May 17, 2020

The Amazon-Berkshire-JPM team makes a new appointment

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Catherine Sturman
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Technology companies are increasingly entering the health space with enthusiasm and determination. The recent partnership of Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway...

Technology companies are increasingly entering the health space with enthusiasm and determination. The recent partnership of Amazon, Berkshire Hathaway and JPM is no exception.

Hiring a number of renowned healthcare experts in their chosen fields, Dana Gelb Safran, Senior Vice President of enterprise analytics at Blue Cross Blue Shield, has become the recent appointment which will further set the trio’s healthcare ambition alight.

Following on from the appointment of Atul Gawande in June, who has voiced his plans to incubate better models of care for all, the hiring of Safran will enable the trio to increasingly look at ways to lower healthcare costs and drive positive patient outcomes through the use of advanced data analytics.

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In her role as Chief Performance Measurement and Improvement Officer and Senior Vice President of Enterprise Analytics, Safran will become the first woman hired by the trio when she joins the venture early next year as Head of Measurement.

This year, Amazon has been making significant advances in healthcare. From its acquisition of online pharmacy start-up, PillPack to its partnership with blockchain innovator Ethereum, the tech giant has now begun to sell glucose monitors and blood pressure technologies direct to consumers, further accelerating its desire to disrupt the market

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Jul 19, 2021

COVID-19 app for NHS staff launches as restrictions lift

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COVID-19 app for NHS staff launches as restrictions lift
A new app for redeployed NHS hospital staff launches on the same day as restrictions lift in England

A new app has launched today to support UK hospital staff who have been redeployed to care for COVID-19 patients. 

The Acute COVID app has been co-developed by Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and its charity CW+, along with health tech company Imagineear Health. 

It provides information to healthcare staff via a step-by-step guide, aimed at both doctors and nurses. This includes the different stages of COVID-19 so they have guidance around triage at A&E, hospital admission, in-hospital treatments, and advanced care management.

The app also provides training on non-invasive ventilation. In the first wave of the pandemic the numbers of patients needing this type of ventilation led to staff who would not normally administer this to patients having to do so. 

Additionally the app signposts staff to where they can access mental and physical wellbeing support, acknowledging the levels of staff burnout, particularly among frontline staff, the pandemic has created. 

The launch of the app comes on the same day England lifts its COVID-19 restrictions, labelled "freedom day" by some. However infection rates have soared in recent weeks and the move has been fiercely opposed by scientists and doctors, both in the UK and abroad. 

In a letter published in medical journal The Lancet backed by 1,200 international scientists, experts called the unlocking "a threat to the world", as allowing infection rates to rise enables the virus to mutate and potentially become resistant to the vaccination. 

At the weekend the newly appointed health secretary Sajid Javid announced he had tested positive for coronavirus, and both Prime Minister Boris Johnson and the chancellor Rishi Sunak are self-isolating. 
Meanwhile in the first week of July more than 500,000 alerts were issued by the NHS Covid-19 app telling people they had been exposed to the virus. As a result businesses are considering cutting their opening hours while staff are self-isolating at home. The government has issued guidance saying that fully vaccinated frontline NHS staff in England will be allowed to carry on working even if they've come into contact with someone with COVID-19. 

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