Caregivers

THCB Gang Episode 69 – Thurs October 21 — Alex Drane Special 10am PT- 1pm ET

I am so thrilled that as part of my East coast jaunt I get to do another special #THCBGang. This one is with the amazing Alex Drane. Who among other things has almost singlehandedly changed the conversation about SDOH and lots more in this country. And you know that’s true because Jeff Goldsmith ahs said …

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Why Family Caregivers Need Help from the Healthcare Establishment

Claudia Fine, LCSW, MPH, Chief Professional Officer at eFamilyCare I recently spoke with a woman whose husband contracted a serious, chronic illness that requires long-term use of a peripherally inserted central catheter (PICC) line.  As her husband’s primary caregiver, this woman is responsible for cleaning and flushing the PICC line three times a day. And …

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Zogenix Presents Results of Fintepla’s (fenfluramine) Study Highlighting the Impact of Treatment on Dravet Syndrome Patients, Caregivers, and Families at AAN 2021

Shots: The P-III study is designed to assess caregivers’ perspectives on the long-term seizure & non-seizure-related benefits of Fintepla on patients with Dravet syndrome and on their caregivers and families Results: seizure-related benefits noted by caregivers include a reduction in frequency, seizure activity, and shorter recovery time while non-seizure benefits include improvements in executive functions …

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PHINs: Addressing the Fundamental Flaws that Have Broken Healthcare

 Brad Bostic, CEO, hc1 The fundamental problem with healthcare can be summed up in one sentence:  We expect healthcare services that cater to our individual needs, yet the health care system operates under a one-size-fits-all, trial-and-error model. It is a model that results in missed diagnoses, protracted illnesses, and even premature death and wastes $935 …

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COVID Exposed The Dire Need for Real-Time Healthcare Data Sharing

Birju Shah, Head of Product for Uber Health & Communities Nick Jordan, Founder and CEO, Narrative In a world where technology and Big Data can provide us with instantaneous access to our banking transactions, and our financial information and credit reports can be retrieved with a few keystrokes when applying for a mortgage — trying to …

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How Artificial Intelligence Is Making Senior Care More Human

Bent Philipson, Founder of Philosophy Care When it comes to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) in particular and long-term care in general, a human-centered and empathetic approach is not only necessary, it’s obligatory. Putting the needs, constraints, and perspectives of patients first enhances the level of care we’re able to provide.  Perhaps ironically, it is the …

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Why Labor Management Systems Are a Resource Healthcare Can Rely On

In 2021, the role of advanced technology solutions across the healthcare sector can – and should — be expanded. They already have been applied in such areas as billing, administrative work, in prescription management and some staff position scheduling.  But with the ongoing advances in digital capability and automated intelligence, now is the time to …

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Virtual Care in the Post-COVID World: How to Prepare Your Healthcare Environment

Nicole Muehlenhaus, Senior Product Manager, Ergotron As the COVID-19 pandemic accelerated telehealth adoption, many patients and providers supported the remote-friendly technology. While the big spikes of usage may slow, adoption is still far ahead from where it was pre-pandemic, and we expect that to remain. In fact, the global telehealth market is projected to reach …

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The Combination of 5G and AI Will Transform Healthcare in 2021

Bryan Lubel, Executive Vice President, Connected Health of KORE Not many will disagree that the global pandemic has accelerated the use of technology in healthcare. With a healthcare system stressed to a breaking point, medical professionals have had to prioritize critical cases and increasingly turn to technology tools such as telemedicine and remote patient monitoring …

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Boston Scientific Acquires Preventice Solutions for $925M in Cash

What You Should Know: – Boston Scientific announces an agreement to acquire Preventice Solutions, a leading developer of mobile health solutions and remote monitoring services that connect patients and caregivers for $925M in cash. – The acquisition of external cardiac monitoring technologies and services providers will expand Boston Scientific’s rhythm management diagnostics portfolio and capabilities. …

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3 Steps to Maintain Telehealth’s Momentum Post-Pandemic

In the face of COVID-19, healthcare witnessed how crises can become the long-awaited push for creativity and innovation that the industry needs. When our healthcare infrastructure’s weaknesses were exposed, telehealth helped to stitch them up, with the number of telehealth claims increasing 8,336% nationally from April 2019 to April 2020. Out of need, patients quickly …

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IoMT Is Improving Patient Access: We Must Avoid Creating New Barriers

Heidi Sveistrup, CEO at Bruyère Research Institute Elza Seregelyi, Director at L-SPARK The Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) is changing the face of healthcare and has the potential to significantly improve patient access as well as system efficiencies. The adoption of telemedicine, for example, spurred on by the Covid-19 pandemic, has spread rapidly.  Forrester revised …

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CVS Health Launches Senior Medical Alert System, Symphony

What You Should Know: – Today, CVS Health announced Symphony, a medical alert system designed to keep seniors safe and connected at home. – Symphony consists of a collection of in-home and wearable devices that offer a new at-home experience by connecting a suite of sensors that can monitor for falls, motion, and room temperature …

