COVID; Analysis of Key Commercial Benchmarks

We look at the past twelve months and ask – if everything has gone wrong, was that simply because of COVID, or were the downsides always there, it’s  just that Covid was the excuse  of choice? Or are there new trends and behaviours come to the surface that we never considered until now?

Looking at the obvious – you can  say that 2020 was the death knell of Events and Conferences. Major companies globally are in trouble and have not been able to rediscover a new secret sauce as to why you and should even  bother to attend an online event. As long as COVID continues, it is doubtful whether many will still be around with their current offering, thru to the end of 2021. In our discussions with vendors, we have yet to find any vendor that is satisfied that being part of a virtual event has has offered them any benefit at all. Criticisms range from “ this is a scam”, to the more polite “ it’s not the fault of the organiser, they are doing their best”  etc.

It is made doubly worse  by the lack of interest from so many delegates.  Worst in our discussions, were anything to do with the UK NHS. Even those that attend workshops have almost nil interest in pursuing a discussion after they have gone offline and  in almost all cases there is no way for a vendor to progress a discussion. Much better are the Financial events; there is a clear monetary and commercial objective  – but even then – online workshops that we looked at – were sparsely attended, the vendors themselves outnumbering the delegates.

Introducing A New Innovative, Incision-Free Treatment from Gynesonics.

MedStar Health is the first health system to provide Sonata, an incision-free, uterus-preserving, outpatient treatment option for women  with symptomatic Uterine Fibroids

Gynesonics®, a women’s healthcare company focused on the development of minimally invasive solutions for symptomatic uterine fibroids, announced today that MedStar Health, a not-for-profit health system of 4,300 affiliated physicians and 10 hospitals, ambulatory care and urgent care centers, has introduced the Sonata® Procedure in the Maryland and Washington, D.C. area. The first case at MedStar Health was performed by Vadim Morozov, M.D., the Director of the American Academy of Gynecologic Laparoscopists (AAGL) Fellowship in Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery at MedStar Washington Hospital Center.

Fibroids are benign growths in or around the uterus, with about 70 percent of white women and more than 80 percent of black women having uterine fibroids before the age of 50. Uterine fibroids may cause significant and debilitating symptoms, including heavy menstrual bleeding. Symptoms may worsen over time if fibroids are left untreated, which leads to more than two million women in the U.S. undergoing treatment for uterine fibroids each year.

Coronavirus in Hull.

At a time when the North East city of Hull has become one of the highest rate of COVID in the Uk, – Amelia Grace, leading young blogger in East Yorks in the UK, gives a first hand assessment of where it is going wrong – and where does that leave the uk?

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Coronavirus has been a common part of life for close to a year now. It’s plastered all over the news, it’s a massive topic of conversation and it’s all anyone seems to talk about. What do you think about the pandemic? Has the government handled it in the right way? When will we have a vaccine and will it have an impact? Will life ever be normal again? 

These are some of the things I’ve discussed with people and I have wondered since March and the first lockdown.

More recently, the government has tackled the situation with a tiered approach, categorising places into medium, high or very high in terms of covid alert level. I’m a resident of Hull, a city in Yorkshire which started off in tier 1 and entered tier 2 just before the whole country was thrust into a lockdown on 5 November. Now, we have the most cases out of the whole of the UK and are set to enter tier 3 once we are released from lockdown. What went wrong in Hull?

NEW PANDEMIC ADVISORY BOARD TAKES SHAPE

The Pandemic Security Initiative Introduces Scientific Advisory Board Founding Members, Leading Scientists Join Together to Prepare for the Next Global Pandemic

In Cambridge, MA; Lebanon, NH; and New York, NY – Celdara Medical announced today the launch of the Pandemic Security Initiative’s Scientific Advisory Board (SAB), a group of outstanding scientists and infectious disease experts. The SAB is an integral part of the initiative, and informs the initiative’s priorities, approaches, and opportunities for collaboration, all in the pursuit of pandemic preparedness.

