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This piece was coauthored with Thomas Hiney. The modern workplace is in the midst of a massive transformation. An estimated forty-four percent of employees are currently working from home, and a recent survey reported that employers expect the number of full-time workers who remain at home permanently to triple that of pre-pandemic figures. The implications
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While the COVID-19 pandemic has shown us all the fragility of life, the disease also has indisputably revealed shortcomings in our U.S. health system. Our frontline healthcare providers, though an extraordinary testament to resiliency, are greatly in need of a better, more streamlined health information technology infrastructure to care for all patients, today and tomorrow.
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The University Hospital Hamburg-Eppendorf (UKE) is considered to be Europe’s first fully digitised hospital. By introducing a closed-loop medication process, UKE reduced the deviation rate in medication administration from 21.5% to 0.7%[1]. Cambridge University Hospital reported a similar story: automatic warning systems prevented 850 cases of severe allergic side effects per year. Sixteen percent of
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Bogi Eliasen is director of health at the Copenhagen Institute for Future Studies. This blog post was co-written with Rolf Hoenger, area head at Roche Pharma Latin America, and Rifat Atun, professor of global health systems at Harvard University. Movimiento Salud 2030 is a bold initiative which was launched in 2020 in nine countries simultaneously.
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The big reveal happened last week when NHSX launched its Digital Technology Assessment Criteria, complete with an NHS styled catchy acronym “DTAC”. After almost two painful years of wrangling between various government health technology quangos, this was the result. I can forgive most people for trying to work out what’s changed and why this was
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The rumors about Amazon’s entry into the virtual primary care space have been swirling for a while. Reports had indicated that Amazon had quietly filed paperwork to offer virtual and in-person care in several states.  Now, Amazon has now gone full-bore, as it were, and has confirmed that the services will be available nationwide starting
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How constraints and a sense of urgency can advance innovation The development of PennOpen Pass, a symptom tracker and exposure alert system, offers a lesson on how challenging factors can focus the mind, enabling development of new tools that meet communities’ needs. The COVID-19 pandemic has presented significant population health challenges to communities across the
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Government bodies have organized vaccination drives from the days of paper, pen and file folders. Nations across the globe have successfully run vaccination programs on a large scale. In countries such as India, with the second-largest population, a vaccination campaign to eradicate polio was delivered at specified centers and going door-to-door. India was declared officially
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Gene therapy developers rely on engineered viruses to carry genetic cargo to cells. Adeno-associated virus, the viral vector that has been the backbone of this burgeoning field, shows a particular preference for targeting liver cells. That’s great for liver disorders or diseases associated with proteins produced by the liver, but the inability to target other
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Oshi Health built a digital health platform to help people manage GI conditions at home. Photo credit: Oshi Health Among a surge of digital health tools, from digital programs for managing diabetes to apps that connect people with therapists, there’s one area that has garnered less attention — gastrointestinal conditions. Oshi Health CEO Sam Holliday
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Epilepsy drugs currently available don’t work for all patients and while electric stimulation offers another option to reduce seizures, it’s an invasive one. Startup Neuroelectrics is developing a less invasive brain stimulation approach and it has raised $17.5 million as it heads toward a pivotal test of its medical device. The Neuroelectrics device consists of
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Collective Health’s platform helps navigate people through their health benefits, including reminders for preventive screenings. The company recently struck a partnership with insurer Health Care Service Corporation. Photo credit: Collective Health In a big win for benefits navigation startup Collective Health, insurer Health Care Service Corporation (HCSC) plans to offer its service to its self-funded
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Wellness startup Sharecare is going public through a special purpose acquisition company. Photo credit: Sharecare After Sharecare announced Anthem would invest an undisclosed amount, regulatory filings showed that the insurer is pouring $50 million into the digital health startup. Anthem made the investment in a private placement on April 7, as Sharecare looks to go
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As digital health companies work to differentiate themselves with mergers and new features, another startup for managing chronic conditions is garnering employers’ attention. Vida Health raised $110 million in a recent series D funding round. Insurers Centene and AXA Venture Partners also joined as investors. The San Francisco-based startup offers app-based programs for managing a
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