Bonus Features – July 3, 3022 – Judge says Apple infringed AliveCor’s patent, more than half of patients had trouble managing their records, and more

Welcome to the holiday weekend edition of Healthcare IT Today Bonus Features. This article will be a weekly round of interesting stories, product announcements, new hires, partnerships, research studies, awards, sales, and more. Because there’s so much going on out there in healthcare IT that we can’t afford to cover in our full article, we still want to make sure you know all the latest news, announcements, and stories happening to help you do your job better.


An International Trade Commission (ITC) judge ruled that Apple violated AliveCor’s patented personal electrocardiogram technology. The judge’s decision follows two complaints filed by AliveCor against Apple – an allegation in April 2021 of patient infringement and an antitrust allegation in May 2021. A full determination from the ITC is expected in October 2022. If the The ITC stands by the judge’s decision, so Apple could block the importation of the Apple Watch into the United States, AliveCor said in a statement.


The DrFirst survey of 1,000 Americans found that 54% of patients think managing health records is difficult. While 92% of patients value quick and easy access to their medical records, 45% struggle to retrieve them from their patient portal and 42% find it difficult to retrieve them directly from their provider. Patients are more likely to maintain paper records than use a mobile app to manage their health information.

Combined research from Qualtrics and ServiceNow determined that 43% of healthcare consumers are at least “fairly likely” to switch to a new brand based on a difficult customer experience. This is the highest percentage among the industries included in the study, which polled more than 3,000 consumers.


Digital therapeutics company OxfordVR received a breakthrough device designation from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for its cognitive behavioral therapy treatment. OxfordVR targets patients with severe mental illness such as schizophrenia spectrum disorders or an affective diagnosis with psychotic symptoms.

Olive has released its revenue management product suite, known as the Autonomous Revenue Cycle. Built on the company’s current Clearinghouse product, ARC is committed to automating claim submissions, status reviews, and managing denials. In addition, the ARC can verify a patient’s eligibility and insurance benefits, as well as identify patients eligible for financial assistance.

Lung health decision support software vendor Optellum has announced a payment rate for its lung cancer prediction technology. Effective July 1, a reimbursement rate of $ 600- $ 700 is available under provisional CPT code 0721T and describes quantitative computed tomography tissue characterization performed separately with a CT scan.




  • Search and scheduling software vendor Kyruus has hired Paul Merrild as the company’s first President.
  • Withings appointed remote and wearable monitoring device Elizabeth Coleon as Chief Marketing Officer.
  • Post-acute care CRM and EHR vendor Trella Health promoted Andy Powell as Senior Vice President of Customer Experience and took on Bernie Segura as Vice President of Customer Success.
  • On the heels of its announcement of the clinical trials business, Walgreens named four members of the clinical trials leadership team working under Chief Clinical Trials Officer Ramita Tandon.

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