served as Chief Executive Officer of CareAbout, a multi-market, value-based primary and multi-specialty care start-up, and as President and Chief Executive Officer of Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, a leading not-for-profit health services company. Previously, Carson held leadership positions at Anthem, AmeriGroup, Blue Cross Blue Shield plans, and ConcertoHealth. Cook will lead NeueHealth, Bright Health Group’s personalized care delivery business, which has emerged as a differentiated market player. He will continue to grow and develop our Integrated Systems of Care. Throughout his career, Cook has consistently led initiatives that are at the forefront of value-based care and consumer-driven healthcare. Previously, Cook served as national Vice President of CVS Health HUBs, CVS’ suite of HUB clinical services. Prior to that, Cook served as the South Central Regional President of CVS Health/Aetna and held various leadership positions at Ascension Health and UnitedHealthcare. “Michael and Jeff both bring strong expertise in their respective domains, and most importantly, have a passion for and expertise in fully aligned, value-based care. As we embark on this next phase of Bright Health Group’s journey, we are excited to have these two phenomenal leaders join our already deep bench of talent within Bright HealthCare and NeueHealth.” Mike Mikan, President and CEO, Bright Health Group Sam Srivastava, current CEO of NeueHealth, will serve as a strategic advisor through the end of May to ensure a smooth transition. Jay Matushak, current Interim CEO of Bright HealthCare, will be returning to his previous role as CFO of Bright HealthCare, while taking on an expanded set of responsibilities. Said Mikan, “We want to thank Sam for his many contributions to Bright Health Group and Jay for stepping up to lead Bright HealthCare in the interim. Jay has done a terrific job progressing Bright HealthCare and we look forward to him partnering with Michael as they continue the build on our platform for change in healthcare.” About Bright Health Group Bright Health Group is the first technology-enabled, Fully Aligned System of Care built for healthcare's consumer retail market. Our differentiated approach aligns care delivery with the financing of care to drive better outcomes, lower costs, and enhance the consumer experience. We have two market-facing businesses: NeueHealth and Bright HealthCare. NeueHealth provides care delivery and value-based enablement services to over 500,000 value-based patients through our owned and affiliated clinics. Bright HealthCare offers Commercial and Medicare health plan products to over 1.1 million consumers across the nation. We believe everyone should have access to personal, affordable, and high-quality healthcare. Our mission is to Make healthcare right. Together.

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Healthcare is undergoing digital transformation, and now there are no doubts about it: technology has become its integral part, conquering more and more aspects of patient interaction, R&D and clinical trials. The most frequent word that you will now hear when it comes to healthcare digitalization is “AI” or “Artificial Intelligence”.

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