May 19, 2020

Be Careful What You Eat: Chicken Farm in Canada Quarantined

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Be Careful What You Eat: Chicken Farm in Canada Quarantined

Canadian health officials have recently quarantined a second chicken farm in Ontario after early testing has proven that the presence of the H5 avian influenza. According to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, tests were conducted last Friday after the abrupt deaths of some chickens. The various tests that were conducted quickly concluded that the virus was present.

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The Canadian Food Inspection Agency later confirmed that all of the poultry on said farm would be destroyed. As well, more tests are currently being conducted to hopefully place the exact type of virus, as well as the strain.

Highly common among birds, several farms located in the British Columbia area were hit with the same disease just last year. Furthermore, examples of the disease have also recently been confirmed at Canadian turkey farms in Ottawa.

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About the Disease

Avian influenza is a highly infectious viral disease of birds. Interestingly enough, most bird flu viruses do not infect humans or pose a food safety risk if the poultry products are properly handled and cooked.

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Concerning the virus found earlier this month on the turkey farm, the highly pathogenic H5N2 strain was found, which is quite similar to one that has recently been found throughout the United States. Specifically, this virus has been found in areas that stretch from Oregon to Arkansas. 

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Jun 23, 2021

Sutherland Healthcare helps digitize human experiences

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Engineer human healthcare experiences that truly matter with Sutherland Healthcare

Sutherland Healthcare is a partner in your quest to achieve the Quadruple Aim of improving patient experience, clinical experience, and health outcomes—while lowering costs. They help optimise the value potential of the technologies at hand, remapping existing processes into end-to-end solutions that advance the art of the possible. 

Exposing clients to the value of automation and analytics, Sutherland Healthcare ramps up those capabilities into “service as opportunity” as appetite and ability permit. They free up capital, energy and leadership attention for core competencies and leverage what others can do better, growing their client teams’ skills and capabilities for future success. 

“We serve clients from back-office processes, through to the end-of-customer experience and along the way, leverage big data and deep analytics,” said Matthew Collier, CEO of Sutherland Healthcare.

“We bring a deep domain expertise to each industry, particularly in healthcare,” commented Collier who stresses they meet their clients wherever they are on their digital transformation journey. “From the earliest spectrum of outsourcing through to the point of cloud, we can meet them.”

Founded in 1986, Sutherland Healthcare is a global organisation with over 15 locations and 5000+ employees including healthcare development, analytics and data science teams. With an average Net Promoter Score (NPS) of 80, Sutherland Healthcare uses proprietary analytics, omnichannel and back-office platforms, bots and tools.  They work with six of the top 10 US health plans and more than 100 health industry clients – from stand-alone hospitals to large health systems and medtech companies.

For 12 years, Sutherland has been a partner of Northwell Health - New York’s largest health system serving 11 million people.  

“This has been a true partnership and the outcomes have been really impressive,” said Collier who pointed out the following savings:

  • 15 per cent year over year cash collections
  • 37 per cent reduction in bad debt 
  • 18 per cent decrease in average AR days 
  • 15 per cent increase in our engagement 

The company heritage of being a “future-ready organisation” came to fruition during the pandemic. “By having deeply digital technology enabled service in the RCM arena, we were able to flex up and down with demands from clients,” said Collier.

“Most health systems will tell you that their data is a gold mine both for clinical benefit and economic value.  A more apt description is that it is like an underground oil field which is not very useful. But by partnering with us we can help extract that oil and put that data in the cloud. We can help to refine that oil using our proprietary data monetisation tools to make that data interoperable.”

“Within the first three weeks of COVID-19 we had everyone globally working from home. A treasure trove of technologies enabled us to do that effectively while safeguarding  Protected Health Information (PHI). 

“Sutherland is at its heart, a tech enabled services company and that gives us the edge when the best solution is neither a technology or services solution, but rather the hybrid of the two.”

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