Startup bootcamp seeks augmented reality ideas
PHILADELPHIA – Digitas Health and NYC Media Lab, with support from Publicis Health, have kicked off the Digital Health Augmented Reality Startup Bootcamp for graduate students competing to create innovative health solutions using augmented reality. “We believe that augmented reality technology, which leverages the devices people already have in their pockets, will provide patients with important insights, engagement opportunities and the resources needed to better manage their health challenges,” said Richard Schwartz, senior vice president of marketing and connected health partnerships for Digitas Health, in a statement. Five teams will compete for $5,000 in funding and mentoring from Digitas Health agency experts to turn their concepts into a prototype with a plan for a viable augmented reality product that makes a difference in the health care industry.
Witty Health launches health risk platform
HOUSTON – Witty Health has launched a video-enabled, real-time, remote health risk monitoring platform. The platform is designed to: help employers and payers identify their high-risk employees and members; have their high-risk employees’ and members’ biometrics monitored by their physician; and lower preventable health care costs with a demonstrable return on investment. “Our new path is for value-based models where health risks are monitored in real-time to prevent both the onset and progression of chronic conditions,” said Ram Sesha, co-founder of Witty Health, in a statement. “Through an engaging partnership with insurers, employers and physicians, we believe our product can significantly improve clinical outcomes and reduce preventable health care costs.” The platform is connected with eight devices: a wireless scale, blood pressure cuff, pulse oximeter, stethoscope, thermometer, multi-scope camera, ECG and blood glucose monitor.
Reminder Rosie receives high marks
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. – Reminder Rosie, a device designed to remind people with memory loss to take their medication and complete daily tasks, achieved 80% compliance for 86% of patients in a recent pilot study conduced by the Toronto Central Community Access Centre. The three-month study of 11 patients found the device to be especially helpful for those with mild dementia and cognitive impairment, and projected cost savings for home care professionals between $3,000 to $6,000 annually. Manufactured by LifeAssist Technologies, Reminder Rosie allows caregivers to record up to 25 personalized messages in any language.
Bruyére Continuing Care first Canadian customer of diabetes self-management program
LOS ANGELES – Bruyére Continuing Care is the first customer in Canada of the Better Choices, Better Health program offered jointly by Canary Health, a provider of evidence-based digital health self-management programs, and Medtronic. “We believe that providing the Better Choices, Better Health program will help residents of Ontario living with chronic conditions make needed lifestyle changes and support them with managing their chronic conditions,” said Rachel Davidson, regional coordinator, chronic disease self management, at Bruyére Continuing Care, in a statement. Medtronic and Canary Health are the exclusive providers of Canary Health’s Better Choices, Better Health program for people with Type 2 diabetes. The program includes a six-week workshop delivered online to people with ongoing and persistent health conditions.
BrainCheck raises $1.5M to expand sales and delivery
HOUSTON – BrainCheck, which offers mobile brain health tracking solutions, has raised $1.5 million in funding to expand global sales and delivery of its cognitive health monitoring app. “Our vision is to empower people everywhere to take control of their cognitive health by making our platform accessible, simple and interactive,” said Dr. Yael Katz, co-founder and CEO of BrainCheck. “This additional funding enables us to accelerate our growth, expand our channels and deliver on our promise of democratizing brain health.”
Smartlink Mobile Systems changes name to reflect evolving focus
CARY, N.C. – Health care solutions provider Smartlink Mobile Systems has changed its name to Smartlink Health Solutions to reflect the company’s expanding multi-pronged approach to wellness and chronic disease management, and its focus on enabling clients to accelerate the transition to value-based payment models. “We initially innovated around improving care management and coordination between patients and their providers via mobile technology, but, over the last several years, we have continued to innovate by expanding our suite of patient engagement solutions, and in so doing, we have developed a much broader value-based portfolio,” said Dr. Siu Tong, CEO of Smartlink, in a statement. The name change also reflects the recent strategic investment in Smartlink by DXC Technology, which has enabled the company to expand its development team and accelerate its ability to bring new innovations to market.
