Acquisition of Uprise, a World Class Digital Health Platform, Strengthens the Position of the IBH as the Leading Agency for Public Health

IBH | March 31, 2021

IBH, a population, and digital health services pioneer, announced the acquisition of Uprise, a digital health platform that delivers highly customized treatment through self-guided modules, live coaching, and in-person counseling. The acquisition of Uprise follows IBH's latest acquisition of HMC HealthWorks in December 2020, which expanded IBH's presence in chronic disease management. This new acquisition not only strengthens IBH's use of data analytics to treat its members but also aids in the delivery of treatment to more people at a time when standard coverage is restricted due to the pandemic.

According to the Harvard Business Review, the Covid-19 pandemic has expanded the urgency of treating those suffering from mental health problems through technology that allows for support, care, and increased capability.   Although conventional Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs) typically have a 4% engagement rate, Uprise's digital EAP has a whopping 24% engagement rate. This high degree of interaction with Uprise's mobile app and online site demonstrates that interactive technologies allow more users to learn from mental health services. IBH's investment in Uprise provides its millions of users with digitally oriented, best-in-class technology.

Through a deeply customized and intuitive interface, Uprise's technology provides our users with the most advanced Cognitive Behavioral Therapy-based, self-guided content in the United States, said Dan Clark, CEO of IBH. We may include self-guided CBT, live instruction, in-person consultation, and chronic illness care based on a member's specific needs and risk factors. With the acquisition of Uprise, IBH has truly become one of the market's largest and most efficient digitally-enabled healthcare companies.

Uprise was founded by Dr. Jay Spence to provide the best digital tools for individuals to self-manage their mental health and making access to a healthcare provider accessible and convenient. We couldn't be more excited to be working with IBH and being a part of its innovative and tech-enabled wellness vision, said Dr. Spence, former Founder, and CEO of Uprise and new SVP of Digital Product for IBH. We've concentrated on supplying members with tried-and-true digital services that they can use from anywhere, at any time. We are genuinely able to do something for our members that no one else can by enhancing our interactive service with IBH's portfolio of customized EAP products, chronic illness treatment, and supervised mental health.

Uprise is an essential part of our technology plan, which focuses on the Triple Goal of optimizing outcomes, customer engagement, and cost-effectiveness. It fits amazingly well into our clinical evaluation, data, treatment navigation, and risk reduction capabilities, said IBH Chief Technology Officer Dr. Ilya Gluhovsky. This is just the start of our ambitious agenda aimed at improving health and outcomes for our members through digital solutions.

About IBH

IBH, a Periscope Equity portfolio company, provides digitally powered employee support services augmented with customized counseling, chronic illness care, guided mental wellbeing, data analytics, and drug screening and recovery options. IBH lowers claims and costs for organizations while strengthening the lives of its participants by focusing on sustainable effects through scientifically-based approaches and resources. IBH has been a Shortlister Vendor of Choice for EAP, mental wellness, and healthcare material for over 30 years.

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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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SpineGuard Announces a New Partnership with Sorbonne, CNRS and Inserm to associate its DSG® Technology With Ultrasound and Serve Surgical Robots

