5G and the Future of Pervasive IoMT

Healthcare IT News | February 25, 2020

5G is the next generation of wireless connectivity and yes—it’s going to be a game changer. Verizon has launched 5G mobile service in parts of over 30 cities now in the U.S. and several high-profile venues like NFL stadiums, and there has been much discussion of how 5G’s ultra-fast speeds and high capacity will enable all sorts of new uses for consumers. But as exciting as all of this is to the average mobile user, the greatest potential for 5G to reshape the connectivity landscape is likely in enterprise. 5G has enormous potential to support enterprise-class applications such as those that exist in the healthcare market with highly secure, low-latency, and private cellular connections to support specific mission critical tasks and applications. We are actively deploying these networks in our 5G Labs and partnering with companies large and small to identify and explore use cases across a multitude of industries. And healthcare keeps rising to the top of the list of 5G contenders.

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BAYADA | February 28, 2022

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Patient hospitalization and emergency department visit rates were reduced by 42% and 30%, respectively, and the progression of patients moving from their homes into long-term, facility-based nursing care has also slowed. “We’re excited to launch a highly scalable tech platform that offers seamless clinical integration, so we can coordinate multiple specialty services for seniors to help them stay safe and well cared for in their homes,” said David Baiada, CEO of BAYADA Home Health Care. “This will become increasingly important as care continues to move into homes, where people want to be.” The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the adoption of home-based care, and most older Americans say they want to age in place. “As organizations prepare to deliver care in a post-COVID world, it’s important that they not only invest in telehealth and remote patient monitoring capabilities, but also partner with forward-thinking homecare providers to better serve people in the home setting. We look forward to working with BAYADA to implement this new technology, and managing the care delivery logistics to make care-at-home safe, coordinated, reliable and excellent for patients and their families.” Ashish V. Shah, CEO of Dina The new tech-enabled services not only benefit patients, but major health systems as well, allowing BAYADA partners to: Digitally transform post-acute care (PAC) network management and streamline the transitions of care experience for patients moving from hospital to home. Create virtual care teams across disparate post-acute and community-based providers that connect physicians, nurses, care managers, patients, and their families with real-time, secure, mobile messaging, leading to fewer unplanned emergency room visits and readmissions. Implement new, innovative care-at-home delivery models that keep the home as the primary destination for medically complex patients. Address the health equity and social determinants of health (SDOH) needs for patients through data-driven partnerships with local, community-based service providers. Better support the emerging needs of family caregivers as they work to formally collaborate with care teams to deliver exceptional outcomes at a lower cost. BAYADA is one of the fastest-growing home health and hospice joint venture partners in the country and has joined forces with several major health systems and health plans in joint ventures and value-based care arrangements. About BAYADA Home Health Care BAYADA Home Health Care was founded by J. Mark Baiada in 1975 and provides nursing, rehabilitative, therapeutic, hospice and assistive care services to children, adults and seniors in the comfort of their homes. Headquartered in the Greater Philadelphia suburbs based in New Jersey, BAYADA employs more than 26,000 nurses, home health aides, therapists, medical social workers and other home health care professionals who serve their communities in 23 states from 347 locations, with locations in Canada, Germany, India, Ireland, New Zealand, South Korea and the United Kingdom. In 2018, Baiada oversaw the company’s unprecedented transition to a not-for-profit organization to ensure BAYADA’s mission, purpose and business model would endure, and to help BAYADA realize its vision of helping millions of people worldwide experience a better quality of life at home; in early May 2019, the organization served its one millionth client. About Dina Dina powers the future of home-based care. 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Medline Announces the Launch of Two Healthcare Sustainability Programs

