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Continuous monitoring tools and Telehealth could save hospitals significant cost

Harvard researchers predict that contact-free continuous monitoring platforms have the potential to save the healthcare industry as much as $15 billion.  By Jeff Lagasse, August 04, 2016

Contact-free continuous monitoring, a platform that taps into sensors to measure patients vital signs and other metrics, hold the promise to save health systems $15 billion a year.

That’s according to a new peer-reviewed paper published in Critical Care Medicine.

CFCM is used to monitor heartbeat, respiratory rate, ulcers and patient motion. The technology’s components include sensors placed under a patient’s mattress or in a chair, bedside monitor, central display station and in handheld devices.

The sensors measure vibration and calculate motion, heartbeats per minute and breaths per minute, which detect any changes from regular patterns. If a patient’s status changes, the platform alerts nurses through large screens set up in conspicuous locations, as well as handheld devices.

Researchers from Harvard School of Medicine in a new Frost and Sullivan report entitled “Finding Top-Line Opportunities in a Bottom-Line Healthcare Market” claimed each hospital bed monitored with the EarlySense CFCM approach enables hospitals to achieve a cost savings nearing $20,000.

The cost savings are attributed to clinical outcome improvements published by hospitals implementing CFCM. Evidence suggests the technology can assist clinicians in earlier detection of patient deterioration, helping to reduce patient length of stay, minimize use of intensive care units, reduce falls and pressure ulcers and avoid cardiac and respiratory arrests.

The $15 billion figure was arrived at by extending the savings to all 750,000 relevant beds in the U.S. hospital system. The estimate does not take into account those patients in beds outside the hospital setting.

Clinical data also estimates that use of EarlySense has the annual potential to reduce patient falls by 301,809; reduce pressure ulcers by over 1 million; slash ICU days by about 1.7 million; eliminate more than 259,000 “Code Blue” events; and avoid close to 208,000 deaths.

“The healthcare industry is constantly working to improve efficiency,” said Charlie Whelan, Frost and Sullivan’s Transformational Health North America consulting director, in a statement. “These studies show that continuous monitoring presents a unique opportunity to create both top and bottom line benefits, while simultaneously improving quality of care.”

CEO Spotlight: American Well’s Roy Schoenberg on the U.S. coming out of a 10-year telehealth war zone

By Bill Siwicki, August 05, 2016

As providers, payers and patients align in what Schoenberg calls a national play for delivering real-time care anywhere patients and providers can connect, telemedicine stands ready to revolutionize healthcare the way Amazon has rewritten retail.

After a long decade of struggle, the stars have aligned for telemedicine, according to Roy Schoenberg, MD, CEO and co-founder of telehealth technology and services vendor American Well. And the understanding and acceptance of providers, payers and patients have united to the point where the electronic delivery of healthcare is poised to become part of the norm.

“First, medical authorities, policymakers, and healthcare’s movers and shakers have acknowledged that delivering healthcare through technology can be valuable and safe; that has been the war zone for the last 10 years of telehealth,” Schoenberg said. “Medical boards and medical associations were hesitant about embracing telehealth; physicians were concerned about diminishing the relationship they have with patients. But the experiences with telehealth during the last couple of years have been reassuring, and telehealth increasingly has become one of the ways physicians interact with patients.”

Second, insurance companies that while label American Well technology including Anthem, United Health Group and several of the big Blues have finally begun to take the stance that, like in any other industry, digital mechanisms are here to stay and will be a major part of the industry’s future; as a result, payers are getting on top of telehealth and discovering how to conduct such care safely, Schoenberg said.

“Payers are understanding that the efficiencies and even the humanitarian value of allowing healthcare to be delivered in this manner are overwhelming,” he added. “If you can shift healthcare via the internet to more private home care settings, for example, you not only are saving costs of emergency room visits and inpatient stays, you are changing how and when appropriate healthcare can be rendered. Telehealth, for instance, can have a very deep impact on how chronic patients are managed.”

And third, enough time has passed that telemedicine technology vendors have gained the experience – and learned lessons from mistakes – so that the vendors are completely capable of providing safe and comprehensive care via technology, Schoenberg said.

“Vendors have made corrections to the patient experience and physician usability, for example, and have learned how to foster intimacy in these kinds of healthcare encounters,” he explained. “Between the adoption of electronic delivery as a valid way of doing medicine, the payment structure, and all of the factors that affect the physician-patient experience, the stars have aligned to cause what we see today, which is a booming market.”

What’s more, telemedicine tools and practices are becoming more embedded into the routine delivery of care among providers that also white label American Well services such as Cleveland Clinic, Community Health System,  Intermountain, Miami Children’s Hospital, Providence Health System and others — even employers are getting into the act, such as clients Oracle and Honeywell.

So what are the next steps? Schoenberg points in two directions.

