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Innovation Express Roundup November 22nd, 2021

November continues to be a busy month with respect to both awareness of particular diseases and groups, and meetings. Catch up here with the latest happenings, and get excited for our December Issue of Innovation Express.

P&G exec talks Cintrifuse’s role and growing the city’s next bigco

By Liz Engel – Staff reporter, CincyInno

For the first time in more than six years, Cintrifuse, Cincinnati’s startup catalyst group, has named a new board chair, and it’s a longtime Procter & Gamble executive who’s on his third career stint in the Queen City.

Guy Persaud, P&G’s president of new business, said he wants to help make the region the No. 1 startup hub in the Midwest. That’s long been a Cintrifuse goal since its formation in 2012. But he thinks the scope should be bigger than that.

“I would love to make it eventually No. 1 in the country, which I think it can,” Persaud said. “That’s where we’re setting our sights.”

Read the complete story at: BIZJOURNALS.COM

Heru’s Wearable Diagnostic, Health and Wellness Platform Honored with Prestigious CES Innovation Award by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA)

Vision diagnostics and augmentation leader Heru Inc. has been named a CES® 2022 Innovation Awards Honoree in the Virtual & Augmented Reality category for re:Vive™ by Heru™, the company’s multi-modal, wearable diagnostic solution used to screen and diagnose visual defects. 

On behalf of eye care professionals around the world working to preserve eyesight, we are honored to receive such a prestigious award. re:Vive by Heru improves access to vision care and provides physicians with a single, space-saving diagnostic, health and wellness tool which has revolutionized how screening and diagnosis for visual defects is performed in eye care.” said Mohamed Abou

Shousha, MD, PhD, Heru’s founder and CEO

Read the full press release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20211119005601/en/Herus-Wearable-Diagnostic-Health-and-Wellness-Platform-Honored-with-Prestigious-CES-Innovation-Award-by-the-Consumer-Technology-Association-CTA

NextGen Healthcare Partners with Prominent Psychiatrist Dr. Gail Saltz to Shine Light on Mental Health Support

NextGen Healthcare, Inc., a leading provider of ambulatory-focused technology solutions, announced that it is partnering again with renowned psychiatrist Dr. Gail Saltz on the #NextGenMind campaign to remind the public of how important it is to prioritize mental health and whole-person care while also directing those in need to resources that can help. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), one in five Americans lives with a mental health condition. Further, the need for mental health support at younger ages is unprecedented; the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) and Children’s Hospital Association (CHA) recently declared a national state of emergency in child and adolescent mental health as a result of the ongoing effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Read the full announcement here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20211118005473/en/NextGen-Healthcare-Partners-with-Prominent-Psychiatrist-Dr.-Gail-Saltz-to-Shine-Light-on-Mental-Health-Support

TimelyMD Recognized for Innovation and Excellence in Healthcare

D CEO recognized TimelyMD for winning outstanding “Achievement in Innovation” on Nov. 17 at its 2021 Excellence in Healthcare Awards ceremony to honor healthcare leaders, practitioners, and organizations whose service and achievements over the past year have been exceptional—even in the midst of a pandemic. The “Achievement in Innovation” award celebrates North Texas-based technology, initiatives, or programs that push the envelope of healthcare delivery.

As the first and leading telehealth company to exclusively serve college students, TimelyMD operates as a digital extension of campus health, well-being and counseling centers. Founded in 2017, TimelyMD was the only higher-ed specific virtual care provider on the market when the COVID-19 pandemic hit.

Read the full press release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20211118005925/en/TimelyMD-Recognized-for-Innovation-and-Excellence-in-Healthcare

The Chartis Center for Rural Health Celebrates Performance Leadership on National Rural Health Day

PRINCETON, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– In recognition of National Diabetes Month, Maria Sophocles, MD, FACOG, NCMP, Gynecologist & Medical Director of Women’s Healthcare of Princeton, sheds light on important aspects of health for young women living with and managing their diabetes. In the United States alone, approximately 16.2 million women suffer from diabetes and are at an increased risk for uncomfortable vaginal health symptoms, sexual and reproductive health difficulties, such as vaginal dryness and pain with sex, yeast and bacterial imbalances, and complications with conception and pregnancy.

