Smart Bandage Research Uses mHealth to Improve Wound Healing, Care

mHealthIntelligence | March 02, 2020

Researchers from three US universities have launched a federally funded project to create a bandage with mHealth sensors that could help serious wounds heal faster and more effectively. With as much as $16 million in funding from the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency (DARPA) researchers at the University of California campuses at Davis and Santa Cruz and Tufts University are looking to create an mHealth wearable that uses digital health sensors, AI tools, regenerative medicine and a telemedicine platform. The goal is to not only create a sensor-embedded smart bandage that stimulates healing, but include a remote patient monitoring platform so that care providers can track the wound’s progress and adjust the bandage as needed.

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Matrix Medical Network | August 09, 2022

Matrix Medical Network® and Emvenio Research® announced the sale of the Matrix Clinical Trials service line to Emvenio, a leading decentralized clinical trials company. The transaction will provide Emvenio with proven DCT capabilities, while allowing Matrix to focus on improving the health and wellness of health plan members, and keeping America's workers productive and safe, through its design of custom and flexible clinical solutions. Post transaction, Emvenio will deploy additional resources, technology, and capital to continue to grow and scale its clinical trials services both domestically and internationally, making clinical research more accessible, equitable, and effective. "At the onset of the pandemic Matrix mobilized quickly to provide decentralized clinical trial solutions in support of vaccine and therapy development for COVID-19. We leveraged our skilled clinicians, Mobile Health Clinics, and experienced leaders to adapt traditional clinical trials protocols to better reach and recruit diverse, underserved, and high-risk patients. We are incredibly proud of the remarkable work the Matrix Clinical Trials team started during the pandemic and continued to expand upon. I am excited about this transition and look forward to watching the leaders and employees of Emvenio continue to develop and deliver decentralized clinical trial solutions that best serve those patients who most need access to new treatments." Catherine J. Tabaka, Matrix Chief Executive Officer "The leaders of Matrix Clinical Trials showed leadership, agility, creativity, and perseverance in building a decentralized clinical trial organization from the ground up," said Keith Henthorne, Emvenio Chief Executive Officer. "I look forward to working closely with these leaders in order to build upon this solid foundation established by Matrix and to continue making clinical trials more accessible to diverse populations throughout the world. To ensure continued access to clinical trials for the patients who need it most, many Matrix employees and leaders will be a part of the Emvenio team going forward. I am proud to be working alongside strong leaders like Dr. Daniel Castillo and Thad Wolfram, amongst others, and look forward to growing the company with them." About Matrix Medical Network Matrix Medical Network has provided expert care and health services to millions of at-risk individuals where they live and work for more than 20 years. The organization's network of approximately 4,000 clinicians meets individuals wherever they are, to assess their health and safety, identify and close care gaps, and offer life-changing services that activate them to manage their own health. About Emvenio Emvenio is a leading decentralized research organization (DRO) providing scalable and hybrid decentralized trial solutions with a focus on improving access and health equity in clinical research. Its mission is to eliminate the barriers to clinical trials by engaging with people in their communities and in their homes. Emvenio's technology enabled, innovative network of Mobile Research Sites, At Home Visits, and Virtual Visits are a unique blend of global DCT capabilities that can be deployed to better reach, recruit and retain diverse patient populations, while improving the clinical trial experience. These capabilities offer global DCT participant-centric approaches that provide flexibility, meet the most challenging clinical trial demands, and provide convenience for patients and caregivers in a compliant manner. Emvenio is transforming how all stakeholders engage in, experience, and deliver clinical research.

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Alight Announces Network Agreement With Children’s Hospital Colorado

Alight Solutions and Children’s Hospital Colorado | September 09, 2022

Alight, Inc. a leading cloud-based human capital technology and services provider announced an institutional agreement with Children’s Hospital Colorado one of the nation’s premier pediatric healthcare systems, to join Alight’s Expert Physician Network. This collaboration further expands Alight’s ability to provide employees and their loved ones guidance from the nation’s leading specialists when facing a new or complex diagnosis. Through the agreement, families will now have access to the Children’s Colorado world-class network of physicians when seeking an expert opinion from Alight, providing the opportunity to drive more informed health decisions before, during and after treatment, as well as improved patient outcomes and lower costs for users. “We are delighted to join forces with Children’s Colorado’s network of physicians, further demonstrating Alight’s leadership in healthcare navigation. Our expanding work among the nation’s preeminent hospitals accentuates our commitment to delivering the people we serve with the best guidance and technology possible, especially in this instance when children are directly impacted.” Bipin Mistry, Chief Medical Officer at Alight The Expert Physician Network is made up of over 2,000 of the nation’s top physicians. Using Alight’s award-winning platform for virtual expert opinions, these specialists collaborate with Alight’s team to respond to participant questions, provide guidance on diagnoses and treatment options they have received from their provider, and work together with other leading specialists to deliver multidisciplinary opinions when needed. “By providing this service, we can provide more children the comprehensive, world-class expertise offered by Children’s Colorado, while keeping them close to home,” said Raphe Schwartz, Chief Strategy Officer at Children’s Hospital Colorado. “With this collaboration, we are thrilled to be able to support children and families nationwide by providing them with high-quality, family-centered guidance when they need an expert opinion.” About Alight Solutions Alight is a leading cloud-based human capital technology and services provider that powers confident health, wealth and wellbeing decisions for 36 million people and dependents. Our Alight Worklife® platform combines data and analytics with a simple, seamless user experience. Supported by our global delivery capabilities, Alight Worklife is transforming the employee experience for people around the world. With personalized, data-driven health, wealth, pay and wellbeing insights, Alight brings people the security of better outcomes and peace of mind throughout life’s big moments and most important decisions. About Children’s Hospital Colorado Children’s Hospital Colorado is one of the nation’s leading and most expansive nonprofit pediatric healthcare systems with a mission to improve the health of children through patient care, education, research and advocacy. Founded in 1908 and recognized as a top 10 children’s hospital by U.S. News & World Report, Children’s Colorado has established itself as a pioneer in the discovery of innovative and groundbreaking treatments that are shaping the future of pediatric healthcare worldwide. Children’s Colorado offers a full spectrum of family-centered care at its urgent, emergency and specialty care locations throughout Colorado, including an academic medical center on the Anschutz Medical Campus in Aurora, hospitals in Colorado Springs, Highlands Ranch and Broomfield, and outreach clinics across the region.

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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." About Eleos Health Founded in 2020, Eleos Health turns behavioral health conversations into documentation and intelligence that drives better care. Using proprietary, voice-based Natural Language Understanding (NLU) technology built by clinical experts to accurately interpret, analyze and document behavioral health conversations, Eleos reduces the operational burden on providers while unlocking objective insights into evidence-based care and the therapeutic alliance. Leadership teams can scale supervision and training while gaining unprecedented visibility into staff activity, caseloads and performance as well as population health. Eleos is the only technology of its kind that embeds seamlessly into electronic health records (EHRs), telehealth tools and existing provider workflows. With Eleos CareOps Automation, behavioral health providers are setting a new standard for care. 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