TEMPE, Ariz. – Sonora Quest Laboratories, a provider of diagnostic testing and information services, is partnering with uMETHOD Health on an artificial intelligence-based platform for Alzheimer’s disease. Through the partnership, health care providers will have access to the RestoreU METHOD via Sonora Quest for their patients experiencing memory loss. The platform includes lab tests and individualized care plans to assess and minimize the risk of developing Alzheimer’s, and to help slow the progress of the disease in its early stages. “We believe this partnership furthers our mission to offer innovative solutions that empower health care providers and patients with the necessary tools to improve outcomes,” said Christina Noble, chief growth officer at Sonora Quest Laboratories, in a statement. The RestoreU METHOD provides a personalized combination approach by using AI to interpret data from a patient’s bio-specimens, demographics, medical history, lifestyle and more. The technology matches the data against scientific research on Alzheimer’s disease, resulting in individualized plans that help doctors manage or slow the progress of the disease. Sonora Quest Laboratories is a joint venture between Banner Health and Quest Diagnostics.
NEW YORK – Digital health care startup CoachCare has introduced a digital pain management platform for health providers that features a custom-branded patient mobile app, clinical dashboard, and connected proprietary trackers and scales to help monitor patient progress and treatment. “We launched into the chiropractic space last month, and were met with serious excitement and interest in our new pain tracking feature,” said Wes Haydon, president of CoachCare, in a statement. “We expect the same reaction from pain management practitioners who are looking for better ways to monitor and treat their patients away from the office, while also improving their outcomes.” The company plans to add video conferencing and a content library to the platform by the end of this year.
BOSTON and SAN FRANCISCO – Consulting and advisory firm Deloitte and health platform provider Vineti are partnering to integrate and scale their respective supply chain and patient engagement platforms to enable more efficient access to next-generation cellular therapies. Vineti’s cell and gene therapy platform provides a digital “platform of record” for individualized therapies and Deloitte’s ConvergeHEALTH Patient Connect platform streamlines and improves patient and health system engagement at pharmaceutical, medical device and hub vendors. Together, the Vineti and ConvergeHEALTH Patient Connect platforms can offer a single solution to support life sciences innovators and health care professionals with information systems to enable personalized medicine. “The shift to value-based, personalized health care requires new platforms to support not just the patient, but the myriad stakeholders it takes to deliver these targeted breakthroughs to patients,” said Brett Davis, general manager and principal of ConvergeHEALTH, Deloitte Consulting, in a statement “Realizing the promise of personalized medicine for patients is truly a team sport, and we are excited to work with Vineti to address some of the most complex supply chain, workflow and patient engagement challenges to support personalized therapies for our clients.”
REDWOOD CITY, Calif. — Biotricity, a medical diagnostic and consumer health care technology company, has expanded its sales team and scientific advisory board to focus on tailoring its flagship product, Bioflux, for preemptive heart disease identification in new markets. “The focus of health care is shifting toward outpatient health care, with prevention at the forefront of this movement,” said Casey Shattuck, vice president of sales at Biotricity, in a statement. “Our Bioflux has proven to be a formidable technology as we continue to gain significant clinical approval and adoption in emerging markets of outpatient monitoring. We truly believe we are entering the infancy of outpatient monitoring.” Biotricity has already identified three potential markets where its technology can be applied and plans to announce more details on this initiative over the next three quarters. Shattuck said the company considers remote monitoring medical-grade devices a significant component of its product development roadmap and plans to expand its offering with time.
RALEIGH, N.C. – K4Connect, a provider of technology solutions that serve older adults and individuals living with disabilities, has raised $12 million in Series B funding, led by AXA Venture Partners. The company will use the funding to continue developing its K4Community solution and underlying Fusion platform/OS technologies, as well as expand its customer base. The funding follows a year of record growth for K4Connect: The company tripled its revenues and expanded its team by 40%, said F. Scott Moody, chief member advocate, co-founder and CEO, in a statement. “Very few companies understand the health and insurance markets, both nationally and globally, as well as AXA,” said Moody. “Their support will allow us to not only grow in the United States, but also expand internationally.” K4Community brings together advanced device, application and service technologies, making them accessible through both touch and voice technologies. The company’s Fusion platform allows for the integration of virtually any device, service or application into a single system.
DALLAS – Universe mHealth has released an updated version of its Universe mHealth App Platform, which enables health care organizations to publish their own branded mobile app with a suite of pre-built features for health summaries, appointment scheduling, messaging, urgent care wait times, physician search, patient education, bill pay and more. The new version 1.1 includes a number of performance, compatibility and compliance improvements, including the addition of family/proxy accounts, which allow a caregiver to toggle between different dependent or care receiver accounts. The caregiver can also receive SMS, email and/or mobile push notifications on behalf of the dependent or care receiver. “Parents are among the most active patient portal users,” said John Deutsch, founder and CEO of Universe mHealth, in a statement. “Providing parents with the ability to easily manage their children’s care from a mobile app is an incredibly powerful feature and was the most requested feature since the launch of version 1.0.” The Universe mHealth platform also features the ability to view imaging reports and documents, CCD-based health summaries, urgent care wait times and more.
ATLANTA – SimpleC, a digital platform for seniors and people with cognitive impairments or chronic conditions, is hoping pilots with several senior living facilities will expand its customer base and improve patient outcomes.
