HEALTH TECHNOLOGY, DIGITAL HEALTHCARE
Prnewswire | May 08, 2023
apree health, a combination of Castlight Health and Vera Whole Health, was formed to marry best-in-class digital engagement and advanced primary care to drive better health outcomes. Today, the company is launching a secure, cloud native platform called apree foundation. apree foundation is a multi-year investment to create the industry's most advanced secure cloud native healthcare data and technology platform. By aggregating, integrating, and normalizing massive amounts of healthcare data, apree foundation aims to bridge the industry's data silos to deliver a highly personalized healthcare experience for millions of Americans.
The foundation enables apree health to deliver an experience focused on the person—one that engages each individual, drives timely next-best actions appropriate for their care journey, and ultimately delivers high-value outcomes. It forms the basis upon which apree health is innovating the next generation of solutions including seamless digital experiences, tech-enabled omnichannel services, and advanced primary care delivered across virtual and physical care settings. apree's Research and Development team has leveraged more than a decade of operational experience with the platform to ensure the foundation is highly available, secure, scalable, and privacy preserving.
"Everything we do puts the person at the center," said Vijay Anand, executive vice president, Research and Development, at apree health. "apree foundation is a first-of-its-kind health tech platform that will empower large employers and health plans with the most advanced and integrated digital health and care delivery solution. By partnering with a best-in-class technology partner such as Google Cloud, we can fully unleash the power of data and technology to deliver improved health outcomes and a better member experience."
Moving apree health's core application and data infrastructure to Google Cloud provides the company with scalable access to additional data processing capabilities such as BigQuery. With BigQuery, apree aggregates and processes a large array of complex data from more than 700 sources that reflects dozens of terabytes of healthcare data, including more than a billion claims from 15 dental payers and 19 medical payers. Other critical data pipelines include eligibility, claims, biometrics, benefit plan designs and utilization information, social determinants of health (SDoH), population data, and third party point solutions from across the healthcare ecosystem, all integrated through application programming interfaces (APIs) and file-based capabilities. With BigQuery, apree health can aggregate this data securely and at scale, extract the valuable insights to develop person-specific knowledge, and deliver a seamless and integrated care experience.
Leveraging this data infrastructure, apree foundation's predictive analytics engine then applies advanced algorithms and machine learning to deliver actionable insights and personalized recommendations enabling purchasers of healthcare to proactively manage population health, predict risk, and optimize healthcare outcomes. As a very early adopter of machine learning, the company developed and deployed machine learning algorithms for personalized recommendations in 2015, following its initial use of machine learning in 2010 for medical price estimation in a groundbreaking healthcare price transparency tool.
Finally, apree foundation applies the scaled capabilities of BigQuery with its sophisticated master data management framework to develop comprehensive population-level insights and health reporting for key stakeholders and clients. Powerful analytical capabilities track performance to outcomes and create insights through visualizations to drive care improvement.
"It's great to see apree health leverage Google Cloud to scale their operations and extract valuable insights from their data," said Aashima Gupta, global director of Healthcare Strategy & Solutions, Google Cloud. "With BigQuery, apree health can now aggregate and process data at scale, which is essential for their expansion into value-based care delivery. We're confident that Google Cloud will continue to support apree health's growth as they continue to innovate in the healthcare industry."
About apree health
apree health brings together a best-in-class engagement platform with an advanced primary care model to provide a vastly better health and care experience, improve outcomes, and significantly lower the total cost of care for a population. Its proven solutions are built on a robust data and technology foundation that provides a rich understanding of each person, a navigation experience that engages individuals in their health and care, and an integrated care team that manages the individual's whole health. apree health was formed when leading advanced primary care provider Vera Whole Health merged with digital health innovator Castlight Health in 2022. Both companies were founded in 2008. apree health partners with top U.S. employers, leading provider groups, and some of the country's largest, most progressive health plans.
MEDICAL DEVICES, HEALTHCARE ANALYTICS
Businesswire | May 24, 2023
Vaultree, the trailblazer in cybersecurity, announces a major leap forward in healthcare data protection, bringing its industry-first Fully Functional Data-In-Use Encryption solution to the sector. Coupled with a groundbreaking software development kit and encrypted chat tool, Vaultree's technology revolutionizes the data encryption landscape, providing full-scale protection of sensitive patient data, even in the event of a breach, while preserving operational efficiency and performance.
In today's digital era, no sector is more vulnerable to cybercrime than healthcare. The first half of 2022 alone witnessed 337 breaches, affecting billions of patients worldwide. The repercussions of such breaches not only risk lives but also jeopardize the privacy of the most sensitive patient information, including women's reproductive health data. Vaultree's unrivaled solution redefines the security landscape, providing comprehensive data protection with complete search and computational capabilities, ushering in a new era of privacy assurance in healthcare.
"Time is of the essence when lives are at stake. Clinical trials, ePHI, advanced healthcare research, and all critical data must be shielded from a data breach. Bringing our proven Fully Functional Data-In-Use Encryption solution to the healthcare sector is transformative. Stolen or leaked data is rendered useless to cybercriminals, while maintaining optimal performance in data processing," said Ryan Lasmaili, CEO of Vaultree. "This is our commitment to meeting the urgent need for secure, privacy-centric healthcare and setting a safer future for patients and healthcare providers.”
