Half of hospitals still managing supply chain data manually, if at all

Healthcare IT News | March 08, 2019

Hospital decision makers obviously understand that efficient supply chains can boost margins and bolster bottom lines. And many also understand they can improve the quality of care. Despite that, nearly half of those polled for a new report say they're still using manual processes such as spreadsheets to manage their supply chain data instead of deploying more sophisticated analytics tools. The survey, sponsored by supply chain management vendor of Syft, finds that many hospitals recognize SCM as a priority but haven't made technology investments to improve its performance. Just 13 percent, for instance, said it was their organization's highest operational investment priority for 2019, with many more focused on areas such as patient throughput and process improvement.

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Vitestro unveils autonomous blood drawing device, combining artificial intelligence, ultrasound imaging and robotics

Vitestro | May 31, 2022

Vitestro, a Dutch medical robotics company, unveiled the world's most advanced autonomous blood drawing device at the annual meeting of the Netherlands Society for Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine in Rotterdam. Vitestro's device combines AI-based, ultrasound-guided 3D reconstruction with robotic needle insertion, ensuring accurate and secure blood collection. The venipuncture technology is adaptable to patients of 16 years of age onwards, comorbidities, and puncture difficulty. From 2023, Vitestro will initiate pivotal clinical studies for regulatory approval in Europe. EU-market introduction is anticipated in 2024. Healthcare shortages spark revolutionary developments Within healthcare, the clinical laboratory is the driving force. Accuracy and timeliness of laboratory tests are critically important, as they shape approximately 70% of all medical decisions made by physicians. It is unsurprising that blood collection is the most common invasive medical procedure, performed billions of times per year globally. Blood collection holds a pivotal role in clinical diagnostics yet is also burdened by the scarcity of skilled workers. By automating this labor-intensive procedure, we can transform the quality of care and create a sustainable healthcare system. Proprietary laboratory automation technology standardizes handling of the blood sample while the blood is collected. The device allows almost complete automation of the pre-analytical phase. This has the potential to reduce high blood test error rates, mainly caused by manual variability. In clinical studies, Vitestro already performed 1,500 automated blood draws in more than 1,000 patients with its prototype. Toon Overbeeke, Vitestro's Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer said: "The mounting shortage of healthcare personnel is imminent. The pandemic has further led to loss of workforce, causing a bleak outlook for hospital output around the globe, and leading to reduced access and continuity of care. That's why revolutionary automation like our blood drawing device is inevitable to solve the industry's biggest problem." Outpatient phlebotomy care is redefined At first, Vitestro will implement the device in outpatient phlebotomy departments. Patients will have the option to choose between Vitestro's venipunture device or standard method. The device is intuitive to use, empowering patients to be self-reliant in the full blood collection procedure. In previous clinical trials, patients of all ages showed a high degree of openness, enthusiasm and willingness to adopt the innovation. A trained healthcare professional is able to supervise several devices, managing multiple patients simultaneously. The increased efficiency enables hospitals and clinical laboratories to address workforce shortage or even free up staff and deploy them where they are really needed. "We have spent nearly five years on the development of this breakthrough medical device. All relevant disciplines are represented in our dedicated, specialized team of 35 people. To prepare for production and commercialization, the team will double in size in the next two years. We have clear momentum in the market and will be the first to bring autonomous technology to European hospitals. With our technology we can help to build a more robust and resilient healthcare system." Toon Overbeeke, Vitestro's Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer Anja Leyte, Director OVLG Laboratories, participating in clinical studies commented: "By introducing automated blood drawing, high quality as well as capacity is guaranteed in our laboratories. Vitestro's technology helps solving staffing shortages at our blood drawing department and improving sample standardization. Patients are also very enthusiastic." About Vitestro In 2017 Vitestro's founders rose to the challenge to create a better blood drawing experience. Today Vitestro is well underway to achieve its goal with a committed team of 35 highly skilled people with a track record in medical robotics, imaging software, AI, QA/RA and business development. Vitestro is based in Utrecht, the Netherlands. Vitestro is well funded by private investors and government subsidies.

