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NEW YORK--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Royal Philips (NYSE:PHG, AEX:PHIA) today announced the results of its second annual Future Health Index (FHI), an international study of the general population and healthcare professionals that examines their views on healthcare access and integration, and connected care technologies. Despite Americans’ love of their wearable devices, the study highlights both the general population and their healthcare professionals see the real value of connected care technology in diagnosis and treatment. Americans are open to using these technologies if recommended by a healthcare professional (45%), and despite the potential positive impact of an integrated healthcare system on the quality of healthcare, both Americans and healthcare professionals perceive cost remains as an issue. Almost unanimously, 91 percent of Americans value health over wealth, and 84 percent would rate their health positively, but only 53 percent of healthcare professionals would rate the overall health of the American population positively. Both the U.S. general population and healthcare professionals believe connected technology plays a role in healthcare, but only 21 percent feel connected care technology will be the most beneficial for preventive care. Among the general population and healthcare professionals, connected care technology is most often seen as important for improving treatment of medical issues (78 percent and 78 percent, respectively), diagnosis of medical conditions (76 percent and 75 percent, respectively) and home care services (71 percent and 74 percent, respectively). Both Americans (64 percent) and healthcare professionals (59 percent) believe that healthcare professionals should focus the majority of their time and resources overall on preventive care. While Americans are taking preventive actions such as making healthy eating selections (65 percent) and seeing a doctor on a regular basis (61 percent) to maintain their health, only just over half (56 percent) of those surveyed claim to exercise routinely. The general population does take advantage of connected care technology to maintain their health, though fewer Americans indicate the use of wearable devices (16 percent) or health-related smartphone apps (12 percent) among their efforts. “ The driving force behind building a healthier tomorrow starts with preventive care today. Much of the acceleration we’ve seen in healthcare costs come from diseases associated with lifestyle choices. We need to tackle the problem from all angles, including looking for ways technology can play a role,” Brian Donley, M.D., Chief of Staff at Cleveland Clinic. “ As a medical community, from expanding access to care to enabling innovative treatments, we’ve been successfully integrating technology into treatment and care. However, with chronic conditions affecting so many globally, we also need to explore ways to use technology to harness data for prevention in ways that are meaningful to doctors and impactful for patients.” While the majority of Americans do not currently use connected care technology to monitor health indicators (60%), those who do feel this has helped them take better control of their health. The study also finds that both Americans and healthcare professionals are aligned on which artificial intelligence (AI) tools would have the most impact on improving the current state of healthcare. When it comes to technology increasing the flow of information between healthcare professionals and patients, there’s tremendous opportunity for change. “ With chronic disease accounting for the lion’s share of our nation’s healthcare costs, we’ve created connected care technologies that can help patients and healthcare professionals manage disease, but it’s time to help health systems extend beyond the hospital and support prevention,” said Brent Shafer, CEO of Philips North America. “ Data and technology are the tip of the spear for enabling that change and creating better health outcomes at a reduced cost. Philips is committed to working with its partners like Cleveland Clinic to create efficiency and put in place the technology that can help bridge the information gap and create a more seamless experience for clinicians and patients. By working together to leverage our combined knowledge of healthcare technology and best practices, technology companies and healthcare professionals can deliver enhanced patient outcomes and lowered costs.” For the complete results and research methodology, visit https://www.futurehealthindex.com/. Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a leading health technology company focused on improving people's health and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment and home care. Philips leverages advanced technology and deep clinical and consumer insights to deliver integrated solutions. Headquartered in the Netherlands, the company is a leader in diagnostic imaging, image-guided therapy, patient monitoring and health informatics, as well as in consumer health and home care. Philips' health technology portfolio generated 2016 sales of EUR 17.4 billion and employs approximately 71,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. News about Philips can be found at www.philips.com/newscenter. Cleveland Clinic is a nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education. Located in Cleveland, Ohio, it was founded in 1921 by four renowned physicians with a vision of providing outstanding patient care based upon the principles of cooperation, compassion and innovation. Cleveland Clinic has pioneered many medical breakthroughs, including coronary artery bypass surgery and the first face transplant in the United States. U.S. News & World Report consistently names Cleveland Clinic as one of the nation’s best hospitals in its annual “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. Among Cleveland Clinic’s 49,000 employees are more than 3,400 full-time salaried physicians and researchers and 14,000 nurses, representing 120 medical specialties and subspecialties. The Cleveland Clinic health system includes a 165-acre main campus near downtown Cleveland, nine community hospitals, more than 150 northern Ohio outpatient locations – including 18 full-service family health centers and three health and wellness centers – and locations in Weston, Fla.; Las Vegas, Nev.; Toronto, Canada; Abu Dhabi, UAE; and London, England. In 2015, there were 6.6 million outpatient visits, 164,700 hospital admissions and 208,807 surgical cases throughout the Cleveland Clinic health system. Patients came for treatment from every state and 180 countries. Visit us at www.clevelandclinic.org. Follow us at www.twitter.com/ClevelandClinic. 1 U.S. participants in the Future Health Index survey included 1,700 respondents (201 healthcare professionals, 30 insurance professionals and 1,507 members of the general population). 2 “Americans” refers to the U.S. general population surveyed.


