Coronavirus Drives Teladoc’s Daily Virtual Medical Visits Up 50%

HIT Consultant | March 16, 2020

Virtual care provider Teladoc Health announced that the company is experiencing unprecedented daily visit volume in the United States as the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) continues to spread globally. This week, patient visit volume spiked 50 percent over the prior week and continues to rise. The company had been handling visit demand consistent with peak flu volumes, but last week Wednesday began to see that number accelerate to as much as 15,000 visits requested per day. Teladoc Health has provided approximately 100,000 virtual medical visits to patients in the United States in the past week, helping to alleviate pressure on the broader health care system. The $8.3 billion Coronavirus Preparedness and Response Supplemental Appropriations Act, 2020 has set aside $500 million to pay for Medicare telehealth services (voice and video), and allows the Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) to waive Medicare telehealth restrictions during the public health emergency to support the growing the demand for virtual care visits. These actions have driven many people to use telemedicine for the first time, with more than half of all the Teladoc Health visits this month being from first time users.

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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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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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athenahealth Expands Mobile EHR Voice Capabilities for Healthcare Providers

athenahealth, Inc. | June 29, 2022

athenahealth, Inc., a leading provider of network-enabled software and services for medical groups and health systems nationwide, announced the release of athenaOne® Voice Assistant Powered by Nuance®, a mobile-embedded, voice-driven digital companion that streamlines information retrieval and enables hands-free completion of meaningful clinical tasks for healthcare providers using athenahealth’s electronic health records (EHR) solution. Leveraging the power of their voice and iOS-based mobile device, clinicians can spend less time on the computer and more time interacting with patients. Voice Assistant is a natural command-based, virtual assistant developed and built by athenahealth and powered by Nuance's Dragon Medical technology. Voice Assistant is available for use with the award-winning athenaOne mobile app and athenaOne® Dictation Powered by Nuance®, which allows clinicians to dictate patient documentation naturally and accurately. Together, athenahealth’s voice-enabled solutions help clinicians improve documentation accuracy, save time, and provide a better patient experience. According to a recent survey by athenahealth, 92% of physicians surveyed report one or more issues cause them to feel burned out on a regular basis with the leading cause of regular burnout being excessive documentation requirements. However, numerous clinicians using Voice Assistant have experienced significant documentation time savings, thus allowing them to reallocate their time to other high-priority tasks. “I started using Voice Assistant because I’m curious about tech and AI, and I wanted to see if it would help me be more productive. Because I can so easily document anywhere, anytime, I’ve found it to be very useful and convenient, and it helps me make better use of my time. I wouldn’t want to work without it now.” Dr. Terence M. Grogan, DO, FAAFP, Grogan Family Medicine Using simple, intuitive voice commands, clinicians using Voice Assistant can document exams, create draft orders, retrieve clinical information, and review their schedule to accelerate tasks and save valuable time. As an AI-backed technology, Voice Assistant will become even smarter and more efficient with widespread use, and athenahealth will continue to expand the number of available commands and introduce new use cases. “We are delighted to expand our provider mobile app capabilities with Voice Assistant as we continue to transform the provider and patient experience,” said Paul Brient, chief product officer for athenahealth. “Clinicians should be able to experience technology at work just like they do in their everyday lives, and Voice Assistant brings us one step closer to that.” Brient added that with provider burnout and patient expectations increasing simultaneously, athenahealth is focused on accelerating product innovation, using tools like AI to help solve some of healthcare's biggest challenges. “As our data show, administrative requirements are taking too much time and attention away from providers, and it’s the responsibility of all EHR companies to decrease that burden so providers can spend more face time with patients,” he said. About athenahealth, Inc. athenahealth creates innovative healthcare technology that connects clinicians, patients, payers, and partners in differentiated ways. Our electronic health records, revenue cycle management, and patient engagement tools allow anytime, anywhere access, driving better financial outcomes for our customers and enabling our provider customers to deliver better quality care. In everything we do, we’re inspired by our vision to create a thriving ecosystem that delivers accessible, high-quality, and sustainable healthcare for all.

