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On Monday, Fitbit announced new apps and clock faces to help people better manage their health, directly from the wrist.

Built using Fitbit’s SDK, the apps and clock faces will give Fitbit smartwatch users new options to improve wellness and help manage conditions like diabetes and some types of cancer. Additionally, the apps will give health plans, employers and clinical researchers new opportunities to better support their users outside of a clinical environment, helping lead to positive health outcomes.

According to a provided media announcement, new health apps and clock faces include:

●        Dexcom**: Dexcom helps people better manage their diabetes with continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) products and tools for patients. Via the Dexcom app being developed for Fitbit Ionic and Versa, glucose data will be relayed from the Dexcom CGM to the wrist, making it easier for users to see their Dexcom CGM data alongside Fitbit activity data to better manage their condition.

●        Diplomat Pharmacy Inc.: Provides innovative digital health tools for oncology patients. Users could seamlessly integrate Diplomat’s care management services platform to Fitbit Ionic and Versa to help manage their treatment with medication and prescription reminders.

●        Fitabase:  Fitabase provides a platform for innovative data collection to advance research efforts. Fitabase Engage is a new tool for implementing custom feedback and prompts that makes it easy for researchers to collect valuable data on the wrist using novel assessment and interaction methods.

●        Go365® by Humana: Go365® is a wellness and rewards program that helps you live a healthier life, with personalized activities, as well as tracking, support and rewards, to keep you inspired along the way.  With devices like Fitbit Ionic or Versa, Go365 members are able to track their activities towards Points and Bucks that they can redeem for rewards like e-gift cards, fitness gear, and charitable donations.

●        Limeade: An employee engagement company, Limeade integrates well-being, engagement, inclusion, aggregation and social recognition software into one seamless experience. The Limeade app and a clock face on Fitbit smartwatches will include quick surveys and daily tips to help improve well-being. Available this week on Fitbit Ionic and Versa.

●        One Drop: One Drop is the most advanced virtual diabetes care platform in market today and provides users with evidence-based and clinically effective glucose monitoring. One Drop users will be able to sync Fitbit intraday data to their One Drop accounts and see their glucose data on their Fitbit smartwatch. Now available on Fitbit Ionic and Versa.

●        Sickweather: Sickweather’s mission is to provide the most accurate, predictive and meaningful sickness forecast in the world. This clock face will let you know the risk of contagious illness in your current location with alerts on the wrist and a view of top illnesses in your area.

●        Walgreens: Lets users easily locate their closest Walgreens pharmacy, view Balance® Rewards points, and save money on Walgreens purchases. Now available on Fitbit Ionic and Versa.

To check out the full press release, click here.

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Cubismi, a digital healthcare company and new member of StartUp Health, announced this week its new technology My Virtual Body One File (aka “One File”), a “groundbreaking computer system that organizes dispersed medical images and other clinical data into a singular framework for precision analytics of a patient’s body.”

From the official announcement:

The technology leverages population data and AI to create new precision insights into the human body to create advances in patient care, as well as productivity gains for radiologists and other doctors to decrease healthcare costs. Further, by simplifying medical data into a singular “One File,” the technology will decrease IT complexity. The Virtual Body Bio-Map of the patient’s body will act like a “Google maps” of the human body to augment the power of information doctors can access and leverage to best care for their patients.

MHW has learned that the My Virtual Body One File technology harnesses Cubismi’s recently granted U.S. patent on their Methoding System for Creating Probability Maps of the Human Body, the first patent of its kind worldwide. The technology uses the patented “Moving Window” to determine predictive analytics for individual patients for even the smallest components of medical images, three-dimensional tissue areas called “voxels,” via comparisons to a population library of imaging and other clinical data.”

“We have been working very hard on these projects for many years because we know that this transformative technology can create major advances for diseases such as cancer as part of the new precision medicine paradigm,” said Dr. Moira Schieke, CEO and founder of Cubismi Inc., radiologist, cancer imaging expert, and adjunct assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. “As a physician-founded company, Cubismi is firmly committed to keeping doctors and nurses in leadership roles for creating the “right” transformation of health care using the new tools of the fourth industrial revolution, including big data and AI. We believe that the real life experiences and subject-matter expertise of healthcare professionals, as well as patient experiences, are vital for developing the best healthcare IT. In addition, we believe that maintaining strong fiduciary trust will be absolutely critical in this new era of patient big data and precision analytics.”

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Izzy Care, an innovative healthcare platform based on low cost monthly membership, has just launched at HLTH in Las Vegas with “unlimited access to a personal doctor, therapist, and nutrition & wellness coach — anytime, anywhere.”

With Izzy Care, we’re told that members can earn rewards for achieving their personal health goals, helping save even more on the cost of their care.

“Izzy Care offers affordable, high-quality, and holistic patient-centered care by integrating primary care, mental health, and nutrition & fitness in one collaborative care membership, augmented by artificial intelligence and blockchain technology,” said Kenneth Colon, founder and CEO of Izzy Care. “Patients everywhere deserve access to affordable, high quality health and wellness services, just as clinicians deserve technology and payment models that support their work, not hinder it.”

