Understanding the COVID-19 Pandemic as a Big Data Analytics Issue

HealthIt Analytics | April 03, 2020

The rapid, global spread of COVID-19 has brought advanced big data analytics tools front and center, with entities from all sectors of the healthcare industry seeking to monitor and reduce the impact of this virus. Researchers and developers increasingly using artificial intelligence, machine learning, and natural language processing to track and contain coronavirus, as well as gain a more comprehensive understanding of the disease. In the months since COVID-19 hit the US, researchers have been hard at work trying to uncover the nature of the virus – why it affects some more than others, what measures can help reduce the spread, and where the disease will likely go next. At the core of these efforts is something with which the healthcare industry is very familiar: Data.

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From 2010 -2018, the pace of change in the healthcare industry and the way brands go to market has rapidly increased. That said –this moment, right now, is the slowest pace of change we will ever experience again, relatively speaking. ”Health” is no longer associated solely with illness and injury but with a holistic view of sustained wellness and a shift to a system that is proactive. The patient is at the heart of it all, and the entirety of their health needs is the new authenticity.


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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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FUTURE OF HEALTHCARE

House Rx Secures $30 Million in Financing to Improve the Specialty Pharmacy Experience for Patients and Their Care Teams

House Rx | March 15, 2022

House Rx, a health technology platform focused on improving affordability and patient access to specialty medications, announced it has secured $25 million in Series A financing led by Bessemer Venture Partners, bringing total funding to $30 million. House Rx's technology platform and pharmacy service enable specialty practices to offer medically-integrated dispensing, which means patients can receive both their physician and pharmacy care from one team, collaborating on a unified technology platform. Since it launched in March 2021, House Rx has partnered with four medical specialty practices and 30 prescribers in California and Washington. "We have a simple idea: partner with specialty clinics all over the country to enable medically integrated dispensing where the physician, pharmacist, nurses and techs can work together as one team, under one proverbial roof, to improve patient care. Our vision for the future of specialty pharmacy is a more local, more collaborative, and ultimately a more affordable system that leads to much better outcomes for patients." Ogi Kavazovic, CEO and a co-founder Specialty medications, which include treatments for cancers, rheumatic diseases and other chronic and acute conditions, are some of the most expensive drugs available. Unlike infused therapies which are administered in the clinics, the burden of specialty medication access and adherence often falls on patients, who typically need to battle several large bureaucracies to gain access to their medications. These often lead to multi-week delays in treatment and much lower adherence rates compared to medications administered in clinics. Currently, specialty medications are mainly dispensed via mail by a patient's insurance company, not their doctor or a pharmacy a patient chooses. A growing body of research demonstrates that when patients obtain timely access to cancer treatments directly from their care team, they have better outcomes, including improved quality of life and increased survivability. House Rx currently has over 30 employees, who are mostly software engineers and pharmacy operations. In addition to Bessemer Venture Partners, First Round Capital, Character.vc, and 1984.vc participated in the Series A funding. First Round Capital led the seed round as the initial investor alongside Khosla Ventures, Maverick Ventures, and 1984.vc. The funding from this latest round will go towards continued investments in House Rx's technology platform and scaling pharmacy operations. "The specialty pharmacy market is in much need of a new approach - the current system severely lacks in patient choice and innovation, and we think House Rx's vision for a more modern, more decentralized approach will have incredible impact," said Steve Kraus, Partner, Bessemer Venture Partners. "Bessemer is proud to back a company with a mission to ultimately make it easier and more cost effective for patients to get the treatment they need." In addition to Kavazovic, the health technology start-up was co-founded by Tesh Khullar, who serves as the company's President. Kavazovic and Khullar are former Flatiron Health executives, where they gained experience working closely with hundreds of oncology clinics. The company's Chief Pharmacy & Operating Officer is Denali Cahoon, PharmD, who is a former executive at Trellis Rx. "The antiquated pharmacy systems developed decades ago inhibit coordinated patient care and increase costs. The current system also prevents patients from choosing where they can get their medically prescribed life-sustaining therapies," said Tesh Khullar, President and a co-founder. "We started House Rx to make the medically integrated dispensing model the new normal in specialty pharmacy. With the right technology, and the right distribution partners, we can re-establish the partnership between physicians and pharmacists that brings a new level of transparency and patient care." House Rx's technology platform helps prescribers and pharmacists collaborate more effectively via one integrated system. Built based on in-depth feedback from pharmacists and physicians, the platform is designed specifically for the management of specialty medication, and includes built-in analytics to enable continuous improvement in operational efficiency and quality of care. The specialty medical practices that have already partnered with House Rx include Care Oncology Center, California; Sarcoma Oncology, California; Arthritis Northwest Washington; and Northwest Medical Specialties, Washington. About House Rx House Rx is a technology-enabled service company focused on making specialty medication more accessible and affordable. We do so by helping clinics dispense specialty medications to their patients in a medically-integrated way using pharmacist expertise and modern technology. By helping physicians and pharmacists collaborate on patient care, we're able to improve patient outcomes, lower the cost of care, and create a better experience for patients and their caregivers.

