HUDSON, Wisc. – Phillips-Medisize, a Molex company, has joined forces with health care software provider InterSystems to develop a third-generation connected health platform that enables pharmaceutical companies to connect medication and diagnostic information across their drugs and therapy areas in a single platform. The integration of InterSystems HealthShare will offer an information-sharing and analytics platform designed for connected drug delivery devices, biosensors and regulated Mobile Medical Applications (SaMD/MMA). “Our collaboration with InterSystems brings together the information that matters—connecting pharmaceutical companies, providers, patients and payers on the Phillips-Medisize Connected Health Platform—through a unified healthcare medication record and powerful analytics that span the care continuum,” said Matt Jennings, CEO and president of Phillips-Medisize, in a statement. Data collected by connected devices using the Phillips-Medisize Connected Health Platform can be shared securely to inform the patient and their health care provider when medications have been administered, and can be combined with data from diagnostic devices and biometric sensors to generate further insights. Pharmaceutical companies working with Phillips-Medisize will receive an exclusive, secure private cloud. “The collaboration between InterSystems and Phillips-Medisize aims to change the paradigm with a highly scalable platform to securely connect and aggregate data from rare diseases to many millions of patients across global geographies, encouraging patients in the most effective use of prescribed medications to improve outcomes,” said Don Woodlock, head of the HealthShare business unit at InterSystems, in a statement.
PHILADELPHIA – CloudMine, a health care platform solution provider, has introduced the next generation of the company’s Connected Health Cloud platform for health care organizations. The latest version of the Connected Health Cloud incorporates additions to the platform’s interoperability engine and security suite, as well as introduces new data visibility and governance features. “The new CHC leverages the shared learning we’ve gained as health care technologists and as an organization,” stated Steve Wray, CEO of CloudMine, in a statement. “The design, development and deployment of the new CHC architecture has been a core strategic goal for our team in 2018.”
HUDSON, Wis. – Medical device manufacturer Phillips-Medisize has expanded of its connected health team and its global Front-End Innovation (FEI) footprint. The company’s connected health solutions are driven by its FEI team, which has expanded because of increased demand for device innovation and Connected Health services,” said Kevin Deane, the new vice president of front-end innovation at Phillips-Medisize, in a statement. Deane is a former partner at PA Consulting. Joining Deane on the team are: Andrew Tubb, former director of global marketing at Sanofi; Chris Conger, former vice president of R&D at IntriCon; and Neil Williams, a health IT expert previously at TotalMobile, Microsoft and Hospira. “Together, we bring more than 80 years’ experience across all facets of connected health, from deep electronics and communications technology to the impact of digital for our customers’ global sales and marketing plans,” said Deane. The FEI team works with clients to develop differentiated and drug-specific strategies to better define clients’ connected health value propositions and enhance return on investment. The company has also announced planned FEI additions to its Fremont, Calif., office, with future expansions slated for its Hudson, Wis. office and a Massachusetts location to be finalized later this year. “Our FEI expansion, in terms of expertise and footprint, is key for Phillips-Medisize,” Deane said. “Our goal is to leverage innovation, development and connected health sources around the world to deliver the best to our customers and, in turn, their patients.”
‘Consumers want help getting and staying healthy’
DALLAS – More than 6.8 million Fitbit users have connected their health data to the population health programs of employers, insurers and health systems, according to a report by market research firm Parks Associates.
The number of employer or insurer offered wellness programs are on the rise, and a recent webinar offered by Parks Associates addressed how technology is a crucial component to their success.
“Consumers want help getting and staying healthy,” said Jennifer Kent, director of research quality and product development at Parks Associates, in the webinar.
Kent said the report showed that 80% of respondents with chronic conditions said they want help to get healthier and that’s one reason many employers offer free or discounted health devices or online health coaching to members of their wellness programs.
Matthew Miller, vice president of behavior science at health empowerment company StayWell, said that it’s also important when designing an incentive program to align the potential outcomes of using a health device with the user’s intention.
“Tracker-heavy interventions are less effective when they are isolated from other behavior change techniques,” he said. “We use data to assess where a user is in their levels of motivation, skill and opportunity, then customize an intervention.”
Miller also said he’s excited about the bigger role that technology giants like Apple, Samsung, Google and Fitbit are taking in the employer health and wellness program and wearables spaces.
“In many cases they raise the bar and challenge us to bring our ‘A’ game,” he said. “They also present really interesting opportunities for partnership.”
But Erica Morgenstern, vice president of marketing and communication at Welltok, a health Software as a Service (SaaS) company, cautioned against large companies offering data points, but not solutions for engaging consumers in their health.
