Healthcare gains 42,000 jobs in January, led by ambulatory services

Healthcare Finance | February 05, 2019

The healthcare industry didn't add as many jobs in January as it did in December, but that's partly because December was a record month. The last month of 2018 saw 52,000 jobs added, while 42,000 more were added in January, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Ambulatory services led the way in January, tacking 22,000 more jobs into the sector, while hospitals gained 19,000 jobs. That far outpaced December, in which hospitals only gained 7,400 jobs. The healthcare industry has added 368,000 jobs overall over the past 12 months, enough to account for about 11 percent of the country's jobs -- a number that's expected to hit 18 percent by 2026 as the population ages.

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This year, the number of e-visits to primary care physicians is expected to reach 100 million people worldwide. For communicators, that’s just the tip of the IT iceberg. Patient portals, remote monitoring and data analytics are the big influencers in telemedicine. A new infographic from CDW Healthcare says patients have come to expect more technology integrated into their health care. As a result, patient empowerment must be a priority for communicators. Consider these statistics: E-visits to primary care docs could save $5 billion this year.  One in three patients has used a portal to connect with a doctor. Seventy percent of patients say portals are a convenient way to communicate with physicians.


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Base Business Solutions and Uniphore Partner to Bring Emerging Technology to Vietnam’s CX Industry

Uniphore | September 12, 2022

Base Business Solutions a leading provider of cloud and hosted customer experience and contact center solutions in Vietnam announced it has entered into a strategic partnership with Uniphore, the leader in Conversational AI and Automation. Through this partnership, BaseBS will be well positioned to enhance customer experiences, improve employee performance, and better understand customer insights to achieve superior business outcomes. As part of the agreement, BaseBS will offer customers Conversational AI and Automation capabilities across their initiatives around self-service and assisted service channels. Uniphore’s X platform is an integrated conversational AI and automation platform that combines automatic speech recognition (ASR) including the Vietnamese language, natural language processing (NLP), robotic process automation (RPA), emotion AI and knowledge AI that enterprises need in today’s tech-savvy customer era. These technology components translate into specific offerings for customers in the form of chatbots, voice bots, conversational analytics for quality automation, and customer analysis and agent guidance in real-time. The partnership will have far-reaching benefits for customers, employees, and organizations that will impact not only how they do business today as they continue to adjust to the current global situation, but also in the long term. Benefits include Personalized automated resolutions for customers thus bringing in time to value through Uniphore’s U Self Serve product Contact center employee productivity and efficiency will see a boost through U-Assist, a Uniphore product that can guide agents in real-time with in-call alerts, next-best-action and reduce their after-call work Businesses will be able to make data-driven decisions with smarter conversational analytics. Through Uniphore’s U Analyze solution, businesses can transform CX by analysing conversations from across platforms including voice, email, and text to increase effectiveness with omnichannel support and an integrated view of conversations to discover customers' intent and sentiments “BaseBS is extremely pleased to partner with Uniphore on our journey to bring emerging technology such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), machine learning and automation to the CX industry in Vietnam. With Uniphore’s conversational AI and automation platform we will be better positioned to enable our customers to personalize conversations, enhance contact center employee productivity and use conversation insights for better decisions.” Mr. Pham Xuan Phuc, Vice President, Base Business Solutions “We are excited about the partnership with BaseBS as they look ahead to strengthen and offer more comprehensive CX solutions for contact centers in the local market,” said Mr. Gokul Gopalakrishnan, Senior Vice President & Business Head, Asia, Uniphore. “We see a natural synergy with BaseBS thereby creating strong joint value propositions, go-to-market strategies, and unmatched CX solutions for enterprises, and experiences for customers.” BaseBS is part of Uniphore’s Reseller partner program. The program provides partners with the necessary resources to leverage cutting-edge technology and enhance their portfolio and offerings resulting in increased revenue growth. Uniphore also launched the Unite App Alliance Partner Program, which enables value-driven collaboration and cross-selling for participating Independent Software Vendors (ISV) to have greater access to and involvement in shaping the direction and strategy of tomorrow’s conversational AI and automation, and supporting CX technology innovation. About Uniphore Uniphore is the global leader in Conversational Automation. Every day, billions of conversations take place across industries — customer service, sales, HR, education and more. Whether they are human to human, human to machine or machine to machine, conversations are at the heart of everything we do, and the new currency of the enterprise. At Uniphore, we believe companies that best understand and take action on those conversations will win. We have built the most comprehensive and powerful conversational automation platform that combines conversational AI, workflow automation and RPA (Robotic Process Automation) with a business user friendly UX in a single integrated platform to transform and democratize customer experiences across industries. Follow our blog and connect with us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. About Base Business Solutions Founded in 2005, BaseBS is one of the leading companies providing cloud and hosted customer experience and contact center solutions in Vietnam. BaseBS offers tailor-made CX solutions to hyper-scale and large enterprise clients that empower them to achieve customer service excellence and gain competitive advantages in the market. We are honored as Advanced Technology Partner of Cisco in implementing Call Center & Contact Center infrastructure. A combination of comprehensive industry expertise, a professional team and leading-edge technologies enables our clients to modernize their customer journey and maximize business productivity. Our portfolio is active in a wide range of business areas such as Banking & Finance, Insurance, Retail, Logistics, Hospitality, Medical & Healthcare, etc.

