What You Should Know: – Google Cloud today launched an expanded virtual agent as part of its Intelligent Vaccine Impact solution (IVIs). People will be able to schedule vaccine appointments and ask common questions through a virtual agent, Contact Center AI. – Contact Center AI (CCAI),… Read More »Google Cloud Expands Intelligent Vaccine Impact Solution to Support Vaccine Equity
A scheduled update to the NHS COVID-19 app has been blocked because it allows location tracking – something prohibited by Apple and Google, which developed some of the code it uses. The new version of the app used in England and Wales was due to… Read More »Apple, Google block NHS contact tracing app update on privacy grounds
Russ Kennedy, Chief Product Officer, Nasuni Pharmaceutical companies today are distributed, global organizations, with research centers, manufacturing facilities, and regulatory management hubs spread all over the globe. To develop new treatments and bring them to market, all of these different functions need to collaborate more… Read More »Next-Generation Cloud Storage: Enabling Collaboration & Analytics for Pharma Research
Your website plays an important role in the overall patient experience, especially in the age of COVID-19. As important as interactions with staff, a website is where patients access health information, communicate with healthcare providers, and even make appointments. Google knows this, which is why… Read More »How to Prepare for Google’s Upcoming User Experience Update
What You Should Know: – Highmark Health has engaged Verily to build out digital health tools for patients and analytics solutions for Highmark’s clinicians as part of its Living Health model. This marks the first collaboration of its kind for Verily, Google Cloud and a partner. – Highmark Health… Read More »Highmark Health Taps Verily to Build Digital Health Tools for Living Health Model
Athar Siddiqui: Global Strategy Lead, Digital Connected Solutions – Ascensia Diabetes Care “Information technology and business are becoming inextricably interwoven. I don’t think anybody can talk meaningfully about one without the talking about the other” – Bill Gates wrote this in 1999 and, nowadays, the… Read More »Data-Driven Future: Impact of Machine Learning on Diabetes Management
Prayus Tailor, MD, FASN We cannot earn patients’ trust and respect if we are tethered to a computer in the exam room, navigating the EHR concurrent to a visit or otherwise in a hurry to finish so we can return to our office where data… Read More »Why Patients, Not EHRs, Deserve our Undivided Attention
The health system and tech giant are more than a year into their 10-year collaboration. As their partnership evolves, the organizations are looking to create an “AI factory” — an assembly line of AI solutions that are developed at scale and incorporated into clinical workflows.
Minal Patel, CEO of Abacus Insights Laurent Rotival, SVP, Strategic Technology Solutions & CIO, Cambia Solutions We are all frustrated when there’s a glitch with our online banking, or if bandwidth problems interfere with streaming the movie we want to watch. Imagine how individuals will… Read More »Health Plans Must Go Beyond the ONC Mandate and Prioritize Member Experience
Google Cloud Launches Intelligent COVID-19 Vaccine Impact Solution with AI-Powered Forecasting, Sentiment Analysis
What You Should Know: – Google Cloud, today announced the launch of its Intelligent Vaccine Impact Solution, a set of core solutions to help regional and local governments deliver successful COVID-19 public health strategies, ranging from vaccine information and scheduling to distribution and analytics, to… Read More »Google Cloud Launches Intelligent COVID-19 Vaccine Impact Solution with AI-Powered Forecasting, Sentiment Analysis
As states begin to roll out vaccines to the broader public, Google will make it easier for people to find out when they are eligible and where they can get a vaccine. The effort is part of a broader push, including $150 million in grants… Read More »Searching for vaccine information? Google wants to make it easier to find
This year J.P. Morgan 39th Annual Healthcare Conference was conducted virtually and we witnessed multiple announcements from numerous Biopharma companies An analysis of events and catalysts that were announced at the conference during these days are included in the report. Most of the deals occurred… Read More »Insights+: Key Deals of JP Morgan Healthcare Conference 2021
It’s evident that relying on Google for a health diagnosis isn’t a good idea, but it seems a majority of UK people still do – and even buy medicines based on what they find. A new UK survey finds that overall 59% of 1,000 respondents… Read More »Nearly half of UK young people buy meds after consulting “Dr Google”
Ed Simcox, Chief Strategy Officer at LifeOmic The COVID-19 pandemic, which has taken 270,000 American lives to date, has shined a light on another crisis — the U.S. currently has no standardized system for reporting public health data. Health departments all over the country resort… Read More »To Beat COVID-19, We Need A Modern Approach to Public Health Data
Google announced it had closed its planned acquisition of Fitbit on Thursday, even thought the deal is still being investigated by the U.S. Department of Justice.
