Jun 7, 2021

People moves: Babylon, Eden Health, Lumeto

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We round up the latest movements in health tech

Babylon hires new Global Chief Medical Officer
Healthcare provider Babylon has appointed Darshak Sanghavi, MD as the company’s new Global Chief Medical Officer. Sanghavi joins Babylon’s C-suite team from UnitedHealthcare, the largest commercial Medicare programme in the United States.

Sanghavi will spearhead Babylon's expansion in the US, leading a team of hundreds of in-house global providers alongside thousands more clinical partners around the world who use the platform to care for patients.

“High quality, affordable, and accessible health care should be available to everyone in the world,” Sanghavi said. “Babylon’s technology and clinical expertise is ideally poised to bring preventive and chronic healthcare to the palm of one’s hand no matter where they live. 

"Babylon’s intense focus on care quality, supported by engaging, continuously improving technology, can help people all over the world live healthier and happier lives. I am thrilled to join a team working tirelessly to bring best-in-class digital health equitably and responsibly to all who could benefit."

Eden Health appoints Director of Physical Therapy

American direct-to-employer healthcare provider Eden Health has incorporated physical therapy as part of its collaborative primary care services, and hired Dr. Kevin Kenefick as Director of Physical Therapy. 

Eden Health combines telehealth, in-person primary care, behavioural health, insurance navigation, and now physical therapy. Members will now be able to receive physical therapy within 48 hours either in-person or via virtual referral from their primary care provider or direct access by messaging an Eden Health Care Team member to arrange an appointment. 

Dr. Kenefick is a licensed Doctor of Physical Therapy in New York and New Jersey,  a certified manual therapist (CMPT) and is part of the top 1% of physical therapists who is a Fellow-in-Training at NAIOMT. Prior to joining Eden Health, he was a Clinical Director at Professional Physical Therapy.

“I’m honoured to help create an elite physical therapy team that is integrated into the primary care for Eden Health patients,” he said. “Combining the best of both in-person and virtual healthcare experiences is what not only makes Eden special, but makes Eden’s PT offering unique." 

Lumeto appoints new advisory member 
Toronto-based immersive learning company Lumeto has appointed Dr. Fahad Alam to its learning advisory board (LAB).

Dr. Fahad Alam will lend his expertise to Lumeto’s product team ensuring that the  immersive and interactive ICU environment replicates true-to-life training scenarios doctors and nurses experience in the hospital.

Dr. Alam is a medical education researcher and staff anesthesiologist, and he joins as a subject matter expert on Lumeto’s previously announced partnership with The American College of Chest Physicians (CHEST). 

Lumeto’s LAB is comprised of experts in the fields of cognitive science, learning science and simulation training from leading institutions such as the Michener Institute, Sunnybrook Hospital and McGill University. 

Icario names new chief technology officer

Icario, a next gen healthcare technology company, has appointed digital transformation leader Craig Wigginton as Chief Technology Officer. With more than two decades in technology leadership roles, Wigginton will use his experience in innovation and technology operations to help Icario’s clients achieve their digital transformation and consumer engagement strategies across the full spectrum of healthcare.

Wigginton joins Icario from Altruista Health, where he served as CTO, working closely with health plans across the United States and leading a global team of more than 400 product, technology, and implementation professionals. He will lead Icario's charge to become an API-first business helping Medicaid, Exchange, and Medicare Advantage plans to create improved experiences for members while creating better outcomes at a lower cost.

“The future of digital care management is a passion of mine, and Icario is perfectly positioned to leverage the power of data and machine learning to help improve the quality of care and the quality of lives,” he said. “Integrating consumer-friendly technology into clinical and health plan settings is extremely powerful, but it's something that many payers need help with, and I am looking forward to doing just that.”

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Jun 23, 2021

NHSX releases new data plans, experts call for transparency

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NHSX has published a new strategy for patient data sharing, with experts calling for transparency

Patients in England will get "greater control" over their health and care data according to new proposals set out by the government. 

In a new draft strategy called "Data saves lives: reshaping health and social care with data", Health and Social Care Secretary Matt Hancock says that more effective use of data will deliver better patient-focused care. "This strategy seeks to put people in control of their own data, while supporting the NHS in creating a modernised system fit for the 21st century which puts patients and staff in pole position." 

Under the new plans people will be able to access their medical records from different parts of the health system through different applications, to access test results, medication lists, procedures and care plans. 

The strategy, published by NHSX, the government department that sets policies for the use of technology within the NHS, follows delays to the creation of a central database of patient records amid concerns over data sharing and a lack of transparency, with critics saying that only a small proportion of the public were made aware of the plans and the choice to opt out. 

Kevin Curran,  senior member of The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and Professor of Cybersecurity at the University of Ulster, says that moving health records online raises concerns. "The move to an online app does seem like a natural progression, however there is a difference between having computerised records within our healthcare IT infrastructure and having those records reside on a public facing server. 

"Having records inhouse limits the range and type of access – it's far more difficult for remote hackers" Curran said. "There are techniques that healthcare organisations can use to reduce the risk of future data breaches. One way is to make it ‘opt in’, so patients have the choice to decide whether their medical information is moved to a public facing service so that they can access it. 

"However, those who do not opt in or download the app instead should have their records hosted in a non-public-facing cloud service. This way, if a data breach does occur, those who never used the app, or not wanted to, will not have had their details released." 

The new strategy has been welcomed by some, with an emphasis on the need for transparency.  Adam Steventon, Director of Data Analytics at the Health Foundation, said: "Health data has played a critical role in the last year – from tracking COVID-19 outbreaks and developing treatments, to getting people booked in for their vaccines. It is critical that the use of data is accelerated if the NHS is to tackle the backlog of care and address the massive health challenges facing the country. 

"It is particularly positive that the government has committed to building analytical and data science capability in the NHS and to improving data on social care. To ensure the full potential of data can be realised, the government must ensure transparency on how it will be used and the rights and options people have, as well as engaging with the public and health care professionals to build trust and show people how their data can improve the NHS and save lives." 

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