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European Connected Health Alliance Joins The 2018 Connected Health Conference as a Global Partner

The Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHAlliance), a HIMSS organization, today announced that the European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance) has joined the 2018 Connected Health Conference as a Global Partner.

“We are delighted to extend our partnership with PCHAlliance, to further strengthen cross-border collaborations, knowledge exchange and opportunities to drive the adoption of connected health technologies to improve the quality and efficiency of health, wellness and social care,” said Brian O’Connor, Chair, ECHAlliance. “The Connected Health Conference is an important global platform for advancing technology-enabled health and wellness for all citizens.”

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Siemens Healthineers Launches New Partners for Digital Ecosystem at HIMSS 2018

This week at the 2018 HIMSS Annual Conference & Exhibition, Siemens Healthineers showcased new additions and updates to its Digital Ecosystem, an open and secured environment for healthcare stakeholders that houses a range of digital offerings from Siemens Healthineers and other partners based on shared healthcare data.

Within the Siemens Healthineers cloud, different data sources can be integrated and processed, supporting a large variety of application types.

To date, almost 2000 institutions from roughly 50 countries take part in the Digital Ecosystem, continuously feeding data into this platform to derive insights based on innovative applications and services. Siemens Healthineers leverages digitalized healthcare solutions like the Digital Ecosystem to cultivate the vast amounts of data produced through diagnostic images, laboratory results, and more enabling healthcare providers to address current healthcare challenges and provide value-based care to patients.

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Cigna to Acquire Express Scripts for $67 Billion

The leading story in the healthcare space on Thursday morning is news that Cigna Corporation and Express Scripts Holding Company have announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement whereby Cigna will acquire Express Scripts in a cash and stock transaction valued at approximately $67 billion, including Cigna’s assumption of approximately $15 billion in Express Scripts debt.

According to the official word, the merger consideration will consist of $48.75 in cash and 0.2434 shares of stock of the combined company per Express Scripts share.

The transaction was approved by the board of directors of each company.

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Avera Health Touts Success with Philips eICU program

Ahead of the 2018 Annual Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society Conference, Royal Philips, a global leader in health technology, announced the Philips eICU program has helped Avera Health, a South Dakota-based integrated health system, enhance care quality and efficiency by partnering to deliver significant clinical and financial outcomes through the ICU division of their telemedicine program, Avera eCARE.

The Avera eCARE ICU program results achieved in the last 12 months demonstrate the benefits of leveraging innovative, decision-support technology to help deliver high quality care across rural populations, while minimizing gaps in care. Avera eCARE ICU currently monitors 36 hospitals in nine states across the country.

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Philips launches FocusPoint for the Healthcare Industry

Royal Philips — a global leader in health technology — announced today the debut of FocusPoint, a network application management system to help improve biomedical and IT department productivity.

We’re told that the new technology provides operational alerts and statistical data to support the entire health ecosystem, from the IT department to the biomedical staff, allowing providers to increase system uptime and reduce costs associated with maintaining and servicing Philips medical devices, applications and networks.

As the centerpiece of Philips remote-enabled services, FocusPoint builds on Philips’ leadership in patient monitoring with solutions tailored to specific customer needs, and integrating with the provider’s existing IT and biomedical systems and procedures.

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TripleCare Rolls Out Telemedicine Services within the Ocean Healthcare Network

MHW has learned that TripleCare — a national provider of telemedicine-based healthcare services to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) — has introduced its services to the Ocean Healthcare Network, a network of family owned and operated New Jersey-based healthcare centers.

Effective now, three Ocean Healthcare post-acute care centers in New Jersey began utilizing TripleCare’s innovative telemedicine solution. These include:

  • South Mountain Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, 2385 Springfield Avenue, Vauxhall, NJ 07088
  • Park Crescent Healthcare and Rehabilitation Center, 480 N Walnut Street, East Orange, NJ 07017
  • Hampton Ridge Healthcare and Rehabilitation, 94 Stevens Road, Toms River, NJ 08755

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PresenceLearning Expands Its Battery of Offerings

PresenceLearning, a leading telehealth network of live, online special education related service providers, is announcing an addition to the research base for the equivalency of remote psychoeducational assessments featuring the Reynolds Intellectual Assessment Scales, Second Edition (RIAS-2).

According to an emailed statement, this research follows a 2016 independently verified study that demonstrated that live, online administration of the Woodcock-Johnson IV cognitive and achievement tests by credentialed school psychologists using our secure platform produces equivalent results to traditional, onsite administration.

PresenceLearning is the only company exclusively authorized by both PAR, Inc. and Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to administer the RIAS-2 and Woodcock-Johnson IV batteries online. Using PresenceLearning’s live teletherapy environment, psychoeducational assessments are administered via secure, interactive video by remote school psychologists, enabling schools to quickly and effectively conduct initial, re-evaluation, and triennial assessments.

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