Norm Volsky Recaps HIMSS 2018

A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to attend HIMSS in Las Vegas, joining over 45,000+ professionals in attending educational sessions, visiting vendors throughout the exhibition floor, and networking with professionals immersed in the Healthcare IT industry. Being my 6th year attending HIMSS, I look forward to the opportunity to meet with emerging technology companies and leaders in the Healthcare IT space that are making an impact and growing significantly. Below I have highlighted several of the interesting companies I met up with to share an overview of their company and the interesting initiatives they’re taking in the Healthcare IT space.

Caresync: Care Coordination solution with over 100,000 Medicare patients using their solution/service. Their goal is to allow collaboration between every stakeholder in the care continuum and help get the right information to the right care team member at the right time. In helping their patients navigate their way through the Health System, they improve the quality of care and patient experience drastically. CareSync recently opened a new futuristic office in Tampa due to its explosive employee headcount growth. In 2017, CareSync received a 5-star rating from BridgingApps.

Certify: Biometric Authentication solution that was customized for healthcare. Certify is focused on Patient Identification to improve patient satisfaction, clinical outcomes and security while reducing fraud and duplicate EMR records. Using biometric data like a fingerprint, patient and hospital staff can be easily identified to improve clinical workflow and efficiency.

Cohero Health: Respiratory Disease Management company that is leveraging mobile digital therapeutics technology to keep their patients healthy and breathing smarter. Recently the company has brought in a new CIO, CTO and Chief Client Officer. They have partnered with AccuWeather to predict symptoms and triggers for their patients based on environmental conditions including temperature, humidity and seasonal allergens.

Conversa Health: Healthcare Conversation’s platform is using its “Conversational AI” to improve how patients and care teams communicate around key health experiences like chronic condition management, post discharge, pre- and post-surgery, medication adherence and lifestyle health coaching. Patient data is utilized to make these automated digital conversations more personalized. Conversa was also featured in some new industry research that highlights the growing adoption of automated patient experience technology and AI.

Datica: Providing Cloud Compliance to promote health innovation. Datica provides any healthcare company the opportunity to focus on health innovation while they ensure the solutions their customers invent meet the burdensome healthcare compliance and security requirements (HIPAA, HITRUST, GDPR and GxP). Datica manages compliance and security on AWS and Microsoft Azure and helps healthcare companies bring their software solutions to the cloud.

Happify: Evidence-based gamification platform that helps people build resilency to better deal with the stress, anxiety and depression of everyday life. The Happify platform promotes better emotional/mental health and overall wellbeing.

Healthfinch: Practice automation platform that covers prescription renewals, care gaps and visit planning to help healthcare organizations automate, delegate, and simplify routine busywork so their clinicians can spend more time treating patients. It saves providers, on average, 30 minutes per day. It helps increase staff efficiency at least 4X, resulting in faster turnarounds on patient requests. Healthfinch won the 2018 Innovation Award from athenahealth’s MDP program and was a member of Epic’s first App Orchard class.

ILÚM Health Solutions is a subsidiary of Merck Healthcare Services and Solutions and is focused on the use of real-time information to support patient management decisions, quality programs, and better outcomes in infectious diseases. ILÚM partners with provider organizations through a program-level Insight platform, point-of-care clinical decision support and clinical collaboration and ongoing quality consulting. The ILÚM approach is powered by precision medicine capabilities which support improved antibiotic prescribing and individual patient management.

Intelligent InSites: Real-Time Operational Intelligence vendor that focuses on RTLS/RFID, Asset Management, Workflow Management, Environmental Monitoring, Patient Safety and Infection Control. Having both a mobile and desktop platform, Intelligent InSites provides its customers with second to none analytics and dashboards to improve financial and operational efficiency, quality, regulatory compliance and patient satisfaction. InSites helps its hospital customers improve their operating margin, bed occupancy rate, asset utilization rate, patient satisfaction and physician performance while reducing hospital incidents’ time to service and length of stay. In the Summer of 2017, InSites won the Best IoT Healthcare Platform Award from MedTech Breakthrough.

Intelligent Retinal Imaging Systems: IRIS’ Diabetic Retinopathy Diagnostic solution helps caregivers prevent their patients with diabetes from going blind. Its early-detection screening platform provides an end-to end-solution for primary care including patient identification, diagnosis, reimbursement and referral. This allows its customers to increase access, improve care coordination, reduce costs and achieve HEDIS compliance. The number-one leading cause of blindness in adults is diabetic retinopathy - and 95% of vision loss is preventable with early detection which is the problem IRIS helps to solve.

