Big Health Digital Therapeutics Daylight and Sleepio Selected for Evernorth Digital Health Formulary

The addition of Daylight for anxiety and Sleepio for insomnia expands access to evidence-based digital cognitive behavioral therapy to thousands of Americans

SAN FRANCISCO, September 15, 2022 — Big Health, a digital therapeutics company dedicated to helping millions back to good mental health, today announced that Daylight for anxiety and Sleepio for insomnia have been added to the Evernorth Digital Health Formulary. By extending access to Daylight and Sleepio to employers and health plans through Evernorth’s Digital Health Formulary, more patients will have access to safe, effective evidence-based solutions for anxiety and insomnia. Daylight and Sleepio can be used alongside medications or as a clinical grade alternative to medications, or when talk therapy is not accessible.

“We are proud that our solutions met Evernorth’s rigorous clinical and user experience vetting process so we can extend access to our proven digital therapeutics to thousands of Americans,” said Big Health Co-Founder and President Peter Hames. “This is a monumental step for Big Health and the entire digital therapeutics industry, as we continue to create and grow innovative collaborations that provide access to guideline-recommended care for everyone in need.”

Digital therapeutics are non-drug, evidence-based digital behavioral health care interventions that do not require human intervention and have a minimal risk of side effects. In controlled studies, Sleepio helped 76% of patients achieve clinical improvements in insomnia and Daylight helped 71% of patients achieve clinical improvements in anxiety. Evernorth patients who use Sleepio and Daylight will also have access to clinical support through neuroscience therapeutic resource center specialized pharmacists for questions related to medications. 

“Evernorth’s Digital Health Formulary helps connect employers, insurers, and patients with innovative, affordable, evidence-based care that meet their broader health care needs,” said Glen Stettin, M.D., chief innovation officer, Evernorth. “The addition of Big Health’s Daylight solution for anxiety and Sleepio for insomnia helps address important categories of care so that more patients can receive personalized, safe, and convenient behavioral health support.”

Evernorth clients, such as Fortune 500 company Aramark, can now offer access to Daylight and Sleepio as part of their benefit plans. 

“The ability to access these Big Health solutions through the Evernorth Digital Health Formulary enables us to seamlessly offer mental health interventions that align with leading clinical guidelines and best meet the needs of our Aramark employees,” said Vice President of Benefits for Aramark James Startare. “Our commitment to championing positive mental health has never been stronger, and we are incredibly pleased to provide Daylight and Sleepio as safe, evidence-based digital solutions that can be accessed and utilized when most convenient for our employees.”

Organizations that are interested in learning more about Daylight and Sleepio should visit www.bighealth.com.

About Big Health

Big Health’s mission is to help millions back to good mental health by providing safe and effective non-drug alternatives for the most common mental health conditions including insomnia and anxiety. Designed by leading clinical experts, Big Health’s digital therapeutics expand access to gold standard care, including behavioral medicine, and are backed by industry-leading research and randomized controlled trials. By seamlessly integrating across the care pathway, from member engagement to billing via pharmacy benefit managers, Big Health simplifies adoption for both payers and patients, providing an inclusive, scalable, and affordable approach without serious side effects. For more information, please visit www.bighealth.com or follow Big Health on LinkedIn and Twitter

In accordance with FDA’s Current Enforcement Discretion Policy for Digital Health Devices for Psychiatric Disorders, for patients aged 18 years and older, who are followed by and diagnosed with Insomnia Disorder or Generalized Anxiety Disorder by a medical provider, Sleepio and Daylight can be made available as an adjunct to their usual medical care for Insomnia Disorder or Generalized Anxiety Disorder, respectively. Sleepio and Daylight do not replace the care of a medical provider or the patient’s medication. Sleepio and Daylight have not been cleared by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for these indications.

Media Contact:
Savannah Massengill
434.872.3511
savannah.massengill@bighealth.com

Continued growth in 2022: Cerner secures 331 new, expanded and extended client contracts in first quarter

by Cerner Corporation 
Published on May 31, 2022

Cerner continues to deliver on its commitment to help ensure individuals in all communities have access to high-quality healthcare. As the worldwide electronic health record (EHR) leader, Cerner works across diverse healthcare settings and care models. Building on the momentum of 2021, more hospitals and healthcare facilities are putting their trust in what the company can offer to help care for patients. In just the first quarter of 2022, Cerner completed 331 new, extended and expanded contracts, including 13 new clients who chose Cerner technology and products to enhance the caregiver and patient experience.

One notable success includes Ohio-based Blanchard Valley Health System extending their already eight-year relationship with Cerner through 2031. They will focus on enhancing efficiency and advancement of consumer technologies to better engage directly with patients and encourage them to more actively manage their own health.

Another success is building on the long-term collaboration with West Virginia-based Mountain Health Network, which serves 23 counties in West Virginia, southern Ohio, and eastern Kentucky. Cabell Huntington Hospital, a 303-bed teaching hospital for Marshall University Schools of Medicine, Pharmacy and Nursing, extended their 15-year relationship with Cerner through 2030, and included plans to migrate their largest hospital in the network, St. Mary’s Medical Center, to Cerner Millennium® to help manage patient registration, scheduling, and engagement.

Cerner CommunityWorks continues to answer EHR needs for rural, critical access and community health markets in record first quarter

Critical access hospitals and community health systems need an EHR system that can provide a patient’s health history, as well as streamline clinical, financial and operational workflows in an integrated record. Last year, Cerner signed a record number with 39 new contracts in smaller community hospitals and systems. Eleven new facilities signed with CommunityWorksSM in the first three months of 2022. CommunityWorks is a scaled and tailored product that is uniquely positioned to provide rural communities and critical access hospitals with help to achieve their business goals, such as improved patient safety, efficiency and increased revenues. 

“Our investment in Cerner will help us continue to deliver high-quality patient care and to remain one of the leading healthcare systems in our region,” said Vance Jackson, CEO of Davis Health System, located in West Virginia. “Through Cerner, we will consolidate multiple platforms into one EHR system. This will improve patient care, create efficiencies in cost and workflow and advance the technology used by our providers.”

