Atrium Health, Wake Forest Baptist Health eyeing plan to merge, create new medical school

Atrium Health, Wake Forest Baptist Health | April 10, 2019

Atrium Health, Wake Forest Baptist Health and Wake Forest University are exploring a merger that would create a new academic health system.The three organizations signed a memorandum of understanding to enter exclusive negotiations to explore a partnership that would create a new medical school in Charlotte and create an "expanded research and innovation core" in Winston-Salem. They expect to have a final agreement later this year. The announcement comes just more than a year after merger discussions between Atrium Heath (formerly known as Carolinas HealthCare System) with UNC Health Care fell apart. Carolinas rebranded last spring to Atrium. It ultimately completed a merger with the much smaller Georgia-based Navicent, a deal which took effect this January.

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FUTURE OF HEALTHCARE

Virtua Health and Medtronic Share Plans to Reimagine Traditional Health Care Models

Virtua Health | December 16, 2021

Virtua Health and Medtronic plc announce a five-year partnership focused on improving delivery of quality care for residents of South Jersey, particularly those who reside in underserved communities or face systemic barriers to care. Medtronic LABS, an independent impact-focused organization funded by Medtronic plc, will simultaneously launch a separate pilot collaboration with the Cherry Hill Free Clinic and Virtua to address care and food access for people with chronic conditions – the first U.S.-based initiative for Medtronic LABS. "I truly believe technology is the path forward to improving human welfare," said Geoff Martha, Chairman and CEO of Medtronic. "This new partnership and collaboration demonstrate the opportunity to use technology to tackle health challenges in a localized, grassroots way. By taking a data-informed approach, we can help improve access and outcomes for patients with chronic conditions in southern New Jersey." "This partnership presents a significant opportunity to accelerate health equity and better outcomes for individuals and families in our community. Together, we will apply the latest research and innovation to the fundamentals of community-based care, allowing us to identify and empower those who need support to achieve the best-possible quality of life." Dennis W. Pullin, FACHE, president and CEO of Virtua Health The scope of the partnership includes the following projects and will expand over time. Heart Health: Medtronic plc and Virtua Health will develop a program to optimize care for hospital patients diagnosed with heart failure, with a focus on slowing the progression of the disease and enhancing the experience of both patient and provider. By employing Medtronic's data-driven, decision-support tools, Virtua clinicians will provide ongoing resources post-hospitalization, minimizing the likelihood of readmission and creating sustainable, enriching solutions for the individual. Outpatient Care Continuity: The partnership will also optimize patient care in high-value outpatient settings, including ambulatory surgery centers. Additionally, Medtronic plc and Virtua will expand Virtua's hospital at home program, which is due to launch officially in early 2022 and aims to reduce the resource-strain on the health system while allowing eligible patients to heal from the comfort of home. Medtronic LABS' collaboration intends to address population health in the following ways: Community Health and the Cherry Hill Free Clinic: Community health workers and clinicians at the Cherry Hill Free Clinic will utilize Medtronic LABS' digital health platform, extending their reach through mobile tools and point-of-care diagnostics. Those identified as having (or being at risk for) chronic illnesses, such as Type 2 diabetes or hypertension, will then connect to the Cherry Hill Free Clinic for follow-up care. Over time, the platform will become more sophisticated and specific as the data accumulates and reveals localized trends and challenges. Food Access: Medtronic LABS will