Biotricity makes Bioflux commercially available
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Biotricity has made its Bioflux mobile cardiac telemetry solution commercially available. The device’s technology is designed to support the diagnosis of cardiac arrhythmias, enhance patient outcomes and help reduce health care costs. “Bioflux was built for cardiac patients who require active monitoring because, until now, short-term monitoring or admission into the hospital for long-term observation was the standard,” said Waqaas Al-Siddiq, founder and CEO of Biotricity, in a statement. “Our technology addresses the multibillion-dollar cardiac-monitoring market in an innovative way.” The Bioflux system consists of the Bioflux device, software and a 24/7 monitoring center that merges with physicians’ existing platforms and workflows. The device monitors a patient’s electrocardiogram in near real-time, constantly analyzing and collecting data on the device and periodically uploading to the cloud via embedded cellular technology. Both symptomatic and asymptomatic patient symptoms are reviewed and triaged for each patient throughout the monitoring period.
Client Outlook integrates eUnity imaging software
WATERLOO, Ontario – Client Outlook, a developer of health care imaging solutions, is integrating its eUnity diagnostic and clinical image viewing software platform into InTouch Health’s telehealth solutions. The InTouch Health Operating System is designed to provide a set of core tools and services to manage virtual care from the highest to the lowest acuity settings, including the home. “The ability to deliver a seamless, scalable telehealth solution to our clinical users is at the heart of what differentiates us,” said Joseph DeVivo, CEO of InTouch Health, in a statement. “By integrating Client Outlook’s superior eUnity image viewing platform, we continue our trend of delivering advanced state of the art technology to clinicians and their patients.” Client Outlook’s eUnity image viewing software platform enables a health provider to integrate, support and scale to thousands of users on a single instance.
PerSoN platform helps manage chronic conditions
POTOMAC, Md. – PerSoN Clinic has introduced a digital health patient-provider engagement platform for management of chronic conditions, depression and smoking cessation. The Personal Social Network Clinic (PerSoN) is a multi-chronic condition patient self-management/remote monitoring platform that uses Big Data and artificial intelligence to allow patients to manage their conditions all in one application. Care providers can use PerSoN to monitor the patient’s progress remotely and provide real-time intervention and e-counseling support, and researchers can use PerSoN to collaborate with caregivers and patients.
Darkins joins LifeWIRE
RICHMOND, Va. – Dr. Adam Darkins has been named chief strategy officer at LifeWIRE, a provider of a patient-provider communications platform. Darkins previously worked for Medtronic and the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, where he helped created the telehealth program for more than 600,000 veterans. “I have been impressed with the innovative approach LifeWIRE has taken to addressing the challenges of patient engagement, notably with at-risk populations,” said Darkins in a statement. LifeWIRE’s platform enables continuous two-way dialogue, data collection and insight between providers and their patients in health care without the need for any specialized equipment or app download software through text, email, interactive voice, instant messaging and wearables.
DXC Technology launches interoperability platform
TYSONS, Va. – DXC Technology has launched a digital health platform that allows interoperability and promotes a connected health care ecosystem. DXC Open Health Connect
is a cloud-based enterprise platform that allows health care providers and payers to quickly and securely integrate and flow data across the healthcare network. “As the health care industry moves away from a volume-based model in favor of outcomes-based programs, interoperability and data sharing will be key to achieving enhanced patient care,” said Andrea Fiumicelli, vice president and general manager, Healthcare and Life Sciences, DXC Technology, in a statement. “The future of connected health care will be about collaboration and care within and beyond the walls of a hospital or clinic.”
Eko raises $5 million for digital stethoscope platform
SAN FRANCISCO – Eko, a provider of a platform of digital cardiac screening devices, has raised $5 million in Series A funding to grow the company’s commercial team and expand clinical studies on its platform. “We partner with investors that are passionate about solving meaningful problems; together we can transform the way clinicians and patients monitor heart disease,” said Connor Landgraf, co-founder and CEO of Eko, in a statement. “This investment will enable us to integrate cardiac decision algorithms into our platform to help physicians better track their patients’ cardiac health.” In addition to recent U.S. Food and Drug Administration of the Eko DUO, the company has received approval from the University of California at San Francisco’s Institutional Review Board for a clinical study focused on valvular heart disease screenings.
Flex introduces health data solution on Google Cloud platform
SAN JOSE, Calif. – Flex has expanded its connected health care products line with BrightInsight, a managed services solution built on the Google Cloud platform that can aggregate data and deliver real-time insights for connected device, drug or combination products. “We saw the need for a secure cloud platform designed to support highly-regulated connected drug delivery and medical devices, going beyond simple connectivity to deliver real-time intelligence and actionable insights,” said Dr. Kal Patel, senior vice president of digital health for Flex, in a statement. The Google Cloud platform enables BrightInsight to securely store, analyze and gain insights from health information, without pharmaceutical and medical technology customers having to manage the underlying infrastructure. Advanced use cases for BrightInsight may include controlling connected devices, drug dosing, decision support, personalized patient interventions, trend analysis and artificial intelligence-driven insights. “Google Cloud is committed to leveraging our deep engineering expertise to accelerate innovation in digital health care,” said Dr. Gregory Moore, vice president of health care at Google Cloud, in a statement. “With a partner like Flex, we will enable our customers to develop innovative solutions and leverage machine learning-based analytics that can turn new data sets from wearables, medical devices, therapies and apps into actionable information for patients and providers.”
