ONC releases second draft of Trusted Exchange Framework and Common Agreement

The second draft of TEFCA outlines principles to support the nationwide exchange of health information, and comments are due on June 17, 2019.


Randomized control study shows little benefit from employee wellness programs

Researchers said their findings stand in contrast with the majority of the literature around workplace wellness programs which tended to find large positive returns on investment but were “based on observational designs with methodological shortc…


MedCitizens: StartUPDATES

This week, check out the news from behavioral health startup NeuroFlow


Report: IBM is ending sales of Watson for Drug Discovery

IBM is stopping the development and sales of the product, which uses Watson AI to help pharmaceutical companies find new drugs, because it wasn’t yielding large enough financial returns, according to a STAT report.


Anthem and UnitedHealth Group among top competitors to acquire Magellan Health

Analysts say the Scottsdale, Arizona-based company’s mix of assets, which ranges from Managed Medicaid business and radiology and behavioral health benefits could be a benefit to a strategic investors looking to broaden their payer portfolio. 


Mustang Bio shares skyrocket as ‘bubble boy disease’ patients cured with gene therapy at St. Jude

A secret sauce to the cure of the patients with the immunodeficiency disease X-SCID was bone marrow conditioning with the chemotherapy drug busulfan, according to a publication in the New England Journal of Medicine.


How pharma must change—and not change—in a new era

The biopharma industry needs to embrace new sources of health data—from medical claims and electronic health records to patient registries, and more— and understand that they do not change the need for validated processes.


ExplORer Surgical raises $5M for its cloud-based platform for the operating room

The Chicago-based startup’s tool, which is focused on boosting communication and coordination between all members of the surgical team, aims to reduce errors and improve OR efficiency.