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Beaumont Hospital in Royal Oak first in state to offer minimally invasive pediatric epilepsy surgery

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Beaumont Children’s Hospital in Royal Oak announced it was the first in Michigan to establish a Pediatric Stereo-Electroencephalography (SEEG) Epilepsy Surgery Program.

SEEG is a minimally invasive diagnostic EEG within the skull that pinpoints the source of seizures. It replaces a craniotomy with 2-millimeter holes in the skull, much smaller than the hole necessary for a craniotomy.

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At Scrubbers, dogs and cats are groovin' to the grooming

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Just off the corner of Webster and Woodward in Royal Oak, a steady parade of customers is streaming into Scrubbers, fur babies in tow, all of the latter in need of a good bath.

Dennielle McIver, a Royal Oak MS LPC (Master of Science, Licensed Professional Counselor) just popped in with Happy, an adorable Pomsky puppy that she is training to be an emotional support dog. The Pomeranian/Husky mix, hugging McIver like a baby, is a ball of thick black fur. Today is his first grooming.

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Beaumont, Royal Oak earns prestigious nursing redesignation for the 4th consecutive time

Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak has once again achieved the highest honor for nursing excellence through the Magnet recognition program of the American Nurses Credentialing Center, a subsidiary of the American Nurses Association. Only about 8 percent of the hospitals across the country have earned Magnet status.

“Achieving Magnet status is a tremendous accomplishment in its own right. To sustain that level of excellence through four consecutive redesignation periods validates the hard work of the entire team at Royal Oak and a commitment to quality and safety that is second to none,” Susan Grant, RN, Beaumont Health executive vice president and chief nursing officer, said.

Magnet was created in 1994 to recognize health care organizations for quality patient care, nursing excellence and innovations in professional nursing practice. In 2004, Beaumont, Royal Oak became the first hospital in Michigan to achieve the milestone.
Next month, the redesignation will be presented to Beaumont staff at the 2018 ANCC National Magnet Conference in Denver, Colorado.

“It’s an honor to receive this Magnet redesignation. Our entire team is thrilled,” said Maureen Bowman, RN, Beaumont, Royal Oak’s chief nursing officer. “We empower our nurses and admire the way they serve our patients and families every day.”

Hospital President Rosanna Morris echoed Bowman’s sentiment. “We are proud of our nurses and the entire team at Beaumont, Royal Oak. It is a complete team effort to receive this redesignation,” Morris said.
During a recent visit to the hospital, surveyors reported:
  • Beaumont, Royal Oak demonstrated strong leadership throughout the hospital.
  • The surveyors said nurse-driven efforts to improve patient care, throughout the hospital, is extraordinary.
  • Beaumont, Royal Oak promotes a non-punitive environment to improve safety and outcomes for patients.
  • Beaumont, Royal Oak’s overall elder care environment, including the way the team cares for and connects with geriatric patients, is exemplary. They were impressed with innovative initiatives, including the ACE Unit/Nurses Improving Care for Healthsystem Elders program and the virtual dementia tour, which provides first-hand experience to families and patients about what it is like to have dementia.
Beaumont Hospital, Troy earned Magnet recognition in 2009. Beaumont Hospital, Grosse Pointe achieved Magnet status in March.

Main Street Eye Care: Neighborhood optometry for every family member

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In the newly remodeled Royal Oak office on Main Street between 11 Mile and 12 Mile Roads that he shares with Dr. David Chorney, Ray Salerno of Main Street Eye Care talks about his practice and his recent move to Royal Oak from his previous location in Bingham Farms.

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Doctor teams with Beaumont, GVSU: Invents lifesaving cough-assist

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The act of coughing may seem annoying, but for those who can no longer cough on their own because of a medical condition, it's a matter of life and death. Today, more people are surviving brain/spinal cord injuries caused by stroke and automobile accidents. Many of these individuals are unable to cough on their own, leaving them susceptible to infection and a collapsed lung.

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Vectorform's Vazzano talks VR, AI, IoT and digital transformation

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Vectorform co-founder Jason Vazzano talks about his digital transformation company in Royal Oak that works with Amazon, Walt Disney and other big players to help them innovate, another of the Tech248 Member interviews conducted by Irene Spanos with Oakland County government.

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Tech248 member MatchRX revolutionizing surplus prescription drug industry

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Check out this cool Tech248 member company MatchRX a private web-based inter-pharmacy marketplace to buy and sell small quantities of non-controlled, non-expired overstocked prescription drugs and drugs in short supply to satisfy a specific patient need or declared public health emergency.

