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.”


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.

It is an interesting comparison. This Conference is just a week or two after the Nordic more local VITALIS event in Goteborg, but whilst VITALIS is essentially inward looking, a focus for its local market – HIMSS Europe has always been an outreach for its Nordic contingent. Nothing has changed here.

When I spoke a few days ago with Sean Roberts, the VP EMEA of HIMSS, he told me that the clear focus of this year’s HIMSS Europe – is Innovation; the bringing together of the smaller and new vendors alongside their bigger and more established sponsor brothers, and taking new ways of doing things, into healthcare management.

Sean has decamped with his wife and his dog, from California to the leafy environment of Berkshire, just a 30 minute train ride into the UK capital. He is an anglophile who knows the restaurants of Chelsea even better than I. Despite the Finland original focus, the bedrock of this virtual event is a TV Studio in West London, and the biggest beneficiaries of this event may well be the domestic UK NHS. It is a journey for both of them.

What HIMSS says about itself is you can expect a “Powerful 5-day virtual experience facilitating partnerships and collaborations for digital healthcare transformation; a Unique combination of live, and “simulive” and on-demand sessions, with the opportunity to participate in live polling and Q&A throughout. Plus an Interactive, robust chat and networking capabilities that will allow you to connect with your peers and solution providers, with an unrivalled opportunity to pitch, profile and connect with key industry stakeholders”.

If there is a major and standout difference from earlier years or indeed other events organisations – it is the 3D Exhibit floor; the Lobby (see our image above) – and the virtual networking. HIMSS has been preparing for this sort of virtual reality for some years, even since the days of Steve Lieber – and you can say that COVID has been a wake up call – but looking back, it has been obvious that this is a way of interfacing that makes sense if done properly. The TV and “games” look and feel of the Lobby equals anything redolent of PS2 entertainment.

We are looking forward to the mix of protagonists as much as the Speaker advice. No doubt see you there.

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.

The Virtual Meeting is on invitation. Please register your interest via the Webinar Event and Registration Page and find here More on Innovation Initiative workstream in the EHTEL website.


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. She 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.

If it means  more remote assessment of patients – yep, that might just now be happening. It has been a knee-jerk reaction, any old cobble together App with a video screen seems to be getting acceptance. If it means remote and/or more intelligent focus on our data, well I’m not so sure. My local surgery still prefers to see me every six months for 45 mins, and never see me in between – than monitor me in real time and have sexy use of my data. And my local hospital is even worse.  So, in brief – the take up of new advances which is what this is all about – is not properly working out. There is a divergence between what the IT vendors can develop – and the willingness of places where sick people go, to actually use the stuff.

Nonetheless, the HIMSS announcement is good news; this is what they say about themselves:

“The current pandemic has challenged every global health system to rapidly scale services to meet the growing demands for care, while public health agencies strive to keep people and populations healthy by mitigating risks of infection, which also serves to reduce demands on health systems. To support global health systems as they look for ways to accelerate and strengthen capacity and resilience as the future unfolds, HIMSS is proud to unveil its global solution, the Digital Health Indicator (DHI).

The HIMSS Digital Health Indicator measures progress toward a digital health ecosystem. An ecosystem that connects clinicians and provider teams with people, enabling them to manage their health and wellness using digital tools in a secure and private environment whenever and wherever care is needed. Operational and care delivery processes are outcomes-driven, informed by data and real-world evidence to achieve exceptional quality, safety and performance that is sustainable.

Based in the principles and evidence described in the recently released HIMSS Digital Health Framework, DHI measures the four dimensions of digital health:
1. Person-Enabled Health
2. Predictive Analytics
3. Governance and Workforce
4. Interoperability

To support and inform health system decisions to advance digital health capacity given the current global pandemic, HIMSS is providing free access to the DHI Rapid Assessment tool, a 12 indicator assessment that provides an estimated DHI score mapped against the four dimensions of digital health.

A DHI score provides a baseline understanding of an organization’s digital health capacity and identifies the strengths and opportunities for development of a strategic plan to advance toward a digital health ecosystem.

