Amazon, Microsoft team up with Consumer Technology Association on healthcare AI standards

FierceHealthcare | February 26, 2020

Big names in technology, including Amazon, Microsoft, and IBM, worked with healthcare industry groups to develop a standard for the use of artificial intelligence in healthcare.Convened by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), a working group made up of 52 organizations set out to create a common language so industry stakeholders can better understand AI technologies.The standard, which was released Tuesday, has been accredited by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The CTA working group was created a year ago to develop some standardization on definitions and characteristics of healthcare AI. Healthcare organizations involved in the project include the American Medical Association, Doctor on Demand, Livongo, Ginger, AdvaMed, American Telemedicine Association, Fitbit, soon to be owned by Google, and Humana, the first payer to join the CTA last September.It's part of the CTA’s new initiative on AI and is the first in several steps the CTA plans to help create a foundation for implementing medical and health care solutions built on AI.

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TELUS completes C$2.3 billion acquisition of LifeWorks setting a new course for employer-focused healthcare

TELUS Health | September 02, 2022

TELUS Corporation announced the completion of the previously disclosed acquisition by way of a plan of arrangement of LifeWorks Inc.a world leader in providing digital and in-person solutions that support the total wellbeing of individuals – mental, physical, financial and social, solidifying TELUS Health as one of the largest companies providing digital-first health and wellness services and solutions that empower individuals to live their healthiest lives. TELUS Health is now positioned to support corporate clients across more than 160 countries and covering more than 50 million lives and growing worldwide. “Today marks another exciting step in our TELUS Health journey, as we welcome the talented LifeWorks team, and the 36 million employees and family members of our business customers who they support, into our TELUS Health family,” said Darren Entwistle, President and CEO of TELUS. “As one of the largest health technology companies globally, our newly expanded TELUS Health organisation will provide employers across the globe with world-leading digital health and wellness solutions for their employees that are convenient, innovative and highly effective. Indeed, through the skill of our combined 10,000 team members and 30,000 independent health practitioners, and leveraging the combination of TELUS’ strong digital and data analytics capabilities with our client service excellence, we will dramatically improve remedial, preventative and mental health outcomes. In turn, this will support the well-being of over 50 million individuals and growing around the world. Importantly, LifeWorks’ domestic and global operations will be bolstered by our TELUS International team through their proven expertise in digital transformation and client service excellence. Moreover, we have an important opportunity to leverage our expansive TELUS and TELUS International footprint and client base spanning 32 countries, as well as the tremendous skill of our 70,000 international team members, to amplify the distribution reach, effectiveness and efficiency of our digital health services on a global basis. I look forward to the incredible opportunities before us to progress our goal of leveraging our globally leading technology, in combination with our social purpose-driven, client-centric culture and brand, to create better health experiences across the entire health and wellness ecosystem.” TELUS Health’s Chief Operating Officer, Michael Dingle, will oversee the transition and lead the integration of LifeWorks into the TELUS Health family. Michael’s deep industry expertise and proven track record of creating team, client and shareholder value will ensure the smooth transition of LifeWorks team members and clients. “TELUS Health and LifeWorks will work closely together to define the strategy and plan to thoughtfully integrate the teams with minimal disruption to internal and external stakeholders. We are excited to come together as one team as we begin this journey to raise the bar on employee health and wellness for organizations around the world.” Michael Dingle With the completion of the transaction, LifeWorks has become a wholly owned subsidiary of TELUS, and will continue to execute on its growth strategy, amplified by TELUS Health’s existing suite of advanced digital health technologies. LifeWorks brings world leading digital and in-person solutions that support the total wellbeing of individuals – mental, physical, financial and social. Also a trusted leader in mental health and wellbeing, LifeWorks delivers a personalized continuum of care that helps clients improve the lives of their people and by doing so, improves their business. As a part of the TELUS family, and by combining strengths with TELUS Health, together all clients globally have an opportunity to improve the wellbeing of their people, improve workforce engagement and productivity, which in turn improves the performance of their organizations. "We are excited to be joining the TELUS Health team to further advance our market-leading health and wellness offerings on a global scale to better serve our clients and their people," said Stephen Liptrap, President and CEO of LifeWorks. "Combining our international client relationships with TELUS' proven expertise in digital transformation and service excellence will unlock significant cross-selling opportunities and deliver value to all stakeholders." 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.

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MEDICAL DEVICES

Asep Medical Holdings Inc. Announces Grant of Stock Options

ASEP Medical Holdings Inc | November 25, 2022

Asep Medical Holdings Inc. is pleased to announce that, for recruitment, incentivization, and retention purposes, it has granted to certain officers and advisors an aggregate of 1,080,000 stock options to purchase up to 1,080,000 common shares of the Company of which 200,000 are exercisable at a price of $0.30 per Share until September 29, 2032, 200,000 are exercisable at a price of $0.30 per share until October 1, 2032, and 680,000 are exercisable at a price of $0.30 per share until November 24, 2032. ABOUT ASEP MEDICAL HOLDINGS INC Asep Inc. is dedicated to addressing antibiotic failure by developing novel solutions for significant unmet medical needs. The Company is a consolidation of two existing private companies that are both in the advanced development of both proprietary diagnostic tools, enabling the early and timely identification of severe sepsis as well as broad-spectrum therapeutic agents to address multidrug-resistant biofilm infections. Sepset Biosciences Inc. is developing a diagnostic technology that involves a patient gene expression signature that predicts severe sepsis, one of the significant diseases leading to antibiotic failure since antibiotics are the primary treatment for sepsis. Despite this, sepsis is responsible for nearly 20% of all deaths on the planet. The semester test is a blood-based gene expression assay that is straightforward to implement, and results are obtained in about an hour in the emergency room or intensive care unit. This proprietary diagnostic technology differs from current diagnostic tests in enabling diagnosis of severe sepsis within 1-2 hours of first clinical presentation while other diagnostics only provide diagnosis after 24-36 hours. Asep Inc. believes this will enable critical early decisions to be made by physicians regarding appropriate therapies and reduce overall morbidity and mortality due to sepsis. ABT Innovations Inc.'s peptide technology covers a broad range of therapeutic applications, including bacterial biofilm infections anti-inflammatories, anti-infective immune modulators, and vaccine adjuvants.

