W2O Group Partners With Baylor Scott & White Health for Inaugural Digital Health Summit — Pt. 2

W2O Group is excited to partner with Baylor Scott & White Health (BSWH) to launch their inaugural Digital Summit in Austin, TX today! The event was dreamed up as a way to connect executives at the BSWH with innovators across multiple industries to inspire them to improve patient and physician experiences by utilizing innovative technologies.

The summit will consist of speaker panels featuring proven innovators, health startups pitching for an accelerated path to a pilot at BSWH and an interactive session featuring hands on demos of innovative technologies changing the healthcare world.

To give you an idea of the companies participating in the summit, we asked a few of them to share some thoughts on what they would want the world to know about their organization and their work.

If you missed our first post be sure to read up on the other amazing organizations participating the summit.

SwipeSense

SwipeSense is the simplest hand hygiene monitoring system in the world. Our sensors work with existing dispensers, don’t require any hard wiring and provide individual accountability around hand hygiene. To date, SwipeSense has collected millions of data points in compliance and demonstrated significant improvement to patient safety across the US.

Hospitals have always struggled with their Hospital-Acquired Infection rates (HAI’s), and now their bottom line is under threat as well. A recent change in Medicare reimbursements pegged 1% of reimbursements directly to HAI rates, with 758 hospitals penalized in 2016.

The easiest way to decrease these infections is to increase hand hygiene compliance among staff members, and hospitals currently rely on pen and paper based methods to change their rates.

Manual observation is highly inefficient and costs hospitals thousands of hours of additional work, often with little to no results. SwipeSense transforms that by creating a sensor network around hand hygiene. The system keeps track of room entries and exits, along with hand hygiene rates for individuals to improve compliance. It is cheaper to implement than the current pen and paper method, with significantly better outcomes for patient safety.

3Derm Systems, Inc.

3Derm provides a teledermatology triage system that expedites appointments for the most urgent consults while screening out benign concerns. The system enables providers to capture a full complement of diagnostic quality two-dimensional and three-dimensional images at primary care and automatically delivers these images via cloud-based software to in-network dermatologists for remote review and follow-up.

In a study conducted at UMass Memorial Medical Center (Worcester, MA), dermatologists identified an equivalent number of skin cancers using images acquired by the 3Derm system, as compared to in-person visits. Additionally, 70% of patients with benign conditions were identified at the point of primary care, dramatically reducing unnecessary referrals to dermatology.

Today, the average wait time to see a dermatologist has ballooned to 29 days, with patients on Medicaid or in certain areas of the country often waiting more than 100 days. (1) As one of the fastest metastasizing cancers, reducing the average wait time for melanoma diagnoses can result in a significant decrease in mortality.(2)

Based on current clinical use data, 3Derm projects millions of dollars of potential cost savings for large-scale fee-for-value health systems. These savings are delivered through reducing the number of in-person visits for patients with benign conditions, keeping patients in-network, detecting melanoma earlier, and improving patient satisfaction scores.

“We wanted to become the standard of care, not just an alternate telemedicine option for extreme cases. That meant measuring up to an in-person dermatologist,” explains 3Derm CEO, Elizabeth Asai. “After years of clinical testing, we are proud to present a solution tailored to the needs of health systems that exceeds this gold standard, while keeping the patient’s existing local care network intact.”

Based on current clinical use data, 3Derm projects millions of dollars of potential cost savings for large-scale fee-for-value health systems. These savings are delivered through reducing the number of in-person visits for patients with benign conditions, keeping patients in-network, detecting melanoma earlier, and improving patient satisfaction scores.

“We wanted to become the standard of care, not just an alternate telemedicine option for extreme cases. That meant measuring up to an in-person dermatologist,” explains 3Derm CEO, Elizabeth Asai. “After years of clinical testing, we are proud to present a solution tailored to the needs of health systems that exceeds this gold standard, while keeping the patient’s existing local care network intact.”

References: (1) Merritt Hawkins; (2) Annals, The Royal College of Surgeons of England

Quartet Health 

Quartet is a healthcare technology company that partners with primary care and behavioral health providers to ensure patients receive the care they need to get better. By bringing primary and behavioral healthcare providers together and improving patient outcomes via innovative care technology, Quartet is changing the state of behavioral healthcare in America.

Quartet gives primary care practices access to a host of behavioral resources for their patients through its platform. The company also curates a network of local behavioral health providers and provides technology-accessible, convenient access channels like telepsychiatry, online cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), and peer support, to patients.

The New York-based company recently raised a $40 million Series B led by GV (formerly Google Ventures), marking the first time GV has invested in a mental health startup. Additionally, the company welcomed the Honorable Patrick Kennedy, author of The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (2008) in Congress, to its Board in late 2015. Quartet currently works with a number of leading health plans and health systems throughout the country.

We are thrilled to be surrounded by organizations that are passionate about bettering healthcare and that are fueled by innovative people!

 


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