The Digital Health Framework and DHI are the latest additions to HIMSS’ innovative offerings. Over the past two decades, HIMSS, a not-for-profit organization, has established a portfolio of assessment tools and maturity models that have been readily adopted by health organizations in 50 countries, contributing to their strategic and operational decisions. The DHI builds on these internationally recognized tools to create its comprehensive framework.

“When individuals can connect with their providers and personal ecosystem, they can actively and collectively help manage their personal health and wellness; health system costs are lowered and improved quality outcomes, such as reduced error and adverse events, are achieved,” said Hal Wolf, President and CEO of HIMSS. “The governance frameworks and solutions of most health systems are no longer effective or adequate to achieve the necessary digital health systems of the future. Driving adoption of the Digital Health Indicator (DHI) will help move global healthcare forward to become more accessible, equitable and better performing for every human. This speaks to the heart of our mission.”

“We believe a comprehensive, evidence based framework to define and measure progress towards digital health ecosystems will provide a foundation to advance digital transformation of traditional healthcare delivery. Currently, the dominant focus of health systems is disease management and care for patients that are sick, while the goal of digital health ecosystems is to enable prevention, with people empowered to manage their health to stay well,” said Anne Snowdon, Director of Clinical Research for HIMSS.

Location Intelligence. A Life-Saver as well as a Business Advantage

We are pleased to publish the announcement of a relevant Seminar from the guys at Esri.com, who do the ArcGIS mapping software. Now you can see the problem areas of Coronavirus – on a place near you. Or hopefully not near. And you can plan accordingly.  Robby Deming, their Senior Media Strategist writes to us: 

“I wanted to let you know about an opportunity to connect with Esri’s Chief Medical Officer Dr. Este Geraghty about coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) mapping and analysis.

As part of Esri’s Healthcare Information Technology 2020 Webinar Series, Dr. Geraghty will be leading a live webinar on April 23 from 10:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. (PDT) entitled “Informing Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Response with Location Intelligence.”  Dr. Geraghty will provide an overview of mapping and data resources Esri is providing to public and private organizations impacted by COVID-19 and will detail a prescriptive, five-step plan for communities to assess their local vulnerability. Dr. Dora Barilla from Providence St. Joseph Health will share some of her organization’s experiences with managing COVID-19 and discuss the importance of mapping and location intelligence during a pandemic.

The webinar will also include a Q&A between Dr. Geraghty, Dr. Barilla, and attendees.

You are invited to register online for this free webinar.”

At a time when relevant and accurate news on this topic, is surprisingly rare, the concept of how we handle in various different ways,  our hot spots of epidemic, is important.  Worth a listen.  

The Link is; https://www.esri.com/en-us/landing-page/corporate-programs/2020/health-information-technology-covid-19-location-intelligence-webinar-?adumkts=dpm&aduse=health_human_services&aduin=public_health&aduc=email&adum=list&aduSF=outlook&utm_Source=email&aduca=mi_himss_20&aduco=informing_covid_with_li&adut=973217_media&aduat=event_registration&adupt=awareness&sf_id=7015x000000iRNVAA2

New Advances in Coronavirus solutions. Such a Pity…

We look at the equal march of COVID-19 and solutions that describe themselves as being “the answer”, and ask;   Why has it taken this long for them to come to the fore… and is COVID-19 the excuse of choice, for both marketeers, and people who didn’t want to go to work anyway.


I can’t say that we have received thousands, this is not a nationwide chart of  major instances – but  certainly in their twenties. In the time since mid January, when we have started to wake up and then be immersed in an epidemic of confusion as to where this is all going, I am beginning to regret turning on my Inbox in the morning, – in the same way as ~I have long since turned off my radio at 07.10 each morning – to see yet another announcement of a major Coronavirus breakthrough.

COVID-19 has become the marketeer paradise. It gets everyone’s attention. We are glued to it and them. And we want good news. What more is there to love?

