Patient-friendly technology boosts compliance at Reid Health
PLANO, Texas – Reid Health, a health system that serves patients in parts of Ohio and Indiana, credits patient-friendly technology from Vivify Health for a 90% compliance rate with remote patient monitoring. “Remote patient monitoring is essential for keeping patients healthier and out of the hospital, but the technology must be easy, even enjoyable, for these patients to use,” said Billie Kester, vice president of continuum of care at Reid Health, in a statement. Reid Health has intentionally designed its continual care program to foster engagement and higher satisfaction among patients dealing with chronic conditions that have left them vulnerable to gaps in care between clinical visits. Each patient in the program receives a remote patient monitoring kit from Vivify Health that includes a tablet with animated videos that walk patients through an easy set-up, as well as various health devices to collect the patient’s health data.
Biomatics Capital to invest $200M fund into genomics, digital health
SEATTLE – Biomatics Capital Partners has closed on an initial fund of $200 million, with plans to invest in genomics, digital health and data-driven health care technologies. “In the next decade, breakthrough science and technology will fundamentally transform the practice of medicine and delivery of health care,” said Dr. Boris Nikolic, managing director of Biomatics Capital Partners, who previously served as chief advisor for science and technology to Bill Gates. The firm estimates it will invest in 15-20 companies. “By combining the best of science with sound investment practices, we are looking to create extraordinary financial value for our investors and a pathway to better patient outcomes,” said Julie Sunderland, co-managing director at Biomatics.
UCB launches tech-based program for arthritis patients
ATLANTA – Biopharmaceutial company UCB has launched a health and wellness program for people living with immunologic disorders.
Wellness 4U is a multi-channel health and wellness program designed to elevate patient outcomes beyond therapeutic support. It includes an Activity Tracker pilot program; a health outcomes research collaboration with the IBD Support Foundation; a national wellness education panel speaker event series; and a nurse practitioner/physician’s assistant educational initiative.
“This overarching Wellness 4U platform and the unique relationships it is forging are representative of the larger UCB commitment to being a trusted collaborator, actively pioneering in subpopulations with remaining unmet patient and provider needs,” said Todd Ewards, vice president and head of US immunology at UCB, in a statement.
The Wellness 4U Activity Tracker pilot program works with physicians to provide patients living with moderate to severe rheumatoid arthritis (RA) with a Garmin activity tracker to monitor their daily steps and sleep patterns.
Once enrolled in the program, patients have access to the Wellness 4U online community platform that offers tracking capabilities for data sourced from their activity trackers, as well as other healthy lifestyle tips and information.
“By tracking physical activity and sleeping habits through the Wellness 4U Activity Tracker, the first program of its kind for people with RA, patients can work with their physicians to track their progress and ultimately take an active role in their own wellness journey,” said Dr. Prashanth Sunkureddi, a rheumatology specialist, in a statement.
The Wellness 4U Activity Tracker program has launched in Houston; Charlotte, N.C.; Lousville, Ky.; and Los Angeles. Approximately 50 patients have enrolled so far.