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Healthcare Tech is a Tale of Two Cities, Says AARP Report

indexAt its Health Innovation@50+ event this week, AARP issued a Caregivers and Technology: What they Want and Need study aimed at identifying technology interest and usage among America’s 40 million unpaid family caregivers.

The report summary shared with MHW was an eye-opener to say the least.

The research in question found that caregivers have a high interest in using technology to care for their loved ones. 71 percent of survey participants expressed interest in using technology to support caregiving activities while less than ten percent have currently or previously used a caregiving technology.

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Nokia to Acquire Withings in Digital Health Powerplay

Nokia to Acquire Withings in Digital Health PowerplayAccording to a new report from VRJournal, Nokia made it official on Tuesday. The company is acquiring Withings, a leader in the connected health revolution.

The deal, which will likely close in the third quarter of this year, is worth a reported $191 million.

“We have said consistently that digital health was an area of strategic interest to Nokia, and we are now taking concrete action to tap the opportunity in this large and important market,” Rajeev Suri, president & CEO of Nokia was quoted in a statement emailed to VRJournal.

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ShiftHound Online Staff Scheduling Software Announces the Release of its New SupervisorView

sh_feature_bg1_gryShiftHound, the leading provider of cloud-based Staff Scheduling and Workforce Management Software, adds to the power of its solution by addressing the needs of supervisors with SupervisorView. New levels of efficiency and accuracy are supported through instant understanding of house wide staffing, display of data for informed decision making, and the ability to act on that information instantly, all from a single screen.

Supervisors can now easily oversee patient flow and redirect and allocate resources across their organization using SupervisorView.  Staffing and census for each care area is displayed on a single screen giving supervisors instant understanding of staffing and bed availability house wide.  In alignment with the busy and mobile role of the house supervisor, SupervisorView is optimized for desktop, smart phones, and tablets.  With real time updates, they can easily monitor situations and quickly respond, from any location, as staffing needs change.

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Imagination Set to Showcase Latest Vision Technologies at Embedded Vision Summit 2016

Imagination Set to Showcase Latest Vision Technologies at Embedded Vision Summit 2016Imagination Technologies announced today its participation at the Embedded Vision Summit 2016. During the Summit.

Imagination, we’re told, will highlight its PowerVR GPU compute and vision solutions that are optimized for a wide range of computer vision applications including advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), surveillance, and augmented reality.

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Kaiser Permanente Coming To Santa Cruz Next Year

Kaiser Permanente Launches 2014 Thrive Ads CampaignmHealthWatch learned Wednesday that residents of Santa Cruz County will soon have access to Kaiser Permanente‘s “unique blend of high quality, affordable health care and award-winning coverage.”

Per this week’s formal announcement, the Oakland-based nonprofit is looking to expand into the Santa Cruz area beginning in January of next year.

The Santa Cruz area is a natural fit for Kaiser Permanente, which already has more than 5,800 members who live in the area and work in one of the health care provider’s existing service areas. In addition, over 500 Kaiser Permanente employees already live in the local communities.

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Op-Ed: Adapting to the New Wave of Nursing

Online Education Addressing Need for More NursesThe following is a guest contributed post from Aparna Bala, AirStrip’s Clinical Transformation Consultant.

Much of how we approach healthcare improvements today is focused on physicians.  At first blush, this makes sense since traditionally they are perceived as key decision makers.  But, it is important to remember that patient care is delivered by collaborative clinical team – including nurses.

As the American Association of Colleges of Nursing notes, nursing is the nation’s largest health care profession, and registered nurses comprise one of the largest segments of the U.S. workforce as a whole. Additionally, the role of nursing in care delivery is growing at the same time that healthcare is experiencing a nurse shortage. Nurses now juggle several fundamental responsibilities including coordinating care, administering medications, interpreting patient diagnostics information, and directing/supervising care. These individuals care for a caseload of anywhere from 1 to 15 patients during an 8-12 hour shift.

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Technology Stands Ready To Temporarily Relieve Pain

Managing Chronic Pain Technology, already critical in many areas of health care, is poised to play an even greater role in medicine, especially in the area of pain management.

“Instead of pharmaceuticals, you are going to see the emergence of ‘technaceuticals,’ ” says David B. Sutton, CEO of Physician’s Technology LLC and co-inventor of the Willow Curve, a low-level smart laser that treats joint pain.

Such technology is being developed at an opportune time because many people prefer to avoid pain medication when possible. Also, the CDC recently urged doctors who prescribe opioids to cut down on their use because of the risk that patients can become addicted to these narcotics, as well as the alarming increased incidence of fatal prescription-medication overdose.

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