also support Virtua's Eat Well food access programs, specifically the Food Farmacies located inside Virtua Mount Holly Hospital and the Virtua Health & Wellness Center – Camden. Medtronic LABS and Virtua will identify those at risk for food insecurity – due to financial circumstances or limited health literacy – and connect them to free food, nutrition education, and social-work services. "I am honored that Medtronic LABS and Virtua recognize the essential services we provide at the Cherry Hill Free Clinic, and that they are combining their resources and expertise toward enhancing continuity of care for existing and prospective patients," said Jubril Oyeyemi, MD, founder and chief medical officer of the Cherry Hill Free Clinic. "The CDC estimates that 20 percent of Camden County residents do not have health insurance. By creating pathways to care, we build healthier communities." "Medtronic LABS has trained more than 2,000 health workers and provided screenings to more than a million people worldwide. To date, we have focused our efforts on communities in Kenya, Ghana, India, and the Philippines, which is why we are thrilled to partner with Virtua Health on our first U.S.-based endeavor," said Ruchika Singhal, vice president of Medtronic LABS. "In time, this collaboration will create scalable, replicable improvements to the care-delivery model while advancing health and wellness on an individual level." About the Partners Medtronic: Bold thinking. Bolder actions. We are Medtronic. Medtronic plc, headquartered in Dublin, Ireland, is the leading global healthcare technology company that boldly attacks the most challenging health problems facing humanity by searching out and finding solutions. Our Mission — to alleviate pain, restore health, and extend life — unites a global team of 90,000+ passionate people across 150 countries. Our technologies and therapies treat 70 health conditions and include cardiac devices, surgical robotics, insulin pumps, surgical tools, patient monitoring systems, and more. Powered by our diverse knowledge, insatiable curiosity, and desire to help all those who need it, we deliver innovative technologies that transform the lives of two people every second, every hour, every day. Expect more from us as we empower insight-driven care, experiences that put people first, and better outcomes for our world. In everything we do, we are engineering the extraordinary. Medtronic LABS is an independent, non-profit structure with multiple entities including an operating foundation, a social business, an in-country non-profit, and for-profit subsidiaries. Medtronic LABS is setting out to design the health system of the future: one that is equitable, tech-enabled, and patient-centered. To date, Medtronic LABS has screened more than 1M patients and improved clinical outcomes for over 35K patients in Kenya, Ghana, India, and the Philippines. Virtua Health is an integrated health care system and the trusted partner for personalized health care and wellness for communities in southern New Jersey. With more than 280 locations and 14,000 colleagues, Virtua provides high-quality care with more than two million annual encounters across the full range of community and tertiary health services – from preventive care to urgent care through specialty services in cancer, women's health, neuroscience, and orthopedics to complex minimally invasive cardiac surgery and organ transplantation. Performing more than 175,000 surgeries at its hospitals and network of ambulatory centers, Virtua is one of the largest providers of surgery in the state. As a not-for-profit leader, Virtua continues to improve social determinants in health and has distributed more than 160,000 pounds of fresh produce in underserved areas to address food insecurity. Virtua is advancing important partnerships into the future to help you be well, get well, and stay well. Cherry Hill Free Clinic (CHFC) is an independent 501(c)(3) with the mission of providing free primary care to the uninsured and under-insured. CHFC is supported by Virtua Health, which provides lab, radiology and, in some cases, specialty care to CHFC patients.

