Clover Health launches in-home primary care program with YouScript
SAN FRANCISCO – Health care technology company Clover Health has launched an in-home primary care program featuring genomic testing integration capabilities from YouScript, a provider of medication therapy management solutions. “Our in-home care program combines our expertise as a data and technology company with our ongoing joint desire to bring access and care directly to those most in need,” said Vivek Garipalli, co-founder and CEO of Clover Health, in a statement. Clover’s physician-led care teams care for members in their home to identify and address all patient concerns, including medication management, through personal check-ins, active monitoring and home-based lab and radiology testing. Clover will perform pharmacogenomic testing to personalize each member’s drug regimen. “YouScript’s technology simulates a team of clinical pharmacists delivering evidence-based guidance in real time, and this in-home program validates our impact at scale,” said Kristine Ashcraft, CEO of YouScript, in a statement. “We are excited to work with Clover Health, to provide the tools necessary to identify and positively impact the most at-risk patients, while bending the health care cost curve.” To date, Clover has enrolled approximately 500 members in its in-home care program in New Jersey and plans to expand to other areas.
Emory Healthcare, Sharecare partner on innovation hub
ATLANTA – Emory Healthcare is partnering with digital health company Sharecare to launch a health care innovation hub on Sept. 1. The Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub will connect the academic health system with an ecosystem of advanced digital health innovation. “There are ample opportunities to improve both quality and efficiency within hospital systems, but to affect the disruption we believe is necessary, we needed a partner that shares not only our passion for demand-driven, consumer-centric innovation but also our philosophy of empathy—and Emory Healthcare is that partner,” said Jeff Arnold, co-founder, chairman and CEO of Sharecare, in a statement. “The Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub enables us to tap into Emory’s robust environment, ideally positioning us to identify and solve health care system challenges right at the source.” By combining the collective power of Sharecare and its industry-leading platform with the academic and clinical expertise of Emory University’s Woodruff Health Sciences Center and the assets of strategic partners across all sectors of healthcare, the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub will seek solutions that minimize cost burdens for both patients and the healthcare system, while improving clinical outcomes. “Our shared commitment to studying, creating and implementing digital health technologies will drive greater value to our patients in ways that will help them live their healthiest lives,” said Dr. Scott Boden, vice president of business innovation for Emory Healthcare, in a statement. The Sharecare and Emory Healthcare partnership will accelerate the development of evidence-based digital health solutions targeted at improving the health of the state of Georgia, which will be tracked by the Gallup-Sharecare Wellbeing Index. Emory has partnered with Innovation Hub Enterprises, a research, design and innovation strategy firm, to oversee the direction and operation of the Emory Healthcare Innovation Hub. IHE, in partnership with Emory Healthcare, is also raising a venture fund dedicated to investing in the development and acceleration of early-stage, consumer-centric health care technologies and care models.
Kessler Foundation, Virtualware Group partner on VR stroke rehab system
EAST HANOVER, N.J. – Rehabilitation research organization Kessler Foundation is partnering with Virtualware Group to create a virtual reality based treatment for spatial neglect, the most common spatial deficit after stroke. The VR-SRT System is an intervention that enhances therapy participation through an interactive and game-like VR environment that can be implemented in-home or clinical settings. “Making the treatment game-like will improve patient engagement and motivate the patients to complete treatment regime, while receiving rehabilitative benefits,” said Dr. Peii Chen, senior research scientist in stroke rehabilitation research at Kessler Foundation, in a statement. “As VR hardware and software become more affordable and accessible, novel therapy paradigms like the VR-SRT System will be at the forefront of rehabilitation, facilitating treatment delivery, improving outcomes and reducing the burdens on individuals, families, and society.”The VR-SRT System engages the user’s visual system through stimuli presented in a head-mounted display, while simultaneously engaging the patient’s motor system through head and positional tracking and a marker-less hand-tracking device.
