Obese preschoolers have 60 percent higher healthcare costs than healthy weight children

  | July 06, 2016

Obese children aged 2-5 years old are two to three times more likely to be admitted to hospital and have 60 percent higher healthcare costs than healthy weight children, a study an Australian research team has found. This is the first study to reveal the higher direct health care costs of obesity in preschool aged children compared with those of normal weight.

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Lee Health is a nationally recognized, award-winning health system in Southwest Florida. We are caring people, inspiring health. From diabetes to COPD, even heart disease, a new program is helping patients better manage their chronic disease. “Chronic disease management works for anyone that has a chronic disease that they have trouble managing, or maybe they don't have trouble managing but they just want some more information, or they want some people to talk to about it,” said Lyn Carlson, a community care coordinator with Lee Health.

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Brain Navi Biotechnology Announced Partnership with Distributor, Medtreq Medical Equipment

Brain Navi Biotechnology Co., Ltd. | September 12, 2022

Brain Navi, the leading surgical robot manufacture in Taiwan, announced a strategic partnership with distributor, Medtreq Medical Equipment, to expand the distribution of the Surgical Navigation Robot, NaoTrac, throughout the region of GCC region, Jordan, Egypt plus other countries in the Middle East and Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, and Singapore which will be covered by Medtreq branch in Philippines. NaoTrac, a CE-certified and local government approval neurosurgical navigation robot from Brain Navi Biotechnology, is embedding dissimilar technology named SMART Technology which combining the machine vision and in-house algorithm to perform robot-assisted surgery, to streamline surgical procedures with real-time imaging and minimal invasive outcomes. "We are always scouting for the new technology to help as many people as we can. We have many neurosurgeons coming from Riyadh and some other territories keening and willing to learn more about this technology, and the NaoTrac from Brain Navi is one of them. We are always happy to partner with an innovative technology company," Sherif Bayoumy, the General Manager of Medtreq Medical Equipment The collaboration and partnership between Brain Navi and Medtreq enables greater innovative outcome in the Middle East neurosurgery, such as Saudi Arabia, UAE, Egypt, Jordan, and some of the other countries on progressing, to streamline the surgical procedure, improve the surgical accuracy and pass-on knowledge to shorten the learning curves. "We seek strategic partners that can accelerate Brain Navi's growth mission. This partnership is a significant step toward scaling our business and getting more robot-assisted neurosurgery into the world," said Jerry Chen, the CEO of Brian Navi Biotechnology. "The collaboration between Metreq and Brain Navi is looking positive because we share the same mission to innovate with technology to make the life bright. We truly believe that the collaboration between Brain Navi and Medtreq can maximum the value of both sides to bring the neurosurgery to the next level." About Metreq Medical Equipment Bahrain Medtreq Medical Equipment provides professional technical support and after-service to clients in the MENA region with a presence in Bahrain and GCC, Egypt, North Africa, Turkey, Europe, the United States (Medtreq Tenessee USA), and the Philippines, Singapore, Malaysia, and Indonesia. Medtreq is built on high values, principles, and social commitment to society and humanity. About Brain Navi Brain Navi Biotechnology is a leading Taiwanese surgical robotic company. We design and develop innovative navigation and robotic surgery technologies for surgeons to improve surgical accuracy. Brain Navi's exclusive Surface Mapping Auto-registration Technology (SMART) is a significant surgical robotic breakthrough that merges machine vision, robotics, and AI technology to achieve streamlined surgical procedures with real-time imaging and minimal invasive outcomes.

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Advantage Healthcare Partners with Spencer Health Solutions to Improve Outcomes for Behavioral Health Patients Enrolled in Pharma Support Programs

