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Calibrate Raises $100M Series B for Weight Loss Platform

Calibrate Raises $100M Series B for Weight Loss Platform

In its first year since launch, weight loss telehealth platform Calibrate raised $100 million in capital funding from investors. The series B funding round was co-led by Founders Fund and Tiger Global, both new investors, and had participation from Optum Ventures and existing investors. In addition to the funding, Brian Singerman, a partner at Founders Fund, will join Calibrate’s board of directors. “We know that investing in preventative care works intuitively,” Calibrate’s founder and CEO Isabelle Kenyon said. “And so, year one at Calibrate was really about proving through outcomes and results that that makes sense, and that equation makes…
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FaceMyDoc Review

FaceMyDoc Review

FaceMyDoc: Is it Legit or a Scam? I first heard of FaceMyDoc about a year ago via the digital marketing space. After seeing some posts on forums and social media, I finally decided to check FaceMyDoc out for myself. I personally preferred their vibe to that of other companies. It felt like their entire platform is specifically meant for beginners just starting out in telehealth. And it’s not just a software platform; FaceMyDoc is the only company that I know of in the space that offers an entire turn-key business opportunity for licensed healthcare providers. From software, medical billing, risk…
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Vaccines for COVID-19: Public Health VS Personal Liberty

Vaccines for COVID-19: Public Health VS Personal Liberty

Just when it seemed as if the public health issues regarding schools were becoming clearer, the equation changed because of the emergence and predominance of the delta variant. The variant’s increased spread makes the need for more precautions at schools even more important than before, especially now that there is more in-person learning. The solution isn’t state mandates or threats — it is local policy, compliance and wisdom. Pre-delta, multiple studies showed that children were far more likely to spread COVID-19 outside of schools than in school, that mitigating measures (masks, distancing, ventilation) along with regular testing were factors in…
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Masks are now Optional for Bay County Employees

Masks are now Optional for Bay County Employees

I am sure, by now, you’ve heard that the School Board recently voted to make masks optional for employees. The conversation with the board was NEVER about masking for students, the Governor’s Executive Order prohibits mask mandates for students, but we did start the school year with a two-week mask requirement for employees at my direction. Masks continue to be optional for students and are now optional for all employees. Early in the summer, we were hoping that this school year would give us an opportunity to return to some of our “normal” operating procedures, but as the Delta variant…
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Additional Charges Brought on $784 Million Telehealth Scam

Additional Charges Brought on $784 Million Telehealth Scam

The owner of multiple telemedicine companies has again been indicted by a federal grand jury for quarterbacking and concealing one of the largest Medicare fraud and kickback schemes pursued by the Department of Justice. Creaghan Harry of Highland Beach, Florida, allegedly billed $784 million in false and fraudulent Medicare claims, more than $247 million of which was paid out, the DOJ wrote in a Tuesday release detailing the superseding indictment. Federal prosecutors allege that Harry and two co-conspirators (who were previously charged and pleaded guilty) sought illegal payments from durable medical equipment (DME) companies related to orders for DME braces…
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Telehealth is Here to Stay Regardless of the  Pandemic

Telehealth is Here to Stay Regardless of the Pandemic

You may have heard of telehealth services during the coronavirus pandemic. Perhaps you’ve heard of news reports recommending it as a way to get medical care despite social distancing. However, do you know how it works and how it can help you? To answer this question, we’ll talk more about telehealth’s growing popularity. Then, we will go through its features and weigh its pros and cons. More importantly, see why it’s here to stay and how it may improve in the long run. At the time of writing, the pandemic is still a pressing public health issue. Fortunately, online health…
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Tackling the Pandemic: Providers, Payers & Pharma Come Together

Tackling the Pandemic: Providers, Payers & Pharma Come Together

Nothing brings healthcare stakeholders together like a pandemic – from a speedy vaccine rollout to setting up telehealth platforms within weeks, providers, payers and the pharmaceutical industry had to work together to weather the changes brought on by COVID-19. So what’s next for these healthcare industry partnerships when the pandemic is over? In the HIMSS21 Digital panel, What's Next: Payer-Provider-Pharma Relationships in a Post-Pandemic Landscape, Dr. Shantanu Nundy, chief medical officer at Accolade, and Saira Haque, senior director for clinical informatics at Pfizer, discuss how the pandemic has changed partnerships and what the industry can learn from the past year. VACCINE ROLLOUT Nundy…
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Specialty Prescribing Habits Affected by COVID-19

Specialty Prescribing Habits Affected by COVID-19

The remote and virtual way of treating patients is becoming the new norm. Specialty providers have to adapt to provide the most streamlined solutions. COVID-19 has impacted many industries including health care. These impacts were seen in specialty and HUB operations early on, but it has become increasingly apparent that COVID-19’s effects are long-lasting. Patient service providers and specialty pharmacies are facing challenges to facilitate prescribing of specialty medications, knowing that prescribers are looking for new and easy ways to refer their patients for products and services. In the early phase of the pandemic, a drop in referral volume was…
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Doximity (DOCS) has IPO on New York Stock Exchange

Doximity (DOCS) has IPO on New York Stock Exchange

Doximity’s revenue climbed 77% in the latest fiscal year to $206.9 million, and net income jumped 69% to $50.2 million.Founded in 2011, Doximity has established itself as the LinkedIn for doctors and now has over 1.8 million medical professionals on its network.The company makes money primarily by allowing drugmakers to promote products and services to doctors and as a recruiting tool for medical systems. Doximity, the company that describes itself as the LinkedIn for doctors, more than doubled in its stock market debut on Thursday after raising close to $500 million in its IPO. Doximity sold 19 million shares for…
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Into the Future: Virtual Care Technology in 2050

Into the Future: Virtual Care Technology in 2050

In the future, your doctor will shower with you! Well, not exactly. But here's what one telemedicine expert has to say about the coming evolution of remote care. By Bill Siwicki May 10, 2021 11:56 AM Miles Romney, cofounder and chief technology officer at telehealth company eVisit, paints a vivid, sci-fi-seeming picture of what virtual care will look like in the year 2050.  He starts by describing a hypothetical person's morning shower. The shower stall will be outfitted with a high-tech system, says Romney. Aided by an ocular or neurological implant interface, the system takes a full-body CT scan, while…
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