Health Technology, AI
Atrium Health's | October 11, 2023
The collaboration between Atrium Health and Nuance in introducing this solution was presented at the 2023 HLTH Conference held in Las Vegas.
Atrium Health clinicians strongly support DAX, with 92% finding it easy to use, 85% valuing DAX Copilot access, 84% reporting better documentation, and 68% improving care delivery.
Atrium Health excels in pediatrics, cancer, heart care, organ transplants, burn treatments, and specialized musculoskeletal programs while leading in virtual care and mobile medicine innovations.
Atrium Health's clinical leaders have embraced a fundamental concept called the 'Best Place to Care.' As an integral component of this initiative, the company conducts comprehensive surveys among its healthcare providers to gain insights into enhancing their job satisfaction and mitigating the risk of burnout.
The company has achieved the distinction of being a pioneering health system in implementing an AI tool known as Nuance Dragon Ambient eXperience Copilot (DAX Copilot), specifically designed to streamline the generation of clinical documentation during patient consultations. This innovative technology is pivotal in liberating healthcare practitioners from administrative tasks, allowing them to direct their undivided attention toward delivering personalized, high-quality patient care. It also enhances the overall efficiency of clinical processes and mitigates the workload associated with administrative responsibilities, which often contribute to healthcare provider burnout.
Dr. Matthew Anderson, Senior Vice President and Medical Director of Virtual Health for Advocate Health and Atrium Health's Senior Medical Director for Primary Care, stated, "In addition to providing high-quality patient experiences and elevating clinical efficiency, supporting clinician satisfaction and retention by enabling physicians and nurses to work at the top of their licensure is one of our top organizational priorities."
He further added,
DAX Copilot is enabling a better clinician experience. Most of our surveyed users are reporting a positive impact on their day-to-day schedule, being able to increase the number of patients they are able to see and even spending more time with them. This type of scale and satisfaction is critical in the advancement of healthcare.
[Source – Cision PR Newswire]
Atrium Health has utilized DAX Copilot among its primary care physicians, with extensive deployment plans encompassing its operational domain. This innovative solution empowers clinicians to swiftly and securely generate preliminary clinical summaries in mere seconds, derived from in-person examinations or telehealth interactions, enabling immediate review and finalization within the Electronic Health Record (EHR) system. Notably, Atrium Health's physicians have already communicated substantial time savings of up to 40 minutes per day attributed to the adoption of this advanced documentation assistant.
DAX Copilot, an evolution of Dragon's ambient technology used by thousands of clinicians, has delivered significant benefits: a 70% reduction in burnout, 50% less time on documentation, saving seven minutes per patient encounter, and adding an average of five appointments per clinic day. It's a user-friendly gateway for healthcare organizations to embrace advanced AI-driven clinical documentation, building upon their Nuance Dragon Medical platform investments with over 550,000 users. In a private preview of DAX Copilot, clinicians reported improved work-life balance, higher job satisfaction, more engaging patient interactions, and reduced burnout.
GE HealthCare | September 25, 2023
First Sustainability Report since January 2023 showcases the company’s commitment to creating a world with no healthcare limits
Report shows reduced operational Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 27% since 2019
Strong leadership focus on sustainability efforts and ESG with a cross-functional ESP
GE HealthCare has released its inaugural Sustainability Report, marking its commitment to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) practices since becoming an independent company in January 2023. The report highlights the reduction of operational Scope 1 and 2 greenhouse gas emissions by 27% since 2019 and outlines the company's dedication to ESG principles and sustainability.
GE HealthCare recognizes the importance of sustainability and corporate responsibility in the healthcare industry. The report reflects the company's dedication to creating a world where healthcare knows no limits and its commitment to environmental and social impact.
ESG Program Leader at GE HealthCare, Kelvin Sanborn, stated,
GE HealthCare recognizes the global significance of fulfilling our purpose and delivering on our objectives and is pleased to have reduced our operational GHG emissions by 27% versus our 2019 baseline. With our broad ESG strategy and priorities in mind, we are carrying out a climate risk assessment that will inform our climate transition plan, and developing a net zero roadmap for Scope 1, 2, and 3 GHG emissions.
