Congressman calls for OIG investigation into CMS administrator consultant contracts

CMS | April 02, 2019

Congressman calls for OIG investigation into CMS administrator consultant contracts
Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Frank Pallone Jr., a Democrat from New Jersey, is calling for the Office of Inspector General to investigate reports that CMS Administrator Seema Verma directed millions of dollars in contracts to outside Republican communications consultants. Pallone issued a statement Friday calling for an investigation following a Politico story also published Friday reporting that Verma, who was appointed by President Donald Trump to head CMS, quietly directed millions of taxpayer dollars in contracts with Republican communications consultants, including hiring one well-connected GOP media adviser to bolster her public profile. “The communications subcontracts approved by CMS Administrator Verma—routed through a larger federal contract and described to POLITICO by three individuals with firsthand knowledge of the agreements—represent a sharp break from precedent at the agency,” Politico reported.

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Texas Children's Hospital And Baylor College of Medicine COVID-19 Vaccine Technology Secures Emergency Use Authorization In India

Texas Children Hospital | December 29, 2021

Texas Children's Hospital and Baylor College of Medicine announced today that CORBEVAX™, a protein sub-unit COVID-19 Vaccine, whose technology was created and engineered at its Center for Vaccine Development (CVD), has received Emergency Use Authorization (EUA) approval from the Drugs Controller General ofIndia(DCGI)to launch inIndiawith other underserved countries to follow. Dubbed "The World's COVID-19 Vaccine", it uses a traditional recombinant protein-based technology that will enable its production at large scales making it widely accessible to inoculate the global population. The initial construct and production process of the vaccine antigen was developed at Texas Children's Hospital CVD, led by co-directors Drs. Maria Elena Bottazzi and Peter Hotez and in-licensed from BCM Ventures, Baylor College of Medicine's integrated commercialization team, to Hyderabad-based vaccine and pharmaceutical company Biological E. Limited (BE). CORBEVAX™ after completing two Phase III clinical trials involving more than 3000 subjects was found to be safe, well tolerated and immunogenic: CORBEVAX™ demonstrated superior immune response in comparison with COVISHIELD™ vaccine when assessed for Neutralizing Antibody (nAb) Geometric Mean Titers (GMT) against the Ancestral-Wuhan strain and the globally dominant Delta variant. CORBEVAX™ vaccination also generated significant Th1 skewed cellular immune response. CORBEVAX™ nAb GMT against Ancestral-Wuhan strain is indicative of vaccine effectiveness of >90% for prevention of symptomatic infections based on the Correlates of Protection assessment performed during Moderna and Astra-Zeneca vaccine Phase III studies. CORBEVAX™ nAb GMT against the Delta strain indicates a vaccine effectiveness of >80 percent for the prevention of symptomatic infections based on published studies. While none of the subjects who took CORBEVAX™ or COVISHIELD™ had serious adverse events, CORBEVAX™ had 50 percent fewer adverse events than COVISHIELD™. In the continuous monitoring of phase II studies, CORBEVAX™ showed high persistence of immune response as indicated by <30% drop in nAb GMT till 6 months second dose as compared to >80% drop observed with majority of the vaccines. "Protein-based vaccines have been widely used to prevent many other diseases, have proven safety records, and use economies of scale to achieve low-cost scalability across the world," said Dr. Maria Elena Bottazzi, Professor and Associate Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor and Co-Director of the Texas Children's Hospital Center for Vaccine Development. "Our decade-long studies advancing coronavirus vaccine prototypes has led to the creation of this vaccine, which will fill the access gap created by the more expensive, newer vaccine technologies and that today are still not able to be quickly scaled for global production." The need for safe, streamlined, low-cost vaccines for middle- to low-income countries is central to the world's fight against the COVID-19 pandemic. Without widespread vaccination of populations in the Global South, additional virus variants will arise, hindering the progress achieved by currently available vaccines in the United States and other Western countries. "This announcement is an important first step in vaccinating the world and halting the pandemic. Our vaccine technology offers a path to address an unfolding humanitarian crisis, namely the vulnerability the low- and middle-income countries face against the delta variant," said Dr. Peter Hotez, Professor and