SEATTLE – Brook, a chronic disease digital health platform provider, and New York health plan Independent Health are partnering to provide enhanced resources to help its members self-manage their care. In addition to collaboration on technology and delivery of new services, Independent Health is participating in a recent round of financing to help Brook complete a seed round of $4 million. “Today, technology can help personalize treatment using a process that can be customized and flexible,” said Oren Nissim, co-founder and CEO of Brook, in a statement. “Our partnership with Independent Health is groundbreaking for individuals seeking to manage their chronic diabetes condition, and it is equally exciting for medical and health care professionals.” Dr. Michael Cropp, president of Independent Health, will also join Brook’s board of directors. Brook is developing a personal health assistant technology that provides simple, impactful, data-driven support with medical and health services professional coaching to help individuals manage diabetes and other chronic conditions. Using mobile sensors, Brook tracks and interprets data like activity and sleep, and runs a routine analysis engine that captures diabetes and behavior data. Brook than combines and connects the use of a chatbot with a human expert team, providing patients with continuous support for their successful diabetes management.
CLEARWATER, Fla. – Trilogy Home Healthcare believes a partnership with virtual care company Synzi will improve patient engagement and lead to better patient care.
Synzi’s platform, which uses a mobile app on the patient’s smartphone or tablet, offers video, email, text and secure messaging capabilities.
“We’re trying to reduce hospitalizations, get better outcomes and get patients more interactive with us,” said Jamie Hynes, president of Trilogy Home Healthcare, which provides in-home clinical care across Florida.
Trilogy Home Healthcare is currently in the process of rolling out the platform with select patients who own and are comfortable with smart technology. A second phase will focus on patients with congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and diabetes.
The agency wanted a virtual technology solution to enhance staff and patient communications, while offering out-of-town family members of patients a convenient way to become involved in their care. They found what they were looking for in Synzi’s platform.
“We want to teach our patients to get back to their normal activities of daily living without a person having to be there to monitor them,” said Lee Horner, CEO of Synzi. “Rather than having nurses go from site to site, they can use video capabilities to communicate with their patients when it’s appropriate.”
Synzi was founded two years ago to work with health systems and specialists in an emergency room setting, but it has capitalized on the rapid growth—and corresponding increasing demand—in the home health care space.
“Our market customers have changed,” said Horner. “We saw pretty quickly there was a bigger opportunity for us with post-discharge patients.”
WALTHAM, Mass. – Glytec has added Smart Meter’s iGlucose cell-enabled diabetes care solution to its Glucommander Outpatient network of connected solutions. “Health care organizations that use our virtual insulin titration service will now have the option of enrolling patients who use iGlucose,” said Dr. Andrew Rhinehart, chief medical officer at Glytec, in a statement. “Through seamless integration of our respective technologies, blood glucose data sent from the iGlucose platform to the cloud will be used by Glucommander Outpatient to calculate personalized insulin dose recommendations.” With iGlucose, clinicians have an additional opportunity to utilize real-time population management tools for further efficiencies and reimbursable remote monitoring. “As a connected solution partner, our goal is to provide Glytec real-time patient data that reliably supports their virtual insulin titration service while offering mutual clients a solution that’s convenient, simple and affordable, said Cliff McIntosh, CEO of Smart Meter, in a statement. “Through our cell-enabled technology, we are empowering patients with an easier way to share their data.”
PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Health insurer Highmark has announced a six-year partnership with Sharecare, the digital health company helping people manage all their health in one place, to offer personalized health and wellness solutions to its employer group customers in Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia. Highmark members will also have access to Sharecare’s personalized mobile and web-based platform that will help them better manage and understand their health, and provide timely and actionable steps to improve it. “Consumers are more active in their own health care, but they are challenged with credible real-time information to help with health care decisions,” said Dr. Charles DeShazer, senior vice president and chief medical officer for Highmark, in a statement. “Sharecare is laser focused to meet consumer expectations and ensure an exceptional member experience, and further sets its platform apart with personalized articles, videos and health content from trusted sources like the National Institutes of Health, American Heart Association and Centers for Disease Control—all through the smartphone and in the palm of your hand.” Sharecare will be offered as the digital companion to Well360, Highmark’s comprehensive care management platform, which helps members close gaps in care, access appropriate care and decrease health risks. “Highmark shares our vision to improve the health of diverse populations by engaging the member, and leveraging data-driven insights to provide people with real-time access to the tools and resources they need to best manage their health,” said Jeff Arnold, co-founder, chairman and CEO of Sharecare, in a statement.
