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AI health care platform predicts diabetes with high accuracy but ‘won’t replace patient care’

By |2023-05-12T15:59:41-05:00May 12th, 2023|Client News|

Cedar Gate Technologies, a medical tech development company in Greenwich, Connecticut, announced on Tuesday a new AI-based solution that aims to reduce the burden of diabetes for both patients and providers. In a recent study, Cedar Gate used its solution, Cedar Gate Analytics, to evaluate the data of more than 1.2 million patients in its database within a 12-month period.  The results showed that 80% of patients with no known diabetes who were identified by the model were confirmed to develop the disease in the following year, the company said.

Skin patch for toddlers with peanut allergies could offer parents ‘peace of mind’

By |2023-05-12T15:56:01-05:00May 12th, 2023|Client News|

The study published Wednesday in the New England Journal of Medicine shows the patch – called Viaskin Peanut – may increase peanut tolerance in young children with peanut allergies, reducing the risk of a severe allergic reaction if they accidentally ate peanuts. Research estimates about 2.2% of children in the United States have a peanut allergy. “Peanuts are everywhere – in schools, in daycare, in parties – and parents are always hypervigilant,” said Dr. Weily Soong, chief research innovation officer at AllerVie Health, a national network of allergy clinics. The patch “has the possibility of saving a child’s life,” added Soong, who is unaffiliated with the study.


By |2023-04-19T11:07:58-05:00April 19th, 2023|Client News|

Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society's (HIMSS) 2023 conference in Chicago, and tackles topics that will be front and center at the event, including workforce shortages; data interoperability, exchange and analysis; automating back-end functions; and valuer-based care initiatives.

Three Reasons Retailers Must Embrace Digital Accessibility in 2023

By |2023-04-19T10:55:58-05:00April 19th, 2023|Client News|

Digital accessibility is the process of making websites, mobile apps, and other digital experiences usable for people with disabilities. It recognizes that people interact with technology in diverse ways and provides solutions that enable people with disabilities to engage. An accessible e-commerce experience, for example, is one in which a visitor with a disability, or with multiple disabilities, can browse for an appropriate product on your site or app, put that product in their shopping cart, and then successfully check out.

Optimizing Patient Experience: How Virtual Offerings are Changing The Healthcare Climate As We Know It