U.S. HealthWorks modernizes care with American Well
VALENCIA, Calif. – U.S. HealthWorks will leverage American Well’s technology to launch its comprehensive telemedicine program. “Our aim is to help patients and their employers access the occupational medicine expertise of our physicians, even during hours when most medical providers are typically unavailable or when the patient is far from a medical facility,” said Joseph Mallas, president and CEO of U.S. HealthWorks, in a statement. U.S. HealthWorks provides medical care for employees with on-the-job injuries, treating more than 14,000 patients each day. “U.S. HealthWorks is recognized for being a national leader in occupational medicine and incorporating telemedicine into their overall strategy modernizes how health care is delivered to patients when and where they need it most,” said Daniella Russella, president customer solutions, American Well, in a statement.
Blue Spark Technologies receives patent for wearable temperature monitor
CLEVELAND – Blue Spark Technologies has received a patent from the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for TempTraq, the company’s wearable Bluetooth-enabled temperature monitor. “This historic milestone in our corporate evolution helps us to secure a more competitive position in the wearable connected health space,” said John Gannon, CEO of Blue Spark Technologies, in a statement. TempTraq continuously senses, records and sends body temperature for up to 24-48 hours to a mobile device through its free app. A 72-hour version is being tested in hospitals. “We are now a major player and the sole developer of this technology, empowering us to improve and transform health care for people of all ages,” said Gannon.
Glooko, Dexcom expand relationship
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Diabetes management platform provider Glooko has expanded an agreement with Dexcom to deliver continuous glucose monitoring data from all currently available Dexcom CGM systems into Glooko’s platform via the cloud. Previously, Dexcom devices needed to be proactively synced to Glooko via a cable or connection to Apple Health. “Having Dexcom CGM data, combined with food, medication and exercise data, in Glooko enables us to pinpoint behaviors and personalize insights to drive behavior change and ultimately improved outcomes,” said Rick Altinger, CEO of Glooko, in a statement. Dexcom’s cloud infrastructure is designed to give people with diabetes easy access to their CGM data and control over who they share it with, so they can enhance both their self-management and clinic-based care. Dexcom G5 CGM data will be available for patients to sync to Glooko this summer and via Glooko’s Office Upload products in the U.S. this month. The expanded cloud integration with Dexcom will be available globally in Glooko later this year.
MatrixCare launches population care platform
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – MatrixCare has launched its CareCommunity population care management platform, an integrated, spectrum-wide technology designed for health professionals caring for seniors. “The platform eliminates the communications barriers between acute and various non-acute settings to provide a single, e-longitudinal health record that enables the entire care team—everyone from doctors and therapists, to pharmacists and family members—to connect, engage, interact and make informed, real-time care decisions,” said John Damgaard, president and CEO of MatrixCare, in a statement. CareCommunity aggregates all pertinent clinical data from multiple entities involved in the care process, as well as from more than 500 consumer and commercial-grade home health devices.
Catalia Health raises $2.5M for AI-powered platform
SAN FRANCISCO – Patient care management company Catalia Health has raised $2.5 million in funding to advance its artificial intelligence-powered patient engagement platform.
Catalia Health’s patient engagement platform pairs with the company’s intelligent personalized health care companion, Mabu, an AI-enabled robot that combines the efficacy of conversations tailored to individual patients with the cost efficiency of scalable technology. The interactions between patient and robot enable the collection and analysis of data critical to providing the highest level of care, said Dr. Cory Kidd, CEO and founder of Catalia Health, in a statement. “This investment enables us to hit two major milestones: roll out Mabu to our first patients; and obtain significant data that will show the benefits of our platform to patients and customers,” he said.
MyCooey uses voice assistant for health monitoring
HOUSTON – Cooey, a mobile-based remote health monitoring platform provider, recently rolled out an enterprise platform for caregivers. The platform, MyCooey, features a smart voice assistant called Maya, which simplifies routine health monitoring tasks with simple voice commands. “Our end-to-end health monitoring mobile platform covers requirements of assisted living, in-home care, remote monitoring, postsurgical
rehab and chronic disease management,” said Manu Madhusudanan, co-founder and CEO of Cooey, in a statement. A rules engine powered by a Cooey-developed algorithm allows the user to customize care plans, trigger events, lifestyle advice, health monitoring and goal setting.