Read some of Dr. Sophocles’ recommendations for young women living with diabetes: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20211110006093/en/Health-Considerations-for-Young-Women-Living-with-Diabetes-According-to-Maria-Sophocles-M.D.

More inclusive health research could help boost women’s health focusing on sex and gender differences could improve quality of care

On National Rural Health Day, The Chartis Center for Rural Health today joined the National Organization of State Offices of Rural Health (NOSORH) in announcing the 2021 Performance Leadership Award recipients. Presented annually, this award program recognizes top quartile performance among rural hospitals in quality, outcomes or patient perspective.

The complete list of recipients is available for all three award categories (Quality, Outcomes and Patient Perspective) here: https://www.chartis.com/services/ccrh/top-performing-hospitals

Read the full press release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20211118006288/en/The-Chartis-Center-for-Rural-Health-Celebrates-Performance-Leadership-on-National-Rural-Health-Day

Working Towards Better Tuberculosis Screening in Developing Countries: EpiLAB Joins the Cerba HealthCare Group’s Virtual Incubator

According to the World Health Organisation, tuberculosis has been the world’s leading cause of infectious mortality for more than 20 years. Every year, 10 million people contract tuberculosis, and of these, an estimated one-third of new cases are undetected. These 3 million cases, therefore, do not receive the treatment that they need and are extremely contagious. They account for most of the 10 million infections and 1.5 million victims of the disease the following year.

In order to face this challenge, the development of new Point-of-Care diagnostic methods is essential. Portable, easy to use, fast, cost-effective and reliable, these systems extend the screening capacity in remote areas while maintaining the advantage of validation of the result and care for the patient by a clinical pathologist.

Based on a patent held by Université de Bourgogne and INRA, EpiLAB is developing an integrated POCT (point of care terminal) solution that aims to offer this accessible, medically rigorous solution in everyday practice.

According to Clément Dubois and Maurice Lubetzki, co-founders of EpiLAB,

“By joining the Virtual Incubator of the Cerba HealthCare Group, the European leader in medical diagnosis already widely established in Africa, EpiLAB will be able to speed up the development of its test and its large-scale use. The collaboration with Cerba HealthCare will allow us to finalise a product as close as possible to the expectations and needs of the field in order to promote its adoption by healthcare professionals and optimise its integration into new patient treatment pathway”.

Read the full press release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20211118006090/en/Working-Towards-Better-Tuberculosis-Screening-in-Developing-Countries-EpiLAB-Joins-the-Cerba-HealthCare-Group%E2%80%99s-Virtual-Incubator

November marks National Hospice and Palliative Care month

https://www.npaonline.org/national-hospice-and-palliative-care-month, as well as Home Help (https://www.nahc.org/consumers-information/november-is-home-care-hospice-month/

Disparities in provision of this essential type of care can be due to inaccessibility, or lack of understanding of the level of care necessary, such as in rare diseases in children. 

FACE for Children With Rare Diseases (FACE-Rare) NCT04855734

Sponsors and Collaborators: University of Colorado, Denver; Washington State University; University of New Mexico; National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

For full details: https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT03136094?term=american+indian&draw=6&rank=43

Preventing HIV Among Native Americans Through the Treatment PTSD & Substance Use

Children with ultra-rare or complex rare diseases are routinely excluded from research studies because of their conditions, creating a health disparity. However, new statistical techniques make it possible to study small samples of heterogeneous populations. We propose to study the palliative care needs of family caregivers of children with ultra-rare diseases and to pilot test a palliative care needs assessment and advance care planning intervention to facilitate discussions about the future medical care choices families are likely to be asked to make for their child.

Locations: Children’s National Hospital, Washington, District of Columbia, United States, 20010

Contacts: Maureen E Lyon, BA    (703) 346-2873   mlyon@childrensnational.org

Sponsors and Collaborators:

Children’s National Research Institute

Respecting Choices

National Institutes of Health (NIH)

National Institute of Nursing Research (NINR)

Immunogenicity of H. Influenzae Type b PRP-OMP Vaccines in American Indian and Alaska Native Children (the Addressing Palliative Care Needs Among Intensive Care Unit Family Members (ICUconnect) NCT03506438

The quality of palliative care is highly variable for many patients treated in intensive care units (ICUs) and their family members. To address these challenges, the investigators will test the impact of a mobile app designed to help families navigate ICU-based palliative care vs. usual care. The investigators hypothesize that the intervention will reduce patient/family member unmet palliative care needs and improve the quality of clinical-family communication in racially/ethnically diverse populations.

