Zimmer Biomet acquires RespondWell
WARSAW, Ind. – Zimmer Biomet has acquired RespondWell, a telerehabilitation technology designed to provide personalized, clinician-supervised post-surgical physical therapy at home. The acquisition strengthens its Zimmer Biomet Signature Solutions offering. “Integrating an innovative and comprehensive telerehabilitation program into our Zimmer Biomet Signature Solutions offering addresses the emerging need for health care providers to oversee and optimize post-surgical recovery outcomes to maximize value across the entire episode of care,” said David Nolan, a group president in a statement. The Zimmer Biomet Signature Solutions remote rehabilitation platform, known as Therapy@Home, features a personalized rehabilitation plan designed by a patient’s clinical care team, video gaming-style exercise system with on-screen digital instructors, and built-in reward features. The system allows the patient’s clinical care team to remotely monitor patient progress and activity, and digitally communicate with the patient.
HealthTap facilitates app development with new platform
PALO ALTO, Calif. – HealthTap recently launched HealthTap Cloud, a development platform for health developers to build applications more efficiently.
“HealthTap Cloud promises developers instant interoperability, turnkey secure and private infrastructure, and easy access to doctor knowledge and population data,” said Greg Badros, PhD, an investor in Health Tap, in a statement.
HealthTap Cloud is powered by HOPES, an operating system that connects the continuum of care to each person’s unique personal health record.
Software development kits and application programming interfaces are also available through the platform, helping developers build highly personalized iOS and Android apps.
“The barrier to entry for building smart health applications is dramatically lowered by HealthTap Cloud,” said Badros. “Opening our technology platform to the best developers through an application process enables them to access key modules of the HealthTap Cloud and further propels HealthTap’s mission of bringing affordable, high quality health care to billions of people every day.”
HealthTap also announced a collaboration with Blockchain S.A. to create a new health care blockchain—a foundational infrastructure for managing federated, trusted access to medical records securely between all parties in the private network.
“Now, HealthTap and Blockchain are taking a concrete and significant step toward leveraging this concept to solve a longstanding issue in health care—trusted, secure access to medical records for all,” said Blockchain CEO Peter Smith in a statement
Study finds telerehab helps breast cancer patients
GRANADA – Researchers from the University of Granada and two hospitals have found that telerehabilitation may help relieve the side effects of breast cancer and its treatment. “The participants have ameliorated their pain, strength, fatigue and quality of life, which reflects that an eight-week exercise program followed through the Internet can be successfully carried out without the need for an in-person therapeutic strategy,” said Noelia Galiano Castillo, lead author of the study. Participants in the study used a rehabilitation protocol over the Internet through Skype. In addition, the study found that the benefits of the program were maintained six months after its completion.
TytoCare’s digital stethoscope receives FDA clearance
ISRAEL – An FDA-cleared digital stethoscope joins TytoCare’s ecosystem of connected tools for remote medical exams. “By enabling a physical examination that virtually replicates an in-person visit, TytoCare will greatly enhance the ability of school-based clinics, nurses, home health providers, patients and family caregivers to connect and share medical information,” said Dr. Karen Rheuban, chairman of TytoCare’s Advisor Board, in a statement. The digital stethoscope pairs with a smartphone and allows users to examine the ears, throat, skin, heart, lungs and temperature. Data is captured, stored and shared through a could-based platform with video conferencing. Exams can be done in real time, or in advance of a telehealth visit.
Welkin Health partners with Serotonin-Plus to offer human coaching through platform
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Welkin Health and Serotonin-Plus are working together to provide human coaching online to patients of the Virginia-based medical weight loss program. “With Welkin’s ‘coach in your pocket’ technology, we will cast a wider net and help prevent and reverse more chronic disease through weight loss,” said Dr. Robert Posner, creator of the Serotonin-Plus program. Welkin will create a version of its configurable platform software specifically for Serofit coaches to build relationships with patients and engage them online, with the same quality of support they would receive in-office. The platform will include a personalized, intelligent workflow powered by a custom-designed curriculum, enhanced by integrations with Welkin’s existing technology solutions. Serofit patients may correspond via SMS, phone, email or custom smartphone app. “Serofit’s utilization of Welkin will not only help improve program adherence through comprehensive health education and frequent patient communication, but it will create more opportunity for consumers looking for off-the-shelf weight loss and chronic disease prevention options,” said Chase Hensel, CEO and co-founder of Welkin Health.