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Traditional RESTful APIs Will Not Solve Healthcare’s Biggest Interoperability Problems

Brian Platz, Co-CEO and Co-Chairman of Fluree Interoperability is a big discussion in health care, with new regulations requiring interoperability for patient data. Most approaches follow the typical RESTful API approach that has become the standard method for data exchange. Yet Health Level Seven (HL7), with its new Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resources (FHIR) standard for …

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How to Capitalize on Digital Health Momentum in 2021

Adam Sabloff, Founder and CEO of VirtualHealth As we re-examine the healthcare system in the wake of the pandemic, we are continually identifying opportunities to rebuild parts of the system to new and improved specifications. One critical facet is digital health, where we continue to struggle with what should really be table stakes: the ability …

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Patient-First Model: High Tech Meets High Touch for Individuals with Rare Disorders

Donovan Quill, President and CEO, Optime Care Industry experts state that orphan drugs will be a major trend to watch in the years ahead, accounting for almost 40% of the Food and Drug Administration approvals this year. This market has become more competitive in the past few years, increasing the potential for reduced costs and broader patient accessibility. …

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AMA Adds 3 Additional CPT Codes for AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 Vaccine

What You Should Know: – The American Medical Association (AMA) announced the addition of three Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) codes for AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine. The American Medical Association (AMA) today announced that the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code set is being updated by the CPT Editorial Panel to include immunization and administration codes that are unique to …

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How The Internet of Things (IoT) Can Be Used to Monitor The Elderly

Ajay Rane, VP of Global Ecosystem Development, Sigfox Shelter-in-place orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic have exaggerated the social exclusion and loneliness of many elderly and vulnerable individuals, thereby increasing their chances of experiencing critical health complications. This trend—combined with societal shifts including reduced inter-generational living, greater geographical mobility, and less cohesive communities—has placed the …

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For Better Patient Care Coordination, We Need Seamless Digital Communications

Catherine Thomas: Co-Founder and VP, Customer Engagement, careMESH  Peter Tippett MD, PhD: Founder and CEO, careMESH A recent Advisory Board briefing examined the annual Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Readmission penalties.  Of the 3,080 hospitals CMS evaluated, 83% received a penalty for payments to be made in 2021, based on expected outcomes for a …

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Highmark Inks 6-Year Partnership with Google Cloud to Power Living Health Model

What You Should Know: – Highmark Health signs six-year strategic partnership agreement with Google Cloud to transform the health experience for patients and caregivers through the development of Highmark Health’s new Living Health Model – The Living Health model is designed to eliminate the fragmentation in health care by re-engineering the healthcare delivery model with …

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Medical Device Design: 4 Ways Designers Can Create Medical Devices That Work for Everyone

Stuart Karten, Founder/President, Karten Design Medical device design has been going through sweeping changes over the last decade.  Ten years ago, medical device companies weren’t concerned with delivering consumer-level design: Devices that are both attractive and intuitively easy to use by a wide variety of users.  Then the Affordable Care Act was passed, and adherence …

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As Telehealth Surges, Are Seniors Being Left Behind?

Anne Davis, Director of Quality Programs & Medicare Strategy at HMS A global health crisis has thrust us into a scenario in which lives quite literally depend on the ability to virtually connect. Telehealth has rapidly emerged as a vital tool, enabling continuity of care, allowing vulnerable individuals to access their physician from home, and …

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UCB Taps Medisafe to Develop Branded Digital Drug Companions for Antiepileptic Medications

What You Should Know: – UCB has selected Medisafe to develop branded digital drug companions for antiepileptic medications, marking the company’s official entry into the digital therapeutics space. – The initial collaboration will primarily be focused on their antiepileptic medications, but they are exploring its use for additional brands.  Medisafe, a leading digital therapeutics company …

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Providence Taps Nuance to Develop AI-Powered Integrated Clinical Intelligence

What You Should Know: – Nuance Communications, Inc. and one of the country’s largest health systems, Providence, announced a strategic collaboration, supported by Microsoft, dedicated to creating better patient experiences and ease clinician burden. – The collaboration centers around Providence harnessing Nuance’s AI-powered solutions to securely and automatically capture patient-clinician conversations. – As part of …

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AMA Unveils 2 Vaccine-Specific CPT Codes for Coronavirus Immunizations

What You Should Know: – The American Medical Association (AMA) published an update to the Current Procedural Terminology (CPT®) code set that includes new vaccine-specific codes to report immunizations for the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2). – The new Category I CPT codes and long descriptors for the vaccine products 91300 and 91301 for better tracking, reporting, …

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ASN, HHS Launches KidneyX COVID-19 Kidney Care Challenge

What You Should Know: – The HHS and the American Society of Nephrology announces the launch of the COVID-19 Kindey Care Challenge. – The $300k challenge aims to identify and share these frontline solutions so all communities can benefit. Winners will receive $20,000 each in recognition of their solutions. The U.S. Department of Health and …

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CareLinx, Doctor on Demand Partner to Bring In-Home Virtual Care to Seniors

