MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – HealthLoop, provider of a patient engagement platform, is partnering with health analytics platform provider Sherbit. The partnership combines HealthLoop’s automated care plans and check-ins with Sherbit’s insight into patient activities and behaviors, giving health care organizations the ability to follow up with patients through more than 150 care plans, while being able to get real-time feedback on their patient’s condition. “We are excited to provide solutions that move us closer to an accountable, value-based healthcare model,” said Todd Johnson, CEO of HealthLoop, in a statement. “Increased access to actionable, patient-generated health data further supports our vision for personalized healthcare.” Sherbit integrates with more than 100 connected health devices, allowing HealthLoop to further personalize their care plans and provide real-time guidance. Physicians will be able to deliver timely, condition-specific guidance and reminders, while providing educational materials to help keep patients on track and detect impending clinical concerns. “In working with HealthLoop, we can bring increased visibility and guidance to care teams, while further engaging patients in their care,” said Alex Senemar, CEO of Sherbit, in a statement.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Reliq Health Technologies, a technology company focused on developing innovative mHealth and telemedicine solutions for community-based health care, has produced an animated video demonstrating the use of its iUGO Care platform in the home. “The demo video clearly illustrates the value of having a ‘virtual assistant’ at home to remind patients to take their medications, collect their vitals, use prescribed mobility aids and more,” said Dr. Lisa Crossley, CEO of Reliq Health, in a statement. Using interactive voice technology that is available in more than 100 languages right out of the box, iUGO Home not only coaches and educates patients but also acts as a resource, allowing them to send dictated messages to their clinical care team or family members and ask questions about their upcoming medical appointments, current prescriptions and health conditions. Crossley said the home health solution provides high quality virtual care in the community by creating a “virtual hospital ward” within the patient’s home, automatically collecting vital signs and tracking medication adherence.
VANCOUVER, British Columbia – Reliq Health Technologies has signed an agreement with B Golden Care Services to implement the company’s iUGO Care chronic care management platform for its 1,000 complex continuing care patients. “Our mandate at B Golden is to support patients with complex chronic conditions who are aging in place,” said Joseph Estapa, president and CEO of B Golden Care Services, in a statement. “Studies consistently show that providing patients with medication reminders, coaching and education in the home setting drives patient engagement and improves health outcomes.” B Golden Care Services is a chronic care management agency in Southern Texas that provides services to patients in the home setting, supporting patients aging in place, improving medication adherence and empowering patients to proactively manage their own health.
FREMONT, Calif. – MivaTek, a video protection platform provider, is establishing a foothold in the home health care space with new products and a contract at a senior living community in Japan.
“The nature of our platform is collaborative,” said Joe Liu, CEO of MivaTek. “It takes advantage of technology to bring in health care teams, caregivers and family members.”
MivaTek is working on developing new sensor devices for seniors aging in the home that will integrate with the system’s fall detection, activity tracking and medication reminder features. The new devices will enable connected vital sign tracking and predictive analytics for health care.
Liu said market forces are pushing providers to adapt newer technology for value-based remote and point-of-care service, and that the company’s comprehensive video-verified assurance platform is a good fit for the connected health and telemedicine industry.
“Mivatek’s comprehensive assurance platform is a game changer because our patented architecture offers integrated video collaboration and IoT for mobile interactive monitoring, controls, unified communications, alarm, alerts and more,” he said. “Our platform allows patients, hospitals and providers a secure communication ecosystem with real-time video recording, tracking of patients’ well-being and archiving via a user-friendly smartphone app.”
The company’s recent contract with the Sha Maison senior living development calls for Wi-Fi connected video, security, safety and independent living devices for 700 units and common areas. When completed, it will be the first all-Wi-Fi device protection system in Japan, Liu said.
Moving forward, MivaTek is exploring using narrow band cellular capability and making the platform more user-friendly as the company expands.
“Based on the success of the Sha Maison project, we believe our turnkey ‘Protection as a Service’ platform partnership/OEM business is well poised to grow globally,” he said.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Medical Park Family Care, the largest primary care group in Alaska, will prescribe the Livongo for Diabetes mHealth platform to 4,000 people with diabetes receiving care from the practice. “Our patients can’t always be here at the clinic, but with Livongo they can always access the support and tools they need to manage their diabetes,” said Brandon Ousley, CEO of of Medical Park Family Care, in a statement. Providers will recommend the digital platform, which includes remote patient monitoring and coaching, along with diabetes prescriptions, to ensure that people with diabetes receive 24/7 ongoing support and tools to better self-manage diabetes. “From the very beginning of the digital health revolution, we’ve seen digital solutions, providers and payers operating in silos,” said Dr. Jennifer Schneider, chief medical officer of Livingo, in a statement. “Our partnership with Medical Park is an important step in bringing everyone together with the common goal of making people healthier in an effective, scalable, and sustainable business model.”
CHICAGO – The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association has partnered with Onduo, a diabetes management company created by Sanofi and Alphabet’s Verily, on a pilot program that will provide eligible members with access to personalized and convenient diabetes care.
The pilot is designed to measure Type 2 diabetes outcomes, including those relating to clinical improvement, cost and member experience.
“Blue Cross and Blue Shield companies have a long history of bringing locally tailored, innovative programs to the communities we serve,” said Jody Voss, vice president of development, innovation and the group purchasing organization for BCBSA, in a statement. “We are pleased to be able to continue this tradition by partnering with Onduo on a new diabetes management program that will help eligible members better manage their Type 2 diabetes.”
The Onduo platform integrates hardware and software to provide people with access to personalized, convenient diabetes care. Participating BCBS members will be matched to the clinically appropriate interventions, including wirelessly-connected continuous glucose monitoring devices, lifestyle support, medication review and a team of Onduo health care experts. In collaboration with local BCBS network doctors, the program aims to provide care and support to members when and where they want it.