Amidst a second wave of Covid-19 infections with still no definitive end in sight, the key structural issue in resolving pandemic scale threats continues to be the lack of commercial incentive for proactive development of diagnostics, prophylactics, and therapeutics, especially for diseases without incidence.

TECHNOLOGY IN HEALTHCARE. WELCOME TO AHIMA20

OUR REPORT BELOW LOOKS  AT THE BEST OF USA HEALTH NEW SOLUTIONS.

The AHIMA Trade Association is the bible for healthtech specialists in the USA. Its is far removed from its HIMSS cousins, despite the fact that both are in the same Chicago metropolis. The difference being that AHIMA looks at how do you deliver the technology that will drive patient health in the future. And by that they mean, what is the programming, the system design, the architecture – the digital roadmap.

What AHIMA is not – is a vendor jamboree full of thousand of vendors. The current list of suitable vendors is probably less than 100. You could say it is quality over quantity but even that criticism is not correct. AHIMS is not interested in quantity per se. It is interested in “what is the best tech”. And that does not mean there is no commercial outreach. This is USA after all.

AHIMA launch new EU collaboration in AI and Telehealth.

The American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and Frontiers Health, along with  the Healthware Group, recently agreed to a content collaboration that will serve health care professionals in both Europe and the United States.

It comes just prior to the launch of the annual AHIMA Conference, this time Virtual, in just 10 days time. (We will be talking with Michael Bittner, AHIMA Media Director, early next week, on  the key notes to be covered)  In meantime – What they say is this:

“Frontiers Health is recognized across Europe as a transformative organization with a long history of promoting innovation in health care,” said AHIMA CEO Wylecia Wiggs Harris, PhD, CAE. “Like AHIMA, they see the human behind health information and health policy, making our collaboration a natural fit.”

Frontiers Health, in cooperation with Healthware Group, is hosting two education sessions, focusing on telehealth and artificial intelligence in health care, at the AHIMA20 Virtual Conference taking place October 14-17. The sessions will feature speakers from companies like CarePredict, Intouch Group, Kaia Health, Vitality, and Wysa, as well as other global players from the digital health space.

In addition, both organizations will collaborate on sessions at the Frontiers Health Hybrid Conference this November. AHIMA’s international team will host several sessions within an overarching theme of “Data Driving the Future of Health.” AHIMA experts will discuss data consent, privacy, interoperability, patient access to their health information, and more.

“This collaboration serves AHIMA members and health care professionals in Europe, as both groups will have access to new content and resources with a global perspective,” Harris said. “It will also help AHIMA increase its international footprint and reach health care audiences around the world.”

“I am pleased to expand our collaboration with AHIMA and look forward to hosting two dedicated Frontiers Health sessions at the AHIMA20 Virtual Conference,” said Roberto Ascione, conference chairman of Frontiers Health and CEO & founder at Healthware Group. “Frontiers Health will share its extensive knowledge and first-hand experience in strategic spaces like telehealth and artificial intelligence. Through its cooperation with AHIMA, Frontiers Health will promote and contribute to the pivotal role of digital health innovation in the new normal.”

EUROVISION ON STEROIDS. WELCOME TO THE HIMSS 2020 EUROPEAN DIGITAL CONFERENCE.

With decision-makers from healthcare in some 98 Countries – including Russia, Israel etc – booked to attend; and around 172 Speakers, including 45+ keynote Speakers, including the WHO, the US ONC, and of course the key Partners from Finland (whose are supporting this Conference) – this five day event is as good as it gets in terms of bringing together where healthcare is going and needs to go.

Digital Therapeutics and Care at Home. Webinar 3rd June.

We focus on the latest  EHTEL’s “Second Imagining 2029*” webinar. This virtual meeting is part of the EHTEL Innovation Initiative agenda for 2020 on Exploring Digital Therapeutics, Artificial Intelligence, and Virtual Coaches.

