Slavitt joins AVIA Innovator Network
CHICAGO – Andy Slavitt has joined the AVIA Innovator Network as a senior advisor. The health innovation network works with health systems to help them de-risk and curate digital health technology to improve patient care. Slavitt recently stepped down from his role as acting administrator for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. “One of the principal areas I will focus on is what major healthcare organizations need to do differently for our country to succeed in transforming patient care,” said Slavitt in a statement. “We have small scale innovation all over, but until physicians, patients and systems can absorb and benefit at scale, our healthcare system will remain stalled.”
Trilogy Home Healthcare to integrate Synzi communication platform
CLEARWATER, Fla. – Trilogy Home Healthcare has selected Synzi’s virtual care communication platform to improve patient management, engagement and care. Trilogy works with home health nurses, medical directors, community physicians and other staff to provide in-home clinical care to patients in the state of Florida. “We are dedicated to delivering compassionate care to our patients and we were interested in introducing technology to get desired patient outcomes and reduce hospital readmissions,” said Dale Clift, executive chairman of Trilogy Home Healthcare, in a statement. “With Synzi’s platform, our clinical staff can better connect with our clients giving us more touch points with them, while improving patient engagement.” Synzi’s virtual care platform features video, email, text, and secure messaging capabilities. Trilogy plans to deploy the Synzi platform this month to patients who own and are comfortable with smart technology. A secondary focus will be patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and diabetes. “By implementing a virtual care solution, Trilogy is differentiating itself from others in the home care market,” said Lee Horner, CEO of Synzi, in a statement. “With the increasing complexity of health information and health care settings, the Synzi platform gives Trilogy the ability to interface with other health care providers and family members to assure that their patients are getting any additional information, skills, and supportive relationships to meet their healthcare needs.”
Lemieux to lead development at OCHIN network
PORTLAND, Ore. – Josh Lemieux has been named vice president of development and foundation engagement at OCHIN, a nonprofit health information and technology innovation network. In his new role, Lemieux will step down from his four-year tenure on OCHIN’s board of directors, and will work to expand the organization’s research and technology innovation partnerships. “Josh brings a wealth of experience to help us explore partnerships to advance health equity, care coordination, and technology to reach rural and vulnerable populations,” said Abby Sears, CEO of OCHIN, in a statement. “From his work on our board, we know Josh will bring passion for our mission as a leading knowledge center for safety net care.” Lemieux was previously chief of staff and global general manager of consumer health on the health innovation team in Intel’s Datacenter Group.
Mount Sinai Health, RenalytixAI partner to improve kidney disease treatment with AI
NEW YORK – Mount Sinai Health System and RenalytixAI are partnering to commercialize artificial intelligence solutions to improve kidney disease detection, management and treatment for patients with diabetes and other at-risk, large-scale patient populations. The partnership will leverage the health system’s data warehouse, and using de-identified clinical data, will create an advanced learning system to monitor and flag patients at risk for kidney disease and costly unplanned “crashes” into dialysis. “Our ability to apply the power of artificial intelligence against such a deep repository of clinical data, in combination with prognostic biomarkers, has the potential to change the game for all of our patients with diabetes and other populations at risk for kidney disease,” said Dr. Barbara Murphy, dean for clinical integration and population health management at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and chairwoman of the RenalytixAI scientific advisory board, in a statement. The first product launch is expected next year. “The fact that so many patients on dialysis have never seen a specialist has to change, both from a patient care and cost perspective,” said Julian Barnes, executive chairman of RenalytixAI, in a statement. “I believe that this partnership will result in RenalytixAI being leaders in the field of kidney care, alongside Mount Sinai.”
Propeller Health raises $20M, announces partnership with Aptar Pharma
MADISON, Wis. – Propeller Health has raised $20M in funding to advance its line of digital therapeutics and connected devices for the treatment of chronic respiratory disease. “With our industry-leading platform and in partnership with our growing Propeller Provider Network, we now have the foundation in place to bring the benefits of digital medicines to many new conditions,” said David Van Sickle, co-founder and CEO of Propeller Health, in a statement. The funding round was led by Aptar Pharma, which is also partnering with Propeller to work with pharmaceutical brands to co-develop and co-market digital medicines across therapeutic areas, leveraging Aptar Pharma’s expertise in device development, packaging innovation and quality manufacturing. “We believe this approach will provide significant value to patients, health care providers, payers and our pharma company partners,” said Salim Haffar, president of Aptar Pharma, in a statement.
Samsung smartphones to incorporate Babylon’s ‘Ask an Expert’ system
LONDON – Samsung has partnered with digital healthcare provider Babylon to launch “Ask an Expert, powered by Babylon,” a system that allows users to check symptoms and book live video doctor appointments. The Babylon service will be made available within the Samsung Health app on Samsung Galaxy mobile devices. “Now our customers will be able to look after their health from wherever they are—whether it’s checking a symptom or talking to a doctor—all within a few simple taps,” said Kyle Brown, head of technology and services, Samsung UK, in a statement. “The availability of the Babylon service within the app is another milestone for Samsung as we move toward a more connected, healthy world.” By incorporating Babylon’s artificial intelligence service within the Samsung Health app, users can book video appointments with certified doctors 24/7 to obtain medical advice, and manage and order prescriptions online. With their paid subscription, users can also check their symptoms and receive high-quality triage information about physical health, common ailments and symptoms straight to their device. “Samsung’s vision for empowering individuals and transforming health care, partnered with the company’s history of technological innovation, constant focus on customer satisfaction and truly global reach makes it a perfect fit with our values and mission,” said Dr. Ali Parsa, founder and CEO of Babylon. “It’s very exciting to know that millions of Samsung users will soon be able to better manage their health using Babylon’s services as we deliver personal health assessments and treatment advice via their Samsung Galaxy devices.”