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FUTURE OF HEALTHCARE

Dalrada Accelerates Its National Healthcare Model With Acquisition of Watson Rx Solutions

Dalrada Corporation | June 09, 2022

Dalrada Corporation announced that it had acquired the pharmacy, Watson Rx Solutions, Inc. The move highlights Dalrada’s aggressive growth plans within the healthcare sector and paves the way for a total end-to-end total healthcare solution. Adding the 10-year-old pharmacy to Dalrada Health’s comprehensive model expands the subsidiary’s synergies with potential opportunities across its products and services portfolio and offers another solution to meet patient requirements. Dalrada envisions a comprehensive healthcare solution for all Dalrada Health clients with unique offerings that will now include: a pharmacy to facilitate prescription processing, physicians and clinicians at treatment clinics, expanding into telemedicine, engagement of Dalrada-owned testing facilities and laboratories, and utilization of Company-specific technologies to facilitate immediate growth of the business. “Watson Rx has a long history of providing excellent pharmacy services. This acquisition allows Dalrada to expand its healthcare footprint and continue to build a total health management solution on an already successful turnkey operation. As a result, the Company will be able to successfully address the health needs of even more patients.” CEO and Founder, Brian Bonar Through comprehensive prescription management, education, nursing, and total health management, Watson Rx Solutions' leadership team holds more than six decades of combined experience in various complex pharmacy disease states and retail services, always putting patients first. Dalrada plans on entering the pharmaceutical space with an accelerated strategic plan to leverage the Company’s existing capabilities. Research reveals that the U.S. online and mail-order sales of drugs, health, and beauty aids were valued at 75.5 billion USD in 2020. Additionally, E-commerce pharmaceutical sales and beauty aids increased from 51.7 billion USD the year prior. Online, E-commerce, and mail-order sales increased from around 31 to 38 percent during the same period. Pharmacy and drug store sales reached 300 billion USD in 2020, with over-the-counter (OTC) medication accounting for over 36 billion USD in sales during the same year, the highest-selling year to date for the OTC segment. Dalrada and its subsidiaries provide value by making timely and impactful products and services available within health, technology, and clean energy markets. About Dalrada Dalrada Corporation drives innovation that positively impacts people, businesses, and the planet. With subsidiaries that are firmly positioned in the world’s top three-growing industries of healthcare, clean energy, and technology, Dalrada creates solutions that are sustainable, affordable, and accessible. The company works continually to produce disruptive products and services that accelerate positive change for current and future generations. Dalrada’s global solutions directly address climate change, post-pandemic gaps in the healthcare industry, and technology solutions for a new era of human behavior and interaction, ensuring a bright future for the world around us.

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HEALTH TECHNOLOGY

St. Peter’s Health Moves to the Innovaccer Health Cloud to Optimize Care Management and Collaboration Across Care Sites

Innovaccer Inc. and St. Peter’s Health | June 01, 2022

Innovaccer Inc., the Health Cloud company, announced that St. Peter’s Health, a regional nonprofit healthcare system in Helena, Montana, is moving to the InnovaccerⓇ Health Cloud's Data Activation Platform to support its mission of providing exceptional and compassionate care that treats the whole person and improve the health, wellness, and quality of life for the communities it serves. The health system, an integrated network with more than 100 providers, a 99-bed acute care hospital, physician and urgent care clinics, home health and hospice, ambulance services, cancer treatment services, and other ambulatory service lines, will be leveraging Innovaccer’s Best in KLAS Data Activation Platform to help providers collaborate across care sites by unifying the data from multiple EHRs to create a unified patient record that will support a new care management solution for optimized patient engagement. “Transforming our legacy EHR data into unified patient records is an important step in enhancing access, patient engagement, and care management, as it builds on our strong foundation of patient-centered services. Our partnership with Innovaccer is a reflection of our ongoing commitment to provide the gold standard for exceptional care to our community.” Ryan Winn, chief information officer, St. Peter’s Health St. Peter’s Health will deploy several Innovaccer solutions to optimize the use of unified patient data. The health system will unify data from legacy EHRs to create an EHR-agnostic physician engagement solution that provides actionable clinical information at the point of care. In addition, St. Peter’s Health will use Innovaccer’s personalized care management solution to provide a wide range of workflows that assist care teams by simplifying tasks, bridging care and coding gaps, and supporting delivery of quality care outcomes. Lastly, Innovaccer’s AI-powered patient engagement solution will provide St. Peter’s Health with timely, clinically contextual patient insights that can enhance provider-patient collaboration. “We’re thrilled that St. Peter’s Health is partnering with Innovaccer to accelerate their digital transformation,” said Abhinav Shashank, cofounder and CEO at Innovaccer. “We’re honored to be part of their journey and look forward to working closely with them to unlock the value of their patient data so they can advance their mission of delivering high-quality, low-cost, patient-centered care.” About St. Peter’s Health St. Peter’s Health is a nonprofit healthcare system located in Helena, Montana. Their services include but are not limited to a 99-bed acute care hospital, physician clinics, cancer treatment center, 24-bed behavioral health unit, urgent care clinics, home health and hospice care, dialysis center and ambulance services. They provide services to an estimated 97,000 residents from a five-county area. They are overseen by a volunteer board of directors that includes leaders and health experts who are committed to ensuring they provide exceptional healthcare to their community. About Innovaccer Innovaccer Inc., the Health Cloud company, is a leading San Francisco-based healthcare technology company committed to accelerating innovation in healthcare. The Innovaccer® Health Cloud unifies patient data across systems and settings, and empowers healthcare organizations to rapidly develop scalable, modern applications that improve clinical, operational, and financial outcomes. Innovaccer’s solutions have been deployed across more than 1,000 care settings in the U.S., enabling more than 37,000 providers to transform care delivery and work collaboratively with payers and life sciences companies. Innovaccer has helped organizations unify health records for more than 24 million people and generate more than $600 million in savings. Innovaccer is the #1 rated Data and Analytics Platform by KLAS, and the #1 rated population health technology platform by Black Book.

