Spectrum Health completes 200th diagnostic procedure for lung conditions using robotic technology

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — Spectrum Health physicians recently completed their 200th procedure using robotic technology to diagnose early-stage lung cancers, officials say.

The integrated health system’s use of a robotic bronchoscopy platform has resulted in the diagnosis of 20 percent more cases, according to an Oct. 12 news release. This improves patient outcomes by providing access to earlier treatment options with more accuracy.

Two years ago, Spectrum Health introduced Auris Health’s Monarch Platform, an innovative endoscopy tool. More recently, physicians have combined this with Phillips’ Cone Beam CT technology and augmented fluoroscopy to help diagnose with high precision.

“We are equipped with the two leading technologies in the market. By combining these two highly innovative technologies it will allow us to reach any area of concern with unprecedented accuracy,” said Dr. Gustavo Cumbo-Nacheli, director of bronchoscopy and interventional pulmonology for Spectrum Health.

“Soon we will have the ability not only

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Vanderbilt’s Allied Health Taps Orbund for Student Information System – Press Release

Cloud-based Administrative System Powers Up VUMC’s Allied Health Programs, Automates Admissions & Regulatory Compliance Reporting


OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – October 13, 2020 – (Newswire.com)

​On the heels of a rigorous two-year process, Vanderbilt University Medical Center (VUMC) has selected Orbund’s Einstein Student Information System (SIS) for its Allied Health program, Orbund LLC announced today. VUMC Center for Programs in Allied Health (CPiAH) expects to be fully implemented on Orbund’s enterprise administrative software in February 2021.

“We serve a rapidly growing segment of healthcare,” said Dr. Geoffrey Fleming, who oversaw the student information system project in his role as Vice President of Continuous Professional Development (Pediatric Critical Care). “Allied health programs like ours have particular demands in admissions, attendance and regulatory compliance.”

Part of Vanderbilt University Medical Center, CPiAH prepares its students for high demand, technical careers, such as diagnostic medical sonography, neurodiagnostic technology, nuclear medicine, and perfusion.

“Our faculty takes

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Governor Ducey Proclaims Arizona Health Information Exchange (HIE) Week, Oct. 11-17, 2020

PHOENIX, Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Governor Ducey has proclaimed October 11-17, 2020 as Arizona Health Information Exchange (HIE) Week to reaffirm Arizona’s commitment to promoting the secure sharing of electronic health data across a broad spectrum of the state’s healthcare landscape, including health systems and hospitals, labs, community behavioral health and physical health providers, post-acute care and hospice providers, first responders, and many others.

“We’re thankful for this proclamation, as it’s an important recognition of Arizona’s significant efforts over the last 15 years. Ultimately, the success of the HIE reflects the collaborative environment of the state’s healthcare community,” said Melissa Kotrys, CEO of Health Current, Arizona’s designated HIE. “As a result, all healthcare providers have the ability to access more complete patient information for better coordinated care—which is especially important during times of crisis. Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the HIE has played a key role in delivering

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‘Ohana Health Plan and Samsung Donate Smartphone Devices to Healthcare Providers in Hawaii

‘Ohana Health Plan and Samsung Donate Smartphone Devices to Healthcare Providers in Hawaii

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KAPOLEI, Hawaii, Oct. 12, 2020

Donations make virtual care more accessible in rural and underserved communities

KAPOLEI, Hawaii, Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Centene and Samsung Electronics America are working together to expand access to telehealth for individuals and families living in rural and underserved communities. ‘Ohana Health Plan, as part of the Centene family, will be deploying this initiative in Hawaii by supplying local healthcare providers with Samsung Galaxy A10e smartphones to distribute to patients who would not otherwise have access to healthcare services virtually.

‘Ohana Health Plan delivered Samsung Galaxy A10e smartphones to providers at Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services to support patients in need of telehealth and other services during the COVID-19 pandemic.
‘Ohana Health Plan delivered Samsung Galaxy A10e smartphones to providers at Kokua Kalihi Valley Comprehensive Family Services to support patients in need of telehealth and other services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

As of mid-July, a CDC survey found that 44.4% of respondents reported delaying or not receiving care

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Why texting is GOOD for your teen: Smartphone addiction may boost children’s mental health

Why texting is GOOD for your teen: Smartphone addiction may boost children’s mental health, research suggests

  • University of California research reveals texting is not as bad as was thought
  • Youngsters cope better with feelings if they express them with friends via text
  • The study shows sharing emotions over text boosts moods among teenagers 

For many parents, it’s a constant struggle to get teenagers off their phones.