With the Imagining 2029 series of webinars – hosted by its working groups – EHTEL invites the digital health community to reflect jointly on accelerating digital transformation – acknowledging the opportunities and challenges raised by the current COVID-19 crisis. This is what they say;

Given today’s situation in which health systems, and especially hospitals, need to manage ever more knowledge and increasing amount of data, they are faced with a number of challenges. These relate to e.g., increasing clinical benefits, providing treatment in a variety of locations (in the hospital itself, in new forms of hospitals, at home), and involving health and care staff effectively in the changes occurring.

The objectives of this first webinar on digital therapeutics and care at home are to:explore how, throughout Europe, care is shifting from the hospital to the home, explore what digital therapeutics has to offer in terms of this paradigm shift, and identify in what ways AI and digital therapeutics work together.

The Date: Wednesday 3 June 2020, Time: 12:00 – 13:30 CET (90 min)

The first part of the webinar is a brief welcome and introduction by TicSalutSocial member, Juan Guanyabens, and EHTEL Principal eHealth Policy Analyst, Diane Whitehouse.

The shift of care from hospital to home: Example 1 – Presenter: Astrid van der Velde and Ed de Kluiver, Isala Heart Centre, Netherlands (NWE-Chance).

The shift of care from hospital to home: Example 2  – Presenters: Massimo Caprino and Riccardo Re, Casa di Cura del Policlinico – CCP, Italy (vCare).

What digital therapeutics has to offer and the relationship between AI and digital therapeutics. – Presenter: John Crawford, CrawfordWorks, United Kingdom and EHTEL Honorary Member.

The discussion will be based around several key questions, that should provide concrete evidence of developments in the field. After the discussion, the moderators will summarise the key messages of the webinar as preliminary conclusions.

We Are What We Eat

We catch up with Nutrition Consultant Olga Preston, about how what we eat, impacts how we behave.

We are not talking about getting tetchy in the morning, – although that may be the case. This is serious stuff. We are at the sharp end of solving and reducing symptoms of, serious mental health issues, by understanding, analysing, and even rejecting, the food that we have queued for at the supermarket just a few days before.

And it’s not that Olga does not have experience of these issues. As a former nutrition specialist with the Brain Bio Centre in Putney London – and now branching out on her own, with her own portfolio of patients, Olga is convincing as she talks to me by phone.

“You know that sugar makes you anxious?” She says.

I didn’t know that. Neither did I know that my favourite pasta carbonara is also less than ideal.

“You need some chicken and steamed vegetables”.

I demurred asking her about my glass of Chardonnay in the evening. But what is clear is that, once you get beneath the recipe and menu level of conversation, there is an increasing awareness by all of us at a community level, that by just changing a few things in our diet, we can reduce the mental issues that also seem to be on the increase. And these are the issues that conventional medicine, with its dumbing down side effects, seems powerless to handle.

Apparently, NHS GPs do not normally refer patients who they feel have mental issues, – to a Nutritional Therapist Nutritional Therapist, despite the latter qualifications.

Olga’s patients are referred by private clinics. She specialises in children issues, particularly autism and ADHD, with a small reserve area for adults with depression and psychosis. he will shortly have a separate facility at the ION Clinic in Richmond. We talk about other influences, the use of Music to stimulate people with brain issues, etc, and what she says is that people are now comfortable and accepting that there are different therapeutic tools, to do different jobs.

Olga is an an accomplished Seminar speaker – and I don’t want to delay her any longer. I think about grabbing a large sandwich at the train station, but apparently too much bread is not great for me either.

Olga can be contacted directly at; olgaprestonnutrition@gmail.com

What Do We Mean by “Digital Health?

The recent announcement below from the HIMSS organisation of new advances in monitoring your health, digitally, – or progress within clinics and hospitals in having the tech to do so – gives rise to two questions; first, what on earth are we talking about?  and second – do our hospitals care anyway?

The Coronavirus situation has given rise to every flavour of new monitoring solution, but this misses the essential point that Coronavirus will not be here, at least in terms of dominating our health – too much longer (apparently) – which means that we need to get back to basics of; what does “digital”, actually mean.