Project: A Healthcare IT Research Tool

A flood of news is being generated on the U.S. healthcare system, coming from hundreds of disparate news sources. Thousands of healthcare stories appear each day, making it difficult to get a real sense of what’s happening in a particular focus area, let alone identify quality content for review.

Financing events are only a small part of the picture. Health Systems, Payers, Capital Firms and other stakeholders have critical questions such as:

  • What is happening within a particular healthcare topic?
  • What new players are in this space?
  • What vendor deals, installations, and partnerships have occurred?

The goal of this tool is to assist in research efforts within the healthcare IT field, reducing analysis load while providing a simple method to follow an emerging healthcare topic or solution partner.

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News items are selected via search algorithm and then scored across several factors, including the perceived quality of the source. Depending on the frequency of news generated for a particular item, its news summary may represent a few days or a few months’ activity.

Links between Topics, Solution Partners, Health Systems, Payer Organizations and Capital Firms are determined through manual review as well as via algorithm. As connections between entities are established, ‘serendipitous exploration’ will become possible across data elements.

Although some direct testing occurs, note that with the incoming volume of data (5,000 news items per day) it would be infeasible to sample each record, and the odd categorization error is likely. This site is updated weekly, and your comments are welcome.

  Recent News Updates

[ A ] ACA Compliance, Accountable Care Organization, ACOs, Addiction Treatment, AI in Healthcare.

[ B ] Behavioral Health, Behavioral Healthcare, Bundled Payments.

[ C ] Care Coordination, Care Management, Claims Management, Clinical Collaboration, Clinical Communication, Clinical Data, Clinical Data Registry, Clinical Decision Support, Clinical Documentation, Clinical Documentation Improvement, Clinical Surveillance, Community Health, Credentialing.

[ D ] Delaware Healthcare, Diagnostic Imaging, Digital Health, Digital Pathology, Digital Pathology Market.

[ E ] EHR Integration, EHR Usability, Electronic Health Record, Emergency Department Information System, EMR.

[ F ] Florida Healthcare.

[ H ] Health Information Exchange, Health Management, Healthcare Claims Management, Healthcare Consumerism, Healthcare Cybersecurity, Healthcare IoT, Healthcare Management Consulting, Healthcare Policy, Healthcare Secure Messaging, Healthcare Supply Chain, HIMSS, HIPAA, HITRUST CSF, Home Health, Home Health Care, Home Telehealth.

[ I ] IoT for Healthcare.

[ M ] MACRA, Master Data Management, Medical Imaging, Medical Imaging Market, Medical Research, Mental Health.

[ N ] Nursing Education.

[ P ] Patient Centricity, Patient Engagement Technology, Patient Experience, Patient Monitoring, Patient Portal, Patient Portals, Patient Recruitment, Patient Safety, Patient Satisfaction, Payer Services, Personalized Medicine, Population Health, Population Health Management, Precision Medicine.

[ R ] Referral Management, Referral Management Market, Revenue Cycle Management.

[ T ] Telehealth, Telemedicine, Telepsychiatry, TeleStroke.

[ V ] Virtual Care.

[ W ] Wearable Tech, Wearable Technology, Wearables.

[ A ] Acadia Healthcare, AHMC Healthcare.

[ B ] Baptist Health, Louisville KY, Baystate Health, Blessing Health System, Broward Health.

[ C ] Care Center, Media PA, Centura Health, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, Christ Hospital, Cincinnati OH, Cleveland Clinic, CoxHealth.

[ D ] Dignity Health.

[ G ] Good Samaritan Medical Center, Brockton MA.

[ H ] Harris Methodist, Bedford TX, HealthSouth, Hennepin County Medical Center, Minneapolis MN, Henry Ford Health System, Hinsdale Hospital, Hinsdale IL, Holy Cross Hospital, Chicago IL, Holy Redeemer Health System, Hospital Sisters Health System, Houston Methodist.