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Zócalo Health’s Culturally Competent Virtual Healthcare Services for Latino Communities Now Available

Zócalo Health | October 12, 2022

Zócalo Health, a Latino-founded healthcare service designed for Latino patients, announced the launch of its primary care memberships for residents across California and Texas. Starting members can access same day virtual care visits and care navigation services via Zócalo’s website, introducing the Latino community to an improved and long overdue healthcare experience built on trust, relationships, and culture. Zócalo Health, which premiered as an invite-only service to select members earlier this summer, was founded by Erik Cardenas and Mariza Hardin to strengthen the health and wellbeing of the Latino community by eliminating barriers to high-quality healthcare services. This multi-state launch demonstrates the company’s continued commitment to delivering affordable and accessible primary care that blends tradition with innovation and prioritizes trusting relationships between providers and patients. Members will have access to a range of services and care options that would typically be addressed in primary care including: mental health conditions, preventative and lifestyle needs, chronic disease management, urgent care, and other more specific health conditions. The Zócalo primary care model includes the use of community health workers (CHWs) – or as they’re known in the Latino community, promotores de salud. Research shows CHWs are crucial to helping health systems achieve their full potential, since they work to connect patients to local resources and care. At Zócalo, promotores work individually with members to coordinate their care across a team of physicians, nurses, and mental health therapists, as well as connect members to needed resources across the community. Clinicians and promotores are hired from the communities they serve and can provide culturally competent care in both English and Spanish. By building care teams that come from and look like the communities they serve, the team is better able to foster a primary care relationship with patients. Once care has been established with Zócalo Health, members have 24/7 access to chat with their promotor de salud to receive individual guidance on personal health goals and needs. “Today, I am immensely proud to open up Zócalo Health’s services to the community. As a kid, I remember the long waits in the community health clinic to see a doctor who often did not speak Spanish. I had to act as a translator for my mom about my own care and help her navigate next steps. I felt guilty that my mom had to take time off from work for my appointment and pay for any prescriptions or additional care needed. For my family, no work meant no pay, so a doctor’s visit was a heavy burden on everyone,” said Zócalo Health CEO Erik Cardenas. “As the landscape for healthcare delivery has changed with technology, our community continues to get left behind. The one-size-fits-all model for healthcare doesn’t work for everyone. I owe it to my parents and my family to do better. Zócalo Health is focused on giving our people a community built around their healthcare needs.” Despite the major cultural impact the Latino population has had on the U.S., and their increased spending power year after year, the U.S. healthcare system has been slow to adapt its services to the needs of this community’s unique health and cultural needs. Latinos still experience disproportionate barriers to healthcare access, particularly in primary care, where the average wait time to see a doctor is 24 days. This long delay, combined with fewer in-person appointments, high-deductible plans, and high out-of-pocket fees, results in many Latino patients avoiding treatment, using informal networks (family/friends), or waiting for hours in expensive emergency rooms to seek care. In addition to the existing disparities in healthcare access, the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic impact have exacerbated health inequities for the Latino community, particularly when it comes to accessing high-quality primary care and preventative services. “I’ve always been community-oriented and my role as a promotora gives me the opportunity to help other Latinos manage their health and navigate a system that unfortunately has not adapted to our needs. “I’m so excited to be able to guide my community through what can often be a stressful experience in order to deliver personalized care management from someone who understands our culture and needs. Our Zócalo Health team is ready to advocate for our members and ultimately impact our community’s health, one person at a time.” Zócalo Health promotora Caroline Carbajal Zócalo Health’s membership and payment options are designed to make access to primary care easy and affordable for Latinos. Services are offered through monthly memberships, with pricing starting at $40 per month or at a discounted rate of $420 a year when paid upfront. Patients in California and Texas can now purchase a membership and schedule same-day virtual appointments by visiting zocalo.health. Zócalo Health plans to expand to other states in 2022 and beyond. About Zócalo Health Zócalo Health is a Latino-founded healthcare service designed for the Latino patient. Our primary care model blends tradition with innovation and prioritizes trusting relationships between care teams and patients. Each member of Zócalo Health is paired with a promotor de salud (community health worker) to establish a relationship to better understand members’ goals and connect them to a Zócalo Health physician. Our team of physicians, hired from the community, focus on prevention, primary care, behavioral health, and traditional practices that work together to support our members’ wellness. Operating in the states of California and Texas, Zócalo Health offers affordable and convenient care memberships that provide same-day access to culturally-aligned providers.