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FUTURE OF HEALTHCARE

Signify Health Opens New Regional Service Center in Oklahoma City

Signify Health, Inc. | June 15, 2022

Signify Health, Inc. a leading healthcare platform that leverages advanced analytics, technology, and nationwide healthcare networks to create and power value-based payment programs, announced the official opening of its new regional service center in Oklahoma City. The Company will mark the opening of its 25,000 square-foot site with a ceremonial ribbon cutting event with state and local government representatives, business community leaders, and employees. “Our investment in workforce and economic development is attracting industry-leading companies like Signify Health who recognize the many attributes Oklahoma has to offer growing businesses,” said Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt. “We are delighted to officially welcome Signify Health to our business community and look forward to supporting their continued success for many years to come.” Last December, Signify Health announced its decision to locate its third regional service center hub in Oklahoma City and plans to bring more than 200 new jobs to the region. Since that time, the Company has hired more than 130 new employees who work both on-site and remotely. “We truly appreciate the warm welcome and support we have received from both the Governor’s and Mayor’s administrations. They helped make the process of opening up a new facility and sourcing talented people a seamless and positive experience. We knew at the outset of this journey that Oklahoma City was a place where we would find people who share our values and passion for making a positive difference in people’s health. What we found here exceeded our high expectations,” David Pierre, Chief Operating Officer at Signify Health “The healthcare industry in Oklahoma City is an extremely important economic driver for our region, and more importantly it’s a major contributor to a high quality of life for our residents,” said Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt. “We congratulate Signify on opening its doors in Oklahoma City and look forward to the contributions they will make to our community, from both economic and quality of life perspectives.” Located at 5400 E. Memorial Road, Signify’s service center was designed to support the distinct needs of a hybrid workforce, including a flexible floor plan and collaboration spaces. In working with Turner & Company, Signify adopted a number of healthy workplace elements used in its Dallas office. Among the eco-friendly features are a geo-thermal HVAC system, LED lighting and an onsite wastewater treatment system. Signify Health’s Chief Operating Officer, David Pierre, will host a ceremonial ribbon cutting event on June 15, 2022 at 10:00 AM CT. Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt; Brent Kisling, Executive Director of Commerce, Oklahoma State Department of Commerce; and, Jeff Seymour, Executive Vice President, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce are expected to participate in the ceremony and offer remarks. About Signify Health Signify Health is a leading healthcare platform that leverages advanced analytics, technology, and nationwide healthcare provider networks to create and power value-based payment programs. Our mission is to transform how care is paid for and delivered so that people can enjoy more healthy, happy days at home. Our solutions support value-based payment programs by aligning financial incentives around outcomes, providing tools to health plans and healthcare organizations designed to assess and manage risk and identify actionable opportunities for improved patient outcomes, coordination and cost-savings. Through our platform, we coordinate what we believe is a holistic suite of clinical, social, and behavioral services to address an individual’s healthcare needs and prevent adverse events that drive excess cost, all while shifting services towards the home. For more information on how we are taking health homeward, visit us at signifyhealth.com.

