Innovation Health, Sanofi partner to study digital diabetes management platforms
FALLS CHURCH, Va. – Innovation Health, a partnership between Inova and Aetna, is working with health care provider Sanofi on a pilot program for people living with Type 2 diabetes. The program will study the impact of diabetes management platforms from One Drop and Gocap. “As overall Type 2 diabetes diagnosis rates continue to rise, especially among children and teens, this pilot program will enable us to better understand, in adults 18 to 65 years old, how new technologies can help improve public health,” said Dr. Sunil Budhrani, chief medical officer at Innovation Health, in a statement. The goal of the pilot program is for pharmaceutical companies, technology companies and plan providers to work more closely together to help improve patient outcomes. The findings of the pilot will be analyzed to gain insights into potential best practices for industry arrangements and overall treatment of people living with diabetes.
Cricket Health names Shapiro chief business officer
SAN FRANCISCO –Danny Shapiro has been named chief business officer at Cricket Health, a developer of technology-enabled care solutions for chronic kidney disease and end-stage renal disease patients. In his new role, Shapiro will focus on developing go-to-market strategies, building partnerships with relevant payers and providers, and expanding the company’s clinical footprint. “Danny brings tremendous experience, contacts and expertise in kidney dialysis that cannot be replicated, and an incredible passion and commitment to improving the lives of patients,” said Arvind Rajan, CEO and co-founder of Cricket Health, in a statement. “I’m excited to join Cricket Health,” said Shapiro, in a statement. “I’ve long been passionate about bringing together the best of technology, hospitality and human-centered design to improve the health and quality of life for patients with kidney disease.”
DispatchHealth raises $30.8M to scale home health platform
DENVER, Colo. – On-demand home health care provider DispatchHealth has raised $30.8 million in growth financing. The funding will be used to scale its tech-based health care delivery platform. DispatchHealth enables a patient to explain their symptoms and request care through a mobile app, website or phone call. The patient is then connected to a skilled emergency-trained provider supported by DispatchHealth’s technology infrastructure, who is prepared to handle everything from minor illness and injury to more complex clinical cases. “DispatchHealth was designed to promote access to care, improve patient experience and outcomes, and decrease the overall cost of care,” said Dr. Mark Prather, CEO and co-founder of DispatchHealth, in a statement. The service is currently available in Denver, Boulder and Colorado Springs, Colo., and Phoenix, with additional service areas to be announced later this year.
GlobalMed CEO recognized by Global Chamber
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – Scott Barthelemy, CEO of telehealth provider GlobalMed, was recognized recently as Global Business Executive of the Year by the Phoenix chapter of Global Chamber, which focuses on collaborative cross-border trade and investment across 525 metro areas around the world. “Telehealth makes it easy to export and replicate the universal tenets of health care to distant cultures that are far different from our own,” said Barthelemy in a statement. “Core concepts like patient access to quality care, accurate diagnostics and cost management are important to every demographic around the world.”
Bakalar named to ViTel Net leadership team
MCLEAN, Va. – Telehealth software provider ViTel Net has named Dr. Richard Bakalar to its senior leadership team for telehealth and clinical intelligence. His focus is on strategic partnerships, business development and investments of next-generation health care data analytics and the use of telehealth technologies that will enable new care delivery models. “I look forward to bringing my clinical and technical experience to bear to help expand ViTel Net’s telehealth technology solutions and relationships with healthcare leaders,” said Bakalar in a statement. Bakalar was formerly a managing director in KPMG’s Global Healthcare Center of Excellence and IBM’s chief medical officer and medical imaging and telemedicine specialist.
Blendu to lead HRS telehealth sales
HOBOKEN, N.J. – Remote patient monitoring provider Health Recovery Solutions has named Jenni Blendu as its senior director of sales to continue the rapid adoption of its telehealth program. “Simple technology not only reduces health care costs but also improves patient outcomes,” Blendu said in a statement. She has served as a home health, emergency room and critical care nurse for more than 15 years and is currently president of the Idaho Association for Home Care. “Jenni is a great advocate for post-acute care and we are incredibly fortunate that she is part of our team as we continue our leadership in innovative telehealth care,” said Bill Bassett, vice president of client services for HRS, in a statement.
SONOFI engages advocacy organization
LOS ANGELES – SONIFI Health will begin offering its patient engagement solutions to members of the Australia-based Victorian Healthcare Association, which provides advocacy, thought leadership and assistance with policy reform on behalf of public hospitals, community health services and aged care providers. “This is our first foray into Australia to assist associations in helping their member healthcare providers to better serve patients, and we look forward to watching the success it brings to the Victorian health community at large,” said Bob Sullivan, general manager at SONIFI Health, in a statement. SONOFI’s technologies provide patients with access to educational content about their specific condition via multiple platforms, and a web-based portal allows patients and families to stay engaged during and post-discharge. The system integrates with electronic health records and clinical tools.