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INSURANCE

As One Insurance Group Launches Population Health Strategy That is Revolutionizing Healthcare

As One Insurance Group | February 25, 2022

Privately-held insurance brokerage firm As One Insurance Group ("As One") has announced the launch of its population health strategy that is already revolutionizing the healthcare industry based in Phoenix, As One has quickly achieved benchmark status in the population health world. Brandon Bullock, Chief Strategy Officer of As One, says, "Over the years we have seen the number of those without access to healthcare shrink, the numbers are a positive sign, 10 percent of Americans still have no access to care. We're looking to close that gap. As One is offering Health Navigator alongside its proprietary sales platform which leverages electronic processing to speed up the sales cycle." The cutting-edge firm specializes in life, health, and ancillary insurance benefits and is making insurance simple for carriers, agents, and clients through distinct offerings including: An innovative population health strategy A proprietary sales platform and CRM for straight-through electronic processing An impressive nationwide distribution channel Advanced agent training and sales tools "With the right tools at their fingertips, our team and agents show tremendous courage every day fighting to fix health insurance, a strong team that works as one." J.R. Jordan, Chief Executive Officer of As One Cost of Healthcare in America The cost of Healthcare in the United States is a significant factor that prevents people from obtaining the necessary care or filling prescriptions. Half of U.S. adults have stated that they postponed or completely mitigated some sort of dental or health care in the past year due to the high cost. Three in 10 people have also reported not taking their necessary medicines as prescribed at some point due to the very same reason. High healthcare costs excessively affect uninsured adults and those with lower household incomes. Larger shares of U.S. adults have also reported difficulty affording different types of care, which further delays and attributes to them forgoing medical care due to the cost. However, individuals that are covered by health insurance are not immune to the weight of healthcare costs. Almost half (46%) of those insured reported difficulty affording out-of-pocket expenses, and 27% had reported difficulty in being able to afford their deductible. Difficulty paying medical bills has resulted in significant consequences for U.S. families. Medical bill problems are also disproportionately affecting those adults in households where they or a member of their household has a severe health condition. About As One Insurance Group As One Insurance Group ("As One") is a privately held insurance brokerage based in Phoenix, Arizona, specializing in life, health, and ancillary insurance benefits. As One aims to simplify insurance by making the process straightforward and honest. With transparent product information and open communications being the norm, the company provides a range of life and health insurance products that are coupled with the tools agents and clients need to manage their needs. That includes advanced education and training, innovative technology solutions, and best-in-class service. In short, they work with and for agents, clients, and carriers together as one.

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James Angle, Ph.D. of Trinity Health and Erin Logue Smith of Dell Technologies provided timely information on cybersecurity in a Healthcare Innovation webinar as ransomware threats makes it mandatory to systematically elicit and mitigate privacy threats in software architectures.

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