Livongo, Voluntis team to offer diabetes management program
CAMBRIDGE, Mass., and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., – Livongo Health is teaming up with Voluntis to integrate its Livongo for Diabetes program with Voluntis’ Insulia, an FDA-cleared medical device and app that provides basal insulin dose recommendations for people with Type 2 diabetes. “By integrating with Insulia, we can give members with Type 2 diabetes additional insight and tips for medication optimization—making managing diabetes easier,” said Dr. Jennifer Schneider, chief medical officer of Livongo, in a statement. The goal of the program is to create an expanded solution that improves medication adherence and optimization by offering better information personalized to Livongo members. The program includes a cellular-enabled blood glucose meter, unlimited checking supplies for members and 24/7 coaching based on actual real-time blood sugar and patient information. Voluntis will launch Insulia throughout the United States in 2017.
American Well partners with Samsung for health care accessibility
ORLANDO, Fla. –Telehealth provider American Well has announced a new strategic partnership with Samsung Electronics to develop new health care services for providers, delivery networks, payers and employers.
American Well serves more than 200 health systems and health plan partners nationwide, including Anthem, Cleveland Clinic and NewYork-Presbyterian. Samsung is leveraging its healthcare expertise to help medical professionals improve care and outcomes for their patients.
“Mobile technology offers the promise to empower consumers and simplify how healthcare is delivered,” said Harry Kim, Samsung Mobile Health Business Lead, in a statement. “Our partnership with American Well is an exciting opportunity to innovate new experiences that improve health and business outcomes.”
As part of the initial phase of the partnership, American Well partners, and other providers and payers, will have the opportunity to offer their services to Samsung consumers. The two companies have not yet provided any other details about their partnership.
“Our partnership with Samsung will bring a new level of consumer reach, accessibility and ease of use to the healthcare industry,” said Dr. Ido Schoenberg, chairman of American Well, in a statement. “This collaboration is the next major step in the evolution of integrated care delivery and will have a sweeping impact on the whole health care ecosystem—providers, payers and patients included.”
BAYADA partners with AlayaCare for mobile tech pilot
MOORESTOWN, N.J. – BAYADA Home Health Care and home health care technology company AlayaCare are partnering to pilot a program that will bring on-demand health information, real-time task management and clinical documentation to BAYADA’s clinicians and field employees. “AlayaCare’s software should increase efficiencies and provide managers and front line staff with timely, relevant and accurate information for our team to deliver the best care possible,” said Mark Baiada, founder and president of BAYADA, in a statement. The pilot will use mobile technology to reduce administrative complexity and streamline workflows, and enable BAYADA clinicians to capture clinical information and manage caseloads from the field.
Glooko updates mobile app
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Glooko has updated its diabetes management mobile app to include an easier way to sync data, and to feature personalized pattern recognition, graphs and statistics, and the ability to add lifestyle events for more context. “Based on feedback from our users and with the goal of making diabetes management easier, we are so excited to launch a redesigned version of the Glooko Mobile app,” the company said in a statement. “The Glooko product team has been hard at work to redesign the mobile app from the ground up.”
LMD health sensor and app ready for FDA submission
LAUSANNE, Switzerland – A smartphone-integrated health sensor and app developed by Leman Micro Devices (LMD) is ready for submission to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and other regulators worldwide. “The world is ready for smartphones that come with a build-in medically-accurate health monitoring system, rather than current products which are not approved and often inaccurate,” said Mark-Eric Jones, LMD CEO, in a statement. Using the Riva-Rocci technique to measure blood pressure, the gaming app tells the user how hard to push their finger against a sensor built in to the smartphone. Other features give body temperature, blood oxygen saturation, heart rate and respiration rate in under 60 seconds. The app is factory loaded in the smartphone and ready to use out of the box at no cost to the user, and no calibration is needed. “Our product is proven in the lab and already the FDA has ruled that it is our device—not the smartphone itself—which is the regulated element,” Jones said. The company expects to submit the Health & Sensor App for approval and certification later this year.
