Groove Health raises $1.6M for adherence platform
CHICAGO – Groove Health has raised $1.6 million to advance its medication adherence platform. “The complex nature of medication adherence demands solutions that are more innovative than simple medication reminders,” said Andrew Hourani, founder and CEO of Groove Health, in a statement. The end-to-end platform combines existing health care data with patient-generated data from Groove’s mobile app and other sources to create a 360-degree understanding of each patient’s unique adherence profile to influence health-positive behaviors in high-risk patients.
Philips launches Qualcomm-powered Bluetooth ventilators
AMSTERDAM – Royal Philips has launched a Trilogy family of portable ventilators for patients with COPD that connect to its cloud-based Care Orchestrator platform. “By connecting Trilogy to Care Orchestrator, we are further blurring the lines between hospital and home, and enabling interventions that could help to reduce hospitalizations and improve quality of care,” said Eli Diacopoulos, respiratory care business leader at Philips, in a statement. The medical-grade connectivity of the Trilogy ventilators is powered by Philips HealthSuite and Qualcomm Life’s 2net Platform. Philips and Qualcomm have had a partnership to advance connected health across the health continuum since 2016.
Jupiter Medical Center launches telehealth service
JUPITER, Fla. – Jupiter Medical Center has launched the Care Anywhere telehealth platform. “Care Anywhere allows us to continue to care for the health and wellness of our entire community by providing access to high-quality, affordable care when and where our community needs it,” said John Couris, president and CEO of Jupiter Medical Center, in a statement.
Through the platform, a medical provider interviews each patient and makes a diagnosis through the Care Anywhere app or website. After a video visit, if it is determined patients need additional medical treatment, Care Anywhere can refer them to a Jupiter Medical Center specialist—maintaining a continuum of convenience, care and service.
Otomagnetics developing magnetic injection drug delivery system
SEATTLE – Otomagnetics will use an investment from angelMD to develop its magnetic injection delivery system for drugs and other therapeutics. “We are a company that was started based on an unmet clinical need, and we are excited to gain the support and backing of angelMD and their network of physicians and investors, who understand first-hand our solutions,” said Benjamin Shapiro, CEO of Otomagnetics, in a statement. The company has developed a method to effectively deliver drugs and other therapeutic payloads to challenging locations such as the ear, eye and skin using magnetic forces. The Otomagnetics system replaces a needle by leveraging magnetic forces that deliver drugs, genes or proteins through tissue barriers to hard-to-reach targets. The system has demonstrated drug delivery to the hard-to-reach inner ear in test situations, and has also shown improved dosing and therapeutic effects in preclinical models of tinnitus and noise-induced hearing loss, and it has proven to prevent hearing loss due to chemotherapy regimens.
CloudMine recognized with industry nods
PHILADELPHIA ‑ CloudMine has been recognized recently by two organizations. The cloud-based platform received the Best Healthcare Technology Solution at the SIIA CODiE awards last month in San Francisco. The platform that helps health care and pharmaceutical organizations build connected digital health applications was also recognized as a leader in the recently-released The Forrester Wave: Enterprise Health Clouds report. “CloudMine brings a unique roadmap and vision specifically designed to accelerate how our Connected Health
Cloud can positively impact patients, providers and commercial stakeholders,” said Steve Wray, CloudMine CEO, in a statement. “CloudMine’s users are the visionaries, researchers, and technologists leading the charge in health care and technology.”
mHealth market to reach $90B by 2022, report says
SEATTLE ‑ The global mHealth solutions market is expected to reach $90.49 billion by 2022 at a compound annual growth rate of 33.7%, according to a new market research published recently by market research firm MarketsandMarkets. Factors driving growth of the market include: the increasing penetration of smartphones, tablets and other mobile platforms; increasing utilization of connected devices and mHealth apps for the management of chronic diseases; and the rising cost containment in health care delivery, the report’s authors said. The mHealth solutions market is segmented into connected medical devices, mHealth applications and mHealth services.
Libertana Home Health deploys Orbita voice assistant technology
BOSTON ‑ Libertana Home Health has teamed up with Orbita to deploy a homecare solution using Amazon Alexa voice assistant technology. “We see great value in the capabilities of voice to address a full range of health and living needs for seniors and disabled individuals,” said Jonathan Istrin, executive director at Libertana, in a statement. Libertana, the largest manager of California-based health and housing waivers, is using the Orbita Voice platform for creating and maintaining conversational voice applications for Alexa to engage individuals in managing activities of daily living and self-care, and to more effectively inform home care professionals in triaging care needs and aligning care delivery. The agency has tested Orbita-powered Amazon Echo Dots with a select group of residents who use the voice assistant to report vital data, such as weight, blood pressure or blood sugar levels; hear medication and exercise reminders; request help from a homecare professional; coordinate transportation; and learn about social or recreational activities. “At a minimum, if a digital assistant can help break the loneliness cycle, we come out ahead,” Istrin said. “Beyond this, the possibilities seem nearly endless.”
