Artificial Intelligence Enhances EKG Testing for Heart Condition

HealthITAnalytics | February 19, 2020

Using artificial intelligence, EKGs may soon be able to screen for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, an underdiagnosed condition that interferes with the heart’s ability to function properly. With hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, the heart’s walls thicken and make it harder for the heart to pump blood. The disease also predisposes some patients to potentially fatal abnormal rhythms. Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy often doesn’t cause symptoms, and patients are often unaware they have it until they experience complications. The condition is the leading cause of death in adolescents and young adults playing sports, so early detection is critical. Researchers at the Mayo Clinic developed an AI method for earlier diagnosis of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy through an EKG. The team trained and validated a convolutional neural network using digital 12-lead EKG from 2,448 patients known to have hypertrophic cardiomyopathy and 51,153 who did not, matching control subjects for age and sex.

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With the payer-provider relationship at the heart of a successful transition to value-based care, healthcare organizations making "the great shift" must create a roadmap leveraging best practices and robust supporting data streams to guide their way.

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With the payer-provider relationship at the heart of a successful transition to value-based care, healthcare organizations making "the great shift" must create a roadmap leveraging best practices and robust supporting data streams to guide their way.

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Carbon Health Announces Best-in-Class Patient Outcomes from Diabetes Program

Carbon Health | December 01, 2022

In honor of National Diabetes Awareness Month in November, Carbon Health, a hybrid healthcare company that combines expert care with proprietary technology for easy everyday health, announces compelling new patient outcomes from its innovative diabetes program. To date, Carbon Health's diabetes program has helped two-thirds of its patients with uncontrolled diabetes achieve and maintain recommended glycemic targets, while patients with baseline A1c >9.0% in particular saw an impressive average A1c reduction of 4.2%. Carbon Health’s program is endocrinologist-led, integrated with primary care, and supported by a team of certified diabetes educators. It is also completely virtual, making it easily accessible to patients with no waiting or travel time involved. The Carbon Health electronic health record integrates data from continuous glucose monitors into the patient’s chart and enables seamless care coordination among all members of the care team. Patients are able to log meals and medications alongside their CGM data in the Carbon Health patient app, which is an everyday companion to their care. “Diabetes care traditionally involves fingerstick glucose monitoring and quarterly visits. We’re flipping that on its head with our measurement-based, personalized, and proactive diabetes program. We’re the only healthcare provider to integrate a combination of blood glucose data from a CGM device with food, physical activity, and medication into our electronic health record (EHR) to allow patients and their interdisciplinary care teams – including primary care providers – to have incredibly powerful insights at their fingertips. This continuous data better enables our care team to manage our patients virtually and offer proactive support when they need it the most, avoiding one-size-fits-all advice and broken handoffs.” Myoung Cha, Chief Strategy Officer at Carbon Health These new outcomes will be presented at the 16th International Conference on Advanced Technologies & Treatments for Diabetes and represent best-in-class results among a number of diabetes care solutions. A recent analysis of 204 patients in the program found that 66.8% with baseline A1c ≥7.0% are meeting the guideline-recommended 70% time in range in their latest four weeks of available CGM data. Meanwhile, 54.0% of this cohort reached 70% time in range in their first 4 weeks of participating in the program then maintained that target thereafter, indicating that glycemic control was achieved rapidly and effectively. Among patients with baseline A1c >9.0%, Carbon Health's diabetes program lowered A1c by an average of 4.2%, compared to 3.3% by a leading digital diabetes competitor. Additionally, Carbon Health has made the following enhancements to its diabetes program Meal rankings: This unique feature shows the connection between meals and blood sugar changes, helping patients to better understand on their own which meals they should favor or avoid/limit. Peer support: Diabetes care & education specialists facilitate peer support and open discussions through virtual group learning sessions. Educational content: Expanding the diabetes content library to increase patient knowledge includes offering an evidence-based comparison of popular diets and strategies for eating healthy on the road. Ongoing accountability: Carbon Health’s care team has developed bi-weekly notifications to support patients: celebrating when they reach their blood sugar goals and reaching out when they need help. The notifications also act as time-saving tools for providers, who can easily see changes and better drive care adherence. For those at higher risk of diabetes, including individuals with high blood pressure, high cholesterol and/or a family history of diabetes, Carbon Health also offers an improved metabolic health assessment in California. Due to the complete integration of CGM data with the Carbon Health app as well as meal rankings, the metabolic insights program now offers even more individualized and actionable insights so patients can see what works and make appropriate lifestyle shifts. Learn more and check eligibility for the metabolic insights program here. Diabetes and metabolic care at Carbon Health illustrate the company’s innovative care delivery model, Connective Care. Where typical primary care is anchored in a visit, Carbon Health combines technology and expert care so every patient can establish a relationship with their own integrated team, monitor and manage their health on the go, and access in-person care when and where they need it. “We’re proud of the outcomes that are driving real change for our patients. It’s truly only by leveraging this integrated primary care model that we are able to offer our patients care that is simple, flexible, and personal,” said Dr. Calvin Wu, Medical Director of the diabetes program and endocrinologist at Carbon Health. About Carbon Health Carbon Health is a modern healthcare company offering hybrid care for easier everyday health. By combining custom technology with expert care, Carbon Health enables patients to establish a direct relationship with an integrated team, monitor and manage their health on the go, and access in-person care when and where they need it. Building on the success of its nationwide urgent care network, Carbon Health treats the full spectrum of first-contact needs – from acute issues to chronic conditions, as well as ongoing physical and mental health needs. The company is also expanding into value-based care through work with employers, health plans, health systems, and other ecosystem partners.

