Why Blues plans, Health Care Service Corporation are teaming up to fight hunger

FierceHealthcare | February 04, 2019

The Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC) and Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS) Institute have teamed up to bring healthy food delivery options to those living in food deserts. The partnership has debuted foodQ, which offers affordable meals delivered to a participant’s home. The program aims to improve health outcomes for people with chronic conditions, particularly those conditions which are diet related. Ultimately, the partnership signifies the growing trend of prevention being initiated by insurance companies and other payers in an effort to reduce emergency room visits, hospital admissions and costs.

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has started three accountable care organization (ACO) programs that physician leaders and healthcare executives need to know about. These CMS programs offer financial rewards in exchange for providers delivering better quality care at a lower price.


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Northwell Health and Aegis Ventures Launch Ascertain – Healthcare AI Company Creation Platform to Improve Quality and Access to Care

Northwell Health | April 13, 2022

Northwell Health, New York’s largest healthcare provider, and Aegis Ventures, a New York-based startup studio announced at their inaugural Healthcare AI Innovation Summit the finalization of definitive agreements to launch Ascertain, a joint company creation platform. Ascertain is a first-of-its-kind partnership that pairs a dynamic venture studio with one of the nation’s largest and most impactful health systems to develop and commercialize breakthrough healthcare AI companies that improve quality and access to care and close health equity gaps. Ascertain represents a novel, more targeted approach to the way entrepreneurs and healthcare systems collaborate to solve major healthcare challenges. The platform combines clinical and business leadership, expert technical and product teams, access to Northwell’s leading, diverse datasets, and capital resources within a single ecosystem – with a sole focus on building and validating effective solutions that can be rapidly brought to market. “Ascertain brings a unique structure, an innovative approach, and a compelling vision to create breakthrough healthcare AI companies that are set up for success. We are all driven by the idea that everyone deserves access to high-quality, affordable healthcare. Our aim is clear: to find new, cost-efficient ways to create and accelerate companies that deliver real, equitable solutions.” Michael Dowling, President and CEO of Northwell Health Ascertain has commenced the creation of its first portfolio companies in partnership with Northwell’s clinicians and administrators. One such collaboration is focused on bringing substantive improvements in maternal health, working hand-in-hand with Northwell’s recently launched Center for Maternal Health to develop new approaches to detecting and managing serious complications for expectant mothers and babies. Ascertain’s data science team has been working hand-in-hand with Northwell’s Maternal and Fetal Medicine team to examine tens of thousands of cases of preeclampsia, a hypertensive pregnancy complication that disproportionately affects Black mothers in the United States. Using cutting-edge data science techniques, the Ascertain team aims to deliver an AI solution that helps clinicians predict the risk of developing preeclampsia, enabling them to intervene earlier than previously possible. “Existing approaches to the detection of preeclampsia often occur too late in pregnancy, once the condition has begun to manifest. An important enabler for a solution to this challenge is predictive analytics, applying available knowledge of a patient's history to enable action far earlier with simple, yet life-saving, clinical interventions. We believe the AI solution Ascertain is currently developing will enable this,” shared Burt Rochelson, MD, Chief of Maternal Medicine at Northwell Health. “Aegis and Northwell’s multidisciplinary teams are pursuing innovation through a systematic approach that will bring validated solutions to patients more quickly and at a lower cost,” said Bill Schoenfeld, Aegis Ventures Chairman. “Our skillsets are extraordinarily complementary and enable us to address healthcare’s most entrenched quality, equity, and cost problems far more powerfully than either organization could alone.” Ascertain is preparing to launch multiple companies in 2022 that focus on maternal health, chronic disease detection and management, and next-generation AI tools. Ascertain’s Chairman Tom Manning shared, “Together, we’re paving a new way forward, a monumental step toward real, proven AI solutions that can bring impact to the world. It is a bold collaboration to drive AI-backed companies that save lives and resolve long-standing health inequities – and realize results that deliver something greater in healthcare.” Ascertain is committed to building exceptional teams that will embrace this unique opportunity to create unparalleled impact. To learn more about Ascertain or register your interest, please visit https://ascertain.com/. About Ascertain Ascertain is a revolutionary new partnership between Northwell Health, New York’s largest healthcare provider, and Aegis Ventures, a dynamic startup studio. This unique partnership assembles leading medical, technology, and business resources to create a first-of-its-kind company creation platform for healthcare innovation to address healthcare’s most challenging quality, equity, and cost problems. Ascertain brings $100M in seed-stage capital to bear in pursuit of a three-pronged approach to company creation: internal ideation, commercialization of scientific breakthroughs, and US market entry partnerships for global ventures. Ascertain creates companies that improve quality of care, patient experience, and long-standing health, placing patient needs at the center of every business model, technology solution, and product. About Northwell Health Northwell Health is New York State’s largest healthcare provider and private employer, with 23 hospitals, 830 outpatient facilities and more than 16,600 affiliated physicians. We care for over two million people annually in the New York metro area and beyond, thanks to philanthropic support from our communities. Our 77,000 employees – 18,900 nurses and 4,800 employed doctors, including members of Northwell Health Physician Partners – are working to change healthcare for the better. We’re making breakthroughs in medicine at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research. We're training the next generation of medical professionals at the visionary Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell and the Hofstra Northwell School of Nursing and Physician Assistant Studies. About Aegis Ventures Aegis Ventures is a next-generation startup studio that partners with entrepreneurs and industry leaders to originate, launch, and scale transformative companies. Our platform brings together market-shaping ideas, permanent growth capital, and ambitious individuals driven to solve major societal problems. We aim to build companies with the capacity for vast impact, with an initial focus on artificial intelligence and digital health. Within these verticals, Aegis seeks to create companies that leverage technology to better optimize tradeoffs between quality, access, and cost, focusing on innovations that promote seamless continuity of care, patient empowerment, and better-informed clinical decision-making.

