Virtual care at a virtual conference: Telehealth will remain post-pandemic, experts say at AHIP

Healthcare Dive | June 19, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic will keep driving telehealth adoption, but use will likely ebb from its current unprecedented levels, experts and officials said this week during America's Health Insurance Plans' virtual annual conference. "If I were trying to be controversial, of course I'd say, 'No, it's going to go away.' But of course no one believes that," said Karen DeSalvo, chief medical officer at Google Health and a health official during the Obama administration. "I think we'll land somewhere in between" pre-pandemic and current use, she said. Before the COVID-19 crisis, telehealth was used mainly for behavioral and urgent care, with a focus in rural and underserved areas. But as patients looked for ways to receive healthcare without fear of contracting the coronavirus, use has snowballed. Adoption has increased exponentially since March when the Trump administration temporarily rolled back myriad restrictions to telehealth access, including expanding fee-for-service Medicare coverage, waiving geographic restrictions and authorizing reimbursement for audio-only visits.

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Rockley Photonics and Medtronic Collaborate to Deliver the Next Generation of Wearable Healthcare Monitoring Devices

Rockley Photonics | March 11, 2022

Rockley Photonics Holdings Limited a global leader in photonics-based health monitoring and communications solutions, announced that it has agreed to enter a development partnership with Medtronic, a global leader in healthcare technology. The two companies plan to collaborate to bring Rockley’s recently announced Bioptx™ biomarker sensing platform into Medtronic’s solutions for use across various healthcare settings. Rockley’s biosensing technology is expected to expand the capabilities of wearable medtech devices by miniaturizing the measurement and analysis of a range of biomarkers into a compact form factor. These advances mean that a single wearable device could monitor multiple crucial biomarkers – including core body temperature, blood pressure, body hydration, alcohol, lactate, and glucose trends, among others. The Bioptx platform offers an end-to-end sensing solution that integrates cloud analytics and artificial intelligence (AI) to potentially deliver a holistic assessment of a variety of conditions. The partnership with Medtronic builds on the societal shift from reactive to proactive healthcare by potentially enabling round-the-clock, real-time, non-invasive monitoring of a person’s health and well-being, thereby empowering clinicians to personalize care with actionable data. “This partnership combines Medtronic’s exceptional strength in providing in-patient care with Rockley’s expertise in wearable, remote monitoring. I believe that this collaboration will bring to life our vision of giving people better insights into their health and well-being. We are excited about the potential for this partnership to herald the next generation of wearable devices and deliver a complete lifecycle of patient care.” Dr. Andrew Rickman, chairman and chief executive officer of Rockley About Rockley Photonics A global leader in photonics-based health monitoring and communications solutions, Rockley Photonics is developing a comprehensive range of photonic integrated circuits and associated modules, sensors, and full-stack solutions. From next-generation sensing platforms specifically designed for mobile health monitoring and machine vision to high-speed, high-volume solutions for data communications, Rockley is laying the foundation for a new generation of applications across multiple industries. Rockley believes that photonics will eventually become as pervasive as micro-electronics, and it has developed a platform with the power and flexibility needed to address both mass markets and a wide variety of vertical applications.

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OmniLife Partners With Redox to Add Patient Referral Management Tool to Its End-to-End Communication Platform for Transplant Hospitals.

OmniLife | March 25, 2022

OmniLife, a health technology communication and collaboration platform, has partnered with Redox, the industry-leading electronic health record integration and healthcare interoperability platform, to create a new integrated patient management tool as part of its overarching platform that provides end-to-end communication solutions for transplant hospitals. The new patient modules, OmniReferral and PatientStatus, will allow transplant centers to easily review new referrals and share updates on patient status to providers and allows transplant centers to customize their own digital forms to make it easier for providers to refer and then monitor the activity and status of transplant patients. The tool also integrates into the EHR patient checklists and allows centers using EHRs to easily share patient status updates with referring providers. OmniReferral and PatientStatus is built to be organ agnostic, allowing centers to use the tool across all organ departments and with any referring provider. OmniLife has been leading efforts to improve communication, decision making, and secure information exchange between all stakeholders in the greater allotransplant ecosystem. Additionally, OmniLife is currently participating in a clinical trial funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) which includes notable centers such as UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, Loma Linda University Transplant Institute, and Stanford Health Care Transplant Program. About OmniLife OmniLife is a certified Benefit Corporation focused on maximizing the gift of life for purposes of transplantation and research. OmniLife is the only end-to-end communication and clinical workflow software platform that is built specifically to create a more connected and collaborative allotransplant ecosystem.

