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Thea Health Partners with athenahealth’s Marketplace Program to Improve Provider Communications

Thea Health | November 19, 2021

Provider Communications

Thea Health, a fast-growing medical communications provider, today announced a partnership with athenahealth, Inc. through the company’s Marketplace program.

As part of the athenahealth® Marketplace, this newly integrated application is now available to athenahealth’s growing network of healthcare providers to improve communications between primary care physicians and local specialists.

“Thea Health is focused on making it easier for providers to collaborate on their patients’ care. Our eConsult platform allows our growing network of primary care providers to seamlessly communicate with local specialists. Our platform reduces wait time for specialist expertise, improves local referral networks and, ultimately, saves patients money. Thea Health and athenahealth share a passion for moving toward a more connected and cost-effective healthcare system.”

Harry Cooke, Founder of Thea Health

Studies have shown eConsults resolve patient issues without an in-person appointment 54% of the time and reduce overall healthcare expenditures by $541 per patient.

athenahealth is a network-enabled, results-oriented software and services company that offers medical record, revenue cycle, patient engagement, and care coordination services for ambulatory and hospital clients nationwide. The company’s vision is to build a thriving ecosystem that delivers accessible, high-quality, and sustainable healthcare for all. As a Marketplace partner, Thea Health joins a community of innovative, like-minded healthcare professionals who are looking to bring best-in-class solutions to the athenahealth provider base.

About Thea Health

Thea Health's eConsult system allows primary care physicians to ask specialists questions and include relevant labs, images, and other clinical data ahead of a treatment decision while ensuring they are reimbursed by payers for their time. Thea Health provides a HIPAA-compliant platform that is easy to use and fits with existing physician workflows and integrates seamlessly with EMRs. This allows our providers to communicate securely, naturally, and efficiently, while getting reimbursed without doing any extra work.

About athenahealth Marketplace

The athenahealth Marketplace, the largest EHR app store, is where athenahealth customers find innovative healthcare IT solutions that extend athenahealth services and allow customers to create highly tailored user experiences. Customers use Marketplace partner solutions to boost practice efficiency, increase patient satisfaction, and engage patients in their own care. The Marketplace has more than 250 solutions across 60 categories that are seamlessly integrated with athenaOne, athenahealth’s network-enabled platform through which the company offers medical records, revenue cycle, patient engagement, and care coordination service offerings.

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GE Healthcare | October 17, 2022

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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. 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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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Medimap Partners with Winnipeg Regional Health Authority To Improve Emergency Room Wait Times

Medimap | November 25, 2022

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HCA Healthcare Strengthens Partnership with Tennessee State University

HCA Healthcare, Inc. | October 07, 2022

HCA Healthcare, Inc. one of the nation’s leading healthcare providers, announced that it will give $1.5 million to Tennessee State University to create scholarship opportunities for students enrolled in the Dr. Levi Watkins, Jr. Institute and the Department of Computer Science within the College of Engineering. This gift is part of the organization’s larger commitment to give $10 million over three years to Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Hispanic Serving Institutions. Since making the pledge in 2021, HCA Healthcare has announced approximately $5.25 million in donations towards multiple partnerships. “We are proud of the long-standing relationship we have fostered with TSU. By strengthening our partnership, we will be able to create additional opportunities for TSU students and further our commitment to advancing diversity in healthcare.” Sam Hazen, chief executive officer for HCA Healthcare Funds from this gift will support scholarships for students participating in the university’s Dr. Levi Watkins, Jr. Institute Accelerated Medical Pathway program. Three two-year scholarships for rising juniors and three two-year scholarships for graduate students within the College of Engineering will also be awarded. Through these scholarship programs, HCA Healthcare Scholars and HCA Healthcare ITG Scholars will be provided with hands on shadowing opportunities, mentors, seminars, leadership sessions, guest speakers and career guidance. 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