AAP chooses SnapMD’s telehealth platform for new program
LOS ANGELES – The American Academy of Pediatrics has selected telehealth technology provider SnapMD’s Virtual Care Management platform to be part of its new Member Advantage Program, which includes 66,000 pediatricians, surgeons and specialists. “This new Member Advantage Program directly addresses concerns cited by our members regarding a lack of information about quality telemedicine vendors and the high cost of telemedicine equipment,” said Dr. Joshua Alexander, chairmanof the AAP section on telehealth, in a statement. “We hope that this program benefit will encourage more pediatricians to provide telehealth services to the families they serve within the context of their medical home.” SnapMD’s VCM full-stack platform offers pediatric practices a complete solution to launch virtual visits under their own brand and using their own clinicians. The VCM digital exam room provides all the tools needed to engage patients during the diagnostic, active treatment and follow-up phases of care, and to document the encounters. “SnapMD was created to improve access to and convenience of health care,” said Dave Skibinski, president and CEO of SnapMD, in a statement. “We are proud to participate in the AAP Member Advantage Program and empower pediatricians, surgeons, and specialists nationwide in delivering care remotely to their patients through virtual visits, ensuring better access to high-quality and timely care to improve outcomes and reduce the total cost of care.”
Moorestown VNA joins enTouch digital network
PHILADELPHIA – The Moorestown Visiting Nurse Association will integrate PreparedHealth’s enTouch digital network to streamline care for its patients from hospital to home. Moorestown VNA provides home care, palliative care, hospice, counseling and wellness services to families in Burlington, Camden and Gloucester counties. “We’re thrilled to provide innovative tools for our care providers and partners,” said Jeff Defren, vice president of business development at Moorestown VNA, in a statement. “The enTouch network will allow us to streamline care transitions, in turn providing faster, more efficient care for our patients.” The enTouch network connects everyone involved in a patient’s post acute care, enabling real-time communications for faster transition times and reduced readmissions. The partnership will expand PreparedHealth’s enTouch network in the New Jersey and Pennsylvania area.
GOSH, Microsoft partner to develop AI tools for children’s health
LONDON – Great Ormond Street Hospital is partnering with Microsoft to develop artificial intelligence tools for children’s health. “We want to harness new technology, including AI, to deliver even better care and an enhanced patient experience,” said Dr. Peter Steer, CEO of Great Ormond Street Hospital, in a statement. “As data analytics become increasingly important in health care delivery, we want to ensure we have the right tools to provide the care that is more personalized and more effective.” The partnership will focus on machine learning, assisted decision-making and the use of medical chatbots. “This powerful partnership between GOSH and Microsoft is a potential game-changer for health care,” said Neil Sebire, chief research information officer at Great Ormond Street Hospital, in a statement. “It brings together academic and clinical expertise to be leveraged by the capabilities of Microsoft with the singular aim of improving health care for children.”
CareTaker Medical raises $3.4M for wireless patient monitoring
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – CareTaker Medical, which provides tools for continuous non-invasive blood pressure and wireless vital signs monitoring, has raised $3.4 million to accelerate commercialization of its CareTaker Continuous Beat by Beat device, which enables untethered, continuous patient monitoring with a finger cuff. “We’re grateful for the confidence of our investors and excited by the results of our initial sales efforts,” said Jeff Pompeo, president and CEO of CareTaker Medical, in a statement. In addition to expanding its global sales and distribution channels, the company intends to seek additional partnerships to integrate their wireless technology with other patient monitoring platforms. The company recently announced integration with the Philips IntelliVue family of patient monitors.
Wellington to lead Cedars-Sinai accelerator
LOS ANGELES – Anne Wellington has been named managing director of the Cedars-Sinai Accelerator, which provides mentoring and financial support for early-stage health care companies as part of a 90-day program with the goal of bringing health-tech innovations to the marketplace. Based in the Cedars-Sinai Innovation Space across the street from the medical center, the accelerator is in the process of selecting its fourth class, which will begin in July. Wellington served as entrepreneur-in-residence for the third class, whose 10 companies graduated in November. She was previously chief product officer and a founding team member at health care analytics company Stanson Health, and was part of Cedars-Sinai’s electronic medical record go-live team in 2011. “As more health systems follow Cedars-Sinai’s lead in fostering innovation through accelerators, we will be growing to expand our leadership role in this space,” said Darren Dworkin, senior vice president and CIO at Cedars-Sinai, in a statement. “Anne will be working to ensure we continue to attract top-tier companies, the best talent and expand our ability to work with the new amazing technologies.”
