Healthcare Topic Updates

PACS

Topcon Healthcare Selected to Ease Transition for IBM® Merge Eye Station and Merge Eye Care PACS Customers | Business Wire | 10/12/2019

… web-based image management system, two products from their global eye care division that are being end-of-lifed (“EOL”) as announced previously. As IBM plans to discontinue customer support for Merge Eye Care PACS and Merge Eye Station customers by the end of 2020, Topcon will provide a safe transition path for its customers, allowing them to migrate their patient data to Harmony, Topcon’s signature data management system that …

Medicare

HHS backs emergency physician-focused Medicare alternative payment model | Becker’s Hospital Review | 10/12/2019

HHS has endorsed a Medicare alternative payment model focused on emergency physicians, according to the national medical society that developed the model. The American College of Emergency Physicians said Oct. 11 that HHS Secretary Alex Azar expressed his support of the Acute Unscheduled Care Model developed by ACEP, via an official response to the physician-focused Payment Model Technical Advisory Committee. The committee , established by the Medicare Access and CHIP …

Medicare Advantage

Cigna Launches New Medicare Advantage Plan in Nashville Area Wire | Business Wire | 10/12/2019

Global health service company Cigna today announced it will launch a new Medicare Advantage (MA) plan in the Nashville metropolitan area. In addition to Cigna’s existing Medicare Supplement, Part D and MA HMO plans for the region, a new MA PPO offering will first be available for Medicare’s Annual Election Period (AEP). All plans will be effective on January 1, 2020. Residents of Davidson, Rutherford, Sumner, Williamson and Wilson counties …

Digital Health

TÜV Rheinland Commends the State of California Blue Light Resolution; Announces Blue Light Summit With Electronics Manufacturers | Business Wire | 10/11/2019

… high-energy blue light from devices, and urges citizens to consider protective measures and solutions. The State Resolution was passed unanimously in the Senate and Assembly with a vote of 70-0. TÜV Rheinland and digital health and safety leader Eyesafe will host the online summit with the Vision Health Advisory Board , a group of world-recognized Optometrists and Ophthalmologists helping to define future industry standards. “We are happy to see …

Behavioral Health

Rogers Miami Supports OCD Awareness Week With Community Awareness Event Hosted By OCD Central & South Florida | PRWeb | 10/11/2019

… our mission of leading the industry in outcomes-driven patient care, these type of community events are crucial to our awareness initiatives.” MIAMI Rogers Behavioral Health, a leading nationwide, not-for-profit provider of behavioral health services, announces its support for the OCD Awareness Week 2019 Day Conference and Community Awareness Event in Miami hosted by OCD Central & South Florida Affiliate on Friday, October 18th, 2019. By expanding its presence …

HIPAA

Amazon Textract Is Now HIPAA Eligible, Extracts Text/Data From Scanned Docs | HIT Consultant | 10/11/2019

… by HIPAA. Today, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced that Amazon Textract , a machine learning service that quickly and easily extracts text and data from scanned documents is now eligible for healthcare workloads that require HIPAA certification . This launch builds upon the existing portfolio of AWS artificial intelligence services that are HIPAA-eligible, including Amazon Translate , Amazon Comprehend , Amazon Transcribe , Amazon Polly , Amazon SageMaker and Amazon Rekognition – that help deliver better …

Home Care

Alpine-backed TEAM Services buys AmeriBest Home Care | PE Hub | 10/11/2019

Alpine-backed TEAM Services buys AmeriBest Home Care October 11, 2019 By Iris Dorbian TEAM Services , which is backed by Alpine Investors , has acquired AmeriBest Home Care , a portfolio company of Boyne Capital . No financial terms were disclosed. Lincoln International was financial adviser to AmeriBest on the transaction. Headquartered in Philadelphia, AmeriBest is a provider of home and community-based services for clients participating in the Medicaid and government-sponsored …

Mental Health

Americans Are Internalizing Political Rhetoric About Link Between Mental Health And Violence | Kaiser Health News | 10/11/2019

New research reveals that Americans’ fear about the dangers of those suffering with mental health problems is increasing as leaders and politicians continue to emphasize those myths. On World Mental Health Day, media outlets examined this and other topics relevant to the global conversation. Los Angeles Times: Americans Increasingly Fear Violence From People Who Are Mentally Ill Political rhetoric that blames people with mental illness for spasms of mass violence …

Telehealth

Greeneville Community Hospital East Deploys Telehealth ICU Platform | HIT Infrastructure | 10/11/2019

