Acelity launches in-home wound therapy monitoring system
SAN ANTONIO – Acelity has launched a remote system for patients prescribed negative pressure wound therapy. “We believe that by providing and supporting care in the optimal setting we can reduce the burden on patients, as well as total costs,” said Joe Woody, president and CEO of Acelity, in a statement. “With the availability of iOn PROGRESS Remote Therapy Monitoring, we move closer to our ultimate goal of achieving these care enhancements.” iOn PROGRESS works in conjunction with the ACTIV.A.C. Therapy System, which was designed specifically for patients treated in the home. The technology enables timely feedback on patients’ use of NPWT, as well as increased clinician interaction to help with patient compliance.
Tandem Diabetes ships newest insulin pump
SAN DIEGO – Tandem Diabetes Care has begun shipping the t:slim X2 Insulin Pump. The device features a touchscreen and Bluetooth radio, has a 300-unit capacity and rechargeable battery, and features the Tandem Device Updater for the remote update of pump software from a personal computer. The pump will replace Tandem’s first-generation t:slim Insulin Pump.
Teledoc launches pilot telehealth project with Red Cross for crisis help
LEWISVILLE, Tex. – Teladoc is launching a pilot project with the American Red Cross to provide telemedicine services to patients in disaster areas. “It is our hope that this collaboration will serve as a conduit toward closing a gap in services during events, as well as in the days, weeks and months afterward,” said Mary Casey-Lockyer, American Red Cross senior associate for disaster health services, in a statement. Through the collaboration, Teladoc will make its network of physicians available to people helped by the Red Cross whose access to health care providers has been limited or is unavailable after large-scale disasters. Virtual physician visit services will be made available via web, Teladoc’s mobile app and phone.
WellCare pilots telemonitoring program in the south
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – WellCare is piloting an in-home telemonitoring program for up to 500 of its Medicare Advantage members with chronic conditions in Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee. “Because chronic diseases can be disabling and may reduce a person’s quality of life, WellCare wants to offer convenient treatment options to help our members get the care they need,” said Tim Mullen, WellCare’s COO for Arkansas, Mississippi and Tennessee, in a press release. The program will place connected devices in a member’s home to monitor daily vital signs, and provide voice connectivity to clinicians. WellCare is partnering with remote monitoring company VRI for the program.
Lamprey Networks launches Personal Health Gateway v2
DURHAM, N.H. – Lamprey Networks has launched its second-generation Personal Health Gateway, the first multi-user hub on the market optimized for secure, standardized and cost-effective health monitoring. “The PHG2000L achieves a significant step forward for remote monitoring in health care by addressing clinical concerns related to patient identity, correctness of time and measurement representation, while providing the simplest possible user experience in a cost effective platform,” said Barry Reinhold, Lamprey president and CTO, in a statement. The PHG2000L allows for separation of personal health information from other device communications, addressing many privacy issues, Reinhold said. The product is the newest component of Lamprey’s Health@Home end-to-end interoperability solution for remote monitoring.
BrainCheck raises $3M to expand mobile app to seniors
HOUSTON – Armed with $3M in funding, BrainCheck plans to expand its mobile brain health app from sports concussions to dementia in seniors.
“Concussion and dementia are massive problems in desperate need of better solutions,” said George McLendon, an early investor in BrainCheck, in a press release. “BrainCheck has created an easy-to-use platform that anyone can use to check their brain function and watch for changes over time or after an injury.”
BrainCheck uses simple iPad or desktop screen games to measure reaction time, visual processing, cognitive processing, coordination and memory in just a few minutes.
The app is already being used by student athletes across the country to establish their baseline function and then check brain performance after an injury and during recovery.
“Professional athletes have doctors on the sideline to test them for concussion symptoms, but students and amateur athletes don’t have that luxury,” said Dr. David Eagleman, BrainCheck founder and chief science officer. “BrainCheck makes it easy for them to measure their cognitive function on a normal day and then measure changes after an incident or blow to the head.”
BrainCheck currently works with more than 40 school districts, hospitals, YMCAs and youth sports organizations.
Since its beginnings two years ago, BrainCheck has focused solely on concussions. The company is now developing new software for dementia patients.
BrainCheck said its goal is to help people understand what’s happening in their brains and help them take individual responsibility for their health. In addition to measuring neurocognitive function at a single point in time, users can log their data and track changes in performance over time.
“Our amazing team at BrainCheck is building a company that can revolutionize the science of cognitive health,” said Dr. Yael Katz, BrainCheck CEO, in a statement. “By deploying our apps to millions of users, we are able to collect data that will eventually deliver ‘personalized neuroscience.’”
Study finds patients more likely to fill e-prescriptions
DALLAS – A new study has found that patients are more likely to pick up and fill their medications if they are given prescriptions in an electronic format.
The study was published online Wednesday in JAMA Dermatology.
“The finding represents a 47% reduction in the risk of primary non-adherence for patients who received an e-prescription versus those who received a paper prescription,” researchers said in the study.
Primary non-adherence was defined as not filling and picking up all prescriptions within one year of the prescription date.
The study included 4,318 prescriptions written for 2,496 dermatological patients on the Parkland Health Plus program, a taxpayer-subsidized health insurance program for uninsured, low-income residents of Dallas County.
Researchers said that underuse of prescription medications has been linked to poorer patient outcomes and increased health care costs.
“Understanding the epidemiologic factors of prescriptions is important because underuse of prescription medications continues to be a problem,” concluded the study. “Steps should be taken to better understand why primary non-adherence happens, and how it can be improved.
Patients with paper prescriptions did have a higher proportion of full adherence in the first four days after the prescription was issued, but after that, patients with e-prescriptions were likely to be more adherent.
“In this study we demonstrated that e-prescribing is associated with reduced rates of primary non-adherence,” said the study’s authors. “As the health care system transitions from paper prescriptions to directly routed e-prescriptions, it will be important to understand how that experience affects patients, particularly their likelihood of filling the prescriptions.”
Cleveland Hackathon winners push innovation
CLEVELAND – A wearable form factor that would help cancer patients with Peripheral Neuropathy was the big winner in the recent Cleveland Medical Hackathon presented by Nesco Reso.
More than 200 entrants competed for over $40,000 in prizes at the second annual event that seeks to transform healthcare through innovation.
The overall winner and recipient of Intel’s Creativity Award for Best Use of Technology was the “H.A.N.D.” (Human Accessibility NeoSense Device). The device provides continuous simulated hand data outputs to cancer patients who may have lost the sense of touch due to chemotherapy or other treatments.
The group gathered at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Innovation Center to pitch ideas, form teams and create functioning projects over a 24-hour period.
Teams addressed four tracks central to healthcare: access redesign, care redesign, payment redesign and population health improvement. Area entrepreneurs, lawyers, public health experts, community members, technology specialists and patient advocates served as mentors and advisors to the teams.
A total of 29 teams made it to the final round of pitches and had five minutes to present in front of a panel of judges representing clinicians, healthcare providers, startup companies, funders and entrepreneurs.
Other winners included the FLARE app; a concussion screening technology; a heroin tracking and treatment dashboard; procedure cost estimate tool; an appointment booking app; a medical history tracking tool; a human health education tool; a “Distress Call” app and wearable; and an appointment platform.