Want to learn more about Izzy Care? Click here.

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This week, Fitbit and Google have announced they will work together to innovate and transform the future of digital health and wearables, “leading to positive health outcomes for people around the world.”

According to a media release:

Fitbit and Google are exploring the development of consumer and enterprise health solutions. Fitbit intends to use Google’s new Cloud Healthcare API to help the company integrate further into the healthcare system, such as by connecting user data with electronic medical records (EMR). Combining Fitbit data with EMRs can provide patients and clinicians a more comprehensive view of the patient profile, leading to more personalized care. The companies will also look to help better manage chronic conditions like diabetes and hypertension by using services such as Fitbit’s recently acquired Twine Health. Using Google’s Cloud Healthcare API, Twine can make it easier for clinicians and patients to collaborate on care, helping lead to better health outcomes and positive returns for employers, health plans and hospitals.

“Over the past decade, we have built an incredible foundation as the leading wearables brand, helping millions of people around the world make lasting behavior changes that improve their health and wellness through fun and engaging experiences. Working with Google gives us an opportunity to transform how we scale our business, allowing us to reach more people around the world faster, while also enhancing the experience we offer to our users and the healthcare system,” said James Park, co-founder and CEO of Fitbit. “This collaboration will accelerate the pace of innovation to define the next generation of healthcare and wearables.”

To learn more about what Fitbit is up to, click here.

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On Monday,UC Berkeley Extension announced the launch of the fully online Professional Program in Health Informatics, a four-course sequence that prepares clinical and nonclinical professionals to understand and deploy health informatics.

So how does it work?

By understanding the underlying information and computer science and health care best practices that comprise this in-demand career, professionals from both medical and IT backgrounds will have the skills—in as little as three months—to meet the growing use of technology in health care delivery.

“The rapidly changing healthcare environment offers many new opportunities in health informatics, but also requires workers to continue to build skills over time as industry and organizational needs change,” says lead instructor Melanie Meyer. “This Professional Program in Health Informatics will help working professionals build new skills in these critical areas.”

“This is exactly what UC Berkeley Extension excels at,” adds UC Berkeley Extension Director of Behavioral Health Sciences Stan Weisner. “We develop and offer up-to-date curricula in a range of health, business and related technology fields to prepare students for real jobs so that they can compete in a dynamic workforce environment.”

To learn more, click here.

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Dictum Health, Inc. – innovators in telehealth’s Virtual Exam Room (VER) technology that supports patients across the continuum of care – has announced the addition of video laryngoscopy to their end-to-end telehealth solution.

From the official word:

The laryngoscope created by Vivid Medical is a single-use video intubation device that performs reliably during concurrent chest compression, on patients with an immobilized neck or in any position, and with successful suctioning of the airway by the same person performing intubation. The device connects through USB to Dictum Health’s IDM100 Medical Tablet, which displays video images of the mouth and throat to guide intubation and to record and store images to Care Central cloud services.

“The unique No-Force (Point and Intubate) technique used with the Vividtrac is even well-tolerated by conscious patients, which makes the VividTrac one of the safest devices on the market today, with adults and pediatrics alike,” said Mina Farr, Founder and CEO of Vivid Medical. “The partnership of Vivid Medical and Dictum Health has broadened EMS clinical capabilities, which can only result in better patient outcomes.”

“Partnering with Vivid Medical to add video laryngoscopy to our VER products expands the definition of clinical telehealth from incident to hospital,” said Elizabeth Keate, VP of Product Management at Dictum Health. “Additionally, because the VividTrac is single-use, we are able to eliminate the risks of patient cross-contamination, important for rural clinics, military, emergency, and disaster relief situations.”

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Media Announcement: Georgia-based telehealth networking agency Global Partnership for Telehealth recently honored four partners with awards at its 9th Annual Conference in Jekyll Island, GA. The organization gave Piedmont Health System in Atlanta the Award for Excellence in Telehealth and honored Susan McLendon, with Meadows Regional Health System in Vidalia, with the Telehealth Leadership Award. Furthermore, GPT named Joe Tallent, Telehealth Coordinator at Effingham Health System, its Telehealth Coordinator of the Year and honored the Packer Health Clinic, based in the Colquitt County School System, as its School-Based Telehealth Program of the Year.

“The conference is a great opportunity to honor those in our network who are true telehealth champions, the ones who go the extra mile,” said Keri Brantley, Global Partnership for Telehealth’s Conference Director. “It’s GPT’s way of saying ‘thank you’ for the hard work that our partners put into their programs.”

Close to 150 registrants watched as Global Partnership for Telehealth distributed the awards on Wednesday, March 21st to close out the conference at the Jekyll Island Convention Center. Brantley said that honoring the award-winning telehealth practices and coordinators was an excellent way to close out a very successful conference.

“Without partners like this,” Brantley said, “these amazing conferences could not happen. We’re very proud to have them in GPT’s network.”