Contacts: Allie Frear 9196848914 allie.frear@duke.edu

Christopher Cox, MD 9196817232 christopher.cox@duke.edu

Location: Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, United States, 27710

Sponsors and Collaborators: Duke University

National Institute on Minority Health and Health Disparities (NIMHD)

Community Health Workers and Precision Medicine NCT04843332

The purpose of this randomized controlled trial is to evaluate whether a trained community health worker (CHW) who engages with newly diagnosed patients after a diagnosis of cancer can effectively improve knowledge and receipt of evidence-based precision medicine cancer care services among low-income and minority patients.

Contact: Manali I Patel, MD, MPH, MS    650-498-6000    manalip@stanford.edu

Location: Stanford University, Stanford, California, United States, 94305

Sponsors and Collaborators

Stanford University

California Initiative to Advance Precision Medicine

Pacific Cancer Care

The Latino Cancer Institute

Cancer Patients Alliance

A Culturally-Based Palliative Care Tele-consult Program for Rural Southern Elders NCT03767517

The purpose of this study is to compare a culturally-based Tele-consult program to usual hospital care to determine whether a culturally-based PC Tele-consult program leads to lower symptom burden in hospitalized African American and White older adults with a life-limiting illness.

Contacts: Ronit Elk, PhD 205-996-1702 relk@uabmc.edu

Felicia Underwood, LMSW 205-934-7905 faunderwood@uabmc.edu


Russell Medical Center, Alexander City, Alabama, United States, 35010

Anderson Regional Medical Center, Meridian, Mississippi, United States, 39301  

Aiken Regional Medical Center, Aiken, South Carolina, United States, 29801

Sponsors and Collaborators: University of Alabama at Birmingham

Lay Coach-Led Early Palliative Care for Underserved Advanced Cancer Caregivers: The Project ENABLE Cornerstone RCT NCT04318886

Many of the 2.8 million family caregivers (FCGs) of persons with advanced cancer are underserved, particularly African-Americans and rural-dwellers in the Southern U.S. To address this gap, the investigators have developed and tested feasibility and acceptability of a lay navigator-led early palliative care intervention called ENABLE Cornerstone for rural and minority family caregivers of persons with advanced cancer in the Southern U.S.

Contact: Sally Engler, MPH (205) 996-7564 sengler@uab.edu

Location: University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, United States, 35294

Sponsors and Collaborators: University of Alabama at Birmingham; University of South Alabama

Clinic Navigation and Home Visits to Improve Guideline-based Care and Outcomes in Low Income Minority Adults With Asthma (HAP3) NCT04023422

Asthma-related deaths are more numerous among low-income minority patients and older adults with chronic diseases. Guidelines for asthma management have not addressed the needs of these groups.This project explores whether specific  interventions can be combined for greater effectiveness, delivery of guideline-based asthma care, and outcomes in low-income minority patients.

Contacts: Hami Park 215-615-4957 Hami.Park@uphs.upenn.edu

Alahyo Young 215 662-4531 alahyo.young@pennmedicine.upenn.edu

Location: University of Pennsylvania Health System Recruiting, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States, 19104

Sponsors and Collaborators; University of Pennsylvania, National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI)

Behavioral Activation Delivered Via Home-based Telehealth to Improve Functioning in Cardiovascular Disease Patients Recently Discharged From Inpatient Care (HEART). NCT04877197

The purpose of this study is to demonstrate whether Behavioral Activation for depression delivered via home based telehealth (BA-HT) is effective in improving social and role functioning in Veterans recently discharged from Cardiovascular disease (CVD-related) inpatient care.

Contact: Ron E Acierno, PhD MS BA (843) 789-7246 Ron.Acierno@va.gov

Location: Johnson VA Medical Center, Charleston, SC, Charleston, South Carolina, United States, 29401-5799

Sponsors and Collaborators: VA Office of Research and Development

CES 2022. Las Vegas, NV & Virtual. January 5th-8th, 2022.

Tech has never been more important in our lives and CES 2022 will bring the industry back together to experience the next generation of innovation.


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