Digital Transformation in Healthcare: 4 Ways to Build a Smart Roadmap

HealthTech Magazines | March 16, 2020

When it comes to big technological initiatives, most healthcare organizations know that planning is key. But the finer points of evolution and creating a roadmap to achieve them can be far less certain. Digital transformation’ is one of those buzzwords that impacts every organization,” said Steve Horvath, chief architect for service management solutions at CDW. But if I asked 10 people what it means to them, I’m going get 10 different answers. Each healthcare system will have a different outlook, after all, and the needs of those providers and patient populations will vary greatly. It’s why IT and executive leaders must consider general best practices while keeping their unique challenges top of mind.  Sure, digital transformation requires time and money. But identifying and explaining how the improvements can ultimately cut costs and benefit users may supersede executive-level concerns. Tech teams, he noted, must be ready to “drive that consistency and transparency within IT service management from a service-oriented viewpoint.”

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Graham Healthcare Group Acquires InTeliCare Health Services, Expanding Personalized Home Health Care Offering into Florida

Graham Healthcare Group | December 21, 2021

Graham Healthcare Group, a leader in homecare, palliative and hospice services, today announced its acquisition of InTeliCare Health Services, a provider of home health services in central Florida. The agreement was finalized on December 15th, 2021, and marks Graham's first expansion into Florida. Graham will integrate InTeliCare into its Residential Home Health division to accelerate access to personalized home health care throughout Florida. Residential is a leading post-acute home care network serving communities in Michigan, Illinois and Pennsylvania. Integrating InTeliCare into Residential Home Health will bring together industry-leading, patient-centered home health services to strengthen the continuum of care for patients across central Florida. "More than one-fifth of Florida's population is over 65, and that number continues to grow. With the baby boomer generation doubling in size and an increase in comorbidities, this is an ideal time for Graham Healthcare Group to begin serving people in the state of Florida in their own homes with high-quality post-acute and end-of-life care." David Curtis, Chief Executive Officer of Home Health at Graham Healthcare Group "With the addition of InTeliCare, we're poised for growth as we continue our mission to transform home care and improve patient experiences," Curtis said. "This agreement expands the ability of Graham Healthcare Group to deliver consistent, high-quality care across the spectrum of home health and further strengthens our foundation for success." Irene Tuttle, InTeliCare Founder and Chief Executive Officer, will serve in an advisory role following the deal's close. Toni Walker, InTeliCare's longstanding Vice President of Operations, will maintain leadership over day-to-day operations. "We strongly align with Residential's values of care and community," Tuttle said. "This is an extraordinary opportunity to join forces with an organization that shares our employee- and patient-driven approach to care." "We are confident that the powerful synergies and added strength this partnership creates will continue to elevate the value and experience of post-acute care and advance the continuum of home health care in central Florida," Tuttle added. Residential Home Health intends to retain InTelicare's workforce and will support them with enhanced operational efficiencies and advanced clinical and technology innovations. Both Residential Home Health and InTeliCare are known for strong, employee-friendly cultures. Residential has been recognized as a top workplace for 11 consecutive years in the Detroit market and was recognized in the Chicago and St. Louis markets in 2021. About Graham Healthcare Group A subsidiary of Graham Holdings Company, Graham Healthcare Group has designed business and technology solutions to drive better care, outcomes and productivity in home health and hospice services for more than 20 years. Itincludes Residential Healthcare Group, Allegheny Health Network-Healthcare @ Home, Mary Free Bed at Home, Clarus, and CSI Pharmacy. Itis deeply committed to radically changing the home care model by putting patients and their families at the top of the paradigm, while enhancing the quality and consistency of healthcare in the most convenient and cost-effective setting possible: at home. About Residential Home Health Based in Troy, Michigan, Residential Home Health is a leading provider of home health, palliative and hospice services in Michigan, Illinois and Pennsylvania. Residential is one of the fastest growing home health networks with 2,500 dedicated care professionals. About InTeliCare Health Services Based in Boca Raton, InTeliCare is a leading provider of home health services in central Florida. The company has 80 employees serving nearly 300 patients from three offices.

