ECRI launches service to guide hospitals through RPM systems
PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. – Nonprofit scientific research organization ECRI Institute has launched a consulting service to walk hospitals through remote patient monitoring programs—from concept to implementation. “Hospitals need a trusted partner to help them explore what is essentially uncharted territory for reducing patient admissions,” said Thomas Skorup, vice president, Applied Solutions Group, ECRI. The organization’s consultants will work with leaders across the care continuum to perform an evidence-based needs assessment, develop a plan for initiation and growth, and evaluate vendor technologies and solutions.
Visiomed enters US market
BOSTON – Connected device maker Visiomed is entering the U.S. market by establishing a North American headquarters for BewellConnect, an ecosystem of high-level monitoring devices that the company recently launched. “By creating alliances with the industry and establishing our presence in the region, we hope to change how people monitor their health care and improve their quality of life,” said Olivier Hua, general manager of Visiomed Group and CEO of BewellConnect Corp., in a statement. The BewellConnect system is designed for patients with chronic conditions and the elderly, and includes a mobile app, a touchless thermometer, a blood pressure monitor, a blood sugar meter and an oximter. Visiomed is based in Paris.
Voice-enabled innovations sought for diabetes self-care
NEW YORK – Merck & Co. has announced the Alexa Diabetes Challenge for Alexa voice-enabled solutions for those with Type 2 diabetes. Innovators are invited to submit concepts that use Amazon Alexa capabilities and the ecosystem of supporting cloud technologies to help with the self-management of the disease. Up to five finalists will be chosen by a panel of judges to receive $25,000 each and 10,000 Amazon Web Services credits to advance to the Virtual Accelerator, during which they will receive expert mentorship as they develop their concepts into solutions. A $125,000 grand prize winner will be chosen at a Demo Day.
Harley Street Clinic monitors young patients with wearables
MARYLEBONE, England – The Harley Street Clinic is providing pediatric patients with monitoring watches from Medopad to help with their care plan for cancer treatments.
“Medopad ensures patients are supported at all times and enables clinicians to reduce the negative impact of medication, increase engagement and satisfaction and improve the quality of cancer care given,” said Dr. Stergios Zacharoulis, pediatric oncologist at the clinic, in a statement.
The Medopad watch allows medical information like vitals, symptoms and medication to be delivered in real-time to mobile applications, which are monitored by clinicians or medical staff. The device involves patients in their own care by allowing them a hands-on approach by being able to record the side effects of their medication, be reminded when to take their medication, and track movement and other relevant metrics.
Rush University Medical Center offers SmartExam
CHICAGO – Rush University Medical Center has begun offering an online medical evaluation service to primary care patients.
Rush SmartExam is a web-based app that enables a patient to conduct an electronic consultation or e-visit with a physician.
“Patients will be able to get a medical evaluation electronically from the comfort of their home for non-urgent conditions commonly treated by a primary care physician,” said Dr. Anthony Perry, chief medical officer for Rush University Medical Group.
Through the app, patients answer 25-75 questions that are designed to gather information about their symptoms. Once completed, SmartExam sends it to participating Rush providers, who will receive a text message that a patient is waiting to receive care. The physician can log in from any device and review the information submitted by the patient, along with an automatically computer-generated diagnosis based on a sophisticated algorithm.
Once the physician decides on the best course of treatment, SmartExam emails the patient a link to the after-visit summary. Any prescriptions issued as a result of the visit are sent to a patient-designated pharmacy.
If it is determined the patient has a condition that requires more thorough analysis and examination, they will be advised to see a provider in person.
“People have busy lives and we want to create convenient and high-quality options that work,” said Perry.