Essence expands platform
TEL AVIV – Essence recently introduced a Voice Panic Detector as part of its Care@Home Platform. The VPD uses voice recognition technology to give seniors access to emergency response through voice command. The VPD, which uses Intelligent Voice Activation, responds to vocal distress calls and conveys the information to a monitoring center. The product won the ESX Innovation Award for the PERS Category in May. “Our customers continually expect—and receive—cutting-edge technologies from Essence that strengthen their emergency response offerings,” said Essence USA president Yaniv Amir in a press release. “With the VPD, we are raising the bar and giving them even more tools to drastically increase the well-being of their end users.”
Pfizer supports app study
NEW YORK, N.Y. – Pfizer has awarded almost $500,000 to Brigham and Women’s Hospital for a clinical trial that will test whether the combination of a smartphone app and population management system will improve patient satisfaction and management for rheumatoid arthritis patients. About 190 women will be enrolled in the study. Half of the participants will use the app, which will ask daily questions about their pain, function and disease activity; and the other half will receive the usual course of care. The study will conclude in September 2018.
VEESAG smart watch receives approvals
NORTH BRUNSWICK, N.J. – VEESAG’s new Mobile Personal Emergency Response System (MPERSENS) has received approvals for sale in the U.S., Canada and Europe. The cellular-enabled smart watch has also been certified by Verizon and Sprint for use on their networks. MPERSENS has a number of features that support independent living for patients with chronic diseases or age-related debilitating conditions. Those features include GPS location tracking, emergency calling, fall detection and medicine reminders. In all, there are eight different sensors that collect and transmit data periodically.
CRF acquires Entra Health
PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pa. – CRF Health, a provider of electronic clinical outcome assessment solutions, has acquired Entra Health, a provider of mobile health IT, cloud-based remote monitoring, health data exchange and analytics solutions. The acquisition, which formalizes an existing relationship between the two companies, establishes a complete network of solutions to collect, manage and analyze biometric and clinical data. “Combining CRF Health’s extensive global eCOA and electronic informed consent expertise with Entra Health’s clinical platform, medical device innovation and regulatory insight, we can now offer selection, production and delivery of devices together with the complete integration of data,” said CRF Health CEO Rachael Wyllie in a press release.
PN Medical, Orbita advance adherence for patients
ORLANDO, Fla. – PN Medical has partnered with Orbita to better monitor and support patients with asthma, COPD, CHF, hypertension and dysphagia who are undergoing therapy at home. As part of the partnership, PN Medical, whose products include the new Breather+, a Bluetooth-enabled respiratory muscle-training device, will leverage Orbita’s digital platform for home healthcare applications. “We are seeing just how powerful technology can be in solving patient adherence challenges and addressing fragmented communication and collaboration among patients, their caregivers and clinicians,” said Orbita CEO Bill Rogers in the release. “It’s all about engaging patients, informing caregivers and empowering providers.”
Study ties use of technology with improved health
EAST LANSING, Mich. – A new study by Michigan State University researcher William Chopik finds that seniors are embracing social technology and it’s improving their health. The study found that older adults had generally positive attitudes toward technology, and that higher social technology use was associated with fewer chronic illnesses, better self-rated health, fewer depressive symptoms and higher subjective well-being. The study used data from 591 participants from the 2012 wave of the Health and Retirement Study. Social technology was assessed through email, social networking sites, online video/phone calls, online chatting/instant messaging and smartphone use.
ClearCare looks for growth with $60M investment
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. – ClearCare has announced a $60 million growth-equity investment led by global investment firm Battery Ventures. The company, which provides cloud-based software solutions for private-duty homecare agencies, will use the funding to invest in its core platform and explore new strategic partnerships. “We are excited to partner with Battery Ventures as we aggressively pursue new opportunities to grow our market leadership,” said ClearCare founder and CEO Geoff Nudd in a press release. “Battery’s expertise in the home care market makes the firm an ideal partner for this next step in our growth story.” ClearCare’s platform uses point-of-care tracking, integrated payments, family portals and quality care monitoring.
WoundRounds launches mobile app
SCHAUMBURG, Ill. – WoundRounds, a wound management solution, has launched a mobile version of its wound documentation system for iOS. The app allows consumers to capture data and images through a handheld device to track wound progress over time, prompting best practice treatment solutions. It automates paperwork, helps maintain skin integrity, documents wounds and tracks outcomes. “The WoundRounds mobile app allows healthcare facilities to expand use of the WoundRounds solution to Apple mobile devices, leading to enhanced clinical outcomes and staff efficiencies,” said Mike Diamond, CEO of Telemedicine Solutions, makers of WoundRounds, in a press release. “By leveraging our wound management solution with mobile technology, healthcare providers can empower care teams to deliver excellence in wound care and enhance patient quality of life.”