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Black Book: Hospitals Optimistic About Allscripts’ Paragon Acquisition

A new survey has been conducted to help determine (from polling 216 inpatient facilities and health systems currently using McKesson Paragon products) how the announced Allscripts acquisition may impact them in the next 24 months.

Consensus was determined that despite reported speculation and buzzes in the CIO & tech consulting ranks, there are no reported Board level or Administrative level initiatives in place that haven’t already been announced to replace the current Paragon platforms in 2018 – 2019.

Of the eight Paragon clients that stated they were in EIS replacement processes prior to the announcement, six would include Allscripts in future consideration stages.

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Vino Optics Rolls Out Hospital Subscription Plan for Cutting Edge Product

Medical personnel who want to better see blood under a patient’s skin can now enroll in Vino Optics’ subscription plan for hospitals.

According to a provided statement, the plan gives hospital nurses, doctors, paramedics and other medical personnel the opportunity to improve patient interaction by easily detecting health signs such as rashes, pallor, cyanosis and erythema while also amplifying veins for IV insertion when wearing the eyewear which is made with blood visual-enhancement technology.

The medical protective eyewear available for this hospital plan are the Oxy-Amp Vein Glasses, the Oxy-Iso Blood Draw Vein Glasses, and the Hemo-Iso Bruise-Finding Glasses.

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Personal Connected Health Alliance Confirms New Collaboration

MHW learned Monday that the Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHAlliance) and the European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance) announced a new strategic partnership to advance the adoption and long-term use of personal connected health technologies.

According to the emailed statement, The PCHAlliance strives to make health and wellness an effortless part of daily life and the ECHAlliance convenes a dynamic community of national and regional ecosystems to facilitate the disruption of health and social systems in a strategic effort to improve care for those who need it most.

“There is growing momentum for technology-driven strategies for health, wellness and chronic disease management, particularly in countries with high burden of chronic illness and rapidly aging populations throughout the world. In fact, we are already working with a number of national and regional health ministries that are implementing connected health strategies as part of large-scale public healthcare,” said Patty Mechael, PhD, MHS, Executive Vice President, PCHAlliance. “We are pleased to partner with ECHAlliance to combine our resources to advance awareness, galvanize key stakeholders and provide the tools, standards and support needed to improve health outcomes through the strategic use of personal connected health in key regions and countries, including Europe, North America and China.”

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SGK Health Explores ‘Power’ of Empathy-Driven Marketing in Webinar

SGK announced today that SGK Health’s Karin E. Bauer, vice president of client services and Teresa Diehl, associate creative director, will present Why Empathy-Driven Marketing Works in a Changing Healthcare Marketplace in a webinar on September 21, 2017 (at 1:00 P.M. EST).

Healthcare is an empathy-driven industry. But changes in healthcare information gathering and sharing across systems have created a disconnect between quantity and quality of care.

To win with empowered healthcare customers you must provide brand-centered relevance, based on insight into customer behaviors, perceptions and preferences.

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mHealth News: What You Need to Know

Here are some of the top stories in healthcare, telemedicine, and mobile health that we have been monitoring this past week.

Walgreens Touts New Center for Health & Wellbeing Research
Recently, Walgreens announced the launch of its Center for Health & Wellbeing Research, a website that features more than 50 Walgreens outcomes studies completed over the past six years. Areas of research include access to care and patient experience, adherence and clinical outcomes, digital health and member engagement, health care costs, HIV and specialty pharmacy, vaccinations and more.

IDC: Growth in Wearables Shows No Signs of Wearing Out
International Data Corporation (IDC) expects the popularity of wrist-worn devices – including watches and wrist bands – will continue to drive the wearables market forward. Meanwhile, lesser-known wearable products, such as clothing and earwear, will experience market-beating growth in the years to come.

Verizon Unveils Third Annual State of the Market: IoT Report
Verizon has just unveiled its third annual State of the Market: IoT Report that explores the business value of IoT through original and third party research, and highlights examples of how organizations are using IoT for diverse applications in healthcare such as tracking drug shipments from factory to pharmacy to prevent counterfeit drugs, theft, and product damage, an emailed statement confirms.

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Vynca, Sutter Health Announce Collaboration

MHW learned Wednesday that Vynca — a provider of advance care planning solutions — and Sutter Health — a not-for-profit health care network in Northern California — have teamed up to collaborate to improve doctor and patient communication and documentation focused on advance care planning.

If you’re not familiar, Vynca offers a comprehensive software solution to capture, store, and access Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) forms, which are vital in ensuring that patients’ end-of-life wishes are met.

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Hearing The Roar of Digital Innovation: UVA Joins AVIA to Speed Innovation

The University of Virginia Health System has joined AVIA, the nation’s leading network of health systems addressing pressing challenges by unlocking the power of digital solutions.

According to a statement emailed to MHW, UVA will work with AVIA to evaluate, select, and scale digital solutions to improve patient care, promote wellness and improve access to care.

We’re told that AVIA will work closely with Jeff Keller, named last year as UVA Health System’s first chief innovation officer, to harness technology to achieve these objectives.

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