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Eleos Health and The Echo Group Announce Strategic Partnership to Advance the use of Augmented Intelligence in Behavioral Health

Eleos Health and Echo Group | September 16, 2022

Eleos Health, the leader in CareOps Automation for behavioral health, and The Echo Group, the only provider of visual electronic health record technology, announced that Eleos Health's augmented intelligence will be directly embedded into the EchoVantage web-based clinical, billing, and administrative EHR application to serve the needs of behavioral healthcare clinicians. Eleos Health and EchoVantage will act in synergy to reduce administrative burdens on clinicians. Medical professionals face an increasing number of administrative tasks, spending an average of 20% of their total working hours on administration. In general, notes for each session take about 15 minutes to complete, with the average full-time clinician doing so for 40 sessions per week. Eleos will turn behavioral health conversations into documentation and session intelligence, plugging directly into EchoVantage's visual health record (VHR). The VHR provides clinicians with a client's case across a timeline, with visual indicators providing an understandable and actionable graphical format. Clinicians using Eleos reduce time spent on documentation by over 30%. This increase in efficient and accurate documentation also equips supervisors with unprecedented visibility into staff activity, caseloads and performance to make it easier for providers to meet organizational standards for documentation, while empowering providers to improve training with structured, objective feedback on their sessions. "Eleos Health is excited to add The Echo Group to our growing base of strategic partners who are dedicated to advancing the standard of care in behavioral health. By enhancing the EchoVantage EHR with our augmented intelligence capabilities, we will give clinicians the ability to spend less time on administrative tasks and more time impacting the lives of those managing behavioral health conditions," Alon Joffe, CEO and Co-Founder, Eleos Health EchoVantage ensures that all aspects of the clinical chart are fully integrated and organized, along with the timeline, in relation to each other. This lends true clinical understanding to precipitating events and treatment activities. "The expansion of our national offering to include Eleos Health as an embedded platform for all of our customers is a huge benefit for clinicians and their patients," said Allan Normandin, Chief Executive Officer, The Echo Group. "The Echo Group is focused on finding ways to empower our customers to be more clinically effective and financially strong. Working with Eleos Health is another step in achieving that goal by reducing the barrier of administrative tasks in the continuum of care." This partnership puts overburdened clinicians back into the office working with clients instead of spending their time typing notes into their EHR. Beyond simplifying documentation, , this partnership will enable clinicians to quickly understand the themes in their meetings, such as suicidal thoughts or cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques, and pursue the best evidence-based practices. Eleos Health's proprietary voice-based Natural Language Understanding (NLU) technology accurately identifies evidence-based techniques, as well as interprets the meaning of behavioral health conversations, giving clinicians objective feedback they can use with patients to identify recurring themes, issues and needs. Eleos Health will be available to all of The Echo Group's clients as an add-on, with GRAND Mental Health, in Northeastern and North Central Oklahoma, being the first center to leverage the power of both systems to help give its care providers more time for patients. The Echo Group's partners are located throughout the U.S. and range in size, from small community behavioral health agencies to comprehensive enterprise-wide organizations. "The ability to reduce administrative burdens for clinicians while also increasing visibility around the quality of care is invaluable in giving our staff the freedom and tools they need to focus on our mission of improving quality of life for consumers," said Josh Cantwell, COO, GRAND Mental Health. "The Eleos Health and Echo Group partnership will meaningfully ability to support clinicians and serve our communities." About Eleos Health Founded in 2020, Eleos Health turns behavioral health conversations into documentation and intelligence that drives better care. Using proprietary, voice-based Natural Language Understanding (NLU) technology built by clinical experts to accurately interpret, analyze and document behavioral health conversations, Eleos reduces the operational burden on providers while unlocking objective insights into evidence-based care and the therapeutic alliance. Leadership teams can scale supervision and training while gaining unprecedented visibility into staff activity, caseloads and performance as well as population health. Eleos is the only technology of its kind that embeds seamlessly into electronic health records (EHRs), telehealth tools and existing provider workflows. With Eleos CareOps Automation, behavioral health providers are setting a new standard for care. About The Echo Group The Echo Group, privately held since 1980, revolutionized electronic health records in the behavioral health industry with EchoVantage, the only EHR featuring a visual continuum of care timeline. EchoVantage is a core, integrated EHR platform with a complete suite of tools designed to conform to your workflow, meet compliance requirements, and increase productivity, enabling you to spend more time putting your clients. The Echo Group is located in Conway, New Hampshire, with an additional office in California. Echo has more than 80 employees dedicated to making the best behavioral health technology in the industry.