Digital Health Corp acquires Constant Therapy to improve patient recovery at home
SAN DIEGO – Digital Health Corp’s acquisition of mobile solutions provider Constant Therapy will help the diversified health care company expand its ability to accelerate and advance recovery at home for patients with traumatic brain injury, stroke, aphasia and learning disorders.
“This technology is a perfect strategic complement to Digital Health Corp’s growing portfolio of patient recovery and rehabilitation solutions that provide evidence-based and affordable therapy options to help patients get better in the comfort and convenience of their own home,” said Dr. Joseph Smith, president and CEO of Digital Health Corp, in a statement.
Constant Therapy designs mobile applications for continuous and customizable therapy for people with speech, language, cognition, memory and learning disorders. With 65 task categories and a growing library of more than 100,000 exercises, patients can augment their in-clinic therapy sessions at home and continue to progress through the exercises in between clinic visits or after in-clinic therapy has been completed.
To better articulate Digital Health Corp’s overall vision of developing and delivering customized therapy solutions to accelerate and improve patient recovery at home, Constant Therapy will be rebranded as The Learning Corp.
“We are excited to build upon Constant Therapy’s early-stage success by expanding and enhancing its speech language therapy programs,” said Dr. Smith. “These enhancements will be supported by the continued development of a compelling, deep and rich body of clinical evidence under the new ‘The Learning Corp’ brand name that is unparalleled in this space.”
Northwell Health moves into wearables
NEW YORK – Northwell Health will leverage a new partnership with wearable technology company Peerbridge Health to pioneer the future of remote medial monitoring.
Peerbridge Health technology enables remote patient monitoring through multiple on-body wireless sensors.
“Our collaboration with Peerbridge Health is part of our overarching strategy to introduce disruptive technologies that will help shape the future of health care delivery,” said Michael Dowling, president and CEO of Northwell Health, New York’s largest health care provider, with 22 hospitals and more than 550 outpatient facilities that care for more than 2 million people annually.
Northwell Health and Peerbridge Health conducted a clinical trial earlier this year to test the Peerbridge Cor, a compact, lightweight, multi-channel electrocardiogram monitor, comparing it to other cardiovascular monitors.
“The trial demonstrated that this technology was superior to the current standard,” said Dr. Nicholas Skipitaris, chief of electrophysiology at Lenox Hill Hospital.
To get ahead of the growth in patient demand, an increasing number of providers are looking for more efficient monitoring like Peerbridge to improve treatment and deliver better outcomes, which also has the potential to significantly reduce expenses, said Arthur Bertolero, CEO of Peerbridge Health, in a statement.
“Our vision is to help consumers partner with their physicians through easily accessible remote monitoring options,” Bertolero said.
Livongo Family Care Plan to support diabetes groups
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Digital health company Livongo Health has announced partnerships with the American
Diabetes Association, Beyond Type 1, Diabetes Hands Foundation and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation to launch the Livongo Family Care Plan.
“Our goal is to empower people with diabetes to live better and healthier lives, while funding important research, technology and advocacy programs,” said Glen Tullman, CEO of Livongo, in a statement.
The Family Care Plan is a comprehensive diabetes management program for people with diabetes and those who love them. It combines an advanced, cellular-enabled blood glucose meter with digital tools and personalized messaging, expert support from certified diabetes educators and unlimited supplies like strips to check blood sugar.
The plan costs $49.99 per month, with a minimum three-month commitment.
The program also offers real-time support, including the option for text message updates to family members after important glucose readings and 24/7 live outreach when a member’s glucose
reading is out of range.
The launch of the Family Care Plan makes Livongo’s
offering, which was previously offered only through leading employers, health providers and health plans, available directly to
Livongo will make a $3 donation every month on behalf of each member who subscribes through Beyond Type 1, Diabetes Hands Foundation and JDRF. The company has also pledged financial support for the American Diabetes Association’s programs and efforts aimed at underserved diabetes communities.