DALLAS – People with cardiovascular diseases now have digital access to personalized care plans through the Health Motivation Platform, developed by the American Heart Association and PatientBond, a cloud-based platform for digital patient engagement.
The Health Motivation Platform is a suite of digital solutions designed to improve cardiovascular health across multiple conditions. It combines the American Heart Association’s science-based CarePlans and health content with PatientBond’s proprietary psychographic segmentation and digital engagement applications to drive desired behavior change through a emails, text messages, interactive voice response calls and in-app content. The user’s experience is then personalized by appealing to their health-related motivations, compelling the user to take action.
“The American Heart Association is dedicated to reducing deaths from cardiovascular diseases stroke and, to that end, we are publishing scientific statements and guidelines that are the foundation of evidence-based care,” said Patrick Wayte, senior vice president, American Heart Association, Center for Health Technology & Innovation, in a statement. “With this initiative, we are working essentially to translate this science into increasingly actionable intelligence that motivates consumers, particularly patients, to use the best of what the Association knows about heart disease and stroke.”
HOUSTON – Witty Health, a digital therapeutic pharmaceutical company, has opened registration for OncoPower, an oncologist-designed online global ecosystem that uses blockchain technology to help improve cancer care and precision drug development by incentivizing participants with the cryptocurrency Onco.
OncoPower is a community-managed platform designed to grow an incentivized global cancer care network. It is a self-governing, autonomous ecosystem entirely managed by its community stakeholders, including oncologists, patients and caregivers. It includes a secure Onco-Klinic for clinical care, as well as Onco-Space, a patient support and advocacy feature that utilizes a Social Determinants of Health approach. Patients who join OncoPower during this pre-registration period will receive Oncos as incentives for use on the platform.
“We are excited to introduce the patient registration platform as we continue to advance the development of this autonomous ecosystem,” said Ram Sesha, co-founder of Witty Health, in a statement. “There are significant opportunities to improve efficiency, delivery of care and outcomes by adopting data driven value-based care.”
Onco-Klinic will help users build a complete patient treatment history and reward patients for sharing data and content. The platform also enables smart-contracts between payers-providers, payers-patients and payers-pharmaceutical brands with the goal of improving outcomes, medication adherence and data reporting during cancer treatment.
The Onco-Klinic is an enhanced version of Witty Health’s Smart Cancer Treatment Platform, which is under clinical development.
Onco-Space is a secure support platform connecting patients with caregivers, including patient advocates, registered dietitians, behavioral therapists, geneticists, financial counselors and subject experts. It allows subject experts to post content that is reviewed, rated and rewarded with Onco cryptocurrency. Onco-Space will also allow patients to connect with qualified caregivers without having to search the Internet and other unsecured sources.
“Secure patient data sharing is a major concern and one of the toughest challenges facing oncologists when care collaboration is imperative to improving quality of life and outcomes for cancer patients,” said Dr. Karthik Koduru, co-founder of Witty Health, in a statement. “This is an open source project and anybody can develop applications, contribute and benefit by creating value.”
PHILADELPHIA– Independence Health Group, the parent company of Independence Blue Cross, is partnering with telecommunications giant Comcast to create a health technology platform aimed at improving the patient-provider experience.
“We want to help patients better connect to their doctors, get quick content on their health conditions and, above all, make it personal for each person,” said Brian Lobley, president of commercial and consumer markets at Independence Health Group which, together with its subsidiaries, serves nearly 8.5 million people in 24 states and the District of Columbia, including 2.5 million in southeastern Pennsylvania. Independence Health Group and Independence Blue Cross are independent licensees of the Blue Cross and Blue Shield Association.
The new Internet-based platform will provide patients with access to content and information related to their particular health care journey, wherever they are.
“Comcast’s unique experience in technology and content can be an enabler for disruptive, personalized and media-rich innovations in health care,” said Sam Schwartz, chief business development officer at Comcast, in a statement.
Comcast, one of the founding members of The Health Care Innovation Collaborative in Philadelphia, has been increasingly stepping into the health care industry, most recently through a collaboration with the University of California, Davis, on a video series for healthy aging.
“It made sense for us to partner with an innovative media and technology giant and leverage their assets and expertise in content creation,” Lobley said.
Lobley said the partnership between the health care insurer and media tech giant to form a new company is unique, but a sign of things to come.
“We’re at the beginning right now looking to see how we can impact someone’s health care journey in a positive way—whether that is a specific treatment or a condition that needs to be managed,” he said. “We think that true health care transformation will require a multi-directional approach that simultaneously tackles the high cost of care and the complexity of the system, while helping to make it less confusing for people. Where the partnership goes has lots of possibilities.”
