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First Look: New Analysis Reveals Links Between Payments from Opioid Manufacturers and Physician Prescriptions

Today a new analysis of government data made available to consumers for the first time reveals the relationship between payments made by pharmaceutical companies to physicians, the number of prescriptions arising from physicians who received those payments, and the cost and consequences to consumers as a result.

“Possible Side Effects: Investigating the Connection Between Payments from Pharmaceutical Companies and the Prescribing Habits of Physicians” found that physicians who accepted a payment from a pharmaceutical company manufacturer related to a specific opioid drug were 14.5 times more likely to prescribe that drug over a similar alternative. The larger study results also found that physicians receiving at least one industry payment from a pharmaceutical company for any specific brand-name drug were five (5) times more likely to prescribe that drug over alternatives, including lower cost generic drugs. Between 2014 and 2016, physicians in the U.S. received a total of $6.2 billion in payments from pharmaceutical companies.

“This study reaffirms the potential influence pharmaceutical companies have on physician prescribing practices, which can lead to possible risks for patients,” said Dr. Aaron S. Kesselheim, M.D., J.D., an associate professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School/Brigham and Women’s Hospital and leading global expert on bioethics, pharmaceutical law, and regulatory policies, who reviewed the study methodology and results. “The results demonstrate the importance of measures to improve transparency of these payments, such as the Physician Payments Sunshine Act of 2010, and the need to ensure that physicians have access to reliable, non-industry-sponsored sources of drug information that can maximize evidence-based prescribing practices.”

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Therapia Staffing Aims to ‘Bridge the Gap’ with Telehealth Services

Therapia Staffing, a national staffing company based out of Coral Springs, Florida, has its sights set on telehealth.

When Therapia Staffing launched its therapeutic staffing service, we’re told that they “quickly found a huge gap between the demand for therapeutic services and the availability of therapists in underserved or geographically remote areas.”

The need was particularly dire in schools, especially those in remote areas.

Therapia Staffing responded and immediately committed to increasing access to speech, behavioral and other therapies for students who were not receiving the appropriate support and services because of their geographic location or lack of specialists in their area. Therapia Staffing experts knew the answer was to bring the providers to those in need via online therapy.

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First Look: WellDoc’s Digital Platform for Type 2 Diabetes Powers ‘Diabetes Wellness Program’ Within Samsung Health

Samsung Electronics America, Inc. and WellDoc, a leading digital therapeutic company, announced today that Samsung Health users now have access to a new consumer version of WellDoc’s digital platform known as the Diabetes Wellness Program (DWP).

The DWP, which is integrated within the Samsung Health service, is a 12-week health and wellness program developed in collaboration with key partners, including the American Association of Diabetes Educators (AADE). It is designed to help adults with type 2 diabetes achieve a healthy lifestyle and to help manage their condition.

Samsung Health is a personal health service designed to empower individuals to manage their health and fitness. It features a comprehensive platform that displays user activity trends and provides health insights, telehealth services and helpful feedback to connect users, friends and experts all while promoting healthier lifestyles.

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Infiniti Research: Major Technology Trends Disrupting the Healthcare Industry

Infiniti Research, a global market intelligence solutions provider, has announced the completion of their most recent whitepaper on the major technology trends disrupting the healthcare industry.

“The future of healthcare is changing rapidly with medical and dental technology advances starting to accelerate and larger health systems taking notice,” the firm tells us.

Infiniti has listed the five most important trends that are disrupting the healthcare industry, which you should be aware of to sustain in the industry.

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MeMD Rolls Out Behavioral Telehealth Services for Businesses and Consumers Nationwide

To improve access to mental health care for employees and consumers across the country, national telehealth provider MeMD has launched behavioral health services through its online platform at

“With mental health professionals nationwide, Arizona-based MeMD offers online therapy for depression, anxiety, substance misuse, trauma, marital and family problems, eating disorders, grief, and numerous other emotional and mental health issues,” a provided statement explains.

“The importance of mental and emotional health cannot be overstated, yet access to therapy is limited, and it’s not typically available through employer health plans,” said MeMD President Glenn Dean. “Increasing access through telehealth is the next frontier in behavioral health. Not only does this service help fill a critical counseling gap, but it enables businesses to conveniently and confidentially address their employees’ wellbeing, which can ultimately improve productivity, satisfaction and loyalty.”

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Avizia Partners with athenahealth’s ‘More Disruption Please’ Program

Avizia, a leader in powering system-wide telehealth, has just announced a partnership with athenahealth, Inc. through the ‘More Disruption Please’ (MDP) program.

As part of the athenahealth Marketplace, Avizia’s telehealth platform is now available to athenahealth’s growing network of more than 111,000 healthcare providers to power their telehealth strategies.

“Avizia delivers a powerful telehealth platform for providers ready to enable the next generation of care delivery,” said Mike Baird, CEO of Avizia. “With the Avizia solution providers can be confident they’re delivering patients the best access to the best care with their own clinicians, regardless of location.”

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TeleStroke Workflow Update Announced

Avizia today announced the availability of its updated telestroke workflow.

“Coupled with industry-leading audio and visual capabilities, as well as enhanced far-end camera control functionality, Avizia’s stroke workflow enables unrivaled in-application collaboration with other members of the care team and family—streamlining decision-making and closing communications gaps,” reads a statement emailed to MHW.

The availability of this streamlined collaboration functionality is significant. The American Heart Association and American Stroke Association published extended timeframes in the 2018 Guidelines for the Early Management of Patients with Acute Ischemic Stroke. With this update, the window for stroke treatment has been expanded, allowing for patients to be eligible for thrombectomy up to 24 hours after symptom onset.

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