Advantage Healthcare Services and Spencer Health Solutions | September 26, 2022

Spencer Health Solutions a digital health company based in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park, announced that Advantage Healthcare Services, a leading provider of mental health pharmacy support for the state of California, has joined its Certified Pharmacy Partner Network to offer enhanced, in-home patient services for one of its largest commercial pharmaceutical programs. As part of the Spencer-Certified Pharmacy Partner Network, Advantage Health will work cooperatively with SHS, pharmaceutical manufacturers, payers, and healthcare systems on large-scale, post-approval monitoring sponsored by pharmaceutical companies that provide in-home support for patients living with severe and persistent behavioral health conditions. “Our proactive approach to patient attention and care enables us to be with a patient during all aspects of their treatment and therapies. Participating in Spencer Health Solutions’ commercial pharmacy programs, and using the spencer® patient support platform, fits perfectly with our mission to work closely with a patient and their medical team to consult, observe, and intervene when the need arises for complete collaborative healthcare.” Nevil Jhaveri, Chief Technology Officer at Advantage Healthcare Services The spencer smart hub collects longitudinal insights from patients that can be leveraged to generate patient interventional support strategies. The smart hub is an FDA-certified Class 1 medical device that is easy to set up and use, only requiring the patient to plug it in and place a refill pack of medicines inside. The device connects to the Internet through an integrated cellular network or the user’s Wi-Fi network to quickly and securely Alert patients to take their pre-packaged medications on a prescribed schedule Dispense medications and document medication adherence. Gain greater patient access with integrated, secure telehealth services within the platform Automatically integrate data from in-home wearable, biometric devices. “We feel fortunate to partner with Advantage and contribute to their long-standing reputation for thinking outside the box in support of their patients,” said Tom Rhoads, founder and CEO of Spencer Health Solutions. “Having spencer in patients’ homes will significantly improve health outcomes for this high-risk population that struggles with medication adherence and engagement.” Spencer Health Solutions is exhibiting its spencer smart hub and pouch technology at the upcoming National Association of Specialty Pharmacists (NASP) 2022 Annual Meeting and Expo, and has been invited to present at the event’s Technology Day Innovation Lab on September 19th. Spencer Health Solutions invites NASP event attendees to join them for the unique one-day workshop, or to schedule a time for a personal, on-site demo. About Advantage Healthcare Services Advantage Healthcare Services’ core mission is to create solutions that support patients through the care continuum and aid in improving health outcomes. Based in California, Advantage specializes in crafting tailored solutions that bridge medication access and adherence impasses. With a primary focus of serving patients suffering from behavioral and mental health disorders, the company takes a consulting approach to developing sustainable solutions for the private practice sector, as well as for state- and county-funded programs. Through the utilization of an in-house data and analytics team, Advantage produces actionable reporting tools to identify at-risk patients, enabling caretakers to proactively intervene, improve health outcomes, and reduce rehospitalizations. About Spencer Health Solutions Spencer Health Solutions is a digital health technology provider dedicated to improving patient engagement and medication adherence for clinical trials and commercial pharmaceutical programs. Headquartered in North Carolina’s Research Triangle Park, Spencer Health Solutions’ award-winning spencer® smart hub provides near real-time monitoring of patients’ behaviors and Rx patterns that result in improved persistency, improved patient retention, and more positive health outcomes.

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GE Healthcare Introduces Omni Legend: A First-of-its-Kind All-Digital PET/CT System to Drive Efficiency, Enhance Diagnostics