HealthPrize, West Pharmaceutical renew collaboration for improved adherence
NORWALK, Conn. – HealthPrize Technologies and West Pharmaceutical Services are renewing their collaboration to provide connected health solutions to life science companies and the patients they serve. The partnership, established in 2014, integrates West’s injectable drug delivery systems with HealthPrize’s digital adherence and engagement platform. “By combining West’s expertise in drug delivery systems and HealthPrize’s patient adherence and engagement platform, we’re providing pharma with an end-to-end connected health ecosystem that influences patients to better and more consistently use their injectable devices, and provides valuable data to physicians treating those patients,” said Tom Kottler, CEO and co-founder of HealthPrize, in a statement. Together, the electronically connected systems track when patients take their medication, help to educate patients about their disease and medication and use that information to reward patients for taking their medication as prescribed. The solution is especially valuable for patients using injectable medications for chronic diseases with historically low adherence, said Chris Evans, vice president of global innovation at West Pharmaceutical Services, in a statement.
mHealth coaching program helps with prediabetes, study finds
BALTIMORE, Md. – Patients with prediabetes lost weight and increased physical activity by using a mobile coaching program from Sweetch, according to a study by Johns Hopkins that was recently published in JMIR. “Mobile health technologies potentially represent an ideal method to deliver diabetes prevention interventions on a large scale given the ability to reach sizable numbers of patients at substantially lower costs than human-based interventions,” wrote Dr. Nestoras Mathioudakis, clinical director of endocrinology, diabetes and metabolism at Johns Hopkins and the study’s leader, in the study. The three-month study included 50 participants who downloaded the Sweetch app onto their smartphone to use in combination with a digital weight scale. The study found that participants lost a mean 3.5 pounds and significantly improved weekly physical activity over the course of the trial. Participants also saw a decrease in HBa1C or glycated hemoglobin levels. “The novelty of the Sweetch mobile platform is that it optimizes, in real time and using fully automated algorithms, the messages each user gets so to achieve best possible compliance,” Mathioudakis wrote. He wrote that while the study results are promising, future studies will be required to confirm the sustainability of these findings over a longer follow-up period.
Orbita improves Voice platform
BOSTON – Orbita has enhanced its Orbita Voice platform with voice assistive and conversational artificial intelligence technology to build on the omni-channel, “create once, publish to all” capabilities of the platform. “As voice assistive and conversational applications for healthcare become more in demand, the ability to reach patients across any voice-enabled device or conversational interface is becoming more important,” said Bill Rogers, CEO of Orbita, in a statement. “We have focused on delivering platform enhancements and a new reference implementation that enable completely secure voice and chat bot solutions for HIPAA-compliant smartphones, tablets and custom devices.” The enhancements include: new pre-built web and mobile app templates to accelerate development; new analytics tools interfaces; easier switching between user interface modes like voice, text chat bots, touch, keyboard and analog phone; integrated search features and templates to make content more accessible through voice and chat bot apps; and security enhancements.
Royal Philips, Samsung connect platforms
AMSTERDAM and SAN JOSE, Calif. – Royal Philips is partnering with Samsung to connect Samsung’s ARTIK Smart Internet of Things platform to the Philips HealthSuite digital platform. The collaboration will ultimately allow the Samsung ARTIK ecosystem of connected devices to safely access and share information with Philips’ cloud platform. “This collaboration will enable health care application developers to focus on the development of innovative applications rather than on the technical integration of devices,” said Dale Wiggins, general manager of Philips HealthSuite digital platform, in a statement. “By strengthening our HealthSuite ecosystem with Samsung ARTIK, we will be taking another important step in breaking down the silos in today’s health care domain to create a trusted and seamless care experience for both consumers and care professionals.” Device manufacturers using Samsung’s ARTIK hardware or cloud services will be able to deliver new benefits to their customers with the applications and services provided by Philips’ HealthSuite, including integration of devices and device data into electronic medical records, personal health records and advanced health analytics. Health care application developers working with HealthSuite will be able to use data from devices connected to Samsung’s SmartThings Cloud to develop new, data-driven connected health solutions. Devices built with Samsung ARTIK Systems-on-Modules will also be able to integrate with the HealthSuite digital platform. “Samsung ARTIK-enabled devices and cloud services integrated with Philips HealthSuite can address the growing need for connected health platforms that can safely access, share and analyze information, helping health systems and providers achieve their goal of delivering better care to consumers, from prevention and detection to diagnosis and treatment,” said James Stansberry, senior vice president and general manager of ARTIK IoT, Samsung Electronics, in a statement.