And each announcement does indeed bring good news! I publish here just a few snippets of our latest ones;

DeeDee Rubenstein writes: ”

“One of the side effects of COVID-19 has been a mental health crisis in the United States. Isolation and uncertainty has created a sudden shift in our country that has never been experienced before. Last month the “Disaster Distress Helpline” at the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration experienced a 891% increase in calls.

The sudden decline in mental health is an alarming indicator that telehealth for mental health should be implemented in a cost effective and accessible manner. Below are two companies that are addressing the new COVID-19 mental health crisis.”… etc…

And we have this from the MDClone company:

“Collaborate and compare insights with healthcare organizations worldwide to combat COVID-19.  MDClone has launched a fast-to-install platform to understand and manage COVID-19 efforts, dramatically increasing the ability to use data to improve quality and operations in a streamlined, efficient package.

With the MDClone Pandemic Response Package, healthcare organizations are able to leverage COVID-19 relevant data to understand performance and engage other like-minded systems, enabling the healthcare community to collaborate on new ideas, apply lessons learned from other organizations, and come together to better understand the virus.”

And Vani Edwardson of the Macadamian company sends us this Good News (he actually uses these words too) -story, about their Self-Screening mobile app, for COVID-19 health workers;

“The COVID-19 pandemic has created an urgent need for health care providers both in Long-Term Care and in hospital settings to have the ability to assess and monitor the health status of their front line to both mitigate risks and respond accordingly.

Screening is a primary line of defense in keeping COVID-19 out of our Long-Term Care and hospital settings, yet the screening process can be time-consuming. Be it on paper or on a web-based solution it adds an extra step to the start of the shift at a highly stressful time. Lining up for screening also creates challenges with respect to adherence to physical distancing, within an essential workforce.”

All of the above solutions have merit. And they  all deserve our attention.  But for COVID-19, they are probably already too late, even here in the UK where I am writing this, and when our nurses are struggling even to get hold of face masks let alone clever mobile apps. There is a distinct feeling of jumping on bandwagons or shutting doors after horses have long since gone.

And that is a pity, because the issues described above, are serious, and the solutions should be relevant for the future not just there present.

But equally, have we now already got used to being in lockdown, being away from our office, and if we are not  mentally ill, or we are not in the front line of  health,  -isn’t it all still quite a lot of fun working from home in the  morning, and playing with the kids in the afternoon?

Because we have now reached the tipping point.  If the number alas of people sadly passing away from Coronavirus at this time, is less or equal to, the number that would normally decease at this time – and this might already start to be the case – then just how much damage are we doing continuing this situation or developing solutions for a situation, that is now damaging our way of life in other ways more sinister than our original virus?

I can’t answer this. And perhaps  that was never the point. Because the marketing people have already succeeded in getting my attention – and that is what they wanted all along. Such a pity it will all end soon.



Medical Grade Wearable Devices for vital signs Continuous Monitoring

The need for a mobile and wearable clinical device – to take the pressure off our clinics and hospitals – has never been greater. It’s not like  there is no need.  The problem, so to say has been twofold; the reluctance of hospitals and staff to embrace a new technology that appears to reduce their personal involvement; and the lack of absolute clinical quality.  Sure, we have our Apple Watches, but that does not make us all doctors.

But things are changing. We look at the new wearable watch from CardiacSense, and ask, has the time now come for clinical grade solutions in the palm of our hand or on our wrist?  Eyal Copitt, COO of CardiacSense, latest manufacturer of a watch and wristband within the heart monitoring space,  explains what they do in these difficult times. This is what he says;


Rapid expansion of the Coronavirus emphasizes the immediate need for long-term continuous remote monitoring of vital signs to closely monitor the conditions of those infected with the Corona virus.

Coronavirus patients suffer from high core temperature, high respiratory rate, high heart rate and low Oxygen saturation

The need for monitoring is at hospital for badly ill patients as well as at home for lightly ill people.
Devices with wireless communication allows hospital and home monitoring without the need for direct contact of medical staff and patients.

