MC10, LabCorp partner to incorporate BioStamp sensor into clinical trials
LEXINGTON, Mass. – Wearable sensor developer MC10 and life sciences company LabCorp have partnered to incorporate MC10’s BioStampRC health data capture system into LabCorp’s Covance Drug Development business in clinical trials and research studies. As part of the deal, LabCorp has also made an equity investment in MC10. “Our collaboration with LabCorp will accelerate the delivery of MC10’s innovative digital health solutions to our shared customer base in the pharmaceutical industry,” said Ben Schlatka, co-founder and senior vice president of corporate development at MC10, in a statement.
“We are optimistic for the growing portfolio of projects that will leverage LabCorp’s differentiated diagnostic expertise and MC10’s medical-grade wearable systems to advance our mission of reshaping health care with digital solutions.” The BioStamp sensor allows for continuous, medical-grade, mobile monitoring of physiological data. To launch the collaboration, Covance is supporting the adoption of the BioStamp system in research studies best suited for the mobile monitoring of participating subjects.
Partners Connected Health partners with Validic to allow physician access to PGHD
BOSTON – Partners Connected Health and health care connectivity provider Validic are collaborating to provide Partners’ clinicians and researchers access to patient-generated health data from more than 420 consumer and clinical health devices. The full-scale service, which involves the integration of PGHD into care plans and the electronic health record, is set to launch throughout Partners HealthCare in 2018. “This collaboration will allow patients to share personal health data with their care team seamlessly and securely using their own consumer devices,” said Kelly Santomas, senior director of connected health solutions at Partners Connected Health, in a statement. “Of even greater significance is the ability to make this data actionable and provide evidence-based care to improve clinical efficiencies, empower patients and strengthen the patient provider relationship.” Learning from pilots and early rollouts, Partners Connected Health will work with Validic’s Inform platform to determine how home health devices and actionable, standardized and HIPPAA-compliant PGHD can fit within existing care plans. In the current pilot phase, Partners Connected Health is testing a cloud-based digital health platform with blood pressure monitoring. Partners Connected Health is part of Partners HealthCare, an integrated health system founded by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Massachusetts General Hospital.
The Mighty teams with WPP Health & Wellness to advance online health community
NEW YORK – Health marketing communications company WPP Health & Wellness is partnering with The Mighty, an early-stage online health community for people facing health challenges and disabilities. Launched in 2014, The Mighty was created to support, empower, and connect people and families living with chronic and rare diseases, mental illness and disability. It now has more than 1 million community members on it platform. “This partnership with WPP Health & Wellness expands on what we’ve built, will bring more resources to our community and enable us to reach the broader health care community at a global level,” said Mike Porath, founder of The Mighty, in a statement. The partnership with WPP Health & Wellness aims to strengthen the patient voice, facilitate new collaborative approaches that can deliver more patient resources and accelerate the ongoing shift in health care to a more patient-centered model. “Platforms like The Mighty not only provide a much-needed resource and forum for patients, they can also give health care leaders direct access to the patient challenges and practical needs that our clients are working to address,” said Mike Hudnall, CEO of WPP Health & Wellness, in a statement.
Marcotte, Stern take leadership roles at Hometeam
NEW YORK – Matt Marcotte and Julie Stern have joined the executive team at home health care provider Hometeam. Marcotte, a former Apple executive, has been named Hometeam’s first president, and will oversee all areas pertaining to people, process and culture. “Hometeam’s focus on improving the lives of both care recipients and caregivers through incredible personal experiences and innovative use of technology will set us up to transform an industry ripe for change.” said Marcotte. Stern, who was formerly chief technology officer at Accolade, has been named chief technology officer at Hometeam and will lead all aspects of engineering, product and design. “Hometeam has a tremendous vision to transform the home care industry and we believe by introducing technology innovations in partnership with our caregivers, we will build a best-in-class customer experience,” she said in a statement. Hometeam leverages technology to personalize patient care plans, as well as train and equip caregivers.
