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On Monday, MHW learned that 1Vision LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of HMS TECHNOLOGIES, INC., and AMC Health, a leading provider of proven real-time virtual care solutions, have been awarded the Authority to Operate (ATO) and provide telehealth solutions to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

With this agreement, 1Vision’s and AMC Health’s telehealth solutions will be made available to enrolled Veterans and their family members. Earlier this year, 1Vision and AMC Health announced their participation in an up to 5-year VA Indefinite Delivery Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) contract with a guaranteed minimum of $50,000 and a potential maximum $258,668,957, to provide telehealth solutions, confirming it meets the government’s stringent data security and privacy standards.

VA is America’s largest integrated health care system, serving nine million enrolled Veterans and providing care at 1,240 sites of care. VHA’s Home Telehealth Program relies on telehealth platforms from commercial contractors classified by the VA as Medical Device Data Systems.

“It is a significant achievement to receive ATO certification from the VA and we are proud to help make health care more efficient and accessible for our Veterans,” said Nesim Bildirici, CEO and president of AMC Health. “The VA’s ATO stamp of approval indicates that our telehealth offering can provide much needed solutions to organizations that require the highest levels of mission-critical security.”

“We are thrilled to partner with AMC Health to deliver telehealth services because of the company’s efficient, cost-effective offerings and knowledge about compliance requirements,” said Bill Kirkpatrick, Chief Executive Officer, 1Vision. “Our Veterans deserve increased access to quality health care and the resources that can improve their access to healthcare and embrace all the benefits that telehealth offers.”

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MHW can now confirm that Teladoc, Inc. — a worldwide powerhouse in virtual care — has acquired Advance Medical, a virtual care provider outside of the United States.

“With a broadened international footprint and the ability to offer an expanded set of clinical services worldwide, the combination creates the only global comprehensive virtual care platform capable of serving companies and people everywhere,” a statement to the media reads.

With the addition of Advance Medical, Teladoc builds on its successful track record of acquiring and integrating companies with common purpose, complementary capabilities and access to new markets. Combining Advance Medical’s suite of international clinical capabilities with Teladoc’s technology and operational scale, the company is now uniquely equipped to meet the needs of U.S. multinational employers, for whom one third of all employees live abroad.

“Today we bring together two companies who, by consistently putting the consumer first, have proven the transformative power of offering full-spectrum virtual care solutions,” said Jason Gorevic, CEO, Teladoc. “This acquisition advances our strategy to continually expand our product portfolio, as well as our operational footprint in attractive global markets.”

To learn more about the official announcement, click here.

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On Monday, Propeller Health, a leading digital therapeutics company, announced a strategic investment of an undisclosed amount from McKesson Ventures, adding to the $20M funding round announced last week.

We’re told that proceeds from the investment will provide further support for Propeller’s development of additional connected medicines for the treatment of chronic respiratory disease, such as injectables for severe asthma, and expansion into new therapeutic areas, which may include immunology, diabetes, migraine and other diseases with high unmet medical need.

“We’ve accumulated the expertise, infrastructure and distribution network to put connected medicines in the hands of people around the world,” said David Van Sickle, co-founder and CEO of Propeller Health. “This strategic investment accelerates those efforts and provides opportunities to explore potential partnership models that can increase access to new digital medicines and positively impact more lives.”

The Propeller platform enables leading medical technology and pharmaceutical companies to conceptualize, develop and commercialize digital medicines. Propeller also offers distribution at scale through its network of leading payers, pharmacies and PBMs such as Express Scripts.

“Propeller’s strong base of clinical evidence demonstrates meaningful benefits to patients and all key stakeholders involved in delivering patient care. We are excited for their continued success as part of the ‘digital supply chain,’ an emerging category that will be integral to the future of medicine,” said Carrie Hurwitz Williams, Principal of McKesson Ventures. “McKesson Ventures is uniquely positioned to help accelerate growth in the digital supply chain as our healthcare system becomes increasingly connected via secure data exchange and the use of digital therapies continues to rise.”

