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New ESC guidelines on syncope and latest science to be released at EHRA 2018 congress

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Barcelona, Spain 18 to 20 March 2018. New European Society of Cardiology Clinical Practice Guidelines on syncope will be presented and published online for the first time during EHRA 2018, which will be held 18 to 20 March in Barcelona, Spain.Formerly the EHRA Europace congress held annually in June, EHRA 2018 marks the beginning of a new schedule, in which the congress will be held in March each year. It is the annual congress of the European Heart Rhythm Association (EHRA), a registered branch of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC). EHRA’s aim is to improve quality of life by reducing the impact of cardiac rhythm disturbances and reducing sudden cardiac death. The yearly congress is an important activity towards meeting this aim; it covers the full spectrum of arrhythmias management, from atrial fibrillation to stroke, and from simple to complex arrhythmias. It will be held from 18 to 20 March in Barcelona, Spain, at the Fira Gran Via. The full scientific programme is available here.A record number of late-breaking science abstracts were submitted for the congress this year.2 Highlights to be presented include the AXAFA-AFNET trial on the impact of continuous apixaban during catheter ablation; the MORE-CRT MPP trial on the benefits of cardiac resynchronisation therapy (CRT) with multipoint pacing; two studies on the outcome of surgical versus catheter ablation in atrial fibrillation; and new data from the BRUISE CONTROL-1 and 2 trials on continued versus interrupted non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) during device implantation.Innovative technologies will be presented in a special session that will focus on the accuracy of smartphone applications for detecting atrial fibrillation; the effectiveness of a novel endovascular balloon for treating vein tears during transvenous lead extraction; and the benefit of ultra-low temperatures for cryoablation of atrial fibrillation.Registries provide real life data and late-breaking findings will be presented in a dedicated session. Two-year follow-up results with the WATCHMAN left atrial appendage closure device will reveal the impact on stroke and bleeding; two-year outcomes will also be presented from the GLORIA-AF registry on dabigatran use in almost 5,000 patients with atrial fibrillation; and the ALTITUDE registry of more than 145,000 patients will give insights into how device programming can reduce unnecessary implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) shocks.
EHRA will launch a scientific document on arrhythmias and cognitive function, and a practical guide on the use of NOACs in atrial fibrillation.An entire session is devoted to the novel use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to guide ablation of atrial fibrillation. International experts will present cutting edge data, giving a complete picture on whether real-time MRI guidance can improve ablation outcomes.Controversial issues will be debated by world opinion leaders on issues such as whether a subcutaneous ICD should be preferred over a transvenous ICD to prevent sudden death, and whether anticoagulation can be stopped after successful catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation.
Summits will be held on e-health, cardiac mapping, lead and device management, and ventricular tachycardia. Members of the press can watch state-of-the-art techniques being performed in live sessions streamed from Barcelona and Leipzig on atrial fibrillation ablation, pacing, lead extraction, ventricular tachycardia, and MRI-guided procedures.The Einthoven Lecture will be given by Professor Josep Brugada of the University of Barcelona. Professor Jonathan M. Kalman of the University of Melbourne will deliver the Intercontinental Lecture. Professor Helmut Puererfellner, scientific programme vice-chairperson, said: “This is the congress on cardiac arrhythmias, with updates on the entire armamentarium. Save the date now and be among the first to hear the latest scientific findings in this fast-moving field.”

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James Cavellier is New Chief Information Officer (CIO) At Cass Information Systems, Inc.

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James CavellierCass Information Systems, Inc. (NASDAQ: CASS) has selected James Cavellier to fill the newly created position of chief information officer (CIO). Cass is the nation’s leading provider of transportation, energy, telecom and environmental invoice payment and information services.
At Cass, Cavellier will oversee the company’s global information technology strategy and operations.He has more than 25 years of experience in strategic technology planning and development of critical systems. His background includes streamlining operations, implementing Agile and Lean methodologies and enhancing business partner alignment.Immediately prior to joining Cass, Cavellier was a domain chief information officer for payment and wealth management technologies within Comerica Bank. Over 16 years at Comerica, he held numerous technology leadership positions ranging from strategic technology planning to operational responsibility for all technology across the U.S.Previously, he held technology leadership positions with The Auto Club Group, Ernst & Young, LLP and General Motors/Electronic Data Systems. “The rapid pace of change in today’s world of commerce makes the continuing investment in and growth of our IT function a corporate imperative,” said Eric H. Brunngraber, Cass chairman and chief executive officer. “With more than two decades of experience in leading IT innovation for companies in various lines of business, Mr. Cavellier offers a proven record of performance.”Cavellier earned a bachelor’s degree in management information systems and a master’s degree in business administration from Oakland University, Rochester Hills, Michigan.He served on multiple advisory boards within the university’s School of Business Administration and was a supporter and mentor to such organizations as We Build Character and the Michigan Council of Women in Technology. (photo: James Cavellier)

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Elisa Boosts RF Network Performance and Quality with Spectrum-NET