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MEDICAL DEVICES

BD Acquires Scanwell Health, Inc. to Expand and Scale Digital At-Home Testing

BD | December 22, 2021

BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company), a leading global medical technology company, today announced it has completed the acquisition of privately held Scanwell Health Inc., a leader in smartphone-enabled at-home medical tests.BD collaborated with Scanwell to develop the app used with the recently launched BD Veritor™ At-Home COVID-19 Test, the first at-home COVID-19 test that uniquely uses a smartphone camera and app to capture and interpret results, eliminating the human subjectivity in other visually read at-home antigen tests. Scanwell will become the foundational digital platform upon which BD plans to develop at-home diagnostic tests for a range of infectious diseases including COVID-19/influenza A+B, group A strep and additional menu for detecting infections and managing chronic disease. "The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the shift to new care settings, and BD is ready to deliver a smart, connected at-home diagnostic ecosystem to support traditional and telehealth providers and consumers. This acquisition will enable us to expand and scale our digital capabilities in-house to speed time to market for transformative at-home solutions now and in the future." Dave Hickey, president of Life Sciences for BD The Scanwell app is a key differentiator in the market for at-home COVID-19 testing. To date, no other company uses the phone's camera to capture the image of the test that is then analyzed and interpreted by the app. Other COVID-19 home tests use smartphones as part of their process, but BD Veritor™ At-Home COVID-19 Test is the first and only test to use the smartphone as the analyzer to digitally interpret the test results and provide a definitive POSITIVE or NEGATIVE digital display of testing results. The app also has the capabilities to securely store and report test results to organizations, including businesses, public health authorities and schools. The results of tests are stored in the app and can be referenced and displayed at any time by simply logging into the app. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed. The transaction is expected to be immaterial to BD's fiscal 2022 financial results. Scanwell financial results will be reported under the Integrated Diagnostic Solutions business within the Life Sciences segment. About the BD Veritor™ At-Home COVID-19 Test The BD Veritor™ At-Home COVID-19 Test has not been FDA cleared or approved; but has been authorized by FDA under Emergency Use Authorization (EUA). This product has been authorized only for the detection of proteins from SARS-CoV-2, not for any other viruses or pathogens. The emergency use of this product is only authorized for the duration of the declaration that circumstances exist justifying the authorization of emergency use of IVDs for detection and/or diagnosis of COVID-19 under Section 564(b)(1) of the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act, 21 U.S.C. § 360bbb-3(b)(1), unless the declaration is terminated or authorization is revoked sooner. About BD BD is one of the largest global medical technology companies in the world and is advancing the world of health by improving medical discovery, diagnostics and the delivery of care. The company supports the heroes on the frontlines of health care by developing innovative technology, services and solutions that help advance both clinical therapy for patients and clinical process for health care providers. BD and its 70,000 employees have a passion and commitment to help enhance the safety and efficiency of clinicians' care delivery process, enable laboratory scientists to accurately detect disease and advance researchers' capabilities to develop the next generation of diagnostics and therapeutics. BD has a presence in virtually every country and partners with organizations around the world to address some of the most challenging global health issues. By working in close collaboration with customers, BD can help enhance outcomes, lower costs, increase efficiencies, improve safety and expand access to health care.

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From 2010 -2018, the pace of change in the healthcare industry and the way brands go to market has rapidly increased. That said –this moment, right now, is the slowest pace of change we will ever experience again, relatively speaking. ”Health” is no longer associated solely with illness and injury but with a holistic view of sustained wellness and a shift to a system that is proactive. The patient is at the heart of it all, and the entirety of their health needs is the new authenticity.

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