[ I ] Intermountain Healthcare.

[ K ] Kennedy Health, Kindred Healthcare.

[ L ] Lakeview Regional Medical Center, Covington LA, Legacy Emanuel Medical Center, Portland OR, Loyola Medicine.

[ M ] Martin Luther King, Los Angeles CA, McLaren Health Care, Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York NY, Mercy Hospital, Miami FL, Meridian Health, Methodist Health System, Methodist Hospital, Houston TX, Methodist Hospitals, Merrillville IN, MetroHealth, Monroe Clinic, Monroe WI.

[ N ] Newman Regional Health, Emporia KS, Northeastern Health System, Tahlequah OK, Northwestern Medicine, NYU Winthrop Hospital, Mineola NY.

[ P ] Providence St. Joseph Health.

[ R ] Regions Hospital, St. Paul MN, Rutland Regional Medical Center, Rutland VT, RWJBarnabas Health.

[ S ] Sanford Health, Scripps Health, Sheppard Pratt, Ellicott City MD, Shriners Hospitals for Children, SSM Health, St. Francis, Ellsworth KS, St. Joseph Health, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, Memphis TN, St. Tammany Parish Hospital, Covington LA, Summa Health, Sutter Roseville Medical Center, Roseville CA.

[ T ] Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital, Fort Worth TX, The Woodlands Hospital, The Woodlands TX.

[ V ] Verity Health.

[ W ] Washington Hospital, Washington PA.

[ Y ] York Hospital, York ME, York Hospital, York PA.

[ A ] Aetna, Alignment Health Plan, Allegiance Benefit Plan Management, American Specialty Health, Amerigroup, AmeriHealth, Amerihealth Administrators, Amerihealth Caritas, Anthem Inc.

[ B ] Bankers Fidelity, BeneSys, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Georgia, Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Illinois, Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Kansas, Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Massachusetts, Blue Cross Blue Shield Of Oklahoma, BlueCare Tennessee, Bright Health, Brighton Health Plan Solutions.

[ C ] Care1st Health Plan, CareCentrix, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield, CareSource, CDPHP, CeltiCare Health Plan, Cigna, Cigna-Healthspring, Clover Health, ComPsych, CountyCare.

[ D ] Dearborn National, Delta Health Systems, Denver Health Medical Plan.

[ E ] Easy Choice Health Plan, Evergreen Health.

[ F ] Fidelis Care, Fresenius Health Plans.

[ G ] Gateway Health Plan.

[ H ] Harmony Health Plan, Health Alliance Plan, Health Net, Health Net Federal Services, Health Plan Of San Mateo, HealthComp, Healthplex, Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield Delaware, HMSA, Home State Health, Hometown Health, Humana.

[ I ] Independence Blue Cross, Independent Health, Indian Health Service, InterCare, INTotal Health.

[ K ] KelseyCare Advantage, Keystone First.

[ M ] Magellan Health, MDwise, Medical Mutual of Ohio, MediGold, MedSolutions, Meridian Health Plan, Metroplus Health Plan, Moda Health, Molina Healthcare, MultiPlan.

[ N ] Neighborhood Health Plan, Network Health, New Mexico Health Connections.

[ O ] Optimum Healthcare, Oscar Health.

[ P ] Passport Health Plan, Peach State Health Plan, Pivot Health, Premier Health Plan, Primecare, Priority Health.

[ S ] Santa Clara Family Health Plan, SCAN Health Plan, Senior Whole Health, Simply Healthcare Plans, Sunflower Health Plan, Superior HealthPlan, Sutter Health Plus.

[ U ] UnitedHealthcare, UnitedHealthcare Community Plan, Univera Healthcare, UPMC Health Plan.

[ V ] Vantage Health Plan, VIVA Health.

[ W ] Wellcare, Wellcare Health Plans, Wellmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.

[ A ] Adams Street Partners, Advent International, AlpInvest, Andreessen Horowitz, Arboretum Ventures, Arrowroot Capital.