Tennessee-based Greeneville Community Hospital East is deploying a telehealth ICU platform for its intensive care unit (ICU). Source: Getty Images By October 11, 2019 - Tennessee-based Greeneville Community Hospital East is deploying a telehealth ICU platform for its intensive care unit (ICU). Greeneville Community Hospital East, part of the Ballard Health system, is a 140-bed facility offering a range of in-patient services. The telehealth ICU platform is …

Medical Imaging

NYC Health + Hospitals to Invest $224M to Upgrade Medical Imaging Technology Over 10 Years | HIT Consultant | 10/11/2019

NYC Health + Hospitals plans to invest $224M over the next 10 years to upgrade its medical imaging technology across the health system. – 230 medical imaging units will be replaced and updated within first four years – Equipment will support the public health system’s goal of standardizing care and providing patients modernized, state-of-the-art imaging technology NYC Health + Hospitals , the nation’s largest public healthcare system today announced that it is …

Medical Research

African American Neuroscience Research Initiative Awarded Grant From Abell Foundation for Critical Program Support | PR Newswire | 10/11/2019

… Research Initiative (AANRI) announced today the receipt of a $275,000 grant from the Abell Foundation, which will provide critical funds to support the development and growth of the collaboration between the African American Clergy Medical Research Initiative and the Lieber Institute for Brain Development. Utilizing the Lieber Institute’s robust brain repository, the AANRI aims to establish a road map to help close the gap in health disparities and accelerate research …

Digital Pathology

Global Market Trends in the Digital Pathology Market with Projections to 2023 | PR Newswire | 10/11/2019

… for the transformation in healthcare delivery models and growing demand for greater-value care is driving the adoption of cloud-based healthcare models. These emerging trends are expected to create immense opportunities in the digital pathology market. Managed through cloud services, digital pathology has a huge clinical impact on an organization. On a large scale, the in-house storage of such clinical data could cost millions to an organization, but …

Case Management

American Case Management Association Celebrates National Case Management Week and ACM Recognition Day | PRWeb | 10/11/2019

American Case Management Association Celebrates National Case Management Week and ACM Recognition Day Share Article National Case Management Week is observed annually, in the second week of October. This year’s theme is “Case Management: Improving Outcomes. Improving Care.” LITTLE ROCK, Ark. American Case Management Association (ACMA) is celebrating National Case Management Week starting October 13, 2019, to recognize the dedication, compassion and quality patient outcomes achieved by case management professionals …

National Institutes of Health

Leidos to Provide National Institutes of Health Software Development Support Services | PR Newswire | 10/11/2019

RESTON, Va. , Oct. 10, 2019 /PRNewswire/ – Leidos (NYSE: LDOS ), a FORTUNE ® 500 science and technology leader, has been awarded a follow-on contract by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) within the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to provide a wide range of software development services in support of the Office of Extramural Research (OER). The single award, cost-plus-fixed-fee contract …

Biotech

Aridis nabs pharma veteran as ex-CMO leaves for ‘personal reasons’ after drug flop | FierceBiotech | 10/11/2019

Micro cap anti-infective biotech Aridis Pharmaceuticals has gained a new chief medical officer in the form of former Takeda Vaccines exec Paul Mendelman, M.D. Mendelman, who for now is CMO on an interim basis, takes over from Wolfgang Dummer, who has hit the exit for “personal reasons,” the biotech said, but gave no extra information nor a departing Quote: . Drummer became Aridis’ CMO just 18 months ago, coming off …

University of Notre Dame

Father Jenkins elected to fourth five-year term as Notre Dame’s president | PRWeb | 10/11/2019

The University of Notre Dame Board of Trustees elected Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C. , on Friday (Oct. 11) to a fourth five-year term as president of the University, effective at the conclusion of his third term June 30, chairman John J. Brennan announced on behalf of the Board at its fall meeting on campus. “Like the 16 Holy Cross priests before him, Father Jenkins has led the University of …

Precision Medicine

CA Representative Reintroduces Precision Medicine Access Bill | HealthIT Analytics | 10/11/2019

Precision Medicine News CA Representative Reintroduces Precision Medicine Access Bill The precision medicine bill would expand the use of genetic and genomic testing for pediatric patients. Source: Thinkstock By October 11, 2019 - California representative Eric Swalwell recently reintroduced the bipartisan Advancing Access to Precision Medicine Act , which aims to increase the use of genomic and genetic testing for pediatric patients with rare diseases. The act would pilot-test whether Medicaid …

PhRMA

Head Of PhRMA Says It Would Be Mistake To Think Pelosi’s Aggressive Drug Pricing Bill Won’t Become Reality | Kaiser Health News | 10/11/2019

