AI Bots to Improve Healthcare

Accenture is using two interactive virtual-assistant bots named Ella and Ethan to upgrade their Accenture Intelligent Patient Platform. The use of AI enables the system to make intelligent recommendations for interactions between life sciences companies, patients, healthcare providers, and caregivers. The bots are part of Accenture’s Fullforce Solutions powered by Salesforce Health Cloud and Einstein AI, as well as Amazon’s Alexa. (more…)

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AHRQ Funds Study on Telemedicine

AHRQ https://www.ahrq.gov within HHS is funding the “Patient Choice of Telemedicine Encounters” project for $1,874,785. The telemedicine project was initiated last May at the Kaiser Foundation Research Institute https://www.kff.org in Oakland California with Mary Reed as Principal Investigator. The expected completion date for the study is February 2023. (more…)

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Partners Connected Health News

Partners Connected Health http://connectedhealth.partners.org is launching a new Center of Excellence in collaboration with Persistent Systems https://www.persistent.com, a software development and deployment powerhouse. (more…)

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NIH Funds Research Center

NIH https://www.nih.gov is providing grant funding for the new research center “Promoting Resilience in Persons with Multiple Chronic Conditions” or called “PROMOTE” at the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing (JHSON) https://nursing.jhu.edu. Researchers will study how to best manage and support patients with multiple chronic conditions, and examine other factors such as social determinants of health plus how to effectively provide community-driven care. (more…)

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University of Pitt Receives NSF Grant

The National Science Foundation (NSF) https://www.nsf.gov awarded a $1,182,305 grant to the University of Pittsburgh’s, Swanson, School of Engineering https://www.engineering.pitt.edu to use Machine Learning and Big Data to analyze electronic anesthesia records to prevent postoperative complications and death. (more…)

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Upgrading Medicare Home Health

CMS https://www.cms.gov has made significant changes to the “Home Health Prospective Payment System” to strengthen and modernize Medicare. CMS has made the changes to improve access via remote patient monitoring technology, to update payments for home healthcare with a new case-mix system, and initiated the new home infusion therapy benefit. (more…)

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CMS Addresses Telehealth Expansion

A proposed rule issued October 26, 2018, CMS https://www.cms.gov would increase efforts to modernize Medicare Advantage (MA) and Part D programs. Also, the proposed changes would provide flexibility to offer telehealth benefits and improve coordination for dual-eligible beneficiaries and provide much needed updates. (more…)

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