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Avaya Aims to Drive Smarter Healthcare with Telemedicine Robot

Avaya_Telemedicine_Robot,_Brazil-9b9ce846bc8e9a61a774fadcf2dc65e6_originalProgress in the area of telemedicine has increasingly demonstrated the positive impact technology can have on the relationship between doctors, patients and healthcare institutions.

That’s the admission today from Avaya, a company that, along with its business partner Itscon, is contributing to the progress in patient care with a telemedicine robot that is built on Avaya video conferencing at a large pediatric complex in Brazil.

So how does it work?

Equipped with medical supplies and a fast-charging, two-hour battery, the telemedicine robot is free to roam through the hospital’s corridors and ICU rooms. Through the telemedicine robot, doctors at the Brazilian pediatric hospital can interact via video with U.S.-based hospital specialists and exchange information on patients’ progression — all in full HD imaging.

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IdeaCrew Adds Health and Regulatory Leader to Management Team

ideacrew-logo-2On Wednesday, in an effort to support its growing benefits enrollment and technology-based health services business, IdeaCrew announced that Patrick Canavan, Psy.D., has joined the company as Vice President of Consulting Services.

In this senior role, Dr. Canavan will serve as Information Technology (IT) Project Director for the implementation of a Small Business Health Options Program (SHOP) Marketplace for a New England State-based Exchange.

According to the announcement, he will also oversee IdeaCrew’s work in a fast-growing new area: IT-enabled behavioral support to improve outcomes for people in recovery from mental illness. His comprehensive approach to behavior support elevates access to care, reduces red tape and delivers transparency at a fraction of the price.

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Online Doctor Visit’s Revolutionary Approach to Medicine has Reduced Hospital and Urgent Care Visits

Will the Blue Cross Online Pricing Database Drive Real Change in the Medical IndustryMedia Announcement: The topic of healthcare in America has become one of the most complex and debated issues in recent history. The bottom line for too many Americans is that they are still left without the health insurance coverage they need in order to access proper medical care that is within their budget. US physicians say that an unfortunate side-effect of this scenario is that hospital emergency rooms and urgent care type facilities have become flooded with patients who need care but who don’t have health insurance.

Not only has this led to overworked medical staff at emergency care locations, but it also has had the undesirable effect of a lower quality of care for all patients. Providers with a long waiting list have less time to devote to individual patients, and not just those who are uninsured. Emergency rooms are now brimming with patients who do not have life threatening illnesses or injuries, but who do not know where else to turn.

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Access to Philips Respironics EncoreAnywhere Data Improves Physician Monitoring of Patient CPAP Therapy

Philips RespironicsSomnoware, a top provider of digital health technology, announced ahead of the weekend that Philips Respironics, a global leader in the sleep and respiratory markets, has signed an agreement to grant direct access to all CPAP usage data stored in their EncoreAnywhere patient management system with consent from the physicians or health system.

“This data is fully accessible to independent and network practices alike via the new Somnoware care management module,” a media release notes. “By having access to this data, physicians can use Somnoware to setup their patients with CPAP devices faster and provide them with better long-term care.”

When using the Somnoware DME module, the DME company receives an order from the physician to have a patient set up with a CPAP device and sends the setup data to the EncoreAnywhere.

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Traffk Acquires Capsci Health’s Mobile Technology

traffikMHW learned today that Traffk — a Los Angeles art district-based insurance technology company — is acquiring Portland, Ore.-based Capsci Health.

If you’re not familiar, we’re told that Capsci Health’s HIPAA compliant, mobile technology platform personalizes health plan members’ benefits, allowing them direct access to their plan’s benefits, ID cards, preferred providers and telemedicine.

The addition of Capsci Health’s mobile capabilities enables underwriting and risk management to occur at the individual health plan member level by combining Traffk’s massive data analytics and insurance underwriting technology with individual member level insights and communications.

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Corindus Teams with WakeMed Health & Hospitals

corpath-system-in-a-cath-lab-newCorindus Vascular Robotics announced Wednesday that WakeMed Health & Hospitals will partner with Corindus to develop a national center of excellence to advance patient care and clinical robotics research and to train interventional cardiologists on robotic-assisted percutaneous coronary interventions (“PCI”) using the CorPath GRX System.

According to the details gleaned from a provided media release, WakeMed Health & Hospitals is the leading provider of health and cardiovascular services in Wake County, North Carolina.

“I am proud to be part of a health system that represents the best training, the latest technologies and the highest commitment to patient care, safety and innovation,” said Frances O. Wood, M.D., FACC, interventional cardiologist and co-director of Structural Heart at WakeMed Heart Center. “CorPath GRX will transform the way we perform PCI, improving care and quality of life for our patients. I look forward to partnering with Corindus to build best-in-class medical education to train physicians and staff, to advance the body of clinical research on robotics, and to help shape the robotic system of the future.”
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Pathway Health Tapped as Curavi Health Training and Implementation Partner

curavi_nursewithpatient_77-1500x1001mHealthWatch learned today that Pathway Health has been selected by Curavi Health, a UPMC Enterprises-backed company, as its implementation, training and ongoing support services partner.

According to a provided statement, Curavi Health will leverage Pathway Health’s vast network of more than 150 clinicians and technology experts to provide comprehensive implementation, training and ongoing support services for its telemedicine solutions aimed at helping nursing homes reduce potentially avoidable hospitalizations.

“We selected Pathway Health due its deep knowledge of the post-acute care continuum and expert consultants to provide seamless implementation and training of our novel telemedicine solution,” said Curavi Health President and Chief Executive Officer Nicholas J. Kuhn in this morning’s media release.

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