Health IT Business News – December 31, 2020

Collaboration News

Cohere Health and AAOS Enter into Formal Collaboration
Cohere Health (@CohereHealth), an emerging high growth digital health company, announced a formal collaboration with the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS) to embed AAOS clinical recommendations into the care pathway guidelines included in the CohereNext® Platform. As part of the collaboration, AAOS’ American Joint Replacement Registry (AJRR) participants, if opted in, will have the ability to demonstrate their clinical performance in a way that Cohere can reduce their prior authorization burden. The arrangement marks the first of its kind for a prior authorization vendor and the AAOS.

CCT Research Expands Clinical Research Capabilities to Las Vegas
CCT Research, a company in community-based, embedded clinical research, announced the expansion of its clinical trial operations to the Las Vegas metropolitan area. CCT will partner with Las Vegas physicians to embed clinical trials within provider care settings. Initial research will focus on improving COVID-19 diagnostics. CCT also supports research for Alzheimer’s, Meningitis and other clinical diagnostic or treatment modalities.

Product News

Allscripts Moves Quickly to Support Clients in COVID-19 Vaccine Administration
Allscripts Healthcare Solutions (@Allscripts) is dedicating extensive resources to ensure its clients are prepared to maximize functionality within its solutions to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Persivia Expands Solutions with Prime Healthcare Services to Include HCC Risk Adjustment, STAR Ratings Management and Comprehensive Virtual Care
Persivia (@PersiviaInc), a provider of real-time bundled payment, population health, risk adjustment and quality management solutions, announced that its client Prime Healthcare has expanded the capabilities available to their 46 hospitals and associated practices by adding HCC risk adjustment, STAR ratings management, virtual care and remote patient monitoring capabilities.

Financial News

Azara Healthcare and SPH Analytics’ Population Health Division Announce Merger
Azara Healthcare (@azaraDRVS), a provider of population health solutions to the community health market, and SPH Analytics, a healthcare consumer experience measurement, engagement and population-based analytics company, announced a merger between Azara Healthcare and SPH Analytics’ population health division.

Kyruus and HealthSparq Come Together to Transform Care Navigation Through Novel Payer-Provider Collaboration
Kyruus (@kyruus),  a provider search and scheduling solutions for health systems company, and HealthSparq, a healthcare guidance and transparency technology company serving health plans, announced they are joining forces to lead the next wave of transformation around how people navigate healthcare. HealthSparq will become part of Kyruus, accelerating a groundbreaking platform to connect payer and provider organizations and enabling people to find and schedule with the right providers seamlessly across access channels.

Diameter Health Closes $18M Series B to Accelerate Vision to Improve Health Data Interoperability
Diameter Health (@diameterhealth), a fast-growing company in health data interoperability, has announced that it raised $18 million in a Series B funding round led by managed care organization Centene Corporation, with participation from existing investors Optum Ventures, LRVHealth, Connecticut Innovations and Activate Venture Partners. This brings Diameter Health’s total funding to $30 million.

Intrado Acquires Asparia
Intrado Corporation (@IntradoCorp), a technology-enabled services company, announced that it has acquired Asparia, Inc., a provider of patient engagement solutions for health systems, hospitals, and medical practices.

HelpSystems Acquires Vera to Broaden Data Security Portfolio
HelpSystems (@helpsystemsmn) announced the acquisition of Vera, a cloud-based data protection solution provider. Vera empowers customers in financial services, manufacturing, media & entertainment, and other industries to achieve the fine balance between strong security and productive collaboration by giving users the ability to secure, track, audit, and revoke data access at any time. HelpSystems is acquiring Vera to extend its data security portfolio and meet the increased demand for solutions that protect information throughout the full data lifecycle, from data classification and secure file transfer to data loss prevention and encryption.

EverCommerce Acquires Updox, Industry Leader in Virtual Care and Communications Solutions
EverCommerce, a service commerce platform, completed the acquisition of Updox (@updox), a complete healthcare communication platform for in-person and virtual care.

Contract News:

Big Sky Care Connect Partners with Industry Leader DrFirst to Provide Clinicians with Patients’ Medication History
Big Sky Care Connect (BSCC), Montana’s premier health information exchange (HIE), is partnering with DrFirst (@DrFirst), a healthcare IT pioneer, to provide clinicians throughout Montana access to DrFirst’s extensive medication history information system.

University of Iowa Health Care Contracts with Caresyntax to Support Operating Room Safety, Quality, and Standardized Team-Based Assessments
Caresyntax (@caresyntax), a pioneer in surgical automation, analytics, and AI software and technologies, announced an agreement with the University of Iowa Health Care to help improve the safety and efficiency of surgeries performed at the university medical center.

Making the Cut

KLAS Research: Arcadia Is The Highest-Scoring Fully-Rated Vendor In Clinician Confidence In Data1
Arcadia (@ArcadiaHealthIT), a population health management and healthcare intelligence company, announced that the independent analyst firm KLAS Research has found that Arcadia is the highest-scoring fully-rated vendor in Clinician Confidence in Data3 in their new Population Health Data Acquisition and Analysis 2020 Report.

Spok Rated as #1 Secure Healthcare Provider Communications Platform for the Fourth Consecutive Year
Spok, Inc. (@spoktweets), a wholly owned subsidiary of Spok Holdings, Inc. and a global company in healthcare communications, earned top honors for the fourth consecutive year in a survey of healthcare industry clients by Black Book Research on top-rated secure communications platforms.