Sweeping Senate healthcare proposal would address surprise billing, transparency

Fierce Healthcare | May 23, 2019

Senate lawmakers released a draft package of legislation Thursday aimed at curbing healthcare costs they said they believe they can pass on a bipartisan basis—starting with topics like surprise billing and drug prices. Introduced by Senate health committee Chairman Lamar Alexander, R-Tennessee, and ranking member Patty Murray, D-Washington, the proposal includes nearly three dozen specific bipartisan provisions. Alexander said in a statement they hope to move it through the health committee in June and put it to the Senate floor as early as July. The Senate health committee is accepting comments on the discussion draft until June 5. That could be a lofty goal with its ambitious number of proposals, including a number of provisions that will please and disappoint different segments of the healthcare industry.

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UniDoc Partners with AMD Global Telemedicine

UniDoc | February 04, 2022

UniDoc Health Corp., an innovator in the telehealth sector, is pleased to advise on a commercial master distribution agreement (the “Agreement”) with Massachusetts-based AMD Global Telemedicine Inc. (“AMD Global”) for the provision of specialized products and services critical to ongoing commercialization efforts. As a pioneer of virtual care technology, and an industry leader in telehealth solutions, AMD Global has been providing quality healthcare solutions for over 30 years with product sales and registered deployments in 100+ countries. The agreement adds AMD Global as a UniDoc key supplier of telehealth solutions including virtual care software platforms, integrated medical devices, and telemedicine bundled kits. The products and services will be purposed and integrated into the UniDoc Virtual Care Solutions Model (“VCSM”), which will offer a proprietary, customizable, and comprehensive telehealth solution based on a variety of integrated physical enclosures, kiosks, and related configurable packaging designed to deliver web-based services and analytical tools in combination with access to a developing network of healthcare providers, pharmacies, and hospitals. All AMD Global products and telehealth technologies are built to provide high performance and quality, are easy to use and maintain, and operate dependably even in difficult environments. AMD Global is ISO 13485:2003 certified and runs an FDA registered facility operating within good manufacturing telemedicine best practices guidelines. The AMD platform provides UniDoc with immediate access to FDA & Health Canada approved devices (FDA Certified; ISO 13485; and FDA GMP – including all HIPPAA privacy and compliance) which support and help propel the Company’s fast-track plans for commercialization. Mr. Eric Bacon, President of AMD Global Telemedicine Inc. states, we are very pleased to have this opportunity to work with the UniDoc team. Their dedication, passion and commitment are outstanding and adds great value to their ability to drive ahead, overcome obstacles, and keep focused on achieving results. Their offering is unique in its vision and feasibility to scale. We are excited to have been chosen as UniDoc’s provider of choice for their telehealth technology needs today as well as help them extend and develop their telehealth portfolio going forward.” “We are so very delighted to have this opportunity to work with AMD Global as a key vendor of critical components and services. When we began this venture, we found a very short list of suppliers who so clearly fit our needs and timelines. It didn’t take long to determine that AMD’s medical grade instruments are integrated into high quality software. Additionally, AMD completely met our needs when it came to ensuring all required certification and compliance requirements were already in place. To everyone’s credit on both sides, the synergies were readily apparent, and it didn’t take long to come to an agreement. I’m confident that this arrangement will prove instrumental in unlocking the value of this exciting venture together.” UniDoc CEO Antonio Baldassarre About UniDoc Health Corp. UniDoc is developing a telehealth solution which is being designed as a self-contained remote virtual clinic within a private kiosk for patients to undergo full consultations as if they were present in a physician’s office. Telehealth opens the doors to a large segment of the population challenged by access, experience or understanding of online computer technology. It is the Company’s belief that physical accessibility is the key to its business proposition. UniDoc is dedicated to unlocking shareholder value by delivering an excellent product and sophisticated commercial network within an expedited timeframe.

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HEALTH TECHNOLOGY

Philips and IJsselland Hospital sign long-term technology partnership

Royal Philips | December 24, 2021

Royal Philips, a global leader in health technology, today announced it has signed a 12-year strategic partnership with IJsselland Hospital (Capelle aan den Ijssel, The Netherlands). As the hospital’s strategic technology partner, Philips will target improved care for patients and care providers at IJsselland Hospital and in the surrounding region. The collaboration will focus on innovation, digitalization and optimization, and includes the purchase of patient monitoring and radiology solutions including CT and MRI systems. Home monitoring collaboration expanded In addition to the new strategic partnership, Philips and IJsselland Hospital plan to expand their existing home monitoring partnership for patients with heart failure and COPD. Philips will provide clinical and patient decision support software which enables implementation of remote health and care programs and facilitates collaboration between different healthcare providers. “Technological developments in healthcare are currently moving very fast,” said Albert van Wijk, Chairman of IJsselland Hospital’s Board of Directors. “As a regional hospital, we want to keep up with these developments to provide the best care for our patients. We have chosen Philips as a technology partner to jointly develop the hospital of the future. This will be good for our patients and our healthcare professionals. Moreover, Philips’ vision fits well with our strategy.” “Over the past year, we have worked with IJsselland Hospital to convert their strategy and challenges into a partnership. I am very proud of this partnership, in which we don’t focus solely on technology but look more broadly at the challenges the hospital faces. A great deal of attention is paid to innovation, which is why we are starting a joint fund for innovation and optimization. We also want to work explicitly on optimizing care processes, so that the hospital can work smarter and save costs.” Léon Kempeneers, Health Systems, Philips Benelux About Royal Philips Royal Philipsis a leading health technology company focused on improving people's health and well-being, and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum – from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment and home care. Philips leverages advanced technology and deep clinical and consumer insights to deliver integrated solutions. Headquartered in the Netherlands, the company is a leader in diagnostic imaging, image-guided therapy, patient monitoring and health informatics, as well as in consumer health and home care. Philips generated 2020 sales of EUR 17.3 billion and employs approximately 78,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries.