SpineGuard | June 08, 2022

pineGuard an innovative company that deploys its DSG sensing technology to secure and streamline the placement of bone implants, announces the launch of a new three-year collaboration program with two labs of Sorbonne University CNRS and Inserm: the ISIR. DSG is based on the local measurement of electrical conductivity of tissues in real time without X-ray imaging, with a sensor located at the tip of the drilling instrument. Its efficacy was proven by more than 90,000 surgeries across the globe and 19 scientific publications. SpineGuard has entered in 2017 a collaboration with ISIR for the application of DSG to surgical robots and the enhancement of their safety, accuracy, and autonomy. SpineGuard and ISIR capitalize on first order outcomes published so far… At the close of a first collaboration phase, SpineGuard announced sub-millimetric accuracy experimental outcomes in bone boundary detection and automatic stop of a vertebral drilling performed by a robot using the DSG technology. These impressive outcomes were presented as they were produced successively at the Hamlyn medical robotics conference in London in May 2019, receiving the first price for best scientific paper, then in plenary session at the SMISS minimally invasive spine surgery (SMISS) in Las Vegas in November 2021, and lastly during the CRAS conference in Naples in April 2022. … and join forces with the LIB laboratory in order to add ultrasound to the project. Encouraged by this success, the research and development teams wish to go even further in surgical robots advancement: the guidance technologies that allow the robot to position itself properly relative to the patient to find the drilling entry point rely today on X-Ray imaging, dangerous for health, in combination with space-consuming optical registration. SpineGuard has long explored the possibility to use ultrasound complementarily to DSG for this preliminary step, before the tool is penetrating bone, and was granted two families of international patents on that topic. The LIB laboratory, who features an international level expertise in the field of ultrasound imaging, answered with enthusiasm the invitation to join the project. SpineGuard, ISIR and LIB thus start a new 3-year collaboration that is expected to produce breakthrough results in the field. “We are happy to launch this partnership that will allow us to go even further in improving surgical robots in orthopedics. This new phase of the project aims at enabling robots to perform bone drilling and cutting, as well as implant placement, in a secured and more autonomous manner in the human skeleton. Our goal is to implement first-class collaboration between French Research and Industry and trigger commercial ventures in the orthopedic field via strategic agreements with industry partners.” Stéphane Bette, co-founder and Deputy CEO of SpineGuard Guillaume Morel, Professor at Sorbonne University and ISIR Director, and Brahim Tamadazte, Researcher at CNRS and member of ISIR, added: “We are delighted to continue the close and dynamic collaboration initiated in 2017 with SpineGuard. The entry of robotics and associated new technologies in operating room is no doubt one of the biggest medical advances of the last twenty years. Robotic approaches often allow the surgical gesture to be less invasive, more accurate, safe and intuitive in numerous surgical procedures. The first outcomes from the previous collaboration gave us more visibility on the clinical added value that a robot with original and effective sensors can bring to Orthopedic Surgery in general and Spine in particular. This new collaboration will be about ultrasonic sensors coupled with robotics. This original and promising association will allow the surgeon to define the entry point and the pedicle screw trajectory accurately and non-invasively, without relying on ionizing or costly preoperative imaging (scanner, MRI). The association of two prestigious labs of Sorbonne University (ISIR and LIB), whose competencies are highly complementary to SpineGuard’s industrial vision constitute a stimulating work environment favorable to innovation. The journey with SpineGuard goes on for three more years with a target of several technologic and scientific innovations to serve patients and care providers.” Quentin Grimal, Professor at Sorbonne University and Manager of the team “Ultrasound and imaging for bone quality characterization” at LIB, concludes: “Using ultrasound to position a surgical tool is particularly relevant. Ultrasounds are danger free and provide real time information about interfaces, bone anatomy, even bone mechanical quality. The use of an ultrasound probe should allow to position the robotic arm in an optimal manner to place pedicle screws. In general, echography does not allow to see beyond the bone surfaces because ultrasounds are strongly reflected at the surface and strongly attenuated when propagating in bone. Low amplitude signals coming from inside bone can however be exploited through specific treatments which are a specialty of our team. Our team, pioneer in ultrasound utilization to probe bone, has introduced several approaches that offer an alternative to X-Rays for characterization of trabecular or cortical bone health. For our team, this partnership with SpineGuard and ISIR is a great fit: it will accelerate methodology and instrument developments for a broader utilization of ultrasound in orthopedic surgery. We are very happy to participate in this innovation rich project.” About SpineGuard® Founded in 2009 in France and the USA by Pierre Jérôme and Stéphane Bette, SpineGuard is an innovative company deploying its proprietary radiation-free real time sensing technology DSG® (Dynamic Surgical Guidance) to secure and streamline the placement of implants in the skeleton. SpineGuard designs, develops and markets medical devices that have been used in over 90,000 surgical procedures worldwide. Nineteen studies published in peer-reviewed scientific journals have demonstrated the multiple benefits DSG® offers to patients, surgeons, surgical staff and hospitals. Building on these strong fundamentals and several strategic partnerships, SpineGuard has expanded the scope of its DSG® technology in innovative applications such as the « smart » pedicle screw, the DSG Connect visualization and registration interface, dental implantology and surgical robotics. DSG® was co-invented by Maurice Bourlion, Ph.D., Ciaran Bolger, M.D., Ph.D., and Alain Vanquaethem, Biomedical Engineer. SpineGuard has engaged in multiple ESG initiatives. About ISIR ISIR is one of the largest French Research institutions in robotics and intelligent systems, reporting mainly to Sorbonne University, CNRS (National Center for Scientific Research) and Inserm (National institute for health and medical research). It regroups more than 50 teaching researchers and permanent researchers and approximately 80 PhD ad post-doc students. ISIR is structured around 6 research teams focused on artificial intelligence and machine learning, mobile robotics, small scale robotics, assistance robotics (physical therapy and mobility support), human-robot interaction and surgical gesture assistance. ISIR has a rich expertise in the design of innovative robotic architectures, simulation and control, clinical validation and transfer of high industrial potential results. Over the last 5 past years, 10 pre-clinical or clinical studies were conducted at ISIR. 8 patents were granted, and 2 start-up companies created. About LIB The Laboratory for biomedical imaging (LIB) is specialized in Fundamental and Applied Research for biomedical morphologic imaging methods, functional and molecular on small animal and human. It reports to Sorbonne University, CNRS and INSERM. It regroups 35 permanent researchers and teaching researchers, of whom half are also hospital practitioners, approximately 10 engineers and technicians and more than 30 PhD students and post-docs. LIB is structured around 6 teams whose focuses correspond to key priorities of 21st century Public Health: cancer, cardiovascular and neurologic diseases, bone quality. LIB develops new diagnostic and treatments methods exploiting various modalities: ultrasound, MRI, CT, SPECT-PET, etc. LIB has a strong commitment to technology transfer. 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Modivcare Announces Acquisition of Guardian Medical Monitoring

