Personal Connected Health Alliance Confirms New Collaboration

MHW learned Monday that the Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHAlliance) and the European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance) announced a new strategic partnership to advance the adoption and long-term use of personal connected health technologies.

According to the emailed statement, The PCHAlliance strives to make health and wellness an effortless part of daily life and the ECHAlliance convenes a dynamic community of national and regional ecosystems to facilitate the disruption of health and social systems in a strategic effort to improve care for those who need it most.

“There is growing momentum for technology-driven strategies for health, wellness and chronic disease management, particularly in countries with high burden of chronic illness and rapidly aging populations throughout the world. In fact, we are already working with a number of national and regional health ministries that are implementing connected health strategies as part of large-scale public healthcare,” said Patty Mechael, PhD, MHS, Executive Vice President, PCHAlliance. “We are pleased to partner with ECHAlliance to combine our resources to advance awareness, galvanize key stakeholders and provide the tools, standards and support needed to improve health outcomes through the strategic use of personal connected health in key regions and countries, including Europe, North America and China.”

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First Look: Healthcare Leaders to Talk ROI, Innovation, Value of Telehealth

mHealthWatch learned ahead of the weekend that independent healthcare accreditor URAC and Telemedicine Magazine will host the Telemed Leadership Forum 2018: ROI of Telehealth.

The event will take place March 27 – 29, 2018 at the Renaissance Washington, DC.

According to the official word, the conference will feature presentations and panel discussions by leaders in telehealth, covering topics such as implementing telehealth across healthcare systems, measuring quality in telehealth programs, forming creative partnerships, payer innovations in telehealth, building a telehealth program from the ground up, achieving population health goals and more.

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AMD Global Telemedicine, Olea Kiosks Ink New Deal

On Monday, MHW learned that AMD Global Telemedicine Inc. — the pioneer of clinical Telemedicine Encounter Management Solutions (TEMS) — and Olea Kiosks Inc — the premier global designer and manufacturer of self-service kiosks — announced a partnership to deliver customized kiosks for telehealth applications.

According to this morning’s press release emailed to MHW, the two long-standing healthcare vendors have combined their engineering and technology resources to offer a solution that addresses increasing demands for areas such as chronic disease management, healthcare screening, wellness programs and occupational health clinics.

The new customizable telemedicine kiosk solution provides healthcare organizations with numerous options for self check-in, patient assessment, video conferencing, digitization of medical records, and payment.

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mHealth News: What You Need to Know

Here are some of the top stories in healthcare, telemedicine, and mobile health that we have been monitoring this past week.

Stratus Video Opens New Facility to Support Sustained Company Growth
On Wednesday, Stratus Video — an industry leader in innovative video interpretation and telehealth solutions — announced that it’s opening its third US office.

HIMSS-Elsevier Digital Healthcare Award Asia Pacific 2017 Winners
MHW recently learned that HIMSS Asia Pacific and Elsevier have confirmed the winners of the fifth Asia Pacific HIMSS-Elsevier Digital Healthcare Award 2017.

Programmatic Health Council Simplifies Programmatic Advertising for Healthcare Marketers
On Tuesday, MHW learned that The Programmatic Health Council (PHC), a healthcare marketing advocacy organization, has released a glossary created to help clarify programmatic advertising terminology for healthcare marketers.

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Cloudbreak Health Joins StartUp Health’s Global Army of Health Transformers

Cloudbreak Health, LLC, a leader in telemedicine solutions, has been chosen to join the elite StartUp Health Academy for Health Transformers and digital health entrepreneurs.

According to the official word emailed to MHW this week, StartUp Health’s platform is focused on coaching and supporting entrepreneurs to foster digital innovation to transform health on a global scale.

“Simplifying and humanizing healthcare is at our core and we are proud to be selected by StartUp Health to join a community working towards these shared goals,” said Jamey Edwards, CEO of Cloudbreak Health. “Partnering with StartUp Health allows us to benefit from their experience in helping companies like ours scale effectively while being able to collaborate with other StartUp Health portfolio companies via our marketplace of healthcare solutions, as well as our application-programming interface (API) and software development kit (SDK).”

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Media Announcement: Congressman and Frontline Health Care Workers to Discuss What is Needed to End Opioid Crisis

Last month, President Trump said the country’s opioid crisis “is a national emergency.” He went on to say, “We’re going to spend a lot of time, a lot of effort and a lot of money” to counter opioid addiction. But, what has happened? Is money being appropriated? What is needed? What would the proposed Graham-Cassidy bill do to federal programs aimed at stopping addiction?

On Monday, Sept. 25, at 2 p.m. (NOTE: new time) in the National Press Club’s Bloomberg Room, Rep. Tim Ryan (D-OH), Co-Chair of the House’s Addiction Treatment and Recovery Caucus, will be joined by three frontline healthcare workers to discuss the opioid crisis and the lack of parity between mental health and physical healthcare. They will call for action by Congress and the Trump Administration and will offer their reaction to the Senate Finance Committee hearing on the Graham-Cassidy bill earlier in the day.

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HIMSS-Elsevier Digital Healthcare Award Asia Pacific 2017 Winners

MHW recently learned that HIMSS Asia Pacific and Elsevier have confirmed the winners of the fifth Asia Pacific HIMSS-Elsevier Digital Healthcare Award 2017.

This Award, if you’re not famialir, recognizes outstanding achievements and innovations globally in the usage of health information technology.

“This year, submissions were received from eight countries for the two categories – ‘Outstanding ICT Achievement’ and ‘Outstanding ICT Innovation’. Deploying cost-effective innovations that have wide-reaching impact on patient care, particularly in countries with rural populations, is a highlight in some of the submissions,” the official word reads.

Overall, the four winners from hospitals in China, India, Australia and Taiwan – all first-time recipients – demonstrated how their innovative use of information communication technology (ICT) has improved patient care.

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