News Article | October 30, 2016
Site: www.prweb.com

HOSA-Future Health Professionals and the National Alliance on Mental Illness are pleased to announce a partnership which will focus on engaging youth around mental illness. The partnership was selected by delegates, representing more than 9,300 members, who voted at the 2016 International Leadership Conference in Nashville, TN, on June 23, 2016 to select NAMI as their newest service project. The HOSA National Service Project encourages HOSA members to provide support of a national health organization on a local, state and national level. Local chapters plan activities that include fundraising, community service projects and volunteer hours. HOSA will work directly with NAMI to help expand mental health education, awareness and support activities that help improve the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness. “HOSA-Future Health Professionals is proud to partner with NAMI with the goal of educating its 225,000 members on mental health issues and, at the same time, raising awareness in 4,500 HOSA chapters, while providing an avenue to take action and make a difference through a NAMI walk or another fundraising effort. HOSA is also appreciative to NAMI for making available additional learning opportunities for HOSA members through the internship and scholarship programs,” said Dr. Jim Koeninger, Executive Director of HOSA. As part of this exciting partnership, NAMI will provide two great opportunities to HOSA members: (1) an unpaid internship with the national NAMI organization for a HOSA member as well as (2) a registration scholarship to attend the NAMI Convention. These opportunities will provide additional avenues for HOSA members to learn more about the many people affected by mental health. Information on the internship and convention scholarship will be shared on the HOSA website when made available. “Mental health is an important topic for young adults because 1 in 5 are living with a mental health condition,” said Mary Giliberti, CEO of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. “NAMI is grateful for the opportunity to engage HOSA, a global student organization, which can help us have impact, together, in raising awareness of mental illness and letting young people know that resources are available and they do not have to walk the journey alone.” About NAMI NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. For more information, visit nami.org. About HOSA-Future Health Professionals HOSA-Future Health Professionals is a global student organization that provides a unique program of leadership development, technical skills training and recognition exclusively for middle school, secondary, postsecondary and collegiate students enrolled in health and biomedical sciences. Recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, HOSA enhances the delivery of compassionate, quality health services to meet the needs of the health industry. For more information, go to hosa.org.