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),… Read More »Traditional RESTful APIs Will Not Solve Healthcare’s Biggest Interoperability Problems
Mike McSherry, CEO & Co-founder of Xealth HIT Consultant sat down with Mike McSherry, CEO, and co-founder of Seattle-based digital prescription platform Xealth to discuss digital health lessons learned in 2020 and what we can expect in 2021. As Xealth’s CEO, Mike also works with… Read More »Xealth’s CEO Shares Impact of Digital Health in 2020 and What’s Ahead in 2021
After European regulators signed off on the deal, Australian regulators rejected a proposal by Google to assuage concerns about its proposed acquisition of Fitbit. They will continue their investigation of the merger through the end of March.
Verily is planning “significant and focused growth” in 2021 after closing a $700 million funding round from investors including its parent company, and Google holding firm, Alphabet. The capital injection will support wide-ranging plans for the new year that include several life sciences programmes in… Read More »Google’s Verily eyes 2021 growth after £700m funding round
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… Read More »For Better Patient Care Coordination, We Need Seamless Digital Communications
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… Read More »Highmark Inks 6-Year Partnership with Google Cloud to Power Living Health Model
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… Read More »Medical Device Design: 4 Ways Designers Can Create Medical Devices That Work for Everyone
Roche Launches Elecsys SARS-CoV-2 Antigen Test to Support High-Volume COVID-19 Testing Published: Dec 11, 2020 | Tags: Antigen, COVID-19, High, Laboratory, Launch, patients, Roche, SARS-CoV-2, Support, Suspected, Test, Testing, Volume Chugai In-Licenses Roche’s Antibody Cocktail for COVID-19 in Japan Published: Dec 10, 2020 | Tags:… Read More »PharmaShots Weekly Snapshots (Dec 7-11, 2020)
Shots: Google has launched the Google Health Studies app for Android phones with the initial focus on respiratory diseases such as COVID-19. The app is now available in the play store Google allied with researchers from Harvard Medical School and Boston Children Hospital for the… Read More »Google Launches Health Research App Focusing on Respiratory Illnesses
Google rolled out a Health Studies app, a rival to Apple’s research app. To start, it will offer a study on respiratory illness in conjunction with Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital.
Google Health Studies App Launches in Partnership with Harvard Medical School & Boston Children’s Hospital
What You Should Know: – Google announces the launch of its Google Health Studies App with the first study focused on respiratory illness in partnership with Harvard Medical School & Boston Children’s Hospital. – Google Health Studies aims to create opportunities for more people to… Read More »Google Health Studies App Launches in Partnership with Harvard Medical School & Boston Children’s Hospital
CommonHealth App Connects to 230 Health Systems to Share Health Data – including COVID Test and Vaccine Status
What You Should Know: – CommonHealth has connected to 230 health systems in the United States, allowing patients to gather, manage and share their health and test data, including COVID test and vaccination status. By the end of this month, CommonHealth will connect to more… Read More »CommonHealth App Connects to 230 Health Systems to Share Health Data – including COVID Test and Vaccine Status
What You Should Know: – Today, MEDITECH announced MEDITECH Cloud Platform—a suite of solutions available to healthcare organizations of all sizes that further extend the possibilities of the Expanse EHR. – This offering includes: Expanse NOW, High Availability SnapShot, and Virtual Care solutions, all created… Read More »MEDITECH Launches New Subscription-Based Cloud Platform Built on Google Cloud
What You Should Know: – Built-in collaboration with the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), Google is piloting a new tool to help patients plan for medical visits. – The new Google visit planning tool makes it easy for patients and those who care… Read More »AHRQ and Google Pilot New Tool to Help Patients Plan for Medical Visits
Shalini Shah, MD is Vice-Chair and Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology & Perioperative Care, and Enterprise Director of Pain Services, UC Irvine Health The dominant presence of COVID-19 has not meant the absence of cancer, ear infections, heart attacks, chronic pain, or other illnesses that… Read More »Virtual Engagement During COVID Pushes Paradigm Shift for Physician Training and Patient Care
In a challenge where researchers try to predict the shape of newly identified proteins, an AI system developed by DeepMind determined the shape of two-thirds of proteins with an accuracy comparable to laboratory experiments.