New Cerner CommunityWorks clients in the first quarter include:

  • Davis Health System (DHS) consists of three hospitals that serve the communities of Elkins, Phillipi and Webster Springs, WV. DHS was faced with the challenge of needing an EHR to support the ability to share information across facilities and the continuum of patient care. DHS chose to Cerner to help ensure a patient’s latest health information is available no matter which DHS facility or caregiver they visit. 
  • Good Samaritan Hospital (GSH), a 64-bed community hospital in Bakersfield, Calif., plans to consolidate multiple EHR systems into a single integrated approach with Cerner CommunityWorks as well as adopting Cerner’s clinically-driven revenue cycle. Serving the unique inpatient, ambulatory and behavioral health needs of their patient population, GSH is looking forward to joining the many other Cerner hospitals in their community as well as expanding the services they offer.
  • Madison Valley Medical Center (MVMC), a 10-bed critical access hospital located in Ennis, Montana, decided to move to Cerner because of its ability to support and elevate their long-term business goals, such as remaining independent. MVMC was impressed with Cerner’s leadership in interoperability, which will give them the capability to connect to several referral partners in their region.
  • Mayers Memorial Healthcare District (MMHD), a 16-bed critical access hospital in Fall River Mills, Calif., will consolidate its multiple EHR’s into one integrated platform with Cerner CommunityWorks. Their goal is to improve integration between facilities and remain autonomous instead of teaming with another area hospital to use their EHR. MMHD sees value in collaborating directly with Cerner and they welcome the opportunity to work with many other Cerner hospitals across the state.
  • Modoc Medical Center (MMC), an 8-bed critical access hospital located in Alturas, Calif., chose Cerner because of the integrated user experience that can be easily accessed across the continuum of care. MMC is looking forward to implementing Cerner on a similar timeline as neighboring hospital, Mayers Memorial Healthcare District, to learn from one another, as well as getting the opportunity to work with many other Cerner hospitals across the state.
  • Wills Eye Hospital (WEHP) is an eight-bed Ophthalmology specialty hospital located in Philadelphia, Penn., which has provided comprehensive ophthalmology care for patients since 1832 and has ranked consistently among the best ophthalmology hospitals in the U.S. They selected Cerner to provide one integrated patient record across the continuum of care and improve overall care coordination to enhance patient care. In addition, the switch to Cerner will enhance interoperability between its main affiliated hospital, Thomas Jefferson University Hospital, and other health clinics to improve patient and clinician experience.

Healthcare’s entrance into the metaverse isn’t as intimidating as you may think

The metaverse holds promising potential to transform healthcare delivery for the better, according to a keynote talk delivered at MedCity's Invest Digital Health conference. The speaker identified workforce training, patient experience, healthcare facilities and medical manufacturing as the main areas poised for disruption. It actually holds promising potential to transform healthcare delivery for the better, according to a keynote talk delivered by Mona Flores, Nvidia’s global head of medical AI, at MedCity’s Invest Digital Health conference in Dallas on Wednesday. Flores defined the metaverse as an immersive network of connected virtual worlds, calling it the “3D evolution of the Internet.” At Nvidia, she helped build Omniverse, the company’s platform for building and operating metaverse applications. “ The metaverse will extend the web pages of the Internet today to 3D spaces and worlds,” Flores said. The metaverse is poised to disrupt various aspects of healthcare  Flores identified workforce training, patient experience, healthcare facilities and medical manufacturing as the main areas to be excited about. Entering the metaverse will can help healthcare workers and patients feel more comfortable, according to Flores. Metaverse technologies can similarly help healthcare manufacturers, Flores pointed out. In order to truly leverage the metaverse, they said it may seem like the U.S. healthcare workforce would need to learn to maneuver these technologies and gain a deep understanding of AI, data science and engineering. Flores also doesn’t believe that engaging in the metaverse will require all healthcare employees to have a firm grasp of complicated technology.

Physician roundtable: Burnout continues to escalate

Physician burnout is “very disturbing,” “quite worrisome,” and “a crisis” in U.S. health care, according to three leaders of the Physicians Foundation. In a 2021 survey by the Physicians Foundation, 56% of independent physicians and 66% of primary care physicians reported frequent burnout symptoms. Physicians Foundation President Gary Price, M.D., PC, and Physicians Foundation board members Joseph Valenti, M.D., an obstetrician-gynecologist, and Ripley Hollister, M.D., a family medicine specialist, responded to Medical Economics® questions about levels of physician burnout and ways to help, especially for independent practitioners and those in small communities and rural and underserved areas. Valenti: Physician burnout is a complex challenge but at its core it is caused by physicians losing clinical autonomy and navigating burdens impeding the physician-patient relationship, such as prior authorizations, electronic health record (EHR) challenges and barriers to addressing patients’ social drivers of health. The Physicians Foundation’s studies shown a consistent reduction in percent of physicians who have ownership in their practices over the past decade, and the 2021 survey found that physicians expect there will be even fewer independent physician practices after the pandemic. Although the number of independent practices has consistently decreased, physician burnout has consistently risen. During the COVID-19 pandemic, 68% of independent practices reported decreased incomes; 44% of employed physicians reported that in our survey. Valenti: Independent physicians, especially those in rural and underserved areas, are absolutely spread too thin.

This adds another dimension to the work of independent physicians compared with their employed counterparts at large health care systems. Valenti: Physicians in smaller and independent practices do have more control and autonomy, which can help alleviate burnout, but the problem is that they don’t have the necessary resources. This is a problem that requires a paradigm shift from a system where physicians think that burnout is something they must overcome by themselves to one where they see the support systems around them willing to help. For example, Travis County Medical Society Foundation in Texas, a Physicians Foundation grant-supported partner, developed and released a free toolkit to help health practice establish their own physician well-being program. The American Medical Association’s Practice Transformation Initiative, another Physicians Foundation grant-supported partner, provides a framework on how to create the conditions where joy, purpose and meaning are possible for physicians. The main point is to understand that small practices are completely able to develop teams similar to large practices, and that physicians should ensure that they unload mundane issues, which impair their efficiency in practice, to team members who have the time to accomplish this process. Our survey data would suggest that smaller and independent practices do experience a greater economic burden and stress with these issues, as reflected in the practice income stress with COVID-19 cited above, and the rapidly diminishing numbers of independently employed physicians.

Price: Primary care physicians are the backbone of our health system, and the Physicians Foundation recognizes their importance in making that system work properly.

Cardinal Health introduces new solutions to improve financial health for specialty practices

Cardinal Health introduces new solutions to improve financial health for specialty practices

New services are designed to help practices streamline so they can continue to provide exceptional patient care

Cardinal Health announced today that it’s launching a new, robust suite of revenue cycle management (RCM) solutions and consulting services to help specialty physician practices simplify payer contracting, streamline prior authorization and maximize financial performance. These solutions will help practices achieve their financial goals and create efficiencies so staff members can increase their focus on patient care. Initially, the RCM suite will be offered to rheumatology and ophthalmology practices, with plans to expand to other therapeutic areas in the future.

