Care Innovations adds Home Sensing technology to remote care platform
ROSEVILLE, Calif. – Care Innovations has added Home Sensing technology to its remote care management platform, Care Innovations Health Harmony. Home Sensing monitors, collects and interprets data points of key activities of daily living (ADL). “Home Sensing represents the evolution of remote patient management,” said Randy Swanson, CEO of Care Innovations, in a statement. “By combining vital sign and ADL data, we can use analytics to develop a much deeper understanding of how to support clinicians and their patients across the continuum of care in a variety of settings.” Health Harmony encourages the patient to engage in their own health from home using consumer-friendly devices and peripherals, interactive education and videoconferencing. Clinicians are notified about meaningful change through the Health Harmony Home Sensing interface and can clinically triage the situation without guesswork about what the problem is.
Geneva Health plans expansion of remote monitoring solutions
PASADENA, Calif. – Geneva Health Solutions (formerly Geneva Healthcare) has raised $1.9 million to expand its cardiac remote monitoring solutions to cardiology providers.
“We are entering an exciting time for data-driven patient care, especially as more medical devices provide the ability to push data remotely, beyond the hospital or doctor’s office walls,” said Yuri Sudhakar, CEO of Geneva Health Solutions, in a statement.
Patients with implanted devices, like pacemakers or defibrillators, can transmit critical cardiac data from their implanted device from home to the provider via the cloud. The GHS platform aggregates cardiac device data from the four major device manufacturers’ remote monitoring portals.
“Cardiology practices have limited time and reources to manage the firehouse of remote monitoring data coming at them from cardiac devices,” said Sudhakar. “We are bringing the best in technology, telehealth and consulting in a combined solution set for the practice.”
Trinity Health taps Vivify technology for home care program
LIVONIA, Mich. – Trinity Health has partnered with remote care management specialist Vivify Health to deliver virtual care to patients in the Trinity Health at Home program.
“By investing in an innovative technology that addresses the unique and immediate needs of higher-risk and rising-risk patients, we are demonstrating our commitment to the people we serve as a health system focused on helping them transform their health and improve their lives,” said John Capasso, executive vice president of Trinity Health Continuing Care, in a statement.
Trinity Health at Home will provide remote care to a majority of all patients admitted to its home care agencies through its Home Care Connect program, a comprehensive remote care solution which utilizes Vivify’s Pathways +Home solution.
The initiative is intended to reduce hospital admissions and ER visits for home health patients and avoid preventable hospitalizations.
Vivify’s all-in-one solution is designed for instant use, right out of the box, and includes a wireless 4G-enabled tablet configured with voice and text instructions that walks users through simple steps for monitoring and reporting on their current wellness status and for taking part in virtual visits and patient education programs. Additional wireless health devices connected to the tablet automatically collect patient data regarding weight, blood pressure and other relevant measurements.
These tools, along with brief customized surveys taken on the tablet, allow patients to self-report and receive feedback on their health status immediately.
“This simplicity of use, combined with Vivify’s ability to incorporate family member participation, is key to effectively caring for newly-discharged patients with advanced illnesses from remote locations,” said Eric Rock, CEO of Vivify Health, in a statement.
The initiative will begin this month in Trinity Health’s southeast Michigan communities, before expanding to Trinity Health at Home’s other agencies in seven states —Michigan, Indiana, Iowa, Illinois, California, Maryland and Ohio.
“These technologies will enable us to proactively monitor our home care patients and provide in-the-moment interventions that can make the difference between their staying at home or being transferred to the hospital,” said Erin Denholm, president and CEO of Trinity Health, in a statement.
CardioSecur secures $5.36M in funding
FRANKFURT, Germany – Medical device company Personal MedSystems has raised $5.36 milion in series B funding for its personalized electrocardiogram (ECG) device. “The Series B financing and the strategic leverage points of our new investors will accelerate our market penetration for high-quality cardiac services further and strengthen our pioneering position within mHealth,” said Felix Brand, managing director of Personal MedSystems, in a statement. The device, CardioSecur, is a smartphone-based personalized ECG that provides instant feedback on heart symptoms where and when they occur. When logged in to the app, the user receives an immediate recommendation on what actions to take, and can share the ECG data with their physician.