Vaultree’s breakthrough lies in its encryption approach. Unlike traditional technologies that impose usability restrictions or have inherent security vulnerabilities, Vaultree's solution is engineered for seamless integration. Its user-friendly, plug-and-play solution, along with robust security features — zero-trust encryption, client-held keys, and no requirement for server-side decryption — distinguishes Vaultree as a leader in the cybersecurity industry.
With Vaultree, healthcare organizations are now equipped to securely process, search, and compute encrypted data in real time, enabling precise data analysis and AI-driven modeling to enhance patient care and outcomes. Complying with vital privacy and security regulations, such as HIPAA and GDPR, becomes effortless.
"We're not just protecting data, we're empowering healthcare organizations to enhance their service," said Ryan Lasmaili. "From improved data analytics to enriched patient experiences and telemedicine capabilities, privacy does not have to compromise performance.
"Vaultree’s partnerships highlight its innovative and forward-thinking approach. Joining forces with Google's AlloyDB for PostgreSQL, Vaultree leads the cybersecurity industry into a new era of cloud-based, Fully Functional Data-In-Use Encryption. In addition, Vaultree's alliance with Qrypt supports the only unbreakable key generation algorithm in the market, allowing Vaultree to offer unmatched data protection across sectors. Vaultree supports enterprises handling large amounts of sensitive data, including those in financial services, insurance, retail, telecom and energy sectors.
Vaultree's unwavering commitment to improving data privacy and security across all sectors is evident. With its healthcare-specific solution, Vaultree is making significant strides in protecting sensitive patient data, fostering enhanced healthcare experiences, and fundamentally reshaping data security standards within the sector. By enabling better communication, understanding, and care through Vaultree, healthcare providers can offer improved services while maintaining respect for patients' privacy.
Vaultree has developed the world's first Fully Functional Data-in-Use Encryption solution that solves the industry's fundamental security issue: persistent data encryption, even in the event of a leak. Vaultree enables enterprises, including those in the financial services and healthcare / pharmaceutical sectors, to mitigate the great financial, cyber, legal, reputational, and business risk of a data breach in plain text. With Vaultree, organizations can securely process, search, and compute structured and unstructured encrypted data, without ever having to surrender encryption keys or decrypt server-side. If a leak occurs, Vaultree's data-in-use encryption persists, rendering the data unusable to bad actors. With Vaultree, customers can say goodbye to traditional encryption challenges and hello to a world where the most powerful encrypted search, data processing analysis and ML/AI can be performed in real-time. Integrating Vaultree into existing database technologies is seamless, requiring no technology or platform changes. Google and other data-driven companies worldwide trust Vaultree to safeguard sensitive data. Vaultree is a privately held company based in Ireland and the U.S.
FUTURE OF HEALTHCARE, MEDICAL DEVICES
Businesswire | April 21, 2023
WellSky, a leading health and community care technology company, today announced expanded capabilities in its CarePort suite of care transition solutions. These new enhancements equip discharge planners, care managers, and care coordinators with enhanced intelligence at the point of discharge to help them make more informed decisions and ensure patients receive the best possible care and support as they transition from the hospital to home or another care setting.
WellSky and CarePort recently expanded its network with the acquisition of Curaspan. Curaspan clients using CarePort Discharge can now take advantage of an expanded solution set.
“We're thrilled to offer our clients, including those in our newly expanded network available through Curaspan, capabilities to better engage patients and families and enhance their care planning and decision making throughout the discharge process,” said Dr. Lissy Hu, president of connected networks at WellSky. “Through these enhancements, WellSky is enabling care providers to deliver the right care, at the right time, in the right setting to achieve better health outcomes.”
By extending CarePort Connect into the care transitions solutions, providers gain seamless access directly from their discharge planning workflows. This access delivers a deeper knowledge of past post-acute care utilization which is critical to help providers determine the appropriate level of care needed post-discharge and create a care plan tailored to the patient's specific needs. Accessing clinical data and encounter history at a patient’s most vulnerable point of transition can help reduce hospital readmissions and connect patients to the most appropriate care.
CarePort Guide, available in CarePort Discharge, gives hospitals and health systems access to a more robust patient choice tool to assist patients and families in selecting high-quality post-acute care. CarePort Guide provides access to proprietary post-acute quality scores, highlights high-performing post-acute networks and collaboratives, and offers more robust agency profiles and guides, all sharable via text and email. By increasing patient satisfaction with the discharge process and reducing discharge delays, CarePort Guide brings a superior post-acute care selection tool to the market and can increase the number of patients attending in-network skilled nursing facilities by 7%.
WellSky is one of America’s largest and most innovative healthcare technology companies leading the movement for intelligent, coordinated care. Our proven software, analytics, and services power better outcomes and lower costs for stakeholders across the health and community care continuum. In today’s value-based care environment, WellSky helps providers, payers, health systems, and community organizations scale processes, improve collaboration for growth, harness the power of data analytics, and achieve better outcomes by further connecting clinical and social care. WellSky serves more than 20,000 client sites — including the largest hospital systems, blood banks, cell therapy labs, home health and hospice franchises, post-acute providers, government agencies, and human services organizations. Informed by more than 40 years of providing software and expertise, WellSky anticipates clients’ needs and innovates relentlessly to build healthy, thriving communities.