Home care organizations launch digital campaign
ASHEVILLE, N.C. –Three home care industry organizations have launched a national digital grassroots campaign to educate consumers and professionals about the health benefits of choosing in-home care for older loved ones or family members recovering from an illness. The National Association for Home Care and Hospice, Axxess and corecubed are aligning resources to educate the public about the benefits of the in-home care industry through a podcast series, videos, infographics and other communications. “We needed a way to help the public and the health care industry understand that home is the best place to receive and deliver care,” said John Olajide, founder and CEO of home health care technology company Axxess, in a statement. To help spread the word, the campaign will rely on employees, membership organizations, business owners and others in the home care industry.
“That’s where the National Association for Home Care & Hospice (NAHC), the nation’s largest home health trade association, comes in,” said William Dombi, president of the NAHC, in a statement. “Home health care has a vast footprint and we want to harness the social media power of that footprint.”
Haselmeier, Common Sensing partner on smart injector monitoring platform
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Haselmeier and Common Sensing are partnering to develop a smart connected monitoring platform for users of injectable medicines. Through the partnership, Haselmeier’s subcutaneous drug delivery injection systems for self-administration will be combined with Common Sensing’s Gocap injector monitoring technology to create the smart disposable injector pen platform, expected in in 2019. “This partnership is a fantastic, market shaping opportunity to merge the leading edge Haselmeier D-Flex injector with our Gocap connected health technology in a scalable, commercial platform,” said Kevin Schmid, COO of Common Sensing, in a statement. The combined injector pen-Gocap platform will record the time and amount of every injector dose, along with other information like storage temperature. Gocap information will be available for users, caretakers, clinicians, health care systems, researchers, and pharmaceutical companies. A custom-designed Gocap injector monitor, as part of the
Haselmeier product portfolio, will allow pharmaceutical customers to launch connected injectable medicines into the market with existing and new Haselmeier pens, said Frédéric Gabriel, chief strategy officer of Haselmeier. “There is a high need to provide patients the means to better monitor the efficacy of their therapy and the injection experience is a crucial moment in a patient’s therapy,” he said in a statement. “The collaboration of Haselmeier with Common Sensing is a smart and fast way to achieve our objective in improving patients’ lives.”
Canadian government invests in digital health
- JOHN’S, Newfoundland – The Government of Canada has agreed to invest more than $9 million in Newfoundland and Labrador’s digital health system. The funding will enable the Newfoundland and Labrador Center for Health Information to launch a pilot project to enhance telehealth in rural areas, catalogue and store health records, and improve its system to electronically order medical processes and procedures. “Enhancing innovation in health information systems benefits residents and offers unique opportunities to use health data for research and to advance the technology industry,” said Seamus O’Regan, minister of Veterans Affairs and member of Parliament for St. John’s South-Mount Pearl, said in a statement. NLCHI develops and implements the province’s confidential and secure electronic health record and works to improve the health of residents by providing quality health information to professionals in the sector, the public, researchers and health system decision-makers.
AMD introduces direct-to-consumer telehealth platform
CHELMSFORD, Mass. – AMD Global Telemedicine has launched a direct-to-consumer telehealth platform for health care providers to manage their own virtual care offerings. OnDemand Visit connects patients with providers for a real-time medical visit through any mobile or PC device for simple acute conditions or chronic disease management. “In today’s dynamic health care environment, it’s important to be able to reach patients regardless of the clinician or patient’s location,” said Eric Bacon, president of AMD Global Telemedicine, in a statement. “Telehealth is an added benefit to patients, and OnDemand Visit makes that connection effective and simple.”
Travelers adds telehealth for injured employees claims
HARTFORD, Conn. – The Travelers insurance company has introduced a telehealth capability, enabling qualified injured employees to conduct appointments with a physician video connection on their computer or smartphone. “We continually look for new ways to deliver a better workers compensation claim experience for someone who has been injured on the job,” said Rich Ives, vice president of workers compensation claim at Travelers. “Our latest capabilities not only speed up access to medical care and make it easier to communicate, but they also address our customers’ top concerns—the health of their employees and the rising costs of health care.” The company also launched a new web-based and mobile-friendly self-service tool for workers compensation claims.
Boehringer Ingelheim expands RespiPoints program to Respimat users
RIDGEFIELD, Conn., & NORWALK, Conn. – Boehringer Ingelheim and HealthPrize Technologies are expanding the RespiPoints digital support program to anyone taking one of several Boehringer Ingelheim medicines, including select medicines available in the Respimat inhaler. The RespiPoints program is a free web and mobile-based program that engages and rewards patients through education about their condition and support to take their medicines daily as prescribed by their health care provider. Launched through an initial nine-month pilot in 2016, the RespiPoints program showed participants increased their knowledge of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and began following healthy habits.
Patients enrolled in the RespiPoints program participate in a variety of activities to earn points, which can be redeemed for e-gift cards. Activities include reporting daily medicine taking, verifying monthly refills, reading educational information and insightful tips, and completing weekly quizzes and surveys.
“We strongly support the role of innovative health technology solutions in respiratory treatment plans to help improve health care outcomes,” said Jean-Michel Boers, president of Human Pharma Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals, in a statement. “We partnered with HealthPrize to adapt their interactive patient solution, and we are very pleased with the impact of RespiPoints, which has made a positive difference in patients’ adherence to daily treatment plans and their understanding of the disease.”
Avizia offers video telehealth system
RESTON, Va. – Avizia has developed Connect Solution, a platform for health care organizations to launch and scale telehealth video consultation capabilities without a complex implementation process.
Connect Solution features a simple software interface, which providers can use to instantly launch a secure, high-quality video call through the Avizia 200 telemedicine tablet. The provider can add other participants to the call, such as family members or other care providers.
The Connect Solution allows health care organizations to employ the foundational benefits of a virtual care program, while laying the groundwork for a future system-wide telehealth strategy, said Cory Costley, chief product officer at Avizia.
“The Connect Solution is designed for hospitals and provider organizations that want to improve patient access and enjoy the benefits of telehealth without undergoing a more complex technology implementation process,” Costley said in a statement. “With capabilities ready right out of the box, the Avizia 200 and software interface make it easy to deploy the solutions providers need to conduct telemedicine consultations and collaborate more effectively with each other and patient caregivers. This is fundamental to setting a future system-wide telehealth strategy and essential to providing value-based care.”