“They need to be part of a bigger program,” she said. “Working in isolation is not enough.”
HUDSON, Wis. – Phillips-Medisize has launched its third generation connected health platform for its pharma and drug delivery device clients. The platform builds on the success of the company’s first connected health solutions, including a combination product for medication adherence. “This new, advanced connected health platform builds on our deep knowledge and experience,” said Bill Welch, chief technology officer at Phillips-Medisize, in a statement. “For us, connected health is a strategy for better serving our customers and their patients, not a buzz word.” Phillips-Medisize teamed with healthcare IT providers to develop the cloud-based platform that is secure and scalable, featuring an analytics tool that can can integrate patient data with electronical medical records and other data from pharmacy and IoT devices, allowing customers to conduct insightful analysis focused on improving medication adherence.
ST. LOUIS – Personal safety company Noonlight, formerly SafeTrek, has a connected safety platform that integrates with several health companies like Apple Health, Amazon Alexa and Biostrap. “Noonlight speaks not only to the future of safety, but also to the future of health,” said Sameer Sontakey, CEO of wearable company Biostrap, in a statement. “Biostrap is working to detect various health events, like a stroke or an asthma attack, and partnering with Noonlight brings connected health to life. We are thrilled to build a future where we can automatically help people when medical danger arises, whether that’s on the treadmill or out on a trail.” Noonlight streamlines real-time emergency communication, allowing dispatchers to detect and respond to emergencies more quickly and effectively, said Zach Winkler, CEO of Noonlight, in a statement. “In our increasingly connected world, we saw an opportunity to expand Noonlight’s emergency response capabilities through integrations with the apps, services and devices people use every day,” he said. In addition to third-party integrations, Noonlight is also opening its proprietary application programming interface to developers to encourage the creation of emergency service-based applications and products.
SAN DIEGO – Connected health solutions provider ResMed has acquired HEALTHCAREfirst, a provider of software solutions and services for home health and hospice agencies. HEALTHCAREfirst offers electronic health record software, billing and coding services and advanced analytics for home health and hospice agencies. “The home health and hospice segments are large and growing fast, due to the rising prevalence of chronic conditions and an aging population shifting to homecare and other lower-cost care settings,” said Raj Sodhi, president of ResMed’s SaaS business, in a statement. “HEALTHCAREfirst’s solutions suite enables ResMed to help efficiently and effectively manage this growing population, benefiting patients, their families, agencies and payers.”
NORWALK, Conn. – HealthPrize Technologies and West Pharmaceutical Services are renewing their collaboration to provide connected health solutions to life science companies and the patients they serve. The partnership, established in 2014, integrates West’s injectable drug delivery systems with HealthPrize’s digital adherence and engagement platform. “By combining West’s expertise in drug delivery systems and HealthPrize’s patient adherence and engagement platform, we’re providing pharma with an end-to-end connected health ecosystem that influences patients to better and more consistently use their injectable devices, and provides valuable data to physicians treating those patients,” said Tom Kottler, CEO and co-founder of HealthPrize, in a statement. Together, the electronically connected systems track when patients take their medication, help to educate patients about their disease and medication and use that information to reward patients for taking their medication as prescribed. The solution is especially valuable for patients using injectable medications for chronic diseases with historically low adherence, said Chris Evans, vice president of global innovation at West Pharmaceutical Services, in a statement.
NEW YORK – Telehealth solutions provider TytoCare has raised $25 million in funding to continue its expansion in the U.S. market, penetrate the European and Asian markets, and enhance its product line, which includes a digital, connected stethoscope. The funding was led by Ping An Insurance Group of China’s Global Voyager Fund, which will work to bring the telehealth products to markets in China. “We are very excited about our strategic partnership with Ping An, and the huge business opportunity it offers,” said Dedi Gilad, co-founder and CEO of TytoCare, in a statement. “Over the last nine months we have seen great traction with some of the largest hospitals and health systems in the U.S. and this investment will allow us to continue building upon our momentum to deliver the best telehealth experience to consumers.”
RALEIGH, N.C. – K4Connect will deploy its K4Community platform in 10 senior living communities across California that already exist or are being planned by Eskaton, a nonprofit community-based senior living provider. As a result, connected-life technology, including health and wellness products, will be offered to more than 1,000 residents, beginning in early 2018 and throughout the rest of the year. “Eskaton is at the forefront of innovation in many ways and our connected-life platform provides a solid foundation for these innovations, both now and into the future,” said F. Scott Moody, co-founder and CEO of K4Connect, in a statement. “With technology advancing so rapidly today, a plug-and-play platform that can change and expand with the latest innovations is well aligned with Eskaton’s focus on long-term life enrichment initiatives.”