AstraZeneca Teams Up With Startup Quell in Type 1 Diabetes, IBD Cell Therapy Pact

AstraZeneca’s drug research strategy includes developing new medicines that address underlying causes of disease. Autoimmune disorders are one area of strategic focus, and the pharmaceutical giant is now turning to a cell therapy startup to begin a collaboration that could yield new treatments intended to stop immune responses driving two prevalent inflammatory conditions. Under terms … Read more

Sanofi, AstraZeneca RSV Drug for Infants Secures Backing of FDA Advisors

An Sanofi and AstraZeneca antibody drug designed to protect infants from developing infections from respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) has received the backing of an FDA advisory committee, moving the therapy a step closer to potential regulatory approval in the U.S. The independent Antimicrobial Drugs Advisory Committee voted on Thursday that the benefits of the drug, … Read more

Transcarent, ViewFi Partner To Bring Orthopedic Consult Solution to Patients

Musculoskeletal conditions impact more than half of adults in the U.S., and are the second highest driver of costs for employers. A new partnership aims to address this.  Last week, virtual health provider Transcarent announced that it is working with orthopedic and musculoskeletal company ViewFi to create an orthopedic consult solution on Transcarent’s platform. San … Read more

Upperline Health Snags $58M for Its Network of Value-Based Specialty Care Clinics

Specialty care is ready for more value-based care models, and investors are helping that transformation move along. Venture funds and angel investors recently funneled $58 million into Upperline Health, a Nashville-based provider network focused on value-based specialty care. The funding round, announced Wednesday, was led by Crestline Investors. It brings the startup’s total funding to … Read more

American Cancer Society, Color Health Partner To Increase Cancer Screenings for Employers

Nearly 40% of Americans will develop cancer in their lifetime, and cancer is now the top driver of healthcare costs for employers. A new partnership aims to address this by expanding access to cancer screenings for employers. Burlingame, California-based Color Health and Chicago-based American Cancer Society (ACS) introduced Monday the Cancer Prevention and Screening Program, … Read more

Why Digital Marketing for Healthcare Needs To Redefine the Traditional ‘Blueprint’ Strategy

Historically, the majority of healthcare services and products have been available to the general public offline, but as the world has become increasingly digital, so has our approach to healthcare. In the ‘digital age’ almost 83% of patients look to the internet to help them search for medical and healthcare providers. With a rapid move … Read more

BCBS Massachusetts Sees Mental Health Spending Double Since Start of Covid-19

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts’ (BCBS Massachusetts) annual spending on mental health services about doubled to $1.3 billion in 2022 from $610 million in 2019, the insurer announced Monday. “Prior to the pandemic, we’d been seeing year over year increases in mental health spending,” said Dr. Greg Harris, senior medical director for mental health … Read more

It’s Time for Nursing To Return to Its Roots

For most nurses, the decision to become a nurse is almost always driven by something intimate: a loved one lost to sickness or tragedy, a family tradition, a desire to heal their community. Nobody becomes a nurse to work grueling marathon shifts. Yet, the 12-hour “three-on, four-off” schedule is standard for the profession, and for … Read more

Dying in the Waiting Room: Emergency Departments Have Become the Nexus of the Newest Healthcare Crisis

Across nearly every hospital in the country, an entirely new unit has appeared. It’s one that nobody wanted and nobody knows exactly what to do with, but it’s there. You might call it purgatory, or a black hole, or limbo, or any number of other names, but thousands of patients are finding themselves there every … Read more

Experts Release New Framework to Evaluate Digital Health Products

A group of healthcare researchers and health system leaders recently proposed a new framework to evaluate evidence for digital health products. The set of guidelines — titled “Evidence in Digital health for EFfectiveness of INterventions with Evaluative Depth” (Evidence Defined) — was published last week in npj Digital Medicine. The framework seeks to provide hospitals, … Read more