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Q&A with Peter Piot about COVID-19
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Q&A with Peter Piot about COVID-19

At TEDMED’s gathering in Boston, we had the opportunity to interview on stage the world’s top virologist, Peter Piot. In plain English, Peter provided solid scientific knowledge about COVID-19 and how to cope with it. Short answers, clear explanations. Based on that live interview here is a written Q & A supporting the responses to 100 questions on COVID-19 with Peter Piot. We hope that you will find this additional content helpful and that you will share the video Q & A and this blog post with your friends and family. 1. TEDMED: Let’s start with the basics. What is a virus? A virus is a very tiny particle of RNA or DNA genetic code protected by an outer protein wrapper. 2. TEDMED: How common are viruses? Viruses are everywhere. It’s amazing to realize that...
Black Lives Matter: Health IT Industry, Where Are You?
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Black Lives Matter: Health IT Industry, Where Are You?

All lives truly matter. However, the world does not exist in a vacuum void of institutional racism, subconscious, and implicit bias. As a result, every life within America is not valued the same, as is evident by the recent George Floyd murder. When all lives are not treated with the same opportunities and respect, whether in matters of criminal justice, employment, housing, education, health, and healthcare evidence shows the result is that only some lives actually matter. One cannot change the evidence and facts surrounding the existence of inequity merely to appease the unweakened mind of individuals who simply chose [not] to self-awaken intellectually.  As a result, within America, all lives haven’t mattered. Today, those lives, which happen to not be treated the same within the a...
Zimmer & Apple Watch Transform Joint Replacement Virtual Care w/ App New Features
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Zimmer & Apple Watch Transform Joint Replacement Virtual Care w/ App New Features

What You Should Know: – Zimmer Biomet announced new features of mymobility with Apple Watch® – bringing remote patient care to life for patients who receive hip and knee joint replacement at the Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC). – Available later this year, mymobility with Apple Watch will now use gait metrics (the stride of a person as s/he moves limbs) to passively collect walking speed and double support time when walking on flat level surfaces without GPS. These measurements are critical for the recovery process and were once only able to be captured during an in-person doctor’s appointment.    Zimmer Biomet Holdings, Inc., a global leader in musculoskeletal healthcare, announced new features of mymobility with Apple Watch, creating a first-of-its-kind remote care ma...
BrightInsight Raises $40M for Regulated Digital Health Platform for Biopharma & Medtech
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BrightInsight Raises $40M for Regulated Digital Health Platform for Biopharma & Medtech

What You Should Know: – BrightInsight, provider of the leading global regulated digital health platform for biopharma and medtech, today announced a Series B funding round of $40 million, led by global venture capital and private equity firm, Insight Partners. – Already the partner of choice to four global pharmaceutical leaders—AstraZeneca, Roche, CSL Behring, and Novo Nordisk—the Series B financing will enable BrightInsight to speed up hiring, expand its global footprint and add functionality to its regulated digital health platform as it continues to grow its customer base. BrightInsight, Inc., provider of the leading global regulated digital health platform for biopharma and medtech, today announced a Series B funding round of $40M led by global venture capital and private ...
4 Ways Healthcare Leaders Can Use Data & Analytics to Prevent, Predict and Prepare for a Pandemic
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4 Ways Healthcare Leaders Can Use Data & Analytics to Prevent, Predict and Prepare for a Pandemic

Laura Craft, Vice President, Analyst at GartnerCOVID-19 has put a laser focus on how data and analytics are powerful tools for healthcare leaders to predict, prepare, and respond in a proactive and coordinated manner to a global health crisis. Throughout the pandemic, data has been used to document the spread of the virus, project the curve, and more. Responses and actions to mitigate viral spread hinge on real-time data collection, governance, and analysis for instant decision making. The exchange of reliable, real-time data between the government and local health authorities has been proven vital. Yet, while some data and analytics applications have been highly impactful, the crisis has also highlighted ways that data could have been used more effectively. The demand for data and ...
Verily, Cognizant Collaborate on Baseline COVID-19 Testing Program
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Verily, Cognizant Collaborate on Baseline COVID-19 Testing Program

