Older Americans worried about insurance coverage, health costs as they approach retirement

FierceHealthcare | January 03, 2019

A sizable percentage of Americans between the ages of 50 and 64 are worried about their healthcare coverage as they head toward retirement, according to a new poll from the University of Michigan. Although some of these concerns include things people can’t directly control, such as policy changes, many are focused on maintaining current coverage provided through an employer while reducing personal healthcare expenses. “The ACA’s insurance coverage expansion was intended, in part, to reduce 'job lock' and allow individuals to change or leave their job without concern about becoming uninsured,” the report says. “However, data from this poll suggest that many adults age 50–64 still worry about maintaining employer-sponsored health insurance and keeping a job for that reason.”

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Osmind launches integrated virtual visits, expanding care options for in-demand mental health clinicians

Osmind | September 16, 2022

Osmind, the public benefit corporation helping clinicians and researchers advance life-saving mental health treatment, announced the launch of integrated Zoom Virtual Visits within its technology platform for mental health clinicians. Now clinicians can access both asynchronous and synchronous digital communication tools, all within the Osmind patient app. Virtual visits extend Osmind’s already integrated experience—between clinicians and patients—and generalist and specialist mental health clinicians, making it easier and safer to meet high patient demand. ”The future of mental health care requires omnichannel care where telehealth plays a role in a larger continuum of treatments. As clinicians, we have a professional obligation to only use telehealth platforms that are HIPAA-compliant. Zoom offers a strong product with powerful user experience over alternatives. We are thrilled to partner to offer their industry-leading solution.” Carlene MacMillan, MD and Vice President of Clinical Innovation at Osmind Osmind’s platform today fosters a therapeutic alliance between researchers, psychiatrists, mental healthcare specialists, and the patients they serve. With this launch, Osmind is expanding treatment options for mental health clinicians treating those vulnerable: people with moderate-to-severe mental health conditions, including patients with treatment-resistant depression and anxiety who may not have the ability to leave their homes to commute, or are geographically restricted from in-person visits. Clinicians and patients stay empowered through progress monitoring and journaling tools. This alliance is strengthened with virtual visits, allowing clinicians to create a virtual visit appointment, share that link with the patient, and launch the virtual visit directly from the Osmind app. With Osmind now a part of Zoom’s ISV Partner Program, clinicians can take advantage of Zoom’s secure, HIPAA-compliant video technology without needing to manage additional vendor overhead or requiring patients to install new technology on their phones or computers. The demand for psychiatric care in the U.S. is only growing. In 2019, 47.7% of adults with a serious mental illness reported an unmet need for mental health services in the previous year, according to the U.S. Department for Health and Human Services. “With the integration of Zoom technology and the Osmind EHR, we are together addressing a significant need in healthcare: clinics can now treat the most at-risk patients securely from where they’re most comfortable with a click of a button, revolutionizing access to care,” said Matt Cipolla, ISV Partner Account Manager, Zoom Video Communications. "We are proud to welcome Osmind into our ISV Partner Program to help transform the mental health landscape.” Clinicians need flexibility in service delivery to meet demand and expand access. Patients save time and money from not needing to commute. Clinicians, patients, and caregivers are additionally frequently already familiar with Zoom, making it seamless for parties to log in to their session. About Osmind Osmind is a San Francisco–based public benefit corporation led by scientists, technologists, and psychiatrists to advance new evidence-generating medicine that helps people living with moderate to severe mental health conditions.

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HEALTH TECHNOLOGY

Johnson & Johnson Opens State-of-the-Art Science and Technology Campus in San Francisco Bay Area