PLANO, Texas – BrightLife Services is almost ready to launch a new technology for seniors and patients with chronic conditions that connects multiple home health devices to an all-in-one remote monitoring platform.
As a strategic partner and customer of Sensogram Technologies, BrightLife Services is integrating the Sensoscan vitals tracker and Vital Band fall detection smart watch into the platform. It will also incorporate other devices like Bluetooth scales, glucose monitors, smart pill caps and more.
“They’re bringing all the necessary elements together to make virtual care as good as, or better, than an office visit,” said Pete Ianace, corporate development board member of Sensogram Technologies.
BrightLife Services is a device-agnostic home health platform featuring a 10-inch tablet as its hub. The tablet connects to most digital health devices and features artificial intelligence technology, audio/video and voice capabilities, health care and lifestyle apps, and customized educational content for the user’s condition.
The platform connects to a call center for emergencies, as well as to a network of some 9,000 partner health care providers so users get a dedicated care team.
The new platform is expected to launch on June 1.
Ianace said the announcement that Medicare will begin reimbursing physicians for telehealth visits has opened up the market for remote monitoring.
“Remote care hasn’t been effective in the past because there was no way for doctors to be compensated to treat patients at home,” he said. “Now you’re probably going to see 10 more companies doing this kind of service in the next year.”
BrightLife Services will be offered directly to consumers at different levels on a monthly subscription basis—no long-term contracts. The company will send a representative to the user’s home to install and set up the equipment, and then it’s ready go.
DUBLIN – With their share of a $1 million prize from the IPF Catalyst Challenge earlier this year, health software company patientMpower has developed a digital platform for monitoring lung transplant patients.
The platform, patientMpower for Lung Transplant, allows health clinicians to track the lung function and oxygen saturation of their transplant patients remotely in real-time using integrated monitors like spirometers and oximeters.
“This platform will help patients better self-manage their care at home,” said Eamonn Costello, CEO of patientMpower. “Our clinical trials are showing that doctors are seeing their patients less frequently in the hospital.”
Earlier this year, patientMpower was one of three winners of the IPF Catalyst Challenge, an award given to projects focused on improving the quality of life for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) patients and their caregivers.
Costello said the company worked with specialists and patients to build a solution that is tailored to the complex needs of patients who have received a lung transplant. The resulting solution is mobile, enabling patients to keep track of everything relating to their health after a transplant and share this information with their health care team in real time. It allows patients to track and share biomarkers like temperature, medication use, breathlessness and activity, as well as set medication reminders and receive air quality and weather alerts.
Costello said developing a platform for lung transplant was a natural progression for the company because some patients with IPF end up receiving a lung transplant as their disease progresses. patientMpower has already developed an app for IPF patients, and offers solutions for kidney transplant patients and those managing hemodialysis.
Looking forward, Costello said patientMpower plans to publish results of a recent clinical trial of the platform and continue to work on a new app for caregivers.
“The digitization of health care is opening up so many possibilities,” he said. “Just five years ago it would have been too expensive to have a spirometer in the home but today people have it. Now we have to move beyond just collecting the data and start generating insights—that’s the direction we’re moving in.”
MINNEAPOLIS – Zipnosis has expanded its telehealth platform with the launch of Surgical Care, enabling patients to receive post-operative care from home and giving hospitals and surgical centers the ability to shift routine in-person post-operative visits to an online access point. Surgical teams also have the option to add online visits between in-person visits as a means of ensuring post-operative care compliance to help improve patient recovery. “This module eliminates the need for patients to travel post-surgery and creates time efficiencies for surgical staff, enabling them to focus on new patients and helping existing patients with more complex needs,” said Kevin Smith, chief medical information officer at Zipnosis, in a statement. Surgical Care represents a new direction for the overall Zipnosis platform, which still maintains a focus on episodic, urgent care conditions, and is the next step toward growing the solution to meet a wider variety of clinical needs while continuing to improve access to care, he said. As part of the post-operative care plan, the hospital or surgical center can use Surgical Care to identify at what points the patient should complete a virtual check-in. On the day of the virtual appointment, the patient receives an email reminder, logs into the online platform and completes a brief interview that includes uploading a photo of the incision site. Members of the surgical team can then review the response and provide updates to the post-operative care plan or request the patient come in to the clinic for a more in-depth evaluation. “By expanding the Zipnosis platform to support time-efficient post-surgical visits, we are answering a need and equipping health systems with technology to aid their success in a value-based reimbursement environment,” said Jon Pearce, CEO of Zipnosis, in a statement. “As the market matures, we will continue to explore other areas of the care continuum, where a virtual solution can bring value to health care organizations, providers and patients.”