Highmark to offer Sharecare platform to members
PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Health insurer Highmark has announced a six-year partnership with Sharecare, the digital health company helping people manage all their health in one place, to offer personalized health and wellness solutions to its employer group customers in Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia. Highmark members will also have access to Sharecare’s personalized mobile and web-based platform that will help them better manage and understand their health, and provide timely and actionable steps to improve it. “Consumers are more active in their own health care, but they are challenged with credible real-time information to help with health care decisions,” said Dr. Charles DeShazer, senior vice president and chief medical officer for Highmark, in a statement. “Sharecare is laser focused to meet consumer expectations and ensure an exceptional member experience, and further sets its platform apart with personalized articles, videos and health content from trusted sources like the National Institutes of Health, American Heart Association and Centers for Disease Control—all through the smartphone and in the palm of your hand.” Sharecare will be offered as the digital companion to Well360, Highmark’s comprehensive care management platform, which helps members close gaps in care, access appropriate care and decrease health risks.
“Highmark shares our vision to improve the health of diverse populations by engaging the member, and leveraging data-driven insights to provide people with real-time access to the tools and resources they need to best manage their health,” said Jeff Arnold, co-founder, chairman and CEO of Sharecare, in a statement.
Greenstein to lead innovation for LHC Group
LAFAYETTE, La. – Bruce Greenstein will leave his role as CTO for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services this month to become chief innovation and technology officer at LHC Group, a national provider of in-home health care services and innovations. “Bruce is internationally recognized as a respected leader and innovator in the health care industry—a combination which makes him a perfect addition to our management team today as LHC Group continues leading the way in a growth industry,” said Keith Myers, chairman and CEO of LHC Group, in a statement. “He will lead our enhanced emphasis on innovation and technology to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of health care services.” Myers said Greenstein will also play a key role in the development of value-based models for LHC’s core business and additional business lines, as well as new arrangements with its managed care partners. LHC Group recently completed a merger with Almost Family, creating one of the largest in-home health care providers in the country with an expanded geographic service territory of 37 states. Greenstein will help the company develop new capabilities for leading home health into value-based arrangements and exploring alternative delivery models for health care in the home and advance its remote monitoring, telehealth and care management capabilities.
Smartron launches first mHealth wearable
NEW DELHI –Smartron has launched its first wearable device, which features electrocardiography and blood pressure monitoring capabilities. Together with a mobile app, the tband provides the user with an overall Health Index score, which combines activity tracking, calorie count, sleep patterns, stress and fatigue levels, as well as blood pressure and heart health. “The tband is made for those who don’t just want to track their activity or calorie count but are looking at a holistic health indicator which is highlighted through our Health Index,” said Rohit Rathi, president and co-founder of Smartron, in a statement. “We hope to change the conversations around health with this launch.”The device continuously measures heart rate and resting heart rate, and can provide customizable alarms and medication reminders.
CareVoice incorporates Sensely AI technology
AMSTERDAM – The CareVoice has partnered with digital health platform provider Sensely on an artificial intelligence voice-based virtual health assistant for insurers and employers in Greater China. The AI-based symptom triage feature is integrated into the CareVoice platform, allowing insurance members to check their symptoms, access self-care content and find appropriate medical specialists. “We can rely on Sensely’s leading technology and solid evidence in terms of both member satisfaction and payer cost savings to fuel our value proposition to insurers and employers,” said Sebastien Gaudin, CEO and co-founder of The CareVoice, in a statement. Following a recent financing round, The CareVoice has upgraded its platform and mobile-based solutions with digitized claims, expanding its footprint in the private insurance market by partnering with more insurance services companies, as well as employers, he said.
2018 Plug and Play Cleveland cohort announced
CLEVELAND –Twelve health startups will join the health program in the newly launched Plug and Play Cleveland Innovation Platform.
The startups, which hail from around the globe, were selected from a group of more than 480 applicants. Many of the selected startups focus on provider facing digital health solutions and connected health innovation.
During the next three months, startups will work with Plug and Play’s corporate partners and have the chance to land pilots, develop proof of concepts and explore investment opportunities with these companies. There is no cost for the startups to be in the program and they will remain part of the ecosystem after graduation.
“It is an honor to open our Cleveland office in partnership with Cleveland Clinic and JumpStart, launching a program with the world’s most promising startups in the HealthTech sector,” said Saeed Amidi, founder and CEO of Plug and Play, in a statement. “Plug and Play intends to replicate the success we’ve had in Paris with BNP Paribas and in Stuttgart with Mercedes by working in partnership with a broad range of Cleveland Clinic specialists, including cardiologists, orthopedists, neurologists, endocrinologists, urologists and many others.”
Plug and Play, a Silicon Valley innovation platform, formally launched Plug and Play Cleveland in March.
