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MEDNAX Announces Latest Acquisition

On Wednesday, MEDNAX announced the acquisition of Radiology Associates of South Florida (RASF), based in Miami, Florida.

The news comes as MEDNAX continues to execute on its strategy to become the partner of choice for radiology physician services by combining physician excellence with world-class technological capabilities.

Founded in 1960, RASF is one of the largest independent radiology groups in the United States.

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iSalus Healthcare Named to 2017 Inc. 5000 List

Founded 17 years ago by Dr. Chuck Dietzen, a Pediatric Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Specialist and Founder of Timmy Global Health and Michael Hall, a Software Developer who developed large scale software solutions for fortune 500 companies, iSalus Healthcare has grown into what the company says is “much more than a software platform for healthcare practice management and Electronic Health Records.”

Though iSalus Healthcare is proud of being named to the 2017 Inc. 5000 list, they get much more satisfaction from the impact they are making in the healthcare space as they partner with practices across the United States.

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BDI Global Announces Dedicated Cyber Risk Insurance Program For Small Health And Telehealth Providers

With health and telehealth providers facing complex and rapidly evolving cyber risks, it’s clear that generic off-the-shelf cyber risk programs have been unsuccessful in providing adequate protection for these unique exposures. That’s the official word emailed to MHW Tuesday from BDI Global.

Correspondingly, BDI Global and The Medical Risk Institute joined forces to develop a specialized cyber risk insurance program, SafeHealth, exclusively for the cyber risks, compliance, and regulatory issues confronting health and telehealth providers.

We’re told that the SafeHealth coverage is designed to wrap around coverage in medical malpractice and healthcare professional liability policies to eliminate coverage gaps, multiple deductibles, and coverage clashes.

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Mio Licenses PAI Technology to the Lenovo Brand of Wearables

Mio Global — a health technology company — has just announced its partnership with Lenovo, a rexignized leader in innovative consumer, commercial, and enterprise technology.

We’re told that the new Lenovo HW01 Plus fitness bands are the first of many devices that will feature Mio’s science-based health metric that translates heart rate data into a simple, meaningful score that guides users on how much activity they need to live a longer, healthier life.

The Personal Activity Intelligence experience utilizes heart rate because it is the single most accurate reflection of the body’s response to physical activity, which means it also provides the most accurate picture of how daily and weekly activities can contribute to overall health. The PAI algorithm translates heart rate and personal data into a simple score that gives users a personalized prescription for exercise through one universal goal: keep your weekly PAI score at or above 100 for maximum health benefits. Since this goal is based on personal profile data, it adapts to a people’s fitness levels as they improve.

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OpenEMR Rolls Out Easy Install Option for Amazon’s Cloud Services

OpenEMR, a popular open source electronic health records (EHR) and medical practice management solution, has just upgraded their cloud-services capability with the latest release.

MHW has learned that OpenEMR can now be operated as an out of the box cloud-services solution using Amazon Web Services (AWS) platform. With several simple steps, end users can get their OpenEMR on the cloud and take advantage of all the benefits that the cloud provides.

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Health Innovator Lands on List of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies

Inc. magazine has ranked Intelligent Retinal Imaging Systems (IRIS) NO. 459 on its 36th annual Inc. 5000, the most prestigious ranking of the nation’s fastest-growing private companies.

The list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment — its independent small and midsized businesses.

“IRIS was founded with the idea that through innovative preventative care systems we could save the sight of every patient with diabetes,” said IRIS CEO Jason Crawford. “This recognition is a direct reflection of our customer medical groups and health systems who are transitioning to value-based care and have made a commitment to quality care for their patients. As we broaden our efforts to develop the next generation of solutions and reach even more patients, we are pleased to be recognized by Inc. as one of the country’s 500 fastest growing private companies.”

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Expert Insights from ATA2017

The following is a guest contributed post from virtual health experts Dan Watterson and Greg Briscoe with North Highland.

The American Telemedicine Association’s Telehealth conference (ATA2017), is an annual convergence of 5,000 telehealth industry experts. As part of our work, we help providers, payers, vendors, and public sector entities embrace new ways of doing business in the rapidly evolving healthcare ecosystem. Many attendees and other exhibitors gravitated to North Highland’s exhibition booth for conversation. Our interactions at the conference revealed several key takeaways for virtual health.

Tech is only part of the recipe

Consumers desire virtual health. A 2017 telemedicine survey shows that patients prefer physicians who offer video visits. In fact, their willingness to switch primary care physicians for the opportunity to converse via video grew from 17 million to 50 million Americans between 2015 and 2017. This is great news for virtual health device and software providers. Yet, we heard from ATA2017 participants that telemedicine saves lives, money, and time only when it is implemented correctly.

While technology is certainly the conduit for telemedicine, and mobile is the platform of choice, even the best mobile health IT does not improve poor clinical communications or processes. Yes, studies illustrate that these technologies can increase positive outcomes for health systems and patients. Still, the path to the best telehealth destination for a provider can have many starts and stops depending on regulations, copays, and budget. Furthermore, medical practitioners and administrators can be easily overwhelmed by all of the options of how to implement processes for today’s myriad of standalone devices, smartphone apps, wearables, and remote monitoring services. Health systems must first set a comprehensive strategy to successfully transform to virtual health.

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