Valley Home Care lowers readmissions with HRS telehealth solution
PARASMUS, N.J. ‑ Valley Home Care has used a telehealth solution from Health Recovery Solutions to achieve a readmission rate of 8.2%, compared with the state readmission rate of 16.9% and the national benchmark of 16.7%. “Our clinical processes, combined with the HRS telemonitoring platform, makes for a phenomenal experience for all involved,” said Laura Martyn, clinical manager for the specialty team at Valley Home Care, in a statement. The HRS telehealth solution combines patient-customized software, mobile apps and Bluetooth biometric monitoring to deliver an effective and easy-to-use experience for patients, caregivers and clinicians. Valley Home Care, part of the Valley Health System, is using the telehealth solution with 416 heart failure patients and people with chronic diseases. In the cardiac program, patients are provided with 4G tablets embedded with the HRS software, which includes medication management, educational videos, teach-back quizzes, video visits, daily symptom surveys, biometric monitoring and more.
Gombrich to lead partnerships at Cloudbreak
LOS ANGELES – Telemedicine provider Cloudbreak Health, LLC has named Eric Gombrich as executive vice president of partnerships. “Eric’s mission will be to make sure our partner healthcare facilities derive the most value and ROI possible from the platform, turning their telemedicine investment into a strategic asset,” said Jamey Edwards, co-founder and CEO of Cloudbreak Health, in a statement. Gombrich most recently served as the chief of digital partnerships at Providence St. Joseph Health where he established and led sales and marketing for telehealth, formerly within the Digital Innovation Group. “Cloudbreak has all the essential elements to be a breakout company in health care through uniquely valuable solutions in telemedicine,” Gombrich said in a statement.
Biofeedback system helps Parkinson’s patients rehab at home
HOUSTON – Researchers at the University of Houston have developed a biofeedback system to help people with Parkinson’s disease rehab at home.
“Our overarching goal is to improve their quality of life by improving postural stability, reducing the number of falls and increasing their confidence in daily activities,” said Beom-Chan Lee, principle investigator of a study that is assessing the impacts of long-term rehabilitative training on patients using the system, in a statement.
The Smarter Balance System is a smartphone-based biofeedback system that guides patients through a series of balance exercises while they use wearable technology.
The custom, wearable belt lined with vibrating actuators creates a personalized, in-home rehabilitation program with touch guidance based on a patient’s individual range of motion. Each subtle movement is mapped in real-time for visual guidance using a series of dots and targets on the smartphone application.
The smartphone application records and creates a custom motion for their body tilt based on their individual limits of stability, said Alberto Fung, one of the researchers, in a statement.
“The touch guidance from the vibrating actuators is almost acting as if a physical therapist is guiding them,” he said.
All of the information collected by the system is uploaded to an online server and potentially can be accessed by doctors and physical therapists to track a patient’s progress or adjust the exercise regimen.
“Our system is centered around the user, and it minimizes manual interactions and is mostly automated,” said Fung.
The technology could be used by anyone experiencing balance issues, including the elderly, said Lee.
Technical improvements are currently being made to the system followed by more human subject testing. Lee said he hopes to commercialize the technology as early as next summer.
Now Healthcare Group meets CQC safety requirements
SALFORD QUAYS, U.K. ‑ Now Healthcare Group has been declared safe by the Care Quality Commission and has met all regulations set by the Commission’s new digital health reporting guidelines.
“This makes NHG the first telehealth provider in its field to achieve a ‘five out of five’ score under the CQC’s new digital methodology and guidelines for digital health providers,” said Lee Dentith, CEO and founder of Now Healthcare Group, in a statement.
Following a recent inspection, NNG was found to be meeting all necessary criteria across five categories, and was deemed to be providing services that are well-led, safe, effective, caring, responsive to people’s needs.
The company developed the Dr Now and Now GP international mobile apps, which connect users to qualified National Health Service doctors remotely via video call and deliver medicines directly to the patient’s door. The services currently have two million users.
The company has been working with the NHS for the past two years, servicing more than 100,000 repeat prescriptions nationwide and is soon to release its new ground-breaking NHS-supplied services platform, which can be accessed by over 15 million people in the UK.
Now Healthcare Group is part of the DigitalHealth.London Accelerator program, aimed at using technology to drive innovation in the NHS.