Cardinal Health is collaborating with PayrHealth and eBlu Solutions to offer a payer contracting solution and prior authorization solution respectively. The full RCM suite will build on technology that Cardinal Health already offers to customers. Advanced Practice Analytics combines clinical, financial, and operational data to provide actionable insights through up-to-date dashboards with drill down capabilities, allowing practices to isolate root cause issues that impact revenue cycle performance. This comprehensive data helps providers improve their operational processes, cash flow, reimbursement performance and payer negotiations.  

“Payer contracts and prior authorization processes are complicated, and specialty physician offices spend significant time navigating changing requirements, gathering data for payer contract negotiations, supporting prior authorizations, and keeping track of where the process stands for each payer and each patient,” said Amy Valley, vice president, Clinical Strategy & Technology Solutions at Cardinal Health. “We are very excited to partner with PayrHealth and eBlu Solutions – companies that keep patients at the heart of what they do – to bring meaningful efficiencies and cost savings to practices so they can focus on patient care.”

Payer Contracting Solutions

Delivered in collaboration with PayrHealth, this new offering leverages deep expertise across specialties, as well as robust data from Cardinal Health’s Advanced Practice Analytics to manage the entire payer contracting process on the practice’s behalf.

“Cardinal Health is a trusted partner in the healthcare space,” said Armando Cardoso, CEO at PayrHealth. “We look forward to combining our expertise in payer contracting with Cardinal Health’s strong network to enable providers to better serve their patients.”

Provider Prior Authorization Solutions

Cardinal Health’s new prior authorization solution is offered in collaboration with eBlu Solutions. It leverages a single cloud-based portal that automates medical benefits investigation and prior authorization. This enables specialty practices to get their patients the therapy they need more quickly, minimize denials and delays, and keep patients on therapy.

Mark Murphy, Co-Founder and CEO at eBlu Solutions, said, “Prior authorization processes can be tough to navigate, and vary by therapy, payers and patient plans. We are excited to work with Cardinal Health so that providers can begin treatment quickly and keep their patients on critical therapies.”

Revenue Cycle Consulting

Cardinal Health’s RCM optimization suite also includes new revenue cycle consulting services, through which Cardinal Health experts work with practice staff to identify and close gaps in their revenue cycle performance. Cardinal Health RCM consultants will use data from Advanced Practice Analytics to benchmark the practice’s performance in key areas and target opportunities for improvement, enhancing workflows and helping practices employ mitigation strategies that improve cash flow and reduce operational write-offs.

For more details on the full suite of RCM solutions, visit the RCM Optimization Solutions website.

About Cardinal Health  
Cardinal Health is a distributor of pharmaceuticals, a global manufacturer and distributor of medical and laboratory products, and a provider of performance and data solutions for health care facilities. With 50 years in business, operations in more than 30 countries and approximately 46,500 employees globally, Cardinal Health is essential to care. Information about Cardinal Health is available at cardinalhealth.com.

About PayrHealth

PayrHealth provides analytics, contracting, credentialing, reimbursement negotiation, network development, and revenue cycle management solutions to healthcare organizations across the United States. PayrHealth is an integrated relationship management solution - proactively managing contracts and optimizing revenue cycle management to enable purposeful provider-payor relations. PayrHealth supports informed decisions for a strengthened healthcare system. PayrHealth is an Osceola Capital Management portfolio company. To learn more, visit www.payrhealth.com.

About eBlu Solutions 
eBlu Solutions provides a secure software platform for electronic prior authorization and benefits verification in the infusion-based specialty medication space. eBlu Solutions aims to streamline the fragmented nature of the approval process for specialty medication treatments, and currently supports a variety of specialties including rheumatology, neurology, gastroenterology, allergy & asthma and is exploring additional therapeutic areas. To learn more, visit www.eblusolutions.com.

Novant Health Improves Patient Collection Rates and Satisfaction Through Partnership With Cedar

One of the nation’s largest health systems sees a 7x ROI with Cedar Pay; demonstrates impact of investing in the consumer experience

Novant Health, one of the largest healthcare systems in the Southeast, has significantly improved its patient financial experience by partnering with Cedar, an enterprise healthcare engagement platform that improves the end-to-end consumer financial journey. By investing in Cedar Pay, Cedar’s post-visit billing and payment platform, Novant Health continues to lead the way when it comes to bringing digital innovation to the revenue cycle.

For years, Novant Health had worked to modernize their revenue cycle organization, leaning on mail, email and EHR communications to reach patients. While these initiatives drove incremental improvements, the health system identified two key opportunities in 2019 to truly enable a more consumer-centric experience for their patients:

  1. Combining Novant Health’s acute and ambulatory services into a single billing experience. While the organization had tried to combine physician and facility billing for years, they had always been met with pushback from vendors or complex EHR upgrades that could fundamentally break their existing processes. 
     
  2. Making bill payment a low friction, easy to navigate experience for both patients and team members. Novant Health wanted to help patients understand how their payments work and how their insurance benefits applied. In order to do so, they needed to personalize the experience, using mobile technology that consumers were already familiar with. 

To address these challenges, Novant Health invested in Cedar Pay. Cedar Pay delivers personalized billing through outreach, messaging and bill resolution based on a variety of unique factors and preferences. The platform is fully integrated with Novant Health’s existing Epic EHR system across both hospital billing and physician billing. 

As a result of their implementation of Cedar Pay, Novant Health has seen a material rise in collections over a 12-month period, amounting to tens of millions of dollars, as well as: 

  • 90% patient satisfaction score
  • 87% of collections now completely self-serviced
  • 43% drop in days to collect

“Investing in a consumer engagement platform like Cedar is something we had wanted to do for a long time as part of our digital transformation strategy—we wanted to create a singular financial experience that allows our patients to pay with the technology we keep in our pockets,” said Geoff Gardner, senior vice president of Finance at Novant Health. “Cedar has been a great partner to us in our commitment to delivering a remarkable healthcare experience to our community; the results truly speak for themselves, as we have been able to increase collections while also improving patient satisfaction.” 

“At Cedar, we know that engaged, happy patients lead to better outcomes, and the best way to improve patient satisfaction is by implementing consumer-friendly technology,” said Florian Otto, CEO and co-founder of Cedar. “It’s been a privilege working with such an innovative health system like Novant Health, and we look forward to continuing our partnership and continuing to impact the lives of their patients.” 