What You Should Know: – Google Cloud launches Healthcare Interoperability Readiness Program to help healthcare organizations achieve healthcare data interoperability. Today, Google Cloud launched the Google Cloud Healthcare Interoperability Readiness Program, helping organizations achieve data interoperability in advance of upcoming HHS deadlines and to enable… Read More »Google Cloud Launches Healthcare Interoperability Readiness Program
David Talby, CTO, John Snow Labs Each year, Adverse Drug Events (ADE) account for nearly 700,000 emergency department visits and 100,000 hospitalizations in the US alone. Nearly 5 percent of hospitalized patients experience an ADE, making them one of the most common types of inpatient… Read More »NLP is Raising the Bar on Accurate Detection of Adverse Drug Events
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… Read More »UCB Taps Medisafe to Develop Branded Digital Drug Companions for Antiepileptic Medications
Alphabet’s “moonshot” subsidiary X shared that it failed to find a single biomarker for depression and anxiety. But the company still plans to make its research, which included developing portable EEGs, available to the public.
In a Thursday blog post, officials shared that the app’s “risk threshold” had been lowered to account for exposure to people when they are most infectious. The update was supposed to take place when the app was launched in late September.
What You Should Know: – New Mayo Clinic study reveals strong correlations were found between keyword searches on the internet search engine Google Trends and COVID-19 outbreaks in parts of the U.S. – The Mayo Clinic study searched for 10 keywords that were chosen based on how… Read More »10 Google Search Terms Can Help Experts Predict COVID-19 Hot Spots
What You Should Know: – Press Ganey advances the healthcare consumerism movement with acquisitions of Doctor.com and a majority stake in Binary Fountain. – Expanded technology platform enables industry-leading management of providers’ online brand and seamless Web-wide patient acquisition and loyalty strategies. Press Ganey today… Read More »Press Ganey Acquires Doctor.com, Acquires Majority Stake in Binary Fountain
Gerry Miller, Founder & CEO at Cloudticity The coronavirus pandemic accelerated telemedicine exponentially as patients and doctors switched from in-person visits to remote consultations. Health providers rapidly scaled virtual offerings in March and April and traffic volumes soared to unprecedented levels, with practices “seeing 50… Read More »3 Telemedicine Security and Compliance Best Practices
It’s all go in the US telehealth sector, with Alphabet’s Google investing $100 million in Amwell on the same day the Boston-based firm unveiled plans for an initial public offering (IPO). Google has also agreed a partnership with Amwell that makes the telehealth company its… Read More »Google pumps $100m into Amwell as telehealth firm eyes IPO
Amwell filed preliminary paperwork for an IPO. The telehealth company also struck a partnership with Google, which will buy $100 million of its class C common stock.
– Healthcare Growth Partners’ (HGP) summary of Health IT/digital health mergers & acquisition (M&A) activity, and public company performance during the month of July 2020. While a pandemic ravages the country, technology valuations are soaring. The Nasdaq hit an all-time high during the month of… Read More »Analysis: July Health IT M&A Activity; Public Company Performance
Regulators with the European Commission said they would launch a full investigation of Google’s proposed acquisition of Fitbit. The deal has drawn close scrutiny from regulators who worry about the amount of data Google would be able to access.
Google has reportedly pledged not to use Fitbit’s user data for its advertising business. With the deadline quickly approaching, is it enough that European regulators will approve the deal?
Over 50% of US broadband households are willing to share smartphone data to aid in COVID-19 contact tracing, while another 20% could be convinced provided privacy protections are in place, according to Parks Associates’ new research, COVID-19: Impact on Telehealth Use and Perspectives. The research… Read More »52% of Households Willing to Share Smartphone Data to aid in COVID-19 Contact Tracing
What You Should Know: – Same day pharmacy delivery startup NowRx raises $20 Million in Series B funding to expand into new U.S. territories and accelerate its technology roadmap, transforming the way consumers get their prescriptions. – NowRx’s competitive advantage is its proprietary pharmacy management system, which leverages AI… Read More »Same-Day Pharmacy Delivery NowRx Raises $20M to Expand into Additional Territories
What You Should Know: – CVS introduced Spoken Rx™, a new feature of the CVS Pharmacy app that can read important prescription information out loud. It is vitally important for patient safety and adherence that prescription labels are clear and visible, but for patients with visual impairments… Read More »New CVS Pharmacy App Feature Can Read Prescription Labels Out Loud for Visually Impaired
Randy Carpenter, SVP of the Executive Advisory Board at HCTec The loss of lives and livelihoods from COVID-19 is almost too much to comprehend. And yet, slowly, conversations are emerging about the positives percolating from the pandemic. It’s human nature to want to look for… Read More »Post COVID-19: 3 Things I Hope Healthcare Won’t Recover From