Health tech companies strike deals to grow virtual diabetes care

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Does Searching for High Users Really Help Patients?

Health insurers and their providers are increasingly using machine learning to signal to the subset of patients who are likely to deal with more expensive hospitals, and ideally could be directed to preventive care programs and toward social services that can improve their health. But according to Mohana’s report, there is no standard prognostic method, which means they run the risk of excluding those most in need of preventive care. There is also little agreement on how best to introduce these local algorithms into the hospital or payer workflow. In the absence of government or industry oversight, machine learning experts are calling for more oversight in cost forecasting.


One example of how technology is used: AtUTHealth Harris County Psychiatry Center, Algorithms help identify risk factors for readmission, such as a diagnosis of schizophrenia, and clinicians and hospital leadership refer patients who share these characteristics to relevant preventive services. “We’re really looking for the malleable factors,” he said. Jane Hamilton, who led the project at the Safety Net Clinic. “What could we do differently?”

Besira has a gap in withholding information


Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology – Washington Health Information Regulatory Agency – started the second half of its annual meeting Wednesday with a commitment from HHS secretary Xavier Becerra To fill in a policy loophole that prevents providers from facing federal penalties for preventing patients from accessing their private data.

“It should have been done years ago,” Becerra said, referring to the current law that penalizes health IT developers and vendors involved in “information blocking,” but leaves it to the trustee to determine the consequences for providers.

The majority of information preventing complaints submitted to the ONC has been blamed on service providers. In one case, Becerra said, a patient received a notification that biopsy results were available, but was unable to access them immediately because the doctor who requested them was out of town. “This is not the kind of customer experience any of us should expect,” Becerra said. He said closing the enforcement gap would be a top priority for HHS, but did not provide a timeline.

Racial and racial disparities persist in telehealth

Advocates of virtual care have long put forward video and audio-based medical appointments as a way to reach populations historically disadvantaged by health care, including racial and ethnic groups that face additional obstacles in accessing personalized care. But a recent study in Journal of General Internal Medicine Examination of patients at a federally qualified health center in Texas found that black patients were 35% less likely than white patients to use virtual care, and Hispanic patients were 51% less likely than white patients to use it. The gaps can be traced back to the digital divide: the authors say that certain groups are less likely to own the technology or know how to use it.

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Is it time to panic about financing? (no)

As we head into the second quarter of the year, prepare to see plenty of worrisome graphs like the one above, from a new State of Digital Health report by CB . insights. By most measures, things are slowing down compared to 2021, which saw record investment in the space fueled by newfound enthusiasm for the possibilities of digital health — not to mention confidence that the economy was heading toward a post-pandemic recovery. But remember that the first quarter can be quiet, and huge deals can skew numbers from one quarter to the next. More importantly, it’s worth considering how important it would be if investors didn’t randomly write checks for every virtual sponsorship concept that bypassed their desks. In healthcare, quality is important.

The rumor mill on the Apple Watch is swaying

Some appleAccording to Bloomberg, the most ambitious health projects are now rumored to be delayed. Reportedly, the attempt to monitor blood pressure has been delayed until at least 2024 for its launch, and there was no expected date for the launch of a non-invasive blood sugar monitoring scheme. On the plus side, Bloomberg reports that we may soon get new Apple features around women’s health, medication tracking, and improved support for third-party glucose monitoring. Next event to watch: Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference begins June 6.

New health technology deals

  • Virtual Diabetes Clinic 9 am health Raised $16 million from the first round led by 7wireVentures And Human capital Posted by StartUp Health, Leaps By Bayer, Define Ventures, And Founders Fund. The company hopes to use the funding to grow its direct-to-consumer business and expand into the market for self-insured employers.
  • Iris Health Health, Which provides telepsychiatry services to more than 200 hospitals and community health centers, raised $40 million in a second round led by Concord Health Partners And Columbia Pacific Consultants. It plans to use the funding to expand its operations with more employees and expanded product and technology capabilities.

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  • Start a home test stationed hired Your Murduk is my creator as chief medical officer. Mr. Khaleghi has worked for several health technology companies, including everwellHe was a member of the founding team.
  • Labcorp Application of subsidiary benefits and family planning ovarian health Eye Leslie Saltzman as its chief medical officer. She was recently the deputy head of the Department of Medicine at Trail Sparka technology company that facilitates clinical trials.
  • Wellinxthe digital health company that addresses COPD care, has been appointed Abe Sundaramurthy Chief Medical Officer. Previously held positions in university hospital system in Ohio.

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