American Well launches integrated telehealth solution
BOSTON – American Well has launched AW11, a new telehealth solution for providers that enables video visits to patients. AW11 includes a redesigned provider interface, expanded product features for system-wide telehealth offerings in the hospital setting and the ability to deliver telehealth directly from within an EMR. “Telehealth is expanding rapidly by way of consumer adoption,” said Dr. Roy Schoenberg, CEO of American Well, in a statement. “As a result, there’s a heightened sense of urgency to tighten the integration into provider workflows, as the two are so deeply intertwined.”
One Call partners with Acelity for in-home wound care
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – One Call, a provider of workers’ compensation care management services, is partnering with Acelity, an advanced wound care company, to deliver iOn PROGRESS remote therapy monitoring to patients with difficult-to-heal wounds. The system delivers continuous at-home monitoring for patients prescribed negative pressure wound therapy in the home. It works in conjunction with the ACTIV.A.C. System to monitor adherence and securely transmit data to the iOn PROGRES Care Network, a group of trained individuals who interact with patients to drive proper utilization. Through One Call’s network of home health providers, the device will increase engagement between patients and their caregivers when real-time drops in adherence are observed, which can help them understand the importance of therapy compliance and provide important data to clinicians. “Pairing Acelity’s digital health technology and unparalleled wound care solutions with our extensive home health network and equipment and device offering allows One Call to offer a truly holistic approach to wound management,” said Will Smith, chief product officer at One Call, in a statement. “Remote therapy monitoring puts the patient at the center of the solution and provides clinicians with the intelligence necessary to help improve the overall patient experience and positively impact healing outcomes.”
First Derm launches AI API to identify skin conditions
SAN FRANCISCO – First Derm has launched an artificial intelligence application programming interface to help assess any skin concern within one second. The company’s Skin Image Search using the API is in beta and will be improved upon on a monthly basis, by continuously training a deep convolutional neural network with skin disease images. First Derm, which began in 2014 as an anonymous, on-demand, online dermatology app, has collected hundreds of thousands anonymous, amateur skin disease images, which have been used for scientific research. “Thanks to an awesome team, we now have a great tool that can be used as a symptom checker for any skin concerns that we have named Skin Image Search,” said Dr. Alexander Börve, CEO and founder of First Derm, in a statement. First Derm’s AI API powers an online Skin Image Search tool, available online in any web browser. The tool has been trained on images of any skin condition, ranging from skin rashes, hair loss, nail issues, skin cancer lesions and genital concerns. The database helps match for similar images. The API can be integrated into any website, app or electronic health care record.
Luma Health launches bot-enabled provider-patient messaging
SAN FRANCISCO – Patient-provider communications company Luma Health has launched bot-enabled Care Pathway Messaging. Care Pathway Messaging is an addition to Luma Health’s cloud-based patient conversation platform that is used by health care providers to initiate care and guide patients to a healthier life through engaging and directed communications. “Many patients need help with their health care—a slight nudge, a timely message, or a tap on the shoulder can be all the patient needs to be on the right track where their health is concerned,” said Aditya Bansod, co-founder and chief technology officer at Luma Health, in a statement. “We built Luma Health to help patients and doctors connect in a way that wasn’t possible before advances in modern technology. Care Pathway Messaging is the next step in our vision to improve patient health by connecting them with the right provider at the right time and with the right message.” The two-way capabilities of Care Pathway Messaging allow providers to send customized automated text messages to guide patients before or after a procedure, or for other health care concerns.
Device tracks vulnerable patients with algorithms
NEW YORK – A new device can help track vulnerable patients without cellphones or Internet connectivity. LynQ is a people tracker that shows the exact location of patients with conditions like dementia or autism that have tendencies to wander off. The clip-on device allows multiple users to track their positions relative to each other up to a distance of three miles using algorithms that blend GPS, long range, low power radio communication and a custom antenna for connection anywhere under an open sky. LynQ is currently raising funds with an Indiegogo campaign, with a launch expected in 2018.
Avizia partners with VeeMed to broaden telehealth options
RESTON, Va., & SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Telehealth platform Avizia is partnering with VeeMed, a provider of physician services for telehealth, to offer health care organizations a full suite of telehealth tools and resources to provide remote virtual consultations for high-acuity specialties like intensive care, neurology and behavioral health. “VeeMed shares the Avizia commitment to bringing the best possible telehealth experience to health care providers and patients,” said Mike Baird, founder and CEO of Avizia, in a statement. “VeeMed understands the importance of telehealth in the greater transition toward value-based care. Our partnership will ultimately benefit health care organizations eager to launch a system-wide strategy by giving them flexible options to meet the unique needs of their patient populations.” The combined Avizia/VeeMed solution will boost health care organizations’ existing programs, Baird said.