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Abbott Receives Three CES 2023 Innovation Awards for Advancements in Health Technology

Abbott | November 21, 2022

Abbott has been recognized by the Consumer Technology Association with three CES 2023 Innovation Awards for its life-changing technologies that are advancing the health tech industry and improving the lives of people worldwide. The CTA is the organization behind the Consumer Electronics Show the most influential technology event in the world. Ahead of the CES 2023 event, three of Abbott's industry-leading tech advancements won CES 2023 Innovation Awards, all within the Digital Health award category Aveir VR Leadless Pacemaker – The world's only leadless pacemaker with a unique mapping capability to assess correct positioning prior to placement and designed to be completely retrievable. The system was developed by Abbott to treat patients with slow heart rhythms and eliminates wires used to deliver therapy in traditional pacemakers. Proclaim Plus SCS System – Abbott's latest advancement in neurostimulation therapy to treat chronic pain using low doses of targeted BurstDR™ stimulation that can be adjusted as a person's therapeutic needs evolve across up to six areas of the body, which is more pain sites in the body than ever before. Alinity m Monkeypox PCR test1 – A first of its kind, Abbott received FDA Emergency Use Authorization of its PCR test for detecting the monkeypox virus. The CES Innovation Awards program is an annual competition honoring outstanding design and engineering in consumer technology products. The program recognizes the year's most innovative products in a multitude of consumer technology product categories and distinguishes the highest-rated in each. Last year, Abbott became the first-ever healthcare company to keynote CES, and the company has received nine CES Innovation Awards in the past two years. Other Abbott products previously honored with CES Innovation Awards include FreeStyle Libre 32, the world's smallest, thinnest3 and most accurate4 14-day glucose sensor and a CES 2022 Best of Innovation Award winner; BinaxNOW™5, the #1 COVID-19 self test in the U.S.; and the UltreonTM 1.0 intravascular imaging and coronary physiology software platform, which helps guide and optimize stenting decisions, combining optical coherence tomography with artificial intelligence. In addition to the CES 2023 awards, Abbott also was recently recognized with other top honors for its healthcare technology including its revolutionary FreeStyle Libre technology being named the best medical technology in the last 50 years by the Galien Foundation. The FreeStyle Libre portfolio has transformed the lives of approximately 4.5 million people6 living with diabetes globally. About Abbott Abbott is a global healthcare leader that helps people live more fully at all stages of life. Our portfolio of life-changing technologies spans the spectrum of healthcare, with leading businesses and products in diagnostics, medical devices, nutritionals and branded generic medicines.

