Saturday, April 17, 2021

Steward Health v Aya Healthcare: 4 things to know

During the Covid-19 pandemic, providers leaned heavily on travel nurses, as the demand for healthcare workers reached meteoric heights. But now a major provider and a staffing firm are at odds over wages, taking their battle to the courts. Dallas-based Steward Health Care filed a lawsuit against Aya Healthcare, and the latter responded in...

Which biopharma startups will compete at INVEST Pitch Perfect?

Four biopharma startups are among the finalists in the INVEST Pitch Perfect contest, which is part of our annual INVEST conference April 19-23. This year, the conference will be hosted online due to Covid-19. The Pitch Perfect contest includes five tracks for startups: biopharma, medical devices, diagnostics, health IT and health services. The biopharma track presentations are scheduled...

5 ways tech has modernized healthcare practices and the patient experience

The Covid-19 pandemic served as a kick-starting catalyst for healthcare practices traditionally hesitant about adopting new technologies.  From telehealth consultations to contactless appointment check-ins, tech-based solutions have offered these practices the opportunity to provide a safer environment for their patients during the pandemic. These innovations have not only made medical check-ups safer, but...

Relay Therapeutics pays $85M for startup with a new AI tech for drug discovery

  Relay Therapeutics has two cancer drugs in early clinical development and one more close behind—all of them discovered and developed with proprietary computational technology that finds ways to drug hard-to-hit protein targets. That technology is producing more drug candidates, but Relay is expanding its drug discovery reach by buying an artificial intelligence startup...

The Key to SDOH: Health literacy

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By all accounts, Covid-19 has amplified the discussion around critical health disparities and inequities that have plagued the United States and its most vulnerable patient populations for generations. The past year has exposed how disease does in fact discriminate, and that socioeconomic challenges exacerbate the symptoms of illness. As a result, the healthcare...

4 strategies for healthcare providers to make virtual care practical for seniors

Telemedicine and virtual care are no longer optional for healthcare practices. Covid-19 catapulted virtual care from an ancillary service to a staple of modern healthcare and has shown to be a positive addition for all parties involved. In fact, Deloitte predicted Medicare Advantage plans that don’t embrace telehealth “will get left behind.” The Centers...

LifePoint Health, Eon strike partnership to advance early diagnoses

An early, and accurate, diagnosis can help clinicians catch diseases in their initial stages, making treatment more effective. This is precisely why Brentwood, Tennessee-based LifePoint Health and health technology company Eon have entered into a five-year agreement. Together, they will develop new solutions to drive the earlier detection of diseases, said Bart Daugherty, assistant...

Merck’s Covid-19 drug R&D falls short twice in treating hospitalized patients

  Merck is stopping development of two drugs as potential treatments for hospitalized Covid-19 patients, and one of those medicines will move forward in clinical testing only as a potential outpatient therapy. The drug that will be completely dropped, MK-7110, is a fusion protein that Merck added to its pipeline via its $425 million...

Thermo Fisher’s $21B deal for PPD gives it missing piece in drug development cycle

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  Thermo Fisher Scientific sells the laboratory equipment that biopharmaceutical companies use in the research and development of new drugs. Its $20.9 billion acquisition of PPD will give the company the global infrastructure to run the clinical trials that test them. Waltham, Massachusetts-based Thermo Fisher announced Thursday that it has agreed to pay $47.50...

How health plans can help accelerate Covid-19 vaccinations

America’s vaccine rollout is underway and while it is beginning to pick up steam, there were and continue to be missteps, miscommunications and failures are everywhere you look. The CDC reported in February that only half the doses shipped to states have been administered. Pregnant women have received conflicting advice on getting vaccinated....
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