To learn more about how Novant Health has seen a 7x ROI through its strategic partnership with Cedar, read the full case study here.

About Cedar

Cedar is committed to improving the healthcare billing experience for all. With an innovative platform that connects providers and payers, Cedar empowers healthcare consumers with a personalized journey—all powered by data science and interactive design. For Cedar clients, this leads to increased collections, more efficient operations and greater consumer loyalty. To learn more about why leading U.S. healthcare organizations trust Cedar to manage the end-to-end consumer experience from pre-registration to post-visit billing, visit www.cedar.com and join us on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and YouTube.

About Novant Health

Novant Health is an integrated network of physician clinics, outpatient facilities and hospitals that delivers a seamless and convenient healthcare experience to communities in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia and Georgia. The Novant Health network consists of more than 1,800 physicians and over 35,000 employees who provide care at nearly 800 locations, including 15 hospitals and hundreds of outpatient facilities and physician clinics. In 2021, Novant Health was the highest-ranking healthcare system in North Carolina to be included on Forbes’ Best Employers for Diversity list. Diversity MBA Magazine ranked Novant Health first in the nation on its 2021 list of “Best Places for Women & Diverse Managers to Work.” In 2020, Novant Health provided more than $1.02 billion in community benefit, including financial assistance and services.

For more information, please visit our website at NovantHealth.org. You can also follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

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3 Reasons Why Patient Design Must Replace The Patient-Centricity Illusion

While patient design is a concept that invites patients as active participants, patient centricity is an illusion which we must let go.

What is the difference between patient design and patient centricity? Why is the former a concept we need to embrace in the future of medicine, and why is it time to forget about the latter? These are the questions we examined
in our latest paper published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research, authored by The Medical Futurist Dr Bertalan Mesko and patient scholar Dave deBronkart – widely known as ePatient Dave. 

Patient centricity has been the buzzword of the past two decades, especially often used in the 2010s, from pharma companies to healthcare providers, it was loudly advertised everywhere. As nice as it sounds, it proved to be little more than “greenwashing” of the old model, as the only thing it actually meant was “we might think about you when we make decisions”. 

Patient centricity, as was used so far, is nothing but an illusion. It keeps patients in a passive role, their voices have no power since the decisions are made by the traditional stakeholders of the medical ecosystem. Sociologist Sherry Arnstein bluntly called this tokenism.

Patient design is a different concept, one that invites patients as active participants – and stakeholders – in the highest levels of decision-making in healthcare. This is called a “co-design” approach, and is defined as “a creative practice that can be used to improve customer experience and enhance value”.

Can the Adoption of Healthcare Technology Keep Up With the Pace of Innovation?

The disruption of the healthcare industry is continuing at a frenetic pace. As reported in a World Economic Forum article, $44 billion was pumped into medical innovations in 2021. Experts expect this influx to continue, all with the hopes of bringing machine learning, artificial intelligence, telehealth, and other technological and digital advancements and processes to both medical professionals and the people they serve.
 

On the surface, this news is exciting and encouraging. Certainly, healthcare has been overdue for overhauls. Yet all this progress is tempered by the reality that not every provider can keep up with new technologies. And that’s starting to create a serious “have versus have not” divide.

Case in point: Some providers can’t even conceive of investing in the tools and programs to integrate patient medical records or ensure they have the right supplies. This leaves them far from being able to utilize the newest technologies when treating patients. They simply can’t take advantage of everything the marketplace has due to the prohibitive cost of adoption under the typical reimbursement system setup.
 

Of course, the demand for innovations isn’t going to slow down and wait for some healthcare providers to catch up. It’s going to move forward, which is what technology always does. Already, this is happening in rural communities in the energy and telecom sectors. Millions of people who live in sparsely populated regions have trouble connecting to broadband. Consequently, they’re constantly hampered by a lack of infrastructure. Not only can they not enjoy the benefits of working remotely because of clunky or nonexistent internet, but they can’t engage in telemedicine appointments for the same reasons.

 

HBA Panel Topic 1 - Evolving Systems of Care

Panel Topic 1: Evolving Systems of Care in the United States. From the Healthcare Businesswomen's Association (HBA) Panel Discussion - How to Survive in the Age of Disruption: The Future of Healthcare Marketing on December 5, 2017. Panelists: Fran Howell, Director of Digital Media, Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Institute. RJ Lewis, Founder & CEO of eHealthcare Solutions and co-author of the book "Results: The Future of Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Marketing". Scott Weintraub, Co-Founder & President, Relative Healthcare Group and co-author of the book "Results: The Future of Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Marketing". Elena Stavrakas, Director, Healthcare Life Sciences, Navigant. Moderated by Maria Finlay, Associate Director, Oncology Marketing, Teva Pharmaceuticals. Sponsored by Johnson & Johnson Diabetes Institute.


 

ONC offers tips on info blocking compliance as October 6 EHI expansion approaches

The scope and definition of electronic health information covered under the Cures Act rule is set to broaden this week.

Deputy National Coordinator for Health IT Steven Posnack
penned a blog post on the ONC website this past week, offering eight reminders and pieces of advice for providers, IT developers and information networks covered by the 21st Century Cures Act's information blocking rules. The rules will expand in scope on Thursday, October 6, even as confusion remains among some of those entities bound by them.

That date represents "the end of the more than two-year glide path laid out for the information blocking regulations," said Posnack.

Starting this week, the information blocking rules' limited definition of "electronic health information" will be lifted – expanding the variety and types of data that those organizations subject to the regs will be responsible for.

The rule "no longer limits what’s considered EHI to the data elements represented in the United States Core Data for Interoperability version 1 (USCDI v1)," Posnack explained. "We have sought to make sure that actors had ample time to evaluate and revise their practices related to EHI and making it available for access, exchange, and use."

Posnack also reminded those covered by the info blocking rules, which he termed "IB actors," that potential compliance violations could come from either "acts and omissions."

As he explained it, while "technology related practices may come up as a top-of-mind example, information blocking practices are inclusive of but not solely limited to them. Other acts (e.g., contract negotiations and terms) and omissions could prevent, materially discourage, or otherwise inhibit the access, exchange, and use of EHI."

He reassured those bound by the regs, however, that "exceptions are not solely 'one size fits all' and address the facts and circumstances of the situation at hand."

