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Rush University Medical Center Launching Mobile Stroke Unit

Rush University Medical Center Launching Mobile Stroke UnitMHW has learned that Rush Comprehensive Stroke Center is planning a mobile stroke unit that will bring immediate stroke diagnosis and treatment to patients’ homes.

Utilizing mobile technology and on-the-go resources of the modern medical age, the unit — serving in parts of the western suburbs — will be the first in Illinois and one of only a handful of its kind in the United States.

A generous four-year grant from The Grainger Foundation in Lake Forest, Illinois, will fund the creation and deployment of the mobile stroke unit. This enhanced ambulance will contain telemedicine technology and a CT scanner enabling the brain imaging that is critical to accurate stroke diagnoses and treatment.

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Northwell Health Gets Backing to Push Home-Based Pulmonary Rehab

Major Money Raised for Low IncomeAhead of the weekend, MHW learned that Northwell Health’s Feinstein Institute for Medical Research has been awarded a $1.5 million grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) to study whether home-based pulmonary rehabilitation improves quality of life and decreases hospitalization in Hispanic patients with moderate to severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

“Re-hospitalization is a huge burden for COPD patients and their families,” said Dr. Negin Hajizadeh in a provided news release. “We want to find a way to bring a therapy we know works – pulmonary rehabilitation – to COPD patients who are most in need.”

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Nextech and Iagnosis Advance Teledermatology Care

Nextech and Iagnosis Advance Teledermatology Care Nextech, a provider of specialty-focused healthcare technology solutions, has just announced its exclusive integration with Iagnosis, a provider of online dermatology solutions.

Through this partnership, patients and dermatologists can leverage automated information sharing and time-saving features to deliver “efficient and exceptional online dermatology care,” a provided news release explains.
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MDLIVE Taps New EVP and General Manager of Health Systems Strategy and Transformation

image001Although the news largely went under the radar nationally, MDLIVE — a fast growing leader in the virtual health market — has just announced the appointment of Dr. Sanjay Patil as Executive Vice President and General Manager of Health Systems Strategy and Transformation.

In his new role, we’re told that Patil “will lead an experienced team of healthcare and technology professionals with responsibility to provide client engagement, system transformation and ongoing change management, with MDLIVE’s industry leading virtual care technology.”
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Stratus Video, CafeX Aim to Give ER Patients ‘Faster Access’ to Specialized Care

Stratus Video, CafeX Aim to Give ER Patients 'Faster Access' to Specialized CareStratus Video and CafeX Communications announced Tuesday their collaboration on a new solution that provides what we’re told is a “better, more efficient urgent care experience for patients” by empowering emergency room staff to immediately reach on-call specialist physicians through virtual communication.

Providing real-time communication in critical, time-sensitive emergency care situations, Stratus’s ER/Urgent Care Virtual Consult solution has the power to engage medical staff anywhere and on any device without specialists having to be at a stationary location.
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Modernizing Medicine Rolls Out New Software Suite for Medical Specialties

HomeHeroFivePointZeroOn Monday, specialty-specific health information technology company Modernizing Medicine, Inc. revealed the latest edition of its software, modmed 5.0.

The offering is billed by the company as being a “comprehensive specialty-specific suite developed to address the diverse and growing needs of medical practices.”

The update includes products and services to help transform the clinical, financial and operational aspects of specialty practices, plus product enhancements to EMA, the company’s flagship electronic health record (EHR) system developed by practicing physicians.

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Philips Confirms Expansion of Population Health Management Business

Shield_RGB_2013Royal Philips confirmed to MHW this week that it has signed an agreement to acquire Wellcentive, a US-based provider of population health management software solutions.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed as of this writing.

“In population health management, Philips already offers enterprise telehealth, home monitoring, personal emergency response systems (PERS) and personal health services that address multiple groups within a population from intensive ambulatory care for high-risk patients to prevention and personal health programs for the general population,” the Philips announcement reads, noting that Wellcentive complements Philips’ portfolio with cloud-based IT solutions to “import, aggregate and analyze clinical, claims and financial data across hospital and health systems to help care providers deliver coordinated care that meets new healthcare quality requirements and reimbursement models.”
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