Alan Weinstein named to PreparedHealth board
CHICAGO – Health care engagement company PreparedHealth has named Premier Inc. founder Alan Weinstein as a strategic advisor to the board. “We’re thrilled to have Alan join our team and guide our board based on his decades of experience building and operating one of the largest and most successful hospital alliances in the U.S.,” said Ashish Shah, CEO of PreparedHealth, in a statement. Weinstein brings more than 35 years of health care experience to his role as advisor. During his career he focused on developing startup businesses providing services to hospitals through shared programs intended to achieve greater economies of scale. Shah said Weinstein will be a key advisor as the company continues to expand across the growing number of hospital-led ACOs and post-acute provider markets, organizing at-home service providers like home health, personal care, home-based pharmacy, hospice, durable medical equipment, and other newly-emerging home-based health care services. “Having Alan join us is a testament to the future of the company,” said David Coyle, co-founder of PreparedHealth. “Many have entrusted Alan throughout his career to solve some of the largest problems in the health care industry, and we are excited to partner with him on shifting the market to better collaborate with home-based providers of health care services.”
Sensely raises $8M for medical assistant avatar
SAN FRANCISCO – Sensely has raised $8 million in Series B financing to develop its virtual medical assistant app for patient engagement and chronic disease monitoring. “The capital raised will allow us to serve our clinicians and patients much better, as well as expand our presence in the U.S., U.K., and international markets,” said Adam Odessky, CEO of Sensely, in a statement. The Sensely virtual medical assistant combines innovative avatar-based technology, advanced sensor capabilities and telemedicine features that generate actionable, real-time data and intelligent analytics, enabling clinicians to make better, timelier care decisions.
Number of remotely monitored patients grew in 2016, report finds
GOTHENBURG, Sweden – The number of remotely monitored patients grew by 44% to 7.1 million last year, according to a report from Berg Insight. The report also found that the number of remotely monitored patients will grow at a compound annual growth rate of 47.9% to reach 50.2 million by 2021. Monitoring patients with sleep therapy devices and monitoring patients with implantable cardiac rhythm management devices accounted for 80% of all connected home medical monitoring systems in 2016, according to Berg Insight. Leading vendors in this segment include ResMed, Philips Respironics and SRETT, it said. Telehealth is the third largest segment with 500,000 connections at the end of 2016, according to Berg Insight. Leading telehealth vendors include Tunstall Healthcare, Honeywell, Cardiocom, Philips and Qualcomm Life, it said.
Reliq Health to provide tech solutions to Paz Home Health VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Reliq Health Technologies will begin providing hardware and software solutions to Texas-based Paz Home Health clients in June.
“We are pleased to be working with Reliq Health to support our care providers in their day-to-day workflow, freeing up more time for patient care,” said Dayana Bernea, CEO of Paz Home Health, in a statement. “Patients and families can feel secure knowing that the Reliq Health system will continuously monitor the patient at home and summon emergency services if needed.”
Reliq’s remote patient monitoring system collects health data from patients in their homes. The cloud-based platform provides real-time access to patient health information, including trends over time, helping the care team identify patients whose condition is becoming unstable and need intervention.
Patients and family members can also see how medication adherence and lifestyle changes affect the patient’s health, improving engagement and reported satisfaction.
“Our technology allows patients to receive high quality care from the comfort of their own homes, reducing the cost of care delivery and increasing patient and family satisfaction,” said Dr. Lisa Crossley, CEO of Reliq Health, in a statement.
Paz Home Health provides care to more than 10,000 patients across 16 counties in southern Texas.
ATA reports capture telemedicine landscape
WASHINGTON – For the first time since 2014, all Medicaid agencies cover some form of telemedicine, according to an updated report from the American Telemedicine Association.
In 2017, all states allow coverage of telemedicine to some degree, compared to 24 states in 2005, the ATA found.
“These reports show that insurers, state lawmakers and Medicaid agencies see telemedicine and other digital health platforms as affordable and convenient solutions to bridge the provider shortage gap and enhance access to quality health care service,” said Latoya Thomas, director of the State Policy Resource Center at the ATA, in a statement.
Furthermore, the report found that Connecticut, Florida, Hawaii, Idaho, Rhode Island, Utah and West Virginia have adopted policies that improved coverage and reimbursement of telemedicine-provided services since 2016. On the flip side, Delaware, South Carolina and Washington, D.C., have either lowered telemedicine coverage or adopted policies further restricting telemedicine coverage.
Collectively, however, states are removing unnecessary requirements and embracing telemedicine as an appropriate way to deliver medical services nationwide, according to another report from the ATA.
As a result of changing board guidance and regulation for telemedicine when compared to in-person practice, states like Arkansas, Florida and Louisiana have made significant improvements for health providers, while Texas continues to earn the lowest grade in the country.