First Look: Saint Luke’s Health System Launches New Mobile App

Saint Luke’s Health System (MO) announced Monday it has launched its new mobile app, mySaintLukes, powered by VenueNext, “to improve the patient, visitor and employee experience across all of its locations.”

VenueNext — widely known for its work with professional sports teams including the SF 49ers, Orlando Magic and Minnesota Vikings — has brought its technology to the healthcare market for the first time.

“By integrating our services and patient information into a single mobile app, we hope to make it easier for patients to access what they need quickly and conveniently,” said Debe Gash, Chief Information Officer at Saint Luke’s Health System. “This technology platform offers features that people already use daily, and as we strive to provide an excellent patient experience, we want visitors and patients to find the same convenient information and availability when interfacing with their health care provider.”

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eHealth Announces Partnership with The IHC Group

On Tuesday, eHealth, Inc. announced a new partnership with The IHC Group to offer medical insurance packages to customers unable to afford health insurance plans that meet all the benefit requirements with the Affordable Care Act (the ACA, or Obamacare).

From the official word:

These medical insurance packages were developed in partnership with The IHC Group to provide an affordable alternative for people who cannot afford Obamacare-compliant major medical health insurance coverage but who still want meaningful protection against unexpected medical expenses. Medical insurance packages developed by The IHC Group will be available in 37 states and the District of Columbia and provide a single point of service when people need to use their benefits.

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PCHAlliance Calls On European Commission To Advance Member States Collaboration On Health Data

This week, MHW learned that The Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHAlliance) asked the European Commission to help clarify the rules for the processing of personal data for health and wellness.

Writing ahead of a European Commission consultation meeting this month with stakeholders on the implementation of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and health data, PCHAlliance urged the Commission to support the Member States of the European Union to collaborate on the interpretation of those sections in the GDPR that could impact the health and wellness sector.

While a European Union regulation is a binding legislative act that is directly applicable in all Member States, the GDPR has a number of provisions that allow individual Member States to enact laws and regulations that vary or build on the GDPR. This is important in allowing Member States to ensure the law is workable within their health and wellness systems, but it also poses a risk that Member States could adopt substantially different rules, leading to a fragmentation of the nascent European market in digital health services and solutions.

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New App Helps Patients Fill Key Gap in Lupus Treatment

Living with lupus is both challenging and unpredictable, making good communication between physicians and patients vital to managing care.

Recently, Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), announced the launch of LupusMinder, a new mobile app designed to help anyone with lupus track medications, daily symptoms and appointments.

“People affected by chronic conditions can become overwhelmed by changes in their medications or day to day variations in their symptoms,” said Mary K. Crow, MD, physician-in-chief at HSS. “We wanted to create a comprehensive app to record all pertinent information, lowering the stress associated with managing lupus. By inputting daily symptoms, the app also allows us to chart progress over a short- and long-term period.”

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Bernoulli Health Expands Reach to Canada

Bernoulli Health, developer of the Bernoulli One clinical surveillance, medical device integration (MDI), and real-time data analytics platform, announced today that it is now selling its solutions in Canada.

With more than 1,200 installed systems in the U.S., the expansion into Canada is another indicator of the positive trajectory of the company’s growth.

“Given the growing interest we have seen from Canadian hospitals and health systems regarding connectivity and clinical surveillance, our expansion into the Canadian market is a natural one,” said Janet Dillione, CEO of Bernoulli Health. “Our solutions have proven to enhance clinical outcomes in hospitals across the U.S., and we are excited to bring these innovative technologies to Canadian health systems to help them improve patient safety.”

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WellStar Augments Telemedicine Coverage

WellStar Health System, the largest health system in Georgia, is expanding its telemedicine capabilities with Specialists On Call, Inc. (SOC), by adding TeleNeurology and TelePsychiatry services.

SOC is the largest provider of telemedicine services and technology to acute care hospitals. WellStar Health System is known nationally for its innovative care models, focused on improving quality and access to healthcare.

“In an emergency, every second counts,” said Freda Lyon, vice president of emergency services for WellStar Health System. “With telemedicine, we are able to provide comprehensive neurological services for patients around the clock when they need it most. Through the skill of our providers and the latest technology, our patients can receive world-class healthcare close to home.”

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MEDNAX Addresses National Opioid Use and Abuse

MEDNAX, Inc., a national physician-led health solutions partner, will offer a series of complimentary continuing education webinars to clinical professionals within and outside of the Company “as part of its commitment to help address opioid-related disorders and opioid management.”

As a leading provider of anesthesiology, neonatology and maternal-fetal services with nearly 40 years of experience treating patients on the continuum of care, MEDNAX-affiliated clinicians have witnessed the devastating effects of opioid addiction firsthand, from chronic pain management to maternal use and infant withdrawal.

“We were positioned to quickly bring together an interdisciplinary team of experts to address the challenges of this epidemic,” said Jorge Del Toro, M.D., Chief Medical Officer, Women’s & Children’s Services of MEDNAX. “Our anesthesiology, neonatology, and maternal-fetal specialists collaborated to present a unique perspective.”

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