Global Edition Workforce Augusta University Health, Jvion launch tool help employers chart back-to-work plans

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Jvion, which specializes in clinical artificial intelligence applications, is working with Augusta University Health System to build an AI-enabled assessment tool to help businesses in Georgia gain insights into when and how they could reopen during the coronavirus pandemic.

Billed as a first-of-its-kind tool, the online assessment could be scaled nationally for employers, health systems and government agencies, Jvion says.

The software combines self-reported employee information, aggregating data from to COVID-19 symptom questions which is fed through Jvion algorithms to show employees’ exposure risk and help provide personalized guidance for back-to-work strategies.

Wildflower Offers Virtual Visit Solution for Prenatal and Postpartum Patients At No Cost to OB Practices, In Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

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Wildflower Health today announced it is launching a new product to help Obstetrics (OB) practices more effectively deliver virtual visits for their prenatal and postpartum patients during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The product helps childbirth providers fill patient education and workflow gaps associated with virtual prenatal and postpartum visits, including remote device delivery, symptom monitoring, pre-visit data transmission, and personalized digital education. Wildflower is currently rolling out the first wave of participating practices and will be scheduling additional launches in the coming weeks. The software for Wildflower’s virtual visit product will be available directly to OB practices at no cost. Read More

Rural Hospitals Partner With Access Physicians to Ensure Local Critical Care Capacity for COVID-19 Patients

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Access Physicians and seven rural hospitals in Texas today launched a pulmonary and critical care specialty collaborative to ensure local residents requiring an ICU-level of care because of COVID-19 can receive that care at their community hospital. Through the collaborative, rural hospitals will be able to care for the most severely ill COVID-19 patients in their local communities and not have to transfer them to urban facilities. Read More

What Investors Should Understand About Investments in Hospice, Home Health and the Broader Post-Acute Sector – 3 Key Points

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The post-acute care sector, with a focus on home health and hospice, continues to attract high levels of interest from investors due to organic growth opportunities and consolidation drivers. This is the case despite recent reimbursement changes affecting home health agencies that have been brought on by value-based care models implemented by the Medicare program, according to experts who spoke on a panel at the 17th Annual Healthcare Private Equity & Finance Conference in Chicago on February 19, 2020. The experts’ discussion highlighted current market conditions and trends for acquisitions in the post-acute space, attractive subsectors and markets for investments, and preliminary reactions to the implementation of the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM), the newest government reimbursement scheme for home health agencies. Read More

The Pundits Are Wrong About This Being Telemedicine’s Moment by Chris Gallagher, Access Physicians

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It’s been here all along. Government is just catching up.

With social distancing and stay home orders the new normal, the COVID-19 pandemic has thrust telemedicine and telehealth into the spotlight. But, we should be clear about one thing. This is not technology’s moment. Rather, it’s time for the practice of medicine to advance with a paradigm shift.

The President’s March 16 guidance to slow the spread of the virus was followed quickly by temporarily loosening the restrictions on Medicare coverage for telehealth so that beneficiaries can still connect with their health care professionals…but from a safe distance within their own homes. With the federal actions, the rural originating site limitation on Medicare payment is removed. Tele-services can now be provided no matter where the beneficiary is located geographically or what type of care delivery site, which, for the first time allows beneficiaries to receive telehealth services from their home.

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Providence Uses Remote Patient Monitoring For 700+ COVID-19 Patients

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Not-for-profit Catholic health system Providence is now remotely monitoring patients suffering from COVID-19 symptoms using Xealth’s digital health platform to deliver Twistle’s care automation and remote patient monitoring platform. To date, more than 700 positive or presumptive positive COVID-19 patients are already being helped with this solution at home, keeping patients safe and preventing additional stress on hospitals, emergency rooms, and front-line health care teams.

Providence is using a pathway solution from Twistle to reach out automatically to at-risk patients via secure text messaging, phone, or smartphone apps to gather up-to-date information about symptoms and send alerts to their care team if their symptoms require attention. This solution protects and relieves overburdened health care professionals while also giving patients peace of mind and a safety net for communication while they recover at home. Xealth is providing the underlying platform for automation and integration into the provider EMR workflow. The Xealth/Twistle solution was deployed from a standing start to production in four days. Read More

HEP Statement on COVID-19

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We have reflected on the impact of the COVID-19 outbreak on our portfolio, our limited partners, and our employees. Our thoughts first go to the safety and wellbeing of those in our network. We recognize the selfless determination of those on the frontlines of care: the health systems racing to expand capacity in an effort to stay “ahead of the curve,” the physicians and caregivers who are directly treating COVID patients daily, and the payers who have been rapidly expanding coverage and enhancing access to remote care.

We think of the dedication and tenacity of our portfolio companies, whose leadership snapped into action over the past month, rolling out virtual offices, implementing comprehensive infection control protocols, and developing detailed contingency plans to safeguard both the health of their customers and employees, as well as the integrity of business operations during this period of uncertainty. We are moved by how many of our companies rose to the challenge of directly tackling the COVID outbreak. As a particularly poignant example, Twistle, a care plan automation company in HEP III, developed five pathways for monitoring COVID patients and exposed providers per the CDC’s guidelines. As of the writing of this memorandum, Twistle is engaging with 264 COVID-positive patients at various levels of concern through its platform.

With each day that passes, examples like this reaffirm the responsiveness of the core themes behind which HEP invests to the pain points that this outbreak has brought acutely into focus; these include building the next-generation virtual care infrastructure, leveraging analytics to reduce preventable harm, and improving outcomes through hyper-personalized care. While we acknowledge the economic disruption that COVID will represent throughout our sector and beyond, we do not believe that the current epidemic will erode the core demand drivers that underpinned our original investment thesis. As an organization, the HEP team has experience investing across multiple economic and political cycles and is equipped to help its portfolio companies navigate this period with strategic and financial support. We believe that the core principles we champion in evaluating companies — capital efficiency, fanatical commitment to the customer, and focus on leveraging technology to improve quality — are ones that will serve our management teams well as they chart their future courses.

Regards,

Health Enterprise Partners

 

The Tech That Could Be Our Best Hope for Fighting COVID-19—and Future Outbreaks

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By deeply analyzing the care that every COVID-19 patient receives, for example, AI can tease out the best treatment strategies. Jvion, a health care analytics company, is using AI to study 30 million patients in its data universe to identify people and communities at highest risk of COVID-19 on the basis of more than 5,000 variables that include not just medical history but also lifestyle and socioeconomic factors such as access to stable housing and transportation. Working with clients that include large hospital systems as well as small remote health centers, Jvion’s platform creates lists of people who should be contacted pro-actively to warn them about their vulnerability so health providers can create a care plan for them. Read More

Telemedicine Poised for Rapid Growth With Increasing Number of COVID-19 Infections, Elimination of Medicare Payment Barriers

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With the federal government’s loosening of restrictions on Medicare payment for virtual health care services, the use of telemedicine is poised to grow exponentially across the country. At the same time, the increasing number of people infected with COVID-19 and resulting hospitalizations will increase demand for physician specialists and subspecialists who can deliver high acuity care through telemedicine.

“Access Physicians has long believed in the power of telemedicine to deliver health care of clinical excellence to more patients who need it,” said Chris Gallagher, MD, FACC, CEO, Access Physicians. “Adoption and use of and comfort with telemedicine have been on a growth trajectory for several years. The current public health crisis will only accelerate these trends. We are pleased that telemedicine is being viewed as a vital resource in these uncertain times to bring essential health care to more people. Read More

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