Livongo: Chronic Disease Management and Remote Patient Monitoring vendor that started its focus in Diabetes Management, but has since expanded into Hypertension with more disease states to be released in the future. With over 200 Employers (including Pepsi, Lowes and Target), and 4 of the largest 7 Health Plans offering the Livongo platform to their employees/customers, they have established themselves as a force to be reckoned with in the Chronic Disease Management space. The platform saves its customers an impressive $83 per patient, per month. 

LogicStream Health: Clinical Process Improvement and Control software firm helping hospital clinicians improve and better control vital clinical processes that guide patient care. LogicStream Health software works with all major EMR platforms and is in use at more than 300 hospitals today.  It is must-have software that reduces variation and ensures customers’ clinical processes and workflows are standardized and aligned with evidence and best practice. Healthcare systems are saving millions of dollars and improving quality with LogicStream Health by reducing costly variation and inefficiency.  Customers include Providence Health, Texas Health Resources, Yale-New Haven, and Fairview Health Services. The company is a leading innovator in the clinical process improvement category.  LogicStream Health recently launched a series of clinical process modules that provide out-of-the box capability to improve specific clinical workflow and compliance related to numerous conditions, such as sepsis, catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI); and, venous thromboembolism (VTE).  In March, the company introduced an Opioid Clinical Process Module to reduce inappropriate uses of medication and identify high risk patients based on EMR data. 

Medical Informatics Corp: Patient Monitoring Analytics vendor that unlocks monitoring data from the bedside and transforms it into actionable information. Their Sickbay product is an FDA cleared clinical intelligence platform that gives real-time patient data that clinicians can use to identify high risk patients and improve clinical outcomes.

Odoro: Dynamic Patient Scheduling vendor that improves self booking, patient access and referrals. Odoro allows patients to schedule via: website, mobile device, portal, phone or IVR. The goal is to improve patient scheduling while reducing no-shows and leakage. 

Pieces Tech: Predictive Analytics software vendor that helps improve patient outcomes and reduce hospital costs by leveraging social determinants of health such as housing and transportation - along with medical conditions. The founder is a physician who, with his team, built a better solution for case management using AI for the entire patient journey. Pieces' models have extremely high accuracy rates due to proprietary clinical NLP and the use of licensed clinicians as human-in-the-loop are key components of the AI solution. Recently launched a new sepsis prevention tool by leveraging dashboards.

Propeller Health: FDA-cleared asthma and COPD management vendor that helps patients and physicians better manage chronic respiratory conditions. They make digital products that have therapeutic benefit. In February, Propeller achieved ISO 13485 medical device quality certification. Also in late 2017, Propeller achieved HITRUST CSF certification and partnered with Express Scripts to introduce their solution to 750,000 members in 2018.

Proskriptive:  AI for healthcare company focused on helping payers and providers improve their performance with value based contracts.  Proskriptive uses data science to help healthcare organizations to identify vulnerable patients that would most benefit from care management.  Proskriptive’s unique suite of technology allows its customers to more accurately target and prioritize which patients will benefit from tailored care.  Examples include future utilization risk, care management impactability, non-acute ED utilization, and many others.       

QLess:  Cloud-based technology is customized for healthcare organizations to deliver vital patient services in a timely and efficient manner. Patients are able to join a virtual waitlist and wait remotely – from the office, while running errands, or from the comfort of their own home – until they're ready to be seen. The platform allows healthcare providers to create tailored management solutions to provide high-quality care, reduce the time patients spend in the waiting room, and boost efficiency among doctors and staff. Built within the QLess platform is FlexAppointments which seamlessly integrates existing appointments with walk-in customers – an elegant solution to eliminate scheduling gaps when appointments are canceled. The interactive appointment scheduling solution also offers bi-directional communication connecting your staff with patients so if they are running late, they can request more time.  

Redox: Integration Platform that allows healthcare organizations and software companies to exchange data in a matter of days. Interoperability is all the rage in healthcare these days and Redox makes it easier than ever and removes barriers to innovation.

Relatient: Patient Engagement vendor focused on reducing no-show rates by providing appointment reminders, non-medical transportation and on-demand patient outreach. In addition, they improve the patient experience by improving the patient check-in process, providing health campaigns and administering automatic patient surveys. Relatient also allows patient to pay over text which significantly improves customer collections.

Solera Health:  Solera has introduced a non-medical network model that has quickly gained traction with over 35 health plan clients and 75 employers. Solera integrates highly-fragmented community and digital prevention and health management solutions into a network, and matches individuals with their “best fit” program provider based on their needs and preferences. Solera’s high performing network solves for program fatigue, sustained engagement and pay for performance. 