Henry Ford Village, a senior living facility in Dearborn, Michigan with more than 900 residents, will conduct a pilot program using SimpleC’s Companion solution with 20 independent living residents who have chronic diseases. McLaren Health Management Group of Davison, Michigan will also conduct a pilot using Companion starting this month with about 20 patients.
“Our technology fills a gap in care and gives seniors the ability to live more comfortably at home,” said Kevin Lasser, CEO of JEMS Technology, which markets SimpleC.
The SimpleC Companion, built on IBM Watson application program interfaces, is a touchscreen app that promotes memory, engagement and better communication, said Dan Pompilio, president and CEO of SimpleC. It can be activated on its own several times a day as a reminder for medications, activities and meal times.
The SimpleC suite of technology also includes: Companion Family Connect, a tool that families and friends of a senior or person with cognitive impairment can use to upload photos and videos and to record voice messages that their loved ones can play on their Companion app; and Companion Clinical Connect, a solution with advanced analytic capabilities that clinicians use to monitor groups of patients.
SimpleC currently deploys its therapies in 10 states to more than 50 senior care facilities, and is working with visiting nurse and home health service agencies, affordable care organizations and health insurance companies.
Several of the senior care facilities have reported a 60% decline in dementia-related behavioral symptoms from patients who are using Companion and some have decreased the use of sedative drugs by 95%, said Lasser.
“Because Companion can be used on smart devices it’s scalable,” said Lasser. “We’re having so much fun with this because we are helping people, so we’re going to keep going.”
SAN DIEGO and BOSTON – Hifinite, which designs, develops and deploys customized digital health platforms, has launched its hiCare 3.0 telehealth and remote monitoring platform in partnership with Indie Health, which will supply its blood pressure monitor and weight scales as part of the hiCare 3.0 solution. “hiCare 3.0 represents an even more user-friendly platform for telehealth and integrates our patented approach to deliver H.O.P.E.—highly optimized patient engagement—via digital health,” said Matt Weisensee, chief commercial officer at Hifinite, in a statement. “We are delighted to partner with Indie Health, which shares our objective to simplify patient engagement.” Indie Health’s AutoPair function enables its personal health devices to be paired remotely by experts, eliminating the need for patients or clinicians to manage device set up and facilitating easy patient onboarding for digital health programs. “Indie Health is focused on solving the challenges of integrating digital health into clinician workflow and the daily lives of patients, and we’re pleased to be working together with Hifinite to realize this vision,” said Clint McClellan, founder and CEO of Indie Health, in a statement. “By enabling Indie devices to be paired to an app remotely, AutoPair removes a significant barrier to physician and patient adoption, and enables rapid scale-up of digital health programs, with no delays or hassles.” hiCare 3.0 is an integrated telehealth “Module as a Service” solution built to ease patient/payer use and offers instant access to a comprehensive digital ecosystem and technology stack via standalone or integrated modules.
MENLO PARK, Calif. – First Mile Care, a spinout of the Health2047 incubator, has raised $2 million in seed funding to continue developing a digital platform for prediabetes management.
The platform enables community-based peer-to-peer connection for chronic conditions and will give people living with prediabetes—higher-than-normal blood sugar level but not yet Type 2 diabetes—the ongoing support they need to make lifestyle decisions that can reverse prediabetes and reduce the risk that their condition will develop into Type 2 diabetes.
“Health2047 is committed to developing system-level solutions to healthcare’s biggest challenges,” said Lawrence Cohen, CEO of Health2047, in a statement. “With 84 million Americans living with prediabetes, our spin out of First Mile Care is a critical step toward transforming chronic care and saving the U.S. healthcare industry trillions of dollars.”
The First Mile Care platform is based on the proven National Diabetes Prevention Program developed by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a coaching program shown to reduce the incidence of Type 2 diabetes.
“Fighting chronic disease requires starting with a scalable approach,” said Karl Ronn, founder and CEO of First Mile Care, in a statement.
First Mile Care is the second company in a year to spin out of Health2047, a Silicon Valley business formation and commercialization enterprise launched by the American Medical Association in 2016. Health2047’s first spin out, Akiri, is building a network that enables health information to move seamlessly and securely throughout the U.S. health care system.
“First Mile Care is addressing the shortcomings of a system designed for acute care delivery,” said Dr. James Madara, CEO of the American Medical Association, in a statement. “The AMA is excited by this scalable, on-demand approach to engaging the community, peers, physicians and technologists to transform chronic care in the United States.”
SAN FRANCISCO – Wildflower Health, a mobile health software company, has launched enhanced capabilities to support new parents during the first 1,000 days. Wildflower’s Family Health platform can now support parents as they manage the health needs of their newborns and their entire family during early childhood. “A series of small decisions, missed opportunities and gaps in knowledge can undermine the health and wellbeing of babies and toddlers for a lifetime,” said Leah Sparks, founder and CEO of Wildflower, in a statement. “We’ve proven the power of helping new moms and their partners navigate healthier pregnancies using mobile technologies, and we see the same potential for helping families take a healthier path from the moment a child is born.” In the update, the new health view focuses on early childhood development and parental health. Features include: access to information on topics for young children, such as nutrition and sleep; the ability to track developmental milestones and activities like scheduling recommended well-child checks; and information on challenges facing new parents, including screening for postpartum depression. The enhanced platform also enables digitization of user-entered data that is collected through in-app tools and surveys, which can be used to risk stratify individuals and personalize care for those with emerging challenges. Wildflower’s technology release follows the company’s recent acquisition of the Circle Women’s Health Platform, incubated by Providence St. Joseph Health.