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Amanda Hall, Director of Clinical Services, Catapult Health

By | Covid

What have you done to help shape the Catapult clinical protocol for COVID-19?
I facilitated the discussion that led to our COVID-19 clinical protocol, and led training for our Nurse Practitioner team as they prepared to consult with patients about symptoms of and exposure to the virus. I coordinated development of the protocols related to the consultation process, including set up, connecting to patients, assessment of pertinent history and physical exam, decision, and development of an action plan for each patient. As a Nurse Practitioner, I was able to pilot this process the first week to get a better idea of the process flow and the clinical course. I used my experience in the pilot to consult with our other clinical advisors and to guide our Nurse Practitioner team in their clinical decision making. During this pilot we developed protocols around high risk patients that provide guidance about the decision to refer for same day testing or urgent care, or to wait 24 hours for further evaluation and/or testing.

How has the company responded to this challenge?
CatapultCares launched on Tuesday 3/24/20, only one week after the idea was conceptualized. Our HR team quickly identified Nurse Practitioners who could provide consultations from their home, organized a scheduling process, and purchased and configured secure systems that the NPs could use. Our technology team worked around the clock for days to program our COVID-19 criteria for CatapultCares. This support has provided our Nurse Practitioners a quick and effective way to assess patients and refer if they meet COVID-19 screening criteria. If they do not, we are encouraging self-quarantine, giving them warning signs, and discussing ways to keep themselves and family healthy.

What advice or thoughts can you share which might impact or motivate others right now.
Follow your state and county shelter in-place orders. We can slow the spread. This is crucial so we do not overwhelm our healthcare system. Reach out to a medical professional, by phone, with questions. Remember to thank healthcare professionals and first responders for working tirelessly to care and serve.

We thank Amanda Hall for her all her hard work and have made a $1,000 donation on Amanda’s behalf to the Community Health Clinic, where she volunteers.

Twistle Adds Providence Saint Joseph Health and ChristianaCare to Investment Syndicate to Complete an $18M Financing Round

By | News

Twistle, a company that helps health systems automate personalized education and care communications with their patients, today announces that Providence Ventures, the venture capital arm of Providence St. Joseph Health, and ChristianaCare, two of the nation’s most innovative health systems, are now strategic investors as well as significant customers. Both use Twistle across their enterprises to improve patient outcomes, reduce costs, and differentiate their services. This investment completes Twistle’s latest funding round at over $18 million.

An automatic navigation (GPS) system for health, Twistle reduces the burden on clinicians by keeping patients on track. On behalf of care teams, Twistle offers “turn-by-turn” guidance to patients as they navigate specific care journeys before, during, and after a clinic or hospital visit. Patients are motivated to engage in their own care and follow best practices, communicate as needed with their care teams, and realize measurably better outcomes. Twistle integrates sophisticated automation with multi-channel communication, engaging patients wherever they may be — through secure messaging, interactive voice response, patient portals or the health system’s own digital apps. Read More

Bardy Diagnostics™ Names Ed Vertatschitsch as Chief Operating Officer and Announces Additions to the Leadership Team

By | News

Bardy Diagnostics, Inc., (“BardyDx”), a leading provider of ambulatory cardiac monitoring technologies and custom data solutions, including the Carnation Ambulatory Monitor (“CAM™”), the only P-wave centric™ ambulatory cardiac patch monitor and arrhythmia detection device, announced today the appointment of Ed Vertatschitsch as Chief Operating Officer effective January 2, 2020. With over 17 years in the medical device industry, Vertatschitsch will be responsible for leading all operations, research & development, and regulatory and quality affairs functions.

“We are pleased to have Ed Vertatschitsch join BardyDx’s executive team,” said Gust Bardy, MD, Bardy Diagnostics’ Founder and Chief Executive Officer. “Vertatschitsch brings a wealth of operational and development experience across the spectrum from early-stage to large-sized companies. We are thrilled to have him join our team as we continue to expand our product line and rapidly broaden our customer base.” Read More

Health Enterprise Partners Takes the ParityPledge® as Part of Its Commitment to Improving the Pathway for Women in Leadership Positions

By | News

Health Enterprise Partners, a healthcare private equity firm, today announced it has taken the ParityPledge.® The ParityPledge asks that companies commit to interviewing at least one qualified woman candidate for every open position, vice president and above. The ParityPledge is an initiative of Parity.org, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization focused on bringing gender equality to the highest levels of business.

“The healthcare and private equity industries are both characterized by a dramatic underrepresentation of women in leadership positions and proven financial benefits associated with better gender representation. We are glad to take this small step towards achieving better gender equity and encourage our peers to do so as well,” said Ezra Mehlman, Managing Partner of Health Enterprise Partners. Read More

Twistle raises $16 million to automate patient engagement

By | News

Twistle, a Seattle-based developer of a health care communication platform with automated workflows, today announced that it’s raised $16 million in series A funding led by Health Enterprise Partners (HEP) and MemorialCare Health System’s MemorialCare Innovation Fund (MCIF). The fresh funds bring the company’s total raised to $19.8 million, which CEO Kulmeet Singh said will bolster Twistle’s customer acquisition efforts in the provider and life sciences segments. Read More

Nordic Named one of the Best Places to Work in Healthcare – 2019 by Modern Healthcare

By | News

Each year, our exciting Best Places to Work program identifies and recognizes outstanding employers in the healthcare industry on a national level. Being named one of Modern Healthcare’s Best Places to Work in Healthcare can have a tremendous impact on your organization, so if you think your organization has what it takes to stand out among some of the best, we invite your organization to participate and see whose named to the list next.
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Q&A with Greg Everett, CEO at Payer Compass

By | CEO Spotlight

In December 2018, HEP III made an investment in Payer Compass, a provider of healthcare reimbursement and cost containment software and services.

Greg Everett, President and CEO, has spent over 26 years in managed care and healthcare software and brings extensive knowledge and experience to both provider and payer organizations. Greg is focused on charting a path for better and more affordable care through thought leadership, innovation, and collaboration.

Payer Compass prices 2.5 million claims per month using the company’s software platform, VISIUM, in order to service more than 130 customers.  VISIUM manages claims for Medicare, Medicaid, commercial and reference-based pricing plans. Read More

Intraprise Health BluePrint Protect can help detect, manage security risks

By | News

BluePrint’s visualization software coalesces security program data from disparate sources into a central “source of truth” founded on the company’s workflow automation and rules engine.

Intraprise Health BluePrint Protect can help detect, manage security risks

BluePoint coalesces security program data from disparate sources into a central “source of truth” founded on the company’s proprietary workflow automation and rules engine.

Healthcare security software specialist Intraprise announced the launch of its BluePrint Protect risk management software, designed to help health organizations manage and automate their security program, including third-party risk management. Read More

Intraprise Health platform strengthens healthcare security

By | News

Intraprise Health introduced new software designed to prevent healthcare security breaches by monitoring third-party risks across the enterprise and improving security management processes.

To help healthcare organizations manage and automate security programs, Intraprise Health introduced BluePrint Protect Security Risk Management Software. The software service intends to provide users with a dynamic view of third-party enterprise risks to prevent healthcare security breaches.

Aimed at hospitals, health systems and pharma companies, BluePrint Protect automates third-party risk management (TPRM) processes and uses Intraprise’s Third-Party Assessment Cloud, the vendor’s third-party knowledge base, to improve workflow and security visualization. Read More