… the GOP-controlled Senate. “We would like to see a balanced package emerge from the legislative process this year and we’re working both sides of the aisle towards that end,” Ubl said. The Hill: PhRMA CEO Warns Pelosi Bill To Lower Drug Prices Would Be ‘Devastating’ For Industry The head of the main pharmaceutical industry lobbying group on Thursday warned that a bill to lower drug prices from Speaker Nancy …

CAR-T

Jazz Pharmaceuticals Announces First Patient Enrolled in Phase 2 Clinical Trial Evaluating Defibrotide for the Prevention of CAR-T Associated Neurotoxicity | PR Newswire | 10/11/2019

… label, single-arm study will evaluate the safety and efficacy of defibrotide in the prevention of CAR T-cell associated neurotoxicity in patients with relapsed or refractory DLBCL receiving axicabtagene ciloleucel. “The introduction of CAR-T therapies to the oncology treatment landscape is groundbreaking but can be associated with serious complications such as neurotoxicity,” said Robert Iannone , M.D., M.S.C.E., executive vice president, research and development of Jazz Pharmaceuticals. “At Jazz …

Clinical Research

Advanced Clinical Appoints Dr. Pavel Tyan to Lead and Enhance Therapeutic Oncology Research | PRWeb | 10/11/2019

… further strengthen our scientific rigor to offer current and emerging therapeutic oncology regimens to existing and prospective clients,” said Graham Belgrave, Senior Vice President of European Operations at Advanced Clinical. CHICAGO Advanced Clinical, a clinical research services organization, is pleased to announce that surgeon, oncologist, and researcher Dr. Pavel Tyan has been appointed Therapeutic Lead for Oncology. Dr. Tyan brings a wealth of practical, therapeutic, and academic experience to the …

Medical Debt

Hawaii man starts state’s first online campaign to erase medical debt | Becker’s Hospital Review | 10/11/2019

A Hawaii man is working with a national nonprofit to erase medical debt for hundreds of residents in his state, Texas and Florida, according to news website Honolulu Civil Beat . Daren Hashimoto has started a crowdfunding campaign through RIP Medical Debt, a New York-based nonprofit charity that buys medical debt for pennies on the dollar to forgive it. He’s trying to raise $15,000 to eliminate $1.5 million of medical …

Advanced Wound Care

Medical Fish Skin Company Kerecis Presents New Research at the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care | Business Wire | 10/11/2019

LAS VEGAS, Nev.- Kerecis ® , the company that is pioneering the use of fish skin in tissue regeneration and wound care, will present the results of multiple studies of its technology at the Symposium on Advanced Wound Care (SAWC) Fall meeting to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, October 12 to 14 (booth 527). Kerecis Omega3 Wound is intact fish skin that, when grafted onto damaged human tissue, recruits the body’s …

Dry Eye Disease

Harbour BioMed Announces Completion of Phase 2 Study in China of HBM9036 In Patients With Moderate-to-Severe Dry Eye Disease | Business & Finance | heraldchronicle.com | Business Wire | 10/11/2019

Fall Foliage Photo Contest AP Harbour BioMed Announces Completion of Phase 2 Study in China of HBM9036 In Patients With Moderate-to-Severe Dry Eye Disease Oct 11, 2019 Save CAMBRIDGE, Mass. & ROTTERDAM, The Netherlands & SHANGHAI–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Oct 11, 2019– Harbour BioMed (HBM) today announced completion of a Phase 2 study in China of HBM9036 (tanfanercept), a new, investigational TNF receptor-1 fragment, in adult patients with moderate-to …

Genomics

Armata Pharmaceuticals Expands Board of Directors with the Appointment of Research and Development Veteran Todd C. Peterson, Ph.D. | PR Newswire | 10/11/2019

… Todd C. Peterson , Ph.D. Dr. Peterson brings to the Armata Board more than 35 years of experience in biotechnology and life sciences research and development across the areas of molecular biology, nucleic acids and genomics product and technology development. “Todd is a proven leader with a track record of successfully driving research and development initiatives across a broad range of therapeutic indications,” said Todd R. Patrick , Chief Executive Officer of …

Remote Monitoring

An All-New Ultra HD Decoder Now Available from Z3 Technology | PR Newswire | 10/11/2019

… the DMD-4K, a new H.265 video decoder capable of decoding resolutions up to 2160p60 through HDMI. The compact DMD-4K solves space and bandwidth constrictions for applications from industrial video to broadcast, remote monitoring and video distribution, as well as many other streaming applications. Designed with the highest efficient video compression technology, users can save time and money by streaming their highest quality video with half the bandwidth …