DIGITAL HEALTH BRIEFING: Microsoft developing health chatbot platform – Lifespan aims to cut $182 million in costs with GE partnership – Hitachi working to reduce hospital readmissions

The tech giant is developing the platform as a part of its Healthcare NExT program and has partnered with Aurora Health Care to create the Aurora Digital Assistant, a new chatbot service that aims to demonstrate how digital assistants can benefit not only patients but healthcare providers and networks, too. Currently, the platform is being privately previewed to Microsoft’s new partners. Microsoft hopes the service will help make it easier for users to access medical info from their smartphones. Aurora patients can “text” the digital assistant in a conversational manner via an app,…

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HOSPITAL FOOD ‘DIABOLICAL’ Report shows half of hospitals are failing to meet basic government food standards

Rules brought in to drive up standards include providing “flexible” meals and drinks day and night. But new data from the Department of Health shows only 54 per cent are fully compliant. Katherine Button, of the Campaign for Better Hospital Food, said: “The situation is diabolical. “When the hospital food standards were brought in two years ago, we were promised that these hospital food standards were legally binding. “With half of hospitals still not meeting even the basic standards, we can now see that this is demonstrably not the case….

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Changi General Hospital ties up with food firm for ready-to-eat meals

SINGAPORE: Chicken Masala, seafood otak and five-spice chicken might not be typical food options for those with swallowing difficulties, also known as dysphagia. But a new collaboration between Changi General Hospital and food company Health Food Matters, announced on Monday (Sep 19), has made it possible for dysphagia patients as well as elderly patients who prefer softer meals to enjoy these dishes outside of the hospital – in the form of ready-to-eat meals. Finely minced chicken masala, which dysphagia patients, as well as the elderly, can eat. (Photo: Vimita Mohandas)…

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Irom Sharmila Back In Hospital After Breaking 16-Year Hunger Strike

IMPHAL:  Irom Sharmila, the iconic activist who didn’t eat for 16 years in protest against alleged army atrocities in Manipur, burst into tears on Tuesday as she licked honey from her palm to end her fast. Making the first move towards a new life that will include politics and marriage, Sharmila said: “I am not a goddess, I want to be a human being. I want to be Chief Minister of Manipur to make a positive difference.” But she was again taken to the hospital in the evening as authorities…

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