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DIGITAL HEALTHCARE

Jumio Accelerates Digital Transformation in Middle East with KYX Platform

Jumio | March 21, 2022

Jumio, the leading provider of AI-powered end-to-end identity orchestration, eKYC and AML solutions, announced the launch of a Middle Eastern solutions portfolio and the appointment of Arshad Sheikh as its first sales leader for the Middle East, Turkey and North Africa region. This expansion builds on Jumio’s long-standing presence in the Middle East and its ongoing commitment to revolutionize banking for a growing number of customers in the region. A recent forecast from the International Data Corporation states that digital transformation efforts in the Middle East, Turkey and Africa are set to top $58 billion in 2025, accounting for 40% of all information communication technology investments made that year. Additionally, McKinsey & Company found that 83% percent of payments practitioners operating in the Middle East and Africa believe digitizing the customer journey is the most important way to remain relevant in an evolving market. With the Jumio KYX Platform, businesses from banking and financial services to government, healthcare and travel sectors can tap into services that accelerate digital transformation without sacrificing security and convenience. The KYX Platform leverages AI, biometrics, machine learning and certified liveness detection to help enterprises rapidly convert customers, stop fraudsters and maintain KYC and AML compliance. The key features and advantages of the platform extend an organization’s ability to monitor customer behavior from the initial point of account creation through the full lifecycle of customer interactions. Based in Dubai, Sheikh will focus on expanding the company’s client base, growing relationships with existing clients and cultivating a sustainable partner network. Sheikh has more than 20 years of sales, business development and cybersecurity experience in the Middle East. Before joining Jumio, Sheikh worked at Carbon Black/VMWare, Barracuda Networks, Informatica, TrendMicro and Mindware. “We are proud to continue growing in the METNA region in order to better serve the needs of our local customers and partners and to expand our global footprint so organizations can truly know their end users, no matter where in the world they are. Most industries in the region have been swept up in the need to digitally transform their businesses. Jumio’s end-to-end orchestration platform, aided by our extensive partner network, will massively simplify the journey and deliver successful business outcomes across all key industry sectors.” Dean Hickman-Smith, Jumio chief revenue officer For a live demonstration of the Jumio KYX Platform, visit Jumio at booth A34 during GISEC Global, which takes place this week in Dubai. About Jumio When identity matters, trust Jumio. Jumio’s mission is to make the internet a safer place by protecting the ecosystems of businesses through a unified, end-to-end identity verification, eKYC and AML platform. The Jumio KYX Platform offers a range of identity proofing and AML services to accurately establish, maintain and reassert trust from account opening to ongoing transaction monitoring. Leveraging advanced technology including AI, biometrics, machine learning, liveness detection and automation, Jumio helps organizations fight fraud and financial crime, onboard good customers faster and meet regulatory compliance including KYC, AML and GDPR. Jumio has carried out more than 500 million verifications spanning over 200 countries and territories from real-time web and mobile transactions. Based in Palo Alto, Jumio operates globally with offices in North America, Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific and has been the recipient of numerous awards for innovation. Jumio is backed by Centana Growth Partners, Great Hill Partners and Millennium Technology Value Partners.

