COVID-19 pandemic opens up new frontiers for health data privacy

Healthcare IT News | April 08, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned up the volume of the ongoing debate around health data privacy across Europe. New frontiers are opening up daily as the European Commission and individual member states seek ways to engage digital technology in their efforts to contain the spread of the virus while adhering to the requirements of GDPR and the region’s exacting ePrivacy regulations. Against a background of widespread urgency, some countries have forged ahead without waiting for international efforts to provide a framework for sharing health data for the public good while preserving the principles of personal privacy.

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Did you know that 10% of the worldwide population is affected by kidney disease and many aren’t even aware of it? When you have kidney disease, your body is no longer able to remove wastes effectively, which can be life threatening if gone untreated.  Here’s what you should know:  Chronic kidney disease, or CKD for short, comes in 5 stages ranging from “Nearly normal kidney function” to “Kidney failure.” Each stage reflects how effectively the kidneys eliminate waste from the blood.

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Did you know that 10% of the worldwide population is affected by kidney disease and many aren’t even aware of it? When you have kidney disease, your body is no longer able to remove wastes effectively, which can be life threatening if gone untreated.  Here’s what you should know:  Chronic kidney disease, or CKD for short, comes in 5 stages ranging from “Nearly normal kidney function” to “Kidney failure.” Each stage reflects how effectively the kidneys eliminate waste from the blood.

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KORU Medical Systems Appoints Brent Rutland as Vice President of Medical Affairs

KORU Medical | October 13, 2022

KORU Medical Systems, Inc. a leading medical technology company focused on the development of innovative and easy-to-use subcutaneous infusion solutions announced the appointment of Brent Rutland as the Company’s new Vice President of Medical Affairs. Mr. Rutland will provide leadership in the Company’s clinical and data generation strategies, key opinion leader engagement, assessing new subcutaneous drug candidates for use with the Company’s products and overseeing the medical affairs team. Additionally, Mr. Rutland will be the clinical resource for the Company’s efforts in regulatory submissions, failure modes and effects analysis, health hazard evaluations, human factors design, new product development and clinical evaluation updates. “We are excited to bring Brent’s competence to the organization – his background was a perfect fit. His expertise will advance clinical evidence generation in support of our product pipeline, provide valuable insight to our drug therapy candidates and help develop important key opinion leader relationships. Brent has helped build multiple data and clinical strategies, internal teams, and external networks in his past. His deep industry experience and passion for the patient, will make him an impactful contributor to the Company’s strategy.” Linda Tharby, President and CEO Mr. Rutland’s career history spans an impressive 27 years and includes working with Baxter Healthcare as a Senior Medical Science Liaison and most recently with La Jolla Pharmaceutical Company as a Senior Director, Health Outcomes. During his career he helped launch 7 vaccines, 4 drugs and 1 device. Most notably, Brent aided Baxter in the launch of Hylenex for SQ rehydration where he also helped build the Medical Affairs department. He has received several awards throughout his career, with the most recent being the President’s Circle Award for Medical Affairs at La Jolla. Brent holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Texas A&M University, an MBA in Global Management from the University of Houston, and his Master of Public Health from the University of North Carolina in Epidemiology. “I was immediately drawn to the opportunity to work at KORU Medical as I saw the potential for future growth supported by building out the medical science and the team,” said Brent Rutland, Vice President of Medical Affairs. “Medical affairs helps fulfill the unmet needs of the patient through the generation and delivery of scientific evidence to various key outside stakeholders. I look forward to developing a collaborative strategy to support the Company’s overall goals.” About KORU Medical KORU Medical develops, manufactures, and commercializes innovative and easy-to-use subcutaneous infusion solutions that improve quality of life for patients around the world. The FREEDOM Syringe Infusion System. currently includes the FREEDOM60® and FreedomEdge® Syringe Infusion Drivers, Precision Flow Rate Tubing™ and HIgH-Flo Subcutaneous Safety Needle Sets™. These devices are used for infusions administered in the home and alternate care settings.

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Carle Health Partners with Health Catalyst to Achieve Data-Informed Improvement

