June 8, 2017
According to a report in Politico, the Trump administration has chosen a new Chief Technology Officer for the Department of Health and Human Services, the post originated by Todd Park and most recently held by health anthropologist Susannah Fox. Bruce Greenstein, the former head of the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals, has been tapped for the post according to Politico.
April 25, 2017
As fun as FaceTime or other video calls can be, many people may choose to decline an incoming face-to-face chat for the simple reason of, well, not wanting to show their face. Understandably, when people are sick and are choosing to engage with their doctor virtually, they may not leap at the choice of a video visit.
“When we talk about telemedicine, a lot of people immediately think video. But...
February 27, 2017
Telemedicine technology vendor Zipnosis launched a new claims processing functionality with partner MultiCare Health System and integration partner PokitDok, at HIMSS17.
MultiCare developed a strategy to offer its virtual care platform - powered by Zipnosis - to employees and dependents as a covered benefit and wanted to make the claims process a seamless, behind-the-scenes event.
November 10, 2016
Robert E. Dries is leaving his post as chief financial officer of Healthways, a wellness program provider, after less than three months in that role. The company’s chief accounting officer Glenn Hargreaves will assume the role of interim CFO immediately as well as continue his existing duties as chief accounting officer.
Dries became Healthways’s CFO in August, and previously worked at Omnicare,...
August 30, 2016
Ride-sharing company Lyft has partnered with GreatCall, which makes connected health and safety solutions for the aging population to offer a new transportation program. The GreatCall Rides program will provide GreatCall customers with access to Lyft without an app by leveraging GreatCall’s personal operator services. (Customers just have to dial “0” on their Jitterbug phones). The initial pilot...
February 26, 2016
Zipnosis, a telemedicine company, has hired John Jordan as the company’s SVP of sales and marketing. John Jordan previously served as VP of North American sales at dbMotion, a software company acquired by Allscripts in 2013, as well as senior VP of sales at GE Healthcare. At Zipnosis Jordan will develop new partnerships and revenue streams for the company.
“John’s decades of experience in...
January 4, 2016
Minneapolis, Minnesota-based telemedicine company Zipnosis has raised $17 million in a round led by Safeguard Scientifics with participation from Ascension Ventures as well as existing investors Fairview Health Services, Hyde Park Venture Partners, Arthur Ventures, Waterline Ventures and Omphalos Ventures. This brings the company’s total known funding to about $20 million to date, according to...
January 6, 2015
Minneapolis, Minnesota-based telemedicine company Zipnosis has received a "significant" strategic investment from Fairview Health, the hospital system the company has been working with the past several years. The amount of the investment was not disclosed.
"It’s not only a really good runway for us, but it also gives us a partner who’s got national connections through a variety of networks," CEO...
June 12, 2014
This week, a bevy of telehealth stakeholders sent incoming HHS secretary Sylvia Burwell a letter as part of ongoing efforts to improve the legal and political climate for telehealth. But virtual visit practioners -- whether using video, telephone, or software -- are managing to do pretty well despite some coverage restrictions. There's at least 12 companies in this burgeoning space, and that...
April 29, 2014
One of the biggest difficulties for mobile and digital health companies (or health systems) focused on telemedicine is that they're usually attempting to provide a national service, but the regulations they must follow are determined on the state level -- for the most part by state medical boards. Recently, the Federation of State Medical Boards, an advisory group that issues guidance documents...