Google opens Cloud Healthcare API to health systems to support data exchange

Google | April 21, 2020

Google Cloud announced Monday the general availability of a technology tool that will make it easier for health systems and providers to connect data across different sources and share those data with patients. Google is making its Cloud Healthcare API (application programming interface) available to the industry at large. The tool facilitates the exchange of data between healthcare applications and solutions built on Google Cloud and enables a unified view of patient data, according to a blog post. The API allows healthcare organizations to ingest and manage key data from a range of inputs and systems—and then better understand those data through the application of analytics and machine learning in real time, at scale, wrote Joe Corkery, M.D., director of product, and Aashima Gupta, director of industry solutions, both in Google Cloud's healthcare and life sciences division.

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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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Ensemble Health Partners, in Partnership with Caduceus Capital Partners, Leads Series A Round for Janus Health

Ensemble Health Partners | December 15, 2021

Ensemble Health Partners, in partnership with Caduceus Capital Partners, led the $8 million Series A capital raise for Janus Health, a revenue cycle automation and decision support platform. Billions of dollars are left uncollected annually by healthcare providers due to poor methods and inconsistent human decision making in the revenue cycle process. Janus Health studies end-user behavior within the revenue cycle and uses advanced AI to determine the optimal path for each workflow. Janus then automates processes and end-to-end workflows using its scalable platform and delivers real-time predictive recommendations to guide human worker performance. “I invest in people first. I’ve known Brendan for a long time, and he has assembled an incredible team who are experts in the field. We see a lot of technology fads in healthcare, but I am always most concerned with delivering value and creating a meaningful impact for our clients and associates. As someone deeply entrenched in the revenue cycle world, I see tremendous potential for Janus to deliver on both fronts.” Judson Ivy, Founder, President and CEO, Ensemble Health Partners “Several factors, including labor shortages, shrinking reimbursements and more stable IT environments, are creating a ripe opportunity to transform the revenue cycle with artificial intelligence and automation,” said Brendan Downing, co-founder and CEO of Janus Health. “Janus Health offers a timely service that can have a significant impact for health systems struggling with these rising costs-to-collect and reimbursement challenges.” Health systems continue to struggle with a workforce shortage and lack of resources. A recent McKinsey & Company study showed that $180 billion could be saved in healthcare administration and finance costs with automated technology. Many health systems do not currently have revenue cycle automation, but plan to implement this technology in the next year. With Janus Health, managers and executives receive actionable insights into people, productivity and practices, allowing them to optimally allocate and manage resources. “The revenue cycle in healthcare is notoriously challenging. Billing and collections are especially complicated when you consider the various payors and parties involved in a transaction,” said Dave Vreeland, senior managing partner at Caduceus Capital Partners. “This area is one of the most labor-intensive in healthcare, and there is a huge opportunity for Janus to make a difference in the industry.” Jim Gaffney, EVP, strategy and corporate development at Ensemble Health Partners and Sue Tyler, venture partner at Caduceus Capital Partners will serve on the Janus Health board of directors. About Ensemble Health Partners Ensemble Health Partners is a leading provider of technology-enabled revenue cycle management solutions for health systems, including hospitals and affiliated physician groups. The company offers end-to-end revenue cycle solutions as well as a comprehensive suite of point solutions to clients across the country. About Caduceus Capital Partners, LLC Caduceus Capital Partners is a venture capital and private equity company focused on early-stage digital health investments. The Caduceus Capital Partners investment model actively supports portfolio companies from the first check to the exit phase with operational expertise and network access to potential customers and partners. About Janus Health Technologies Janus Health is leapfrogging the automation solutions of today by developing the only end-to-end process improvement platform that studies a revenue cycle operation to determine the optimal path of each workflow and rapidly builds intelligent automation and decision support with a single-click.

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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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Hero and AdhereHealth Establish Strategic Partnership to Improve Medication Adherence Among Vulnerable Patients

AdhereHealth | December 18, 2021

AdhereHealth, a healthcare technology leader in medication adherence insights and health outcomes, has entered into a strategic partnership with Hero, the market leader in digital in-home care. This new agreement enables AdhereHealth to deploy Hero's digital in-home care platform to help high-risk, high-cost, chronically ill patients adhere to complex medication regimens. Hero's platform includes a connected smart pill dispenser, which automatically sorts and dispenses medications according to a patient's unique medication schedule. Hero's connected app then tracks what a patient took and when, and sends real-time alerts to the patient's care team if a dose is missed or a medication is ready for refill. Hero continually monitors the patient's medication inventory and facilitates real-time medication reconciliation and synchronization. "Combining Hero's industry-leading medication management platform with AdhereHealth's advanced technologies and its nationwide AdhereRx digital pharmacy creates the first complete lifecycle medication management service," said Kal Vepuri, founder and CEO of Hero. "Our partnership will also simultaneously improve patient safety by focusing on medication management, further support caregivers and help people take more control of their health," added Mr. Vepuri. AdhereHealth's digital pharmacy, AdhereRx, leverages data analytics to identify and prioritize vulnerable populations most at risk for nonadherence or drug safety problems. Trained pharmacists then connect via phone with patients to conduct comprehensive medication reviews and address social determinants of health (SDOH) that might get in the way of medication adherence. "Hero's patient-centric technology will enable care managers, providers and health plans to remotely monitor medication intake, providing real-time visibility into how patients are adhering to medication regimens at home. Combined with our medication synchronization technologies and our nationwide AdhereRx digital pharmacy solution, we can drive better patient experience and improve value-based outcomes for vulnerable populations." Jason Z. Rose, CEO of AdhereHealth Poor medication adherence is a leading cause of re-hospitalizations and ER visits, especially among the elderly and those with chronic conditions. The financial impact is significant: medication nonadherence accounts for 16% of U.S. healthcare spending annually, accounting for more than half a trillion dollars. About Hero Hero is a leading digital in-home care platform delivering the first end-to-end medication management service for patients and caregivers. Hero's solution includes its award-winning smart pill dispenser, medication management app, automatic refills with free delivery and 24/7 live support. Since launching in 2018, Hero has dispensed more than 70 million medications. Hero is used as a care management solution by individuals, caregivers and medical providers. About AdhereHealth™ AdhereHealth delivers purpose-built, innovative technology solutions to improve quality of care, medication adherence, and cost outcomes – all with an emphasis on overcoming social determinants of health (SDOH) and improving patient experience. AdhereRx, an AdhereHealth digital pharmacy, provides high-risk, underserved patients with personalized pharmacy services that drive medication compliance and reduce unnecessary utilization costs. This unique combination of predictive analytics, intelligent clinical workflow software and proactive telepharmacy outreach performed by a nationwide team of licensed clinicians addresses an estimated half a trillion dollars of unnecessary annual medical costs attributed to medication adherence issues. Today, the Adhere™ Platform touches nearly 30 million patients across dozens of health plans, self-insured employers and other risk-bearing entities.

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