By |2023-04-19T10:51:54-05:00April 19th, 2023|Client News|

Optimizing Patient Experience: How Virtual Offerings are Changing The Healthcare Climate As We Know It by Keith Algozzine, Founder and CEO of UCM Digital Health 04/10/2023 Leave a Comment Keith Algozzine, Founder and CEO of UCM Digital Health Providing patients with a positive health outcome is always the priority for their healthcare provider. The journey to accomplishing this goal can often be an uphill challenge with many variables at play. Providers are tasked with not only delivering a positive health outcome but also with the patient experience and level of satisfaction as they make their way through their healthcare journey. Since the Covid-19 pandemic and the emergence of virtual healthcare, the healthcare industry has witnessed dramatic changes in care delivery and the patient experience. The pandemic brought forth several issues in healthcare provisions and treatments, including staffing shortages, poor delivery of services, and disparities between the health needs of the population and the competencies of health professionals. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that these challenges have halted or reduced treatments for illnesses like cardiovascular emergencies, hypertension, diabetes, and diabetes-related complications. To correct these inefficiencies – and to ensure positive patient experiences and continued satisfaction – the healthcare industry had to embrace change and implement new strategies. Understanding the perception of virtual health care In a survey conducted by the Cleveland Clinic, results showed patients found virtual health care to be just as impactful as in-person visits. These positive responses from patients are essential to recognize, as the survey, in its fourth iteration by the J.D. Power group, shows that telehealth usage is up nearly 30% now compared to when the study was conducted in 2019. Several other studies have shown optimistic statistics related to virtual health care: Perhaps the most important to acknowledge are the ones in which nearly 98% of respondents reported being satisfied with telehealth experiences and 91% satisfied with video consultations. To take that a step further, about 88% agreed that virtual consultations were more convenient than in-person visits, and more than 85% believe telemedicine has the same reliability as in-person visits. These studies all support that trust in doctors ultimately correlated with higher patient satisfaction in remote visits. These findings are also the key to understanding the patient experience and satisfaction when evaluating virtual care. It’s also apparent when looking at how it has impacted no-show rates. According to an NIH report, the rate of missed in-office appointments is more than 35%, significantly higher than the 7.5% rate of telehealth no-show rates. Convenience seems to have a heavy impact on patients here. And when there is a reduction in missed appointments, it creates better efficiency for providers. In a 2022 McKinsey and Company survey, respondents reported that telehealth appointments were more convenient and were much more satisfied with their care than in-person care. They also showed interest in broader digital healthcare solutions. The same survey, conducted in 2022, showed that nearly 80% of doctors already offer telehealth and in-person visits. Enhancing the patient experience through virtual options Virtual care options can enhance the patient experience and satisfaction through many different avenues of care. Patients and consumers are similar in a few ways. Both expect products and services to be easy to access and obtain through any device – in a timely and convenient way. When providers can offer patients around-the-clock access to virtual care through a best-in-class platform developed with them in mind, patients are placed on the road to positive health outcomes with benefits that heighten their healthcare experience and journey. In the 21st century, with how connected we are, people often take to the internet as soon as they do not feel well to try to understand what their symptoms could mean. Still, while they might get hundreds of immediate “answers,” that doesn’t mean they are receiving the correct ones. Patients should instead have access to a trusted provider who can give them 24/7 consistency with the most accurate and personalized attention. Digital health solutions do this in a way that provides patients with relevant, digestible, reliable information. This gives them the confidence to access their care when they need it long-term, which will bolster their engagement. These kinds of results and level of attention to care will not come with random internet searches. Patient data can be accessed across both realms with frictionless movement between the physical and digital worlds within a digital platform. This gives providers instant access to essential patient data, improving their accessibility to review medical history, identify patterns and make informed recommendations. This ensures providers deliver top-notch quality care by more accurately diagnosing illnesses and lessening patient risk levels. With access to all this data and insights, structural complexities are removed, workflows are simplified, and the entire experience is streamlined. The result? The improved overall health and well-being of any patient. All-encompassing solutions for the long-term Utilizing digital health platforms to streamline information and processes for providers eliminates mundane administrative tasks that otherwise take hours of interpreting manual data. It frees up providers to dedicate more time to their patients. Virtual healthcare platforms can also reduce patient and provider costs, provide positive health outcomes and ensure higher patient satisfaction.

More praise in WorkHound report, but overall employee satisfaction dips slightly

By |2023-03-21T12:00:03-05:00March 21st, 2023|Client News|

WorkHound provides its trucking clients with a platform that can be distributed to their drivers and other employees. From there, all sorts of anonymous feedback can be submitted through the app that eventually makes its way to the trucking company, along with a WorkHound customer success employee.

Study: Minority Male Student Success Linked to Having Consistent Academic Coach

By |2023-03-21T12:07:46-05:00March 21st, 2023|Client News|

Over three years, 11 North Carolina Community College system institutions used a Watermark student success and engagement platform—which flags at-risk students, enables easy communication between student and success coach, provides an early-alert system when problems may exist, and includes predictive analytics—along with dedicated success coaches for four terms.

How returns can be a retail ‘superpower’

By |2023-03-21T11:46:01-05:00March 21st, 2023|Client News|

Product returns are notoriously costly for retailers to take in and process. But returns are also a valuable tool companies must take advantage of, ReverseLogix CEO Gaurav Saran told Digital Commerce 360. ReverseLogix is a returns management system designed to streamline the return experience for customers and reduce costs for retailers. Fortune 500 and 100 companies including Shopify, FedEx, and Samsonite are customers.

2023: The Year of Growth and Technology in Construction

By |2023-03-21T11:42:16-05:00March 21st, 2023|Client News|

Thankfully, more construction professionals realize the opportunities effective preconstruction solutions can provide their business. To get a clear view of not just the challenges construction professionals face every day, but also the role technology plays in the industry, PlanHub issued its inaugural State of the Industry report. We reviewed the internal platform activity of 26,000 contractors, over 250,000 subcontractors, and an industry-wide survey, the results showed great positivity.

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