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HEALTH TECHNOLOGY

Komodo Health Introduces New Scientific Publications Management Software

Komodo Health | May 12, 2022

Komodo Health announced the launch of Komodo Publications Planning, introducing the next generation of publications planning and management applications for Life Sciences. The automated and highly customizable end-to-end software is designed to make it easier to maximize the impact and outcome of scientific publications and medical communications in an accurate, efficient, and compliant manner. With today’s news, Komodo extends the power of its real-world data and technology for Medical Affairs professionals, offering a comprehensive suite of applications to manage all aspects of publications planning, including a more data-driven approach to engaging with healthcare providers. In order to establish scientific integrity aligned to strategic medical objectives, global Medical Affairs teams are responsible for managing complex publication plans within Life Sciences companies, which can include both pipeline and commercial products or therapeutics with overlapping timelines. Multiple stakeholders need to seamlessly collaborate, provide feedback, and share updates with one another throughout the process, from publication concept through planning, and ultimately, publishing. With out-of-the-box connectors to Altmetric, Office 365, Unpaywall, and the ability to seamlessly integrate and optimize existing technology workflows, Komodo Publications Planning provides the tools to address every aspect of planning, execution, and analysis in a consolidated view to bring speed and ease for Medical Affairs teams. The integrated, user-friendly workflow enhances productivity by helping customers reduce time spent managing tasks to allow more time to focus on producing high-quality publications. For example, Pfizer was seeking a way to evolve and digitize how its publications were managed. The company developed a customized tool with Komodo Publications Planning as its foundation, which allowed Pfizer to roll out one cohesive publications management system that could be leveraged by a variety of stakeholders around the globe, creating a more efficient path for collaborating with authors and third-party agencies. With a consolidated view into its medical and scientific publication plans, Pfizer’s global team can automate the planning process, quickly tracking publication milestones and monitoring study progression using real-time alerts. “Working in partnership with Komodo on designing and building a new publications management system has been an exciting and courageous journey. We were able to realize some of the innovative solutions we wanted to incorporate into our system to advance our publications practice,” Catherine Skobe, MPH, Sr. Director, Publications Innovative Solutions Lead at Pfizer “Legacy publications management applications often require long build cycles and offer limited control; Komodo Publications Planning is helping our customers eliminate the need for multiple, disjointed systems, which often cause timely and costly delays for publishing critical clinical advancements,” said Prasad Kanumury (PK), Mavens founder and General Manager at Komodo Health. “The ability to integrate into existing IT infrastructure is helping Medical Affairs teams to more effectively achieve their scientific objectives and produce timely, journal-accepted publications within a single, customizable solution.” Stemming from the 2021 acquisition, Mavens' integration into Komodo has resulted in a number of new opportunities for enterprise impact. The release of Komodo Publications Planning marks the first new application within Komodo’s Medical Affairs Suite. The Medical Affairs Suite offers end-to-end workflow support on everything from optimizing publications, impact reporting, and clinical education to enabling HCPs with disease burden intelligence and advanced analytic solutions to build comprehensive, measurable, and evidence-based strategies. The suite also allows for strategic engagement opportunities through key expert identification within Komodo’s Aperture application, now with Medical Information Cloud integration, to encourage even more timely, compliant, and trackable clinical interactions. The launch of Komodo Publications Planning coincides with the 18th Annual ISMPP Meeting, where experts from Komodo Health and Pfizer presented about the future evolution of the medical publications ecosystem in a session on May 9th. For more information, visit Komodo Health onsite at booth #14. About Komodo Health Komodo Health is a technology platform company creating the new standard for real-world data and analytics by pairing the industry’s most complete view of patient encounters with enterprise software and machine learning that connects the dots between individual patient journeys and large-scale health outcomes. Across Life Sciences, payer, provider, and developers, we help our customers unearth patient-centric insights at scale — marrying clinical data with advanced algorithms and AI-powered software solutions to inform decision making, close gaps in care, address disease burden, and help the enterprise create a more cost-effective, value-driven healthcare system.

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InfuSystem Announces Master Service Agreement with Leading Global Healthcare Technology and Diagnostic Company

