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Roundup: Sheba Medical Center Launches Remote Monitoring Program, ORCHA Creates Digital Health Academy and More




Sheba Medical Center launches remote monitoring program for children

Israel’s Sheba Medical Center and the Heart Institute at Safra Children’s Hospital have partnered to launch a programme for children with complex heart defects.

The program will use remote monitoring technology provided by Datos Health, a member of Sheba’s Accelerate, Redesign, Collaborate (ARC) telemedicine hub. This technology integrates sensors and other inputs to transmit data from infants’ vital signs to the care team, enabling clinicians to intervene at the first signs of a potential risk.

Iris Shtein, co-director of the telemedicine Hub at ARC, said: “The connected platform developed by the Datos team, supported by ARC, enables Sheba clinicians to maintain transparency on their young, vulnerable patients between hospital visits, enabling more proactive care, and providing a sense of control to parents at such a crucial time.”

ORCHA creates online platform for UK healthcare professionals

The Organisation for the Review of Care and Health Apps (ORCHA) is launching a digital health academy to support health and care professionals in using digital health tools.

Pharma firm Boehringer Ingelheim is sponsoring the online training portal, which will be available in March 2022 and aspires to improve the digital skills of all NHS health and care professionals by 2031.

Dr Neville Young, director of enterprise and innovation, Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network, said: “A digital health academy is a must, because, although it’s great that healthcare providers are continuing to invest in digital health, it’s vital that we also provide our brilliant health and care professional staff with the right knowledge to enable them to use the tools on offer to deliver the best care for patients.”

Healthtech startup Cerebriu partners with Danish hospital

Herlev and Gentofte Hospital in Denmark has introduced a software solution from University of Copenhagen spin-out Cerebriu to optimise its radiology workflow and resource allocation.

The Apollo software employs proprietary artificial intelligence (AI) technology, Smart Protocol, to indicate potentially relevant pathologies on brain MR images, and suggest follow-up actions during the examination. This enables better and faster workflow decisions to be made before a radiologist would normally have the chance to review images.

Robert Lauritzen, Cerebriu CEO, said: “This is a major step on our mission to automate radiology workflow, increasing quality of care by bringing our Smart Protocol technology within neuroimaging.”

Digital transformation in community health services needs backing, says report

UK community health services have been delivering better patient care through remote monitoring, virtual-consultations and self-management tools, according to a new report published by the Community Network, hosted by the NHS Confederation and NHS Providers.

But the report warns that a lack of co-ordinated national support and funding could prevent further progress being made.

Andrew Ridley, chair of the Community Network and chief executive of Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust said: “This progress needs to continue if we are to respond to the rising demand for care that community services are facing. This will require more national prioritisation and targeted funding to unleash the full potential of community providers.”

Dublin teaching hospital upgrades pathology system

Tallaght University Hospital (TUH) in Dublin has rolled out the CliniSys Integrated Clinical Environment (ICE) as part of an upgrade to its pathology systems.

The ICE will enable clinicians to order vital tests electronically and receive the results alongside other patient information, to support diagnosis and treatment. It will also support mobile phlebotomy.

Chief Information Officer, David Wall said: “This has been a massive project to deliver and it’s a tribute to everybody involved that it has been delivered against the backdrop of the pandemic and the challenges of a cyberattack on our health system this year.”

Corsano Health smartwatch receives EU-MDR certification

Dutch medtech firm Corsano Health has received the European Union Medical Devices Regulations (EU-MDR) certification for its CardioWatch 287 remote monitoring system.

The wearable device monitors heart rate, heart rate variability (R-R interval), respiration rate, activity and sleep. Data is transmitted wirelessly from the device via the app or gateway to a health cloud where it is stored and made available for further analysis.

Corsano Health CEO, Dr Peter Stas, said: “This achievement is a major milestone for Corsano Health in its mission to provide continuous cardiac monitoring, anytime, anywhere.”

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PatientBond, Vizient Team up for Digital Behavior Change Tools




Patient engagement SaaS provider PatientBond and healthcare performance improvement and analytics company Vizient are partnering up to provide Vizient member healthcare organizations with digital patient engagement and behavior change programs.

WHY IT MATTERSPatientBond’s digital engagement workflows can be personalized with psychographic insights, with the aim of activating patient behaviors and driving improved patient engagement and outcomes.

Through the partnership, Vizient’s customer base, which includes academic medical centers, pediatric facilities, and community hospitals, will offer programming including care gap closures, condition specific messaging, screenings and appointment reminders and appropriate use communications.

