Blockchain for Healthcare Data
Change Healthcare’s, a provider of healthcare technology solutions, recent acquisition of PokitDok, a leading provider of platform-as-a-service tools and software for developing healthcare applications, highlights the promise of using blockchain technology to streamline the management and analysis of patient healthcare data.
As noted in Change Healthcare’s December 18th press release:
“This acquisition is about practical innovation to create a more connected, transparent and efficient healthcare system where patients control their own information,” said Kris Joshi, Ph.D., executive vice president and president, Network Solutions, Change Healthcare. “As the leader in blockchain for healthcare and with one of the most extensive open API marketplaces available, with PokitDok we are bringing together synergistic assets and technical expertise for delivering additional capabilities to our customers and accelerated value to digital health markets.”
For years the global healthcare industry has struggled to find a streamlined way to manage patient records. The emergence of blockchain and secure, decentralized data management technologies, may offer a way to create portable, interoperable digital health records for patients.
New Findings on Physician Burnout: Key Takeaways
Last week, six authors affiliated with the Massachusetts Medical Society, Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and Harvard Global Health Institute released a headline-grabbing paper titled “A Crisis in Health Care: A Call to Action on Physician Burnout.” The authors believe that the extent of physician burnout constitutes a public health crisis and offer a handful of prescriptions for improving providers’ work experience. What does it all mean for healthcare investors, practitioners, and entrepreneurs who are looking to the future state of the U.S. healthcare system? MHT Partners, a leading healthcare services investment bank, highlights a few key takeaways:
Medical Device Companies | Thoughts on 2019 M&A Activity
While specialty physician practices, behavioral health businesses and healthcare IT deals have captured many recent headlines in middle market healthcare M&A, other sectors within healthcare are benefiting from strong tailwinds with less fanfare. As a leading healthcare services investment bank, MHT believes one space that is worth paying attention to is Medical Devices, where competitive dynamics, demographic shifts and new technologies are making it a compelling industry sub-sector to watch.
The Promising Emergence of Telemedicine
In the quest to improve U.S. healthcare by both lowering the cost of care and delivering improved outcomes, emerging technology solutions represent the most realistic and achievable path for success. One area of particular promise is the field of telemedicine, which utilizes remote communication programs to connect patients with healthcare providers and rapidly expands access to care, particularly in rural areas. For many healthcare issues, telemedicine can be administered at a cost far below that of live patient-provider encounters. As providers, patients, and payors increasingly recognize the benefits and ease of telemedicine solutions, investor interest in telemedicine is expected to intensify.
Private Equity’s Emerging Interest in Autism Therapy Companies
Private equity investment in adolescent behavioral therapy has skyrocketed in recent years. Both investors with a track record for partnering with healthcare companies, as well as generalist funds, have come up to speed quickly with an interest in adolescent behavioral care. Numerous attributes of adolescent behavioral health companies align with private equity’s interests and experience, and recent M&A in the space suggests that market opportunities exist for the first-movers that can build large platforms for providing care nationwide.
Unknown to most individuals outside the profession, a highly specialized medical doctor exists within the realm of dermatology. Mohs surgeons play the part of both skin cancer surgeon and pathologist. Amazingly, in a country of approximately 320 million people, only 1,500 Mohs surgeons (American College of Mohs Surgery Fellowship trained) exist – making their unique skills and services rare and valuable. In layman’s terms, if Mohs surgeons were professional baseball players, they would be left-handed knuckleballers.
Private Equity-Backed Specialty Physician Platforms – Where do we go from here?
Over the past five years there has been a tremendous amount of private equity investment in specialty physician groups. Seemingly every middle market sponsor with an interest in healthcare has sought or bought a specialty physician practice, be it in dermatology, dental, or ophthalmology, with the intent of building a platform by executing a “roll-up” strategy. Notably, many of these investments, through prodigious amounts of work, have succeeded in creating regional platforms of scale, with strong leadership and meaningful infrastructure.
How Efforts to Reduce the Cost of Healthcare in the U.S. May Impact Patients, Payors, and Providers
$3,300,000,000,000: That is how much the U.S. spent on healthcare in 2016, and that number is only rising. The price of medical care has grown over 2,000% since 1960—compared to just over 500% for the consumer price index as a whole. In total, Americans’ health care tab represented approximately 18% of GDP, while the OECD average healthcare spending amounted to only 10% of GDP.
Increasing Prevalence of Surgeries Performed in an ASC Setting . . . continued
As mentioned last week, in this blog we’ll look at specialties that are well positioned to transition some patient cases to an ASC setting, and what factors, including reimbursement decisions, patient outcomes, and technology are a fit with ASCs.
Increasing Prevalence of Surgeries Performed in an ASC Setting
It is increasingly common to hear the term (“ASC”), or ambulatory surgery center, in discussions among investors in the healthcare industry. ASCs, often owned by the physicians who practice in them, can provide a cost-effective alternative to care delivery in a hospital setting, drive better patient outcomes, and allow physician owners to capture more of the economics associated with the delivery of patient care.