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Beaumont Health named 'Most Wired' by American Hospital Association

Beaumont Health has been named among the nation’s Most Wired Advanced hospitals according to results of the 19th Annual Health Care’s Most Wired survey, released today by the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum.

“The Most Wired hospitals are using every available technology option to create more ways to reach their patients in order to provide access to care,” said AHA President and CEO Rick Pollack. “They are transforming care delivery, investing in new delivery models in order to improve quality, provide access and control costs.”

According to the survey, Most Wired hospitals use smartphones, telehealth and remote monitoring to create more ways for patients to access health care services and capture health information. This year’s results show:
  • 76 percent offer secure messaging with clinicians on mobile devices.
  • When patients need ongoing monitoring at home, 74 percent use secure emails for patients and families to keep in touch with the care team.
  • 68 percent simplify prescription renewals by letting patients make requests on mobile devices.
  • 62 percent add data reported by patients to the electronic health record to get a better picture of what is going on with the patient.
  • Nearly half of the hospitals are using telehealth to provide behavioral health services to more patients.
  • 40 percent offer virtual physician visits.
  • More than 40 percent provide real-time care management services to patients at home for diabetes and congestive heart failure.
“At Beaumont Health, information technology helps our clinicians and patients make informed decisions about health care,” said Subra Sripada, executive vice president, chief transformation officer and chief information officer. “We use technology to engage the communities we serve and improve their experience. Receiving this award again reaffirms our team’s accomplishments and demonstrates Beaumont’s commitment to leveraging technology to advance the delivery of care in order to produce better outcomes for our patients.”

Innovation in patient care embraces emerging technologies and underscores the need for secure patient information exchange. Hospitals have increased their use of sophisticated IT monitoring systems to detect patient privacy breaches, monitor for malicious activities or policy violations and produce real-time analysis of security alerts.
  • 97 percent use intrusion detection systems.
  • 96 percent perform data access audits.
  • Nearly 90 percent run targeted phishing exercises to teach employees to question suspicious emails.
Most Wired hospitals are transforming care delivery with knowledge gained from data and analytics. They are investing in analytics to support new delivery models and effective decision-making and training clinicians on how to use analytics to improve quality, provide access and control costs.
  • 82 percent analyze retrospective clinical and administrative data to identify areas for improving quality and reducing the cost of care.
  • Three-quarters use sophisticated analytics such as predictive modeling and data to improve decision-making.
  • Nearly 70 percent interface electronic health record data with population health tools for care management.
  • More than 70 percent are providing data analytic tools training to physicians and nurses.
  • 45 percent initiate a patient pathway using health IT to follow a care plan.
  • Nearly 40 percent deliver quality metrics to physicians at the point-of-care.
  • 32 percent have tools for real-time patient identification and tracking for value-based care conditions, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
HealthCare’s Most Wired survey, conducted between Jan. 15 and March 15, 2017, is published annually by Health & Hospitals Networks. The 2017 Most Wired survey and benchmarking study is a leading industry barometer measuring information technology use and adoption among hospitals nationwide.

The survey of 698 participants, representing an estimated 2,158 hospitals — more than 39 percent of all hospitals in the U.S. — examines how organizations are leveraging IT to improve performance for value-based health care in the areas of infrastructure, business and administrative management; quality and safety; and clinical integration.

Detailed results of the survey and study can be found in the July issue of H&HN. For a full list of winners, visit www.hhnmag.com.

About Beaumont Health
Beaumont Health is Michigan’s largest health care system, based on inpatient admissions and net patient revenue. A not-for-profit organization, it was formed in 2014 by Beaumont Health System, Botsford Health Care and Oakwood Healthcare to provide patients with the benefit of greater access to extraordinary, compassionate care, no matter where they live in Southeast Michigan. Beaumont Health has total net revenue of $4.4 billion and consists of eight hospitals with 3,429 beds, 174 outpatient sites, nearly 5,000 physicians and 36,000 employees and 3,500 volunteers.  In 2016, Beaumont Health had 177,508 inpatient discharges, 17,536 births and 567,658 emergency visits. For more information, visit beaumont.org.

About the American Hospital Association
The AHA is a not-for-profit association of health care provider organizations and individuals that are committed to the improvement of health in their communities. The AHA is the national advocate for its members, which include nearly 5,000 hospitals, health care systems, networks and other providers of care. Founded in 1898, the AHA provides education for health care leaders and is a source of information on health care issues and trends. For more information, visit www.aha.org.
 