Dean of the National School of Tropical Medicine at Baylor and Co-Director of the Texas Children's Hospital Center for Vaccine Development. "Widespread and global vaccination with our Texas Children's-Baylor-BE vaccine would also forestall the emergence of new variants. We have previously missed that opportunity for the alpha and delta variant. Now is our chance to prevent a new global wave from what might follow." "Over the years, we have worked to make quality vaccines and pharmaceutical products accessible to families around the world. With this as our backdrop, we resolved to develop an affordable and effective COVID-19 vaccine. It has now become a reality. We deeply appreciate Texas Children's Hospital Center for Vaccine Development, Baylor, CEPI, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and the government of India for their continuous support and cooperation during this journey. The combined efforts & unceasing support demonstrate that we can collectively overcome any challenge". Mahima Datla, Managing Director, Biological E. Limited ABOUT TEXAS CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL Texas Children's Hospital, a not-for-profit health care organization, is committed to creating a healthier future for children and women throughout the global community by leading in patient care, education and research. Consistently ranked as the best children's hospital in Texas, and among the top in the nation, Texas Children's has garnered widespread recognition for its expertise and breakthroughs in pediatric and women's health. The hospital includes the Jan and Dan Duncan Neurological Research Institute; the Feigin Tower for pediatric research; Texas Children's Pavilion for Women, a comprehensive obstetrics/gynecology facility focusing on high-risk births; Texas Children's Hospital West Campus, a community hospital in suburban West Houston; and Texas Children's Hospital The Woodlands, the first hospital devoted to children's care for communities north of Houston. The organization also created Texas Children's HealthPlan, the nation's first HMO for children; has the largest pediatric primary care network in the country, Texas Children's Pediatrics; Texas Children's Urgent Care clinics that specialize in after-hours care tailored specifically for children; and a global health program that's channeling care to children and women all over the world. Texas Children's Global Health program leads efforts that advance health care equity through innovative collaboration in care, education and research for underserved populations globally. Texas Children's Hospital is affiliated with Baylor College of Medicine. ABOUT TEXAS CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL CENTER FOR VACCINE DEVELOPMENT Texas Children's Hospital Center for Vaccine Development is one of the leading vaccine development centers in the world. Established in Washington DC as the Sabin Vaccine Institute Product Development Partnership (PDP) in the year 2000 and after relocating to the Texas Medical Center in 2011, it rebranded as Texas Children's Center for Vaccine Development. For the past two decades it has acquired an international reputation as a non-profit PDP, advancing vaccines for poverty-related neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) and emerging infectious diseases of pandemic importance. In addition, it builds and strengthens capacity for vaccine development locally and with foreign nations and leads global efforts to guide and influence vaccine policy and advocacy through "vaccine diplomacy" as an international bridge for peace and vaccine development capacity. ABOUT BCM VENTURES Baylor College of Medicine Ventures is the commercial engine of the health sciences university, created to support the translation of academic knowledge and intellectual assets for the benefit of society. We do this by engaging university innovators, entrepreneurs and industry to fully develop ideas along their best commercial path. We foster a culture of commercialization and engage with industry to identify market opportunities for collaborative ventures. ABOUT BIOLOGICAL E. LIMITED Biological E. Limited (BE), a Hyderabad-based Pharmaceuticals & Biologics Company founded in 1953, is the first private sector biological products company in India and the first pharmaceutical company in Southern India. BE develops, manufactures and supplies vaccines and therapeutics. BE supplies its vaccines to over 100 countries and its therapeutic products are sold in India and the USA. BE currently has 8 WHO-prequalified vaccines in its portfolio. In recent years, BE has embarked on new initiatives for organisational expansion such as developing generic injectable products for the regulated markets, exploring synthetic biology and metabolic engineering as a means to manufacture APIs sustainably and developing novel vaccines for the global market.