The Cures Act requires HHS to identify "reasonable and necessary activities" that don't meet the definition of information blocking, said Posnack, who pointed out that exceptions are built in to "address the fact that not all actors are similarly situated, such as hospitals that participate in the CMS Promoting Interoperability Program and laboratories or other health care providers that may not have adopted certified health IT."

Meanwhile, he re-emphasized that not all health information that’s "electronic" is necessarily EHI, even under the broader regulatory definition.

"The good news is that the EHI definition as of October 6th is something with which most IB actors have had 20 years of familiarity – the Designated Record Set as defined under the HIPAA Privacy Rule," said Posnack. "To put it simply, the same electronic protected health information that an individual has a right to access (and request an amendment to) under the HIPAA Privacy Rule is the same ePHI that IB actors can’t 'block.'"

He also reminded stakeholders that the ways those bound by the rule make EHI available for access, exchange and use "can and will vary" based on who they are, their technology capabilities and who is seeking access to the data.

"The information blocking regulations do not require IB actors to adopt or use certain technologies or platforms. IB actors may use patient portals, other web interfaces, application programming interfaces, and a multitude of technologies and platforms to make EHI available for access, exchange, or use," said Posnack.

Posnack also emphasizes the core goal of the info blocking rules: It's about the data.

"A common misconception we’ve heard with respect to the information blocking regulations is that they’re dependent on health IT that is certified through the ONC Health IT Certification Program," he said. "To the contrary, there are only limited connections between the information blocking regulations and ONC’s certification regulations."

He said info blocking exceptions will require "clear notification to requestors whether their request to access, exchange, or use EHI is delayed or denied," whether those exceptions are because of licensing, infeasibility, or content and manner.

Finally, Posnack reminded those bound by the new October 6 compliance data that info blocking claims are confidential and restricted from public disclosure.

"The Cures Act prohibits ONC from disclosing information blocking claims or information that could reasonably be used to identify the source of the information, except as may be necessary to carry out the purpose of the information blocking statute," he said, "and exempts these claims and information from mandatory disclosure under the Freedom of Information.

"Remember, information blocking is more than just an individual’s access to EHI issue, it could involve a practice between a hospital and clinician practice, two hospitals, a doctor and a lab, a developer of certified health IT and a health information network or a practice involving other actors and entities," he added. "If you believe that information blocking has occurred, please submit a claim via our web portal."

 

Telehealth is here to stay. Psychologists should equip themselves to offer it

This rapid and widespread adoption was largely enabled by the federal government’s declaration of a public health emergency (PHE), which prompted several significant policy changes that made telehealth more feasible for both patients and providers. “However, most every provider in our organization continues to provide telehealth services for those clients who prefer that.” “I am so appreciative that technology has enabled us to provide telehealth services, as they have been proven to be effective and beneficial for so many people who need care,” she said. According to Diane Pedulla, JD, director of regulatory affairs in APA’s Office of Health Care Financing, policy changes at the federal and state levels made it easier for providers to offer telehealth. “A key factor in providing services to patients across the country has been the flexibilities extended by both public and private payers,” Pedulla said. Public and private payers have also allowed telehealth visits using audio-only devices, such as the phone, which is crucial to providing services to people who may not have access to videoconferencing platforms or reliable Wi-Fi, said Pedulla. During the PHE, it has reimbursed providers for telehealth services at federally qualified health centers (FQHCs) and rural health clinics (RHCs), and it has reimbursed all psychologists for telehealth services at the non-facility rate.

Telehealth policies incorporated into federal law will strongly impact telehealth delivery for mental health services after the PHE ends, Pedulla said. For example, patients can continue receiving telehealth services in their own homes, Pedulla said. “The Department of Health and Human Services will resume its enforcement when the PHE ends, so psychologists should begin to incorporate technology that is HIPAA compliant into their telehealth practices,” Baker said. Unfortunately, CMS did not adopt an earlier recommendation by APA to permanently continue reimbursing telehealth services at the higher, non-facility rate, Pedulla said. “With the increased need for telepsychology services during the pandemic, PSYPACT was viewed by many states to be a solution to increase access to care,” said Janet Orwig, MBA, who is the compact’s executive director. “Member states have expressed gratitude in having additional providers that are available to provide mental health services to their citizens,” said Orwig. “From the data we have seen, it seems that consumers of mental health services have appreciated the flexibility that telepsychology offers, so we are hopeful that advocacy for telepsychology and telehealth in general will continue,” she said. “Many of these patients simply did not have access to the technology needed to participate in telehealth services,” said McLeod. “Many times, patients had concerns about lack of privacy when receiving telehealth services from their homes—for example, teens with parents who might listen in,” said McLeod.

Anelto and BioIntelliSense Partner to Provide Remote Patient Monitoring for Seniors

Integration adds passive medical-grade monitoring to Anelto’s patient-centric RPM solutions

THE COLONY, TEXAS – April 28, 2022Anelto, a leader in remote patient monitoring (RPM) solutions, today announced it has entered into a channel partnership with BioIntelliSense, Inc., a continuous health monitoring and clinical intelligence company, to integrate BioIntelliSense’s FDA-cleared BioSticker™ and BioButton®  wearable medical devices and data services with Anelto’s RemoteCareLive! RPM platform. The collaboration strengthens Anelto’s proven leadership in delivering patient-centric, feature-rich healthcare solutions to provide better experiences and outcomes for seniors with complex or chronic care management needs.

Anelto’s RemoteCareLive! Suite of RPM solutions is designed specifically for seniors, collecting vital signs, conducting telehealth visits with a physician, and delivering healthy lifestyle tips—all from a purpose-built healthcare console. RemoteCareLive! makes it simple for patients to set up and easily take their own vital signs, including blood pressure, weight, pulse oximetry, and now continuous vital sign and biometric data effortlessly with BioIntelliSense. Health care professionals can monitor this data in near real-time and longitudinally to spot trends that need immediate action or further monitoring. Integration with BioIntelliSense allows high-frequency patient trending data and alerting to be collected through the flagship BioSticker and award-winning BioButton wearable medical devices for patients who benefit most from continuous passive monitoring.

“Anelto has tens of thousands of patients using our advanced remote patient monitoring solutions in North America,” said Anelto CEO Mark Denissen. “Our relationship with BioIntelliSense allows us to continue to serve those patients while offering additional solutions to a broader range of patients. We believe the partnership will help us increase ease of use and regular reporting for patients who need additional help remembering to take their vital signs consistently. In addition, Anelto brings efficiencies and scale to enable a better economic model for our healthcare provider partners.”