Diagnostic biomarkers in saliva show promise in recognizing early Alzheimer's disease

Your spit may hold a clue to future brain health. Investigators at the Beaumont Research Institute, part of Beaumont Health in Michigan, are hopeful that their study involving small molecules in saliva will help identify those at risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease - a neurologic condition predicted to reach epidemic proportions worldwide by 2050.

Their study, “Diagnostic Biomarkers of Alzheimer’s Disease as Identified in Saliva using 1H NMR-Based Metabolomics” was published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease 58(2) on May 16.

Investigators found salivary molecules hold promise as reliable diagnostic biomarkers.

The study exemplifies the quest by scientists to combat Alzheimer’s disease, a degenerative brain disorder with no cure and few reliable diagnostic tests. In the United States, Alzheimer’s is a health epidemic affecting more than 5 million Americans. Investigators seek to develop valid and reliable biomarkers, diagnosing the disease in its earliest stages before brain damage occurs and dementia begins.

Researcher Stewart Graham, Ph.D. said, “We used metabolomics, a newer technique to study molecules involved in metabolism. Our goal was to find unique patterns of molecules in the saliva of our study participants that could be used to diagnose Alzheimer’s disease in the earliest stages, when treatment is considered most effective. Presently, therapies for Alzheimer’s are initiated only after a patient is diagnosed and treatments offer modest benefits.”

Metabolomics is used in medicine and biology for the study of living organisms. It measures large numbers of naturally occurring small molecules, called metabolites, present in the blood, saliva and tissues. The pattern or fingerprint of metabolites in the biological sample can be used to learn about the health of the organism.

“Our team’s study demonstrates the potential for using metabolomics and saliva for the early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease,” explained Dr. Graham. “Given the ease and convenience of collecting saliva, the development of accurate and sensitive biomarkers would be ideal for screening those at greatest risk of developing Alzheimer’s. In fact, unlike blood or cerebrospinal fluid, saliva is one of the most noninvasive means of getting cellular samples and it’s also inexpensive.”

The study participants included 29 adults in three groups: mild cognitive impairment, Alzheimer’s disease and a control group. After specimens were collected, the researchers positively identified and accurately quantified 57 metabolites. Some of the observed variances in the biomarkers were significant.  From their data, they were able to make predictions as to those at most risk of developing Alzheimer’s.

Said Dr. Graham, “Worldwide, the development of valid and reliable biomarkers for Alzheimer’s disease is considered the No. 1 priority for most national dementia strategies. It’s a necessary first step to design prevention and early-intervention research studies.”

As Americans age, the number of people affected by Alzheimer’s is rising dramatically. According to the Alzheimer’s Association, by 2050, it’s estimated the number of Americans living with Alzheimer’s disease will triple to about 15-16 million.

Alzheimer’s disease is a type of dementia affecting a person’s ability to think, communicate and function. It greatly impacts their relationships, their independence and lifestyle. The condition’s toll not only affects millions of Americans, but in 2017, it could cost the nation $259 billion.

The Beaumont Research Institute study was partly funded by the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation.

The eight investigators are now seeking additional funding to conduct a larger, three-year study with significantly more participants to validate the pilot study. Seven of the researchers are with the Beaumont Research Institute; Oakland University William Beaumont School of Medicine; and one is with the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada.
 

Oakland Schools Technical Campuses give students head start on life after high school

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Ted DeLater, automotive collision instructor at Oakland Schools Technical Campus Northeast in Pontiac, proudly tells visitors that his former students, out of high school just a couple of years, are making $60,000 per year.

“One called me to tell me he just bought a house,” DeLater said.

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Judson Center's Autism Connections has begun a movement with over 30 official partners

During the month of April, Judson Center will be honoring National Autism Awareness month as we Bring Autism to Light for World Autism Day (officially on April 2). Judson Center’s main campus in Royal Oak (13 Mile and Greenfield Road), will be lit up blue beginning on Friday, March 31, and will continue to the end of the month. 
 
A movement has begun – Judson Center is teaming up with the City of Royal Oak to help Bring Autism to Light. During the next City Commissioners meeting, this Monday, March 27, Royal Oak Mayor, Michael Fournier along with the City Commissioners, will present an autism proclamation honoring National Autism Awareness Month and the life changing programs at Judson Center’s Autism Connections. Royal Oak is also urging all employees, residents and members of the business community to join the movement.
 