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Reliq Health Technologies, Inc. Signs Agreement with Cognizant to Expand Care Management Capabilities to Large Scale Clients

Reliq Health Technologies | January 06, 2022

Reliq Health Technologies Inc., a rapidly growing global healthcare technology company that develops innovative Virtual Care solutions for the multi-billion dollar Healthcare market, today announced an agreement with Cognizant to leverage Cognizant’s Care Management resources for future deployments of Reliq’s iUGO Care software to large scale clients. Cognizant provides services to 300+ health systems and over 347,000 care providers who together provide care to over 200 million lives globally. “We are excited to be expanding our Care Management capabilities by leveraging Cognizant’s extensive resources, network, and experience in healthcare. Cognizant will be able to rapidly deploy a full suite of Care Management services to our largest new iUGO Care customers going forward. Reliq will continue to achieve the same or better profit margins on the Care Management component of our revenue as a result of this partnership but will be able to deploy our full-service solution (iUGO Care software plus Care Management services) to very large clients much faster. Our agreement with Cognizant will allow us to scale to new levels and provide even the largest healthcare organizations with confidence that we can meet the needs of their patient populations, no matter the size. This agreement will allow Reliq to access new opportunities to provide virtual care to much larger patient populations both within the US and globally.” Dr. Lisa Crossley, CEO of Reliq Health Technologies, Inc. Reliq’s iUGO Care solutions improve health outcomes, allow clinicians to provide high quality care to patients anytime, anywhere, and reduce the cost to the healthcare system, benefiting patients, clinicians and payers. Reliq’s iUGO Care and iUGO Home products are a critical component of a fully connected healthcare system. Reliq’s remote patient monitoring platform, iUGO Care, is currently used by a diverse array of healthcare organizations in the US. These include primary care practices, specialist practices, home care agencies, skilled nursing facilities, HIV clinics and hospice care agencies. The agreement with Cognizant will expand Reliq’s capabilities and extend its reach, allowing Reliq to provide its iUGO Care solution to managed care organizations, large health systems and health insurance providers. About Cognizant Cognizantengineers modern businesses. We help our clients modernize technology, reimagine processes and transform experiences so they can stay ahead in our fast-changing world. Together, we're improving everyday life. About Reliq Health Reliq Health Technologies is a rapidly growing global healthcare technology that specializes in developing innovative Virtual Care solutions for the multi-billion dollar Healthcare market. Reliq’s powerful iUGO Care platform supports care coordination and community-based virtual healthcare. iUGO Care allows complex patients to receive high quality care at home, improving health outcomes, enhancing quality of life for patients and families and reducing the cost of care delivery. iUGO Care provides real-time access to remote patient monitoring data, allowing for timely interventions by the care team to prevent costly hospital readmissions and ER visits. Reliq Health Technologies trades on the TSX Venture under the symbol RHT, on the OTC as RQHTF and on the WKN as A2AJTB.

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CareCloud Launches All-New Interoperability and Data Exchange Solution for Healthcare Organizations

CareCloud, Inc | December 17, 2021

CareCloud, Inc., a leader in healthcare technology solutions for medical practices and health systems nationwide has released CareCloud Connector, a next-generation interface and data management engine, and the first product within its CareCloud Conductor suite. CareCloud Connector enables healthcare organizations with ready-to-use integrations that improve data management and deployment speed, while offering better interface visibility and control. “We have been a leading healthcare IT innovator for almost two decades, providing solutions that improve financial, clinical, and patient outcomes, at scale, and a partner to a wide array of healthcare organizations. Today we are introducing our proprietary, turn-key integration technology platform to help healthcare ecosystem partners leverage the same tools we ourselves use to manage our business across hundreds of unique integrations spanning thousands of locations.” Hadi Chaudhry, CEO and President, CareCloud As the U.S. healthcare industry’s data exchange regulations continue to evolve and vendors prepare to comply with provisions in the Cures Act, legacy integration tools will hinder progress. CareCloud Connector provides a seamless, scalable, and centralized platform with APIs, allowing healthcare IT vendors, medical billing organizations, and digital health companies to overcome interoperability challenges and effectively manage data integration and transmission hurdles. Connector includes a library of industry-tested, ready-to-use integrations, interfaces, and customizable tools in a convenient SaaS offering. "As one of the industry’s first true libraries of plug-and-play integration and customizable tools, CareCloud Connector transforms laborious developmental projects into simple and secure activations,” said Adeel Sarwar, Chief Technology Officer, CareCloud. “Connector makes data exchange and management simple and cost-effective for industry participants.” "Healthcare organizations often struggle with managing hundreds of interface requests and data migration challenges. Couple this with the complexities of new regulatory requirements embedded in the Cures Act and you set the stage for a solution like Connector,” said David Botero, Director of Integrations, CareCloud. “Connector allows us to close interoperability gaps for industry participants. We are proud to be a leader in integration consolidation, empowering health organizations and service providers to comply with new interoperability requirements while saving money and resting easy, knowing that a leading publicly-traded healthcare IT vendor is taking care of the hard work for them." CareCloud Connector is the first solution launching under CareCloud’s new technology suite, CareCloud Conductor. Conductor is a family of technologies designed to support interoperability, connectivity, and data transformation. CareCloud plans to unveil more products in the Conductor suite in 2022 with the launch of additional innovative solutions to support the growing prominence of health IT developers and investments in digital health. About CareCloud CareCloudbrings disciplined innovation to the business of healthcare. Our suite of technology-enabled solutions helps clients increase financial and operational performance, streamline clinical workflows and improve the patient experience. More than 40,000 providers count on CareCloud to help them improve patient care while reducing administrative burdens and operating costs.

