Industry News Update 8/13/21

    August 2021 | Mike Murphy, Director of Business and Industry Analytics

    News and Events, Industry Trends

    This week's highlights: Salesforce is rolling out new healthcare tools designed to help healthcare and life sciences organizations meet their patients, Imprivata launches Enterprise Password AutoFill , and  Florida hospitals are struggling to get enough oxygen to treat their COVID-19 patients.

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    • Trade groups representing property owners sued late Wednesday to block a new federal eviction moratorium that President Joe Biden himself warned this week was on shaky legal ground. Landlords are taking on the Biden administration again after warning that they lost billions of dollars each month under the original ban.

    • A federal judge denies Elizabeth Holmes’ request to suppress patient complaints and Theranos testing results as evidence during her trial. Jury selection begins August 31st.

    • The Federation of American Hospitals sent a letter last week to the secretaries of the U.S. Treasury Department, Labor Department and HHS, in which the group outlined its recommendations for the upcoming implementation of the No Surprises Act, seeking more flexible timing and claims batching.

    • The California Department of Public Health issued an order last week requiring workers in healthcare to be fully vaccinated or receive their second shot by September 30th.


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    JPMorgan recovers from its Haven healthcare cost management failure by investing $50 million in Vera Whole Health, which offers primary care services to employers on a per-patient, per-month basis.

    TechTarget acquires Xtelligent Healthcare Media, an online marketing services, media and data analytics company that focuses on the intersection of healthcare and technology.

    Real Time Medical Systems, which offers a collaboration platform to connect hospitals to post-acute care partners, raises $20 million in a Series C funding round.

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    Microsoft rolled out new health data services for its healthcare cloud platform this week, including the ability to share multiple data types in the Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources format. 

    Imprivata launches Enterprise Password AutoFill, which allow users to use a proximity badge tap to enter their username and password.

    Salesforce is rolling out new healthcare tools designed to help healthcare and life sciences organizations meet their patients, members and customers where they are to deliver the right care, at the right time, from anywhere. Vivify Health has also announced two new enhancements to its remote care platform.

    Zoom has added an iOS mobile browser feature to its Zoom for Healthcare platform that allows Apple device users to securely join telehealth appointments directly from their mobile browser. Providers can send patients a Zoom meeting link that launches the meeting in a mobile browser once clicked.


    A bipartisan report released this week by the United States Senate’s Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee shows that key government agencies have made little progress in terms of cybersecurity over the past two years.

    Major investors in a private equity firm that has majority ownership of NSO Group, the maker of the Pegasus spyware used to hack into the cellphones of journalists, human rights workers and possibly even heads of state, are in discussions about what action to take.

    Microsoft's Security Intelligence team recently sent an alert to Office 365 users and administrators to watch out for a suspicious phishing email campaign that uses spoofed sender addresses.

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    Florida hospitals are struggling to get enough oxygen to treat their COVID-19 patients as virus cases surge because of the delta variant along with a shortage of qualified drivers to transport oxygen, Bloomberg reported.

    The CMS will use AI to infer a Medicare patient’s race based on their name, ZIP code, and language preference in cases where their race is not available on hospital forms. 

    The HIMSS21 Healthcare Cybersecurity Forum took place Monday, August 9th and most of the sessions had two common themes when it comes to cybersecurity: collaboration and proactivity.

    Gartner is hosting its 2021 Security & Risk Management Summit in Orlando from September 20th – 22nd.

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