Humana, NQF argue COVID-19 spotlights need for population health evolution

Humana, NQF | April 22, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is putting a spotlight on why it’s critical for population-based models to consider the impacts of patients’ social needs, experts say. William Shrank, M.D., chief medical officer at Humana, and Shantanu Agrawal, M.D., CEO of the National Quality Forum, co-authored an analysis this week that argues social risks should be weighed alongside clinical risks in population-based payment models. Shrank said that the coronavirus pandemic is further highlighting the impact of the social determinants of health, especially as people with social needs are particularly vulnerable. As such, Humana has adapted its population health strategy to meet those concerns, he said.

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Over the past decade, a shift has occurred within the healthcare industry. Patients have become empowered as cultural changes, increasing care options, and policy adjustments enable populations to make informed decisions about their care. The 2010 Affordable Care Act ensured that patients were protected while pressing payers and providers to move into technically advanced systems. Payer and provider groups then began combining to offer new innovative care options, while life science professionals experienced a surge in treatment advancements.


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FUTURE OF HEALTHCARE

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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Aktana Welcomes New Medical Affairs Lead from IBM Watson Health (Now Merative)

Aktana | September 28, 2022

Aktana, the leader in intelligent customer engagement for the global life sciences industry, welcomes Deepak Patil as its new senior director of medical strategy. Patil comes to Aktana after leadership roles at IBM Watson Health, IQVIA, and Sun Pharma Industries where he managed medical affairs in conjunction with six key product launches and developed lasting relationships with key opinion leaders in targeted therapeutic areas. At Aktana, Patil will lead the company’s medical affairs program, initially helping to build modern, data-driven solutions for medical science liaisons but over time, also expand to other areas within medical affairs. Medical Affairs is the “third strategic pillar of the pharmaceutical organization alongside R&D and commercial, as science and data merge,” according to a McKinsey report. Business models are starting to evolve both around and beyond the “product” to encompass the wider therapeutic context, while organizations seek to explain and contextualize the ever more complex medical science to a diverse range of stakeholders. In outreach efforts, MSLs and commercial teams can unintentionally overlap, causing major compliance issues and frustrating doctors. Aktana’s intelligence solutions will not only help medical affairs improve key opinion leader relationships but also better orchestrate outreach to the physician community in compliance with regional engagement regulations. “Deepak brings a unique blend of medical experience – he received his medical degree in India – plus data science and operational expertise from IQVIA and IBM. As we prioritize new, AI-driven solutions for medical affairs teams, Deepak will help expertly shape our new offerings while building a powerhouse team focused on this increasingly important area of life sciences.” Clay Hausmann, chief revenue officer at Aktana Aktana has also announced a strategic partnership with Envision Pharma Group, a global, technology-enabled scientific communications company operating across many areas of medical affairs. Envision and Aktana will combine their offerings to help MSLs address HCP demands for personalized scientific content and coordinated omnichannel engagement. “Aktana is committed to enabling the medical affairs organization in a new era, and I’m excited to serve in a leadership role as part of this endeavor,” said Deepak Patil. “The real-world data is there. With the right technology, we have the power to improve the generation and dissemination of scientific insights to physicians, leading to better treatment decisions and outcomes for their patients.” With more than 300 deployments across 50+ use cases, Aktana has been refining its commercial life sciences intelligence platform for more than a decade. More than half of the world's top-20 pharmaceutical companies rely on Aktana to coordinate and optimize personalized omnichannel engagement with HCPs. Aktana’s Contextual Intelligence 360 platform is powered by the company’s next-generation Contextual Intelligence Engine, which uses AI-driven optimization to predict the value of all potential customer experiences, then prioritize and recommend Next Best Engagements that will deliver the highest ROI. About Aktana Aktana is the category creator and leader of intelligent engagement in the global life sciences industry. By ensuring that every customer experience is tailored to individual preferences and needs, Aktana helps life science companies strengthen their relationships with healthcare providers to inspire better patient care. Today, commercial and medical teams from more than 300 brands use Aktana’s AI-enabled Contextual Intelligence Engine to coordinate and optimize personalized omnichannel engagement at scale. More than half of the top-20 global pharmaceutical companies are Aktana customers. Headquartered in San Francisco, Aktana has offices in every major biopharma region around the world.

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Verizon Business and Visionable expand connected healthcare partnership