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Radius XR™ Named as the CES 2023 Innovation Award Honoree for Wearable Device That Combines Therapy and Diagnostic Capabilities

Radius XR | November 17, 2022

Today at the CES Unveiled New York event, Radius XR™, a new fashion-forward wearable healthcare technology brand, was named a CES® 2023 Innovation Awards Honoree in both the Digital Health and Virtual & Augmented Reality categories. Radius was selected from among a record number of submissions to this year’s CES Innovation Awards program. The announcement was made ahead of CES 2023, the influential technology event, happening Jan. 5-8 in Las Vegas, NV. Radius XR builds on the therapeutic legacy of IrisVision, a leader in digital vision technologies and itself a 2019 CES Innovation Winner. The Radius proprietary XR assistive device brings together—for the first time—multimodal diagnostics, practice management, and patient engagement. “This is a tremendous honor for our new company. It follows on the success of our IrisVision visual assistive device, which has provided a life-changing solution for thousands of individuals living with legal blindness and low-vision conditions. Radius expands on our commitment to vision health by providing the eyecare industry with an easy-to-use wearable device capable of performing standard perimetry tests. Other exams include color vision, visual acuity, contrast sensitivity—a comprehensive suite of standard vision tests. Development of additional exams is ongoing.” Radius founder and CEO Ammad Khan Radius enables patients to quickly and easily conduct vision tests with minimal guidance or intervention by the staff. The device’s RadiusExam® software and proprietary algorithms provide diagnostic testing results equivalent to current exam gold standards. “By designing our own hardware and software, we’re able to overcome many of the challenges inherent in the off-the-shelf headsets already on the market. Matching visual field strategies, background luminance, stimulus size and dynamic range allows us to mirror the current standards, making it easy and intuitive for clinicians to transition to Radius,” said John Trefethen, Radius Chief Marketing Officer. In addition, the included Business Suite helps clinicians manage everyday aspects critical to their practice's ongoing success. Features like patient education, staff training and clinician onboarding are now possible inline with the Radius platform. Radius is the industry’s lightest wearable device and has the look and feel of a pair of stylish sunglasses. The compact, lightweight design overcomes the challenges of expensive and bulky legacy devices that force patients to sit in uncomfortable positions for testing. With Radius, exams can be conducted anywhere, even in the waiting room, eliminating the need to shuttle patients between machines, which can be challenging for individuals with mobility or vision issues. The CES Innovation Awards program, owned and produced by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)®, is an annual competition honoring outstanding design and engineering in 27 consumer technology product categories. Those with the highest rating receive the “Best of Innovation” distinction. An elite panel of industry expert judges, including members of the media, designers, engineers and more, reviewed submissions based on innovation, engineering and functionality, aesthetics, and design. The CES 2023 Innovation Awards honorees, including product descriptions and photos, can be found at CES.tech/innovation. Radius will be on display at the Innovation Awards Showcase at CES 2023 in Las Vegas in January. About Radius XR The Radius XR platform is a portable vision diagnostic and patient engagement system that combines medical-grade diagnostics, business management, and patient education tools in a single wearable XR device. The RadiusExam® and proprietary algorithms provide diagnostic testing results equivalent to current exam gold standards, with the clinical science validated by Deming regression. As the algorithm presents stimuli to patients, it adapts to responses to maximize the algorithm's speed. The total hardware and software system helps medical professionals diagnose patients with accuracy, grow their eyecare practices, enhance patient engagement, and reduce staff workload by enabling patients to perform self-guided vision exams with minimal supervision.

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This year, the number of e-visits to primary care physicians is expected to reach 100 million people worldwide. For communicators, that’s just the tip of the IT iceberg. Patient portals, remote monitoring and data analytics are the big influencers in telemedicine. A new infographic from CDW Healthcare says patients have come to expect more technology integrated into their health care. As a result, patient empowerment must be a priority for communicators. Consider these statistics: E-visits to primary care docs could save $5 billion this year.  One in three patients has used a portal to connect with a doctor. Seventy percent of patients say portals are a convenient way to communicate with physicians.

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