The BioIntelliSense solutions enable passive measurement of up to 1,440 sets of vital signs, symptoms, and biometrics per day. The RemoteCareLive! platform auto-detects the BioIntelliSense wearable devices and securely transmits the medical-grade trending data and alerting for dynamic display and proactive clinical decisions within Anelto’s clinical tool suite, which is fully configurable to a healthcare provider’s monitoring requirements.

The BioIntelliSense multi-parameter solutions have a long battery life, offering continuous monitoring for 30 days and beyond with a leading portfolio of single-use wearable medical devices. BioIntelliSense recently launched a rechargeable version of its BioButton monitoring solution, which continuously monitors more than 20 vital signs and physiologic biometrics for up to 30 days on a single charge for effectively managing patient populations with long-term chronic, complex care needs.

“BioIntelliSense is proud of its collaboration with Anelto in creating an effortless user experience for senior monitoring within facilities and home settings,” said James Mault, MD, Founder, and CEO of BioIntelliSense. “Our integration with the RemoteCareLive! platform provides a comprehensive solution that leverages BioIntelliSense’s clinically validated and continuous trending data, along with algorithmic-based alerting, to provide scalable peace-of-mind remote monitoring for vulnerable senior patient populations.”

About BioIntelliSense

BioIntelliSense is ushering in a new era of continuous health monitoring and clinical intelligence for Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM). Its medical-grade Data-as-a-Service (DaaS) platform seamlessly captures multiparameter vital signs, physiological biometrics, and symptomatic events through an effortless patient experience. The FDA-cleared BioSticker™ and medical-grade BioButton® devices make remote monitoring and early detection simple. Through the platform’s advanced analytics, clinicians will now have access to high-resolution patient trending and reporting to enable medical-grade care from in the hospital to the home. For more information on how BioIntelliSense is redefining remote patient monitoring through medical-grade and cost-effective data services, please contact us at info@biointellisense.com or visit our website at BioIntelliSense.com.

About Anelto

Founded in 2012, Anelto has raised the bar in senior care with the goal of enabling a healthier, more independent aging population. Anelto’s leading technology platform offers a Personal Emergency Response System (PERS) and Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM), keeping seniors connected to healthcare providers and emergency medical care, regardless of location. The company’s solutions are scalable for healthcare organizations of all sizes and were created by a team seeking better solutions for the ever-growing elderly population. For more information, please visit www.anelto.com.

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For the 5th Time, Azalea Health Appears on the Inc. 5000, Ranking No. 4786 With Three-Year Revenue Growth of 138 Percent

ATLANTA--()--Today, Inc. revealed that Azalea Health is No. 4786 on its annual Inc. 5000 list, the most prestigious ranking of the fastest-growing private companies in America. The list represents a one-of-a-kind look at the most successful companies within the economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent businesses. Facebook, Chobani, Under Armour, Microsoft, Patagonia, and many other well-known names gained their first national exposure as honorees on the Inc. 5000.

The companies on the 2022 Inc. 5000 have not only been successful, but have also demonstrated resilience amid supply chain woes, labor shortages, and the ongoing impact of Covid-19. Among the top 500, the average median three-year revenue growth rate soared to 2,144 percent. Together, those companies added more than 68,394 jobs over the past three years.

Complete results of the Inc. 5000, including company profiles and an interactive database that can be sorted by industry, region, and other criteria, can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000. The top 500 companies are featured in the September issue of Inc. magazine, which will be available on August 23.

“The accomplishment of building one of the fastest-growing companies in the U.S., in light of recent economic roadblocks, cannot be overstated,” says Scott Omelianuk, editor-in-chief of Inc. “Inc. is thrilled to honor the companies that have established themselves through innovation, hard work, and rising to the challenges of today.”

Over the past three years, Azalea Health reported a 138% growth rate and has doubled its employees.

“Being recognized for the fifth consecutive year is an honor,” said Baha Zeidan, CEO of Azalea Health. “In addition to our consistent, fast-paced growth, the ranking cements our commitment to helping underserved rural healthcare providers improve patient care and profitability. At Azalea, we are fostering a collaborative and culturally diverse environment to bring together new perspectives, ideas, and ways to address the unique challenges of our client base.”

Azalea’s cloud-based EHR technology is revolutionizing health IT, particularly for community hospitals and clinics in underserved rural and urban communities. Azalea brings compassionate innovation into the EHR space by creating interoperable and easy-to-use products to meet the ever-increasing needs and challenges that providers face.

About Azalea Health

Azalea Health is changing the way health IT platforms connect community-based healthcare providers and patients across the lifecycle of care. Offering a 100% cloud-based integrated solution, Azalea delivers electronic health records and revenue cycle management designed for rural and community practices and hospitals. Quick to deploy and intuitive to use, Azalea solutions ensure better care coordination and communication – enabling better outcomes and a meaningful competitive advantage. For more information, visit www.AzaleaHealth.com.

Methodology

Companies on the 2022 Inc. 5000 are ranked according to percentage revenue growth from 2018 to 2021. To qualify, companies must have been founded and generating revenue by March 31, 2018. They must be U.S.-based, privately held, for-profit, and independent—not subsidiaries or divisions of other companies—as of December 31, 2021. (Since then, some on the list may have gone public or been acquired.) The minimum revenue required for 2018 is $100,000; the minimum for 2021 is $2 million. As always, Inc. reserves the right to decline applicants for subjective reasons. Growth rates used to determine company rankings were calculated to four decimal places. The top 500 companies on the Inc. 5000 are featured in Inc. magazine’s September issue. The entire Inc. 5000 can be found at http://www.inc.com/inc5000.

About Inc.

The world’s most trusted business-media brand, Inc. offers entrepreneurs the knowledge, tools, connections, and community to build great companies. Its award-winning multiplatform content reaches more than 50 million people each month across a variety of channels including websites, newsletters, social media, podcasts, and print. Its prestigious Inc. 5000 list, produced every year since 1982, analyzes company data to recognize the fastest-growing privately held businesses in the United States. The global recognition that comes with inclusion in the 5000 gives the founders of the best businesses an opportunity to engage with an exclusive community of their peers, and the credibility that helps them drive sales and recruit talent. The associated Inc. 5000 Conference & Gala is part of a highly acclaimed portfolio of bespoke events produced by Inc. For more information, visit www.inc.com.