ATLANTA, GA, November 29, 2016-- Omar K. Danner, MD, Director of the Reach One Each One Program and Trauma Director for the Morehouse School of Medicine Department of Surgery in Atlanta, GA, has been recognized for showing dedication, leadership and excellence in trauma and surgical critical care medicine and youth mentoring.Worldwide Branding, the world's leading international personal branding organization, is proud to endorse the notable professional efforts and accomplishments of Omar K. Danner, MD, FACS. A member in good standing, Dr. Danner parlays 21 years' experience into his professional network, and has been noted for achievements, leadership abilities, and the credentials that have been provided in association with his Worldwide Branding membership.On a daily basis, Dr. Danner performs trauma surgery and oversees critically ill patients in the surgical ICU, OR, outpatient clinic and the trauma bay. He is also responsible for training surgical residents and teaching medical students, while conducting ICU research in the area of vitamin D deficiency in critical illness. He provides support to peers, colleagues and patients by working on youth mentoring and violence prevention research and healthcare quality improvement in the identification and treatment of sepsis and its associated conditions.To enhance his leadership skills and continue to develop his professional career, Dr. Danner has pursued and earned numerous certifications from Lean Six Sigma, including a Six Sigma (Green Belt) Certification, LSS Facilitation and Express Work-out (Orange Belt) Certification and Lean (Purple Belt) Certification. He is currently working on his LSS Black Belt. He has also completed fellowship training in advanced minimally invasive bariatric and general surgery, comprehensive bariatric surgery and advanced weight management training, laparoscopic anti-reflux, bariatric, hernia, and general surgery training, and endoscopic training, including bravo pH probe placement under the mentorship of Dr. Philip Schauer and Dr. Samar Matar. Furthermore, he is dually board certified through the American Board of Surgery in Surgery and Surgical Critical Care. He completed his clinical training in Adult Surgical Critical Care Medicine and Trauma at The Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and General Surgery Training at The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Medicine, where he earned his MD in 1995. He is currently an Associate Professor of Surgery at the MSM, where he has been on the surgical faculty for 8 years.Dr. Danner serves as the Co-Chair for the Georgia Violence Prevention Task Force as well as the Vice Chair of the Education Committee for the Georgia Chapter of the American College of Surgeons. In addition, he is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons, and a member of the Society of Critical Care Medicine, the Society of Laparo-Endoscopic Surgeons. Furthermore, he has served as a member of the Injury Prevention Committee of the Eastern Association for the Surgery of Trauma for the past 3 years, as well as of ASMBS and the Society of Black Academic Surgeons, where he serves on the Advocacy Committee. He was recently inducted into the American Association of Surgery for Trauma.In recognition of his hard work and dedication, Dr. Danner earned a first responder award from the Lean Six Sigma Council of Grady Health System in 2016 and a Future Health Professionals Community Partnership Award for Commitment to Health Care Education and Community Spirit from Cedar Grove High School. He has also been presented with The Atlanta Public Schools Appreciation Award, the H.O.P.E. Institute Leadership Development Program, a dean's scholarship from The University of Alabama School of Medicine in Birmingham, AL, and an academic scholarship from The University of Alabama, where he graduated with honors.Worldwide Branding has added Dr. Danner to their distinguished Registry of Executives, Professionals and Entrepreneurs. While inclusion in Worldwide Branding is an honor, only small selections of members in each discipline are endorsed and promoted as leaders in their professional fields.About Worldwide BrandingFor more than 15 years, Worldwide Branding has been the leading, one-stop-shop, personal branding company, in the United States and abroad. From writing professional biographies and press releases, to creating and driving Internet traffic to personal websites, our team of branding experts tailor each product specifically for our clients' needs. From health care to finance to education and law, our constituents represent every major industry and occupation, at all career levels.For more information, please visit http://www.worldwidebranding.com


News Article | October 29, 2016
Site: www.techrepublic.com

Imagine you have the technology platform, the tools, and the know-how to help move forward an industry that is about to have its costs increase imminently, but despite the improvements your scheme would bring, no one can or wants to step forward and make it happen. Welcome to the digitisation of health care in Australia. Despite more than AU$1.1 billion being spent on the Personally Controlled E-Health Record (PCEHR) project by governments of different political persuasions, an electronic record is no closer to being fully integrated into the health system. "The PCEHR, I don't think we are going to be in a place to see that seamlessly integrated in the next decade, unless a miraculous change happens in people's attitudes," Toby Hall, Group CEO of St Vincent's Health Australia, told attendees of the Connect Expo Future Health Summit on Tuesday. Hall said it isn't technology holding back its utilisation, but rather that hospitals would only move when health services and GPs are using the PCEHR. "We've actually got to win the hearts and minds of people and say: 'This is a better way forward.' That's not going to happen until people see the benefit for them in that," he said. "You're not talking amazingly complex technology; you're talking an issue which is actually more to do with will. "We've got the platforms there. People aren't willing to use them." Under the former Labor federal government, AU$1 billion was spent creating the PCEHR, with the current Coalition government allocating AU$140 million to keep the project going until it implements the recommendations of a review into the project. One of the authors of that review, executive director of UnitingCare Health Richard Royle, said Australia is behind the eight ball compared to other Western nations, and a lack of interoperability and communication is holding back digital health programs. "We have a platform that we can roll out reasonably quickly with some political will," he said. "A lot of the basic stuff could be far better done in an integrated way with sharing of data." The experts agreed that one way to ensure health professionals would not adopt a technology-based solution is to approach it as a technology project. "Number one piece of evidence that comes out is: Unless this is driven and engaged by clinicians, then it won't be successful," Donna Markham, advisor to the chief executive affairs at Monash Health, said. "This is not an IT project; it's a clinician-driven project with a really strong change management project wrapped around it. "You do need to approach it, rather than a project, that it is a change journey." More than one expert said that one factor missing from the digital health debate is a push towards digital from governments at all levels. "Until there is political will ... there won't be a groundswell of support," Lyn Davies, managing director at Tunstall Healthcare, told the audience. "It's not about the technology; it's about the service that sits behind it. "I don't think industries who are developing products and services now, thinking that they are going to sell a widget, are going to be successful. It has to be a whole solution service that is going to have to be developed over time." Davies said that governments would soon need to address the slow technology uptake in the health sector in order to reduce costs as the baby boomers continue to age. "Medicare will have to start looking at this, because the system is already exploding with cost," she said.


