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IncludeHealth strikes partnership with Google, Ohio-based health system for virtual PT

Cincinnati-based IncludeHealth launched a virtual physical therapy program using pose-estimation models developed by Google. It plans to offer this software to healthcare providers, starting with its largest partner to date, ProMedica Health System.

Mayo Clinic, Google develop AI algorithm to enhance electrical brain stimulation

The algorithm maps interactions between different areas of the brain, which can help guide the placement of electrodes for stimulating devices to treat brain diseases, like epilepsy, and movement disorders.

Google Collaborates with Mayo Clinic to Develop AI Algorithm for the Treatment of Neurological Diseases

Shots: The companies collaborated to develop a new AI algorithm called “basis profile curve identification.” for the improvement of brain stimulation devices to treat psychiatric illness & stroke Mayo Clinic researchers have developed a set of paradigms or viewpoints to compare the effects of electrical stimulation on the brain. For the study, the companies insert …

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Google Shuts Down Health Division After VP Joins Cerner

What You Should Know: – Google is eliminating its health division after VP, David Feinberg, MD, joins Cerner as its newest President and CEO, according to an internal memo, Insider first reports. In an internal memo sent by Jeff Dean, head of Google’s research division to employees stated Google Health will no longer function as …

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Cerner Appoints Head of Google Health as New President & CEO

Dr. David Feinberg, President & CEO at Cerner What You Should Know: Today, Cerner announced that its Board of Directors has appointed Dr. David Feinberg as its new President and Chief Executive Officer, effective Oct. 1. Dr. Feinberg succeeds Brent Shafer, who previously announced his decision to transition from chairman and CEO. – Dr. Feinberg will …

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HIMSS21 Day 1 News: Google Cloud, Salesforce, Zoom, Philips, GE Healthcare, GoodRx

Google Cloud Unveils New Research examining COVID-19’s Acceleration of Innovation in Healthcare Google Cloud revealed new research unveiling the impact of COVID-19 on reshaping technology’s role in healthcare. This research is the second phase of research that Google Cloud published in July, showcasing how critical data interoperability is in improving patient outcomes. The research reveals …

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Google Cloud Research Reveals COVID-19 Accelerates Innovation, Tech Adoption Still Lags

What You Should Know: – Google Cloud revealed new research unveiling the impact of COVID-19 on reshaping technology’s role in healthcare. This research is the second phase of research that Google Cloud published in July, showcasing how critical data interoperability is in improving patient outcomes. The research reveals healthcare organizations accelerated technological upgrades over the …

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Why Google is focusing its consumer health efforts on Fitbit

Google recently reshuffled its health division, moving a significant number of employees over to its Fitbit and Search businesses. Analysts said it’s no surprise Google would focus its consumer health efforts on Fitbit, given Fitbit’s broad reach and the competition to add more meaningful health features to these devices. 

HCA, Google partnership to focus on data analytics

The health system and technology giant are teaming up to create a data analytics platform and tools that support workflow management. Google Cloud will gain access to the massive trove of patient information gathered at HCA’s 184 hospitals, though data access and use will be governed by privacy rules.

HCA Healthcare Taps Google Cloud to Create New Health Data Analytics Platform

What You Should Know: – HCA Healthcare, one of the nation’s leading healthcare providers, is partnering with Google Cloud to help create a secure health data analytics platform. – The partnership will leverage HCA Healthcare’s 32 million annual encounters to identify opportunities to improve clinical care. Note that privacy and security are guiding principles of the partnership, and Google Cloud will not have access to patient-identifiable data.  – HCA Healthcare has been at the …

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Holograms to the Rescue

By KIM BELLARD Google is getting much (deserved) publicity for its Project Starline, announced at last week’s I/O conference.  Project Starline is a new 3D video chat capability that promises to make your Zoom experience seem even more tedious.  That’s great, but I’m expecting much more from holograms – or even better technologies.  Fortunately, there …

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UPMC Health Plan Launches Virtual Concierge for Amazon Alexa, Google Assistant Devices

UPMC Voice Assistant Alexa 3 – Fine_Cut_0322 – UPMC Health Plan What You Should Know: – UPMC Health Plan announced today the launch of a Virtual Concierge that will assist commercial plan members with some of their most frequently asked questions related to their benefits and coverage and how to access care and services. – The Virtual …