What You Should Know: – Cognizant has announced its collaboration with Verily Life Sciences to facilitate and help increase easy and efficient COVID-19 testing across the U.S – which will be critical to ensuring the safety of individuals going out and back to work as states reopen. – Through this collaboration, Cognizant is providing a team of its life sciences experts to support Verily’s Baseline COVID-19 Testing Program to increase access to individuals needing to schedule COVID-19 tests. Cognizant today announced it is collaborating with Verily Life Sciences, the health and life sciences company of Alphabet, to facilitate COVID-19 testing across the U.S. As part of the collaboration, Cognizant is providing a team of its life sciences experts to support Verily’s Baseline COV...
DispatchHealth Raises $135.8M to Expand On-Demand In-Home Care Model
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DispatchHealth Raises $135.8M to Expand On-Demand In-Home Care Model

What You Should Know – Today DispatchHealth announced the closing of $135.8 million growth capital financing led by Optum Ventures and included participation from existing and new strategic investors. – The additional funding enables DispatchHealth to continue to provide in-home medical care to even more vulnerable, high-needs patients by growing its existing 19 markets, expanding to new markets, and launching additional services.  – Many health systems, including Renown Health and MultiCare, are working with DispatchHealth to help keep ER’s clear during the pandemic and keep patients at home. DispatchHealth (formerly known as True North Health Navigation), a Denver, CO-based provider of on-demand in-home care, today announced it has raised $135.8M in growth capital financing ...
HHS Awards Morehouse $40M to Combat COVID-19, Advance Health Equity in Minority Communities
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HHS Awards Morehouse $40M to Combat COVID-19, Advance Health Equity in Minority Communities

Source: Morehouse School of MedicineWhat You Should Know: – Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) partners with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services on a three-year project to combat COVID-19 and advance health equity in minority communities. – The initiative – the National Infrastructure for Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19 within Racial and Ethnic Minority Communities – is a three-year project designed to work with community-based organizations across the nation to deliver education and information on resources to help fight the pandemic.  – MSM will establish the National COVID-19 Resiliency Network to strengthen efforts to link communities to COVID-19 testing, healthcare, and social services and to best share and implement effective response, recovery, and resilie...
56% of Health Leaders State Their Current PHM Solution Falls Short, Fails to Address Current Needs
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56% of Health Leaders State Their Current PHM Solution Falls Short, Fails to Address Current Needs

What You Should Know: – More than half (56%) healthcare leaders say their current population health management (PHM) solution doesn’t meet their needs, according to a new survey from Persivia. – Almost two-thirds (62%) say a lack of clinician engagement is the top reason they’re looking to replace their PHM solution. This was followed by the inability to convert data to action (48%), and inability to engage patients (43%) or perform sufficient analytics (43%) tied for third. – The large majority (85%) say it’s very to extremely important for their PHM system to configure rules and pathways for clinical actions based on clinical needs, however, only 53% believe their PHM system can do this. More than half of healthcare leaders say their population health management (PHM) solu...
Survey: Alternate Site Providers Report Expanded Adoption of Telehealth
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Survey: Alternate Site Providers Report Expanded Adoption of Telehealth

What You Should Know: – Fifty-nine percent of alternate site providers have expanded their use of telehealth, according to recent findings from Premier Inc. – Alternate site providers – which include nursing homes and long-term care facilities account for 40 percent of COVID-19 deaths. – Premier’s survey was conducted from May 20-June 10, 2020, and sent to a representative portion of non-acute care providers in the Premier membership. Premier Inc., a healthcare improvement company, today released survey results finding that the majority of alternate site providers, including senior living facilities, physician/medical offices, pharmacies, and surgical centers, report a more than 50 percent increase in telehealth adoption and personal protective equipment (PPE) needs since t...