How 5 health plans are using social determinants of health data to improve health outcomes

Healthcare Dive | May 21, 2019

There is growing recognition that social determinants of health data are a central piece of the puzzle for the U.S. healthcare system. But while many healthcare industry executives are aware of the impact of social determinants of health on populations, there is no clear direction about how to operationalize its use. Because of this, the eHealth Initiative Foundation and the LexisNexis® Risk Solutions healthcare business hosted the second in a series of roundtable meetings focused on data governance, convening senior executives from across the healthcare spectrum. This discussion produced examples across a variety of health plans of how social determinants of health (SDOH) data is being used to improve health outcomes. The examples articulated by healthcare executives illustrated how it is used to identify the most vulnerable populations and give providers and health plans meaningful insights into the health of their patients.

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Pharm Exec convened a roundtable discussion, moderated by Editorial Director William Looney, during the 2016 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting, to examine a central question in cancer treatment today: in the evaluation of benefit to patients and society of a novel therapy, what should be the role/contribution of patientreported outcome (PRO) measures that incorporate insights from the real-life patient experience? PRO received close attention at ASCO, just as it is getting close attention from the Food and Drug Administration, the European Medicines Agency and other global regulators, as well as from industry, payers and patient advocates.


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Stryker, One of the World’s Leading Medical Technology Companies, announces definitive agreement to acquire Vocera Communications

Stryker | January 07, 2022

Strykerannounced today a definitive merger agreement to acquire all of the issued and outstanding shares of common stock of Vocera Communications, Inc.for $79.25 per share, or a total equity value of approximately $2.97 billion and a total enterprise value of approximately $3.09 billion (including convertible notes). Vocera, which was founded in 2000, has emerged as a leading platform in the digital care coordination and communication category. The importance of this growing segment has continued to expand throughout the pandemic as it aims to reduce cognitive overload for caregivers and enables them to deliver the best patient care possible. Vocera brings a highly complementary and innovative portfolio to Stryker’s Medical division that will address the increasing need for hospitals to connect caregivers and disparate data-generating medical devices, which will help drive efficiencies and improve safety and outcomes. Vocera’s highly developed software competency, unique and innovative hardware solutions, and the ability to securely enable remote communication between patients and their families, complements Stryker's Advanced Digital Healthcare offerings. The combined business will further advance Stryker’s focus on preventing adverse events throughout the continuum of care. “This acquisition underscores our commitment and focus on our customer. Vocera will help Stryker significantly accelerate our digital aspirations to improve the lives of caregivers and patients.” Kevin Lobo, Chair and Chief Executive Officer, Stryker “Today’s milestone represents an exciting opportunity for Vocera given the clear alignment of mission, goals and culture between our two organizations and our ability to drive even greater economic and clinical value for our customers,” said Brent Lang, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Vocera. Under the terms of the merger agreement, Stryker will commence a tender offer for all outstanding shares of common stock of Vocera for $79.25 per share in cash. The boards of directors of both Stryker and Vocera have unanimously approved the transaction. The closing of the transaction is subject to expiration or termination of the applicable waiting period under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act, completion of the tender offer and other customary closing conditions. The acquisition is expected to close in the first quarter of 2022 and is expected to have a neutral impact to net earnings per diluted share in 2022. About Stryker Stryker is one of the world’s leading medical technology companies and, together with its customers, is driven to make healthcare better. The company offers innovative products and services in Orthopaedics, Medical and Surgical, and Neurotechnology and Spine that help improve patient and hospital outcomes. About Vocera The mission of Vocera Communications, Inc. is to improve the lives of healthcare professionals, patients, and families. Founded in 2000, Vocera provides clinical communication and workflow solutions that help protect and connect team members, increase operational efficiency, enhance quality of care and safety, and humanize the healthcare experience. More than 2,300 facilities worldwide, including nearly 1,900 hospitals and healthcare facilities, have selected Vocera solutions to enable their workforce to communicate and collaborate with co-workers and engage with patients and families. Mobile workers can choose the right device for their role or task, including smartphones or one of the company’s wearable communication devices, and use voice commands to easily reach people by name, role, or group. The hands-free Vocera Smartbadge was named to TIME’s list of the 100 Best Inventions of 2020. Vocera solutions can integrate with more than 150 clinical and operational systems, including electronic health records, nurse call systems, ventilators, physiological monitors, and more. In addition to healthcare, Vocera solutions are found in aged care facilities, veterinary hospitals, schools, luxury hotels, retail stores, power facilities, and more.