The Onduo platform will extend physicians’ support by providing guidance and continuous support to members between doctor visits.
“Onduo’s goal is to increase access to solid, evidence-based interventions in a personalized manner,” said Josh Riff, CEO of Onduo, in a statement. “Managing diabetes is a 24/7 job that we want to make easier for members.”
Pilots will begin in the first quarter of 2018 in Arkansas, Georgia and South Carolina with select BCBS members who are eligible.
WALTHAM, Mass. – Glytec’s digital diabetes management software, Glucommander Outpatient, will be integrated with Onduo’s virtual diabetes clinic now in development. The integrated solution will launch in pilot programs with select U.S. providers and payers early next year. Onduo, a joint venture of Sanofi and the Alphabet company Verily, is developing the virtual platform that integrates hardware, such as wirelessly-connected continuous glucose monitors, software and personalized support from healthcare experts to help people manage their Type 2 diabetes. “Roughly half of 7.5 million people in the U.S. who use insulin to manage their diabetes are not reaching their treatment goals, and millions more who could benefit from insulin therapy either avoid it or discontinue it,” said Dr. Andrew Rhinehart, chief medical officer at Glytec, in a statement. “Fixing this decades-old problem represents one of the greatest opportunities to improve the quality and cost of diabetes care.” According to multiple studies involving the use of Glucommander Outpatient in clinical practice, patients reach their glucose targets in an average of 12.5 days and sustain drops in A1C of 2.5 percentage points over a 12-month period, with very low incidence of hypoglycemia.
PLAINSBORO, N.J. – Princeton HealthCare System is seeing an increase in patient engagement and a reduction in the length of in-hospital stays as a result of implementing the Johnson & Johnson Health Partner platform a year ago.
“It’s really allowed us to round out the continuum of care,” said James Demetraides, vice president of operations at Princeton HealthCare System, which provides central New Jersey residents with hospital care through University Medical Center of Princeton, as well as home, hospice, ambulatory and other care.
The Health Partner connected digital platform consists of a website, mobile app and care portal to help patients prepare physically, mentally and emotionally for surgery. It connects the patient with their health care team for real-time interaction, and provides personalized patient care that adapts to the users changing needs and behaviors.
The platform focuses on improving a patient’s ability to stick with their care plan by addressing the underlying behaviors that might prevent them from doing so, while also providing tools and support to keep patients motivated and engaged throughout the surgical experience.
“We’re seeing that patients are engaged more fruitfully right from the start,” Demetraides said.
As a pilot site for the Health Partner platform, Princeton HealthCare has seen: an increase in patient satisfaction; a reduction in the average patient hospital stay to an average of two days from five; and about 80% of patients being discharged to home care instead of post-acute care.
Demetraides believes that health care will increasingly be pushed outside of acute-care settings and that technology like the Health Partner platform makes for a successful transition.
“This kind of surgery preparation will be done in ambulatory settings and in the community in the future,” he said. “We’re getting a jump start on that now.”
WILMINGTON, Del. – With the recent launch of a new asthma app for patients, Nemours Children’s Health System has set in motion a plan to integrate all of its digital offerings into one patient-facing platform over the next year.
“Until now, Nemours’ digital assets existed in their own space,” said Gina Altieri, senior vice president and chief of strategy integration at Nemours Children’s Health System, which serves Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Flordia. “We realized that by integrating them, we could create a seamless, user-friendly experience.”
The health provider’s digital assets include: a Nemours CareConnect telehealth app; a KidsHealth.org website; and an industry-recognized electronic health record.
The Nemours App for Asthma captures data from home monitoring devices like digitally-connected stethoscopes in real-time and shares the information with providers. Patients and their caregivers can use the app to: review video or written instructions for the proper use of home health devices; keep a real-time journal of asthma triggers and symptoms to share with physicians; conduct live telehealth video visits; and review the child’s EHR.
Nemours plans to monitor the care of families using the app to determine how the tool helps patients manage and control their condition compared with traditional care, with an eye toward treating other conditions.
“Right now our focus is on the Nemours App for Asthma, but the vision for diabetes and cardiac-focused apps is similar: use the technology to help families more easily and effectively control their child’s disease,” Altieri said.
Nemours digital health strategy is focused on putting more digital tools into the hands of families who expect it. In addition to the planned chronic condition apps, the provider will also develop a primary care app next year.
“Consumerism is changing everything, including health care,” Altieri said.
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. –Johnson & Johnson Health and Wellness Solutions has launched the Johnson & Johnson Health Partner platform for patients preparing for, and recovering from, knee, hip or weight loss surgery.
“Health Partner has been designed with the ‘whole person’ experience in mind to help ensure better engagement between patients and their health care team, and get patients back to living their lives—because we know that will help enhance efficiencies and quality of care,” said Sandra Peterson, group worldwide chair at Johnson & Johnson, in a statement.
That Health Partner is a connected digital platform that can help patients prepare physically, mentally and emotionally for surgery by connecting them with their health care team for customized, real-time care. It learns with the user over time and provides personalized patient care that adapts based on each patient’s changing needs and behaviors.
The Health Partner platform consists of three connected digital tools: a website that provides education and resources before treatment even begins; a mobile app to help guide a patient through surgical preparation and recovery; and a care portal designed for providers and health systems to enable real-time interaction throughout a patient’s treatment journey.
The behavior change strategies integrated into Health Partner are selected based on the best current scientific evidence available to help increase the likelihood patients will follow pre- and post-surgical care, said Peterson.
“Health care is personal, and helping people achieve their best health is deeply rooted in our commitment as a health care company,” she said.