Hackers Target WHO, COVID-19 Research Firm with Cyberattacks

HealthItSecurity | March 24, 2020

Hacking groups are targeting healthcare in full force, with the World Health Organization and Hammersmith Medicines Research (HMR), a UK-based research team on standby for developing a COVID-19 vaccine, reporting they were both hit with cyberattacks in the past month. Reuters was the first to report the attack on WHO. Hackers unsuccessfully attempted to breach the network of the health organization and its partners beginning on March 13. A researcher detected a hacking group activating a malicious site that impersonated the email system of WHO. The Office for Civil Rights recently warned healthcare providers that hackers have increasingly impersonated health agencies tasked with the Coronavirus response, as well as the FBI and the Department of Justice. It’s currently unclear who’s responsible for the attack, but the researcher who discovered the incident, Alexander Urbelis, a cybersecurity expert and attorney with Blackstone Law Group, believes the attack was the work of cyberespionage hackers known as DarkHotel.

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Trilliant Health | September 22, 2021

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Surgio Health and DARVIS Partner to Deliver Transformative Healthcare Solutions Through AI and Machine Learning Technology

Surgio | December 01, 2021

Surgio Health, a leading healthcare software platform targeting instrument tracking and optimization solutions, has partnered with DARVIS (Data Analytic Real-World Visual Intelligence System), a pioneer in the digitization of hospital logistics, hygiene, and process documentation through AI technology. Together, the two are diving into creating innovative instrument tracking and optimization solutions utilizing optical recognition and machine learning technology. DARVIS is a productivity as a service platform (PaaS) that digitizes objects and processes through AI-powered computer vision technology, enabling it to provide real-time analysis of environments and situations. With the use of computer vision technology, healthcare providers can now easily track objects such as surgical instruments, no matter how small. This allows for tracking and optimization down to the instrument level without the need to individually tag each item. Surgio Health is a software as a service platform (SaaS) that provides a fully integrated digital transformation of surgical asset management and optimization for the operating room (OR) and sterile processing department (SPD). With Surgio, facilities can easily locate surgical instruments, ensure proper sterilization steps are taken, coordinate with vendors for loaned and consigned instrument sets, and use interactive analytics to reduce costs and improve productivity. Using DARVIS's computer vision technology, the two will be able to incorporate the use of AI tracking cameras with Surgio's innovative and in-depth tracking software. With the creation of this partnership, the OR and SPD will be able to manage and optimize their sterilization costs, staffing models, and case readiness. "DARVIS is thrilled to join forces with Surgio to bring the next age of innovation to healthcare. Our Inventory Tracker platform adds visibility to Surgio's robust existing tracking software. The Inventory Tracker solution can track surgery kits and scopes throughout the equipment's entire lifecycle. This directly translates to immediate boosts in efficiency standards and cost savings." - Jan Schlueter, COO, DARVIS "Surgio is very excited to partner with DARVIS for the development of transformative Artificial Intelligence through optical recognition and machine learning solutions. Together we will bring actionable data insights that provide real-time visibility and predictability of surgical equipment and staffing optimization to the OR and SPD departments." Chris J. Stewart, CEO, Surgio Health Instrument level tracking becomes even easier with machine learning. Eliminating the need to tag individual instruments makes implementation painless and cost-effective for any hospital system. Surgio and DARVIS will begin by tracking endoscopes, which are often one of the most challenging—and costly—instruments to track and sterilize effectively, with undetectable bioburden frequently remaining in tough-to-clean areas. Through DARVIS's visual tracking system, Surgio can ensure that these scopes are systematically sterilized properly, without additional work being placed on employees. Together, DARVIS and Surgio want to eliminate patient safety risks and unnecessary processing costs related to sterilization, while simplifying process and workflow for hospitals and their staff. Currently, the two companies plan to release their first partnership solution in 2022. About Surgio Surgio Health is a surgical instrument management technology partner for healthcare facilities and medical device manufacturers. Surgio delivers an innovative suite of solutions that drive alignment between OR, sterile processing department (SPD), surgeons, and vendors to lower costs, mitigate risk, and improve efficiencies. Our surgical instrument tracking & optimization, vendor performance management, and manufacturer & distributor asset management solutions follow HIPAA guidelines and are EHR/ERP integrated. Founded in 2015, the company is based in Scottsdale, Arizona. About DARVIS DARVIS (Data Analytic Real-World Visual Intelligence System) is a pioneer in the digitization of hospital logistics, hygiene, and process documentation through AI technology. DARVIS solutions help transform hospitals and healthcare organizations into intelligent autonomous environments that enable healthcare professionals to deliver better and safer patient-centric care. Founded in 2015, the company is based in Nashville, Tennessee.

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Amwell Honors Leading Healthcare Organizations for Telehealth Excellence and Advancing in Digital Care Delivery

Amwell | April 30, 2021

Amwell®, a national telehealth leader, named the winners of its annual Client Awards Program today. Organizations that showed a deep contribution to improving healthcare through empowering providers, developing new models of treatment, deploying innovative integrations, and closing care inequalities are honored with awards. Also during the pandemic, these organizations exemplified telehealth excellence and paved the way for new and innovative approaches to delivering and extending safe access to quality care. “COVID-19 put a strain on the whole healthcare industry, but our clients have not only risen to the occasion, demonstrating unparalleled strength and resilience, but they have also pushed the boundaries of what is possible through telehealth and have used technology to reimagine care delivery models and innovate experiences to better serve their providers, members, and patients,” said Ido Schoenberg, MD, Chairman and co-CEO of Amwell. “We are incredibly grateful for the chance to help and empower so many of the world's leading healthcare agencies as they work to expand access to more affordable, high-quality care and improve outcomes for all.” The winners were named at Amwell's annual Client Forum and were chosen from four categories, with preference given to organizations that made a meaningful difference through their telehealth activities. Empowering Providers: For partnering with providers to enhance the virtual care experience for long-term adoption: • Hawai’i Medical Service Association (HMSA); and • Horizon Health Services New Models, New Normal: For successfully adapting care delivery models to respond to rapidly changing healthcare circumstances: • Cook County Health; and • Northwell Health Innovative Integrations: For identifying connection points within digital healthcare to improve clinical outcomes and user experiences: • AdventHealth; and • Anthem Inc. Positive Impact: For proven success using telehealth to improve population needs and close inequities in care: • Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona; • M Health Fairview; • MedStar Health; and • National Association of Letter Carriers Health Benefit Plan About Amwell Amwell is a leading telehealth platform in the United States and around the world, connecting and empowering providers, insurers, patients, and innovators to provide more accessible, better quality care. Amwell claims that digital care delivery would have a transformative impact on healthcare. The company has a single, all-inclusive platform to serve all telehealth needs, including critical, acute, and post-acute care, as well as chronic care management and healthy living. Amwell has more than a decade of experience providing telehealth solutions for over 2,000 hospitals and over 55 health plan partners with over 36,000 employers, covering over 80 million lives.

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