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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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UMC Health System Partners with Omnicell for Advanced Services Solutions to Streamline Medication Management & Enhance Clinical Outcomes

Omnicell | February 15, 2022

Omnicell, Inc., a leading provider of medication management and adherence tools for health systems and pharmacies, today announced that UMC Health System (“UMC”) in Lubbock, Texas, has selected Omnicell’s comprehensive portfolio of Advanced Services solutions to support key pharmacy initiatives, including acute care, outpatient, retail, and 340B program strategies. UMC has signed a 10-year sole source agreement for Omnicell’s cloud-based portfolio of solutions, including central pharmacy automation and point of care dispensing systems. The partnership is also expected to support UMC’s goals of expanding community pharmacy services through opportunities with Omnicell’s 340B services and EnlivenHealth’s patient engagement solutions, helping UMC to drive operational efficiency across its continuum of care. More importantly, these solutions will empower pharmacy staff and clinicians to focus on higher value tasks that support patient safety. As a public hospital with a 40-year tenure supporting the Lubbock community, UMC has experienced an increase in demand for its services. According to U.S. Census data, Texas has one of the highest uninsured population rates – at 18.4 percent in 2019, nearly double the national average. Programs like the federal 340B Drug Pricing Program and technology-enabled patient engagement solutions are intended to help improve health outcomes for these underserved communities. “At UMC, our top priority is patient safety and ensuring healthy outcomes for our community. Partnering with Omnicell, we are building an advanced pharmacy technology strategy that aligns with our vision to streamline and advance the pharmacy and nursing practice across our system. Most importantly, we are laying a technology foundation that will enable the best patient care.” John Lowe, vice president of Support Services at UMC Health System UMC has embraced the industry-defined vision of the Autonomous Pharmacy, a roadmap designed to develop a zero-error, fully automated medication management infrastructure. Through automation, intelligence, and expert services, the Autonomous Pharmacy is expected to drive performance and outcomes, and empower clinicians to shift their focus from manual administrative functions to patient support needs. “As medication management becomes more complex, we believe health systems need end-to-end, cloud-based solutions that will allow them to work smarter, while supporting safe, efficient pharmacy care,” said Scott Seidelmann, executive vice president and chief commercial officer at Omnicell. “We’re confident that Omnicell’s partnership with UMC will provide comprehensive solutions that bridge acute and ambulatory care to help enhance performance and that are designed to deliver the highest levels of patient safety across the health system.” About UMC UMC Health System is a national award-winning health system comprised of over 4,600 team members and more than 30 care locations. We are proud to partner with Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center to provide the best care to West Texas and Eastern New Mexico. Whether you are managing a chronic condition, dealing with an unexpected illness, or simply working to stay healthy, we are passionate about getting you well and helping you stay that way. At UMC, Our Passion is You. About Omnicell Since 1992, Omnicell has been committed to transforming the pharmacy care delivery model to dramatically improve outcomes and lower costs. Through the vision of the autonomous pharmacy, a combination of automation, intelligence, and technology-enabled services, powered by a cloud data platform, Omnicell supports more efficient ways to manage medications across all care settings. Healthcare facilities worldwide use Omnicell automation and analytics solutions to help increase operational efficiency, reduce medication errors, deliver actionable intelligence, and improve patient safety. Institutional and retail pharmacies across North America and the United Kingdom leverage Omnicell's innovative medication adherence and population health solutions to improve patient engagement and adherence to prescriptions, helping to reduce costly hospital readmissions.

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Netsmart and Bamboo Health Collaborate to Champion Care Coordination and Crisis Management