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Faisal Belhoul joins forces with iGan Partners to launch US$250 million iGan Arabia fund to drive MedTech innovation in MENA

iGan Partners | February 08, 2022

iGan Partners,Canada'sleading healthcare technology investors, has joined forces with Faisal Belhoul, aDubai-based investments professional and entrepreneur, to launch aUS$250MiGan Arabia regional fundto drive MedTech innovation across theMiddle EastandNorth Africaregion. iGan Arabia will focus on investing in AI/Cloud-enhanced medical devices and digital health technologies that improve patient outcomes and reduce healthcare cost. The fund targetsUS$250Mthrough limited partnerships with an additionalUS$250Min co-investments. The first four investments have been identified to drive breakthrough MedTech in the region. These areExact Imaging, the world's first micro-ultrasound for unmatched resolution of prostate cancer;Okadoc, the region's most advanced digital patient management solution;eSight Corporation, wearable electronic vision devices for legally blind people challenged by eye diseases; andMolecuLight, the world's first handheld imaging device enabling clinicians to visualize bacteria in real-time for advanced wound care. All these already have regulatory approval and are scaling world-wide. H.E.Jean-Philippe Linteau, Consul General ofCanadainDubaiand the Northern Emirates, commented: "I am pleased to see Canadian and UAE health innovation leaders partner together to create iGan Arabia. The UAE has proven to be an early adopter of innovation. This new partnership will help our healthcare technology companies grow and succeed globally." "We see the GCC as a transformative healthcare region. We have identified and uncovered several innovative opportunities across Digital Health, Connected Medical Devices, Healthcare IT and Artificial Intelligence. These are sectors that iGan brings a lot of expertise and we understand what it takes for companies to scale and succeed. Through this first of its kind Fund, we will invest locally and will showcase the GCC's healthcare innovations to the world." Sam Ifergan, Founder & CEO, iGan Partners Faisal Belhoul, Co-Chairman, iGan Arabia,added: "Through iGan Arabia we aim to invest in start-ups and other healthcare companies, especially in the GCC, and help them evolve as the best-in-class. We will support not only their operations in the region but also help scale up their operations to key markets inNorth America,Europe, and LATAM. iGan Arabia will help establish GCC as a world-class MedTech hub that will create thousands of new jobs and add value to the economy."

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Dura Software Acquires Leading Cloud-Based Telehealth Software Platform SecureVideo

Dura Software | January 20, 2022

Dura Software, specialists in acquiring and operating hyperniche software products, announced it has acquired SecureVideo, a cloud-based software company with extensive experience developing a secure SaaS telehealth platform for the healthcare industry. Expanding the Dura portfolio, SecureVideo is the ninth acquisition for Dura Software and furthers the Dura mission of acquiring niche software companies that serve critical business needs. "We are excited to welcome SecureVideo into the Dura portfolio of companies. Jonathan Taylor and his team have created a highly scalable SaaS solution that enables a loyal group of physicians and practitioners to serve their patients safely and effectively every day. SecureVideo has a seasoned team that understands the healthcare market and how to best leverage technology to make the lives of healthcare professionals and patients easier. " Paul Salisbury, CEO of Dura Software Serving the healthcare industry, SecureVideo produces a HIPAA-compliant, cloud-based telehealth platform designed to aid clients with quickly mastering their telehealth workflow. During 2020, SecureVideo's usage grew significantly, expanding to 30 times its typical usage, prompting the company to quickly scale its operations while it successfully met the growing needs of new and existing customers. As a trusted partner in the healthcare space, SecureVideo provides a flexible, reliable telehealth technology solution to behavioral health organizations, medical groups, hospitals, physician offices, specialty healthcare organizations and other medical organizations. The CEO of SecureVideo, Jonathan Taylor, will lead the company as it transitions into the Dura Software portfolio of companies. "The acquisition of SecureVideo by Dura Software will provide the resources and expertise we need to scale our product capabilities, customer support, and market reach well beyond what would have otherwise been possible," says Taylor. "With Dura's assistance, the company will be able to rapidly add important features and functionality to our world-class product, amplify our customer-first culture, and expand our customer footprint, all while maintaining the high standard of excellence we have always worked to achieve." Based in Alameda, California, SecureVideo will move its headquarters to San Antonio, while all employees will remain in their current locations. About Dura Software Dura Software is an expert in acquiring, owning and operating "Hyper-Niche" software businesses. Over the coming years, Dura will continue to expand by acquiring additional great businesses and by generating sustained profitable growth from business operations. Dura Software is based in downtown San Antonio and operates a portfolio of companies that includes 6Connex, DB Technology, Lane, DVSAnalytics, Eventory, Moki, NordicIT and Vertex Systems.

