Zoom to Halt Feature Development to Bolster Privacy, Security for COVID-19

HealthIT Security | April 03, 2020

Zoom annouced it plans to enact a freeze on all feature development and shift its engineering resources for the next 90 days to focus on privacy and security issues, in light of recent cybersecurity concerns that have emerged during the Coronavirus pandemic. The videoconferencing platform has a healthcare-specific service. Meanwhile, the Office for Civil Rights has penalties for HIPAA noncompliance around expanded telehealth use during the crisis. Zoom was listed as an acceptable platform for this use, which means providers can use the platform for remote care or consultations. Usage of Zoom has ballooned overnight – far surpassing what we expected when we first announced our desire to help in late February,” Zoom CEO Eric Yuan wrote. “To put this growth in context, as of the end of December last year, the maximum number of daily meeting participants, both free and paid, conducted on Zoom was approximately 10 million.

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A study found that providing face-to-face health promotion sessions at an individual’s own GP practice, alongside pictorial and multi-lingual guides and non-latex gloves, increases bowel screening uptake by around 5%. The sessions took place after people had received a GP endorsement letter 2 weeks after they were due to return their screening kit.


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HEALTH TECHNOLOGY

Alcon Strengthens Leadership in IOL Innovation with Launch of Clareon Portfolio in the U.S.

Alcon | March 07, 2022

Alcon the global leader in eye care dedicated to helping people see brilliantly, announced the launch of the Clareon®family of intraocular lenses (IOLs) in the U.S. Utilizing Alcon’s most advanced IOL material, Clareon can deliver consistent visual outcomes and exceptional clarity that lasts.°,1-7The Clareon clarity is born out of a glistening-free§IOL material that has among the lowest levels of haze and subsurface nanoglistenings compared to leading competitor IOLs.†,*,1-3 “We are proud to offer our latest IOL technology in the U.S. and other countries across the globe. At Alcon, we are consistently pushing the boundaries to deliver transformational innovation to cataract surgeons and their patients. Clareon is the result of robust R&D efforts at every level—inventive material science, advanced manufacturing techniques and novel delivery systems—to deliver exceptional, long-lasting clarity.” Ian Bell, President, Global Business & Innovation, Alcon The Clareon portfolio leverages many of the same design characteristics and optics as Alcon’s leading IOLs to help deliver the outcomes surgeons expect.8,9Clareon offers sharp, crisp vision with a proprietary edge designed to help reduce glare and posterior capsular opacification.7The lens’ unique and proven STABLEFORCE®Haptics provide superior axial and rotational stability.*,β,8-14Clareon has been extensively researched, with inclusion in 30 published studies worldwide. Clareon Monofocal and Clareon Toric IOLs have already been implanted in more than one million eyes across more than 70 countries.15 Clareon IOLs are inserted using the next-generation, reusable Clareon Monarch®IVDelivery System, which provides precise and controlled implantation and that was designed specifically for the new Clareon material.15,16Clareon Monofocal is also available in the next-generation automated, single-use delivery system, AutonoMe™. “As one of the investigators for the Clareon pivotal trial, I was immediately impressed with the clarity of the new IOL material, delivery system and the consistent refractive outcomes,” said Dr. Samuel H. Lee, MD, Ophthalmologist, Sacramento, CA.** “Today, the clarity of Clareon persists four years later in my trial patients, with the optic performance that I expect from Alcon IOLs, as well as continued high patient satisfaction.” Clareon Monofocal, Clareon PanOptix®, Clareon PanOptix Toric, Clareon Vivity®and Clareon Vivity Toric IOLs are now available in the U.S. Clareon PanOptix offers patients the possibility of 20/20 vision at distance (far), intermediate (at arm’s length) and near (up close), with continuous vision of 20/25 or better.¥,14,17Clareon Vivity is a non-diffractive extended depth of focus lens with wavefront-shaping X-WAVE™ technology, delivering monofocal-quality distance with excellent intermediate and functional near vision and with a monofocal visual disturbance profile.13,18 Clareon Toric will be available in the U.S. later this year. Alcon will be rolling out the Clareon family of IOLs in international markets throughout 2022 and 2023. There are more than 28 million cataract surgeries performed each year in the world. With the aging population and increased life expectancies, these surgeries are expected to increase 3-4% per year for the next 30 years, leading to an estimated 60 million global cataract surgeries annually by 2045.19 About Cataracts A cataract is a cloudy area in the natural lens of the eye that affects vision. As a cataract develops, the eye's lens gradually becomes hard and cloudy, allowing less light to pass through, which makes it more difficult to see. The vast majority of cataracts result from normal aging, but radiation exposure, taking steroids, diabetes and eye trauma can accelerate their development. Cataracts are the most common age-related eye condition and the leading cause of preventable blindness.20Cataracts are treated by removing the eye's cloudy natural lens and surgically replacing it with an IOL. More than 92% of cataract surgeries are considered successful, and patients typically can return to their normal routines within 24 hours.21 About Clareon IOLs and Delivery Systems The family of Clareon intraocular lenses (IOLs) includes the Clareon Aspheric Hydrophobic Acrylic and Clareon Aspheric Toric IOLs, the Clareon PanOptix Trifocal Hydrophobic IOL, Clareon PanOptix Toric, Clareon Vivity Extended Vision Hydrophobic Posterior Chamber IOL and Clareon Vivity Toric IOLs. Each of these IOLs is indicated for visual correction of aphakia in adult patients following cataract surgery. In addition, the Clareon Toric IOLs are indicated to correct pre-existing corneal astigmatism at the time of cataract surgery. The Clareon PanOptix lens mitigates the effects of presbyopia by providing improved intermediate and near visual acuity while maintaining comparable distance visual acuity with a reduced need for eyeglasses, compared to a monofocal IOL. The Clareon Vivity lens mitigates the effects of presbyopia by providing an extended depth of focus. Compared to an aspheric monofocal IOL, the lens provides improved intermediate and near visual acuity while maintaining comparable distance visual acuity. All of these IOLs are intended for placement in the capsular bag. Careful preoperative evaluation and sound clinical judgment should be used by the surgeon to decide the risk/benefit ratio before implanting any IOL in a patient with any of the conditions described in the Directions for Use that accompany each IOL. Prior to surgery, physicians should provide prospective patients with a copy of the Patient Information Brochure available from Alcon, informing them of possible risks and benefits associated with these IOLs. Reference the Directions for Use labelling for each IOL for a complete listing of indications, warnings and precautions. About Alcon Alcon helps people see brilliantly. As the global leader in eye care with a heritage spanning over 75 years, we offer the broadest portfolio of products to enhance sight and improve people’s lives. Our Surgical and Vision Care products touch the lives of more than 260 million people in over 140 countries each year living with conditions like cataracts, glaucoma, retinal diseases and refractive errors. Our more than 24,000 associates are enhancing the quality of life through innovative products, partnerships with Eye Care Professionals and programs that advance access to quality eye care.

