Is Artificial Intelligence Mature Enough to Combat COVID-19?

HealthITAnalytics | March 18, 2020

Before the world was even conscious of the threat posed by COVID-19, artificial intelligence had detected the beginnings of the outbreak. On December 30, 2019, researchers from BlueDot, a company that uses AI to track and anticipate infectious diseases, spotted a report about a pneumonia of unknown aetiology in China. Nearly a week later, on January 5, 2020, the World Health Organization (WHO) issued a request for more information from Chinese public health authorities. However, the issues surrounding AI in healthcare haven’t just disappeared in the wake of a global pandemic. Concerns about data quality, the absence of humans, and the overall accuracy of AI tools are perhaps even more valid now than they were before. How are organizations currently using AI to combat COVID-19, and is the technology mature enough to handle a widespread health crisis? On March 5, 2020, Google’s DeepMind published research discussing how they used deep learning to predict the structure of proteins associated with SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. “We emphasize that these structure predictions have not been experimentally verified, but hope they may contribute to the scientific community’s interrogation of how the virus functions, and serve as a hypothesis generation platform for future experimental work in developing therapeutics,” DeepMind researchers said.

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Medicago Announces Publication of Phase 3 COVID-19 Vaccine Study Results in New England Journal of Medicine

Medicago | May 06, 2022

Medicago announced the publication of the results from the Phase 3 study of COVIFENZ®, COVID-19 vaccine recombinant, adjuvanted, in the New England Journal of Medicine. The Phase 3 trial studied the two-dose regimen of COVIFENZ® given 21 days apart versus placebo in over 24,000 subjects aged 18 and above. Common side effects in the vaccine group included injection site pain, headache, fatigue, fever, muscle aches, and chills. COVIFENZ® is indicated for active immunization to prevent coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 in individuals 18 to 64 years of age. The safety and efficacy of COVIFENZ® in individuals younger than 18 years of age or 65 years and older have not been established. COVIFENZ® has not yet received approval in other jurisdictions. “We are proud to have our Phase 3 clinical trial published in the esteemed New England Journal of Medicine to be shared with the larger scientific community. Medicago’s scientific team has dedicated decades to the development of our proprietary plant-based vaccine manufacturing platform, and we are thrilled to see our results disseminated in this way. We hope that this exchange of research and knowledge will encourage and inspire future innovation in biomedical science and clinical practice.” Marc-André D’Aoust, Executive Vice President, Innovation, Development and Medical Affairs at Medicago COVIFENZ® was authorized for use by Health Canada on February 24, 2022. This is the first authorized COVID-19 vaccine developed by a Canadian-headquartered company, and the first that uses a plant-based protein technology. “The world needs a diverse range of vaccine options to continue to fight COVID-19, and we are proud to be able to contribute,” said Toshifumi Tada, CEO and President at Medicago. About Medicago Medicago is on a mission to help improve global public health using the power of plants. Founded in 1999 with the belief that innovative approaches and rigorous research would bring new solutions in healthcare, Medicago is a pioneer in plant-based therapeutics. We are proudly rooted in Quebec, with manufacturing capacity in both Canada and the US. Our passionate and curious team of over 500 scientific experts and employees are dedicated to using our technology to provide rapid responses to emerging global health challenges, and to advancing therapeutics against life-threatening diseases worldwide. Medicago is an affiliated company of Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation. About Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma Corporation, the majority parent company of Medicago, is one of the large Japanese pharmaceutical companies, with its headquarters in Osaka, Japan. It positions vaccines as one of its key R&D areas and is also working to develop new modalities of vaccines. MTPC will further contribute to the prevention of infectious diseases which is one of the world’s important social issues, by delivering a new option of plant-based VLP vaccine as a new type of vaccine. MTPC is a member of Mitsubishi Chemical Holdings Group.

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athenahealth Expands Mobile EHR Voice Capabilities for Healthcare Providers