Netsmart | April 12, 2022

Netsmart announced a partnership with Bamboo Health, a leading provider of data and healthcare IT solutions, to create a comprehensive behavioral health referral network supporting the nationwide effort to respond to the need to implement a 988 crisis management system. Through this strategic technology partnership, Netsmart and Bamboo Health will partner to create one of the most robust crisis management solutions in the market. The integrated solution will expedite access to treatment for those in crisis, connect individuals to a network of care and enable effective post-crisis care coordination. Netsmart will integrate the Bamboo Health OpenBeds solution within the CareManager™ population health management platform, currently utilized by many health home organizations, managed care organizations, human services and post-acute care providers across the country. By working together to connect healthcare providers, emergency departments and crisis response professionals across a national network, OpenBeds and Netsmart will deliver an advanced system to help states, counties and providers respond to 988 and crisis line demands. Streamlining mobile crisis service coordination, treatment facility bed availability, electronic transfers and referrals to behavioral health services, the solution will create a full-picture view of an individual’s journey, including health history and treatment and services, making it easier for providers to get patients engaged with the right level of care they need quickly. Netsmart and Bamboo Health are excited to announce that the Missouri Behavioral Health Council will be deploying the solution as part of a statewide approach to create a comprehensive statewide crisis network (known as Missouri Behavioral Health Connect – MOConnect). MOConnect will support crisis management for the Missouri Department of Mental Health, Missouri Behavioral Health Council (MBHC) and its member organizations, and community response and health partners across the state. With the vision of MBHC and its members, Missouri Behavioral Health Connect will validate the value of an integrated and connected statewide approach to crisis management and care coordination. “By collaborating with Netsmart, together we will be able to strengthen our statewide networks to effectively manage and respond to crisis by integrating our OpenBeds solution within the CareManager population health and care coordination platform,” said Bamboo Health CEO Rob Cohen. “Through this innovative technology initiative, we can leverage one of the largest community-based interoperability networks in the country to connect with the larger healthcare ecosystem. Together, we enable care coordination and leverage robust data and analytics for population health management that improves patient outcomes during and post-crisis.” MBHC, a longtime partner of Netsmart, leverages many components of the CareFabric platform and began using CareManager to eliminate data silos and streamline the complex process of operationalizing population health management in 2016. MBHC members have significantly advanced their workflows using CareManager and have expanded their use cases within the platform to additional programs, including the CCBHC model which is transforming service delivery for Community Mental Health Centers across the country. “We are excited to be a part of this unique partnership and continue to leverage technology to enable our award-winning care teams across the state with the right technology to support delivering the best care. In Missouri, we are going ‘Beyond the Call’ in our approach to implementing the 988 Crisis Hotline by working together with all stakeholders to ensure individuals in need have not just someone to call in their time of need but connecting them to resources to enable better long term outcomes. By approaching the rollout of a comprehensive crisis system in the context of all of the behavioral health initiatives underway in Missouri, including the CCBHC model, we can make this happen.” MBHC CEO & President Brent McGinty The CCBHC model enables agencies to deliver a comprehensive range of physical, mental health and substance use treatment and services, providing expanded care while helping lower costs across the behavioral health ecosystem. Behavioral health providers that achieve CCBHC certification are uniquely positioned to serve as a foundation for the nation’s new crisis response system and Missouri has led the way in proving the value of the CCBHC initiative. “We are thrilled to announce our new partnership with Bamboo Health, as we collectively redefine how states facilitate crisis management,” said Netsmart CEO Mike Valentine. “We believe teaming up with industry-leading technology providers to further extend the value of our CareFabric platform demonstrates our commitment to innovation and collaboration to meet our clients’ needs. As a longtime partner of MBHC and advocate for CCBHC funding, we couldn’t be happier to see this project come to life and continue to enhance this and other statewide efforts.” To hear more about the Netsmart, Bamboo Health and MBHC strategic technology partnership stop by the Netsmart booth 313 at the National Council of Mental Wellbeing Conference (NATCON22) in Washington, D.C., April 11 – 13. About Bamboo Health Bamboo Health is a healthcare technology solutions company, focused on fostering care collaboration and providing information and actionable insights across the entire continuum of care. As one of the largest, most diverse care collaboration networks in the country, our technology solutions equip healthcare providers and payers with software, information, and insights to facilitate whole person care across the physical and behavioral health spectrums. By serving 2,500 hospitals, 8,000 post-acute facilities, 25,000 pharmacies, 32 health plans, 50 state governments, and over one million acute and ambulatory providers through more than 500 clinical information systems electronically, we impact over 1 billion patient encounters annually in provider workflow. Health systems, payers, providers, pharmacies, governments, individuals, and other organizations rely on Bamboo Health to improve care and reduce cost. Connect with Bamboo Health on Twitter, LinkedIn and Facebook. Visit www.BambooHealth.com to learn more. About Missouri Behavioral Health Council The Missouri Behavioral Health Council’s mission is to enable access to quality mental health services to all Missouri citizens in need of such services, while maximizing their human potential and quality of life. This mission will be accomplished through the continued maintenance and development of a stable statewide network of comprehensive community based behavioral healthcare. About Netsmart Netsmart, a leading provider of Software as a Service (SaaS) technology and services solutions, designs, builds and delivers electronic health records (EHRs), health information exchanges, analytics and telehealth solutions and services that are powerful, intuitive and easy-to-use. Our platform provides accurate, up-to-date information that is easily accessible to care team members in the human services and post-acute care (which is comprised of home care and hospice and senior living) markets. We make the complex simple and personalized so our clients can concentrate on what they do best: provide services and treatment that support whole-person care.

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Pharm Exec convened a roundtable discussion, moderated by Editorial Director William Looney, during the 2016 American Society of Clinical Oncology Annual Meeting, to examine a central question in cancer treatment today: in the evaluation of benefit to patients and society of a novel therapy, what should be the role/contribution of patientreported outcome (PRO) measures that incorporate insights from the real-life patient experience? PRO received close attention at ASCO, just as it is getting close attention from the Food and Drug Administration, the European Medicines Agency and other global regulators, as well as from industry, payers and patient advocates.

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