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CareCloud Launches All-New Interoperability and Data Exchange Solution for Healthcare Organizations

CareCloud, Inc | December 17, 2021

CareCloud, Inc., a leader in healthcare technology solutions for medical practices and health systems nationwide has released CareCloud Connector, a next-generation interface and data management engine, and the first product within its CareCloud Conductor suite. CareCloud Connector enables healthcare organizations with ready-to-use integrations that improve data management and deployment speed, while offering better interface visibility and control. “We have been a leading healthcare IT innovator for almost two decades, providing solutions that improve financial, clinical, and patient outcomes, at scale, and a partner to a wide array of healthcare organizations. Today we are introducing our proprietary, turn-key integration technology platform to help healthcare ecosystem partners leverage the same tools we ourselves use to manage our business across hundreds of unique integrations spanning thousands of locations.” Hadi Chaudhry, CEO and President, CareCloud As the U.S. healthcare industry’s data exchange regulations continue to evolve and vendors prepare to comply with provisions in the Cures Act, legacy integration tools will hinder progress. CareCloud Connector provides a seamless, scalable, and centralized platform with APIs, allowing healthcare IT vendors, medical billing organizations, and digital health companies to overcome interoperability challenges and effectively manage data integration and transmission hurdles. Connector includes a library of industry-tested, ready-to-use integrations, interfaces, and customizable tools in a convenient SaaS offering. "As one of the industry’s first true libraries of plug-and-play integration and customizable tools, CareCloud Connector transforms laborious developmental projects into simple and secure activations,” said Adeel Sarwar, Chief Technology Officer, CareCloud. “Connector makes data exchange and management simple and cost-effective for industry participants.” "Healthcare organizations often struggle with managing hundreds of interface requests and data migration challenges. Couple this with the complexities of new regulatory requirements embedded in the Cures Act and you set the stage for a solution like Connector,” said David Botero, Director of Integrations, CareCloud. “Connector allows us to close interoperability gaps for industry participants. We are proud to be a leader in integration consolidation, empowering health organizations and service providers to comply with new interoperability requirements while saving money and resting easy, knowing that a leading publicly-traded healthcare IT vendor is taking care of the hard work for them." CareCloud Connector is the first solution launching under CareCloud’s new technology suite, CareCloud Conductor. Conductor is a family of technologies designed to support interoperability, connectivity, and data transformation. CareCloud plans to unveil more products in the Conductor suite in 2022 with the launch of additional innovative solutions to support the growing prominence of health IT developers and investments in digital health. About CareCloud CareCloudbrings disciplined innovation to the business of healthcare. Our suite of technology-enabled solutions helps clients increase financial and operational performance, streamline clinical workflows and improve the patient experience. More than 40,000 providers count on CareCloud to help them improve patient care while reducing administrative burdens and operating costs.

