Partners Connected Health launches innovation challenge
BOSTON – Partners Connected Health has launched the 2017 Partners Connected Health Innovation Challenge to accelerate the development of disruptive, patient-centric and connected health solutions from Partners’ employees and clinical faculty. “CHIC helps to identify the most innovative and promising ideas from within the Partners network, and provides expertise from our Connected Health Innovation team, to create cutting-edge solutions to address our biggest health care challenges,” said Dr. Gregg Meyer, chief clinical officer of Partners HealthCare, in a statement. The review committee seeks unique ideas that may include a device, mobile-based application or other technology-enabled approach to care delivery. The winner will receive a range of user-centered design, development and analytic services from PCH to help bring their ideas into early state prototype.
Orbita, ERT collaborate on clinical trial data
BOSTON – Voice-first software company Orbita and global data and technology company ERT are collaborating on new approaches to data procurement and management for pharmaceutical and device customers seeking to streamline clinical trials. “We’re excited to work with Orbita on this solutions and give patients the power of voice,” said Andrea Valente, chief development officer at ERT, in a statement. The collaboration combines the advanced capabilities of ERT’s EXPERT technology platform for clinical trial data collection, processing and analysis with Orbita Voice, a first-of-its-kind solution for creating conversational applications using intelligent voice agents like Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. Using the solution, clinical trial study coordinators can create and manage care plans, and patients and family members can review and manage care tasks via voice as well as in mobile phone and web environments.
New digital health research center coming to Massachusetts
WORCESTER – The Massachusetts Technology Collaborative and General Electric are helping to fund a digital health research center at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Academic and industry teams will have access to the space, to be known as PracticePoint, to do research and test products in four settings—home health, surgical, clinical and rehabilitative care. “By integrating medical labs with manufacturing and testing, PracticePoint at WPI will deliver new innovations and make the Worcester region a leader in delivering the next generation of healthcare advancements and jobs,” said Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, in a statement. A large component of the center will be ensuring digital devices are secure against cybersecurity threats. The state has promised $5 million to the initiative, with GE Healthcare Life Sciences promising $2.5 million. WPI will contribute $9.5 million to the project, and construct the facility at Gateway Park at WPI.
Roche Diabetes Care launches blood glucose meter
INDIANAPOLIS – Roche Diabetes Care has introduced its Accu-Chek Guide System blood glucose meter and SimplePay savings program. The Accu-Chek Guide meter lets patient take a single strip without spilling any and it includes a larger blood application area on the strip. The meter also features a strip port light for testing anytime and a strip ejector button. The system automatically tracks results to the Accu-Chek Connect diabetes management app and online portal, eliminating the need for a logbook. With the Accu-Chek Guide SimplePay program, people with diabetes are able to pay a consistent and easy-to-understand low price for test strips.
Wellable health program available to Cherry Creek Mortgage employees
BOSTON – Wellness technology and services provider Wellable is partnering with Cherry Creek Mortgage to make its wellness program available to the mortgage banking company’s employees. The comprehensive wellness program incorporates fitness trackers and mobile apps, a broad range of health content and literacy options, and personalized health coaching sessions. “This is an amazing start for a 30-year-old company that has never had a wellness program,” said Brian Bennett, director of employee development and wellness at Cherry Creek Mortgage, in a statement.
Integrity Applications names Hauck to board of directors
WILMINGTON, Del. – Integrity Applications, maker of the GlucoTrack glucose meter, has appointed Michael Hauck to its board of directors. Hauck is the executive director of The Getz Group, a privately-owned pan-Asian trading company focused on health care products, industrial products, consumer distribution and retailing. He has held executive and director-level positions at companies including ERM, Interpharma Investments Ltd. and Invida Holdings. “His expansive knowledge of international markets, worldwide distribution and health care service solutions will be invaluable as we expand GlucoTrack’s global footprint in the rapidly growing diabetes and glucose monitoring landscape,” said John Graham, CEO and chairman of Integrity Applications, in a statement.
VitalConnect raises $33M for patient monitoring platform
SAN JOSE, Calif. – VitalConnect will use $33 million in recent funding to further commercialize its VitalConnect Platform. The platform integrates the company’s VitalPatch biosensor, a lightweight, wireless adhesive patch that continuously monitors and records eight patient vital signs, with cloud-based software. “The integration of wearable biosensors into existing and emerging health care environments will change the care paradigm,” said Dr. Nersi Nazari, chairman and CEO of VitalConnect, in a statement.
EarlySense updates patient monitoring platform
RAMAT GAN, Israel – EarlySense has launched an updated version of its integrated patient monitoring and data analytics software platform—an update that unifies the company’s solutions for the continuum of care into one software suite, providing seamless interoperability between locations within a facility, or monitoring of patients in a variety of settings. “In this version, we responded to multiple customer requests for enhanced, tablet-based remote view and control of our system and delivered a secure solution that enables clinical teams and leaders to effectively manage our system on the go,” said Guy Meger, CTO and vice president of research and development at EarlySense, in a statement.
John Muir Health launches user-friendlier website
WALNUT CREEK, Calif. – John Muir Health has launched its redesigned website, which features an interactive experience where consumers and patients can quickly and easily manage their health care. The website features a modern, mobile-friendly design, as well as urgent care scheduling and cleaner site navigation. “This project has really been focused on giving patients and consumers what they want from a health website—better tools to make managing health care quick and easy,” said Kevin Lazorik, senior vice president at Hero Digital, who led the redesign, in a statement.
Axxess launches program to revolutionize home health care
DALLAS – Home health technology company Axxess is introducing a program to “Uberize” the process of connecting home health agencies with qualified clinicians.
“We’re confident AxxessCARE is going to revolutionize the delivery of home health care in the same way Uber has transformed the transportation industry,” said John Olajide, president and CEO of Axxess.
AxxessCARE is integrated with AgencyCore, the company’s secure, HIPAA-compliant software program, to allow agencies to post needed clinician visits. Through the AxxessCARE mobile app, clinicians can then apply to conduct visits, after they have completed background checks and license verifications. Agencies will have the flexibility to review and select the most appropriate clinician for each posted visit.
Axxess is testing AxxessCARE in a pilot program with agencies and clinicians in the Dallas-Forth Worth area over the next few months before introducing it to the entire industry.
“AxxessCARE is intuitive, easy to use and a logical next step to meet the needs of agencies and clinicians to modernize the delivery of health care in the home,” said Olajide.
Paper strip allows home testing for heart failure patients
SHAANXI, China – Scientists at several universities have developed a paper strip test that will allow heart failure patients to monitor their disease at home.
The fluorescent strip works with a smartphone-based reader (the UC-LFS platform) to identify the two antigens responsible for indicating progressive heart failure. A study on the platform was successful.
“The developed UC-LFS platform is demonstrated to be highly sensitive and specific for sample-to-answer prognosis of heart failure, which holds great potential for risk assessment and health monitoring of post-treatment patients at home,” said Feng Xu, one of the authors of a recently published paper on the study, in a statement.
The test uses 10 microliters of sample blood. Patients can use an accompanying app to analyze the information and send results to their physician.
“Comparing the results from (the U.S. Food & Drug Administration)-approved clinical methods, we obtained a good linear correlation, indicating the practical reliability and stability of our developed UC-LFS platform,” said Xu.