Health Catalyst | December 06, 2022

Health Catalyst, Inc. a leading provider of data and analytics technology and services to healthcare organizations announced an expansive, multi-year contract with Carle Health an integrated health system based in Urbana, Illinois that includes five hospitals, multi-specialty physician group practices with more than 1,000 doctors and advanced practice providers, and Health Alliance Medical Plans—deepening its relationship with Health Catalyst to further advance Carle's innovative analytics capabilities system-wide. "Carle Health is excited to announce this novel partnership with Health Catalyst. When combined with our own clinical expertise, Health Catalyst will help us transform the way we use data to support organizational decisions and improve patient outcomes. As a transformative health care system, it's important that we lay the groundwork to ensure we're able to provide the right solutions that blend data, analytics, and medical expertise to optimize the quality of care we provide for everyone who depend on us." Carle Health Chief Operating Officer, Matthew Kolb Strengthening the existing relationship between Health Catalyst and Carle, this five-year agreement will include an all-access technology subscription, plus tech-enabled managed services in the areas of analytics, data management, reporting, and project management. Beginning in January 2023, Carle Health Clinical and Business Intelligence team members will transfer employment to Health Catalyst, where they will have the opportunity to grow professionally within Health Catalyst's enhanced environment of data literacy and technology resources. As Health Catalyst employees, transitioned team members will constitute a specialized, expert team that will continue to provide analytics support and innovation to the Carle Health system. "We're grateful to have been a partner with such a high-performing health system as Carle these past two years, contributing to its data-driven healthcare transformation efforts," said Dan Burton, CEO of Health Catalyst. "We are honored to have been chosen by Carle to continue supporting them in bringing more technology to complement and strengthen their healthcare services. Carle Health will realize greater data-informed opportunities through this partnership and we look forward to the improvements they will continue to make for their patients and the larger community." Health Catalyst is focused on deepening and strengthening existing partnerships to help clients achieve massive, measurable healthcare improvement. Health Catalyst and Carle first entered a partnership in 2020, which enabled Carle to leverage Health Catalyst's open, scalable data platform to gain access to data and analytics solutions to measure quality and cost of care, allowing for increased and efficient sharing of analytics, and provide a comparative analytics platform to help increase learnings about costs, outcomes, and trending best practices. Upon signing this contract expansion through 2028, Carle becomes one of Health Catalyst's largest enterprise and tech-enabled outsourcing clients, reaffirming their commitment to analytics technology that improves the quality of care delivered to patients and health plan members. Health Catalyst's expanded relationship with Carle underscores the company's compelling value proposition, significant continued commercial momentum, and the trust Health Catalyst's clients place in the company. This expansion is included in the financial guidance that Health Catalyst most recently provided during its third quarter 2022 earnings. About Health Catalyst Health Catalyst is a leading provider of data and analytics technology and services to healthcare organizations committed to being the catalyst for massive, measurable, data-informed healthcare improvement. Its more than 500 clients leverage the cloud-based data platform or its other software applications—powered by data from over 100 million patient records and encompassing trillions of facts—as well as its analytics software and professional services expertise to make data-informed decisions and realize measurable clinical, financial, and operational improvements. Health Catalyst envisions a future in which all healthcare decisions are data informed. About Carle Health Carle Health combines clinical care, health insurance, research and academics in a way that solves real-world problems today with an eye toward the future. Supported by a deep philanthropic spirit, Carle is dedicated to doing what it takes to make life better for as many as possible. Its mission is to be your trusted partner in all healthcare decisions. Based in Urbana, IL, Carle Health is an integrated system of healthcare services, which includes a five-hospital system, multi-specialty physician groups, as well as the Carle Illinois College of Medicine and the Stephens Family Clinical Research Institute.

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Lionel Richie Partners With All-In-One Healthcare Company, Devoted Health

Devoted Health | October 04, 2022

The iconic singer, actor, and American Idol judge, Lionel Richie is partnering with Devoted Health, a new kind of healthcare company providing all-in-one care for Americans on Medicare. Richie has long been dedicated to improving healthcare access, and through this partnership, he will support Devoted Health’s expanding efforts to offer higher-quality care to more Americans on Medicare across the country. “Getting great healthcare needs to be a lot easier for folks. Devoted is making this happen by bringing all of the ingredients for quality healthcare together.” Richie said. “Devoted cares for each member with all-in-one healthcare. Better quality healthcare from better coordination of care can really make a difference to folks who want to live their best and most fulfilling lives. I am excited to partner with Devoted to change and improve healthcare in America!” Devoted Health is changing healthcare for the better through its innovative all-in-one healthcare solution, which combines Devoted Health Medicare Advantage plans, access to top local providers alongside specialized care delivered by Devoted Medical, full-service guides for more personalized coordination, and world-class technology that powers it all. The result of bringing these exceptional ingredients together into one seamless offering is a complete, coordinated, and customized healthcare experience for each Devoted member. "We are thrilled to work with Lionel Richie, who is such an inspiring leader and so deeply passionate about making healthcare easier for everyone. We couldn't imagine a better spokesperson and ally than Lionel Richie." Todd Park, Executive Chairman of Devoted Health About Devoted Health Devoted Health is an all-in-one healthcare company on a mission to dramatically improve the health and well-being of older Americans by caring for every person like family. To accomplish this, Devoted Health has designed and built an integrated healthcare solution that combines Devoted Health Medicare Advantage plans, access to top local providers alongside virtual and in-home care delivered by Devoted Medical, full-service guides, and world-class technology that powers it all. The result of bringing all of these exceptional ingredients into one seamless offering is a complete, coordinated, and customized healthcare experience for each Devoted member. Founded in 2017 by brothers Todd and Ed Park, Devoted now serves over 70,000 members across Florida, Texas, Arizona, Ohio, and Illinois.

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