The CardiacSense watch and wristband have them all,  – core temperature, highest accuracy measurement of heart rate, respiratory rate, SpO2as well as absolute cuff-less blood pressure and arrythmia detection and wireless communication.

The above turns CardiacSense watch and wristband to be the ultimate affordable continuous monitoring solution for inpatients and outpatients, sending real-time measurements to the nurses station and receiving back written instructions from the medical staff through the device screen whether the patient being in the hospital or at home.

Using the CardiacSense watch and wristband medical grade continuous monitoring enables better monitoring and communication for isolated inpatients reducing staff infection risk and allows light coronavirus patients stay at home, while the monitored data being auto sent to the hospital’s monitoring center.

Eyal can be contacted at; Eyal@cardiacsense.com.








We take a look at the current turbulence in business and ask – maybe this is the change of focus that can really work for all of us?

It is a fact not commonly understood, that a business that battens down the hatches in times of troubles, will end up in a worse place when the troubles are over – than from where it started.

It’s not me that says that says that. Entrepreneurs that I talk to over recent weeks, have without exception, been quick to advise – give it a few weeks, but then get creative, don’t let your customers and future customers forget that you are there.

And yet every day, as soon as prophets of doom appear on our media radar, we see immediate downsizing, firing of trusted and loyal employees, and the very people that are described as the “most valuable asset” for any corporate, in their PR blurb and announcements – are the first to be discarded when things get tricky.

The result of all this, is that – when the good times start to roll again, companies are in no position to make the most of it, people remain unemployed, and costs go up, – because we are having to hunt for what we want, – when it used to be readily available.

But what if we look a it a different way?

What if, we use the moment to seriously examine the way we are doing things generally, and whether we really need to be doing the same things at all? And there are some good examples.

If we have now found a technology structure where yes indeed, we can work from home, without the stigma of not being “visible” in the office, because nobody is actually in the office – then why don’t we continue with this process?

National Geographic has noted that the waters of Venice are now clear again – because they no longer have the big ships, the industrial output from across the water, the small vaporetti – because none of us are travelling any more.

Pollution above Wuhan, China, has disappeared since people stopped going to work as such. In short, nature and healthy living and better climate resurgence, have come to the fore, by accident.

The question is how can we keep it that way? The answers may be simple and practical.

First – if we do away with the social need for travelling to an “office”, – then we save on our commuting, have time to see our kids, get a better work/life balance, live longer.

Second – don’t cancel the sales outreach. Just do it differently. Use the power of your email and redesign your material to something that actually engages with people. If people now have more time to do something, then make sure what you send and create is something people actually enjoy looking at.

Don’t forget that you absolutely must do something to build your business. This process never stops.

And finally – don’t be afraid of change. Use the moment, now that you are online remotely – to look at your established practices and ask – if they are what you have always done, then they are probably not working or fit for purpose any longer.

As said above, it is a fact not commonly understood, that a company that has been doing things the same way for years, is probably in need of a good wake up call.

Welcome to our Annual Himss Orlando 2020 Survey

The cancellation of this year’s HIMSS – has left a hole for many vendors, as to how to reach out to their necessary market, and the reverse, how can hospitals and clinicians follow what is going on?

Every year we receive about one hundred or so requests for interviews and editorials, from PR companies and their healthcare clients. We take here what we feel are the most interesting of these and most relevant, and simply tell it like it is. We publish what they themselves have to say. And we invite you to make direct contact with the vendors concerned. Access to our report will cost you around $2.00, which gos towards our costs of putting the data together for you. And you can use our search bar on our site, to find any topic that might not be immediately visible that we might have spoken about here or earlier.

So.. here we go!

WorkJam: fancy a 20-minute chat with Mark Sagurdesky, co-founder and chief product officer at WorkJam, a workforce management platform used by health providers? Mark will be at HIMSS20 in March. 

Long hours, overnight shifts and stressful work environments have long made healthcare a demanding profession – often resulting in burnout among workers, meaning increased staff turnover and decreased productivity. And while in recent years, hospitals, health systems and advocacy groups have tried to curb the problem, high rates of burnout still persist among the medical community.

