The Tennessee Justice Center has received a $300,000 three-year grant from the Baptist Healing Trust.
The grant is part of BHT's third quarter grants, which totaled $1.2 million to 22 Middle Tennessee organizations. For a full list, click here.
"We are proud of our mission to support the important work that nonprofits do in our community to provide compassionate care," Cathy Self, BHT president and CEO, said in a release. "We have wonderful nonprofit organizations that deliver health care and dental care, recovery and homeless services, and provide support and safe places for people who have been abused."
The Tennessee Justice Center is an advocacy firm for low-income Tennesseans. Most recently, it has been significantly involved in the push to expand Medicaid for Tennesseans under 128 percent of the poverty level as part of Gov. Bill Haslam's Insure Tennessee proposal, which failed to pass in the legislature twice this year.
Following a number of high-profile cyber attacks, including one on health insurer Anthem Inc., BlueCross BlueShield of Tennessee will offer identity protection services to members next year.
The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports the protection offered by Chicago-based BlueCross and BlueShield will cover about 106 million people nationally and 3 million in Tennessee.
The services include credit monitoring, fraud detection and fraud resolution.
Three local health care veterans have launched a prescription app that connects prescribers, pharmacies and patients through a mobile communication platform.
The company, getRx, was founded by Dr. John Daniel Rudd, an internal medicine physician with Cedar Grove Medical Associates. Kirk Finchem, a health care executive with Renal Advantage Inc., and Edward Hadley, an attorney with North, Pursell & Ramos, are also partners in getRx.
"As a physician, one of the real hassles of the job has always been spending way too much time writing prescriptions, calling the pharmacy and not having quick access to my patients," Rudd said in a release. "I thought there had to be an app that could solve this common prescriber dilemma, but I couldn't find anything in app stores or on the Internet. So, we invented one."
The app is available through the Apple store, Google Play and Amazon.
(From left: Rudd, Finchem and Hadley)
Financial analytics company Agilum Healthcare Intelligence has appointed Shawn Frazier to the role of vice president of sales.
Frazier joins the Nashville company, formerly known as Anthem Healthcare Intelligence, from Compuware Covisint, where he served as executive director of healthcare.
"I am thrilled to have Shawn join our team," Mark McCurry, Agilum CEO, said in a release. "He has demonstrated consistent sales leadership and performance throughout his career. We are excited to leverage his experience, customer relationship skills and deep health care knowledge to accelerate Agilum's growth."
Vanderbilt University Medical Center has partnered with two nonprofits — the Human Vaccines Project and the International AIDS Vaccine Initiative — to study the human immune system.
Through the partnership, VUMC will become the project's first scientific hub, which will include efforts to decipher the basic components of the human immune system. The multi-year commitment seeks to enhance the design of future vaccines and immunotherapies.
"We are pleased to be the Project's flagship scientific partner," Dr. Jeff Balser, Vanderbilt vice chancellor for health affairs and dean of the school of medicine, said in a release. "Vanderbilt's longstanding commitment to vaccine research and development will allow us to make valuable contributions toward accelerating the creation of new vaccines and therapies necessary to fight significant diseases."
The partnership is the second recent announcement related to AIDS research for Vanderbilt. Last month, the university received a five-year grant from the National Institutes of Health to establish a Tennessee Center for AIDS Research with Meharry Medical College and the Tennessee Department of Health.
Brentwood-based patient engagement company MedCenterDisplay has raised $2.3 million, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
The sale was first opened in August of last year, when the company raised $1.5 million to expand beyond its core products.
TriStar Technology and Mountain Group Capital led the funding round, and the company said at the time it planned to develop mobile applications and expand its core business of branding screens on hospital walls.
For the most recent SEC filing, click here.
Additionally, MedCenterDisplay has named Jim Aylward (pictured) CEO, reports the Nashville Business Journal. Aylward joined the company in March 2014 as president.
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