Johnson & Johnson | September 21, 2022

Johnson & Johnson opened its San Francisco Bay Campus, a state-of-the-art Research & Development facility in the Bay Area, one of the world’s most established global hubs for innovation and entrepreneurship. The nearly 200,000 square-foot facility will house up to 400 employees, more than doubling the R&D presence of Johnson & Johnson in the Bay Area. The campus bridges key scientific and technological capabilities by co-locating Janssen R&D, Johnson & Johnson Innovation and Johnson & Johnson Technology. It will further integrate the Company into the Bay Area innovation ecosystem to strengthen and increase collaborations with innovators to accelerate growth. “Johnson & Johnson’s expanded presence in the Bay Area affirms our commitment to combining science and technology to deliver transformative healthcare solutions. On this campus, our talented teams will use their diverse experience and expertise to tackle society’s greatest health challenges to create a better future for patients.” Joaquin Duato, Chief Executive Officer, Johnson & Johnson The R&D focus at the new site spans Janssen’s therapeutic areas and key functions, including emerging science and technologies for gene and RNA therapies, novel treatments and approaches for retinal and infectious diseases, and advanced data science, including artificial intelligence and machine learning. Co-locating expertise at the site will enable the expansion of the Company’s world-class discovery engine and industry-leading pipeline. “Our new state-of-the-art science facility in the Bay Area will further strengthen our R&D capabilities and transform how we discover, develop and deliver innovative medicines faster and more efficiently. By integrating drug discovery, data science and digital health, we aim to accelerate the growth of our best-in-class portfolio and deliver better health outcomes for people worldwide,” said James Merson, Ph.D., Site Head, San Francisco Bay Campus and Global Therapeutic Area Head, Infectious Diseases, Janssen Research & Development, LLC. The Johnson & Johnson Innovation Center in California has facilitated investments and collaborations to accelerate early-stage healthcare innovation with academic and industry partners in the Bay Area and greater California ecosystem since 2014. The San Francisco Bay Campus, along with the Company’s JLABS @ South San Francisco, will continue to enable the Company to build strong relationships with entrepreneurs, scientists and investors to support and invest in highly differentiated innovations that extend and improve lives everywhere. Additionally, given the convergence of healthcare and technology in the region, the Company will increase its focus on the Johnson & Johnson Technology organization to enhance its ability to create innovative digital solutions to advance human health. Building on Johnson & Johnson’s long-standing commitment to use its expertise and resources to reduce the environmental footprint of its operations, the Bay Area hub is designed as a high-performance green campus, reinforcing the Company’s pledge to be responsible stewards in creating a healthy, more sustainable future. The aim is for the new site to receive Silver Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certification, the most widely used green building rating system in the world. About Johnson & Johnson At Johnson & Johnson, we believe good health is the foundation of vibrant lives, thriving communities and forward progress. That’s why for more than 135 years, we have aimed to keep people well at every age and every stage of life. Today, as the world’s largest and most broadly-based healthcare company, we are committed to using our reach and size for good. We strive to improve access and affordability, create healthier communities, and put a healthy mind, body and environment within reach of everyone, everywhere. We are blending our heart, science and ingenuity to profoundly change the trajectory of health for humanity. About the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson At Janssen, we're creating a future where disease is a thing of the past. We're the Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson, working tirelessly to make that future a reality for patients everywhere by fighting sickness with science, improving access with ingenuity, and healing hopelessness with heart. We focus on areas of medicine where we can make the biggest difference: Cardiovascular, Metabolism & Retina; Immunology; Infectious Diseases & Vaccines; Neuroscience; Oncology; and Pulmonary Hypertension. Learn more at www.janssen.com. Follow us at @JanssenGlobal. Janssen Research & Development, LLC is part of the Janssen Pharmaceutical Companies of Johnson & Johnson. About Johnson & Johnson Innovation Johnson & Johnson Innovation LLC works across the pharmaceutical, medical device and consumer health sectors to accelerate early-stage, transformational solutions by catalyzing the best ideas, wherever they are in the world. We do this by harnessing our deep scientific capabilities coupled with a wide range of tools, including customized deal structures, company creation, incubation and startup services, capital investments and other innovative business models that aim to meet the diverse needs of entrepreneurs, scientists, and emerging companies. Our goal is to help life science and health technology innovations thrive through collaboration and partnership with the global ecosystem, so that together we can change the trajectory of human health. About Johnson & Johnson Technology Johnson & Johnson Technology solves big problems in healthcare through technology and digital innovation. Just as doctors use scalpels, we use data science, algorithms, artificial intelligence, robotics, and other digital solutions to transform patients’ lives. From guiding patients through treatment to accelerating vaccine development to enabling employees to work seamlessly from any location, our digital tools infuse our products with novelty, dexterity, and ease.

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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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HEALTH TECHNOLOGY,MEDICAL DEVICES

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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