Lexington Health Network’s telehealth program earns innovator award
LOMBARD, Ill. – Lexington Health Network recently won the Innovator of the Year Gold Award in the McKnight’s Excellence in Technology competition for its telehealth program. When the provider introduced its telehealth program five years ago, it used a third-party service for after-hours changes in condition management, said Paul Knight, LHN chief information officer, in a statement. The program lacked interoperability and other features, so the provider created its own system, called “LexConnect.” The program served 1,124 patients in 2016, when LHN also established the Curatess program for patients in post-acute settings. A second-generation LexConnect was also developed. “It’s creative thinking and action like this that sets high-quality operators apart—and earns recognition, including our ‘Innovator’ Gold Award,” said John O’Connor, editorial director and publisher of McKnight’s Long-Term Care News, in a statement.
MatrixCare expands company leadership
BLOOMINGTON, Minn. – Long-term, post-acute care technology provider MatrixCare has appointed Larry Wolf as chief transformation officer and Steve Pacicco as vice president of corporate development. Wolf was formerly a consultant and served in several leadership roles at Kindred Healthcare. In his new position, he will work with the leadership team to ensure MatrixCare continues to evolve its solutions to help providers thrive in the health care industry. Pacicco, who formerly served as CEO and director of SigmaCare, now serves as a member of MatrixCare’s executive team and has full responsibility for the company’s corporate development efforts.
MATTER incubator partners with Israeli health system on digital innovation
CHICAGO – Health care incubator and accelerator MATTER is partnering with Israel-based Sheba Medical Center to accelerate the commercialization of new technologies for patients in both the U.S. and Israel.
Through the partnership, MATTER startups in the U.S. will have opportunities to pilot their technologies with Sheba Medical Center’s partners. The health system has a highly developed innovation capability and can facilitate pilots for new solutions at a rapid pace.
Sheba Medical Center also supports a number of Israel-based health care technology startups building digital health solutions. Chicago-based MATTER will leverage its network of U.S. entrepreneurs, innovators, health systems, industry partners and experts to help open the door to markets here for Sheba Medical Center-affiliated startups.
“MATTER is the perfect platform for Israeli health care companies to enter the U.S. market,” said Steven Collens, CEO of MATTER, in a statement. “Israel has developed one of the most productive startup ecosystems in the world, and we look forward to engaging with the Israeli startup community.”
Dr. Eyal Zimlichman, deputy director of Sheba Medical Center, said the two organizations share the same vision for innovation and improved universal health care.
“I believe the collaboration between the two organizations will be instrumental in pushing our vision forward,” he said.
The agreement between the two organizations was signed during Collens’ recent trip to Israel with Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel and World Business Chicago. The delegation was formed to promote investment and innovation in Chicago.
“I look forward to seeing what this partnership between two innovative organizations produces to benefit people throughout the world,” Emanuel said.
MATTER works with 200 health care technology startups and partners with 11 hospitals and health systems, five universities and more than 40 industry-leading companies to accelerate the development of health care technologies.
Sheba Medical Center is a university-affiliated tertiary referral hospital that serves as Israel’s national medical center in many fields, and is also a major medical-scientific research center that collaborates internationally with the biotech and pharmaceutical industries to develop new drugs, treatments and technologies, and a global center for medical education.
The MED Group partners with HealthCall for chronic condition management
LUBBOCK, Texas – The MED Group, a group purchasing, business solutions and network management organization, has announced a strategic partnership with medical communications provider HealthCall to focus on reducing hospital admissions for post-acute care populations.
Through the partnership, members of the MED Clinical Pathways Program will now have access to the HealthCall technology platform, enabling MED members to deliver a continuum of care through services and software for use in post-discharge care, chronic care management and automated patient response services.
“Multiple factors continue to drive the convergence of care back into the home as the primary site of care,” said Daniel Hayes, president and CEO of HealthCall, in a statement. “By empowering MED members with the HealthCall patented system we advance the delivery of in-home care and eliminate barriers for those with chronic conditions.
The initial MCPP Care Plan focuses on chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and MED anticipates co-development targeting additional chronic conditions, such as obstructive sleep apnea and asthma, as well as rehab and home ventilation.
“The partnership we’ve developed with HealthCall demonstrates The MED Group’s continued dedication to introduce innovative technology and care management solutions that provide significant value to our Members,” said Rhonda Hines, division vice president of The MED Group, in a statement.