But research suggests their smartphone addictions may not be as harmful as previously thought.

Scientists believe texting could actually be good for children’s mental health.

Youngsters cope better with ups and downs if they can express their feelings to friends via messaging services such as WhatsApp, the study found. 

Sharing emotions over text after a demanding event boosted teenagers’ mood, lowered their stress levels

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What The Future Of Work Means For Our Mental Health

The workplace has forever changed.  

In March 2020, more than a third of the world population went into lockdown, and by the end of April 2020, 1.6 billion workers lived in danger of having their livelihoods destroyed.

A full return to “normal” is something that many have begun to realize is unlikely.  Instead, we all must prepare for the “new normal.”

We have already seen an increase in remote work (with a peak of 62% of employed US adults working part or full time from the confines of their home), and a transition of (32%) of companies hiring contingent workers in place of full-time employees, as well as a shift in roles, responsibilities, and expectations alongside a steady incline in leveraging AI (Artificial Intelligence).

But that isn’t the only thing that has changed. 

Covid-19 has put mental health front and center for organizations as the safety of employees becomes

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Food Producers Need To Focus On Technology, Health And Sustainability

It is becoming more difficult to be a successful food company. Despite industry-wide revenue growth, major players are seeing their sales shrink, their production costs rise and competition from small brands intensify.

The global pandemic has exacerbated the impacts of changing consumption trends and made it more urgent to tackle some of these issues.

Once, it was beneficial to be big, to have an integrated supply chain and costly capital equipment as a defensive barrier against smaller competitors, those small competitors are now using digital tools, novel routes to market, and other innovations to undermine those defensive barriers, respond to consumer demands and take market share from established incumbents.

There are six key megatrends that will shape the industry for the next 30 years, new research by Lux Research claims. Companies must recognise and adapt to these trends to

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Cornell’s First Science Communication and Public Engagement Minor Graduates Tackle Health, Racial and Medical Issues

Benjamin Fields ’20 and Serena Stern ’20 wrote to The Sun with how the science communication and public engagement minor has helped them in their post-Cornell endeavors.

Nearly 1 in 3 Americans do not believe the actual coronavirus death toll is as high as its official count. Scholars have suggested that COVID-19 health literacy is a serious and underestimated problem, making the importance of communicating science more prevalent than ever.

The science communication and public engagement minor was designed for science, technology, engineering and math majors who want to break the divide between scientists and the general public by translating complicated science concepts into more digestible terms — something that is particularly pertinent to a global pandemic.

Benjamin Fields ’20 and Serena Stern ’20 were the first two graduates to receive the science communication and public engagement minor. After graduating from Cornell, the two are now applying the skills they

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Woebot Health Names Health Technology Leader Monique Levy as Chief Commercial and Strategy Officer

Woebot Health announced today it has appointed Monique Levy to the newly-created position of Chief Commercial and Strategy Officer. Reporting to CEO Michael Evers, Levy is responsible for the growth and commercial success of the company’s proprietary therapeutic portfolio and measurement technologies that are designed to improve mental health. The appointment rounds out the company’s executive team, which also includes Founder and President Alison Darcy, Chief Clinical Officer Athena Robinson and Chief Technology Officer Casey Sackett.

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Monique Levy, Chief Commercial and Strategy Officer, Woebot Health (Photo: Business Wire)

Evers, who joined Woebot Health in March, said Levy’s formidable experience building businesses and innovating care and health will be instrumental to the company’s next stage of development. “Monique’s training in clinical psychology and experience across some of the world’s most innovative data, digital health and therapeutics businesses bring incredible value

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GeekWire Summit Preview: A glimpse of the future of tech, health, education, jobs and more

Our signature technology conference, the GeekWire Summit, kicks off next week. Now in its ninth year, this annual event is known for offering a glimpse of the future through the eyes of leaders in technology, science and business, and in these challenging and uncertain times, this annual tradition has never been more important.

You may have seen the news that Bill Gates has joined the lineup for an hour-long interview on Oct. 15. But the Microsoft co-founder and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation co-chair is just one element of a larger lineup. In this post and special episode of the GeekWire Podcast, my colleague John Cook and I offer a sneak preview of what’s in store.

The GeekWire Summit will be held virtually over three weeks, from Oct. 13 to 29, with sessions taking place twice weekly, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, from late morning to early afternoon. The full content

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