Modivcare Inc. | May 19, 2022

Modivcare Inc. a technology-enabled healthcare services company that provides a platform of integrated supportive care solutions focused on improving patient outcomes, announced the Company’s Remote Patient Monitoring Segment has acquired Guardian Medical Monitoring, LLC from its parent company, Guardian Alarm. Guardian Medical Monitoring is a leading provider of remote patient monitoring solutions to Managed Care Organizations and state Medicaid payors including Personal Emergency Response Systems and medication management. GMM’s RPM platform currently monitors approximately 50,000 aging and chronically ill patients on behalf of their respective payors. “Remote patient monitoring is essential to Modivcare’s mission to connect patients to care through our integrated supportive care platform. Our comprehensive remote patient monitoring offering allows patients to safely age in their homes with technology-enabled connectivity to care which increases patient engagement and reduces costs. We are excited to accelerate the growth of Modivcare’s RPM Segment with the acquisition of GMM, and we are excited to welcome the GMM team to Modivcare.” Daniel E. Greenleaf, Modivcare’s President and Chief Executive Officer Jason Anderson, President, Modivcare Home added, “Guardian Medical Monitoring is a complementary acquisition for Modivcare’s RPM Segment, strengthening our customer relationships and expanding our service footprint across key states. Additionally, this acquisition provides an opportunity to expand our E3 engagement platform across a larger base of members and payors. Modivcare’s E3 platform helps our partners reduce gaps in care and address social determinants of health by engaging, educating, and empowering members using our proprietary platform.” About Modivcare Modivcare Inc. is a technology-enabled healthcare services company that provides a platform of integrated supportive care solutions for public and private payors and their patients. Our value-based solutions address the social determinants of health (SDoH), enable greater access to care, reduce costs, and improve outcomes. We are a leading provider of non-emergency medical transportation, personal care and remote patient monitoring.