PointClickCare offers developer program
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – PointClickCare Technologies, a provider of cloud-based software for the long-term and post-acute care market, has launched a developer program designed specifically to offer health software developers a streamlined, integrated process to build on the company’s platform. “Through our new developer program, not only are we enabling integration between health systems and their post-acute providers, but we’re supporting a burgeoning developer community and improving patient care through innovative new solutions,” said David Belbeck, executive vice president of corporate development at PointClickCare, in a statement. The program provides third-party developers with access to documentation, data and insights leveraging standard-based application programming interfaces. “Ultimately, the goal is to be able to empower our customers and health systems to work smarter and better together, and with the right tools we can help them achieve better care coordination across the continuum,” said Bill Phelan, senior vice president of product management at PointClickCare, in a statement.
Google launches API to free flow of health data
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Google recently launched the Cloud Healthcare application programming interface to address interoperability challenges in health care data.
The API was designed to extract data from electronic health records and other platforms through DICOM, FHIR and HL7 protocols, freeing up the flow of information leading to actionable insights from artificial intelligence and machine learning to improve patient outcomes.
“Google Cloud’s goal for health care is very much a reflection of Google’s overall mission: to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful,” said Dr. Gregory Moore, vice president of health care at Google Cloud, in a blog post announcing the API’s release. “Applying this mission to health care means using open standards to help enable data sharing and interactive collaboration, while also providing a secure platform.”
Google opened access to the API early for a group of customers and partners, including the team at the Stanford School of Medicine.
“The ability to combine interoperability with Google Cloud’s scalable analytics will have a transformative impact on our research community,” said Somalee Datta, director of research IT at Stanford School of Medicine, in a statement.
Moore said Google’s goal with the Cloud Healthcare API is to help transform the health care industry through the use of cloud technologies and machine learning.
“Health care is increasingly moving to the cloud, and the adoption of machine learning will allow the industry to unlock insights that can lead to significant clinical improvements for patients,” he said.
Novartis and PEAR Therapeutics team on prescription digital therapeutics
BOSTON and SAN FRANCISCO – PEAR Therapeutics is working with Novartis to develop prescription digital therapeutics for
people with multiple sclerosis and schizophrenia.
The collaboration brings together Novartis’ expertise in neurological disorders, clinical development and commercialization with PEAR’s experience in prescription digital therapeutic design and implementation.
Digital therapeutics uses digital technologies to treat a medical or psychological condition.
“Novartis shares our vision for prescription digital therapeutics that work alongside drugs to deliver superior patient outcomes,” said Dr. Corey McCann, president and CEO of PEAR Therapeutics, in a statement. “We believe this collaboration further supports the clinical viability of prescription digital therapeutics as an emerging treatment modality and we are poised to execute on that opportunity.”
The two companies will pursue approval for PEAR’s existing THRIVE digital therapeutic and will work together to develop a new therapeutic application to alleviate disease burden in patients with MS, which they will then seek to validate in clinical studies.
PEAR’s prescription digital therapeutics are clinically-validated, FDA-regulated software applications that deliver
evidence-based interventions to patients through mobile applications. Once cleared, they may be prescribed alongside drug therapies and have the potential to be developed to treat a range of diseases.
“With widespread adoption of digital devices, prescription digital therapeutics could potentially play an important role in future treatment models for a range of diseases with high unmet medical need, used both alone and in combination with systemic agents,” said Dr. Jay Bradner, president of the Novartis Institutes for BioMedical Research, in a statement.
As part of the collaboration, Novartis also invested in PEAR’s Series B financing.
MobileHelp, Samsung offer new remote monitoring solution
BOCA RATON, Fla. – MobileHelp Healthcare is working with Samsung to introduce a new remote patient monitoring solution with integrated emergency response capabilities.
MobileHelp Touch will be built on Samsung’s Tab A tablet and supported by its Knox defense-grade security.
“We know better management of patients with chronic conditions reduces readmissions for ACOs and results in better outcomes,” said Chris Otto, senior vice president of MobileHelp, in a statement. “MobileHelp Touch takes that to the next level by combining RPM and emergency response services in a single platform.”
Following the physician-ordered period of remote monitoring, patients will have the opportunity to keep the tablet and peripheral equipment and continue monitoring their own vital signs.
In initial pilot programs with health care providers, MobileHelp found that the basic clinical knowledge patients receive during a 30- to 60-day home health period while using MobileHelp Touch provides a natural transition to self-monitoring.
A recent MobileHelp pilot with the Visiting Nurse Association of Rockford, Ill., found that patients monitoring their own vital signs reported a 47% increase in confidence regarding their ability to manage chronic conditions, and an 18% increase in physical activity and mobility.
The MobileHelp Touch system on Samsung’s tablet includes features like remote patient monitoring and program support; virtual video visits, medication reminders, fall detection/activity tracking, messaging and educational resources.