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Google Cloud Expands Intelligent Vaccine Impact Solution to Support Vaccine Equity

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), one core component of the Intelligent Vaccine Impact solution, scales …

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Apple, Google block NHS contact tracing app update on privacy grounds

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 become available today to coincide with the relaxation of lockdown …

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Next-Generation Cloud Storage: Enabling Collaboration & Analytics for Pharma Research

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 closely than ever. Using traditional, on-premises storage technologies, however, makes …

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How to Prepare for Google’s Upcoming User Experience Update

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 user experience has always been a part of SEO best …

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Highmark Health Taps Verily to Build Digital Health Tools for Living Health Model

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 is a Blue Cross Blue Shield health plan based in …

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Data-Driven Future: Impact of Machine Learning on Diabetes Management

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 same can certainly be said about information technology and healthcare.  …

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Why Patients, Not EHRs, Deserve our Undivided Attention

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 entry to the EHR awaits us. ______________________________________________________ I am a …

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Mayo Clinic, Google eyeing ‘AI factory’ as collaboration moves forward

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.

Health Plans Must Go Beyond the ONC Mandate and Prioritize Member Experience

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 react when the results of a cancer screening don’t find …

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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 forecasting and modeling COVID-19 cases, and more. – The Intelligent …

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Insights+: Key Deals of JP Morgan Healthcare Conference 2021

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 in the first two days of the conference Our PharmaShots …

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Nearly half of UK young people buy meds after consulting “Dr Google”

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 Google their health symptom before consulting a doctor, with 16% …

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To Beat COVID-19, We Need A Modern Approach to Public Health Data

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 to using paper, fax, phone, and email to transmit and …

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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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Xealth’s CEO Shares Impact of Digital Health in 2020 and What’s Ahead in 2021

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 Duke Health, UPMC, Atrium Health, and The Froedtert & the …

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Google’s Verily eyes 2021 growth after £700m funding round

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 surgery, pathology and immunology, which would add to the digital …

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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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PharmaShots Weekly Snapshots (Dec 7-11, 2020)

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: Casirivimab, Chugai, Commercialization, COVID-19, Development, Imdevimab, In-License Agreement, Japan, Roche, …

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Google Launches Health Research App Focusing on Respiratory Illnesses

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 first study, which will be open to adults in the …

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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 participate in health research. By contributing, you’ll represent your community …

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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 than 340 health systems – CommonHealth extends the health data …

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MEDITECH Launches New Subscription-Based Cloud Platform Built on Google Cloud

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 to work naturally in the cloud, and available through a …

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AHRQ and Google Pilot New Tool to Help Patients Plan for Medical Visits

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 for them to privately list and prioritize their questions in …

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Virtual Engagement During COVID Pushes Paradigm Shift for Physician Training and Patient Care

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 need attention and care. Physicians have continued treatment for all …

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Google Cloud Launches Healthcare Interoperability Readiness Program

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 future innovation. Alongside partners like Bain, BCG, Deloitte, HCL, KPMG, …

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NLP is Raising the Bar on Accurate Detection of Adverse Drug Events

 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 errors. What’s more, many of these instances are hard to …

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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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10 Google Search Terms Can Help Experts Predict COVID-19 Hot Spots

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 commonly they were used and emerging patterns on the internet …

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Press Ganey Acquires Doctor.com, Acquires Majority Stake in Binary Fountain

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 announced the expansion of its market-leading health care consumerism platform …

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3 Telemedicine Security and Compliance Best Practices

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 to 175 times the number of patients by telehealth than …

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Google pumps $100m into Amwell as telehealth firm eyes IPO

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 preferred partner, while Amwell in turn has agreed to switch …

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Analysis: July Health IT M&A Activity; Public Company Performance

– 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 July, sailing through the 10,000 mark to post YTD gains …

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52% of Households Willing to Share Smartphone Data to aid in COVID-19 Contact Tracing

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 tracks changes in consumer attitudes and adoption of telehealth services …

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Same-Day Pharmacy Delivery NowRx Raises $20M to Expand into Additional Territories

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 and robotics to fill and deliver prescriptions in record time, …

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New CVS Pharmacy App Feature Can Read Prescription Labels Out Loud for Visually Impaired

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 or those who can’t read standard print labels, that’s not …

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Post COVID-19: 3 Things I Hope Healthcare Won’t Recover From

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 the positives in even the worst of situations, and I’ve …

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