UpDox: Healthcare CRM Connectivity platform for Medical Practices, Pharmacist and Post-Acute Care. Updox allows its customers to collaborate with their referral partners to get a complete 360-degree view of a patient’s health. Updox provides: Appointment Reminders, Surveys, Patient Portal, Patient Payments, Direct Messaging, Online Scheduling and Electronic Faxing. These tools reduce no-show rates by approximately 30% while reducing paper and hardware costs by 50%.

Validic: Health Data Platform that enables access and integration to patient-generated data from mHealth apps, devices and wearables. They have connected to over 400 clinical and consumer-grade health devices. Validic provides hospital and health plan customers with real-time alerts based on a rules engine it developed. In February of 2018, Validic launched its own lightweight Remote Monitoring platform.

Vivify Health: Remote Patient Monitoring Platform helping move the industry toward value-based care. Helping its patients manage their chronic disease, Vivify is one of the leaders in mobile population health management. In 2017 Vivify was awarded a patent for extending EMR’s with Digital Health.

Voalte: A healthcare communication platform transforms the way clinicians communicate, improving clinical workflows, operational efficiencies and patient outcomes. With a Voalte smartphone solution, clinicians can share information securely and seamlessly inside and outside the hospital. Voalte has more than 275 customers, including major health systems such as Ascension, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Sarasota Memorial Health Care, Texas Children’s Hospital, TIRR Memorial Hermann, UConn Health, UCSF Medical Center, and WakeMed.

Norm Volsky
Director of Mobile HIT
440-996-0059
nvolsky@directrecruiters.com

 

 

DIA Highlights Transformation of Industry

June 26, 2017

Just came back from DIA with my colleague Sarah Pozek.  It was a great show.  It’s been a few years since I’ve DIA and it was great to have the opportunity to see some old friends and meet new ones.

I have been attending HIMSS over the years and have seen the incredible advances that we have made towards improving the quality of care being delivered, reducing the cost of that care and better engaging the patient in the experience with the healthcare system.  When I first started attending HIMSS and DIA the big focus was on capturing the data, either through the EMR or the EDC.  Now across both segments, I saw a similar evolution of migrating from data capture to data analysis to information enabled decision making.  This year at HIMSS there were a few significant themes, all in my opinion tied to Value-Based Care: Analytics, Population Health, Patient Engagement, Interoperability and Artificial Intelligence (AI).

At DIA a similar set of themes were present,  which was exciting seeing the segments of the industry transforming along the same lines. Sarah Pozek will be documenting her experience at the show highlighting some of the innovative companies that are helping to transform the industry.  Almost everyone we met with talked about how to tighten the relationship with the care delivery side, how we can capture the common data once and leverage it for multiple purposes.  Much like on the care delivery side we experienced companies that are simplifying the complexity in the system.  Whether it was better educating patient and doctors on the trials that can benefit the patient to analyzing the data across trials to better decision making.  When I first started in the industry we called this knowledge management, now its part of a trend towards artificial intelligence.

Many of the companies that formed the foundation of the industry are still successfully transforming it.  I saw a few that years ago were startups and are now leaders in the industry and a vast array of newcomers, all focused on increasing value in the industry.  It was fascinating to see the similarities that were apparent at HIMSS and I am confident based on what I have observed that transformation of this complex industry will be achieved.

I welcome your thoughts if I can be of assistance helping your company on your journey to success, please contact me at 914-954-8056 or wgroszewski@directrecruiters.com.  Thanks, I I look forward to working with you.

Cybersecurity Companies That Impressed Me at HIMSS 2016

March 30, 2016

HIMSS logoBy Brad Katz, Cybersecurity Practice Leader

As a healthcare IT recruiter for Direct Recruiters, Inc., I look to identify the next growing markets in the healthcare IT space. As a result, I have been appointed by our senior management team to expand our current cybersecurity practice area as the demand for security provisions skyrockets. In fact, the global healthcare cybersecurity market is expected to exceed $170 billion by 2022.

That’s why at HIMSS 2016, I was most excited to meet and speak with key players in the cybersecurity industry in order to learn more about their company’s ground-breaking products and services.  Here are 10 organizations that impressed me:                                                                      
Cylance
– Headquartered in Irvine, California, Cylance is redefining next generation endpoint threat software. They are revolutionizing cybersecurity with products and services that proactively prevent, rather than reactively detect, the execution of advanced persistent threats and malware. Their software is built to protect and keep threats out. They are very innovative in the cybersecurity space and making a big push into healthcare since attackers can now more easily gain access to systems and put patient health and personal information at risk. No other industry is hit harder by cyberattacks than healthcare.