The aim of the programs is to reduce hospital readmissions and improve digital health risk assessments.

Other programs included in the deal will provide psychographically segmented marketing campaigns to advance patient/member activation, as well as patient and physician matching or find a doctor services based on psychographic insights.

The deal will also provide extensive market research insights and dynamic payment reminders for partners.

THE LARGER TRENDPatient-reported outcomes are a critical way to assess the ongoing state of patient health and satisfaction, and a growing number of digital tools are helping them do so.

The financial upside for care providers is also noteworthy: Jackson Hospital significantly improved its finances with digital patient engagement tools, switching from letters and phone calls to automated emails and text messages along with some help from analytics.

At Rush University Medical Center, the hospital has deployed similar digital tools to reduce the strain of avoidable readmissions and ED recidivism when resources already were at capacity.

Last year, Cardinal Health announced the launch of a digital patient engagement platform aimed at addressing medication adherence challenges – a significant issue for the health industry and patients.

In 2019, Vizient collaborated with Civica Rx on provider needs analytics data to reduce Rx costs. By providing insights into purchasing patterns and provider needs through its analytics and data capabilities, Vizient helped Civica Rx anticipate gaps in drug availability and affordability.

ON THE RECORD“PatientBond brings consumer science and dynamic intervention technologies to healthcare with unmatched clinical and business results,” said PatientBond CEO Justin Dearborn in a statement. “Vizient’s member healthcare organizations can benefit from PatientBond’s personalized patient engagement at scale with proven and consistent results.”

Nathan Eddy is a healthcare and technology freelancer based in Berlin.Email the writer: nathaneddy@gmail.comTwitter: @dropdeaded209

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LifePoint Health Inks Data Deal With Health Catalyst




Brentwood, Tennessee-based LifePoint Health has entered a new collaboration with Health Catalyst and will use its analytics technologies to help bolster care quality, lower costs and improve population health management.

WHY IT MATTERSLifePoint Health will integrate Health Catalyst’s data operating system and analytics tools to gather performance metrics and drive improvements in healthcare quality, reporting and operational and financial decision-making.

By discovering and sharing clinical data, the partnership will help reduce variation in clinical outcomes. Health Catalyst’s tools dovetail with LifePoint’s national quality and facility recognition program goals to measurably improve patient care, safety and satisfaction as well as improve access and lower costs, according to the company.

In addition to the cloud-based data platform, LifePoint will use Health Catalyst’s analyzer, insights, AI, patient safety monitoring and data entry applications. The suite of tools can help increase organizational speed and interoperability, according to Health Catalyst.


While healthcare organizations are just beginning to scratch the surface of using data to drive improvements, according to Health Catalyst President Patrick Nelli, the company’s strategic acquisitions have provided them with the ability to customize software and services around core care systems.

One of them was its purchase earlier this year of KPI Ninja, whose event-driven data processing capabilities complement Health Catalyst’s own platform, enabling customers to build new services and operational tools around their core care systems.

LifePoint, meanwhile, has been making acquisitions of its own, such as its June 2021 addition of specialty hospital company Kindred Healthcare, with an eye toward a delivery network that taps into Kindred’s specialty hospital and rehabilitative expertise and its behavioral health platform.

ON THE RECORD“The Health Catalyst DOS platform, along with our technology product suites and applications, and improvement expertise, will best position LifePoint Health to achieve, sustain and scale the highest standards of care across its network,” said Health Catalyst CEO Dan Burton in a statement this week.

Andrea Fox is senior editor of Healthcare IT News.Email: afox@himss.orgHealthcare IT News is a HIMSS publication.


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Fifteen Months for Domestic Worker Who Stole Jewellery




On Thursday, a Palma court sentenced a domestic worker to fifteen months for the theft of jewellery from her employer, a woman in her eighties.

Between 2015 and the end of 2020, the 45-year-old Chilean worked two days a week at the woman’s home in Sa Indioteria, Palma. Over that period, she stole various items of jewellery. The woman only realised this at the end of 2020, which was when she reported the matter to the National Police.

The police established that these items, which included watches, rings and bracelets, were sold in gold-buying establishments in Palma. The woman later verified that these were hers. As well as the jewellery, a hearing aid was stolen.

In January 2021, the domestic worker was arrested. Described as being in an “irregular situation” in Spain, her lawyer obtained agreement for the sentence to be suspended so long as a sum of 10,700 euros is paid over three years, at a rate of 297 euros per month, and she does not commit another crime during this period.


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