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Kaiser Permanente, Mayo Clinic Execs Detail AI Approaches

Lee said he likes to refer to AI as augmented intelligence rather than artificial intelligence, because he thinks of this technology as being a set of tools that assist and augments a physician's ability to care for patients. “It's a lot like other ways that we support physicians with clinical decision support tools; AI just happens to be more advanced and more complex than other types of decision support,” he said. Lee described a number of ways they are using AI at Kaiser Permanente, including use cases related to natural language processing, computer vision, and predictive analytics. And of course, this helps our patients get timely responses to their health concerns,” he said. We know that diabetes is a leading cause of blindness, and considering the number of diabetic patients we have, using a tool that helps us determine whether a patient does or doesn't have diabetic retinopathy can allow us identify retinopathy sooner, which gives us the best chance to prevent someone from going blind.”

Finally, in analytics, Kaiser Permanente has been developing a number of algorithms to help it stratify COVID-positive patients so that they can better anticipate which patients are at highest risk for developing more severe symptoms. “We also have our advanced alert monitoring program, which helps us keep an eye on our hospitalized patients in real time, and predicts which patients are at risk for deteriorating and may require being transferred to the ICU,” Lee explained. With all of these examples, AI is augmenting the care of our physicians and our teams and when combined with clinical judgment, we create the potential for significant improvement in outcomes for our patients as well as efficiencies for our clinicians and our health system as a whole.” That involves EHR data, imaging, telemetry, and patient-reported outcomes data, organized longitudinally and then made available to investigators using what he calls an AI factory. We actually took a couple of years to cleanse the data,” he said. And we de-identified it so there would not be a lot of tricky IRB human subjects or privacy issues around the use of the data, but it is still stored in a secure cloud container with tools on top of it for all of our clinicians and all of our investigators at Mayo Clinic to create models.” “We've also established a variety of collaborations nationally and internationally to test the models to make sure they're fair, unbiased and useful for purpose.”

Atrium Health CISO Todd Greene Joins Semperis as Strategic Advisor

HOBOKEN, N.J.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Semperis, a pioneer of identity-driven cyber resilience for enterprises, today announced the addition of Todd Greene, Vice President & Enterprise CISO at Charlotte, North Carolina-based Atrium Health, to its Strategic Advisory Board. Atrium Health participated in Semperis' recent Series C funding round of more than $200 million, led by KKR. In his advisory role, Todd will guide Semperis’ healthcare-specific initiatives and be a strategic resource for customers, including the world’s largest health systems. “Cutting-edge innovation is in Atrium Health’s DNA, and I admire Todd’s long track record of cybersecurity leadership – especially in the areas of threat exchange and research, disaster recovery and customer advocacy.”

Semperis is widely adopted in the healthcare sector, with a focus on protecting critical and persistently targeted identity systems, like Active Directory and Azure AD. Over time, he has been part of the organization’s growth into an integrated, multi-state health provider that now includes Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist, also in North Carolina, and Atrium Health Navicent and Atrium Health Floyd in Georgia. “Cutting-edge innovation is in Atrium Health’s DNA, and I admire Todd’s long track record of cybersecurity leadership – especially in the areas of threat exchange and research, disaster recovery and customer advocacy." Purpose-built for securing hybrid Active Directory environments, Semperis’ patented technology protects over 50 million identities from cyberattacks, data breaches and operational errors. Semperis hosts the award-winning Hybrid Identity Protection conference and podcast series (www.hipconf.com) and built the community hybrid Active Directory cyber defender tools, Purple Knight (www.purple-knight.com) and Forest Druid.

Patient communications IT increases self-pay collections for Hackensack Meridian

Staff also want to give patients all available payment options and the ability to pay their bills 365 days a year, 24 hours a day, using online technology. "We had a statement vendor in place and an online payment solution with another vendor," said Anne Goodwill Pritchett, executive vice president of revenue operations at Hackensack Meridian Health. "For example, we created the look and format of our patient billing statements, but there are times when you have to modify the content," she continued. "We wanted that patient responsibility comment code and the definition of what it means inserted on the statement," she added. "The former vendor couldn't do that." Lastly, Hackensack Meridian wanted a digital image of every statement, so if a patient calls with questions, the customer service team member can pull it up and see exactly what the patient received. "They offered print and mail production and return mail processing, statement archiving, and convenient retrieval of patient communications," she continued. The vendor demonstrated to Hackensack Meridian staff how they could quickly make any statement adjustments or changes and how they'd incorporate personalized messages on patient statements that staff could edit as required. "We also wanted to send patients a letter with their first statement explaining their rights under the No Surprises Act. We gave Nordis the letter, and using Expresso, associated the letter to the patient statement, which printed in-line with the statement itself." In addition to helping revenue operations work more efficiently across the organization, staff have accelerated payments and reduced phone calls, all while enhancing patient satisfaction, Pritchett reported. "Once we began utilizing Nordis and began generating patient statements that were clear and easily understood, and in conjunction with increased payment options, we saw an increase in our self-pay collections. "We'll use Expresso to develop, customize and deliver 1.8 million statements, letters and other patient financial communications this year alone," Pritchett reported.

CareCloud Adds Remote Patient Monitoring to Its Suite of Digital Health Solutions

Remote Patient Monitoring helps providers transition into the next generation of healthcare with new data-driven tools that support proactive care management

SOMERSET, N.J., Sept. 29, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- CareCloud, Inc. (Nasdaq: MTBC, MTBCO, MTBCP), a leader in healthcare technology solutions for medical practices and health systems nationwide, today announced the launch of its Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) solution. RPM is the latest addition to the CareCloud Wellness product line, a comprehensive suite of digital health solutions that includes Chronic Care Management (CCM). RPM gives healthcare providers the ability to monitor aspects of their patients’ health outside the clinical setting to proactively improve patient care.

CareCloud’s new RPM solution utilizes electronic devices, connected through cellular technology, to track and document real-time patient health, such as blood pressure or pulse rate. These devices enable providers with a data-driven understanding of a patients’ disease state to proactively support evidence-based clinical decisions and care.

“We are helping practices transition into the next generation of healthcare with the addition of Remote Patient Monitoring to our suite of digital health solutions,” said CareCloud CEO and President Hadi Chaudhry. “The government's focus on value-based care models and the growth of Internet of Medical Things (IoMT) technology is creating a shift from reactive care to proactive data-enabled care driven by physicians. The addition of RPM to our CareCloud Wellness product line will allow practices to re-frame the patient-provider relationship and enhance their delivery of care.”

