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As health tech innovation moves forward, who is being left out?

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It’s no secret digital health is iterating and evolving at breakneck speed. But many are starting to ask the question, “Are those technologies made with all in mind?” Industry players have warned that many patients groups are being left behind— namely, people of color, underserved communities, members of the LGBTQ population and women.

The problems and opportunities 

“I would say communities of color, and frankly underserved communities of any color, are being left out of this conversation and the technology shifts,” Silas Buchanan, CEO of the Institute for eHealth Equity, told MobiHealthNews.

But there is hope. Buchanan said the emerging focus on environmental and social factors in healthcare has put a new spotlight on meeting the needs of every community.

“With this increased focus on social determinants of health, there will be much more attention given to those populations and maybe the ideators and the innovators will be more thoughtful to those populations,” Buchanan said.  Read More

Bardy Diagnostics Earns Acclaim from Frost & Sullivan for Its Groundbreaking Carnation Ambulatory Monitor™ Patch for Arrhythmia Monitoring

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Based on its recent analysis of the North American remote cardiac monitoring market, Frost & Sullivan recognizes Bardy Diagnostics, Inc. (BardyDx) with the 2019 North America Technology Innovation Award for its Carnation Ambulatory Monitor™ (CAM™) patch. The CAM™ patch is a first-of-its-kind P-wave-centric surface electrocardiograph (ECG) arrhythmia detection device that leverages state-of-the-art engineering and design to deliver groundbreaking monitoring.

Depression Discriminates In The Workplace

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DALLAS, March 27, 2019 — Some segments of the population are much more likely than others to suffer from depression according to an analysis of more than 157,000 preventive health checkups conducted by Catapult Health in workplace settings across America.

Millennials, women, smokers, those who are overweight or physically inactive and those with a chronic health disease are at highest risk for having depression. These patterns extend beyond depression to suicidal ideation—individuals who have a plan and the means to end their own lives. Read More

Intermountain Healthcare and Trinity Health Make Growth Investment in AI Leader Jvion

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Leading healthcare Artificial Intelligence (AI) firm Jvion announced a growth investment from healthcare leaders Intermountain Healthcare and Trinity Health. This round of funding is an expansion of the existing customer relationship between Jvion and both providers and demonstrates their respective ongoing commitments to healthcare innovation, including the practical application of AI solutions for driving improved quality and health outcomes. This investment comes less than a month after the announcement of a significant growth equity investment led by JMI Equity, Health Enterprise Partners and Health Velocity Capital. KLAS recently recognized Jvion’s solution for its leadership in the growing field of clinical analytics, and for edging out predictive analytics solutions offered by top acute care EMR vendors. Read More

Mercy Medical Center Lowers Rates of Readmissions by More Than 20% Using Jvion’s Cognitive Machine

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Mercy Medical Center in Canton, Ohio has lowered rates of all-cause readmissions by more that 20 percent through the application of Jvion’s Cognitive Machine solution. As one of the preeminent providers leading the industry in Artificial Intelligence (AI) adoption, this 476-bed facility is effectively leveraging Jvion’s technology to enhance quality improvement efforts and care quality.

Founded as a Catholic healthcare organization focused on “providing quality, compassionate, accessible and affordable care,” the integration of Jvion’s leading AI into Mercy Medical Center’s technology landscape illustrates the provider’s continued commitment to using the latest innovation to advance patient health. Read More

Wildflower Health Teams with Amazon Alexa to Enable “Hands Free” Baby Tracking for Parents

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Wildflower Health, a leading mobile health software company, today announced the launch of a new Amazon Alexa skill specifically geared to make daily pregnancy and parent tasks more convenient. In cooperation with Amazon, Wildflower is releasing the “Family Health by Wildflower” skill on Alexa to make it easier for moms and dads to manage the health of their families using voice technology.

Wildflower’s Family Health app helps consumers manage the health needs of moms, dads, kids and aging parents. The company’s mobile technology supports families at every age and stage, connecting them with the right resources at the right times. Read More

Northwell to Use Jvion’s AI Software to Address Patient Readmissions

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To help drive down patient readmissions and enhance care, Northwell Health will integrate predictive artificial intelligence (AI) software from Jvion’s Cognitive Machine into the health system’s electronic medical records (EMR) at 15 hospitals.

Georgia-based Jvion and its AI solution will be used to identify at-risk patients and other metrics that contribute to an individual’s increased risk. This includes social determinants such as a lack of access to transportation as well as food and housing insecurity. During the initial phase of implementation, Northwell Health will target readmissions and avoidable admissions within its managed care population. Read More

AllyAlign CEO: I-SNPs Will Form ‘Permanent Pillar’ in Changing Skilled Nursing World

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The exponential growth of Medicare Advantage (MA), with its lower reimbursements and greater length-of-stay pressure, has been a thorn in the side of many skilled nursing providers.

As part of a bid to wrest back control, SNFs are increasingly looking to become insurance providers, driving the growth of individualized Medicare Advantage options as they move into institutional special needs plans (I-SNPs). In fact, many SNFs see the move as their ticket out of a maze of pressures from payers and into the momentum of the MA world. Read More

Health Enterprise Partners Adds Venture Partner – Mike Taylor Adds Operational and Clinical Experience to the Firm

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Health Enterprise Partners (“HEP”), a healthcare private equity fund, is pleased to announce the addition of Mike Taylor as Venture Partner. “As a proven entrepreneur and physician, Mike brings a unique set of attributes to HEP that will benefit our investors and portfolio companies,” said Dave Tamburri, Managing Partner of HEP. “After more than 10 years of friendship, we are fortunate to welcome him to the team.”

Prior to joining HEP in January, Mike served as President of MultiPlan’s Payment Integrity division, a position he held since MultiPlan’s acquisition of Medical Audit & Review Solutions (“MARS”) in 2014. Mike founded MARS as a technology-enabled provider of healthcare payment integrity services for payers and third-party administrators. He served as President and CEO since the company’s inception in 2011. Read More