2020 Elections Healthcare Debate Truths, Half-Truths, And Falsehoods

forbes.com | July 08, 2019

Healthcare may emerge as the number one issue in the 2020 election. In itself this isnt surprising, given that for many decades the electorate has considered healthcare a key issue.And, the truth is healthcare access continues to be a major problem in the U.S., along with inequalities in outcomes, relatively high prices for healthcare services, and high out-of-pocket spending. Democratic presidential candidates have weighed in on these issues.Without more clarity, however, the debate runs the risk of unraveling into exercises in sophistry.Politicians in America have had a knack for telling half-truths or even untruths about healthcare. For example, in 2012, John Boehner claimed that the U.S. has the best healthcare delivery system in the world. And, just prior to signing the Affordable Care Act (ACA) into law, President Obamastated if you like your healthcare plan, you can keep it.

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Prospection partners with leading Japanese healthcare data provider Medical Data Vision to improve treatment access for patients

Prospection | September 06, 2022

Health analytics pioneer, Prospection has announced a unique global data access agreement with leading Japanese medical data company Medical Data Vision Co., Ltd. to accelerate healthcare analytics globally. The agreement, covering the world's second largest pharmaceutical market, will provide global pharmaceutical companies and researchers access to comprehensive and longitudinal data covering more than 40 million people in Japan at more than 470 hospitals. Combining predictive analytics and machine learning with real-world healthcare data, Prospection's agreement with MDV will provide pharmaceutical companies across the world with unique access to patient diagnostic and medication data from hospitals across Japan, unlocking potential to assess an unlimited number of treatment programs in the region. The agreement also enables access to patient history and prefecture level data, allowing analysis of disease progression, disease outcomes and the mapping of disease courses to provide evidence on areas where development can address unmet needs. When distilled further, this creates an opportunity to assess patient data on a regional level to find geographical areas where patients or health centres require additional support for specific disease and conditions. Prospection's access to Japan's most comprehensive medical data sets is a significant milestone for the company. Prospection currently provides real-time access to longitudinal patient data across 15 regions globally including Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, USA and the UK. The company's latest announcement with Medical Data Vision will build on this work, providing Prospection with access to one of Japan's largest healthcare databases. "We are delighted to announce our latest agreement with Medical Data Vision. This partnership demonstrates a shared commitment to improving patient outcomes and marks a significant milestone in Prospection's mission to deliver real community benefits to patients across the globe. "As one of the largest pharmaceutical markets in the world, Japan has incredibly rich datasets. Working with Medical Data Vision gives us the opportunity to access a dataset of approximately 40 million patients, creating a unique opportunity to use advanced analytic tools to accelerate precision medicine to enable the right patient to receive the right treatment at the right time in their journey. "The outcomes of this partnership will play a key role in understanding the full cycle of patient health conditions and disease journeys in areas including immuno-oncology, immune disorders, cardiovascular and metabolic conditions allowing researchers and pharmaceutical companies globally to better understand the different patient characteristics, treatments and respective outcomes." Eric Chung, CEO and Co-founder, Prospection "We are very excited to be working with MDV in our latest data access agreement. Combining MDV's large and comprehensive dataset with Prospections global reach and extensive expertise working with datasets across the world will not only allow MNC pharmaceutical companies to work with patient data from Japan, but will also open a broader understanding of different health conditions across the world. This agreement brings us one step closer to enhancing precision medicine to find the 40% of patients that can be optimised." About Prospection Prospection is a pioneer in health data analytics technology. We are on a mission to make advancements to precision medicine through real world evidence, with an aim to put the right patient on the right treatment at the right time. Applying advanced ML algorithms to real-world data we unearth health journey and treatment insights by analysing longitudinal data for hundreds of millions of patients to see how drug treatments are used after the clinical trial. Delivering actionable real-world evidence that enables better outcomes for patients, across the world. Prospection is guided by credentialled experts and innovative leaders within their respective fields. Globally, we work with over 15 large health data sets applying our expertise to examine health patterns. Working with government and researchers through to our core client base in the pharma/biopharmaceutical industry, we have delivered insights across more than 90 therapeutic indications. Including rare and complex diseases such as oncology, immuno-oncology, virology, metabolic conditions, respiratory and cardiovascular disease. Prospection is backed by investors including Ellerston, Horizons Ventures and Main Sequence, and commercially with CRO Novotech. About Medical Data Vision (MDV) MDV is an accumulation of anonymously processed data with secondary usage permission from medical institutions. The actual number of patients in the "hospital data" centered on the acute phase is 40.42 million. In addition, by holding data from the health insurance association, data on the recovery period and chronic period has been enhanced, and in addition to information by hospital/clinic, it has become possible to track information on transfer destinations. "Health insurance data" was 7.84 million people (same).