Medline | December 03, 2020

Medline today announced two new medical care maintainability programs. The projects, a Green Product Portfolio and a Sustainable Packaging Lab, will assist medical clinics with decreasing the measure of product squander emerging from their offices. As per an ongoing industry report, the United States is the world's most noteworthy producer of medical care greenhouse gases, representing 27% of the worldwide medical care footprint. "More and more, we are hearing directly from hospitals that they understand the negative consequence their environmental footprint can have on their patient population," said Hannah Anderson, Medline sustainability specialist. "There is a culture change happening to find ways to make their supply chain more sustainable. Being a primary medical supplier partner, we are well positioned to help customers develop meaningful and actionable strategies to improve the health of patients in the communities they serve through sustainability." Green products portfolio Medline is introducing a new web page to help make it easier for healthcare providers to find and purchase green products. The company currently has over 40 unique product types that meet Medline's Green Product Portfolio Standards, which are informed by Kaiser Permanente's Environmentally Preferred Purchasing guidelines, the Federal Trade Commission's Green Guides, and the Environmental Protection Agency's guidelines. Hospitals can explore products within three key focus areas: Environmental services: From wipes to disinfectants, Medline's green options are Green Seal certified and contain fewer chemicals of concern to help minimize the risk of harm to human health and the environment. Healthcare essentials: Essential products like patient gowns, dinnerware and even plastic cups, are consumed at a rapid rate within healthcare. These green essentials products are designed to incorporate more sustainable materials. Perioperative care: Operating rooms produce more than 2,000 tons of waste per day. Medline's suite of products including surgical towels, procedural trays and fluid management systems help minimize waste in a cost-effective manner. Reducing product-packaging waste The Healthcare Plastics Recycling Council estimates that 2,800 to 3,500 tons of plastic packaging product waste is generated daily by U.S. healthcare facilities. To help reduce material use and waste, Medline is unveiling a Sustainable Packaging Lab, a cross-functional group consisting of employees who specialize in research and development, engineering, packaging and product design. The group will tackle packaging waste from every step of the process and aims to complete and roll out four new projects by the end of 2021. About Medline Medline is a healthcare company: a manufacturer, distributor and solutions provider focused on improving the overall operating performance of healthcare. Medline works with both the country's largest healthcare systems and independent facilities across the continuum of care to provide the clinical and supply chain resources required for long-term financial viability in delivering high quality care. With the size of one of the country's largest companies and the agility of a family-owned business, Medline is able to invest in its customers for the long-term and rapidly respond with customized solutions. Headquartered in Northfield, Ill., Medline has 27,000+ employees worldwide, a fleet of nearly 1,000 trucks and does business in more than 90 countries.

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TeamViewer to Transform Healthcare Sector Digitally through Supporting Medical Technology Providers- Siemens Healthineers Uses it Already

TeamViewer | February 05, 2021

Siemens Healthineers, for several years, has been using TeamViewer worldwide on imaging and laboratory diagnostic devices, such as CTs and MRs, in hospitals and doctor’s office to support clinical staff. In different systems of Siemens Healthineers, TeamViewer is pre-installed. If essential, the medical technology firm can deliver immediate troubleshooting to its clients by having experts join directly to the affected device via a fast and safe connection using TeamViewer and solve the problem remotely, without the necessity to travel. Quick assistance from a distance helps hospital operators and staff to make sure nonstop medical care for their patients. The joining via TeamViewer is made via an end-to-end encrypted Internet connection that encounters the high safety standards of medical amenities. "TeamViewer has been a significant partner for us since many years," says Wolfgang Heimsch, Head of Customer Services at Siemens Healthineers. "The number of use cases we want to offer with protected and high-performance admission to our systems is growing within the clinical setting. That's why the business with TeamViewer is becoming progressively significant for us and why we understand huge potential to build on that." About TeamViewer TeamViewer, a leading global technology company, provides a connectivity platform to access, manage control, repair, and monitor devices of any kind such as mobile phones, laptops, industrial machines, and robots. TeamViewer has more than 550,000 subscribers, though its free of charge for private use. TeamViewer allows companies of all sizes and from all businesses to digitalize their business-critical procedures through unified connectivity. Against the backdrop of global megatrends, such as automation and new work, device proliferation, TeamViewer proactively forms digital conversion and uninterruptedly innovates in the fields of Internet of Things, Augmented Reality or Artificial Intelligence. Around the world, TeamViewer's software has been installed on more than 2.5 billion devices, since the company's foundation in 2005. headquartered in Goppingen, Germany, the company globally employs more than 1,200 people. TeamViewer achieved around EUR 325 million of billings in 2019. TeamViewer AG (TMV) belongs to the MDAX, which listed at Frankfurt Stock Exchange.

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