[Source: Business Wire]
Key Highlights from the Company's Inaugural Sustainability Report:
Since 2019, reduced GHG emissions by 27% with goals of 50% reduction by 2030 and net zero by 2050
Registered with Science Based Targets Initiative
Committed to decarbonizing the healthcare sector
Established cultural operating principles
Planned GE Healthcare Foundation for philanthropy
Appointed chief diversity, equity, and inclusion officer
Governance and Accountability
Strong corporate governance as a stand-alone public company
Relaunched Code of Conduct with high employee engagement
Joined UN Global Compact to support sustainable development goals
GE HealthCare conducted an ESG materiality assessment, defining five key focus areas for its sustainability strategy. These include expanding healthcare access, fostering diversity and inclusion, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, promoting the circular economy, and enhancing patient data cybersecurity. The report outlines the company's long-term ESG objectives and progress toward previous goals.
It is preparing to release an updated task force on climate-related financial disclosures (TCFD) report once its climate risk assessment is finalized. Furthermore, the company has scheduled a materiality assessment update for 2024. In parallel, GE HealthCare is exploring the expansion of Reporting Standards for its ESG disclosures and evaluating how its objectives align with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (UN SDGs).
After conducting an ESG materiality assessment before its spin-off, the company has pinpointed five vital areas for its sustainability strategy. These priorities, underscored by the company's core innovation, product quality, and integrity principles, encompass the following: Expanding global healthcare access by ensuring underserved populations have better healthcare opportunities; promoting a culture of inclusion and diversity; mitigating its climate impact through concerted efforts; facilitating equipment and prioritizing patient data security and cybersecurity by adhering to standardized data privacy and security practices based on global regulations such as the EU GDPR.
Health Technology, Digital Healthcare
PR Newswire | October 06, 2023
Ricoh USA, Inc. announces the launch of RICOH Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) Enablement, the newest end-to-end managed services offering for health systems that is designed to help fuel more efficient and sustainable RPM workflows that can lead to improved patient and care delivery team experiences. RICOH RPM Enablement comes at a time when health systems are grappling with a simultaneous monumental shift to virtual care delivery and an unprecedented shortage of healthcare workers. This care worker shortage has reached a nationwide crisis level where there aren't nearly enough healthcare staff to fill vital RPM management roles, leading to alarming care gaps impacting the most vulnerable patient populations. RICOH RPM Enablement is designed to help health systems close this gap and to help lead to improved patient experiences by integrating into existing virtual care programs to support the deployment of remote patient monitoring system devices, inventory tracking, logistics, and device returns.
The healthcare worker burnout and staffing shortage – most recently worsened by COVID – is putting extraordinary constraints on health systems to staff RPM management roles, which limits their ability to scale virtual programs and impacts the standard of patient care. According to the Surgeon General, 98% of healthcare workers worry about their own burnout1, which is likely accelerating nurse retirement, fueling a shortfall of 1.1 million registered nurses1. The Mayo Clinic's research has also revealed that U.S. doctor burnout has reached an all-time high of 63%2. Additionally, 98% of clinicians are concerned that burnout can reduce quality of care and 82% of the public believes that a worker shortage will impact their health3. Technology can be the difference maker in systemic change – and clinicians agree as 50-70% welcome the change to use technologies in their work4.
"Clinicians currently spend over 50% of their working hours using EHRs5. That's their reality and a massive contributor to burnout, so our mission is centered on pivoting that time back to patient care through supporting the modernization, automation, and enablement of the care workflows that are most critical to health system's success,"
said Rory Fitzpatrick, Vice President, Industry Vertical Marketing, Ricoh North America.
RPM Enablement is the latest demonstration of our commitment. In this period of burnout crisis, the healthcare industry has an opportunity to commit to workers' emotional and physical wellbeing – and Ricoh is dedicated to supporting positive systemic change with sustainable, scalable solutions.
[Source: PR Newswire]
RPM is often considered one of the largest value drivers of virtual care with applications from primary care through chronic disease management. In fact, when RPM is part of a care plan, the Mayo Clinic has shown that 72.5% of remote patient monitoring patients comply with the care plan's tasks, including taking medications and monitoring vitals6. Further, only 9.4% were readmitted within 30 days versus 20% of patients not using RPM6.
Ricoh is uniquely positioned to help address workflow challenges resulting from the qualified healthcare worker shortage due to its large footprint and depth of managed services experience in the industry. Ricoh currently supports thousands of healthcare organizations with various aspects of their business, including 9 out of 11 of the largest for-profit hospital systems and 22 out of 32 of the largest nonprofit hospital systems, with about 3,200 facilities under its support – and is also responsible for managing over 1 million devices in the United States through more than 2,100 U.S. field technicians across various industries.