Appello announces partnership with Bluebird Care for remote monitoring program
HAMPSHIRE, U.K. – Appello, a technology-enabled care service (TECS) provider, and Bluebird Care, a homecare agency, have teamed up to provide a new remote patient monitoring program, Bluebird Care Assist. “Partnering with Appello means we can design and develop innovative care packages with local authorities, health and community trusts, and clinical commissioning groups to help discharge patients sooner, improve their outcomes and increase hospical capacity,” said Duncan Berry, COO of Bluebird Care, in a statement. Where older or vulnerable people may require 24-hour monitoring, Andy Davey, managing director at Appello said that without technology this can usually only be provided by live-in care, in a care home or hospital environment. “With the use of TECS, we’re able to provide data collected from the sensors that can help build a proactive care service,” said Davey.
HealthTap introduces Doctor A.I.
PALO ALTO, Calif. – HealthTap has launced a personal Artificial Intelligence-powered “physician” that helps route users to doctor-recommended insights and care.
Doctor A.I. incorporates both context and clinical expertise of doctors who have helped triage millions of patients worldwide through HealthTap’s Global Health Practice, where users can connect with top doctors through video, voice and text on any mobile device or personal computer.
“Over the past six years, we’ve collected data from tens of thousands of the leading U.S. doctors who’ve collectively triaged millions of patients throughout their careers,” said Dr. Geoff Rutledge, Ph.D., HealthTap’s chief medical officer, in a statement. “We’ve used this data as a training set to prepare Dr. A.I. for helping triage patients at scale.”
Just like a human physician, Dr. A.I. converses with the user to understand their current complaints or concerns and uses the user’s health profile to compute the probable cause of their symptoms. Dr. A.I. can immediately route a patient toward a variety of solutions that doctors previously suggested to people like them in similar situations.
Treatment pathways can range from suggesting the patient read relevant doctor insights and content, to connecting the patient with a doctor for a live virtual consult, to scheduling an in-person office visit with the right specialist, all the way to directing the patient to more urgent care, based on the patient’s symptoms and characteristics.
“Years of diligent, collaborative work of some of the brightest doctors, engineers and data scientists, combined with groundbreaking work of some of the best user experience and visual designers on the planet, have brought to life a first-of-its-kind, smart and compassionate Dr. A.I.,” said Ron Gutman, HealthTap founder and CEO, in a statement.
Kyomed, Neogia partner to develop sleep apenea bracelet
PARIS – Personalized medicine provider Kyomed has partnered with connected health care wearables maker Neogia to develop and market connected health devices. The two companies introduced the Motio HW connected bracelet at CES 2017 last month. The bracelet, for sleep apnea patients, collects biometrics data like heart rate, actimetry, oxymetry and respiratory rate. Patients and caregivers can access the data through a mobile app. The companies are also working on a second version of the Motio HW to focus on issues like fall detection.
TempTraq updates monitor
CLEVELAND – TempTraq has updated its child’s body temperature monitor to run for 48 hours, doubling the run time of the previous version. The Bluetooth temperature monitor records and sends body temperature to a mobile device through an app. The wearable patch delivers readings in seconds and sends alerts to mobile devices when the child reaches a pre-determined, user-set temperature.
EarlySense technology adoption on the rise
RAMAT GAN, Israel – Continuous monitoring solutions provider EarlySense saw the adoption of its medical system increase by nearly 40% in 2016, monitoring more than 115,000 patients and over 100,000 home monitoring days. The company also reported over 500,000 patient-days in hospitals and skilled nursing facilities. “It is clear that continuous monitoring is poised to become a global standard of care, and we look forward to providing valuable health insight and support to facilities, health teams and patients in 2017 and beyond,” said Avner Halperin, founder and CEO of EarlySense. Statistical analysis estimated that clinicians using the EarlySense system were able to leverage the data and alerts to save more than 550 lives, 800 falls and over 45,000 hospitalization days, creating a total cost savings of about $30 million.