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Carrum Health has joined forces with The Bariatric Center of Kansas City (BCKC) to provide more options for high-quality specialized bariatric care in the Midwest.
Based in the Kansas City, Kansas area, BCKC is one of the highest volume weight loss centers in the country, having performed more than 17,000 bariatric surgeries and tallying a 99% patient satisfaction rate. BCKC was the first practice in the region to receive designation as a Center of Excellence by the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). Since opening its doors nearly 20 years ago, BCKC has been committed to providing patients with easy access to bariatric surgery, including all pre- and post-operative care, from its experienced team of surgeons, dieticians and clinical support staff.
“Carrum Health and BCKC share a common mission: to help individuals improve the quality of their lives with better access to high-quality bariatric surgery,” said Dr. Stanley Hoehn, MD, FACS, FASMBS, founder of BCKC. “We’re excited to partner with Carrum Health and offer our expertise and weight loss services to its members, especially because of our mutual drive to improve the patient experience.”
The pre-op process includes both psychological and physical evaluations to ensure the best clinical outcomes for each patient. Carrum Health’s mobile app guides every patient through everything needed to prepare for surgery including gathering medical records, completing pre-surgery requirements, and getting lab work. Patients are also assigned a dedicated care specialist to help answer specific questions and coordinate care across providers.

Outcomes4Me Inc. announced a collaboration with Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC) to extend its patient app to include survivorship care, providing personalized evidence-based resources for patients that have been diagnosed with breast and prostate cancer. The collaboration, made possible by a National Cancer Institute (NCI) contract recently awarded to Outcomes4Me, will include integration into providers’ workflows to enable oncologists and primary care physicians to generate and manage the survivorship care plan. It will also include integration into the Epic EHR system used at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Outcomes4Me and VICC will work to develop and pilot a first-of-a-kind integrated survivorship platform for providers, nurse practitioners and patients that automatically creates and updates the survivorship care plan. By integrating the National Comprehensive Cancer Network® Clinical Practice Guidelines in Oncology for Survivorship and the latest evidence-based recommendations from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) and other leading institutions, the platform will enable the care plan to be continuously managed — for example, through screening recommendations for secondary cancers and managing long-term adverse effects of cancer treatments.
“We’re eager to expand into survivorship care planning and to do so with a top-rated institution like Vanderbilt,” said Outcomes4Me CEO and co-founder Dr. Maya Said, who as principal investigator will oversee the NCI contract for the company. “This collaboration will help us deliver on our mission to empower cancer patients to take charge of their care not only during active treatment but also into survivorship, resulting in improved long-term outcomes and quality of life.”

Botco.ai, which developed a marketing automation service to support meaningful conversations between providers and patients, has raised a $2.2 million seed round. Stout Street Capital led the funding round with participation from Sterling Road, PHX Ventures and Arizona Tech Investors. Click here to read more.

Equip, a health IT company that provides evidence-based eating disorder treatment and delivers it to families, closed a $13 million Series A funding round. Optum Ventures led the round with participation from new investor .406 Ventures and existing investor F-Prime Capital, which previously led the company’s Seed round. The company currently has users in California, Texas and New York and is in the process of adding more, according to Equip’s website. Click here to read more.
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