“From the patient standpoint, we will see very quickly the transition of telehealth from just the myopic quick urgent care example of finding a physician to prescribe antibiotics to something that envelops all of healthcare, especially patients who need serious longitudinal care and frequent interaction with physicians, which increasingly is tied into things like accountable care organizations,” Schoenberg said. “We will see telehealth serving as a part of the overall relationship with patients.”

Schoenberg said American Well today is seeing provider organization clients developing telehealth programs around things like heart disease and autism, and that this sort of care will become the prevailing way healthcare executives and providers think of telehealth.

“No longer just the mother with a child in a stormy night who needs to see a physician kind of stuff,” he added. “Telehealth for ongoing clinical relationships will become the avalanche of this technology.”

On the other end of the spectrum, at the national level, Schoenberg said another next step in the evolution of telemedicine will be the realization of benefits derived from the notion that healthcare can be extended through technology so that patients are no longer married to a facility.

“If we bring together organizations that represent demand for healthcare and allow them to electronically interact with care delivery organizations, then that will not be unlike what online retail has done to the retail industry – we will be able to expand on how healthcare is being rendered and where it is being made available,” Schoenberg concluded. “This is a national play for the delivery of real-time healthcare that is embraced by the provider and the payer brands that will be available wherever the internet goes. That is how Amazon has rewritten the retail industry.”

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Paper free Mobile forms help businesses

Paper free mobile forms – Businesses that modernize paper-based processes by adopting mobile forms see an uptick in efficiency and cost savings. But IT must ensure that form data is secure. By Ramin Edmond

Organizations can save time and money by automating everyday business processes with mobile forms that users access and fill out on smartphones and tablets and stop wasting any unnecessary paper.

Paper documents are a necessity for human resources, operations and other departments, but they require a big time commitment, are tough to organize and may not consistently gather data in case of user error. It can also be inefficient for organizations with remote workers who must send paper forms back to central offices. Software can digitize these documents and address these issues through automatic data entry and processing capabilities.

“Businesses that buy into these processes benefit, but businesses with old-school processes get left behind,” said Jeff Peel, COO of Pesado Energy Services, a pipeline construction company in Mize, Miss. The company uses a mobile forms app for its human resources department.

Before adopting mobile forms, Pesado Energy Services’ HR department would receive expense reports from remote workers in the mail, and then return them if they were filled out incorrectly — adding days to the process. By digitizing these documents, employees can complete their reports on an iPhone or iPad and attach all necessary receipt images. Mobile forms also have an option for required fields, so users can’t leave certain sections of a form blank. (Incomplete paper forms commonly caused problems for Pesado.) After completing all required fields of a form, employees can then upload expense reports to HR via the cloud. Mobile forms save the department about five or six hours of work a week, Peel said. Savings came from fixing an archaic process.

“Savings came from fixing an archaic process,” he said. “I don’t have to get back to employees to find out what each expense was for. Now, that’s all automated.”

With eMEDICS.org solution, users can ask us to build their own mobile forms for free — timesheets, invoices, inspection documents and more — to run on their smartphones and tablets. By mobilizing these types of documents, it is easier for the business to track and aggregate important data regarding inventory, productivity and more. The numbers can sync to a spreadsheet to give executives an easy-to-read visual of these metrics.

“Paper-based processes are moving from paper to digital input into some kind of system,” said Patrick Moorhead, president and principal analyst of Moor Insights and Strategy in Austin, Texas.

When making a paper process digital, it is important to include proper security measures, said Michael Finneran, president and mobile analyst at dBrn Associates in Hewlett Neck, N.Y.

Pesado Energy Services syncs data it accumulates, such as credit card information from employee expense reports, from mobile forms into Google Sheets. When Pesado Energy Services’ employees enter credit card information into the form, the data automatically feeds into a Google Sheets spreadsheet, which the company makes sure to secure, Peel said. It uses Sookasa, a software-as-a-service security offering, to encrypt all Google Sheets data. Authorized users have access to this data and can share it with other authorized users.

Pesado could also take advantage of offline feature that lets users fill out mobile forms without Wi-Fi or cellular connectivity. Once an employee’s device comes back online, any saved offline forms automatically sync back to the cloud. That’s an important capability for Pesado’s pipeline workers in remote areas, who fill out assessments, expense reports, inventory documents and other forms on a daily basis, Peel said.

“We’ve used it in just about every corner of our business,” he said.

There are many use cases for mobile forms in other industries, too. Operations directors can use digital forms to perform inspections of restaurants on location, using checklists on their mobile devices to go through sanitation checks, inventory logs and more. Automobile roadside assistance companies can enter information about drivers faster on mobile devices, letting them handle more service calls per day. When filling out forms outside, documents won’t be damaged by weather.

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China event – ChinaBio® Forum, May 2016 in Suzhou

China – Global Partnering in China™

ChinaBio® Partnering Forum is the premier life science partnering event in China. Held on May 18–19, 2016, in Suzhou, the event will attract biotech and pharma leaders from around the world along with hundreds of China-based developers of novel technologies for two days of productive partnering.