Bertrand A.,Catholic University of Leuven | Bertrand A.,Future Health | Moonen M.,Catholic University of Leuven | Moonen M.,Future Health
IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing | Year: 2013

Linearly constrained minimum variance (LCMV) beamforming is a popular spatial filtering technique for signal estimation or signal enhancement in many different fields. We consider distributed LCMV (D-LCMV) beamforming in wireless sensor networks (WSNs) with either a fully connected or a tree topology. In the D-LCMV beamformer algorithm, each node fuses its multiple sensor signals into a single-channel signal of which observations are then transmitted to other nodes. We envisage an adaptive/time-recursive implementation where each node adapts its local LCMV beamformer coefficients to changes in the local sensor signal statistics, as well as to changes in the statistics of the wirelessly received signals. Although the per-node signal transmission and computational power is greatly reduced compared to a centralized realization, we show that it is possible for each node to generate the centralized LCMV beamformer output as if it had access to all sensor signals in the entire network, without an explicit computation of the network-wide sensor signal covariance matrix. We provide sufficient conditions for convergence and optimality of the D-LCMV beamformer. The theoretical results are validated by means of Monte Carlo simulations, which demonstrate the performance of the D-LCMV beamformer. © 1991-2012 IEEE.


Sorensen M.,Future Health | Sorensen M.,Catholic University of Leuven | De Lathauwer L.,Future Health | De Lathauwer L.,Catholic University of Leuven
IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing | Year: 2013

Several problems in signal processing have been formulated in terms of the Canonical Polyadic Decomposition of a higher-order tensor with one or more Vandermonde constrained factor matrices. We first propose new, relaxed uniqueness conditions. We explain that, under these conditions, the number of components may simply be estimated as the rank of a matrix. We propose an efficient algorithm for the computation of the factors that only resorts to basic linear algebra. We demonstrate the use of the results for various applications in wireless communication and array processing. © 2013 IEEE.


Bertrand A.,Catholic University of Leuven | Bertrand A.,Future Health | Moonen M.,Catholic University of Leuven | Moonen M.,Future Health
IEEE Transactions on Signal Processing | Year: 2012

Total least squares (TLS) estimation is a popular solution technique for overdetermined systems of linear equations with a noisy data matrix. In this paper, we revisit the distributed total least squares (D-TLS) algorithm, which operates in an ad hoc network, where each node has access to a subset of the linear equations. The D-TLS algorithm computes the TLS solution of the full system of equations in a fully distributed fashion (without fusion center). To reduce the large computational complexity due to an eigenvalue decomposition (EVD) at every node and in each iteration, we modify the D-TLS algorithm based on inverse power iterations (IPIs). In each step of the modified algorithm, a single IPI is performed, which significantly reduces the computational complexity. We show that this IPI-based D-TLS algorithm still converges to the network-wide TLS solution under certain assumptions, which are often satisfied in practice. We provide simulation results to demonstrate the convergence of the algorithm, even when some of these assumptions are not satisfied. © 2012 IEEE.


Moreau Y.,Future Health | Tranchevent L.-C.,Future Health
Nature Reviews Genetics | Year: 2012

At different stages of any research project, molecular biologists need to choose-often somewhat arbitrarily, even after careful statistical data analysis-which genes or proteins to investigate further experimentally and which to leave out because of limited resources. Computational methods that integrate complex, heterogeneous data sets-such as expression data, sequence information, functional annotation and the biomedical literature-allow prioritizing genes for future study in a more informed way. Such methods can substantially increase the yield of downstream studies and are becoming invaluable to researchers. © 2012 Macmillan Publishers Limited. All rights reserved.


Varon C.,Future Health
Conference proceedings : ... Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society. Conference | Year: 2012

Artefacts can pose a big problem in the analysis of electrocardiogram (ECG) signals. Even though methods exist to reduce the influence of these contaminants, they are not always robust. In this work a new algorithm based on easy-to-implement tools such as autocorrelation functions, graph theory and percentile analysis is proposed. This new methodology successfully detects corrupted segments in the signal, and it can be applied to real-life problems such as for example to sleep apnea classification.


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