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Kareo and PatientPops Combined Platform Leveraged by the Perdido Bay Medical Group to Deliver Integrated Care and Grow Business

Kareo | April 04, 2022

Dr. Daniel Spriggs, a long-time Kareo user at his former practices, chose to continue using the integrated platform for his new practice the Perdido Bay Medical Group because of its functionality, familiarity, and ease of use. Dr. Spriggs was previously part of other medical groups, and so he needed to develop a new online identity when he opened his new practice. In the first 60 days following implementation, PatientPop’s solution improved the practice’s visibility online garnering over 1,500 new website visitors. Simultaneously, PatientPop helped solidify 70 new patient reviews with an average of 5 out of 5-star ratings. Improving the practice website’s SEO brought in over 500 organic website connections. “Kareo’s platform has allowed me to create workflows that mimic how I work, making it easier for me to deliver care to my patients. It was still the best choice when it came to a solution for my new practice. Even though I haven’t used PatientPop for very long, it has already improved my website performance greatly by making my brand presence more cohesive and is helping to bring in new patients. It's a tremendous benefit that Kareo and PatientPop have merged because I don’t have to rely on disparate systems which are often confusing, not as fiscal, and don’t deliver the best results.” Dr. Spriggs Kareo and PatientPop announced theymerged in 2021to form Tebra. The combined company’s mission is to equip independent practices with digital tools to deliver modernized care. The all-in-one solution can help providers support and attract new patients, get paid quickly, and operate more efficiently. “Tebra’s all-in-one platform is unlocking better healthcare for small practices to modernize care delivery and improve the patient experience,” Andrea Kowalski, Senior Vice-President of Product for Kareo, said. “Our partnership with the Perdido Bay Medical Group illustrates our ability to tailor solutions to what is most important to our client’s needs. We will continue to enhance and simplify our solutions to drive practice transformation.” About the Perdido Bay Medical Group The Perdido Bay Medical Group is a family medicine practice serving adults of all ages and children as young as four years old in Lillian, Alabama. Experienced family medicine physician Daniel Spriggs, MD, launched the practice in 2021 when he discovered that the Lillian community needed more than the ordinary family medicine practices. The Perdido Bay Medical Group offers chronic disease management, acute illness care, arthritis care, geriatrics, and specialized care for disability and special-needs patients. About PatientPop PatientPopis an industry leader in practice growth technology with a platform that helps thousands of providers promote their practice, attract and acquire patients, and retain them, for a thriving business. The integrated platform eases and enhances the patient journey from start to finish, with a streamlined digital workflow that significantly reduces work for providers and staff. PatientPop has been recognized with many industry awards and accolades, including the Inc. 500, Deloitte Fast 500, Entrepreneur 360, Consumer World Awards, Capterra Shortlist, G2 Leader, and Silicon Review 50 Fastest Growing Companies. PatientPop has headquarters in Santa Monica, California. About Kareo Kareois a cloud-based healthcare technology platform built to meet the unique needs of independent practices in dozens of specialties. Today, Kareo helps over 80,000 providers in 50 states deliver outstanding patient care and run more efficient and profitable practices. The Kareo technology platform helps providers find more patients, manage patient care with a fully certified and easy-to-use EHR, and get paid quickly within a unified, easy-to-use solution. Kareo has received extensive industry recognition, including the2021 Best in KLAS award for Small Practice Ambulatory EMR/PM Solutions, the Deloitte Technology Fast 500, Inc. 5000, and a ranking at the top of Gartner’s Leader Quadrant in the FrontRunners Software Analysis of EHR. Kareo’s headquarters are based in Irvine, California.

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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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