Upstate Medical University supports Apple HealthRecords
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – Upstate Medical University now supports HealthRecords on iPhone. HealthRecords brings together hospitals, clinics and the existing Apple Health app to make it possible for patients to see their available medical data from multiple providers. Upstate already provides medical records data to patients through UpstateMyChart, a website and app that allows patients to interact with testing results, see and request appointments, request medication refills, ask questions of their physicians and more. Patients already receiving their health records through UpstateMy Chart can now import their health records to the existing health app. “This initiative now puts all of an individual’s health information in one location,” said Dr. Neal Seidberg, chief medical information officer at Upstate Medical University, in a statement. “Not only medical records and lab results from their providers will be available, but information that the Apple Health app tracks, such as heart rate, steps, calories consumed and other information.”
PaceMate expands to Arizona Heart Rhythm Center
BRADENTON, Fla. – The Arizona Heart Rhythm Center is offering automated remote monitoring of cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) through the PaceMate software program. “We are thrilled to expand PaceMate’s data solution into new territory,” said Dr. Kevin Campbell, CEO of PaceMate, in a statement. “The Arizona Heart Rhythm Center is a leading diagnostic and treatment center for patients with all types of complex heart rhythm disorders and we are excited to work with them to provide high-quality service and support to their patients.” The PaceMate platform allows physicians and nurses to process all data generated by CIEDs like pacemakers, defibrillators and loop recorders, and make relevant real-time patient care decisions that impact patient outcomes.
Hinge Health raises $26M for MSK digital solution
SAN FRANCISCO – Hinge Health, which provides a digital solution for people with musculoskeletal pain, has raised $26 million in Series B funding led by Insight Venture Partners. The company will use the money to expand its commercial team and continue to develop its solution, which includes wearable sensors, a tablet and access to a personal health coach for a 12-week program. “Our growing team has a unique opportunity to empower patients to alleviate their back and joint pain with a science-based care program,” said Daniel Perez, cofounder and CEO of Hinge Health, in a statement.
Akili raises additional $13M for digital medicine
BOSTON – Digital medicine company Akili has raised $13 million in new funding as an extension of its Series C financing, bringing the total capital raised this year to $68 million. The company’s digital medicines embed specific stimuli designed to engage targeted areas of the brain into immersive action video game experiences to treat medical conditions across neurology and psychiatry. “Both Akili and the broader field of digital medicine have been advancing at a significant pace,” said Eddie Martucci, CEO of Akili, in a statement. “This additional backing from investors will help us significantly drive forward the development and deployment of our technology platform toward our goal of having a major impact in millions of patients and toward fulfilling the immense promise of digital medicine.”
PreparedHealth adds Crystal Home Health to enTouch Network
CHICAGO – Crystal Home Health has joined PreparedHealth’s enTouch Network to provide connected care for the agency’s senior population. The partnership is part of the growing network in the Chicagoland area, continuing to expand the care continuum and connect care providers from hospital to home, said Tim Coulter, COO of PreparedHealth, in a statement. enTouch is a digital platform that connects health care organizations involved in a patient’s care, enabling real-time communication. “We are thrilled to partner with enTouch, providing our clients and our caregivers an innovative platform to enhance care and keep seniors safe in their homes,” said Raj Pillai, managing partner of Crystal Home Health Care, in a statement.
gammaCore launched in US
BASKING RIDGE, N.J. – electroCore, a bioelectronic medicine company, has launched the gammaCore Sapphire, a
non-invasive vagus nerve stimulator (nVNS) device to treat the pain associated with migraine and episodic cluster headaches.
gammaCore Sapphire can be self-administered by patients as needed for the pain associated with migraine and episodic cluster headaches. “Constantly innovating to deliver the next-generation device is just one example of our commitment to providing relief to patients suffering from the debilitating pain of migraine and episodic cluster headache,” said Dan Duhart, chief commercial officer of electroCore, in a statement. gammaCore Sapphire is rechargeable and reloadable, and can be activated monthly through the input of a unique, prescription-only authorization code, delivered via a radio-frequency identification (RFID) card that is mailed directly to the patient.
Abbott’s FreeStyle Libre 14-day CGM receives FDA approval
CHICAGO – The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved Abbott’s FreeStyle Libre 14-day continuous glucose monitoring system. In the U.S., people with diabetes can wear the sensor up to 14 days with high accuracy. “People with diabetes will now have extended access to their glucose data with a high degree of accuracy, which will improve their experience and help empower them to better manage their condition,” said Jared Watkin, senior vice president, Abbott Diabetes Care, in a statement. The CGM system provides users with real-time glucose results, an eight-hour historical trend and an arrow showing the direction their glucose is going. Data from FreeStyle Libre can be shared with doctors and health care providers.
