Digital Tools Grow as Patient-Engagement Evolves

Include Monitoring, More Access to Care on Demand

Digital health is the buzzword when it comes to the present and the future of care. Technologies, such as telemedicine, remote patient monitoring and patient engagement via smartphones, are designed to enable providers and patients to manage health and wellness more effectively and cost-efficiently.


If there’s one word to describe the nation’s healthcare industry it’s uncertainty. The new tax bill repealed the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate provisions that required most Americans to purchase health insurance or face penalty, which could hurt hospital revenue with fewer people buying health plans. The bill also took away nonprofit hospitals’ ability to use advanced refunding to replace outstanding bonds with bonds at lower interest rates.

Flu Patient Volume Uptick During Holiday Season

Hospitals Up Game To Better Coordinate Care

It was the worst of times and the worst timing. “The uptick in flu cases in mid-December spiked around Christmas and New Year’s Eve, around the holidays, a lot of traveling and socializing with family and friends,” said Dr. Wendy Coling, a Kaiser Permanente primary care physician in Orange County. She said it didn’t help that this year’s H3N2 influenza virus is a “more virulent flu strain.”

Top Care Providers Experience Exec-Level Change

UCI to Fill Two Positions; Providence Taps New Head

High performers like UC Irvine Medical Center and Providence St. Joseph Health—its local network comprised of seven hospitals—experienced changes on the executive level in the year ended Sept. 30, the former in search of a new chief executive, the latter naming a regional head to oversee Los Angeles, Orange and San Bernardino counties.

Chapman University Tweaks Its Growth Pattern

EDUCATION: Science! and the ‘Chapman Experience’

Construction workers can be spotted through the large windows of Chapman University’s Keck Center for Science and Engineering—a milestone achieved in President Daniele Struppa’s first year in office.

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C Stands for Cool

“These are the coolest CFOs in the universe.”

Big Number Sought for Revamped Tustin Office

REAL ESTATE: $17M asking price for ABM building

The owners of a recently renovated, fully leased creative-office project in Tustin are aiming for one of the largest per-square-foot sales prices for a building of its type in Orange County.

P.J. Salvage Founder Taps Apparel Vet as Successor

RETAIL: Not just PJ’s, now ‘bed to brunch’

P.J. Salvage hired Simon Cohen as president in November, the first shift in top management at the Irvine-based apparel manufacturer since Peter Burke bought it out of bankruptcy in 1997.

Real Estate Exec Joins loanDepot

FINANCE: Ex-CEO heads new ‘mello’ unit

Veteran real estate executive Chris Heller says LD Holdings Inc. has the feeling of a startup.

Health Software Co. Tagnos Lands $5M Series A

Technology Gains Traction With Reimbursement Change

There are plenty of opportunities for software solutions in healthcare operations, ranging from medical-records management to analytics to compliance.

Taco Bell Execs Shift After CEO Moves to Chipotle

RESTAURANTS: Former Starbucks VP joins elevated vet

Taco Bell Corp.’s January shuffle in the top ranks was apparently a sign of things to come.

Business Journal Fetes Five CFOs

A crowd of about 600 gathered to honor Orange County executives at the Business Journal’s 11th annual CFO of the Year Awards on Thursday night.

Wanted: Best Places to Work for OCBJ’s List

CALL FOR ENTRIES: Website to take entries through March 16

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Irvine Public Schools Foundation hosted its fifth annual Top 100 Reception on Feb. 6 at The Resort at Pelican Hill in Newport Beach.

Environmental Consultants Grow, Seek Balance

Solitary Work Connects Care, Corporate Concerns

They say there’s balance in nature.

Online Lender SpringboardAuto to Double Headcount

Irvine-Based Company Grows With New Office

SpringboardAuto, an Irvine-based online direct lender that connects customers with auto lenders, has doubled its office size and now plans to double its employee count to 100 by the end of the year.

Sanitization Firm GermFalcon Wins NASA Contest

Ready to Roll Out Device, Says First Order in March

Given the particularly bad flu season (see related story, page 26), GermFalcon’s germ-killing device is well-timed. The device uses ultraviolet-C light, the kind used in hospitals, to disinfect airplane cabins.

MYnd Analytics Expands Technology Scope

Nondrug Therapy TMS Targets Depression

Mission Viejo-based MYnd Analytics Inc. (Nasdaq: MYND) is in the business of behavioral health.

J.D. Power Takes Its Auto Data Expertise to China

Partners With BitAuto Holdings on Digital Projects

J.D. Power in Costa Mesa formed a partnership with China-based automotive website BitAuto Holdings Ltd. to “build the most efficient automotive big data center and artificial intelligence platforms serving China’s automotive industry.”