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HEALTH TECHNOLOGY

Alkem Laboratories Ltd. to Launch State of the Art Technology for Diabetic Foot Ulcer Management

Alkem Laboratories Ltd. | January 13, 2022

Alkem Laboratories Ltd. (Alkem) hereby announces to launch a unique patented technology for the treatment of Diabetic Foot Ulcer (DFU) in India. The solution would be based on disruptive 4D Bioprinting technology, which would be used to treat deep, non-healing chronic wounds and is expected to be launched in the Indian market in the latter half of 2022 post regulatory approval. This advanced technology for DFU management has a high scope of preventing amputations in diabetic patients. This technology will be available at affordable rates to Indian patients at a time when there is no definitive treatment for DFU in India. India currently has approximately 77 mn diabetes patients, the second highest in the world. A diabetic foot ulcer is one of the most significant and devastating complications of diabetes and is defined as a foot affected by ulceration that is associated with neuropathy and/or peripheral arterial disease of the lower limb in a patient with diabetes. Approximately, 12-15% with diabetes suffer from DFU at least once in a lifetime. 5–24% of them will finally lead to limb amputation within 6–18 months after the first evaluation. The risk of foot ulceration and limb amputation increases with age and the duration of diabetes. Alkem has collaborated with Rokit Healthcare Inc. to commercialize the technology in India to help reduce amputation amongst DFU patients considering the negative impact of amputation on a patient's quality of life and the associated economic burden on the healthcare system. "In India, Diabetes is one of the major healthcare challenges. The challenge in itself is so huge that diabetic foot ulcers often get ignored. Approximately 1 lac people have to undergo amputation every year and compromise on their quality of life. To address the problem, Alkem has collaborated with Rokit Healthcare Inc., a global regenerative solutions company, to bring out novel solutions for the management of diabetic foot ulcers." Mr. Sandeep Singh, Managing Director, Alkem Laboratories Ltd Adding further, Mr. Sandeep asserted, "Alkem, over the years, has always been at the forefront in delivering high-quality patient care, through its innovation and patient-centric initiatives." About Alkem Laboratories Ltd Established in 1973 and headquartered in Mumbai, Alkemis a leading Indian pharmaceutical company with global operations, engaged in the development, manufacture, and sale of pharmaceutical and nutraceutical products. The Company produces branded generics, generic drugs, active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs), and nutraceuticals, which it markets in India and International markets. With a portfolio of more than 800 brands in India, Alkem is ranked the fifth largest pharmaceutical company in India in terms of domestic sales. The Company also has presence in more than 40 international markets, with the United States being its key focus market.

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FUTURE OF HEALTHCARE

Althea Expands Its Growing Broadband Coverage Area to Tacoma WA

Althea | March 26, 2022

Althea is proud to announce Tacoma, WA is the latest addition to its growing broadband coverage area, with installations and infrastructure investment focused in the Hilltop neighborhood. Founded in 2017, Althea’s mission is rooted in the belief that affordable broadband connectivity is a fundamental right for all people that strengthens communities, economic growth, educational opportunities, and healthcare access. Althea is a distributed Internet Service Provider which works together with local communities and network operators to provide sustainable high speed and low cost broadband access. This is made possible by Althea’s unique technology, infrastructure, and routing protocol. Althea’s routing protocol allows the service and accounting layers of the ISP to be almost entirely automated, and maximizes bandwidth utilization (i.e. delivers lower latency and higher speeds than one would typically experience from a given network connection, when compared to a traditional ISP routing protocol). This technology negates the need for contracts, late fees, and other drawbacks of traditional internet delivery. The mesh topology used to connect users also allows individuals to host infrastructure themselves, growing the network, and earning revenue share for doing so. This keeps value in the community, encourages community involvement, maintains low costs, and creates an ever more resilient network architecture. Althea uses a unique pay-as-you-go payment model, making it easy for users to manage costs. Additionally, each user has access to the always-on free tier, guaranteeing they will have access to no-cost basic internet, regardless of their financial situation. Unlike traditional ISPs, Althea’s technology does not artificially throttle bandwidth or utilize speed tiers either, so users always get the maximum speed their equipment is capable of delivering. Althea users in Tacoma can expect speeds around 100 Mbps and pay, on average, around $25/month. “Many people don’t have access to the internet, not because of availability, but costs and other barriers keep them from this vital resource.We believe internet access is a human right, which is why we provide an always-on, free tier of internet.” Deborah Simpier, Althea CEO and co-founder Hilltop, Tacoma was also one of the first proof-of-concept networks for Althea, partnering in 2020 with Tacoma Cooperative Network and the University of Washington to build and test community led LTE networks. Through this work in Open5GS, Althea developed KeyLTE, which is an embedded EPC inside an Althea home router, which provides flexibility to build and grow LTE/5G networks anywhere, quickly and affordably.

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Bettielou Small is the epitome of resiliency. The former intensive care nurse and current coordinator of surgical services at Novant Health Matthews Medical Center had racked up six marathons and nearly 20 half marathons before a devastating accident.

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