Mercy Hospital healthcare wokers vote in favor of strike authorization

July 12, 2016

Members of CWA Local 1133 employed at Mercy Hospital announced they have voted in favor of the ability to call a strike. Out of those who voted Monday and Tuesday, 96 percent voted to strike, according to a CWA spokesperson. Union representatives say they are not satisfied with the hospital’s recent contract offer and they hope to negotiate a new deal. Although the vote gives the union authorization to call a strike, it will not necessarily lead to one.

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Highlights from our Jan. 25 policy briefing event to learn what others are saying about the transition to value-based care, and what we need to move toward in the future.

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Highlights from our Jan. 25 policy briefing event to learn what others are saying about the transition to value-based care, and what we need to move toward in the future.

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Devoted Health | October 04, 2022

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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." 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Perimeter Medical Imaging AI, Inc. | September 30, 2022

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