How Much Does Healthcare Influence Longevity?

Healthcare is only one of several factors that affect longevity in the United States, a new study reaffirms. Behavioral and social factors have much more influence.Robert Kaplan, PhD, and Arnold Milstein, MD, MPH, from Stanford University School of Medicine's Clinical Excellence Research Center in California, tested how much healthcare affects the risk for premature death using four different research methods and data sets.

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GBIN Launches eNautilus Project to Add New Oracle Health EHR Capabilities to Better Support Patient Care

PR Newswire | September 27, 2023

The Georgian Bay Information Network, a partnership of six Ontario healthcare organizations, is advancing its use of Oracle Health's electronic health records (EHR) by adding new capabilities for advanced clinical services, optimized medication administration, and oncology specialty support under its recently launched multi-year project called eNautilus. These additions are expected to help caregivers improve patient safety, enhance collaboration between caregivers across facilities, and reduce the administrative burden on clinicians across the GBIN's combined 15 hospitals. The GBIN includes Brightshores Health System Hanover & District Hospital (joined 2002), South Bruce Grey Health Centre (joined 2005), Muskoka Algonquin Health Care (joined 2015), Orillia Soldiers Memorial Hospital (joined 2016), and Almonte General Hospital (joined 2017), all of which use a common EHR to help streamline patient information. This collaboration has been essential to making GBIN one of the first multi-site organizations to have a single, shared health record to support patients across multiple sites in the region. Aligning GBIN organizations to the same technology helps increase productivity, enhance care coordination nearly anywhere the patient is treated, and improve patient care decisions. "Oracle's technology has been a game-changer in the way we deliver healthcare to patients and is a core pillar of our digital transformation," said Jamie Page, director, EMR Integration, GBIN. Its robust functionality has enabled us to scale EHR across our network while adding new functionality to meet the changing needs of our organizations. Now, we can create and maintain a single, portable health record that follows a patient as they visit various caregivers across our regions. This gives clinicians access to comprehensive patient information to better inform decisions and improve care coordination for patients. [Source: PR Newswire] The GBIN manages more than 610,000 outpatient visits and over 30,000 inpatient admissions per year though their 15 facilities, offering a wide range of services, including complex surgeries, total joint replacements, cancer treatment, laboratory, MRI and CT diagnostics, ambulatory care, and 24/7 emergency departments. New modules advance EHR capabilities By integrating new Oracle Health modules with the EHR, including computerized physician order entry and closed-loop medication reconciliation, clinicians within the GBIN can more quickly and easily enter medical orders electronically, which can help reduce the risk of handwritten order errors, streamline workflows, and lower costs. The new modules can also help increase patient safety by helping to ensure the correct medication and dosage is administered to the right patient at the right point of care. Using Oracle's Oncology EHR solutions, the GBIN is able to create a single, centralized patient record inclusive of all cancer treatment information to drive more personalized patient care. "We are working to help the clinicians within the GBIN deliver more personalized and effective care and treatment plans for their patients across their region," said Brian Sandager, vice president, Canada, Oracle Health. "By connecting this healthcare ecosystem, Oracle Health can help them provide better experiences and health care decisions for patients while reducing administrative functions and overall operating expenses."

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CareCloud Empowers Sympathy Health Clinic with Comprehensive Telehealth Solution to Enhance Patient Care