athenahealth, Inc. | June 29, 2022

athenahealth, Inc., a leading provider of network-enabled software and services for medical groups and health systems nationwide, announced the release of athenaOne® Voice Assistant Powered by Nuance®, a mobile-embedded, voice-driven digital companion that streamlines information retrieval and enables hands-free completion of meaningful clinical tasks for healthcare providers using athenahealth’s electronic health records (EHR) solution. Leveraging the power of their voice and iOS-based mobile device, clinicians can spend less time on the computer and more time interacting with patients. Voice Assistant is a natural command-based, virtual assistant developed and built by athenahealth and powered by Nuance's Dragon Medical technology. Voice Assistant is available for use with the award-winning athenaOne mobile app and athenaOne® Dictation Powered by Nuance®, which allows clinicians to dictate patient documentation naturally and accurately. Together, athenahealth’s voice-enabled solutions help clinicians improve documentation accuracy, save time, and provide a better patient experience. According to a recent survey by athenahealth, 92% of physicians surveyed report one or more issues cause them to feel burned out on a regular basis with the leading cause of regular burnout being excessive documentation requirements. However, numerous clinicians using Voice Assistant have experienced significant documentation time savings, thus allowing them to reallocate their time to other high-priority tasks. “I started using Voice Assistant because I’m curious about tech and AI, and I wanted to see if it would help me be more productive. Because I can so easily document anywhere, anytime, I’ve found it to be very useful and convenient, and it helps me make better use of my time. I wouldn’t want to work without it now.” Dr. Terence M. Grogan, DO, FAAFP, Grogan Family Medicine Using simple, intuitive voice commands, clinicians using Voice Assistant can document exams, create draft orders, retrieve clinical information, and review their schedule to accelerate tasks and save valuable time. As an AI-backed technology, Voice Assistant will become even smarter and more efficient with widespread use, and athenahealth will continue to expand the number of available commands and introduce new use cases. “We are delighted to expand our provider mobile app capabilities with Voice Assistant as we continue to transform the provider and patient experience,” said Paul Brient, chief product officer for athenahealth. “Clinicians should be able to experience technology at work just like they do in their everyday lives, and Voice Assistant brings us one step closer to that.” Brient added that with provider burnout and patient expectations increasing simultaneously, athenahealth is focused on accelerating product innovation, using tools like AI to help solve some of healthcare's biggest challenges. “As our data show, administrative requirements are taking too much time and attention away from providers, and it’s the responsibility of all EHR companies to decrease that burden so providers can spend more face time with patients,” he said. About athenahealth, Inc. athenahealth creates innovative healthcare technology that connects clinicians, patients, payers, and partners in differentiated ways. Our electronic health records, revenue cycle management, and patient engagement tools allow anytime, anywhere access, driving better financial outcomes for our customers and enabling our provider customers to deliver better quality care. In everything we do, we’re inspired by our vision to create a thriving ecosystem that delivers accessible, high-quality, and sustainable healthcare for all.

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PulsePoint Releases Next Generation Health Media Platform With Advanced Automation And AI

PulsePoint | July 06, 2021

PulsePoint, a technology company revolutionizing health decision-making in real-time, today announced the next generation launch of its digital media buying platform, Life by PulsePoint™. Its enhanced AI and automation simplifies and supercharges the media planning, activation, and optimization processes. Designed for the self-serve programmatic trader, these updates promote efficiencies and surface predictive and in-flight campaign analytics for quick strategic decisioning to yield higher media return on investment. Built upon PulsePoint's extensive data foundation, Genome™, that proactively uses microdata to capture attention when intent is signaled, Life is the leading healthcare end-to-end programmatic platform. Life's automated machine learning and AI allows marketers to quickly create highly-customized segments that classify populations in real-time, and deliver sequential messaging to drive customer actions in the moment and across the health journey. This next generation of the Life platform includes: • Advanced media planning innovations: Life offers an AI-powered forecasting tool used to run simulations to generate predictive performance metrics and intelligent audience insights. This makes it easier for marketers to preview budgets and ideate and adjust tactics to obtain their desired campaign outcomes, all before a single dollar is spent. Each forecast is powered by detailed supply and channel insights, like expected delivery, and campaign performance can be viewed by a variety of dimensions, including creative types, domains/apps, condition categories, healthcare professional specialties, geographies, among others. • Better campaign management with advanced dashboard: An automated and real-time view of line item performance and pacing gives traders a deeper, more granular look into their campaigns, making it easier for them to optimize their spend based on flight delivery and anticipate new incremental opportunities. The dashboard not only surfaces key numbers, but it also includes dynamic performance charts to uncover real-time campaign insights. • Turnkey PMP (private marketplaces) deal builder: Enhanced with turnkey end-to-end functionality, self-serve traders can now enable the deals that they negotiated directly with publishers and/or SSPs through Life's UI, decreasing the time it takes to launch PMPs. "Life was built for the healthcare marketer to simplify and optimize marketing campaigns," said Andrew Stark, CRO of PulsePoint. "Our newest capabilities increase efficiencies through advanced forecasting and real-time performance optimization, enabling more control and enhanced campaign management." Life by PulsePoint provides access to over 110 billion daily impressions across more than 2 million health pages, reaching 1.8M+ opted-in, verified healthcare professionals and over 90% of the online U.S. population. This release is just another step in PulsePoint's journey to deliver personalized messaging at each stage of the health journey using predictive insights built on real-time data. The company was recently acquired by Internet Brands, a KKR portfolio company and owner of WebMD Health Corp. PulsePoint's teams will continue to operate as their own division from their existing hubs in New York, San Francisco, and London. About PulsePoint PulsePoint is a leading technology company that uses real-world data in real-time to optimize campaign performance and revolutionize health decision-making. Leveraging proprietary datasets and methodology, PulsePoint targets healthcare professionals and patients with an unprecedented level of accuracy—delivering unparalleled results to the clients we serve.

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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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