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On Tuesday, MHW learned that SnapMD — a full-service enterprise telehealth technology innovator and solutions provider — has confirmed that through an arrangement with the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), SnapMD will provide its Virtual Care Management (VCM) telehealth platform as part of the AAP Member Advantage Program.

We’re told that the AAP program includes 66,000 pediatricians, surgeons, and specialists nationwide. SnapMD’s VCM software enables pediatric practices to offer virtual visits to their patients as a complement to traditional in-person care.

Virtual pediatric patient visits can improve care, enhance outcomes, and lower costs while delivering greater patient and clinician satisfaction. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the number of children age 0 to 17 in the United States is expected to reach 74.1 million by 2020 and nearly 80 million by 2050, and the number of pediatric medical and surgical specialists and subspecialists is continuing to drop.

“This new Member Advantage Program directly addresses concerns cited by our members regarding a lack of information about quality telemedicine vendors and the high cost of telemedicine equipment. We hope that this program benefit will encourage more pediatricians to provide telehealth services to the families they serve within the context of their medical home,” said Joshua J. Alexander, MD, FAAP, FAAPMR, Chair of the AAP Section on Telehealth.

For more information on SnapMD’s Virtual Care Management platform, click here.

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Fluent, Inc., a leading data-driven performance marketing company, recently announced that the Company has appointed Brian Hogan as President, Fluent Health, effective immediately.

MHW has learned that in this role, Hogan will oversee the launch of the health marketing division as the company continues to aggressively grow and expand its business.

“With his expertise in health marketing and impeccable track record of building new data-driven platforms, Brian is a tremendous addition to the team,” said, Matt Conlin, President and Co-Founder. “We are thrilled to welcome him as we continue to expand our business and evolve how we service different verticals and monetize our data assets.”

Hogan, a successful entrepreneur and co-founder of LifeScript, is an accomplished executive with over 18 years in digital marketing, data and marketing services. Under his leadership as COO, LifeScript became one of the most visited online health destinations, generated over $85 million in revenue in 2016, and was named one of the INC 5000 Fastest Growing Companies in 2017. During his tenure, Hogan launched their performance marketing platform which became the largest in the health information sector.

“Fluent is poised to become a dominant player in health marketing given its unique first party and self-declared data asset,” said Hogan. “I am excited to join the team and to be driving the company’s momentum forward as we expand into the health vertical.”

To learn more, click here.

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News Release: Sherrie Williams, COO of the South Georgia telemedicine networking agency Global Partnership for Telehealth, led one of several strategic planning focus groups at the Association of Social Work Boards’ 2018 Educational Conference in Halifax, Nova Scotia on Saturday morning. Williams’ presentation, titled “ePractice Across State Lines,” focused on educating social work licensing regulators about the ever-shifting technological landscape.

Williams, a licensed clinical social worker herself, said the ASWB tapped her for the presentation due to her vast experience in telehealth. “I was asked to provide ‘food for thought’ to these regulators so that when they put pen to paper, they have a much clearer understanding of what is happening in the telehealth marketplace in terms of legislation, rules, and trends,” she said.

According to Williams, writing sensible rules to govern social workers in the current electronic age is a delicate task. “My encouragement to them was to think strategically,” Williams said. “Technology changes at the speed of light. Regulators need to plan for the future and not necessarily the now.”

Williams’ presentation in Halifax came at the end of a busy week for the nonprofit organization. On Thursday afternoon, CTO Jerad Johnson met with former President Jimmy Carter to begin the discussion of a new clinic in Carter’s hometown of Plains, Georgia, and Rena Brewer, CEO, spent much of the week in San Diego at the California Telehealth Resource Center’s 2018 Telehealth Summit.

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, we are the leading 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 our website at http://www.gpth.org.

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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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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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