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AESOP Technology Wins Coveted Place in Mayo Clinic Platform_Accelerate Program to Build Better AI Model for Healthcare

AESOP TECHNOLOGY | August 23, 2022

AESOP Technology announced that they have been accepted into Mayo Clinic Platform Accelerate, a 20-week program that helps early-stage health tech AI startups get market-ready. Participants are selected through a competitive screening process where a panel of Mayo Clinic leaders reviews them from the clinical and operational perspective, led by John Halamka, MD., President of Mayo Clinic Platform. "It's an excellent opportunity for a medical AI startup like us. Data is the fuel from which everything grows into power, and this program provides de-identified patient datasets and tools to help us validate our solutions. This practical experience will help us go even further in developing better products. The fact that we get to be mentored by Mayo Clinic's reputable experts is inspiring." Jeremiah Scholl, the CPO of AESOP Technology 'AESOP', which stands for 'AI-Enhanced Safety of Prescription', is working to make physician data entry easier, faster, and less error-prone using machine learning on 3.2 billion data sets. The company has developed products capable of this. One is RxPrime which detects wrong drug errors by checking if medications match patients' diagnoses, age, and gender. Errors can happen at any stage of the medication-use process, but more than 50% of them occur during the prescribing phase. RxPrime is able to detect potential and unexplained errors in prescriptions and provide optimal recommendations, even for the look-alike-sound-alike medication errors. It offers just-in-time decision support without interfering unnecessarily with the clinical consultation process. The other is AESOP Technology's latest clinical documentation improvement tool, DxPrime, making it easier for doctors to input correct diagnoses into electronic health record systems. This task can be challenging as there are 68,000 different diagnosis codes under the International Classification of Diseases. The ICD codes were designed to support insurance and billing rather than clinical medicine. "Medical professionals are more overwhelmed with their workload after the pandemic. How AI can support them gains more importance," says Jim Long, the CEO of AESOP Technology. "AI is transforming the healthcare industry in a variety of ways, like any other industry. Healthcare has unique challenges, and this program will help us be more grounded." As a participant of the Mayo Clinic Platform_Accelerate, AESOP Technology is glad to expose themselves to real-world applications, which helps cultivate future growth in this rapidly progressing field. As part of the program, Mayo Clinic will take an equity position in the startup. About AESOP Technology AESOP aims to optimize the clinical decision support process with more flexible AI-powered technology to improve patient safety and medical coding quality.

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TELUS and LifeWorks receive court approval and key regulatory approvals for proposed acquisition