Global/Georgia Partnership for Telehealth (GPT) is a nonprofit corporation whose mission is to deliver worldwide access to healthcare by leveraging technology. With a 12-year track record of success developing and implementing sustainable, cost-effective telehealth programs, GPT is the leading nonprofit agency globally focused on increasing access to healthcare through innovative use of technology. Currently, GPT manages a network of more than 650 endpoints, including partner providers, health systems, schools, universities, long-term care facilities, correctional facilities, and international mission projects. For more information, visit GPT’s website at http://www.gatelehealth.org.

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Ahead of the weekend, MHW learned that TotalABA, a leader in providing Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) software for helping people with autism spectrum disorders, announced a strategic alliance with Digital Health Forward.

“The Digital Health Forward team has an extensive understanding of the current healthcare markets and the software needed to improve productivity and the quality of lives,” said Larry Morgan, CEO of TotalABA. “We have a deep knowledge of autism spectrum disorders and the best tools to help therapists and clinics spend more time with their students and less time doing administrative work.”

Digital Health Forward is a business catalyst focused on creating lasting partnerships to bridge the gap between digital health service providers and the healthcare industry. By creating collaborative relationships, Digital Health Forward provides a unique approach in helping innovative digital health technologies get to market faster. This client-centered care model enables healthcare service providers to leverage technology and deliver world class experiences to the patients.

“TotalABA is a perfect partner for our mission,” said G. Sean Cassidy, CEO of Digital Health Forward. “We look for technology solutions that can help healthcare operators reduce the costs of delivering care while improving wellness outcomes and operational efficiency. We look forward to expanding their presence with leading edge Practice Management software, by making it more readily available to all therapists and clinics who seek to optimize their productivity.”

Together, these organizations will “improve the rapid adoption of the robust and easy to use Practice Management software, which enables therapists and clinics to save time and money, while improving the quality of care.”

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Digital health is a hotbed for innovation, with venture capitalists spending nearly $5 billion in the space last year (think FitBits, Smart Scales, and wellness apps). With the constant surge in new products and services entering the market, it’s often difficult for companies to know which solutions can best address their employees’ unique health challenges. That’s why Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (Blue Cross) is introducing the Emerging Solutions platform to curate market-leading health solutions and provide advice to employer customers on which solutions could best help improve their employees’ health.

Emerging Solutions is available to self-insured accounts with 1,000+ employees starting July 1, 2018. Currently, our offering includes nationally recognized solutions for diabetes prevention and management as well as fertility, pregnancy, and parenting—key health issues that are of interest to our accounts. These solutions are:

  • Livongo, the leading consumer digital health platform that empowers people with chronic conditions like diabetes to live better and healthier lives.
  • Omada, a digital provider of the Diabetes Prevention Program, delivering the tools and support for participants to improve lifestyle, behavior, and overall health.
  • Ovia Health, which uses technology and predictive coaching to support women from preconception and pregnancy through return-to-work and parenthood.

Blue Cross chief marketing officer Kathy Klingler said, “Through the Emerging Solutions platform, we serve as a trusted advisor to our employer customers, working closely with them to identify the health solutions that can best address the specific needs of their employees. We are focused on advancements that matter to our employer customers. Our decades of experience, commitment to innovation, and strong partnerships with digital health companies allow us to curate solutions that can best improve employees’ health and lower overall health care costs.”

“We’ve heard from many of our employer customers that they are looking for new ways to help their employees with specific challenges including diabetes, pre-diabetes, and maternity,” said Debbie Williams, senior vice president of sales & account service. “Emerging Solutions can address these needs. One of the feeders into our Emerging Solutions is the work done by Zaffre Investments, our health-focused investment arm. We have a unique opportunity to continuously see the newest technological advancements in health and select those that will best benefit our members.” She added that our portfolio of solutions will change and grow over time to match the latest digital health offerings to our customers’ needs.

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CRF Health, the leading provider of patient-centered eSource for the life sciences industry, today announced that its TrialMax Touch® and TrialMax Slate® solutions have been selected by a Global Category Japanese Pharmaceutical company for a significant pain trial. The Phase III trial will involve 800 screened and 320 randomized subjects across 40 sites in the US.

CRF Health’s TrialMax Touch® delivers an easy-to-use smartphone solution to collect the primary endpoint data of the study via a daily diary. With home-based patients and daily diary entries, the high compliance afforded by electronic data capture vs. paper was a key requirement. The high-quality solution was selected by the sponsor for the benefits it brings, such as streamlining data collection through instant capture, rather than requiring patients to visit a site, and a high compliance rate which is achieved through the solutions’ notification reminders, intuitive interface and mobility.

For the investigators in the study, TrialMax Slate® will provide the ability to send reminders to keep patients engaged, while the dashboard clearly displays the questionnaire status of all patient visits. This reduces site burden and increases the efficiency of the eCOA collection process by highlighting required and incomplete questionnaires.

“In the area of pain therapy there are a lot of questionnaires completed by the patient at home and these are typically critical endpoints to the study,” commented Rachael Wyllie, CRF Health’s CEO. “With our proven track record and unparalleled eCOA expertise, CRF Health was selected as the best provider to ease patient and site burden and maximize the capture of critical data.”

For further information on CRF Health and the TrialMax eCOA solutions, please visit www.crfhealth.com.

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