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Northwell strategy cuts to the heart of $4.5B industry

By GREGORY ZELLER // Referencing “the future of remote medical monitoring,” Northwell Health is trying on a little wearable technology. Make that a big wearable technology – as in, the Peerbridge Cor, a portable electrocardiogram monitor produced by Peerbridge Heath Inc. The device itself is small, but the “strategic partnership” with the New York City-based health-tech maker, announced Tuesday by the New Hyde Park-based health system, is anything but, with the Peerbridge Cor leading the…


‘Young’ Feinstein scientist nabs national autism award

Efforts to determine the elusive causes of autism have earned national accolades for an up-and-coming Feinstein Institute scientist. Lior Brimberg, an assistant research professor in the Center for Autoimmune and Musculoskeletal Disease at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset, has received the Young Investigator Award from the International Society of Autism Research for “her innovative work in helping to identify the causes of autism,” according to the institute, the research-and-development division of the…


At Zucker Hillside, a new focus on behavioral crises

Reducing emergency room visits by patients suffering long-term psychiatric disorders is the main thrust of a new “crisis center” on the Nassau-Queens border. The Northwell Health system has cut the ribbon on its new Adult Behavioral Health Crisis Center at Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks, part of “an ongoing effort to improve the quality of life of people living with psychiatric disorders,” according to Northwell. The center provides walk-in services to those needing immediate…


New healthcare podcast gets a leg up

The latest healthcare innovations, explored largely from the patient’s perspective, are the thrust of a new podcast series from Northwell Health. The New Hyde Park-based health system this week launched “Health Story,” its new audio exploration of health trends, with an inaugural episode featuring Pennsylvania resident Dan Lasko. Lasko, a former U.S. Marine, lost his left leg below the knee in 2004 in an IED attack while serving in Afghanistan. This year, he received a…


Northwell looks north with Syracuse affiliation

Northwell Health has picked up another one. The Board of Directors at Crouse Hospital, the backbone of a two-hospital, 3,300-employee health system based in Syracuse, has approved a clinical affiliation with the New Hyde Park-based healthcare giant. The alliance adds an upstate strategic partner to a health system that already ranks as New York State’s busiest medical services provider and, with more than 61,000 staffers, the state’s largest private employer. Crouse Hospital, the last independent…


Pediatric kidney transplant a first for Cohen Children’s

The Steven and Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center has completed its first-ever pediatric kidney transplant operation. Matthew Francis, a 14-year-old from Rockaway Beach, was diagnosed in 2012 with focal segmental glomerulosis, a disease that attacks the kidney’s filtering units. The illness causes severe scarring, disrupts kidney functions and, left untreated, can eventually lead to organ failure. Earlier this month, Matthew underwent a life-saving procedure at New Hyde Park-based Cohen’s Children – making him the first pediatric kidney-transplant recipient at…


Cohen children’s launches space-age MRI suite

A $10 million donation from the Children’s Medical Fund of New York will send the youngest patients at the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Children’s Medical Center into space. The gift from the 50-year-old philanthropic organization, which has doled out nearly $90 million in charitable donations over its half-century of work, is the backbone of the Children’s Medical Fund Center for Diagnostic Studies, located on the fourth floor of the medical center’s new six-story Cohen Children’s…


For amputees, a chance to get back in the swim

By GREGORY ZELLER // A retired U.S. Marine from Pennsylvania who lost part of his leg in the war on terror is diving back into his favorite athletic activities, thanks to next-level science created on Long Island. Dan Lasko of Bethlehem, Pa., survived an explosion in Afghanistan in 2004 – his vehicle hit an IED – but his grievous injuries required the amputation of his left leg below the knee. It was, obviously, a life-changing event…


In e-health, one app to rule them all

By GREGORY ZELLER // With thousands of healthcare-related software programs and mobile apps now available to patients and providers, creating an industry-wide standard to evaluate their performances has been a virtually impossible mission – until now. An innovative professor at the Feinstein Institute for Medical Research is developing a tool that can evaluate the quality and “therapeutic potential” of computer- and mobile-based e-health applications – the first-ever digital resource designed specifically to compare and rate…


3D-printed spinal implants debut at NSUH

Surgical patients have received the first batch of 3D-printed titanium spinal implants at North Shore University Hospital. The implants were part of spinal decompression and fusion surgeries performed at the Manhasset hospital, including a procedure performed on Kim Pierre, a 54-year-old nurse from the Elmont section of Queens who suffers from spondylosis, a disease that destabilizes the spine and compresses the spinal nerves. Pierre, who reported 13 years of debilitating back pain before her procedure…


State nourishes regional breastfeeding efforts

By GREGORY ZELLER // Albany will pump millions into the Northwell Health system specifically to promote, protect and support breastfeeding networks in Nassau and Suffolk counties. Long Island Jewish Medical Center will receive $1.2 million over the next five years from the New York State Department of Health, one of six recipients – along with programs in New York City and upstate – to be funded through the state breastfeeding initiative. The idea is to…


Don Monti Foundation backs cancer ‘navigator’

Not every healthcare innovation involves a radical pharmaceutical or breakthrough technology. In a next-level advancement of purely human proportions, the Don Monti Memorial Research Foundation will underwrite a $95,000-a-year “cancer patient navigator” position at Huntington Hospital. The services-centric navigator will guide cancer patients through the “complexities of the healthcare system,” according to Northwell Health, including appointment scheduling and compliance with sometimes-confusing care protocols. The goal is to help each cancer patient get the best possible…


By any other name, 2017 LISA winners rock tech

The Long Island Software & Technology Network has named its 2017 LISA award-winners. The acronym changes yearly now. Known for years as the “Long Island Software Awards,” LISTnet in 2016 changed the wording behind LISA to the “Long Island Slugger Awards,” and has changed it up again for 2017: LISA now stands for “Long Island SummIT Awards,” according to a statement from the Plainview-based Software & Technology Network. Whatever you call them, the LISAs –…


The ‘Force’ is with Northwell surgeons, patients

Post-operative connections between Northwell Health surgeons and patients have been strengthened by another technological upgrade. The New Hyde Park-based health system and New York City-based Force Therapeutics, a web-based patient-management specialist, will implement a “customized video-based software platform” promoting better post-operative care, according to a two-year deal announced this month. Financial terms were not disclosed, but the Force Therapeutics protocols follow an evolving healthcare industry trend using mobile technologies and customized applications to keep doctors…


In Little Neck, a big deal for diagnostic testing

A state-of-the-art molecular-diagnostics laboratory is coming to the Queens-Nassau border. The Northwell Health system on Thursday announced groundbreaking on a $47.7 million “shared lab” in Little Neck, a “centralized facility” designed to improve laboratory efficiency and reduce costs throughout the Northwell system. The 36,000-square-foot laboratory will primarily perform microbiology tests, including molecular diagnostics from local hospitals, clinics and physicians’ offices. It will stock “the latest technology and advanced robotic testing systems,” according to Northwell Health, which…