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Researchers Create Standardized Measurement For Pediatric Facial Palsy

An international team of researchers, including a psychologist at Oregon State University, has developed a standardized measurement for pediatric facial palsy that will improve the care for current and future patients with the condition.

The team, which includes researchers from nine countries, published its findings Thursday in JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery.

Each year, more than a million children worldwide are diagnosed with pediatric facial palsy, a condition where there is a weakness of facial muscles on one or both sides of the face. There are a number of causes, including abnormalities in nerves at birth, trauma to the head or infections. For some children, the condition resolves with time, but others may have permanent facial palsy.

"Facial palsy profoundly impacts many aspects of a child's life, from functional issues like eating and vision, to core psychological issues such as

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Baptist Health Partners With PatientPing, Enabling Real-Time Care Coordination Across Acute And Post-Acute Care Settings

PatientPing, the nation's leading care coordination platform, today announced a new partnership with the Baptist Health Accountable Care Organization (ACO), Baptist Health Care's ACO located in Louisville, Kentucky, which participates in the Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP). The innovative partnership, which marks PatientPing's entry into Kentucky and southern Indiana, will allow providers within Baptist Health's network of hospitals, care centers, physician offices and health facilities, to monitor patient care events in real time to enhance patient outcomes and care coordination across the state.

Through the partnership, Baptist Health will have access to real-time notifications (Pings) from healthcare organizations within PatientPing's national network, whenever and wherever patients receive care, and will also aim to provide critical patient context at the point of care (Stori

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Children's Hospital of Philadelphia to Build New Specialty Care and Urgent Care Center in Abington

Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP) today announced plans to open a new 37,000-square-foot Specialty Care & Urgent Care Center in Abington, PA. This is the latest expansion in the CHOP Care Network, which today includes more than 50 primary care offices, specialty care and surgical centers, urgent care centers, and community hospital alliances throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and New York.

The center will be located in the heart of Abington Township, at the intersection of Old York Road (Route 611) and Susquehanna Road. Designed to provide specialty care to patients in the surrounding communities of eastern Montgomery County, lower Bucks County and Northeast Philadelphia, the Center will house 20 to 30 exam rooms, as well as ancillary facilities including a developmental physical therapy and occupational therapy gym, audiology, speech therapy, radiology (diagnostic X-ray) and

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Motus Nova Expands FDA-Approved Robotic Stroke Therapy System, Adds New Hospital Partners

Motus Nova, a technology firm offering the only robotic system approved by the FDA to be as effective as an in-person therapist for remote stroke rehabilitation, announced today that it is expanding its list of partner hospitals and clinics using the device, as well as making plans to introduce its patented system to the consumer market for home use in Q3 2019.

Twenty-five hospitals in the Atlanta area within Emory Healthcare, the Grady Health System and the Wellstar Health System are joining the growing list of hospitals that have partnered with Motus Nova to use its technology for rehabilitation therapy for stroke survivors.

A collaborator with top-ranked institutions such as Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic and Massachusetts General Hospital, Motus Nova began a decade ago pioneering a robotics device using Artificial Intelligence (AI) to accelerate recovery from neurological injuries s

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