What You Should Know:  – Doctor On Demand and CareLinx, one of the largest professional networks for in-home care, have announced a collaboration to bring in-home virtual care services to CareLinx clients.  – At a time when seniors have been encouraged to stay home to avoid exposure to COVID, Doctor On Demand’s partnership with CareLinx …

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Stryker Launches First Completely Wireless Hospital Bed for Patient Safety

What You Should Know: – Stryker launches the industry’s first and only completely wireless hospital bed, ProCuity that can connect seamlessly to any nurse call system for every acuity level. – ProCuity Bed Series designed to enhance patient and caregiver safety for all acuity levels, reduce in-hospital falls Stryker, one of the world’s leading medical technology …

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Making the Case: Why Pagers and Smartphones Should Wed

Fred Lizza, CEO at Statum Systems Clinicians in healthcare settings typically have information coming at them from all directions, at all times, and often with little distinction as to the level of urgency. It makes for inefficiency and confusion for today’s busy doctor. In today’s hospital setting, that disjointed communication creates dissonance and distraction. Even …

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Intermountain, Vynca Partner to Prioritize and Digitize Advance Care Planning

What You Should Know: – Intermountain Healthcare collaborates with Vynca, a national leader in advance care planning solutions to prioritize and digitize advance care planning. – The collaboration enables integrated digital completion workflows and establishes a single, centralized source of truth with built-in error prevention – enabling the Intermountain Healthcare team to honor patients’ end-of-life wishes, avoid unwanted healthcare utilization and reduce trauma for families, caregivers and clinicians when faced …

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Digital Behavioral Health: Addressing The COVID-19 Behavioral Health Crisis

Victor Siclovan, Director of Medicaid Transformation Project at AVIA Living through a pandemic is stressful and anxiety-inducing. Stay-at-home measures are compounding this stress, resulting in social isolation and unprecedented economic hardship, including mass layoffs and loss of health coverage. Fully understanding the impact of these pernicious trends on overall mental health will take time. However, …

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NIH Taps PhysIQ to Develop AI-Based COVID-19 Digital Biomarker

What You Should Know: – physIQ has been selected by the National Institute of Health (NIH) to develop an innovative AI-based COVID-19 digital biomarker solution to address the COVID-19 pandemic. – Early detection of COVID-19 decompensation in patients is complicated by infrequent and non-specific clinical data. The first-in-kind tool will collect and analyzes continuous physiologic …

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Vocera Acquires Secure Communications Platform EASE Applications

What You Should Know: – Today Vocera Communications acquires EASE Applications, a provider of a secure communication platform and mobile application that delivers updates, messages to patients’ loved ones, during surgeries and at other times. – The Orlando-based EASE offers a cloud-based service that is built to improve the patient experience by enabling friends and family …

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Allergy Amulet Nabs $3.3M To Launch World’s Smallest, Fastest Consumer Food Allergen Sensor

What You Should Know: – Today, Allergy Amulet announces $3.3M in seed funding to launch the world’s smallest and fastest consumer food allergen sensor and empower the allergy community by alleviating fears about what’s in their food. – Allergy Amulet’s novel technology can improve the quality of life for the millions of people living with …

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Philips Launches Virtual Care Station to Deliver Personalized Telehealth

What You Should Know: – Philips announced the launch of Virtual Care Station, a telehealth environment delivering virtual care services to patients in convenient neighborhood locations, such as retail settings, libraries, town halls and universities. – Using proven Philips technology developed for the ATLAS program (Accessing Telehealth through Local Area Stations), which was created to …

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Provider Pilot Uses Video Games as Therapy for Children with Autism

What You Should Know: – Magellan Health launches a pilot program for a group of providers that will begin using video games as therapy for children with autism and other behavioral health conditions.  – As part of the pilot program, patients will be given access to the video platform developed by Mightier, a digital health …

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Telehealth’s Time Has Come. And It’s Here to Stay.

Ernie Ianace, EVP Sales and Marketing at VitalTech “The numbers don’t lie,” is a famous old adage and quite appropriate with regard to the rapid rise and deployment of telehealth solutions in the medical community. It may have taken a global pandemic for society to recognize and investigate the rewards of its adoption, but statistics …

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COVID-19 Infects Patient & Practitioner Demands, Unsettling the Future of Hospital Operations

Eric Stone, Co-Founder & CEO at Velano Vascular Prior to the outbreak of COVID-19, the healthcare industry in the United States was in the midst of an intense refocusing on patient-centered care. This evolution was defined by a number of innovations, policies, and even federal reimbursement programs that prioritized emphasis on and impact on the patient experience. It …

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Allscripts, Microsoft Ink 5-Year Partnership to Support Cloud-based Sunrise EHR, Drive Co-Innovation

What You Should Know: – Allscripts and Microsoft sign a five-year partnership extension to support Allscripts’ cloud-based Sunrise electronic health record and drive co-innovation. – The alliance will enable Allscripts to harness the power of Microsoft’s platform and tools, including Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Teams, and Power BI, creating a more seamless and highly productive user …

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