Pegus named to Tactile Medical board of directors
MINNEAPOLIS –Tactile Medical, which develops medical devices for the treatment of chronic diseases at home, has appointed Dr. Cheryl Pegus to its board of directors. “Cheryl brings to us deep experience in health outcomes, analytics and population management, while also providing us her unique perspective gained from serving as chief medical officer for both a national payer and a major provider,” said Peter H. Soderberg, chairman of the board of Tactile Medical, in a statement. Pegus is currently clinical professor of medicine and population health at NYU Langone Medical Center.
“Cheryl is the first director we have added since Tactile Medical went public just over a year ago, and her addition represents important progress in strengthening our board to further support Tactile Medical’s growth opportunities,” Soderberg said.
Spectrum Health fund joins AVIA network
CHICAGO – Spectrum Health has joined AVIA Innovator Network to support its newly-formed Spectrum Health Ventures venture capital fund. Through the fund, Spectrum plans to invest $100 million in health care companies over the next 10 years, focusing on finding, investing and implementing digital solutions addressing prevention and wellness, care delivery transformation, consumer engagement and genomics.
“At Spectrum Health, we strive to be at the forefront of health care, pushing ourselves toward innovation and cutting-edge technologies,” said Roger Jansen, chief strategy officer at Spectrum Health, in a statement. “By joining AVIA, we will collaborate with other leading health systems in the network to make smarter technology selections and investment decisions.” AVIA connects more than 20 action-oriented health systems across the nation to transform health care by identifying and implementing digital solutions that solve healthcare’s biggest strategic challenges. “With AVIA’s support, Spectrum Health will find promising digital solutions that offer investment opportunities and address pressing challenges for the health system,” said Eric Langshur, co-founder and CEO of AVIA, in a statement.
Solera integrates mobile app to support DPP
PHOENIX – Solera Health has integrated the SoleraONE mobile app into its technology platform to support community-based diabetes prevention program providers with digital make-up sessions, as allowed by CMS for all Medicare beneficiaries. “We recognized the importance of supporting our in-person providers and actively worked to meet their need to offer Medicare participants make-up sessions with our mobile app, SoleraONE, for sustained patient engagement to support program outcomes,” said Brenda Schmidt, CEO of Solera Health, in a statement. The SoleraONE app is designed to strengthen coach and group interactions, while simplifying nutrition and physical activity tracking for participants.
It includes an integrated lifestyle coach portal that significantly reduces or eliminates the time required by lifestyle coaches to review participant nutrition logs and provide real-time participant feedback.
Specialists on Call solution supports post-acute care
RESTON, Va. – Specialists on Call has launched a post-acute care enterprise solution, allowing the telemedicine provider to cover the entire continuum of care for acute and non-acute health care providers. “We developed this offering to enable our clients to extend their telemedicine reach outside the four walls of their hospitals,” said Hammad Shah, CEO of Specialists on Call, in a statement. “Now, we offer a singular platform for both acute and post-acute needs, which is consistent with our philosophy of introducing solutions that are easy and quick to deploy, require minimal up-front capital investment and allow for rapid expansion.” The solution includes hardware and software, 24/7 operations support, analytics and predictive modeling. It will work with any laptop, phone, tablet or telemedicine cart, bringing the cost of implementation down and leveraging a health system or network’s existing infrastructure investments.”
Wisepill, Aeris partner to improve medication adherence
SANTA CLARA, Calif. – Wisepill Technologies, a provider of medication adherence management solutions, has teamed up with IoT company Aeris to improve medication management and adherence. “Through our work with Wisepill Technologies we are helping enable their clients, pharmaceutical businesses and health care organizations around the world to use IoT technologies and improve their adherence to medication management,” said Raj Kanaya, chief marketing officer and managing director of automotive at Aeris, in a statement.
The Wisepill dispenser is a pillbox with a global system for mobile communications chip that uses a mobile phone and Aeris’ Internet of Things technologies to provide real-time medication management solutions. The device monitors patient adherence and provides instant feedback, reminding users only when they forget to take their medication.