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BD Forms Sustainable Medical Technology Institute to Reduce the Environmental Impact of its Product Portfolio

BD (Becton, Dickinson and Company) | April 23, 2022

BD a leading global medical technology company, announced the formation of the Sustainable Medical Technology Institute, a model of practice within the organization that will bring together BD researchers and engineers, as well as quality, regulatory, policy and operational expertise, to focus on reducing the environmental impact of the company's product portfolio in three areas, including adopting sustainable product design strategies, developing and deploying sustainable sterilization technologies, and addressing materials of concern. The Institute will serve as an example of how the company continues to advance the world of health by prioritizing high-quality, safe products for patients, while furthering its environmental, social and governance strategy. "As part of our ESG strategy, we made commitments in specific areas where we see the most opportunity for BD to create meaningful, measurable change over the next decade. In order to achieve these commitments, we established a set of goals to track and measure our success, and this includes how to reduce the environmental impact of our product portfolio and address our customers' sustainability needs. These priorities led us to form the Sustainable Medical Technology Institute." Maureen Mazurek, vice president, sustainability and environmental health and safety at BD Dr. Amit Limaye, director of the Sustainable Medical Technology Institute and director of sustainability research and development at BD, added, "By empowering our teams to tap into deep expertise in areas like engineering and materials science, coupled with access to breakthrough research, technologies, and government and academic partnerships, we are well-positioned to be the best environmental stewards of our portfolio. It is our vision to create a strategic roadmap that will be integral across the organization, demonstrating how an ethical and sustainable company can drive growth, while meeting patient and customer needs in the most environmentally sustainable way possible." The Institute will operate in North America, Europe and Asia, and will collaborate with cross-functional teams within the company's business units, inclusive of research and development, regulatory, quality, policy and operations roles, with the goal of ensuring accountability and a streamlined approach to sustainability efforts, as well as further address sustainability needs within the industry and global regulatory bodies. Key initial efforts include reestablishing a set of minimum environmental and human health criteria for new products and product changes aligned with the company's 2030+ ESG commitments and goals, and identifying new ways to reduce, reuse, recycle or replace materials. These efforts will inform the company's product life cycle roadmap and enable adoption of a sustainable-by-design product development process. About BDBD is one of the largest global medical technology companies in the world and is advancing the world of health by improving medical discovery, diagnostics and the delivery of care. The company supports the heroes on the frontlines of health care by developing innovative technology, services and solutions that help advance both clinical therapy for patients and clinical process for health care providers. BD and its 75,000 employees have a passion and commitment to help enhance the safety and efficiency of clinicians' care delivery process, enable laboratory scientists to accurately detect disease and advance researchers' capabilities to develop the next generation of diagnostics and therapeutics. BD has a presence in virtually every country and partners with organizations around the world to address some of the most challenging global health issues. By working in close collaboration with customers, BD can help enhance outcomes, lower costs, increase efficiencies, improve safety and expand access to health care.

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NUTEX HEALTH ANNOUNCES TWO NEW FULLY FUNCTIONAL MICRO HOSPITALS

Nutex Health, Inc. | May 17, 2022

Nutex Health Inc. a physician-led, technology-enabled healthcare services company comprised of a hospital division with 21 facilities in 8 states and a primary care-centric, risk-bearing population health management division, announced two new fully operational micro hospitals. The first hospital, New Braunfels ER & Hospital, is in New Braunfels, Texas, located about 30 miles northeast of San Antonio. The state-of-the-art facility is open 24/7, 365 days a year, and includes an emergency room with 9 private exam rooms staffed with board-certified physicians and 4 private inpatient beds. The hospital provides both adult and pediatric care, and has the most advanced imaging and laboratory equipment, including CT, X-Ray and ultrasound with rapid radiological reports. The second hospital, East Valley ER & Hospital, is in Gilbert, Arizona, located about 21 miles southeast of Phoenix. The state-of-the-art hospital is open 24/7, 365 days a year, and includes an emergency room with 14 private exam rooms and 14 private inpatient beds. The hospital provides both adult and pediatric care, and has the most advanced imaging and laboratory equipment, including MRI, CT, X-Ray and ultrasound. Nutex currently anticipates opening 3 more facilities in 2022, with another 17 facilities either under construction or in advanced planning stages and anticipated to open in 2023 and 2024. There can be no assurance that these additional facilities will open in the anticipated timing or that they will open at all. Nutex micro hospitals focus on ensuring that patients receive a premium patient experience. Our hospitals feature short ER wait times averaging 15 minutes from entering the door to seeing a physician, high-quality care, lower nursing- and physician-to-patient staffing ratios and faster discharge times. Physicians, nurses and other employees are incentivized to provide quality, compassionate care to their patients. Nutex micro hospitals consistently have better outcomes and high patient satisfaction scores, with well over 1000 five-star Google reviews. "We are excited to continue to expand Nutex's network of micro hospitals across the country. Both New Braunfels and Gilbert are vibrant and rapidly growing suburbs of major metropolitan areas. Our goal is to provide high-quality acute medical care to the populations of these communities." Tom Vo, M.D., MBA, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Nutex Health "Entering the medical field, my goal was always to try to revolutionize the way healthcare is delivered to our patients. Our unique model allows physicians and nurses to retake control of patient care," stated Trey Allen, M.D., Medical Director at New Braunfels ER & Hospital. 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Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is one of the most common multifactorial diseases, including a range of abnormal cellular/molecular processes occurring in different regions of the brain. This disease is considered to be a major contributor to dementia in elderly people. The pathophysiology involves the accumulation of extracellular plaques containing the β-amyloid protein which is generated by the breakdown of the β-amyloid precursor protein (APP) in the brain. Another mechanism involves the formation of intracellular neurofibrillary tangles of hyperphosphorylated tau protein. The AD can be classified into two types, familial AD (FAD) and sporadic AD (SAD) based on heritability apart from this the early-onset AD (EOAD) and late-onset AD (LOAD) forms are based on the age of onset.

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