Friday, July 3
HCA QLD Nurse/Midwife Winner of the year 2020
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HCA QLD Nurse/Midwife Winner of the year 2020

….Matthew Christensen. We caught up with Matthew to find out more about him and what he has been up to during Covid-19. Read his interview below. One of the voters commented: “Matthew is a really, really, really reliable nurse. He is always on time, enthusiastic and 110% good at his job.”Matthews Interview: Congratulations Matthew! Well done on being voted Nurse of the Year 2020 for our Queensland state. What made you want to be mental health nurse?I always had a natural inclining towards becoming a mental health nurse, both my parents with mental health nurses and even through school I want to help others.  What is the best part of being HCA nurse?Just the excitement of not knowing what each day will entail for you, going to different ward environments and looking after diffe...
Lenovo Launches Virtual Care Solution with Voice Activated Digital Assistant
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Lenovo Launches Virtual Care Solution with Voice Activated Digital Assistant

Lenovo Virtual Care with digital assistant – “Rosie” What You Should Know: – Today, Lenovo launches Virtual Care solution to help healthcare provider organizations remotely monitor, engage with and educate patients with many of these chronic health conditions, including diabetes, COPD, congestive heart failure (CHF), and hypertension. – Easy to use, patients take the kit home, plug it in and can immediately begin interacting with their care team. Patients are guided through an individual daily care plan aided by biometric devices and Vianova Health’s digital assistant, Rosie, a Lenovo partner. Care providers can connect daily with patients via video, allowing them the ability to more closely monitor chronically ill patients.  – Lenovo Virtual Care is being launched in the Unite...
SwitchPoint Ventures Spins Out AI-Driven Health IT Startup Polaris Health
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SwitchPoint Ventures Spins Out AI-Driven Health IT Startup Polaris Health

What You Should Know: – SwitchPoint (made up of veteran healthcare leaders with experience at Intermedix/R1 RCM and others) launches a new technology venture, Polaris Health that leverages AI to predict patient demand and create efficient clinician schedules that align with this demand. – Polaris Health’s solution utilizes proprietary machine learning algorithms to predict provider demand, distribute clinician resources to meet that demand, and optimize clinician schedules. It caters to physicians and nurses alike and is applicable to any practice area or specialty.  SwitchPoint Ventures, an innovation enabler making artificial intelligence (AI) investments in organizations that seek transformation through machine learning. today announced the launch of Polaris Health, an AI-dr...
2020 Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals List
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2020 Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals List

What You Should Know: – Fortune and IBM Watson Health named the 100 Top Hospitals that are setting new standards for using technology to improve operational efficiency, quality care and safety. – The rapid shift to virtual care amid COVID-19 put a bigger spotlight on the barriers impeding digital transformation, but this year’s top hospitals are leading the way for practical approaches to using telehealth and predictive modeling as well as data as a foundational measure to align performance, inform conversations and drive organizational change. IBM Watson Healthhas announced its 2020 Fortune/IBM Watson Health 100 Top Hospitals list and 15 Top Health Systems award winners, naming the top-performing hospitals and health systems in the U.S. Extrapolating the results of this year’s...
Philips Partners With Proscia to Accelerate Open Digital Pathology Adoption
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Philips Partners With Proscia to Accelerate Open Digital Pathology Adoption

What You Should Know: – Philips inks a collaboration with digital pathology leader Proscia to advance an open ecosystem that helps laboratories accelerate and scale digital pathology adoption. – Proscia will integrate the Philips Pathology SDK to natively utilize Philips’ iSyntax image format with its Concentriq digital pathology platform and suite of AI modules, providing users of Philips’ digital pathology solutions with expanded options to meet their business and workflow needs. Proscia, a Philadelphia-based provider of AI-enabled digital pathology solutions, is collaborating with Royal Philips to advance an open ecosystem that helps laboratories accelerate and scale digital pathology adoption. Through the collaboration, Proscia will integrate the Philips Pathology SDK to na...
Life as a first-time locums
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Life as a first-time locums

So you’ve made it to the first day of your new locums tenens assignment. You’ve checked into the hotel and adrenaline keeps you from thinking about the new realities of living alone and starting a new career. You’re excited to begin. You’ve gone through the long licensing, interviewing. and credentialing process over the past few months and are eager to get your hands dirty. Now what? First impressions You go through orientation and meet the staff. Good so far. At the very least, one consolation is you know how to take care of patients. This is the familiar part. Just like anything else new though, there is a bit of a learning curve to get the hang of things — like the clinic or wards and the flow. There is also familiarizing yourself with a new or updated EMR system. Y...
Eliminating the Long, Cumbersome and Costly Diagnosis of Genetic Diseases
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Eliminating the Long, Cumbersome and Costly Diagnosis of Genetic Diseases

Christine Stanley, Ph.D., Client Director at VariantyxThe answer to questions about human disease can be found in our genes. The difficulty in the past has been the testing process, a sort of trial and error approach of drilling down into the multitude of variants that can be found within the genes, variants that when analyzed in tandem with detailed clinical histories can actually tell the story and lead to a faster diagnosis. Human beings carry around 20,000 genes and, of those, approximately 5,000 are somewhat understood, and those genes can be associated with several diseases and each disease can be associated with dozens of clinical symptoms or more. It was believed that five percent or less of the human population carry variants involved in genetic diseases. But a recent study in...
Hospitals see fuzzy future for patient volume, predict an additional $120B in losses this year
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Hospitals see fuzzy future for patient volume, predict an additional $120B in losses this year

Dive Brief: A June survey from the American Hospital Association paints a grim outlook for systems hoping to return to normal volumes anytime this year. The majority (67%) of respondents said they didn’t think they would achieve baseline volumes by the end of this year, while 30% reported the timeframe was "unknown" or that they "never" expected to return to baseline volumes. The report looked at responses from AHA members at 1,360 hospitals across 48 states, and found that current inpatient volume is down 19.5%, while outpatient volume is down 34.5% relative to baseline levels. The hospital lobby is urging Congress for more federal aid to support struggling systems, estimating an additional $120.5 billion in total financial losses from July 2020 through December...
Ex-CEO of opioid treatment maker Indivior pleads guilty in U.S. – Reuters
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Ex-CEO of opioid treatment maker Indivior pleads guilty in U.S. – Reuters

June 30 (Reuters) - Shaun Thaxter, the former chief executive of drugmaker Indivior Plc, pleaded guilty on Tuesday to a criminal charge arising out of a U.S. Justice Department investigation into the marketing of its opioid addiction treatment Suboxone. Thaxter pleaded guilty in federal court in Abingdon, Virginia to one count of causing the introduction into interstate commerce of the film version of Suboxone. The plea came a day after the company said he was stepping down as CEO. (Reporting by Nate Raymond in Boston Editing by Chris Reese)Our Standards:The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
NexHealth Raises $15M to Expand Patient Experience Management Platform
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NexHealth Raises $15M to Expand Patient Experience Management Platform

NexHealth, a San Francisco, CA-based patient experience management platform, announced it has raised $15M in Series A funding from some of Silicon Valley’s best investors, including product-driven founders such as Scott Belsky, founder of Behance and Chief Product Officer at Adobe, and mission-driven founders such as Josh Buckley and Naval Ravikant. Empowering Doctors to Run Thriving Businesses Patients today spend more out-of-pocket, shop for care, and have high expectations from their doctors. Doctors, on the other hand, are struggling with low reimbursements and increased competition. Patients are expecting more, and doctors want to meet those expectations. This is where NexHealth comes in.  Founded in 2015 by Alamin Uddin, NexHealth’s patient experience management platform e...