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Speed Again Equals Success for Kaiser Permanente

Kaiser Permanente hospitals in Northern California are delivering clot-busting medication to new stroke patients more than twice as fast as the national average, notes a release issued to media this week.

We’re told that this follows the regionwide adoption of an integrated telemedicine program, according to new research published Dec. 15 in the journal Stroke.

This is the among the first peer-reviewed, published studies to show how the successful implementation of standardized treatment protocols and telemedicine for acute ischemic stroke in a large, integrated system of hospitals can dramatically reduce the time it takes to start critical treatment.

“When a stroke happens, minutes matter,” said lead author Mai Nguyen-Huynh, MD, MAS, vascular neurologist and research scientist with the Kaiser Permanente Division of Research. “Faster treatment with intravenous r-tPA, which dissolves the stroke-causing clot and restores blood flow to the brain, is strongly associated with better functional outcomes for stroke patients.”

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Wanda Touts Awarding of Two Patents

Wanda, a leading digital health platform focused on advancing the effectiveness and efficiency of remote patient management and communication, has been awarded two new patents by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, for a total of three awarded patents in 2017.

The inventions titled “Efficient Searching of Stationary Datasets” and “Apparatus, System, and Method for Detecting Activities and Anomalies in Time Series Data”, are the result of research on clinical time-series data done at UCLA.

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mPulse Mobile Advances Personalized Messaging Through New Healthx Partnership

On Tuesday at the AHIP Consumer Experience & Digital Health Forum, Healthx, Inc. — a leader in cloud-based portal and digital engagement solutions for healthcare payers — and mPulse Mobile — the industry leader in mobile health engagement — announced a partnership to offer “personalized text messaging, email and IVR solutions through the Healthx member engagement platform.”

According to the formal announcement shared with MMW, using a series of member-focused text message workflows, Healthx platform users can drive adoption and utilization, lift quality scores, and create a personalized member experience, while decreasing call center costs to expand their reach to members – all pre-integrated with their Healthx portal and engagement solutions.

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Gary D. Stuart Named President of Hearst Health’s MedHOK

Hearst announced Monday that Gary D. Stuart has been named president of Hearst Health’s MedHOK, a leading provider of software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions for health plans.

The appointment was announced by MedHOK CEO Anil Kottoor, Hearst Health President Gregory Dorn, MD, and Hearst Business Media President Richard P. Malloch. Stuart assumes his new role today and reports directly to Kottoor.

“Gary’s fluency in technology, leadership and the needs of health plan customers makes him a natural fit for our team,” Kottoor said. “He will be instrumental in driving our continued expansion.”

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First Look: Bernoulli Health Collaborates with GE Healthcare

MHW has learned that Bernoulli Health, developer of the advanced Bernoulli One clinical surveillance, medical device integration (MDI), and real-time data analytics platform, will collaborate with GE Healthcare on the new CARESCAPE Connect data aggregation solution.

“Interoperability enables informatics,” an emailed statement explains. “The CARESCAPE Connect vision is to unlock data to enable outcomes research.”

To facilitate that vision, GE Healthcare and Bernoulli Health are working together to increase volume, fidelity and resolution of data captured from GE Healthcare monitors and other third-party medical devices; to build sources of data that are accessible to medical informaticists; and to enhance efficiency of data acquisition and storage into information repositories while lowering the barriers to integration.

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Siemens Healthineers Bolsters CT Portfolio with Four New Systems

This week, during the 103rd Scientific Assembly and Annual Meeting of the Radiological Society of North America (RSNA) at Chicago’s McCormick Place, Siemens Healthineers will present its new computed tomography (CT) scanner portfolio, “which covers all major requirements and customer needs regarding CT imaging.”

From the official announcement:

With their innovative workflow technologies, the portfolio’s four new CT scanners help deliver a new level of standardized, high-quality examinations that support clinical users on their way to precision medicine, while potentially improving patient satisfaction.

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Humana Launches ‘Innovation Challenge’ to Make Digital Health Records More Useful

MHW learned today that Humana Inc. is sponsoring an Innovation Challenge in California to make digital health records – specifically in the Medicare space – more useful to patients, physicians, caregivers and others who need to see complex data in a more human-centered way.

“Traditionally, the health care industry has stored digital health records – medical claims, pharmacy claims, calls, letters, hospital stays, and health program participation – in disparate places across different systems,” a provided statement notes. “But with advanced data processing and analytics, it is now possible to assemble these data sources into a chronological “story,” with all the different elements stitched together into a logical time order. Now that the data is organized, the opportunity is to present the data through a tool simple enough to allow users to make sense of even the most complex chronic history.”

In short, that’s the challenge for participants, who are encouraged to use visual and/or voice interaction modes to help users – including doctors, care managers, customer-service associates, and certainly the patient and her family – make best use of the data.

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