SFC Fluidics partners with JDRF on insulin patch pump
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. – Medical technology company SFC Fluidics has announced a new Industry Discovery and Development Partnership supported by JDRF to develop an insulin patch pump with open-protocol communication capabilities. JDRF launched its Open-Protocol Automated Insulin Delivery (AID) Systems Initiative in 2017 with the goal of working with key stakeholders to understand the regulatory and liability implications of an “open-protocol” AID ecosystem and to accelerate the delivery of such components to market. “We are excited to support SFC in its open-protocol pump development as a key step toward the realization of our goal of an open-protocol AID ecosystem,” said Daniel Finan, JDRF research director, in a statement. “We are hopeful that solutions such as this will greatly expand choice in the marketplace, increase adoption of advanced, life-improving technologies among people with T1D, and accelerate the cadence of innovation in these treatment options.” The development and delivery to market of a fully interoperable, open-protocol insulin pump is the goal of this JDRF-SFC partnership. The two-year funding commitment from JDRF enables SFC to accelerate the development and regulatory submission of an open-protocol patch pump system that enables seamless, secure connectivity with other devices like interoperable continuous glucose monitors and third-party AID algorithms. SFC will develop a fully functional patch pump that will operate on its own platform, as well as publish its communication protocol, so that approved devices can communicate with the patch pump.
PAI Health, Huami partner to use wearables data to address health issues
VANCOUVER – Huami Corporation, a biometric and activity data-driven company that develops smart wearable technology, is partnering with health technology software company PAI Health. The partnership combines Huami’s biometric database collected by smart wearable devices and powerful algorithms with PAI Health’s software to offer a scientifically validated approach to helping address some of the health risks typically associated with an inactive lifestyle. The companies will be partnering with multiple channels within the health care ecosystem, including insurers, health care providers and employers. “We are excited to partner with PAI Health, as we can leverage our strong expertise in smart wearable technology and impressive algorithms that make sense of the biometric data,” said Wang Huang, chairman and CEO of Huami, in a statement. “Together, we see a huge opportunity to provide meaningful information to consumers and businesses around the world, which we expect to bring data service revenue in the near future.” Huami and PAI Health will be rolling out pilot programs with insurers utilizing proprietary algorithms for estimating cardiorespiratory fitness, as well as the PAI (Personal Activity Intelligence) metric for guiding optimal levels of physical activity.
Alphabet invests $375M in Oscar Health
NEW YORK – Alphabet, the parent company of Google, has invested $375 million in technology-driven insurer Oscar Health.
“We’re humbled that Alphabet’s coming in,” said Mario Schlosser, co-founder of Oscar Health, in an interview with Wired magazine, where he made the announcement. “It will really allow us to focus fully on the core model we’ve been building for the past six years, which is: use technology, use data, use design, use a human approach to build a very different health care experience.”
Schlosser said the funding will allow the company to hire more engineers and data scientists, product designers and clinicians. The company will also be launching new product lines, including Medicare Advantage, for 2020.
“So we’re coming into an additional business market,” Schlosser said. “We’re in the individual market, we’re in the small employer market and we’re going into Medicare Advantage in 2020.”
Oscar also announced the addition of Salar Kamangar, a senior executive at Google, to its board of directors.
AHRQ launches app challenge to advance PRO data research
ROCKVILLE, Md. – The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) has launched the AHRQ Step Up App Challenge, a three-phase competition to address the need for greater use of standardized patient-reported outcomes (PRO) data in clinical care and research. The total prize pool for the challenge is $250,000.
PRO data are defined as any report on the status of a patient’s health condition that comes directly from the patient, without interpretation of the patient’s response by a clinician or other medical expert, said Gopal Khanna, AHRQ director, in a statement. The data can yield insights into health status, function, symptom burden, adherence, health behaviors and quality of life.
“While some digital tools exist to collect these data, they are not in wide use due to problems with integrating them in practice workflow, as well as patients’ discomfort with using such tools,” said Khanna. “This competition will address this issue and result in a user-friendly app that can enhance health care data collection and thereby improve the quality of care for all Americans.”
The Step Up App Challenge is part of AHRQ’s ongoing effort to help shape the U.S. digital health care ecosystem and improve outcomes through the broader use of patient data. In partnership with AHRQ, the Office of the Secretary is providing financial support from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Trust Fund, and the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is leading stakeholder efforts to develop the technical specifications for the Step Up App Challenge.
The AHRQ Step Up App Challenge is looking for innovative technologists who can develop and present user-friendly apps capable of collecting standardized PRO data in various ambulatory settings, including primary and specialty care. The winning app will be tested in nine practice settings affiliated with MedStar Health in Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia.
The deadline for submitting app ideas is September 24.