[ B ] B Capital Group, Bain Capital, Bain Capital Ventures, Baird Capital, Battery Ventures, Bay City Capital, Bessemer Venture Partners, Blackstone Group, BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners, Blueprint Health.

[ C ] California Health Care Foundation, Cambia Health Solutions, Carrick Capital Partners, Cinven, Claritas Capital, Comcast Ventures, Comerica Bank, Comvest Partners, Corazon Capital, Cota Capital.

[ D ] Delphi Ventures, Drive Capital.

[ E ] EDG Partners, Edison Partners, Emergent Medical Partners, Essex Woodlands Health Ventures.

[ F ] FCA Venture Partners, Flare Capital Partners, Founders Fund, Francisco Partners, Frontier Capital, Fuse Capital.

[ G ] GE Ventures, General Atlantic, Genstar Capital, GI Partners, Goldman Sachs, Google Ventures, Great Hill Partners, Greycroft Partners, Grotech Ventures, GTCR.

[ H ] Health Evolution Partners, Healthios Capital Markets, Heritage Group, Heron Capital.

[ I ] Insight Venture Partners, Intel Capital.

[ J ] Jennison Associates, JMI Equity.

[ K ] Kayne Partners.

[ L ] Launchpad Digital Health, Leerink Partners, Lemhi Ventures, Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Lewis & Clark Ventures, LLR Partners, Longmeadow Capital Partners.

[ M ] Mainsail Partners, Marlin Equity Partners, Maryland Venture Fund, Maxfield Capital, Menlo Ventures, Merrick Ventures, Moneta Ventures, MTS Health Investors.

[ N ] Nautic Partners, NCT Ventures, New Enterprise Associates, New Mountain Capital, NFX Guild, Nokia Growth Partners, Noro-Moseley Partners, Norwest Venture Partners.

[ O ] Oak HC/FT, Okapi Venture Capital, OrbiMed Advisors.

[ P ] Peloton Equity, Primus Capital, Psilos Group, PV Ventures.

[ Q ] Qualcomm Ventures.

[ R ] Rock Health, RRE Ventures.

[ S ] Safeguard Scientifics, Sandbox Industries, Sanofi-Genzyme BioVentures, Scale Venture Partners, Scopia Capital, Sequoia Capital, Seven Peaks Ventures, Sherpa Capital, Shore Capital Partners, Sigma Partners, Silicon Valley Bank, Silversmith Capital Partners, Social Capital, Social Venture Fund, Sorenson Capital, Spectrum Equity, StartUp Health, Summit Partners, SunTrust Bank.

[ T ] T. Rowe Price, Tailwind Capital, Thoma Bravo, TPG Capital, TPG Growth, Treehouse Health, Trident Capital, TripleTree, True Ventures, TT Capital Partners.

[ V ] Vestar Capital Partners.

[ W ] Warburg Pincus, Water Street Healthcare Partners, Western Technology Investment.

  Data Definitions

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Recent News: The twenty most recent news items for this Topic / Solution Partner / Health System / Payer / Capital Firm (hereafter Entity), with average or better quality score. The Entity may be mentioned within the story, but not be the primary focus of the item. Quality is determined via algorithm and includes a news source ranking as well as placement of the Entity within the news item.

Linked News: Similar to the above, but filtered to only those news items for a which a Label can be displayed to illustrate the specific news connections between this and other Entities. For example, a news item on the topic of Telehealth may also include mention of a specific telehealth Solution Partner. A news item for a revenue cycle management Solution Partner may include mention of a particular Health System where a contract was announced (see Connections Tab).

High Score: The twenty most recent high-scoring news items available. Here, the Entity is more likely to be the focus of, or feature prominently in the news item. Medium-quality news may be supplemented to fill out the container when necessary. Depending on the frequency of news generated for a particular Entity, its news summary may represent a few days or a few months’ activity. Where possible, a Label is displayed that illustrates the specific connections between this record and others.