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Brainlab Announces the Majority Acquisition of medPhoton

Brainlab | May 13, 2022

Brainlab, a digital medical technology company, announced today the majority acquisition of medPhoton GmbH, a Salzburg, Austria-based company, that develops and manufactures robotic imaging solutions for image guided radiation therapy and surgery. Over the last years, medPhoton has maintained a close partnership with Brainlab in the field of intraoperative imaging. This collaboration resulted in the market launch of the mobile imaging robot, Loop-X®, in 2020. Brainlab strategically invested in medPhoton, co-funded the development of Loop-X and became the exclusive distributor of the mobile imaging robot in the field of surgery. "Through the completion of this majority acquisition, we want to build on the previous success of Loop-X and decisively shape the future of intraoperative imaging. In this way, we can combine and align the entrepreneurial pursuits and innovative potential of both companies. Our united goal is to expand the market position of Loop-X as a 3D imaging device for surgery so that doctors can gain access to cutting edge equipment for patient treatment." Stefan Vilsmeier, President and CEO of Brainlab Loop-X mobile imaging robot is central to the Brainlab robotics portfolio and already part of everyday clinical practice in numerous hospitals worldwide. Loop-X sets new standards in surgery with automated imaging steps and robotic assistance. With the support of Loop-X, surgeons and staff gain flexibility and freedom of movement during surgery through access to high resolution 2D and 3D imaging. The independent movement of the imaging components and collimation capabilities allow non-isocentric imaging. Structures can be covered that are much larger—for example, the pelvis—but, patient tailored imaging now also covers much smaller areas—reducing the radiation volume to where it is needed. Beyond diagnostic imaging, this intelligent robot can capture partial information, “digitizing” anatomical intraoperative changes in order to update a “digital model” of the patient previously generated by aggregating pre-operative images. Heinz Deutschmann, CEO of medPhoton, looks forward to the expansion of the strategic partnership: "From the very beginning, Brainlab believed in the strength of our innovation, creativity and drive in the field of radiotherapy. Through our partnership, Brainlab provided us with significant support as we established our presence in the surgical device market and developed our production capabilities. Moving forward, we will continue to advance the production of Loop-X as well as coordinate research and development efforts to build next-generation systems with the objective of exploring new medical applications to improve surgical procedures and therapies. The majority acquisition by Brainlab is therefore the next logical step for us to achieve our most important goal: to advance research and development work at the highest level and expand the production of best-in-class medical technology to provide efficient therapies with optimal safety for patients." medPhoton will continue to operate as an independent research and development company within the Brainlab Group. Together, Brainlab and medPhoton will explore additional areas of application for the technology including radiotherapy, such as brachytherapy, particle therapy and intraoperative radiation therapy. Both companies will also further expand the capabilities at the medPhoton site in Salzburg, Austria. About Brainlab Brainlab is a digital medical technology pioneer founded in 1989 and headquartered in Munich. The company employs more than 2000 people in 25 locations around the globe. Brainlab serves physicians, medical professionals and their patients in over 6000 hospitals in 121 countries. Brainlab creates software-driven medical solutions that digitize, automate and optimize clinical workflows for neurosurgery, spine, trauma, craniomaxillofacial (CMF), general and vascular surgery as well as radiotherapy and radiosurgery. Core products center around surgical navigation, radiotherapy, digital operating room integration, and information and knowledge exchange. The Brainlab open framework operating system will allow third parties to develop medical applications to further advance the field of spatial computing and mixed reality. Brainlab is dedicated to creating an impact in healthcare. The company connects opportunities from emerging digital technologies to transform healthcare at scale and help improve the lives of patients worldwide. 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