Forcepoint– A joint venture of the Raytheon Company and Vista Equity Partners, Forcepoint safeguards against internal threats and outside attacks.  They offer industry-leading security healthcare solutions to protect a healthcare facility’s reputation and earn patients’ trust while enabling healthcare professionals to access patient data wherever and whenever they need it to provide the best care. Forcepoint helps simplify compliance while improving decision making and streamlining security. Forcepoint brings a new approach to security by safeguarding users, data, and networks. Forcepoint is based in Austin, Texas with worldwide sales, service, security laboratories and product development.

ESET– With over 25 years of experience in the security space, ESET has grown into a global brand with over 100 million users in 180 countries They base their approach on multiple layers of protection. They have many products that predict (cloud malware protection system, reputation and cache), prevent (exploit blocker, network attack protection), detect (DNA signatures, advanced memory scanner, botnet protection) and Respond (responding to malware).

SAS-SAS is making big headlines in healthcare cybersecurity not only in the US but also in Europe. Their cyber analytics solutions like the new SAS Cybersecurity can help prevent the theft of personally identifiable information (PII). If hackers have the PII, fraud-fighting software can spot suspicious claims and prevent the payments from ever being made. In addition, SAS helps to improve patient outcomes with analytics software and big data solutions that address readmissions, health outcomes and patient safety. SAS identifies potential issues before they become a reality by analyzing diverse data sources to predict and medically investigate patient safety signals.

Intel- The healthcare space has become a big focus for Intel. According to Intel’s data and research, avoiding breaches and associated business impacts are top priority and security concerns across healthcare organizations. Per Intel, healthcare security is all about survival. They can quickly assess breach security, establish maturity level relative to the healthcare industry all while creating an action plan to improve a security breach, reduce risk and enable adoption of beneficial new technologies to improve care.

DB Networks-Founded in 2009 and headquartered in San Diego, California, DB Networks is the industry’s first signature-less database cybersecurity. Their product was launched in 2013. They have pioneered database cybersecurity through intelligent sensors and turn-key appliances. The company was awarded a patent for their novel approach to database protocol information extraction. DB Networks next generation technology is based on database infrastructure sensors, deep protocol extraction, machine learning, and behavioral analysis. DB Networks database cybersecurity products are effective against both perimeter breaches and breaches resulting from an insider threat. This is a very innovative company that has made a fantastic footprint in the space.

SecureAuth– SecureAuth is the leader in adaptive access control solutions, empowering organizations to determine identities with confidence. They offer solutions in single sign-on and user self-service tools in a unified platform, allowing strong identity security with minimal user disruption. This team has many big named accounts such as HBO, Southwest Airlines, General Mills, Dillards, EA, Qualcomm, Tickmaster, Big Lots, Methodist, Grainger, Western Union, etc.

OpenSky Corp.-OpenSky provides security services to help organizations design, implement, operate, manage, assess, and improve their cybersecurity programs.  OpenSky has successfully delivered hundreds of security projects across diverse industries including healthcare. They are known for their HIPAA compliance and privacy assessments as well their medical device security assessments. OpenSky’s engagement managers confirm at every juncture that their clients’ goals are being achieved. OpenSky provides exceptional IT consulting and assessment services in a business model that ensures high quality deliverables.

Coalfire– Started in 2001 with a simple idea – cyber threats are increasing, compliance mandates are getting more complicated, and a well-designed cyber risk management program is needed. They have been rethinking risk management and compliance ever since. Coalfire helps organizations comply with global financial, government, industry and healthcare mandates while helping build the IT infrastructure and security systems that will protect their business from security breaches and data theft. The company is a leading provider of IT advisory services for security in retail, payments, healthcare, financial services, higher education, hospitality, government and utilities.

Carbon Black Enterprise Response-Carbon Black Enterprise Response helps protect healthcare providers and patients with advanced endpoint security. They understand that healthcare providers, insurers, patients, and executives expect access to sensitive information, business systems, and specialized applications anytime, anywhere and on any device. Carbon Black Enterprise Response is the most complete endpoint detection and response solution available to security teams who want single platform for hunting threats, disrupting adversary behavior and changing the economics of security operations. Carbon Black leads a new era of endpoint security by enabling organizations to disrupt advanced attacks, deploy the best prevention strategies, and leverage their expertise to shift the balance of power back to security teams.

Healthcare cybersecurity is no doubt on a fast trajectory due to the many factors at risk: patient intrusion, intellectual property thefts, confidentialities of business, loss and damage of electronic health records of patients, medical identity fraud, and more.

The companies mentioned above are helping drive change by delivering innovative and revolutionary security measures to reduce vulnerabilities.  They are no doubt key players operating in the healthcare cybersecurity space.

For more information or if I can help you with any of your current or upcoming cybersecurity talent needs, please contact me at 440-996-0580 or bkatz@directrecruiters.com.