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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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Habersham Medical Center first hospital in Georgia to adopt digital diagnostic image-sharing platform, PocketHealth

PocketHealth | June 18, 2022

Habersham Medical Center (HMC) announced that it will engage PocketHealth to help make it much easier for the hospital's 80,000 patients to access, share and store their medical imaging and reports securely on any device, enabling them to be more informed and active in their own healthcare journeys. Patients will no longer need to travel to the healthcare facility to collect a CD-ROM of their records and transport it to their next appointment or hope that their critical health information makes it safely to their primary care physician. With PocketHealth, HMC's patients will be able to actively engage in their own healthcare journey by accessing and sharing their imaging reports with their physicians, caregivers, or family members from any device, anywhere in the world. Physicians and other healthcare professionals who share and receive diagnostic images with Habersham will be able to work within the medical center's existing infrastructure and won't need to worry about additional software or account setup. They will be able to view patient imaging instantly in full diagnostic quality or import those images into their local PACS for diagnosis. "We are very excited to make the healthcare experience much easier than it has been for patients at Habersham Medical Center, and in implementing PocketHealth at our hospital, we are equipping patients to be participants in their own medical journey. Until now, when medical imaging and reports were shared it required our patients to make unnecessary trips to the site. Tyler Williams, President, and CEO of Habersham Medical Center PocketHealth equips healthcare providers with the most efficient and effective way to share medical imaging while bringing patients into the center of the process, fueling better outcomes through direct access to diagnostic imaging and reports. Patients can now request all of their imaging records from HMC on the PocketHealth website and gain better insights into their reports with PocketHealth's Report Reader functionality, which breaks down and defines complex medical terms found within radiology reports. "Diagnostic Imaging is essential to understanding a treatment course or for soliciting second opinions and can often be the spark for a long-term care journey," said Rishi Nayyar, co-founder and CEO, PocketHealth. "PocketHealth is thrilled to work with Habersham Medical Center to make it easy for patients and care providers to move through an image-based journey without the unnecessary frustration that often comes with records release and CD-ROM hardware." Habersham Medical Center is focused on serving its communities by providing high quality healthcare to its patients and clinical partnerships. The Center conducts approximately 125,000 imaging exams each year. About PocketHealth PocketHealth is the world's first patient-centric image sharing platform. With PocketHealth, patients can instantly access, share and take ownership over their own medical imaging and records - anytime, anywhere, and with anyone. PocketHealth also enables direct sharing between hospitals and physicians, as well as instant DICOM retrieval and automated importing capability, creating a unified image management solution for more than 600 hospitals and imaging clinics across North America. PocketHealth believes that by placing patients at the center of their care journey, records move more ethically, easily and securely throughout the healthcare system. About Habersham Medical Center Serving over 80,000 residents across northeast Georgia, Habersham Medical Center (HMC) is a 53 licensed-bed, acute care hospital delivering exceptional care and service. As a substantial economic partner for Habersham County, HMC operates three physician practices, a comprehensive rehabilitation program, an 84 licensed-bed, skilled nursing home and the area's only hospital-based, home health service.

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A study found that providing face-to-face health promotion sessions at an individual’s own GP practice, alongside pictorial and multi-lingual guides and non-latex gloves, increases bowel screening uptake by around 5%. The sessions took place after people had received a GP endorsement letter 2 weeks after they were due to return their screening kit.

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