Many other partners, including the Royal Oak School DistrictTroy School Districtthe Jewish Community Center of Greater Ann Arbor (where Judson Center’s second Autism Connections program is located), Signs by Tomorrow, Medical Network One Health Solutions, Shrine Catholic Schools, Epsilon, Brooks Kushman, as well as over 20 other community businesses and organizations are joining the movement. 
 
Judson Center’s Royal Oak office is offering free blue light bulbs and lawn signs to anyone interested. You may also pick up lawn signs and light bulbs from Royal Oak City Hall as well as all three Royal Oak Fire Departments.  Companies can also participate and Bring Autism to Light by shining blue for autism, designating a day to wear blue for autism awareness, and making a donation to Judson Center’s Autism Connections.
 
“It is an honor to have the support of the community we serve.  At Judson Center’s Autism Connections, we understand that a diagnoses affects the entire family, not just a child and that is why this campaign is so important. To let our community know that you are not alone, Judson Center is here to help and support our community and families”, shared Judson Center CEO & President, Lenora Hardy-Foster.
 
Autism awareness is a part of Judson Center each day, as its Autism Connections program has been a part of Metro Detroit for over ten years, and expanded into Washtenaw County soon after, both providing comprehensive services to the entire family.  Currently, one in 68 children are diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and in Michigan, there are over 50,000 individuals living with ASD. 

Royal Oak-based Powerly expands energy-driven smart home experience

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Powerly, a Royal Oak-based utility-led smart home technology company, introduced their updated energy conservation platform at the annual DistribuTECH conference in San Diego.

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Oak Park firm creates custom medical exam tables for Detroit Zoo's penguins

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Mopec, an Oak Park-based mortuary and pathology equipment manufacturer, has donated two custom medical exam tables to the Detroit Zoo’s new $30 million Polk Penguin Conservation Center. 

“The Detroit Zoo is right around the corner from our headquarters,” says Jane VanDusen, CEO of Mopec. “When we received the (request for quotation) from the zoo, our staff decided they wanted to customize and donate the tables.”

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Royal Oak's Vectorform provides virtual reality headsets to train DTE workers

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Line workers and technicians for Detroit-based DTE Energy will be trained on how to handle dangerous situations such as repairing downed high-voltage wires with the use of virtual reality headsets through a partnership with Royal Oak-based design and technology firm Vectorform.

"We're just getting started with this technology, and it is the tip of the iceberg in terms of how we coach, teach, and evaluate our safety protocols out in the field," says Shawn Patterson, vice president and chief learning officer at DTE Energy.

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Ambassador kicks growth into hyperdrive with VC round

Ambassador went on a large growth spurt over the last year, but the downtown Royal Oak-based startup purposely took its time getting there.

The 5-year-old company is kicking it into high gear now. It has hired 33 people since 2014, expanding its staff to 44 employees. It also has 15 job openings. It's also aiming to double the size of its team within the near future, mostly by expanding its sales force.

"Across the board we are looking for great people," says Jeff Epstein, founder & CEO of Ambassador. "We will talk to anyone interested in joining us."

Ambassador builds custom online referral campaigns that offer rewards to users who spread good word of mouth about companies. Ambassador’s software as a service platform automates enrolling, tracking, managing, and rewarding referrals. Some of its brands include PayPal, Spotify and T-Mobile. The business is currently cash-flow positive and expanding its revenue.

Ambassador was part of the Techstars New York startup accelerator in  2011, raising a large convertible note from investors like Ludlow Ventures. Ambassador closed on a $2.35-million Series A a year ago. The round was led by Arthur Ventures with other early investors like Ludlow Ventures participating.

It wasn't always charging ahead at this speed for Ambassador. It's first four years were marked with incremental growth where the then small team focused on product and the business rather than rapid expansion.

"It was more important to me that we were growing and not risking people's jobs," Epstein says. "That meant growing a little bit slower in the earlier years."

The team at Ambassador focused on organic growth through word-of-mouth. Those early customers allowed the company to gradually, and with minimal pain, go through its learning curve. It new it had to start growing faster when it couldn’t keep up with the demand for its product.

"We were slowing ourselves down because we didn’t have enough people to do the demos and do the deals," Epstein says. He adds, "At a certain point you need to take a leap of faith. We had seen enough positive signals."

Epstein's advice to aspiring tech entrepreneurs, don't rush into rapid growth. Figure out the best direction to aim your company for longterm success, and then think about pulling the trigger.

"It's super important to go as fast as possible when you know you’re facing the right direction," Epstein says. "However, going really fast in the wrong direction can kill you."

- Written by Jon Zemke 
 
 
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