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Top News Sources: A ranked list of the top Authoritative Sources for each Entity. Authoritative Sources are well-known news outlets and PR vehicles, rather than local news outlets which may merely reprint press releases. There are currently 100+ Authoritative (out of 5,000+) unique healthcare news sources in inventory, and this list is updated weekly.

Mirrored Topics: Topics are mirrored where a user searching news for one term, would expect similar results for the other term in this relationship, i.e., ‘EHR’ and ‘Electronic Health Record.’ In other cases, the mirrored Topics are different terms but are now used interchangeably in healthcare news, such as with ‘Telehealth’ and ‘Virtual Care.’ High-scoring news for one Topic will be mapped to its mirror(s) so that it can be found in searches there as well. Solution Partners linked to one Topic/Capability will also be connected to their mirror(s).

Related Topics: A subjective mapping of other topics that might be of interest. Your suggestions are welcome.

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..for Healthcare Topics

  • Solution Partners: Partners with this specific Topic/Capability.
  • Capital Interest: Capital Firms with a specific news mention for this Topic.
  • Provider Interest: Health Systems with a particular news mention for this Topic.
  • Payer Interest: Payer Organizations with a specific news mention for this Topic.
  • See Also: Related Topics of interest. Your suggestions are welcome.

..for Solution Partners

  • Capabilities/Topics: Solution Partners will often have links to multiple Topics, or Capabilities, rather than being boxed into a single arbitrary classification - a differentiator for this dataset. Note: This classification is driven as much by news content as from the vendor’s self-description, website or press releases, i.e., if the news media repeatedly refers to a Solution Partner as an RCM provider, it will likely have that classification in addition to any Capabilities claimed by the vendor.
  • Financing: Links to Capital Firms with announced funding events for this Partner (not a primary focus).
  • Provider Implementations: Links to Health Systems or Hospitals with an announced partnership of some sort.
  • Payer Implementations: Links to Payer Organizations with an announced partnership of some sort.
  • See Also: Links to potential competitors for this Solution Partner, based on shared Capabilities (limit 10).

..for Health Systems

  • Interests: Direct interests (Topics) for this Health System, based on published news, i.e., a Health System that announces a Precision Medicine initiative, etc.
  • Inferred Interests: Inferred interests based upon the Partner relationship graph - contracting with a Telehealth provider infers an interest in Telehealth and Virtual Care, etc.
  • Solution Partners: Links to Solution Partners with an announced partnership of some sort.

..for Payer Organizations

  • Interests: Direct interests (Topics) for this Payer Organization, based on published news, i.e., a Payer that announces a Wellness initiative, etc.
  • Inferred Interests: Inferred interests based upon the Partner relationship graph - contracting with a Telehealth provider infers an interest in Telehealth and Virtual Care, etc.
  • Solution Partners: Links to Solution Partners with an announced partnership of some sort.

..for Capital Firms

  • Interests: Direct interests (Topics) for this Capital Firm, based on published news.
  • Inferred Interests: Inferred interests based upon the Partner relationship graph - investing in a Telehealth provider infers an interest in Telehealth and Virtual Care, etc.
  • HIT Investments: Solution Partners with announced financing events from this Capital Firm. Note that there are myriad other sources of financing data - therefore financing linkages are a low priority.
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  • Curated News Items: The total news items present in the system for this Entity. Note that only a small portion of available news is ever presented.
  • Unique News Sources: Includes both authoritative and non-authoritative sources, but with a minimum quality score.
  • News Last 90 Days: Self-explanatory.
  • Compare To Prior Period: Trend compared to the previous 90-day period.
  • News Quartile: Calculated via news volume for the last half-year, as compared to others within this domain (Healthcare Topics, Solution Partners, etc.). A rough comparison of authoritative news generated, rather than web searches made. Updated weekly.
  • Internal Connections: The total number of internal connections present (See Connections Tab).