Health IT Business News – April 30, 2020

Coronavirus News

Qure4u Partners with Healthcare Providers to Deliver Rapid Response Telehealth During COVID-19
Patient engagement solution provider Qure4u (@Qure4u) completes unprecedented response to critical demand for telehealth as the US healthcare system shifts to virtual care delivery models. In partnership with athenahealth, Inc., Qure4u deployed digital solutions for 2,875 care providers serving 5.7 million patients since the beginning of March and plans to bring on another 3,000 providers throughout April.

Kaufman Hall and Hagerty Consulting Establish a Partnership to Help Healthcare Organizations Navigate and Implement COVID-19 Recovery Strategies
Kaufman Hall (@KaufmanHall), a provider of healthcare strategic financial planning and other consulting solutions, and Hagerty Consulting, an emergency management and homeland security consulting firm, announced a partnership to help healthcare organizations understand the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and implement disaster cost recovery strategies. This new partnership brings together Kaufman Hall’s expertise in healthcare strategic financial planning with Hagerty’s leading long term disaster cost recovery consulting capabilities into a single, comprehensive solution for US’s healthcare providers.

Alliance for Better Health Leads Collaborative Effort to Distribute Smart Thermometers to Keep Community Workers–and Those They Serve–Safe
Alliance for Better Health (@Alliance_PPS) announced that it is leading a collaborative effort to secure and distribute approximately 7,500 smart thermometers to community-based organizations (CBOs) and the community members they serve in New York’s Capital District. The ultimate goals are: 1) to provide much-needed thermometers to social and behavioral health service organizations; and 2) for the individuals who work in these organizations to monitor their own temperatures―providing public health leaders insight into the status of our community’s health and the status of the COVID-19 outbreak in the region.

Collaboration News

Imprivata Expands Collaboration with Microsoft on New Digital Identity Innovations
Imprivata (@Imprivata), the digital identity company for healthcare, announced new digital identity collaborations with Microsoft to support the healthcare environment and advance clinical mobility. New solutions include Imprivata Identity Governance hosted in Microsoft Azure, and Imprivata OneSign® Single Sign-on (SSO) integrated with the Microsoft identity service (Azure Active Directory) to provide seamless access to all applications including Microsoft Teams on Microsoft Surface devices. Imprivata also announced it is Microsoft Co-sell ready and will work with Microsoft on joint selling opportunities.

CliniComp Collaborates with Dallas VA Medical Center to Develop COVID-19 Monitoring, Surveillance and Tracking Solutions Deployed at 42 VA Hospitals
CliniComp, Intl. (@CliniCompIntl) announced its collaboration with long-time client Dallas VA Medical Center has resulted in the development of COVID-19 (coronavirus) monitoring, surveillance, and tracking solutions to inform pandemic outbreaks and response management in large VA patient populations. The COVID-19 tools provided to VA hospitals pro bono include early warning dashboards, real-time alerts, reports and summary screens that visually show patients at severe and rising risk along with positive lab results. Forty-two VA hospitals nationwide are using the solutions to protect and care for these most vulnerable patients primarily in intensive care.

Boston Medical Center Partners with Rimidi to Add Post-Partum Remote Monitoring for High-Risk Pregnancies
Boston Medical Center (BMC) announced a partnership with Rimidi (@Jointherimidi), a cloud-based software platform that enables a more efficient model of care for patients with chronic conditions, to remotely monitor blood pressure for women experiencing high-risk pregnancies. Healthcare experts in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at BMC, including recent medical school graduates, will be the first to use Rimidi’s platform, which has been integrated into the academic medical center’s electronic health record, Epic.

Product News

EHNAC Launches Revised Certification Program for Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances
The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission (@EHNAC), a non-profit standards development organization and accrediting body for organizations that electronically exchange healthcare data, announced significant revisions to its Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) approved Electronic Prescribing of Controlled Substances Certification Program (EPCSCP). Effective immediately, EPCSCP candidates and those renewing their certification will have access to a streamlined and more cost-effective program including refocused criteria, the elimination of physical site visits, and reduced fees in many cases.

EHNAC Announces Launch of Privacy and Security Toolkit
The Electronic Healthcare Network Accreditation Commission announced the addition of new Privacy and Security Toolkit. The new offering provides stakeholders with detailed analysis and reports to measure, track and demonstrate an organization’s compliance across mandated privacy and security regulations.

Financial News

Digital Therapeutics Leader Biofourmis Expands into Oncology Market with Strategic Acquisition of Gaido Health
Biofourmis (@biofourmis), a provider of digital therapeutics that powers personalized predictive care, announced it has finalized an agreement to acquire Gaido Health from Takeda Pharmaceuticals, a strategic deal that expands Biofourmis’ portfolio in the oncology space. Gaido Health—a Los Angeles-area based digital therapeutics company focused on the oncology market—was part of Takeda Digital Ventures, Takeda’s corporate technology investment and incubation arm.

XRHealth Announces $7M in Funding to Expand Telehealth Platform
XRHealth, a provider of extended reality and therapeutic applications, announced that they raised $7M in funding to expand their telehealth platform to support more clinicians and patients for virtual/augmented reality therapy. The round was led by Bridges Israel, Flint Capital, 20/20 HealthCare Partners and comes at a time that millions of people are isolated due to COVID-19 and are in need of various telehealth solutions that provide high quality care and enable patients to adhere to self-distancing precautions.