LOS ANGELES & COLUMBUS, Ohio--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Cloudbreak Health, LLC (“Cloudbreak” or the “Company”), an industry-leading provider of unified telehealth and video remote interpretation, reported significant usage growth and milestone achievements in 2020, expedited by the need for innovative telehealth solutions during the COVID-19 pandemic and the increased use of digital healthcare solutions.
“The fundamentals driving telehealth have been building for quite a while. Broadband and smartphone penetration and adoption in clinical environments have all grown strongly over the last few years, but COVID-19 was the litmus test proving the immense benefits of telehealth for the consumer,” said Jamey Edwards, CEO of pioneer telehealth and language access company, Cloudbreak. “Cloudbreak’s telehealth platform helped to resolve health disparities and ensure health equity for the rapidly expanding base of patients using digital health tools throughout 2020 both inside and outside of the hospital.”
Cloudbreak’s 2020 milestones include:
- Q1 2020 Investment – Entering into 2020, Cloudbreak secured a $10 million investment from Columbia Partners Private Capital (“Columbia”) to fuel growth and product innovation and allow the Company to further scale its telehealth footprint.
- Industry Recognition – Cloudbreak earned several top industry honors, including being named to the prestigious Entrepreneur 360 list of top entrepreneurial companies in the nation, receiving the 2020 Global Excellence Award, recognized on Becker’s list of 260+ Telehealth Companies to Know and named Medtech Breakthrough’s Best Overall MedTech Company.
- New Customer Growth – During the COVID-19 pandemic, the need to accelerate healthcare’s digital transformation led to new partnerships with the Yale New Haven Health System and University of California Health, which includes University of California San Diego (UCSD), University of California Davis (UCDavis), University of California San Francisco (UCSF) and University of California Riverside (UCR).
- Increased Patient Interactions – Cloudbreak’s innovative, secure platform performed more than 100,000 encounters per month on over 14,000 video endpoints in 1,800 plus healthcare venues nationwide. Cloudbreak surpassed more than 1.6 million minutes of telemedicine consultation monthly, simplifying how providers care for patients, putting a full care continuum at their fingertips 24/7. 2020 will prove to be the largest in the Company’s history for minute usage with Q4 being the largest for usage in the Company’s history.
- Integration Announcements – Cloudbreak completed several partner integrations to enable customers to leverage existing investments and make language access service available across multiple solutions. Cloudbreak developed integrations with electronic medical records like Epic, video systems like Zoom, Blue Jeans and WebEx, patient engagement platforms like Oneview Healthcare, and telehealth solutions like Caregility and Extended Care.
- Overall Growth in Telemedicine – Sponsored by telehealth providers Cloudbreak, Caregility and Oneview Healthcare, the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) published a telehealth white paper addressing the dramatic 50 to 175x growth in telehealth during the nation’s COVID-19 response. The report, which includes research from McKinsey, demonstrated that while COVID-19 drove the surge this year, 76% of customers surveyed are likely to use telehealth in the future and 74% reported high satisfaction. The data shows that telehealth is filling a critical gap in care that will create the opportunity to take the industry from $3 billion in 2019 to up to $250 billion of current U.S. healthcare spend potentially being virtualized.
- Growing the Future of Telemedicine - In November 2020, Cloudbreak entered into a business combination agreement with GigCapital2, Inc. (“GigCapital2”) (NYSE: GIX), a Technology, Media and Telecom (TMT) Private-to-Public Equity (PPE)™ corporation, to combine with it and UpHealth Holdings, Inc. (“UpHealth”), one of the largest national and international digital healthcare providers, to form a combined entity that will create one of the only profitable, publicly-traded, comprehensive global digital healthcare companies. Following the closing of the combinations with GigCapital2 and UpHealth, Cloudbreak will serve as the U.S. division of the Global Telehealth Platform of UpHealth and, along with an international division being acquired by UpHealth, is anticipated to grow combined pro forma revenues by an additional $46 million in 2021 as compared to 2020.
“Heading into 2021, Cloudbreak continues on its mission to humanize healthcare. Reducing physician burnout, helping patients tell their stories and increasing overall access to healthcare and interpretation services remains core,” Edwards noted. “Moving forward, we expect to see an accelerated adoption curve and increased utilization of technology in all avenues of healthcare services. The new or next normal includes telehealth as a digital front door and as an integrated part a broader continuum of care allowing providers to find more meaning in their work and meet patients where they are, whenever they are needed.”