Visionable and Verizon | September 22, 2022

Verizon Business and Visionable, a leading health technology company based in the U.K., announced that they are expanding their partnership which will enable both companies to work on a range of connected healthcare solutions, via Visionable’s patented technology powered by Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband and 5G Edge network, in the U.S. Verizon and Visionable are working together on a secure next-generation digital healthcare collaboration platform that enables healthcare professionals to access data, collaborate and share resources within the APAC and EMEA regions. The partnership seeks to address some of healthcare’s biggest challenges including connecting frontline responders to specialist doctors during emergencies and enabling access to community-led care for patients needing long-term support. “The healthcare industry generates a massive amount of data, but its ability to make good use of that data has long been hampered by network architectures that cannot handle it efficiently, securely, or cost-effectively. Through the combination of 5G and Edge computing, healthcare facilities and professionals will have access to secure near-real-time connectivity creating a new link between doctor and patient. As a result, illnesses could someday be diagnosed and treated more quickly, and medical costs could potentially decrease,” Scott Lawrence, Senior Vice President for Verizon Global Solutions Today’s announcement follows the launch of Visionable’s private-5G enabled Connected Healthcare Center in the U.K. in May. The center showcases the benefits of next-generation connectivity and collaboration across a patient’s care journey from urgent and emergency care to virtual wards to in-person care and rehabilitation, supported by Verizon private 5G. “Our partnership provides real-time connectivity and productivity, when and where it counts and costs. Together with Verizon, we endeavor to support our healthcare teams by enabling them to bring healthcare to the patient wherever they are,“ said Alan Lowe, CEO and Co-Founder of Visionable. This engagement is part of Verizon’s continued strategy to partner with customers, startups, universities, and large enterprises to explore how 5G can disrupt and transform nearly every industry. This includes Verizon’s strategic partnership with Emory Healthcare in Atlanta where Verizon is collaborating with Emory Healthcare to help spur the development of healthcare solutions powered by 5G Ultra Wideband. Today’s announcement builds on the company’s network-as-a-service foundation and supports its growing private networks, mobile edge compute and business solutions. About Visionable Visionable is a UK company that is helping make connected healthcare a reality in the UK and around the world. Driven by the belief that affordable, high-quality, timely healthcare is a basic human right that should be accessible to all, Visionable’s patented, real-time & multi-streaming technology enables critical remote decision-making by clinicians wherever they are located have created their own proprietary clinical collaboration platform. This enables the hospital to come to the patient and for healthcare teams to collaborate freely across multiple locations. Visionable is trusted by 25% of the top 100 UK hospitals, 100 more than 90 NHS organisations, 46 and 34 NHS Trusts., over 16,000 NHS staff. Visionable’ s specialist advisory board includes Lord Victor Adebowale, previous NHS board member, Mike Farrar, ex-NHS Chief Executive and leader of the North West England Strategic Authority and Dr Junaid Bajwa, practising physician and MSD’s Digital Accelerator’s Global Lead for Strategic Alliances. About Verizon Verizon Communications Inc. (NYSE, Nasdaq: VZ) was formed on June 30, 2000 and is one of the world’s leading providers of technology and communications services. Headquartered in New York City and with a presence around the world, Verizon generated revenues of $133.6 billion in 2021. The company offers data, video and voice services and solutions on its award-winning networks and platforms, delivering on customers’ demand for mobility, reliable network connectivity, security and control.

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Predictive Health Solutions Technology Shows Promise in Combating Patient Appointment No-Shows

Predictive Health Solutions | December 06, 2022

With the Predictive Health Solutions Patient No-Show Predictor, providers now have a new tool in combatting patient no-shows. By leveraging the power of predictive analytics, the PHS Patient No-Show Predictor can also help reduce patient backlogs and long waitlists, improve operational efficiencies, promote better patient health outcomes, increase potential revenues, enhance patient care, and minimize caregiver burnout. Powered by SAS analytics software and co-developed by Pinnacle Solutions, the solution seamlessly integrates cutting edge technology into pre-existing daily operations, making it easy for healthcare staff to use. The solution identifies high-risk patients as well as potential key risk factors impacting a patient's ability to attend their appointment, such as weather, social determinants of health, or many other factors. Using the information provided, staff can quickly make informed decisions regarding intervention strategies that directly impact the patient's likelihood of attending their appointment and receiving the care they need. For example, staff may choose to offer alternative options to those with unreliable transportation or suggest afternoon appointments for those whose morning commute would be impacted by traffic delays. Teams may also choose to use the intelligence gathered to customize individual reminder protocols to maximize the impact and value of those existing tools. Data gathered can also be leveraged for strategic overbooking, as opposed to, for example, blindly scheduling same-day appointments. Patient no-shows cost the US and Canadian healthcare systems more than $150 billion annually, and those numbers are likely higher as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The ensuing funding shortages not only impact the bottom line, but also directly affect healthcare systems' ability to provide the desired level of care, which in many cases creating even greater accessibility and availability issues. For instance, revenue lost as a result of no-shows could be used to fund additional medical staff or provide the latest medical technologies and therapy sessions for patients in need. Predictive Health Solutions is a joint venture with Pinnacle Solutions, Inc. and the Center For Discovery, Innovation and Development an affiliate member of RWJBarnabas Health and a member of Children's Miracle Network Hospitals. PHS was established to improve access to healthcare, improve diagnostic algorithms, and enhance patient outcomes. PHS uses patient data and external sources to develop solutions that address healthcare needs better. Using machine learning algorithms and artificial intelligence, PHS helps organizations create optimal health for their communities.

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Over the past decade, a shift has occurred within the healthcare industry. Patients have become empowered as cultural changes, increasing care options, and policy adjustments enable populations to make informed decisions about their care. The 2010 Affordable Care Act ensured that patients were protected while pressing payers and providers to move into technically advanced systems. Payer and provider groups then began combining to offer new innovative care options, while life science professionals experienced a surge in treatment advancements.

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