With this in mind, healthcare providers must be prepared to reduce additional stress put on associates, or risk losing some of their most valuable team members. Here are a few topics Mark can discuss:

* Ways to prep and communicate with staff during an epidemic, such as the flu or coronavirus
* How to prevent and combat burnout among nurses and other associates
* Strategies healthcare providers can use to support nurses during busy seasons
* Workforce management strategies for retaining healthcare associates.

Addison, the Virtual Caregiver™, will be presented for the first time at HIMSS20. Developed by Electronic Caregiver, a 24/7 virtual care and health technology company, Addison is the game-changing solution to America’s caregiver crisis.

As the caregiver gap continues to widen, an alarming number of people will not be able to rely on loved ones to care for them in old age. According to the AARP Public Policy Institute, the population aged 45 to 64, the peak caregiving age group, is expected to increase by just 1 percent by 2030, while the population aged 80 and older will rise by a substantial 79 percent.

Not only will there be less caregivers, but an AARP study, Family Caregiving and Out-of-Pocket Costs, showed that  unpaid family caregivers spend, on average, nearly 20 percent of their personal income on out-of-pocket costs related to caring for a loved one.

Addison, a state-of-the-art, 3D animated caregiver, is designed to help fill in the gaps when a caregiver can’t be there, trimming health-related expenses and offering support for seniors and those living with chronic conditions.

CredSimple is a New York-based health-tech software company focused on credentialing, provider data, and compliance for healthcare organizations. CredSimple announced last month its acquisition of Glenridge Health, a premier technology-enabled provider network management solutions company – which now makes the company a complete end to end solution for network management for some of the biggest health care providers like Oscar and Clover. CredSimple has experienced explosive growth with 2x revenue growth each year for the past three years— and with this acquisition they are well situated to corner the marketplace.

The Macadamian company has written to us about Voice and AI. What they say is this….AI in Medical Imaging and in combination with technology such as Voice Assistants will transform healthcare workflows to the benefit of patients and clinicians alike, whilst reducing costs.

They say you can learn more at these sessions at HIMSS20:

1.Transforming Medical Imaging with Artificial Intelligence March 10th, 1:30 PM | Leadership Theater, Intelligent Health Pavillon Booth 7273
Timon LeDain, Director of Emerging Technologies, Macadamian, and Mads Jarner Brevadt, CEO Radiobotics

Commercializing AI-enabled digital health tools is a complex process. Referencing a recent solution Macadamian developed with Danish consortium partners Radiobotics and the Bispebjerg Hospital, the considerations, and lessons learned in designing, developing and undergoing clinical validation of an AI-enabled clinical decision support system will be discussed.

2. Why Great Voice AI Means Putting AI Last;
March 11th, 11:30 AM | Innovation Theater, Intelligent Health Pavillon Booth 7273 | Scott Plewes, VP User Experience & Analytics

Voice Assistant-enabled digital health solutions have already proven to benefit healthcare and evolving AI capabilities will only make them better. Still, solutions can have “great” AI and bad results. We’ll share overlooked considerations and common mistakes you need to take into account before you develop your voice AI solution.

There has been a lot of hype around the transformative nature of AI in healthcare, yet both providers and vendors are still in the midst of determining both practical use cases and how to assess and test AI algorithms to ensure the safety and efficacy of the solutions they are being integrated into.

Live demos in the Intelligent Health Pavillion
The following demos will be showcased in a guided tour that will take place throughout the day.
Chronic Disease Patient Management Platform – MiCare allows patients with managing chronic disease to track their symptoms over time with the aim to help them identify behaviors that improve or mitigate their symptoms. Clinicians on the platform can get an overview of their patients’ progress to help them identify what to focus on next in their treatment plan.

Alexa-Enabled Virtual Coaching for Diabetes Management – Macadamian’s My Diabetes Coach is a voice-first diabetes management solution that leverages a breadth of patient data to deliver automated coaching that helps a patient with diabetes better manage their condition. It also connects them with their care team and can support escalation to a diabetes educator via secure messaging.

