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GSK-Novartis healthcare venture to lay off 350 in Parsippany, New Jersey (03.06.2015)
The joint venture of GlaxoSmithKline's and Novartis's consumer health-care businesses will result in the cutting of 350 jobs in New Jersey, with reductions coming from each of the companies' Parsippany locations, a GlaxoSmithKline representative said Wednesday.

The job cuts that began last month, will continue through the rest of this year, said MalesiaDunn, a GlaxoSmithKline spokeswoman. "We are looking at bringing together the very best talent from both organizations," she said.

The reason for the layoffs, disclosed Tuesday in a notice filed with the New Jersey Department of Labor & Workforce Development, is "to meet established financial and synergy targets and eliminate duplication," GlaxoSmithKline said in the so-called WARN notice.

Employees being laid off include marketing and medical affairs managers and associates, sales and operations associates, finance personnel, information technology personnel, consumer relations managers and associates, and regulatory affairs managers and associates.

Severance pay and job placement services will be available, said Dunn. She could not immediately provide details on those programs, nor did she know how many employees will remain next year when the joint-venture partners move into one new Parsippany location, which has not yet been identified.

In the meantime, the GlaxoSmithKline employees will continue to work at 1500 Littleton Road and the Novartis employees will continue to work at 200 Kimball Drive, she said.

The previously announced deal will result in Novartis owning a 36.5 percent share of the venture and filling four of 11 seats on venture's board.

The joint venture offers wellness, oral health,nutrition and skin products.

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APCO, Text100 launch health technology group, ATDigitalHealth (03.06.2015)
Public relations firm and policy shop APCO Worldwide and tech-centric PR shop Text100 Global Communications launched a new initiative Wednesday that seeks to make disruptive healthcare concepts and technology like telemedicine and interoperability become integral parts of healthcare.

Called ATDigitalHealth, the joint offering will work on issues such as medical device interoperability of electronic health records and medical devices and promoting telehealth services, particularly among lawmakers.

Stig Albinus, who chairs APCO's global healthcare practice, told MM&M the team will focus on creating “a positive environment for access to personal health technologies and telemedicine.”

This may sound like a familiar challenge, but as seen by the effort to implement electronic health records, establishing a technology or a company as an integral part of the US healthcare system is not easy: The federal government has spent more than $29 billion to encourage hospitals to use electronic health records but, as reported by The New York Times and others, EHR vendors have protected their business by preventing their systems from connecting with those from rival companies.

Much like EHRs, the telehealth sector is also seeking to become a more common part of the healthcare experience. Differences in state laws about how telehealth can be used are one challenge. Consistent insurance reimbursement is another challenge.

Making telehealth a widely used technology will likely require a multi-faceted approach that includes addressing state and federal lawmakers, health insurers and medical groups, among others. One provision of the Telehealth Enhancement Act, which was introduced in April, seeks to allow accountable care organizations to cover remote healthcare as a supplemental healthcare benefit. A separate bill introduced in the Senate in May would allow Medicare to cover remote treatment for stroke as long as the patient is in a location with a telecommunication system.

Advocates for such digital health efforts cite advantages, like convenience and the possibility of lower costs while also arguing that critics are trying to protect local physician practices. The firms say they will help clients do this by creating audience-specific narratives that show a proposal's benefits and establish support by working with medical societies, patient advocacy groups, health insurers, policy makers and technology firms.

Albinus anticipates clients will likely fall into one of three categories: traditional health systems and hospitals that want to use technology, technology firms that want to go into healthcare (such as Apple) and what he called pure-play digital health companies or startups that want to apply their technology to a bigger, healthcare-related business opportunity.

The two agencies previously collaborated on the BlackBerry account. Text100 Senior VP Erin Humphrey said this experience prompted the partners to seek out another chance to collaborate. They landed on digital healthcare because they wanted to pursue an industry that was being driven by technical innovation and that would tap into their combined expertise of establishing strategic relationships, social engagement and public relations.

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Aditya Birla Nuvo forms JV with South Africa's MMI holdings to enter Indian health insurance (03.06.2015)
Diversified entity Aditya Birla NuvoBSE -0.89 % Ltd (ABNL) today announced formation of a joint venture with MMI Holdings -- a South African insurance based financial services group -- to enter Indian health insurance and wellness market.

"As per the agreements, ABNL will hold 51 per cent share in the joint venture company named Aditya Birla Health Insurance Co Ltd (ABHICL), subject to the regulatory approvals," the company said in a filing to the BSE.

ABHICL is in the process of making an application to the Insurance Regulatory and Development Authority of India for obtaining license to start health insurance and wellness business operations, it added.

"The company expects to commence operations in next 12-15 months," the filing said.

ABNL already has presence in difference segment of financial services, including the Birla Sun Life Insurance Company (BSLI) -- a 74:26 joint venture between the Aditya Birla Nuvo and Sun Life Financial, leading international financial services organisation from Canada.

As per the company's website, it has asset under management worth USD 4.8 billion.

MMI, which has a market capitalisation of 26.7 billion rand, is mainly into long and short-term insurance, asset management, savings, investment, healthcare administration, health risk management, among others.

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ARTICLES
Automating prescription services in Africa for real-time anonymous drug consumption and diagnostic market analysis
The lack of comprehensive data on pharmaceutical consumption in Africa makes it difficult for governments and pharmaceutical companies to gain market intelligence on medicine use.

Read how mPharma a Ghana based data company sovles this issue by automating prescription services.
Role of Big Data in Middle East's Emerging Healthcare Systems
Big Data’ has become a buzzword in the last couple of years, and for good reason: we now have enough computing power and resources to gather data about every detail of a system’s inner workings.

This article describes the role Big Data could play in the emerging healthcare systems of the Middle East and North Africa
Transforming healthcare delivery with insight into the "when" and "why" of readmissions
The question is: how can healthcare organizations change the way they deliver care to improve patient outcomes over the long term – especially when they have limited resources at their disposal?

Read how PinnacleHealth found an answer to this.
The future of Surgery
In this article Ms. Eric Johnson speaks about the advantages of going high-tech and how Hybrid OR, with its double team of positioning and navigation can takes surgery to the next level.
CASE STUDIES
Improved Connectivity for Improved Care
Healthcare IT systems must address stakeholder objectives, otherwise even well-tailored software can fall short of requirements.

This Case Study explains how Mountain Health States Alliance managed to synchronize its 90 clinics across multiple U.S. States with the adoption of an EMR system.
Connected Heath transforming the traditional drugstore
Providing cost-effective pharmacy, health and wellness services and advice could easily turn up to be a nightmare for a drugstore chain which operates with more than 8,200 drugstores and caters to more than 6 million customers daily.

Thanks to connected health approach which keeps Walgreens functions smoothly in their day to day activity and this is our next case study.
 
 
TECHNO TRENDS
RFID IN HEALTHCARE: REDUCING COSTS AND IMPROVING OPERATIONAL EFFICIENCY
RFID in healthcare has proven to be a very important element in reducing cost and improving operational efficiency, why RFID and its various benefits are explained in this Techno Trend.
Moving Towards Mobile and Browser Based EHRs to Maximize the Physician Experience
Less desk work and better patient data always helps doctors spend more time with patients. How recognition, customizable EHRs, and clinical-grade surface devices maximize the physician experience is our next read.
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