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Omega Healthcare completes acquisition of ApexonHealth and Vasta Global

Omega Healthcare | April 18, 2022

Omega Healthcare, a leading technology-enabled healthcare management solutions provider,announced its acquisition of ApexonHealth, an AI and automation-based revenue cycle management and payor solutions provider, and Vasta Global, a provider of real-world data abstraction and analytics for the oncology market. ApexonHealth leverages its digital solutions to deliver comprehensive technology-enabled services for both providers and payors from revenue cycle management and coding to claims management and advanced analytics. ApexonHealth's cognitive and automation capabilities have significantly reduced manual effort and increased accuracy in claims adjudication strengthening its payor services. ApexonHealth's expertise in the healthcare payor sector will augment Omega's existing payor-focused offerings. Vasta Global provides clinical data management with a focus on the oncology market and provides real-world evidence data curation and analytics, clinical trial support, and cancer registry services for cancer centers. Vasta Global's customers span the entire healthcare ecosystem including providers, pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, and contract research organizations that provide clinical trial management services. The two acquisitions will complement Omega Healthcare's existing strengths in revenue cycle management and clinical data management for various medical registries including cancer, stroke, and trauma. These acquisitions are part of the strategy to accelerate Omega's journey in scaling its portfolio of AI- and data-analytics- based solutions to help healthcare clients optimize revenue while reducing cost through leveraging of big data and automation technology. With the recently completed acquisition of Reventics, Omega Healthcare will deliver an end-to-end revenue cycle management suite of solutions to healthcare providers, from analytics-driven clinical documentation improvement to platforms for payment data management. The Company will also expand its oncology-focused offering to now include big data capture and reporting to help healthcare providers and pharmaceutical companies leverage complex, longitudinal data to improve cancer treatment. "We are pleased to welcome ApexonHealth and Vasta Global to the Omega family. We've been very impressed by the vision and execution by the two management teams. Bringing together the Omega, ApexonHealth, and Vasta offerings together will unlock significant value to our clients." Anurag Mehta, CEO of Omega Healthcare "I am thrilled about this opportunity to join the Omega platform. Our mission to provide sustainable and scalable solutions to our clients is one that is shared by the Omega Healthcare team. With their broad capabilities, we are excited to offer our clients access to data curation, registry management, and machine learning solutions. Through this alliance, we reinforce our commitment to scientific discovery for patients through accelerated clinical research and real-world data," said Kinjal Vora, CEO of Vasta Global. "We are pleased to welcome ApexonHealth and Vasta Global to the Omega family," commented Harsh Nanda, Managing Director and Head of Technology Private Equity within Goldman Sachs Asset Management. "With the acquisitions of Reventics, ApexonHealth, and Vasta Global, Omega now services more than 350 customers spanning the entire healthcare continuum with the support of robust technology-led solutions and insights. Together, we can help our clients enhance the patient experience while improving operational efficiency and strengthen our position as the partner of choice for the healthcare ecosystem." About Omega Healthcare Founded in 2003, Omega Healthcare helps payors, providers, and pharmaceutical companies eliminate administrative burdens, accelerate cash flow, and reduce health management costs while enhancing patient care. The company streamlines medical billing, coding, and collections processes and provides virtual nursing services, including triage, care continuation, clinical documentation improvement, and re-admittance avoidance. Combining the largest medical coding staff in the world with proprietary technology, analytics, and automation capabilities, Omega Healthcare provides the most comprehensive outsourced solutions in the industry and is ranked among the top revenue cycle management business process services by industry analysts. About ApexonHealth Founded in 1996, ApexonHealth provides healthcare-focused digital solutions that combine the best of cutting-edge technology around machine learning, workflow automation, and business process automation to deliver comprehensive services for both providers and payors from revenue cycle management and coding to claims management and advanced analytics. Having helped 80+ healthcare organizations in 14+ years transform their RCM systems, ApexonHealth is actively involved and supports various healthcare bodies like the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA), American Academy of Professional Coders (AAPC), and more. About Vasta Global Vasta Global offers solutions for data management, clinical research, bioinformatics consulting, and business process outsourcing. With over a decade of experience in cancer research and medical information management, Vasta Global is committed to providing sustainable and scalable solutions for clinical research and bioinformatics needs. The company's information technology and data management solutions streamline and integrate research and patient care workflows while collecting quality data, achieving research goals, and shaping the clinical practice guidelines of tomorrow. About Goldman Sachs Asset Management Bringing together traditional and alternative investments, Goldman Sachs Asset Management provides clients around the world with a dedicated partnership and focus on long-term performance. As the primary investing area within Goldman Sachs, we deliver investment and advisory services for the world's leading institutions, financial advisors and individuals, drawing from our deeply connected global network and tailored expert insights, across every region and market—overseeing more than $2 trillion in assets under supervision worldwide as of December 31, 2021. Driven by a passion for our clients' performance, we seek to build long-term relationships based on conviction, sustainable outcomes, and shared success over time. About Everstone Capital Partners Everstone is a premier investment group focused on cross-border North America – Asia investments and domestic investments in India and Southeast Asia, with assets of ~US$7 billion across private equity, real estate, credit, climate change and green infrastructure, and venture capital. Everstone has a significant resource base across its seven offices in Singapore, India, New York, Mauritius and UAE, comprising best-of-breed investing, operations and strategic resources with extensive skills and experience.

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