MyTelemedicine launches SimpoAdmin health benefits platform
MCKINNEY, Texas – Digital health care provider MyTelemedicine recently introduced the SimpoAdmin platform to streamline its enrollment process for telehealth services and other health care benefit products. “The SimpoAdmin platform makes it easy for our partners to bring telemedicine to their individual and group clients, expanding their health care menu and increasing their competitiveness in the health and wellness marketplace,” said Wayne Orchard, vice president of strategic partnerships at MyTelemedicine, in a statement. The SimpoAdmin platform allows users to enroll in MyTelemedicine’s Access a Doctor suite of products, which connect members with U.S. licensed doctors 24/7 via phone, email or video conference, and also provides access to specialists, counselors, health care advocates and a prescription savings program.
Northwestern Mutual, Aurora Health Care invest in local startups
MILWAUKEE – Life insurance provider Northwestern Mutual and nonprofit Aurora Health Care are each investing $5 million to support local Milwaukee digital startups through a multiyear funding commitment, business resources and mentorship. “We recognize technology is a key driver of Milwaukee’s future and the private sector needs to play a lead role in getting us there,” said John E. Schlifske, chairman and CEO of Northwestern Mutual, in a statement. The company’s Cream City Venture Capital will provide early stage funding for startups ranging from $100,000 to $250,000. Beyond providing early stage capital, Cream City VC will offer its portfolio of companies access to additional Northwestern Mutual resources, including advisors, mentors, co-working space and technology resources. Aurora will co-invest up to $1 million in early-stage companies that make health easier, more efficient and more personalized. In addition to providing investment capital, Aurora plans to link companies with its network of health professionals and patient insights to help shape, refine and provide validation efforts for the most promising solutions. “Technology is rapidly changing not only how we experience health care, but how we live our lives,” said Dr. Nick Turkal, president and CEO of Aurora Health Care. “Investment through the InvestMKE fund will help us deliver high-quality, cost-effective health care, ultimately helping people live well here at home.”
Americans take advantage of online health resources, survey finds
PHOENIX – Fifty nine percent of respondents to a recent University of Phoenix College of Health Professions survey say they have used online health resources as a substitute for primary health care. “The health care industry is shifting to a patient-centered model that harnesses technology to both open communication channels and create a platform for patient engagement,” said Doris Savron, executive dean for the College of Health Professions at University of Phoenix, in a statement. “Given this shift, it is crucial that patients not only have access to these technologies, but also view them as important resources for improving their health and overall care experience.” The survey found that one-quarter of Americans who have access to health technology use resources like e-prescription filing services (26%), online health records (25%) and online appointment booking services (15%). A national sample of 2,201 registered U.S. voters completed the online survey, conducted by Morning Consult on behalf of University of Phoenix College of Health Professions in August.
One Drop diabetes management comes to Fitbit
NEW YORK – Digital diabetes care platform provider One Drop will use the power of Fitbit wearable data to bring enhanced data-driven care management tools to people with diabetes. The first initiative of the multi-year collaboration will be to integrate enhanced access to Fitbit data into the One Drop mobile app, providing One Drop users with at-a-glance access to Fitbit data to help them better understand the impact of physical activity on blood glucose management.
Fitbit data will also be incorporated into One Drop reports, allowing physicians and One Drop | Experts and One Drop | Professional users to utilize the data to make more personalized, informed care decisions.
“We strive to provide our community with the most comprehensive set of data and tools to manage their diabetes or prediabetes,” said Jeff Dachis, CEO and founder of One Drop, in a statement. “Working with Fitbit was a natural next step for One Drop.”
One Drop users will now be able to sync Fitbit data to their One Drop accounts, allowing users to integrate data from all Fitbit devices throughout the day, without having to manually track physical activity, sleep and heart rate data.
One Drop will also analyze Fitbit data, along with One Drop’s 500 million user-generated health data points, to resurface deeper insights and improve health outcomes for all people with diabetes worldwide.
“By integrating Fitbit data and creating an app for Fitbit Ionic, we will be able to provide our users and their health care providers with more data and deeper insights to better manage their diabetes,” Dachis said.
One Drop will also develop an app for Fitbit Ionic. Using the Fitbit software development kit that was made available to developers last month, users will be able to track the same self-care data and view data-driven insights and statistics from One Drop.
As part of the One Drop/Fitbit partnership, the companies are exploring new research opportunities to enhance future product innovation.