The 12 startups, who will graduate in June, are:.
Alertgy, a technology to non-invasively monitor blood glucose levels on demand for diabetics;
CancerAid, a mobile app for cancer patients;
CloudMedx, a health care technology company that is creating population health management tools;
Gyant, a virtual health assistant that leads patients worldwide into the right care and handles low acuity cases on the spot;
HealthTensor, who has developed artificial intelligence to help automate documentation for clinicians in the hospitals;
InsightRX, a software platform that incorporates the principles of quantitative pharmacology and machine learning to provide an individualized understanding of a patient’s response to treatment;
Kenzen, creators ofpersonal health wearables to support its users in all dimensions of health;
Navimize, a digital health company aimed at improving patient satisfaction and increasing efficiencies;
OWKIN, which uses collective intelligence built on real-world patient data to improve drug discovery and development;
Valencell, developers of a wearable biometric sensor system;
VideoTherapy, a remote rehabilitation platform developer; and
VRHealth, which uses virtual reality to develop medical applications.
American Medical Response to leverage Life365 technology
TEMPE, Ariz. – Life365, a digital health platform provider, is teaming with American Medical Response to deliver remote care management services for special patient populations across the country.
Life365’s digital health platform and AMR’s Mobile Integrated Healthcare program allow health plans, health care systems and local communities to leverage innovative technologies and the expertise of more than 35,000 clinicians and support staff. “The home is becoming an extension of the community health system, where organizations like AMR can provide personalized care based on the needs of the patient, and technology can be used to provide continuous feedback to care teams for better patient outcomes,” said Kent Dicks, CEO of Life 365, in a statement.
Life365 will support AMR’s Integrated Healthcare program with proactive health monitoring tools used in the home like connected medical devices, two-way video, patient education resources, health surveys, medication reminders, digital therapeutics and other tools to improve patient engagement and enable earlier interventions for health issues.
The initiative allows Life365 to manage connectivity and technology while AMR’s care professionals work with the patient and the patient’s care team to focus on improving the overall experience and health outcomes of the populations they serve.
“Our goal is to improve the patient experience, reduce the overall cost of care and improve the access to care for patients across the U.S,” said Sean Burton, national director of integrated healthcare at American Medical Response. “We see the potential in working with Life365 and believe it will help us grow our remote care monitoring program and offer an unmatched level of service to our customers.”
Michael J. Fox Foundation to incorporate Verily wearable for Parkinson’s study
NEW YORK – The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research will use Verily wearable devices to track disease markers and advance the study of the disease.
More than 800 people will participate in a two-year MJFF-led longitudinal Parkinson’s Progression Markers Initiative. They will be outfitted with a Verily multi-sensor watch that will continuously collect data on movement and physiologic and environmental measures. The goal of the study is to use wearable devices in conjunction with clinic-based data and biospecimen collection to zero in on disease markers with the greatest potential to open promising avenues for further scientific inquiry.
Launched in 2010, the PPMI aims to deepen understanding of Parkinson’s and validate objective measures of the disease. The initiative is currently being carried out at 33 clinical sites around the world with support from 22 industry partners. Participants are followed for at least five and up to 13 years and include volunteers with Parkinson’s disease or at-risk for Parkinson’s, as well as control volunteers.
Verily and PPMI will make raw and curated data available to the worldwide research community to drive independent studies in Parkinson’s therapeutic development.
“Expanding this resource through data science and wearable computing holds the potential to deepen understanding of Parkinson’s disease and gain meaningful insights that can inform care and therapeutic development decisions,” said Todd Sherer, CEO of the Michael J. Fox Foundation, in a statement. “This is why PPMI was built, and will help fulfill its tremendous promise for people with PD.”
In addition to this study, MJFF and Verily are partners in the Accelerating Medicines Partnership Parkinson’s disease program, a public-private collaboration between the National Institutes of Health, MJFF and five life sciences companies and managed by the Foundation for the NIH. AMP PD is applying state-of-the-art cellular profiling technologies to samples collected through PPMI and other large-scale studies to define the molecular fingerprint of Parkinson’s disease. Data and analysis generated through that initiative will be available through the AMP PD Knowledge Portal, created by Verily.
Additionally, Verily and MJFF have collaborated on the promotion of the company’s Liftware, a selection of adaptive products designed as aids to people with hand tremor or limited mobility.