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Cerebral for Troubles mount
Online mental health company Cerebral US Attorney’s Office for the New York Last Week Some pharmacies – including CVS, Walmart, and Cerebral “preferred pharmacy partner” Truepill – Cerebral to telehealth providers including some prescriptions for block, delay, or stop filling.
The company is still advertising its services on Facebook, though it’s “actively adjusting” its marketing strategy to emphasize screening and counseling services instead of ADHD prescriptions, a spokesperson said. Armaan Gandhi, head of brand at Cerebral, told STAT that part of adjusting its ADHD practice is to “reflect this change in our language on updating the language.” Mohana has the story.
Exclusive: The next pandemic to get to the nference plans and that is your help
Machine learning company nference Patterns for patients’ clinical notes of culling troves that have made it out of business. Covid-19 infection: a finding they quickly passed on to the CDC. As the founder of the recent global public health crisis, he is betting that there are more and more important information on clinical notes that could be combined with viral genome sequencing: hints about the evolution of diseases.
The New Pandemic is the only founding partner of a new initiative to create electronic health records with the next pandemic – and it’s looking for philanthropic foundations, health systems and industry partners The underlying IT infrastructure for health records so that companies can nurture and analyze it for the sake of containment and prevention, Soundararajan tells STAT. “This is not just about SARS-CoV-2,” he said. “This is about any virus that has spread quickly.”
Part of the plan is to get health systems across the globe so that companies like them can have more nuanced data to pull from. And nobody is offering its own machine learning software at the cost of interested partners. With enough data, Soundarajan said, “We could have a blueprint for the next mutation.”
Federal audit flags interoperability failures
A new federal audit spotlights gaps in between a multibillion dollar effort to create fluid health data exchange Department of Defense and Veterans Affairs. Rather than adopting a common electronic health record Cerner, The effort has been made to consistently integrate important patient information into the new system, the audit found. It also highlights a lack of software interfaces that enable automatic uploading of data by medical devices, and access to health records over poor controls. In short, the dream of a seamlessly connected health record ecosystem with the federal government is still a reality.
Can telehealth open up the Paxlovid bottleneck?
There’s finally a steady supply of oral antivirals to treat. Some public health departments think telehealth could help: Last week, Massachusetts launched Free Televisits and Paxlovid for At-Home Delivery, and New York City’s similar program already has more than 2,000 courses of medicine. Free programs are critical for the most vulnerable patients, but a simple Google search shows telehealth companies advertising anyone who has trouble getting a primary care appointment. The next step is for virtual care companies: Closing the Loop in the same way the federal ‘test-to-treat’ program has, by providing testing, doctor’s appointments, and at-home drug delivery in one place. Read more in Katie’s latest.
The new geography of telemedicine
A new report on pediatric telemedicine use by the US Disease Control and Prevention for Centers Covid-19 pandemic during the use of technology in spotlights geographic disparities. The largest gap was between rural (7%) and large urban (16%) communities. But there were also significant differences between regions, with the Northeast seeing the greatest uptake (20%) and the South (11%) and the Midwest (13%) looking significantly less. The report also breaks down the use of different types of patients to find the technology to achieve gains with widespread adoption of pediatric patients with disabilities and developmental conditions.
Just getting $ tarted
- The venture capital firm General Catalyst and Intermountain Healthcare General Catalyst’s portfolio companies have created novel technologies that strike up a partnership. The effort will focus on advancing value-based care and including startups Olive, Transcarent, Commure, Sprinter Healthand Cadence.
- The US Department of Veterans Affairs a health AI company with inked deals Tempus to use its genetic sequencing tests to deliver more personalized cancer care to VA patients. The multi-year deal will roll out Tempus tests across the VA’s 171 medical centers.
- Hearda startup that handles behavioral healthcare providers for bookkeeping, raised $ 10 million in Series A round led Footwork. The company charges for a subscription fee and uses its software to handle administrative tasks such as payroll and accounting services.
CMOs and CEOs
- As Allscripts Offloads its products to hospitals and large practices, it’s getting a new CEO: Former President Rick Poulton will step down as Paul Beck steps into the role. Poulton will oversee its life science and insurer data business, Veradigm.
- Digital health company Lark Health named Lynne Nowak as its new chief medical officer. She comes from Evernorthwhere she was vice president of clinical, data, and provider solutions.
- In the last two weeks, telehealth companies Amwell and Teladoc have each selected new CMOs. Teladoc’s is a chief medical officer, with her role as Vidya Raman-Tangella from GM at Health Care and Life Sciences GM Amazon Web Services. Amwell’s hire for chief marketing officer, pulling from Susan Worthy Optum.
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