ChinaBio® Partnering Forum 2015 had more than 858 delegates from 435 companies and 22 countries, making it the largest partnering conference in China. The 2016 edition promises to be even better with top notch attendance from pharma and biotech companies as well as leading researchers from China’s top universities and institutes.

The conference also features partneringONE®, enabling delegates to efficiently identify, meet and network with companies from across the life science value chain.

Who will you meet?

  • Senior executives of leading China-based pharma and biotech companies
  • Senior management and business development executives from global biotech and pharma companies
  • Venture capitalists and other investors active in life science

With over one-third of the attendees being C-level decision makers, ChinaBio® Partnering Forum is the event to get partnerships started in China.

Profile of participants at ChinaBio® Partnering Forum 2015

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For more information, please follow this link

Application to Present

Innovative companies, organizations or researchers interested in partnering their technologies or products, initiating strategic alliances, or tapping into the financing network are welcome to apply to present at the ChinaBio® Partnering Forum 2016.

A panel of industry experts will select the presenting companies. The panel will make each decision based on the company profile submitted in the partnering system, on the interests of the biotech industry, and the licensability of products or technology.

Presenting companies will be selected based on the corporate profile they have submitted.

Delegates of a presenting company other than the presenter will need to register separately and will be invoiced for the registration fee.

Your registration fee covers

  • Submission of up to 150 requests per company for one-to-one meetings during the conference
  • Access to all workshops, presentations, panel discussions and the exhibition area
  • Publication of your company and personal profiles on partneringONE®
  • Breakfast, lunch, snacks, coffee and other non-alcoholic beverages in the conference center
  • Evening networking events

Multiple attendee discount

Companies with three full-paying delegates will receive one complimentary ticket for the fourth attendee from that company.

Company profile

Your company profile will be published in the password-protected Partnering section of the ChinaBio® Partnering Forum website.

Payment

Companies selected for a presentation will receive an invoice shortly after they have been notified of their assigned presentation slot. Payment must be made in advance of the event.

Cancellation policy

Please email Philipp Dormeier at pdormeier@ebdgroup.com if you are registered and will not be able to attend the conference so that your partnering account can be deactivated.

We are sorry, but we do not allow refunds of paid registration/presentation fees for this conference. However, a paid registration is transferable to a replacement from your company.

Please note that no-shows will be billed for the full registration fee and, if applicable, the full presentation fee.

ChinaBio® Partnering Forum Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

Hanmi
Johnson & Johnson Innovation

Gala Reception Sponsor

Roche

Gold Sponsors

Ascentage
BioBay
Covance
Covington
Dechert
Medidata
Morrison Foerster
MSD
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UNICEF – eMEDICS.org is proud to sponsor NGO projects

UNICEF – Donate today and help keep children safe from disease such as polio

UNICEF Corporate Alliances team has extensive experience working with some of the world’s biggest brands.  Each corporate partner is provided with a dedicated international account manager from the Corporate Alliance team located in New York and Geneva.  The account managers have backgrounds in corporate marketing, public relations, web marketing, advertising, media, market research, packaged-goods marketing, corporate philanthropy and/or product donations. UNICEF’s international account managers liaise with UNICEF’s National Committees in the country where the corporate partner is headquartered to build and leverage the alliance for highest impact.

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Millions of children around the world are in danger of contracting polio – it’s highly contagious and can lead to life-long paralysis. There is no cure, yet there is a safe and effective vaccine. Three doses of polio vaccine give a lifetime of immunity, meaning it costs as little as €0.33 to protect a child forever. In 1988, polio was endemic in 125 countries. Today, thanks to successful vaccination programs like those funded by UNICEF’s. unicef-8

We are close to the goal to end polio forever, but to do so we have to reach every child. Your support helps to vaccinate millions of mothers and babies against deadly diseases and keeps millions of children safe from polio. Your kind donations will help UNICEF keep more children safe. Donations can be made in Sterling, Euros or US Dollars. Use any of the picture on the following page to donate.

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In over 190 countries around the world, UNICEF teams are doing whatever it takes to reach the world’s most vulnerable children. They’re saving lives, protecting childhoods and getting children to school. They’re constantly monitoring the situation of children worldwide and act rapidly when an emergency strikes.But they don’t just want children to have better lives today; they’re working with governments and partners to change laws and policies to help future generations of children too.

From immunizing children against preventable diseases, to rebuilding schools after disasters, UNICEF does whatever it takes to reach every child who needs us. But to do this they need the help of supporters like us.

Give a monthly gift today and you can save lives, protect childhoods and give children the chance to go to school every month.

eMEDICS.org is sponsoring UNICEF Switzerland projects all over the world and donates 5% of any of its sales to UNICEF in order to promote their actions and make children have a better life.

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