globenewswire | September 01, 2023

CareCloud, Inc. a leader in healthcare technology solutions for medical practices and health systems nationwide, today announced the successful integration of its talkEHR platform at Sympathy Health Clinic in Las Vegas. This integration stands as a significant leap forward in enhancing the clinic's patient care and practice management capabilities. The comprehensive talkEHR offerings seamlessly integrated into Sympathy Health encompass cutting-edge functionalities, including electronic health records (EHR), practice management (PM), telehealth, electronic prescription (eRX), and electronic claims (eClaims). The core objective of this integration is to streamline the day-to-day workflows of healthcare providers while simultaneously elevating the overall patient experience. The decision of Sympathy Health Clinic to transition to CareCloud's talkEHR stems from their requirement for a comprehensive solution that includes telehealth capabilities. The talkEHR solution is not only expected to fulfill the clinic's billing, charting, and prescription requirements but also to notably amplify the efficiency of its telehealth operations. Dissatisfaction with the limitations imposed by their previous telehealth provider prompted Sympathy Health Clinic to actively seek a more cost-effective and adaptable alternative capable of catering to their unique specifications. The talkEHR telehealth functionality boasts a seamless virtual visit experience, integrating with a HIPAA-compliant practice management tool for appointment scheduling and rescheduling. It further mitigates no-show instances through automated notifications. During telehealth visits, healthcare professionals can concurrently update patient charts, optimizing the efficiency of the process. The patient-centric design includes easy one-click access, eliminating the need for separate apps to establish connections. Additionally, the system incorporates a virtual waiting room. Ellen Wright, practice manager at Sympathy Health Clinic, shared, “We recognized the growing inefficiency in our telehealth operations, with our healthcare professionals dedicating excessive time to administrative tasks. After a thorough evaluation, we concluded that CareCloud's talkEHR is the optimal solution to address these challenges.” The implementation of CareCloud's talkEHR also presents an opportunity for added revenue streams. Telehealth calls are logged automatically, allowing follow-up calls that were previously unbillable to transform into revenue-generating encounters. Furthermore, the platform facilitates the extension of office hours through virtual means, enhancing accessibility for patients. With a proven track record among thousands of practices across the U.S., CareCloud's solution is renowned for its simplicity and user-friendliness. Guided setup and seamless data importation support facilitate a smooth transition. The company's commitment to customer service is evident through its round-the-clock support, ensuring consistent assistance. The platform is also known for its strong security measures and rapid onboarding process. Carinda Cox, vice president of sales operations of CareCloud, stated, 'We are acutely aware of the challenges faced by healthcare providers, especially in the ever-evolving landscape. Our objective is to empower clinics like Sympathy Health with tailored solutions that optimize operations and allow them to devote more attention to patient care. We are enthusiastic about our collaboration with Sympathy Health Clinic and look forward to assisting them in their journey toward heightened efficiency and improved patient outcomes.” About CareCloud CareCloud brings disciplined innovation to the business of healthcare. Our suite of technology-enabled solutions helps clients increase financial and operational performance, streamline clinical workflows and improve the patient experience. More than 40,000 providers count on CareCloud to help them improve patient care while reducing administrative burdens and operating costs.

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Applications Open for Johnson & Johnson's Second Health Equity Innovation Challenge

PR Newswire | October 04, 2023

Johnson & Johnsonannounced applications for the 2023 - 2024 Health Equity Innovation Challenge are officially open in five U.S. cities: Atlanta, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City and Philadelphia. These geographic areas were selected due to demonstrated need for healthcare education, access and care. Created in 2021 as a part of Johnson & Johnson's commitment to help eradicate the public health threats of racial and social injustices, the Challenge aims to support healthcare solutions developed by local entrepreneurs, start-ups and community-based organizations that are working to advance health equity among communities of color. "At the heart of our commitment to health equity is a desire to create a world in which access to care, quality of care and health outcomes isn't determined by the color of a person's skin," says Howard Reid, Global Head, Global Public Health and Social Impact at Johnson & Johnson. The Health Equity Innovation Challenge shines a light on health inequities and supports innovators at the local level to create solutions that empower individuals of color and strengthen our health systems. [Source: PR Newswire] With applications open through November 6, the Health Equity Innovation Challenge invites local innovators, entrepreneurs and community-based organizations to submit their ideas on how to prevent and treat illnesses disproportionately affecting communities of color, enhance equitable access to healthcare, stimulate diversity in science, advocate for more trusted community-based healthcare, and promote health equity through community engagement and education. An independent panel of renowned public health and health equity experts with diverse experience in healthcare delivery, advocacy, entrepreneurship and academia will review the applications. The panel includes Cato T. Laurencin, M.D., Ph.D.; Eddie Martinez; HEIC Chairperson Helene Gayle, M.D.; Kathryn Finney; Kiera Smalls; and Uché Blackstock, M.D. In addition to the panel of expert judges, select individuals appointed by the Challenge's academic partner, Spelman College, will review and screen the applications. In 2024, Johnson & Johnson will grant five Awardees up to $75,000 each in seed funding to further the impact of their innovations. Awardees will also have the opportunity to be mentored by industry leaders, gain visibility for their work and have access to the Johnson & Johnson Innovation – JLABS ecosystem, which provides educational programming, and networking opportunities. "Johnson & Johnson is committed to cultivating solutions that help close the racial health gap," says Reid. "We know that those closest to the challenges are often best positioned to create the most effective solutions. We are excited to accelerate innovative approaches that result in healthier outcomes for people of color through this Challenge."

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