$273M in OC Sales for Pacific City Rental Developer

UDR Nears Finish Of $350M Luxe Rentals

Apartment owner and developer UDR Inc. is finding plenty of local assets to unload to pay for its $350 million project under way at the Pacific City mixed-use development in Huntington Beach.

Kofax Returns to Buying Form After 2015 Acquisition

CEO Says ‘Almost Like Back to the Future’

Kofax Inc. is back in the buying business under the more stable footing of Chicago-based private equity parent Thoma Bravo.

Real Estate Deals

Sales and leases of offices, industrial buildings, retail space and apartments

Colton Family Trust sold an office building to YMCA of Orange County for $5 million, or $228 per square foot.

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Other items of interest Orange County Business Journal Vol. 41, No. 8

Irvine’s Pacific Premier Bancorp agreed to acquire Grandpoint Capital Inc. in an all-stock deal valued at $641.2 million.

Cashing Out In Chicago

Olen Sells 40-Story Tower

Igor Olenicoff, Orange County’s third-wealthiest businessperson, should be a bit richer after the sale of his company’s most valuable office property—a skyscraper it owned in downtown Chicago.

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KBS Plans Blockbuster Central OC Tower Buy

REAL ESTATE: 1 of 2 Orange offices sold for $180M

Newport Beach-based KBS Realty Advisors, one of the country’s largest office owners, is poised to buy central Orange County’s biggest office tower in what would be its priciest local acquisition in over a decade.

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Kofax Seizes On Growing Hunger for Automation

TECHNOLOGY: Declares 2018 ‘Year of the Robot’

A 2013 acquisition laid the foundation for Kofax Inc.’s fastest-growing line of business as corporations seek to replace human workers with automated software in the digital age.

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OC’s $22B Muni Debt: 140 Issuers

FINANCE: Analysis shows biggest entities in good shape

The 10 largest issuers of municipal debt that aren’t school districts owe a cumulative $9.84 billion, according to a Business Journal analysis.

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Tiger, Tiger Burning Bright, Mostly Oil at Midnight

Mortgage Broker Plans Offerings for a Lifetime

One old entrepreneur story has it that someone who knows nothing about an industry launches a venture, buys a fictitious-business name filing published in a favorite local business journal, and with some unsexy stuff in-between, is eventually visited by success, snagging a slew of small-business honors, buying a Revero, then doing it all over again. Alex Chen is doing it all wrong.

Cornering Groceries: Cut-Rate Food Stuff of Opportunity

Selling Entrepreneurs On ‘Extreme Discount’

“I’d rather work a hundred hours for myself than 40 hours for someone else,” says Ryan Stack.

‘Let’s Get This Figured Out’

Patty. By now you know the tragic story of CDM High School student Patrick “Patty” Turner. Patty took his life on Saturday, Jan 27. The sophomore’s final exams started the following Monday.

Joe Knows Shoes; Will See if He Knows Retail

RETAIL: Titan Industries doubles down on Mischka

Footwear licensee Titan Industries Inc. has lived up to its name for the past 20 years, attracting deals with apparel brands like Joe’s Jeans and Betsey Johnson while also helping celebrities Gwen Stefani and Zendaya launch footwear lines.

South Coast Metro Office Gets Jolt With Revamp

REAL ESTATE: Ground floor of office to get retail

The smallest of the four offices run by C.J. Segerstrom & Sons next to South Coast Plaza in Costa Mesa, the seven-story 3420 Bristol St., is getting a makeover designed to bring its appearance more in line with its high-rise brethren.

Service Provider Concerto Grows

HEALTHCARE: New Aliso Viejo HQ; hiring 120

A primary care doctor is the first stop for a patient’s medical care, including chronic disease management.

CalAtlantic’s Farewell Act: $34M Land Buy in Tustin

REAL ESTATE: 218-home site buy as Lennar deal nears

Irvine-based CalAtlantic Group Inc.’s last big land deal as a stand-alone company could turn out to be a 14.5-acre site it just bought a few miles from its headquarters at the Tustin Legacy development.

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Pair’s Site Aims to Revive Long Beach Sports News

Shock spread through the Long Beach community three weeks ago—even three-time Olympic gold medalist Misty May-Treanor, Golden State Warriors rookie Jordan Bell and Philadelphia Phillies shortstop J.P. Crawford expressed their surprise on Twitter.

Philly’s Nick Foles Spreads Cheer to Laguna Hills

SPORTS: Agency Athletes First, QB client just got busy

Justin Schulman’s phone hasn’t stopped ringing since his client pulled off one of the most stunning performances in Super Bowl history.