ARKRAY launches real-time diabetes platform for patients, providers
MINNEAPOLIS – ARKRAY USA has launched a real-time diabetes management system and mobile app to help people with diabetes and the health care professionals that care for them. “ARKRAY continues to deliver new products and services to help people with diabetes live a healthier and more active life,” said Jonathan Chapman, president of ARKRAY, in a statement. The ARK Care Advance system and Vita mobile app provide real-time access to blood glucose readings using an easy-to-use tool built on simple logbooks and glucose tracking. The system translates the data into graphs and charts to easily identify, isolate and record changes within diabetes management.
Linkous steps down as ATA CEO
WASHINGTON – Jonathan Linkous is stepping down from his role as CEO of the American Telemedicine Association after 24 years. “Jon was integral in the formation of the ATA and the telehealth industry,” said Dr. Peter Yellowlees, current board president of the ATA, in a statement. “He was instrumental in building this organization and we are indebted to him for building a strong foundation for future growth.” Dr. Sabrina Smith, ATA’s current chief operating officer, will take on the role of interim CEO, and there will be a search to fill the position permanently.
GAO appoints 15 to HIT committee
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Government Accountability Office has appointed 15 members to the new Health Information Technology Advisory Committee. “It is extremely valuable to have a range of perspectives and expertise in helping the government address challenges related to health information technology,” said Gene Dodaro, comptroller of the GAO, in a statement. Newly appointed members will serve for one-, two-, or three-year terms, and all members may be reappointed for subsequent three-year terms. New members are: Michael Adcock, executive director of the Center for Telehealth at the University of Mississippi Medical Center; Terrence O’Malley of Massachusetts General Hospital; Carolyn Petersen, senior editor of Mayo Clinic’s health information website; Sasha TerMaat, director at health care software company Epic; Andrew Truscott, managing director for health and public service at Accenture; John Kansky, president and CEO of the Indiana Health Information Exchange; Denni McColm, chief information officer at Citizens Memorial Healthcare; Brett Oliver, chief medical information officer for Baptist Health; Raj Ratwani, scientific director of the National Center for Human Factors in Healthcare within MedStar Health; Denise Webb, chief information officer of Marshfield Clinic Health System; Christina Caraballo, director of healthcare transformation at Get Real Health; Tina Esposito, vice president of information and technology innovation at Advocate Health Care; Brad Gescheider, senior director of provider and payer solutions at PatientsLikeMe; Kensaku Kawamoto, associate chief medical information officer, University of Utah Health; and Sheryl Turney, senior director of all-payer claims database analytics and data policy and administration at Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield. The committee, established through the 21st Century Cures Act, will provide recommendations to the national coordinator for health information technology on policies, standards, implementation specifications and certification criteria relating to the implementation of a health information technology infrastructure that advances the electronic access, exchange and use of health information.
County health service partners with Netsmart for patient data sharing
WATERTOWN, N.Y. – Jefferson County Public Health Service is partnering with health care technology provider Netsmart to improve communications between area home health and long-term care providers and the state’s Regional Health Information Organization.
“This new technology provides a perfect way to obtain important patient information without providers having to call or fax and then wait for the information,” said Ginger Hall, director of public health for Jefferson County, in a statement. ”It’s the most standardized, secure and efficient way for patient data to be shared.”
Netsmart provides electronic health records (EHRs), health information exchange, data analytics, and mobile clinical and consumer engagement solutions for behavioral health, social services and post-acute communities.
While Jefferson County’s Public Health Service serves a variety of health provider communities, a large portion addresses certified home health and long-term care.
Tracking an individual through the care continuum via integrated technology that seamlessly shares relevant information with the care team is a vital component in effectively and efficiently treating the whole person, said Hall. Netsmart technology provides a platform for Jefferson County, home health and long-term care providers to securely share health information with other community providers through HealtheConnections to ensure smooth transitions between care settings.
“We have a team that provides amazing care to our communities, but it’s a unique challenge to provide high-quality care for someone when you only have half of the information,” said Hall.
The first phase of integrating Netsmart into JCPHS’s home health operations includes creating a seamless workflow to send patient information from the point of care to HealtheConnections. This creates a longitudinal view for an individual’s history so care providers can have full access to the entire picture of care history.
“We’re excited to work alongside Jefferson County to provide the right tools so clinicians and other care providers in the county can have a complete view to be able to treat individuals in the community with a truly holistic approach,” said AJ Peterson, vice president and general manager of Netsmart, in a statement.