TELUS Corporation | August 12, 2022

TELUS Corporation and LifeWorks Inc. announced that the Ontario Superior Court of Justice has granted its final order approving the plan of arrangement in respect of the acquisition by TELUS of LifeWorks previously announced on June 16, 2022. TELUS and LifeWorks also announced that the Competition Bureau of Canada has issued a no action letter in respect of the Arrangement. Accordingly, Competition Act Approval, as defined and as required by the Arrangement Agreement previously entered into between LifeWorks and TELUS, has been obtained. In addition, the applicable waiting period in relation to the Arrangement under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act of 1976, as amended, has expired with the result that the acquisition is clear to proceed in the United States as well as Canada. The Court Approval, the Competition Act Approval and the HSR Approval are significant milestones toward closing TELUS’ acquisition of LifeWorks and follows LifeWorks’ shareholder approval, which was obtained at a special meeting of LifeWorks’ shareholders on August 4, 2022. Pending receipt of regulatory approvals in the United Kingdom and Australia, and the satisfaction of customary closing conditions, the Arrangement is expected to proceed to closing which is anticipated to be on or about the fourth quarter of 2022. “We are pleased to have reached this significant milestone, with clearance to proceed with the TELUS – LifeWorks transaction in Canada and the United States. Importantly, we have seen overwhelming support from LifeWorks’ team members, customers and shareholders, and I am confident that the potent combination of the respective skills and capabilities of LifeWorks and TELUS Health will create a world-leading, end-to-end, digital-first employee primary and preventative healthcare, mental health and wellness platform, covering more than 50 million lives, and growing, on a global basis. We look forward to welcoming LifeWorks employees into our TELUS family so that, together, we can help even more people around the world lead their healthiest and most productive professional and personal lives.” Darren Entwistle, President and CEO of TELUS “This is an exciting new chapter for LifeWorks and together with TELUS we will be able to accelerate our shared vision of empowering individuals to take a more proactive role in the management of their health by unifying the continuum of care through digital-first innovations, as well as our unmatched in-person care,” said Stephen Liptrap, President and CEO of LifeWorks. “Our two organizations are aligned as leading purpose-driven companies that are committed to improving the lives of people around the world.” About TELUS Corporation TELUS is a dynamic, world-leading communications technology company with $17 billion in annual revenue and 17 million customer connections spanning wireless, data, IP, voice, television, entertainment, video, and security. Our social purpose is to leverage our global-leading technology and compassion to drive social change and enable remarkable human outcomes. Our longstanding commitment to putting our customers first fuels every aspect of our business, making us a distinct leader in customer service excellence and loyalty. The numerous, sustained accolades TELUS has earned over the years from independent, industry-leading network insight firms showcase the strength and speed of TELUS’ global-leading networks, reinforcing our commitment to provide Canadians with access to superior technology that connects us to the people, resources and information that make our lives better. TELUS Health is Canada’s leader in digital health technology, improving access to health and wellness services and revolutionizing the flow of health information across the continuum of care. TELUS Agriculture & Consumer Goods is a global technology provider of innovative data insights and digital solutions, creating a unified, trusted and sustainable value chain. TELUS International is a leading digital customer experience innovator that designs, builds, and delivers next-generation solutions, including AI and content moderation, for global and disruptive brands across high-growth industry verticals, including tech and games, communications and media and ecommerce and FinTech. TELUS and TELUS International operate in 28 countries around the world. Driven by our determination and vision to connect all citizens for good, our deeply meaningful and enduring philosophy to give where we live has inspired TELUS, our team members and retirees to contribute more than $900 million, in cash, in-kind contributions, time and programs, and 1.8 million days of service since 2000. This unprecedented generosity and unparalleled volunteerism have made TELUS the most giving company in the world. Together, let’s make the future friendly. About LifeWorks LifeWorks is a world leader in providing digital and in-person solutions that support the total wellbeing of individuals – mental, physical, financial and social. As the trusted leader in mental health and wellbeing, LifeWorks delivers a personalized continuum of care that helps our clients improve the lives of their people and by doing so, improve their business. Guided by our purpose to improve lives and improve business, we help our clients improve the wellbeing of their people, we help them improve workforce engagement and productivity, thereby improving the performance of our clients’ organizations. LifeWorks is a publicly traded company on the Toronto Stock Exchange (TSX: LWRK). LifeWorks has approximately 7,000 employees, 25,000 clients, and serves 36 million individuals and their families in more than 160 countries.

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Software Identifies Unreported Mental Health Issues in Teens

Advanced Metrics | August 26, 2022

Advanced Metrics and Samaritan Counseling Center today announced the release of QUALO Behavioral Health, a cloud-based software designed to proactively screen teens for mental and emotional wellbeing. "An easy to implement mental health screening strategy gives schools a targeted opportunity to engage and empower students who need connected to community resources because they are struggling with feelings of depression, anxiety, and suicidal thoughts." Steve Schedler, Samaritan Counseling QUALO Behavioral Health software revolutionizes teen mental health screening by innovatively simplifying the entire screening process. The software guides youth through industry standard screening tools to understand their current emotional wellbeing. Mental health professionals are immediately provided with data supporting an "at-risk" or "not at risk" identification and are guided through an intentional follow-up process. "With the mental health crisis facing teens today, we knew it was critical to develop a software that supports teen's mental well-being and normalizes conversations about mental health. We designed this software so schools can implement it independently or through collaboration with an outside agency. Either way, the platform will support students, inform administrators, and enhance any mental health strategy a school is implementing." Steven Herr PhD, Advanced Metrics Advanced Metrics is a Software as a Service company dedicated to improving the health of individuals and communities through science informed software and human centered data analysis. Advanced Metrics designed QUALO, a comprehensive web-based solution, to empower human service organizations to deliver services that generate quality life outcomes. TeenHope is a student mental and emotional wellbeing education and screening program in Lancaster, PA. TeenHope is supported by Samaritan Counseling Center, which provides professional counseling, consultation and education for individuals, couples, businesses, and clergy.

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