InfuSystem Holdings, Inc. | April 29, 2022

InfuSystem Holdings, Inc. a leading national health care service provider, facilitating outpatient care for durable medical equipment manufacturers and health care providers, announced today it has entered into a three-year master service agreement with a leading global healthcare technology and diagnostic company, effective April 25, 2022. As part of the master service agreement, InfuSystem will be providing its biomedical services, which include annual preventative maintenance and repair solutions, to a majority of the fleet of infusion pumps at hospitals and other medical facilities under contract with this tier one global healthcare company. Service will be conducted on-site at the acute care facility or off-site at one of InfuSystem’s seven service centers. This global healthcare technology and diagnostic company’s preferred customers’ infusion pump fleet consists of more than 300,000 pumps located in 1,200 medical facilities, including 800 hospital systems in the U.S. and Canada. This preferred national service agreement is estimated to generate approximately $10 to $12 million, after an initial ramp-up period, in annual revenue under InfuSystem’s DME service platform. “I am extremely pleased the tier one global healthcare company has entrusted InfuSystem to be their preferred national service provider. We will deliver our 'white glove' biomedical services for their infusion pump fleet throughout North America. This master service agreement could potentially lead to additional opportunities to serve this customer to provide other products and services we offer under our DME Services segment. The wide-ranging expertise and capabilities of our DME platform, along with our proven track record of industry-leading service, and our national network of service centers, were important factors in their decision to partner with InfuSystem.” Richard DiIorio, Chief Executive Officer of InfuSystem “This acute care service opportunity is the direct result of effectively integrating our biomedical services acquisitions and creating a highly effective operating unit to service tier one clients in order to drive growth and significantly expand market share. Our certified biomedical service teams will be deployed throughout North America to commence onboarding of the global healthcare company’s infusion fleet, and to conduct service and repairs on-site or at one of our national service centers. I believe this preferred national service agreement lays the foundation for long-term growth of our DME business and even greater expansion into the acute care space.” “This master service agreement represents a significant milestone for the Company. It is a testament to our team’s hard work and dedication in providing industry-leading service and repair solutions. We look forward to a long and successful relationship for years to come,” concluded Mr. DiIorio. About InfuSystem Holdings, Inc. InfuSystem Holdings, Inc. is a leading national health care service provider, facilitating outpatient care for durable medical equipment manufacturers and health care providers. INFU services are provided under a two-platform model. The lead platform is Integrated Therapy Services (“ITS”), providing the last-mile solution for clinic-to-home healthcare where the continuing treatment involves complex durable medical equipment and services. The ITS segment is comprised of Oncology, Pain Management, Wound Therapy and Lymphedema businesses. The second platform, Durable Medical Equipment Services (“DME Services”), supports the ITS platform and leverages strong service orientation to win incremental business from its direct payer clients. The DME Services segment is comprised of direct payer rentals, pump and consumable sales, and biomedical services and repair. Headquartered in Rochester Hills, Michigan, the Company delivers local, field-based customer support and also operates Centers of Excellence in Michigan, Kansas, California, Massachusetts, Texas and Ontario, Canada.

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INSURANCE

As One Insurance Group Launches Population Health Strategy That is Revolutionizing Healthcare

As One Insurance Group | February 25, 2022

Privately-held insurance brokerage firm As One Insurance Group ("As One") has announced the launch of its population health strategy that is already revolutionizing the healthcare industry based in Phoenix, As One has quickly achieved benchmark status in the population health world. Brandon Bullock, Chief Strategy Officer of As One, says, "Over the years we have seen the number of those without access to healthcare shrink, the numbers are a positive sign, 10 percent of Americans still have no access to care. We're looking to close that gap. As One is offering Health Navigator alongside its proprietary sales platform which leverages electronic processing to speed up the sales cycle." The cutting-edge firm specializes in life, health, and ancillary insurance benefits and is making insurance simple for carriers, agents, and clients through distinct offerings including: An innovative population health strategy A proprietary sales platform and CRM for straight-through electronic processing An impressive nationwide distribution channel Advanced agent training and sales tools "With the right tools at their fingertips, our team and agents show tremendous courage every day fighting to fix health insurance, a strong team that works as one." J.R. Jordan, Chief Executive Officer of As One Cost of Healthcare in America The cost of Healthcare in the United States is a significant factor that prevents people from obtaining the necessary care or filling prescriptions. Half of U.S. adults have stated that they postponed or completely mitigated some sort of dental or health care in the past year due to the high cost. Three in 10 people have also reported not taking their necessary medicines as prescribed at some point due to the very same reason. High healthcare costs excessively affect uninsured adults and those with lower household incomes. Larger shares of U.S. adults have also reported difficulty affording different types of care, which further delays and attributes to them forgoing medical care due to the cost. However, individuals that are covered by health insurance are not immune to the weight of healthcare costs. Almost half (46%) of those insured reported difficulty affording out-of-pocket expenses, and 27% had reported difficulty in being able to afford their deductible. Difficulty paying medical bills has resulted in significant consequences for U.S. families. Medical bill problems are also disproportionately affecting those adults in households where they or a member of their household has a severe health condition. About As One Insurance Group As One Insurance Group ("As One") is a privately held insurance brokerage based in Phoenix, Arizona, specializing in life, health, and ancillary insurance benefits. As One aims to simplify insurance by making the process straightforward and honest. With transparent product information and open communications being the norm, the company provides a range of life and health insurance products that are coupled with the tools agents and clients need to manage their needs. That includes advanced education and training, innovative technology solutions, and best-in-class service. In short, they work with and for agents, clients, and carriers together as one.

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