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Study Reveals Florence Healthcare’s Site Enablement Platforms Can Accelerate Clinical Trials by Six Weeks and Reduce Costs by Over $1M per Study

Florence Healthcare | November 18, 2022

Florence Healthcare™, a clinical research technology company headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, announced the completion of a year-long third-party study on the impact of Site Enablement Platforms™ on clinical research timelines and costs. The study by Marketcap Consulting is the first to compare how traditional site management approaches differ from site-first Site Enablement Platforms. The study looked at the impact of traditional sponsor portals and new Site Enablement Platforms on research sponsor and Contract Research Organization study timelines and budgets. “Pharma sponsors and CROs realize the importance of enabling sites to do their best work - but only recently have they discovered that traditional site portals are more hindrance than help. Yet, these organizations weren't able to measure the true impact of switching to a Site Enablement Platform. This year-long study aimed to fix that and highlight how linking fragmented workflows accelerates the full lifecycle of clinical trials.” Ryan Jones, CEO of Florence Healthcare Site enablement is a new technology category that prioritizes the needs of the site, a major shift from past technology that only looked at the experience of the sponsor. These platforms, including Florence Healthcare’s SiteLink™, insist on ease-of-use and ease-of-setup for the site, quality support, and simplified integrations. SiteLink works in conjunction with eBinders™, an electronic Investigator Site File solution used by over 12,000 research sites in 45 countries. About the Study Marketcap Consulting conducted interviews with clinical research operations leaders harnessing SiteLink, examined timelines and study costs, and analyzed the impact across the sites in the study. On average, the team found that SiteLink accelerated study start-up by four weeks and study close-out by two weeks at every site. For a 50-site study, this six-week acceleration reduced cash burn by one million dollars. “We can see a clear positive impact on study timelines and cash burn when research sponsors and CROs implement Site Enablement Platforms,” said Joel White, founder of Marketcap Consulting. “This early study reveals that by enabling sites to do their best work, the clinical research industry unlocks value across the full research cycle.” “While the financial impact of switching to SiteLink makes investing in site enablement an easy choice for sponsors and CROs, it’s really the acceleration of studies that gets our team at Florence Healthcare excited,” said Jones. “We aim to double the output of research teams by the end of the decade, and enabling sites is the way to do it.” About Florence Healthcare Florence Healthcare’s clinical trial software helps more than 12,000 research sites in 45 countries manage their documents, data, and workflows. The Florence Healthcare™ platform also provides remote access so sponsors and Contract Research Organizations can collaborate with their sites around the world. Florence Healthcare users now perform 5.8 million remote monitoring activities each month.

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FUTURE OF HEALTHCARE

Tebra CTO Kyle Ryan Named to the Healthcare Technology Report’s List of Top Healthcare Technology CTOs of 2022

Tebra | November 22, 2022

Tebra, a leader in practice growth technology and cloud-based clinical and financial software, announced that its Chief Technology Officer Kyle Ryan was named in the Healthcare Technology Report’s list of Top 25 Healthcare Technology CTOs of 2022. The annual list recognizes the most accomplished executives in healthcare technology who are leading teams in delivering cutting edge products that boost operations and improve efficiency for their customers. The CTOs on this year’s list have a wide range of impressive backgrounds, but each is the driving force behind their company’s technology innovations, ensuring software functionality and effectiveness. Read the full report here. “Kyle has been an integral part of the executive leadership team at Tebra and has built a strong partnership between product management and the technology team within the organization. He has vast knowledge about healthcare IT and how it applies to solving business problems and is keenly customer focused and is always taking time to understand customer needs at a deeper level. Kyle’s an outstanding ambassador for the company and prides himself on developing a healthy and high-performance culture.” Dan Rodrigues, CEO of Tebra Kyle is responsible for all areas of technology with a focus on the vision and strategy for Tebra’s suite of products and services. He believes that great products are created through a keen customer focus, groundbreaking ideas, precise engineering, and efficient execution. “I am honored to be included in this list of prestigious technology leaders,” Kyle said. “This recognition also highlights the technology team’s passion for improving healthcare and the company’s mission of providing independent practices with digital tools and support to thrive in a new era of healthcare.” About Tebra In 2021, with a combined mission to unlock better healthcare, Kareo and PatientPop joined forces to form Tebra — the operating system for the connected practice of the future. With an all-in-one, purpose-built platform to drive practice success and modernize every step of the patient journey, Tebra provides digital tools and support to attract new patients, deliver modern care, get paid quickly, and operate efficiently.

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This Visualizing Health Policy infographic looks at barriers to care experienced by women in the United States. Women incur greater health care costs than men, particularly during the reproductive years. Despite a lower uninsured rate than men (11% vs 14%), women are more likely to skip a recommended medical test or treatment due to cost.

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