Cloudbreak (www.cloudbreak.us) revolutionized patient and provider communication with the introduction of video remote interpreting (VRI), establishing Cloudbreak as a pioneer in telehealth technology. Cloudbreak continues to innovate with Cloudbreak Telehealth Solutions, including telepsychiatry, telestroke, tele-quarantine, remote patient monitoring and other specialties. Committed to overcoming healthcare disparities and bringing language access to the point of care, Cloudbreak seamlessly integrates their language access solution, Martti, into a host of platforms, including Epic, Zoom, and Caregility. Performing more than 1.6 million minutes of telemedicine consultation each month in 2020 on over 14,000 video endpoints at 1,800+ healthcare locations nationwide, Cloudbreak Telehealth simplifies how providers care for patients, putting a full care continuum at their fingertips 24/7. Follow Cloudbreak on Twitter @cloudbreakhlth or the hashtag #HumanizeHealthcare.
UpHealth is a global comprehensive digital health technology and tech-enabled services platform (the “Platform”) that empowers providers, health systems and payors globally to manage care for people with complex medical, behavioral and social needs, while dramatically improving access to primary care. UpHealth owns Thrasys and BHS and almost half of Glocal, with its acquisition of all or almost all of the remaining half pending Indian regulatory approval expected prior to the closing of the combination with GigCapital2. Following the combination, including with Cloudbreak, UpHealth will be comprised of four service lines that have been strategically selected to deliver patient and provider-centric digital health technologies across the continuum of care and provide a full complement of services for managing the most challenging chronic conditions. The Platform improves patient access to timely and personalized digital care by delivering a complete set of care management tools, remote monitoring applications, full-service ePharmacy delivery, behavioral health solutions, and tech-enabled primary care. UpHealth is building its services to provide a digital marketplace of healthcare services. Following the combination, UpHealth will have offices in Delray Beach, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Columbus, and Kolkata.
For more information, visit www.UpHealthInc.com.
About GigCapital Global and GigCapital2, Inc.:
GigCapital Global (“GigCapital”) is a Private-to-Public Equity (PPE)™ technology, media, and telecommunications (TMT) focused investment group led by an affiliated team of technology industry corporate executives and entrepreneurs, and TMT operational and strategic experts in the private and public markets, including substantial, success-proven M&A and IPO activities. The group deploys a unique Mentor-Investors™ methodology to partner with exceptional TMT companies, managed by dedicated and experienced entrepreneurs. The GigCapital Private-to-Public Equity (PPE) companies (also known as blank check companies or Special Purpose Acquisition Companies (SPACs)) offer financial, operational and executive mentoring to U.S. and overseas private, and non-U.S. public companies, in order to accelerate their path from inception and as a privately-held entity into the growth-stage as a publicly traded company in the U.S. The partnership of GigCapital with these companies continues through an organic and roll-up strategy growth post the transition to a public company. GigCapital was launched in 2017 with the vision of becoming the lead franchise in incepting and developing TMT Private-to-Public Equity (PPE) companies. For more information, visit www.gigcapitalglobal.com or https://www.gigcapital2.com/.
GigCapital2, Inc. (NYSE: GIX, GIX.U, GIX.RT, and GIX.WS), is one of GigCapital’s Private-to-Public Equity (PPE) companies.
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In connection with the proposed business combinations, GigCapital2 intends to file with the SEC a registration statement on Form S-4 containing a preliminary proxy statement and a preliminary prospectus of GigCapital2, and after the registration statement is declared effective, GigCapital2 will mail a definitive proxy statement/prospectus relating to the proposed business combinations to its stockholders. This press release does not contain all the information that should be considered concerning the proposed business combinations and is not intended to form the basis of any investment decision or any other decision in respect of the business combinations. Additional information about the proposed business combinations and related transactions will be described in GigCapital2’s Current Report on Form 8-K and combined proxy statement/prospectus relating to the proposed business combinations and the respective businesses of GigCapital2 and UpHealth and Cloudbreak, which GigCapital2 will file with the SEC. The proposed business combinations and related transactions will be submitted to stockholders of GigCapital2 for their consideration. GigCapital2’s stockholders and other interested persons are advised to read, when available, the preliminary proxy statement/prospectus and the amendments thereto and the definitive proxy statement/prospectus and other documents filed in connection with GigCapital2’s solicitation of proxies for its special meeting of stockholders to be held to approve, among other things, the proposed business combinations and related transactions, because these materials will contain important information about UpHealth, Cloudbreak, GigCapital2 and the proposed business combinations and related transactions. When available, the definitive proxy statement/prospectus and other relevant materials for the proposed business combinations will be mailed to stockholders of GigCapital2 as of a record date to be established for voting on the proposed business combinations and related transactions.
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