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Commure Introduces New Model to Accelerate Transformation in Healthcare with CommureOS

Commure | November 14, 2022

To help healthcare organizations hurdle long-standing barriers to meaningful transformation and drive exponential innovation at scale, Commure, Inc. today introduced CommureOS, a revolutionary transformation platform purpose-built for healthcare, at HLTH 2022. CommureOS is designed to give healthcare organizations the power to synthesize and maximize their existing solutions as well as easily build and rapidly deploy intelligent workflows to enhance clinical, operational, and financial efficiency. By reconciling information through a single platform and facilitating easy and connected innovation, CommureOS enables hospitals and health systems to streamline their technology experience, empower their healthcare workforce, and enhance care delivery and outcomes. “For decades, health organizations have been pushed to innovate at near-impossible speeds to keep up with the industry’s rate of change — and have made remarkable strides despite it all, More than ever, they deserve a robust tech experience that ensures their progress can endure. Over the past five years, we’ve been quietly and responsibly building a new model of innovation with some of our nation’s biggest health systems — and today, we invite pioneering organizations to embark with us on a new era of healthcare transformation.” -Ashwini Zenooz, MD, CEO of Commure With CommureOS, healthcare organizations can more effectively and efficiently: Unlock and connect disparate data points and static insights across their technology ecosystem and make them actionable and helpful at the point of care. Create, test, and deploy new solutions to solve their unique challenges with modular and industry-native building blocks — turning months of development into hours of configuration. Reuse established clinical and non-clinical data connections and extend across multiple use cases and workflows to seamlessly scale innovation throughout their organization. At a time when hospitals and health systems across the country are grappling with rising burnout and attrition, Commure is steadfast in our commitment to empower the healthcare workforce by simplifying and optimizing the tasks they do and the workflows they use every day, By helping health organizations derive meaning from mountains of data and build connected solutions at scale, we can finally ensure that people — rather than technology — are at the heart of our healthcare ecosystem,said Abhijit Mitra, chief product and engineering officer at Commure. With CommureOS, leading health systems and hospitals have the tools and support to create or customize the organizational workflows they need with ease, enabling them to streamline traditionally manual and time-consuming tasks and cultivate a more dynamic experience for clinicians, staff, and care delivery teams. There’s a new generation of digital health innovators keeping health systems at the center of their own transformation journeys — and Commure is at the forefront, Migrating from point solutions to platform is essential for technology-driven transformation of the sector. By connecting the dots and driving exceptional experiences, Commure is advancing our collective pursuit of responsible and enduring innovation,said Hemant Taneja, CEO and managing director at General Catalyst and co-founder of Commure. About Commure Commure, Inc. is building the first operating system designed for healthcare. By connecting disparate datasets, surfacing meaningful insights, accelerating performance through a suite of intuitive applications, and enabling seamless innovation across the industry, we empower every person in the health ecosystem to deliver exceptional care. Commure’s original applications include solutions to improve staff safety, enhance clinical workflow, and bolster financial operations. Commure is partnering with health systems, payors, and digital innovators to build a vibrant health ecosystem together; currently, the company enables more than 160,000 clinicians and staff across more than 400 care facilities to advance care through collaboration.

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