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Prenosis Announces Investment from PACE Healthcare Capital, bringing Total Funding to Over $20 million

Prenosis | March 10, 2022

Prenosis, Inc., a precision medicine company,announced a venture investment from PACE Healthcare Capital, an early-stage investment firm committed to improving health outcomes. This investment brings total funding in the company to over$20 million, including partnerships with Foxconn, Roche Diagnostics, the Defense Threat Reduction Agency, and others. Prenosisis leveraging machine learning algorithms trained on deep biological data and broad clinical data to create precise and comprehensive maps of acute disease. Using these maps, Prenosis develops and markets valuable navigational tools to improve patient care by illuminating the optimal treatment pathways for each patient. "This capital will further accelerate our deep biological mapping of acute disease and to further grow the NOSIS™dataset/biobank, which is the largest such dataset/biobank ever created for sepsis," saidBobby Reddy, Jr., CEO and Co-Founder, Prenosis Inc. "Using our mapping technology, we are developing sophisticated methods to define, divide, and conquer diseases. The navigational guidance solutions based on our health state maps will address the critical challenge of sepsis by providing critical and actionable information tailored to each patient's health state." Prenosis is pioneering a revolution in managing acute diseases that have previously eluded conventional methods, starting with sepsis. Sepsis occurs when the immune system reacts abnormally to an infection, setting off a chain of events that leads to tissue damage and organ failure. Sepsis is currently one of the leading causes of mortality in U.S. hospitals, and the WHO estimates that it causes 1 in 5 deaths worldwide1. Prenosis has spent nearly a decade building fit-for-purpose biological and clinical datasets at an unprecedented level to better understand sepsis and other acute care conditions. Using this information, Prenosis has developed patient maps and valuable navigational tools to empower physicians to administer optimal treatment to patients faster. Prenosis' first such tool, the Sepsis ImmunoScoreTM, is a Software-as-a-Medical Device (SaMD) digital diagnostic designed to aid in the risk assessment for progression to sepsis of patients admitted in the emergency department or hospital. Prenosis is currently seeking to obtain FDA clearance for the tool by the end of 2022. The test runs on Prenosis's Immunix™software platform, which interfaces with hospital Electronic Medical Records that hosts multiple products to improve patient care. "Personalized medicine is the next frontier of healthcare. Complex acute diseases, such as sepsis, can only be conquered through a robust understanding of the biological response of each patient's immune system – one patient at a time. Prenosis brings our understanding of the disease patterns to a whole new level and enables physicians to make better decisions faster for their patients. We are excited to partner with Bobby and the whole Prenosis team as they continue to develop their technology and transform the way we understand and provide care for patients with complex acute diseases." Julia Monfrini Peev, Founder and Managing Partner of PACE Healthcare Capital The funding builds on a recent string of strategic partnerships and accolades for Prenosis, including being selected as part of the MedTech Innovator 2021 Showcase, being named the #2 Medtech Startup of 2021 by MDDI, and being asked to present its research at scientific meetings, including the forthcoming 2022 annual meetings for the Society of Critical Care Medicine and the American Thoracic Society. "In addition to support from other investors and partners, PACE Healthcare Capital's involvement is a strong endorsement of our solutions and will help to accelerate our growth as we further expand our proprietary dataset and work towards commercialization of the Immunix™platform later this year," said Reddy. "As we use our technology to map acute disease, we hope to usher in a new age of data-driven treatment and medical discovery." About Prenosis Prenosis is a health tech innovator devoted to ushering in a new era of precision diagnostics in acute care using artificial intelligence. Its Immunix™precision diagnostics platform leverages machine learning algorithms trained on deep biological data and broad clinical data designed to capture and illuminate the complex health states of patients more holistically. Its proprietary NOSISTMdataset is one of the largest and fastest-growing hybrid biomarker-clinical datasets for sepsis care. The Sepsis ImmunoScore™diagnostic on the Immunix™platform has the potential to save thousands of lives and billions of dollars in healthcare spending annually. The Sepsis ImmunoScore™is not yet approved for commercial use in the United States. About PACE Healthcare Capital PACE Healthcare Capitalis an early-stage venture capital firm focused on investing in companies that have developed high-impact solutions to critical healthcare challenges. With decades of combined experience and $1B+ of capital raised and deployed in healthcare, PACE applies institutional-grade investment processes to identify the best entrepreneurs and deploy financial and human capital to help them grow their business.

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