GE Healthcare | October 17, 2022

At the European Association of Nuclear Medicine Annual Meeting, GE Healthcare proudly introduces Omni Legendi, the first system on its all-new, all-digital PET/CT platform. This cutting-edge system features a brand-new category of digital BGO detector material with a small crystal size that delivers more than two times the sensitivity of prior digital scannersii, enabling faster total scan timesiii and impressive small lesion detectabilityiv. It is designed to improve operational efficiency, enhance the patient experience, and increase diagnostic power, ideally helping to enable improved patient outcomes. Additionally, the system’s theranosticsv capabilities and ability to image short life tracers, as well as dynamic protocolsvi, help empower clinicians with greater clinical information across more oncology, cardiology, and neurology procedure types than ever before. “Sensitivity and image quality are everything in PET/CT,” explains John Kennedy, Ph.D., Chief Physicist, Nuclear Medicine Department, Rambam Health Care Campus, and Lecturer at Technion – Israel Institute of Technologyvii. “Omni Legend delivers on both – meeting all our image quality criteria for oncology and providing impressive sensitivity to image high count tracers for cardiac and neuro imaging, which helps better inform patient diagnoses and monitoring. Also, we have been able to increase patient throughput by more than a third thanks to the system’s fast total scan times – even achieving 35 patient scans in a 9.5-hour shift – and reduce dose by 40% versus the previous equipment that was installed. This not only enables better patient access and experience but also allows us to increase overall hospital efficiencyviii.” As the pace of change in healthcare continues to increase, health plan leaders cite managing costs and driving operational efficiency as the top two challenges they face todayix. This is consistent with comments by global Molecular Imaging departments, which note operational efficiency as a top barrier to growing PET/CT procedure volumesx. Omni Legend is GE Healthcare’s response to these growing challenges, helping healthcare systems overcome today’s barriers with a collection of intuitive workflow solutions enhanced by artificial intelligence (AI), including its new Precision DLi solution for deep learning image processing in PET/CT as well as its AI-based Auto Positioning Camera. “Having access to high-quality images to determine patient care is foundational to administering quality healthcare,” adds Prof. Zohar Keidar, Director of Nuclear Medicine & the PET/CT Department at Rambam and an Associate Clinical Professor at the Technion Faculty of Medicinevii. “With this in mind, a department like ours – which has a very heavy workload – requires a system that enables flexibility for emergency cases, in addition to our already packed schedules. Omni Legend provides that flexibility. Within a few short weeks/months, we were able to increase our number of scans by 150 percent – going from 30 to 45 patient scans per day. We used to have a long wait list; but today, if something is urgent, we can quickly scan a patient while keeping our other scheduled appointmentsviii. And the system’s clinical protocols afford us additional flexibility, allowing us to stage patients on any scanner, regardless of the system the patients was previously scanned on – affording us new opportunities in fleet management.” More than a new processing technique, Precision DLi is engineered using Deep Learning with a sophisticated deep neural network trained on thousands of images created with different reconstruction methods. It was designed to provide the image quality performance benefits most associated with hardware-based Time-of-Flight, such as better contrast-to-noise ratio, contrast recovery, and quantitative accuracy. The capabilities of Omni Legend are further elevated by the inclusion of Q.Clear (BSREM), GE Healthcare’s pioneering PET image reconstruction technology, and MotionFree, the company’s proven, deviceless respiratory motion correction technology. Q.Clear helps to ensure reliable quantification, while MotionFree operates seamlessly in the background to correct respiratory motion artifacts for all patient types. Furthermore, the new system’s operational efficiency solutions help improve the PET/CT imaging experience for both the technologist and the patient with convenient features that provide A fast data quality assurance process that saves time with streamlined calibration; Simplified protocol selection on the gantry touchscreen and a new user interface to enable an easy PET/CT process from start to finish; and Enhanced patient positioning capabilities as a result of AI-based Auto Positioning that automatically centers the patient for a completely hands-free positioning experience. This streamlined patient setup frees up technologists to focus on making patients feel more comfortable. Omni Legend also features LED ambient lighting to encourage a calming mood as well as a graphic pattern for the patient to view in the system to help in both alleviating stress and reducing movement for nervous patients. “We built our scalable Omni platform from the ground up to meet the needs of our customers and their patients today and in the future. With the patient in mind, we leaned on our longstanding technological leadership and strong clinical collaborations to enhance the scan experience with entirely new components designed to help improve clinical outcomes. The result is an all-digital detector, a cutting-edge deep learning solution, and workflow enhancements to help enable more personalized care.” Jean-Luc Procaccini, President & CEO, Molecular Imaging & Computed Tomography, GE Healthcare Omni Legend was designed with theranostics in mind, enabling clinicians to reach new levels of sensitivity and detectability for incredibly clear images. Already, the system boasts the highest sensitivity per cm in the marketxi and images Gallium 68 for diagnosis, staging, or restaging. Future-ready capabilities include a multi-directional, upgradable platform that can potentially expand in each of the core dimensions of PET/CT imaging, including axial field-of-view, digital detector technology, software, CT capabilities, and imaging of new tracers. About GE Healthcare GE Healthcare is the $17.7 billion healthcare business of GE (NYSE: GE). As a leading global medical technology, pharmaceutical diagnostics and digital solutions innovator, GE Healthcare enables clinicians to make faster, more informed decisions through intelligent devices, data analytics, applications and services, supported by its Edison intelligence platform. With over 100 years of healthcare industry experience and around 48,000 employees globally, the company operates at the center of an ecosystem working toward precision health, digitizing healthcare, helping drive productivity and improve outcomes for patients, providers, health systems and researchers around the world.

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