98point6 launches digital on-demand primary care
SEATTLE – Health startup 98point6 has launched an on-demand primary care service to deliver personalized consultation, diagnosis and treatment by combining artificial intelligence technology with board-certified physicians to deliver care to a patient’s smartphone. Using AI technology in a mobile app, 98point6 automatically builds patient profiles and its system learns from each visit. From there, 98point6 board-certified physicians take over and engage with the patient via private and secure in-app messaging to diagnose, treat and answer any health-related questions. Patients will then receive a personalized care plan detailing their diagnosis and treatment, including prescriptions and labs, as needed. “Our mission is to make primary care accessible and affordable, inspiring early and frequent use, leading to better overall health and material cost of care savings,” said Robbie Cape, CEO and co-founder of 98point6, in a statement. “The ubiquity of smartphones, combined with consumer expectations for simple, life-changing solutions underscores the opportunity for on-demand care. 98point6 meets consumers where they are through private, text-based primary care that’s available when and where they need it.” Seattle Children’s hospital recently became a 98point6 customer and will roll out the service to their employees later this month. “98point6’s solution allows us to provide an additional layer of care that complements current health care plans and fits within our team’s busy lifestyle,” said Myra Gregorian, senior vice president and chief people officer at Seattle Children’s, in a statement. 98point6 physicians are currently seeing patients in 10 states, with plans to roll out the service to all 50 states by the end of the year.
Hifinite integrates iGlucose into remote monitoring platform
SAN DIEGO – Patient engagement and remote monitoring technology provider Hifinite will integrate Smart Meter’s iGlucose platform to allow patients and physicians treating diabetes to capture glycemic levels and blood sugar monitoring data and store it in the cloud. Hifinite licenses its platform to health care organizations. “This strategic partnership with Smart Meter exemplifies how leading-edge technology companies create exponential benefit to their constituents through creative integrated approaches,” said Mohammed Memon, CEO of Hifinite, in a statement. iGlucose will expand Hifinite’s hiCare remote monitoring platform.
UCSF researchers to use grant for mHealth hypertension study
SAN FRANCISCO – Researchers from the University of California at San Francisco will use a $6.5 million grant from the Patient Centered Outcomes Research Institute to study whether mHealth measures can help patients with uncontrolled hypertension manage their condition. “New programs and new technology are being developed that could help control blood pressure, but it’s not clear which will be most effective,” wrote Dr. Mark Fletcher, the project lead, in the project summary. Working with the American Heart Association and American Medical Association as partners, the researchers will use data already being collected by doctors’ offices across the country to find new ways to improve blood pressure. In the second phase of the project, the research team will work with the Health eHeart Alliance to test two home blood pressure monitors—one that connects with a smartphone, and one that does not—to see which is more effective at helping patients achieve their own personal goals for blood pressure control. “We hope our study will help patients and their doctors across the country meet their goals for blood pressure control and improved heart health,” Fletcher wrote.
Halamka to lead new tech center at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
BOSTON – Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center has opened a Health Technology Exploration Center to speed research and innovation in digital health, and to explore new solutions to some of the world’s most pressing health care challenges.
“Now is the time to think more expansively about how diverse technological tools can improve all aspects of health care—from clinical advances to communications and medical decision-making,” said Dr. Kevin Tabb, CEO of BIDMC and the Beth Israel Deaconess system, in a statement. “Our goal in creating this new center is to build on Beth Israel Deaconess’ history of innovation to help make patient care more efficient, accessible and integrated.”
The new technology center will explore new and emerging technologies like the Internet of Things and blockchain, and will advance new treatment options and shape the delivery of patient care. In addition, the center will leverage the power of emerging cloud services to support medical decision-making and innovative new mobile applications that empower patients to manage their own health, while improving overall communication between patients and their health care providers.
Dr. John Halamka, CIO of the Beth Isreal Deaconess System and international health care innovation professor at Harvard Medical School, will lead the Health Technology Exploration Center.
“Patients today are accustomed to having a world of information at their fingertips,” said Halamka in a statement. “The work of this new center will help expand our ability to use technology to evaluate and share all types of data with both clinicians and patients to improve the care they receive and the delivery of that care. The center will also create a base of knowledge and focused expertise that connects technology advances with clinical care and research to further accelerate innovation.”
7wireVentures closes on $100M for health investing coalition
CHICAGO – 7wireVentures, an early stage health care venture firm, has closed a $100 million fund and formed a coalition with eight leading health services organizations.
The 7wire Connected Consumer Health Fund is focused on investing in companies that use technology to help consumers get and stay healthy, and includes Allina Health; Arkansas BlueCross BlueShield; Bon Secours Health System; Cigna, Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey; Memorial Hermann Health System; Rush University Medical Center; and Spectrum Health.
To date, the fund has invested in 12 companies, including Livongo Health, of which Glen Tullman, co-founder and managing partner of 7wireVentures, is CEO.
“Nearly 20% of the American economy is spent on health care, yet many of its core functions remain largely untouched by consumer-focused technology,” said Tullman. “The $100 million Connected Consumer Health Fund, supported by top health plans and health systems, which collectively serve more than 25 million consumers, will fuel entrepreneurs with ideas that improve the health of our society.”
7wireVentures was founded by Tullman and health care entrepreneur Lee Shapiro. Other partners are: Tom Main, founder of the Oliver Wyman Health Innovation Center and former U.S. market leader of Oliver Wyman’s Health and Life Sciences Practice; and Robert Garber, former managing director of KB Partners and Stratus Ventures.
“7wire believes that mobile, connected platforms, the cloud, and sophisticated insights will improve the efficiency of the healthcare system and improve outcomes for all,” Tullman said.