Cloud-Based Medical Imaging Collaboration Tool – The Clini-Share portal provides a streamlined approach to diagnose patients with rare diseases. Clini-Share assembles de-identified patient MRIs, genetic information and pathology images to improve diagnosis and provide objective imaging biomarkers of disease progression and response to treatment.

Alexa Voice Control in the Operating Room: Improving Efficiency – During surgery, surgeons sometimes have requirements for additional equipment, or other items to be brought into the OR, and rely on the circulating nurse to gather these items. Being able to communicate with the circulating nurse after they have left the OR would be beneficial. The OR Alexa voice skill enables a user to speak a free form request that would be converted from speech to text and then sent to a mobile device carried by the circulating nurse.

Macadamian will be demoing their new Macadamian HealthConnect Platform as a Service that helps enable MedTech and Pharma digital innovation product development teams to accelerate the development of secure and scalable digital therapeutics, digital health applications and software-as-a-medical-device products.

We were very interested to read the following news from Annika Haberland talking about wearable remote data devices. This fits a growth in devices for such areas as clinical ECG monitoring etc. Expect to see more. What she says is;

BioIntelliSense, Inc., a continuous health monitoring and clinical intelligence company, today announces the U.S. commercial launch of its medical grade Data-as-a-Service (DaaS) platform and FDA 510(k) clearance of the BioSticker™ on-body sensor for scalable remote care. BioIntelliSense offers a new standard for Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) by combining an effortless patient experience with medical grade clinical accuracy and cost-effective data services.

The BioSticker is an advanced on-body sensor that allows for effortless continuous monitoring of vital signs and actionable insights, delivered to clinicians from patients in the home setting, thereby creating unique opportunities for early detection of potentially avoidable complications. Through the platform’s data sets and analytics, highly-efficient care is now possible at a fraction of the cost of traditional remote patient monitoring.

“We are at the inception of a remarkable new era in healthcare that will employ medical grade sensor technologies to effortlessly capture remote patient data and generate personalized clinical intelligence,” said James Mault, MD, FACS, CEO of BioIntelliSense.

BioIntelliSense is built on the foundation of a sophisticated team of engineers and data scientists with decades of expertise in wearable sensor development. With these distinctive capabilities and proprietary technologies, the company is poised to help transform care delivery under the leadership of Dr. Mault, an industry veteran who has an accomplished business and clinical career that has culminated in a number of successful connected health ventures.

BioIntelliSense has established a strategic collaboration with UCHealth and its CARE Innovation Center to demonstrate the value and clinical applications of the BioSticker device and medical-grade services. This alliance is committed to developing and validating new models of data-driven care that are patient-centered and built for scale.

“The future of healthcare will see the lines blurred between the hospital, clinic and home,” said Dr. Richard Zane, UCHealth Chief Innovation Officer and Chair of Emergency Medicine at the University of Colorado School of Medicine. “The use of the BioSticker device for continuous health monitoring enables us to monitor a patient in their home and recognize when a patient may have an exacerbation of illness even before they manifest symptoms. This may reduce hospitalizations, emergency department visits and shorten hospital stays, creating cost efficiencies for health systems.”


And Axel Wirth of the Medcrypt company, is leading a session Cybersecurity: To be Proactive or Reactive, that is the Question, on. 1:15pm – 2:00pm Thursday, March 12, at Hall A – Booth 400 – Cybersecurity Theater A. What he will discuss is:

“Building a capable security organization and infrastructure is often driven by trade-off decisions and compromise. How does one achieve optimal security by balancing investment into technology vs. process? “ Using the industry’s current approach to securing medical devices as an example, this session will analyze current capabilities and examine evidence on whether we are on the right track or if an adjustment of our strategy is required.
The aim is to discuss the current approach to securing our medical device ecosystem identify, based on subjective evidence, the strength and weaknesses of the current industry strategy, and describe how to differentiate the advantages and disadvantages of the respective elements used.



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