Benchmark Aids in Production of Rapid, Lab-Free COVID-19 Testing System

by Mike Hunter

Distribution of COVID vaccine is dominating COVID conversation, but testing is still a key in fighting the pandemic. Tempe-based global provider of engineering, design and manufacturing services Benchmark Electronics has been a player in that realm, with a key manufacturing partnership with genetic testing pioneers DnaNudge to deliver volume production of DnaNudge’s rapid, … [More]

Purification Innovates Use of UVC Lights for Safety 

by Jamie Killin

Sanitation has taken on a new meaning during the COVID-19 pandemic, with new companies forming to help address how to destroy harmful, virus-spreading pathogens to help keep community members safe and healthy.  One of these is Purification, LLC — an innovative, Tempe-based company that’s harnessing the power of CDC-approved UVC lights to destroy harmful bacteria and viruses … [More]

Testing, Testing, One, Two, Three

by Mike Hunter

Scottsdale-based COVID Testing To You offers mobile, FDA-certified COVID-19 antibody and virus testing to Arizona employers with at least 10 employees, providing an affordable and scalable way for employers to manage through the reopening phase of the COVID-19 pandemic. The startup’s medical director, Reyes Topete, M.D., has worked in the medical field in Arizona for more than … [More]

RexPay Tech Solves Healthcare Headaches

by RaeAnne Marsh

Local startup RexPay has developed an app designed to help people manage all their medical bills and payments easily in one mobile app.  Individuals can download the app and create an account for free, snap a picture of their bills and RexPay will import all of the information so they can manage and pay all their medical bills in one place. In addition to offering … [More]

Get Up-to-Date Return-to-Work Requirements across All 50 States

by Mike Hunter

Text-message health-screening company Picohealth offers businesses a free tool, COVID-19 Employee Health Screening Requirements by State, to make sense of constantly changing COVID-19 symptom and temperature screening requirements in all 50 states.  Each week, states are issuing return-to-work guidelines and executive orders mandating how employers should keep their … [More]

Freeze to Heal

by Kris Price

The health and wellness industry is forever evolving — new concepts that promote movement and innovative recovery therapies are popping up everywhere, including right here in the Valley. One that’s currently trending and making a huge impact within the industry is cryotherapy, and last month Cryoshift made Arizona its home by opening its first location in Gilbert at the … [More]

RealAge for Better Health

by Mike Hunter

Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ), the state's largest locally based healthcare insurer, and Sharecare, the digital health company that helps people manage all their health in one place, have formed a strategic partnership to empower every Arizonan, regardless of insurance coverage, to improve their holistic health and well-being. Additionally, this deal provides … [More]

One-Stop Solution for Sleep Health

by Mike Hunter

Full-service population sleep health company FusionHealth and sleep diagnostics leader Nox Medical have joined forces to form Nox Health, becoming one of the world’s largest providers of sleep health solutions. “Sleep issues affect half the world’s population,” according to Dr. Jeffrey Durmer, co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of FusionHealth, “yet many of today’s programs … [More]

Excentium and GlobalMed Awarded Contract with Military Health System

by Mike Hunter

GlobalMed®, a Scottsdale, Ariz.-based virtual health solutions manufacturer and systems integrator, will provide the specialized and secure delivery systems, software platform and services to Excentium Inc., a Prime SDVOSB based in Virginia that has been awarded a five-year contract to provide maintenance, service and support to the Defense Health Agency’s Virtual Health … [More]

Scottsdale Cure Corridor Gains Neuro Center

by Matt Classen

HonorHealth has broken ground on a $44-million Neuroscience Institute, located at the Scottsdale Osborn Medical Center campus. The 120,000-square-foot, five-story multidisciplinary neurological care center will provide the local community with a centralized hub for spin and neuro-related conditions, like ALS and MS. The comprehensive, multidisciplinary neurological care … [More]

$4-Million Dementia Care Addition

by Matt Classen

Senior living community Brookdale Central Paradise Valley recently opened a new Alzheimer’s and dementia care program. This project represents a more than $4 million investment and the creation of 18 new jobs in the Phoenix area. There were 140,000 people in Arizona living with Alzheimer’s and dementia in 2018, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, which estimates this … [More]

Partnership Prepares for Flu Season

by Matt Classen

Every year, the flu affects hundreds of thousands of people; Valley companies Veyo and FastMed Urgent Care have teamed up to provide complimentary flu shots to all Veyo drivers this season. FastMed Urgent Care — which performs more than 10,000 flu shots every year — has 30 clinics located in Arizona, making it convenient for Veyo drivers to stop by and get their flu … [More]

iTether Platform for Integrated Healthcare Industry

by Mike Hunter

Digital health management platform iTether is designed to promote positive and sustainable outcomes for patients while also benefitting providers by helping reduce administrative work and increase billable events because more patients show up to appointments. The iTether Technologies, Inc. platform provides users with a care navigation system with access to telehealth and … [More]

Blue Light Could Be a Big Problem for Corporate America

Justin Barrett

Last fall, Arick Wierson, writing for the New York Observer, posed a simple but highly provocative question: “Is Blue Light the Tobacco of the Digital Age?”. Wierson was referring to the energy being emitted from digital devices in increasingly higher and more potent doses. Today, the average American is staring into some device on average 12 hours a day; from the screens of … [More]

Real-Time Care Coordination across Arizona

by Mike Hunter

The Arizona Hospital and Healthcare Association’s partnership earlier this year with PatientPing, the nation’s most comprehensive care coordination platform, was part of its efforts to improve patient care outcomes across the State of Arizona. The statewide partnership, coordinated through AzHHA’s Affiliated Partners Program, connects all AzHHA’s member hospitals and … [More]

Data and Analytics for the Right Care to the Right Patients at the Right Time

by Mark Schippits, M.D.

Data and analytics are the operative words in healthcare. The challenge is no longer getting information but, rather, figuring out what to do with it. Arizona Care Network has found a way to harness Big Data to help its nearly 6,000 physician partners prioritize care for patients who need them the most. ACN developed a proprietary algorithm to stratify patients according to … [More]

Small Businesses Gain the Buying Power of Big Corporations in Healthcare Benefits

by Mike Hunter

CarynHealth, the small-business association health plan brand of Association Health Plans of America, LLC, offers an “association in the box,” the next-generation approach to the small employer healthcare marketplace. AHPA was formed to meet the breakthrough opportunity provided by the Association Health Plan regulation recently put forth by the U.S. Department of Labor … [More]

DoL Offers New Tool to Help Employers Understand Mental Health Issues

by Mike Hunter

The U.S. Department of Labor has launched a new resource that helps employers better understand mental health issues, and provides valuable information and guidance for employers on strategies for recruiting, hiring, retaining, and advancing people with disabilities in the workplace. Created in coordination with the Department’s Office of Disability Employment Policy and its … [More]

Disrupting Traditional Rx

by Mike Hunter

SpotRx, a next-gen pharmacy, may help do to the traditional pharmacy model what Netflix did to Blockbuster. With the goal to be the “everywhere, anytime” pharmacy, SpotRx is a medical “vending machine” where individuals can consult an e-doctor/pharmacist, transfer a prescription and pickup (or opt for delivery of) their medications. The company currently has a stand-alone kiosk … [More]

App Helps People with Food Allergies Eat Out

by Mike Hunter

AllergySafe is a new app that takes the guesswork out of eating out by providing food allergy sufferers with a list of safe foods at their favorite restaurants. The app was created by 16-year-old Akshat Gautam, after he realized he was not alone in facing this difficulty. In the United States, food allergies are the sixth leading cause of chronic illness; every three minutes, a … [More]