CareCloud’s RPM solution delivers:

  • A turnkey approach to implementing devices that enhance the delivery of care for chronic conditions without cost to patients or healthcare providers.
  • Devices to capture real-time patient health data that seamlessly integrates into provider systems.
  • System-driven indicators that alert physicians to critical patient readings outside the clinic to proactively drive care to the patient.
  • A dedicated team will execute care plans and patient engagement.
  • Improved revenue opportunities for physicians by participating in the government’s RPM program, without having to expand operations.
  • Enhanced claims processing and reimbursement management when combined with CareCloud’s industry leading revenue cycle management services.

Research suggests the IoMT market will reach $188 billion - a CAGR of nearly 30% by 2028,” Chaudhry continued. “CareCloud’s vision to invest in the development and delivery of the next generation of healthcare, like the IoMT, over the past 20 years has allowed us to provide one of the most comprehensive, end-to-end solutions in the industry. CareCloud reported $5.2 million in organic recurring bookings for the second quarter of 2022, of which approximately one third was from CareCloud Wellness, and said it is expected similar or higher results for the third quarter. We are excited to report we expect to surpass those expectations, with another record quarter for organic bookings*, and look forward to providing additional value to healthcare providers and patients with the launch of RPM.”

To learn more about Remote Patient Monitoring, visit www.carecloud.com/remote-patient-monitoring/.

*Bookings are based on anticipated annual recurring revenues, but actual revenues may vary.

About CareCloud 

CareCloud (Nasdaq: MTBC, MTBCO, MTBCP) brings disciplined innovation to the business of healthcare. Our suite of technology-enabled solutions helps clients increase financial and operational performance, streamline clinical workflows and improve the patient experience. More than 40,000 providers count on CareCloud to help them improve patient care while reducing administrative burdens and operating costs. Learn more about our products and services including revenue cycle management (RCM), practice management (PM), electronic health records (EHR), business intelligence, telehealth and patient experience management (PXM) at www.carecloud.com.

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Released September 29, 2022

Northwell Holdings Announces $3 Million Strategic Investment in Expressive Communication Startup Hume AI to Empower a New Wave of Empathic Healthcare Applications

Hume AI's platform equips researchers and developers with machine learning tools to better understand vocal and nonverbal communication, improving clinical research, clinical practice, and patient outcomes.

Press Release - Sep 29, 2022 12:00 EDT

NEW YORK, September 29, 2022 (Newswire.com) - Northwell Holdings, the for-profit investment arm of Northwell Health, New York State's largest healthcare provider and private employer, today announced a strategic investment of $3 million in Hume AI, a leading expressive communication research lab and technology company. The investment aims to address the growing demand for scientific tools to understand language and nonverbal expression in the healthcare industry. Hume AI plans to use the funding to refine their advanced machine learning models for use in health applications, including clinical research, patient screening, and accessibility technology.

These models, accessible through Hume AI's integrated platform, address a significant shortcoming of natural language understanding (NLU) tools, which convert speech into text. NLU tools overlook how the meaning of speech can be transformed dramatically by its tune, rhythm, and timbre, along with nonverbal utterances such as laughs, sighs, and gasps. Such features are particularly important for understanding health conditions such as pain, major depression, and cognitive impairment. With NLU rapidly being integrated into healthcare applications, Hume AI's platform will enable a more accurate understanding of expressive communication at every step of the patient's journey, from screening to diagnosis and treatment.

"Technologies that draw upon the latest scientific research to help us better understand not just what people say, but how they say it, have profound potential to benefit patients," said Rich Mulry, CEO and President of Northwell Holdings. "We already see rising demand for this technology in treatment, clinical research, telehealth applications and more. To promote the careful development of these potentially transformative technologies, we are excited to launch our partnership with Hume AI through an investment that reflects our confidence in Dr. Alan Cowen and his groundbreaking team."

Hume AI builds its models using new peer-reviewed scientific research and algorithms designed to minimize bias. Previous technologies for understanding nonverbal expression have focused on the expression of six emotions—happiness, sadness, anger, disgust, fear, and surprise—based on established psychological models. Scientific research published in leading journals by Hume AI's founder and CEO Dr. Alan Cowen, Chief Scientific Advisor Dr. Dacher Keltner, and colleagues has given rise to a more nuanced theory of human expressive behavior. Known as semantic space theory, this work documents how expressions involve complex patterns in language, speech prosody, nonverbal vocalizations like sighs and chuckles, and movement in more than 30 facial muscles. To translate this research into effective machine learning models, Cowen and his team have collected new experimental data from around the world that allow them to characterize the nuances of expressive communication within and across cultures with less bias and more precision.

"In recent years, there have been major scientific advances in our understanding of expressive communication," Cowen said. "For the first time, we can equip researchers and practitioners in the healthcare space with objective, nuanced, and multidimensional measures of human expression. We are deeply grateful to Northwell Holdings for recognizing the extraordinary potential of this new technology to improve people's lives and address health inequities. Our partnership will support translational researchers studying how expressive signals relate to mood, mental health, and pain in neuropsychiatric disorders, as well as customers developing new interventions to restore emotional intonation to speech aids, annotate emotional context, and guide empathic behavior."

For more information on Hume AI, click here.

About Hume AI 

Hume AI is a leading expressive communication research lab and startup with a mission of aligning technology with human well-being. Based on scientific research that reveals a broader spectrum of expressive behavior than previously known, Hume AI offers the world's most accurate and comprehensive tools for understanding nonverbal expression, including speech prosody, vocalizations like sighs, and facial expressions. Led by founder and CEO Dr. Alan Cowen, an established expert in the field of affective science, Hume AI develops its models using new scientific research that it conducts and regularly publishes in leading journals. The company provides its datasets and models through a unified API platform. Learn more about Hume AI at www.hume.ai and follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.

About Northwell Holdings

Northwell Holdings ("Holdings"), a fully owned, for-profit subsidiary of Northwell Health, creates value for the health system by investing in early-stage companies, establishing commercial joint ventures, cultivating internally-developed ideas and bringing them to market, and advancing data partnerships that drive innovation in patient care, health diagnostics, and deep technology. We invest in companies that are aligned with Northwell's mission, promote better health outcomes, improve patient experience, and increase efficiencies in care delivery and services. Through strategic partnerships, Holdings leverages the health system's robust enterprise data assets to develop AI-enabled solutions that address healthcare inequities. We combine Northwell Health's clinical and healthcare business expertise and entrepreneurial spirit to bring concepts to life. Northwell Health is New York's largest healthcare system. To learn more, visit us here and follow us on LinkedIn.

Source: Hume AI

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