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Spectrum Effect™, a pioneer in RF spectrum analytics, today announced a successful milestone in the trial of its Spectrum-NET™ machine learning solution with Elisa Estonia.Spectrum-NET automatically detects, characterizes, locates and assesses the impact of external and unintended internal RF interference in mobile networks. Spectrum-NET operates throughout multi-vendor LTE and UMTS networks on a continual basis without service interruption or dependency on external probes.“The successful trial utilizing Spectrum-NET to analyze Elisa’s mobile network uncovered numerous instances of external and unintended internal RF interference, including previously undetectable passive intermodulation (PIM) interference,” stated Kristo Kork, Head of Radio Access Networks and Infrastructure at Elisa. “The elimination of external interference from our network enables Elisa to realize the full value of our spectrum and continue to deliver on our promise to exceed customers’ expectations.”“Elisa is a very innovative operator and it’s been a great experience collaborating with their team. We are pleased to have achieved exceptional results in this trial and we are now fully focused on providing measurable benefits to mobile operators with our full-scale, global launch of Spectrum-NET later this year,” commented Spectrum Effect CEO, Frank J. DeJoy.Spectrum Effect will demonstrate Spectrum-NET™ and select trial results in stand 7I80 at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

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Petaluma Health Center Wins 2017 HIMSS Davies Award

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Petaluma Health CentereClinicalWorks®, a leader in healthcare IT solutions, is pleased to congratulate California’s Petaluma Health Center (PHC), and its over 80 providers, on being awarded a 2017 Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Davies Community Health Award. PHC received the award based on two use cases that demonstrated its efforts to use Electronic Health Record (EHR) technology to improve patient health. PHC is a Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC), with over 80 providers committed to maximizing the value of healthcare IT to serve 35,000 patients annually. PHC used the eClinicalWorks EHR to improve clinical outcomes, improving hypertension control among its patients by 9 percentage points, and improving rates of testing and treatment for hepatitis C.“Petaluma Health Center’s mission is to ensure access, and to provide high-quality prevention-focused healthcare for the communities we serve,” said Danielle Oryn, Chief Medical Informatics Officer of Petaluma Health Center. “With eClinicalWorks, we can drive decisions, support care management of Population Health, and improve overall clinical outcomes. We are proud to receive a 2017 HIMSS Community Health Davies Award, which demonstrates our successful use of the EHR technology to improve patient outcomes.”The prevalence of hypertension has increased significantly over the past two years in Sonoma County. Heart disease and stroke accounted for 25% of deaths in Sonoma County (2013) and rates are higher than both state and national levels. PHC made it a priority to decrease heart attacks and strokes in its patient population by improving hypertension control. Working with eClinicalWorks, the care team customized the EHR, to drive decisions and improve the clinical outcomes with individualized care plans.“PHC has a long-standing dedication to providing high-quality healthcare that is focused on prevention,” said Girish Navani, CEO and co-founder of eClinicalWorks. “Combining the eClinicalWorks EHR with a commitment to optimizing care, it has delivered improved physician support to drive decisions to support clinical outcomes. We are proud to be a partner of PHC and congratulate the organization on receiving this award.”Petaluma Health Center will be recognized at the HIMSS Awards Gala at Wynn Hotel Las Vegas on Thursday, March 8, during HIMSS18. For more information on applying for the HIMSS Davies Awards of Excellence, visit the HIMSS Davies Award website. (photo: Petaluma Health Center)

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Understory Receives Patent for Mechanical Strain-Based Weather Sensor Technology

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Understory, the weather network and analytics company, today announced that it received a patent for its mechanical strain-based weather sensor, a key component in its weather station technology.
“To date, weather infrastructure has been expensive, with most costs going to ongoing maintenance and recalibration,” said Alex Kubicek, CEO, Understory. “This patent changes the game. For the first time, Understory has created a privately owned-and-operated network that collects and delivers granular weather data to clients across industries including insurance, agriculture and research organizations.”With its patented solid state sensor, Understory is the only company in the world that can deploy cost-effective weather sensor technology that provides real-time data on the ground. The sensors consist of a stainless steel ball that detects wind, rain, hail and other atmospheric elements via the application of force. Data is then derived from directional information on geospatially specific weather conditions and the patent proves measurables including angle of impact, momentum and size of hail. Understory then utilizes the sensor information across an area to understand impact on property damage. Agricultural applications include measuring rainfall and evapotranspiration to provide on-the-ground insight to optimize growing operations for modern farmers.“Understory’s patented technology provides actionable information that radar, satellite and other remote sensing technologies fail to deliver and cannot replicate,” said Bryan Dow, Understory co-founder and VP of Deployments. “Access to hyper-local weather data is valuable across industries. For example, the insurance industry can understand storm-related property damage to reduce loss control, and the agriculture industry can optimize operational decisions that boost crop yields.”There are currently 500 stations deployed across five major U.S. metropolitan areas and a national expansion planned to increase Understory’s sensor network to 5,000 sensors by the end of 2019.

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