Amazon hires a new cardiologist to its healthcare division
Social media has taken the world by storm. Senior leadership figures, such as Elon Musk and even President Trump regularly post updates through platforms such as Twitter, and now another popular healthcare figure through this digital tool.
Well-known, admired cardiologist Maulik Majmudar has revealed he is set to join Amazon in an undisclosed role, with the aim to “make a truly meaningful impact on the health and wellbeing of hundreds of millions of individuals throughout the world,” he said through Twitter.
Within previous roles as Cardiologist and Associate Director at Massachusetts General Hospital, as well as lecturing and exceptional training at the esteemed Harvard Medical School, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, amongst others, Majmudar is passionate about embracing new technologies which will help transform the industry for the future.
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With this in mind, Majmudar has also worked as a medical adviser at Biofourmis, which has been described as “the world’s most sophisticated HIPAA compliant personalised health analytics platform based on human physiology which uses digital mHealth devices and bio-sensors to capture important clinical information towards building a precise predictive analytics engine.”
Navigating through the ongoing complexities within healthcare, from complex regulations to data protection, Amazon has hired a number of high profile figures to its health team, such as Taha Kass-Hout, former FDA Chief Health Information Officer and healthcare leader Dr Atul Gawande.
Exploring areas such as pharmacy wholesale distribution, acquiring companies such as PillPack and Xealth, the development of new medical devices and use of AI to compete against rivals such as Walgreens, as well as launch its own healthcare clinics for employees.
It’s partnership with Berkshire Hathaway and JP Morgan Chase will also further its goal to reduce ongoing escalating healthcare costs across the US, with Dr Gawande leading this venture.
COVID-19 app for NHS staff launches as restrictions lift
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.