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Frost & Sullivan Awards proteanTecs Best Electronics Health Monitoring Technology

proteanTecs | December 23, 2021

proteanTecs, a leading developer of deep data analytics solutions for electronics health and performance monitoring, announced today it has won the 2021 Frost & Sullivan Best Practices Award for Global Electronics Health Monitoring Technology Innovation Leadership.Electronics have become an existential enabler for key industries, from Datacenter to Automotive, where 24/7 continuity with zero in-mission failures is pivotal. Therefore, it is necessary to guarantee these systems' reliability, bringing a key question to the fore: How can service providers, such as data center hyperscalers and car OEMs, track the health of electronic fleets working under extreme conditions while ensuring business resilience until the devices complete their lifetime? The award reviews the evolving landscape of electronics and presents the clear and critical need for deep data analytics across multiple industries and mission critical devices. The award declares, "Electronics health monitoring is essential to ensure these systems' functional continuity and reliability. proteanTecs offers a unique value proposition in the form of on-chip agents capable of extracting parametric data in various lifecycle stages. The Universal Chip Telemetry (UCT) enabled Proteus deep data analytics platform provides actionable insights and alerts to users along the value chain based on common, correlated, and predictive data. This allows users to take immediate action to ensure uptime and improve power, performance, and reliability." "By weaving data science together with on-chip visibility, proteanTecs' solutions deliver an unprecedented clarity at each step of the system's lifecycle", observed Sushrutha Sadashiva, Industry Analyst. "Frost & Sullivan presents Best Practices Awards to companies that inspire growth in their industries. These leaders identify emerging trends before they become the market standard and create solutions that drive differentiation and sustainable growth. They are the game changers," said Jeff Frigstad, Global Sr. Vice President, Best Practices, Frost & Sullivan. Frost & Sullivan applies a rigorous process to evaluate multiple nominees for each award category, with a detailed evaluation of best practice criteria across several dimensions. "Frost & Sullivan is at the center of the ecosystem for best practice cultivation, with cutting-edge insights that are singularly focused on reshaping the world through managed growth. It is a great honor to be recognized by them as the technology innovation leader in the Global Electronics Health Monitoring industry." Shai Cohen, proteanTecs co-founder and CEO About Frost & Sullivan Frost & Sullivan, the Growth Partnership Company, collaborates with clients to leverage visionary innovation that addresses the global challenges and related growth opportunities that will make or break today's market participants. For more than 60 years, Frost & Sullivan has been developing growth strategies for the global 1000, emerging businesses, the public sector, and the investment community. About proteanTecs proteanTecs is a leading provider of deep data monitoring solutions for advanced electronics in the Datacenter, Automotive, Communications and Mobile markets. Based on Universal Chip Telemetry™ (UCT), the company provides system health and performance monitoring, from production to the field. By applying machine learning to novel data created by on-chip UCT agents, the company's analytics platform delivers predictive insights and visibility, leading to new levels of quality, reliability and scale. Founded in 2017, the company is headquartered in Israel with offices in New Jersey, California, India and Taiwan.

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