Philosys receives FDA clearance for iPhone-connected glucometer

By: Aditi Pai | Aug 20, 2014        

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GmateNew York City-based medical device maker Philosys received FDA 510(k) clearance this week for its smartphone-connected glucose meter, Gmate Smart.

To use the Gmate Smart glucometer, users launch the device’s connected app, plug in their Gmate glucometer through the audio jack, insert a test strip into the glucometer, add a blood sample, and view results on the app. Gmate Smart’s app is only compatible with iOS devices.

With each test that a user takes, they can add notes to accompany the reading, including nutrition data, fitness data, or medication information. The app also offers a log so users can look back at old readings. Users can search through old readings by date or view charts of average blood glucose test results within one, seven, 14, 30 and 60-day periods.

Philosys has already started preorders on the device to retailers and insurance plans, Mike Tickle, senior VP of sales at Philosys told MobiHealthNews. He also said the device will likely be sold at different pricepoints, ranging from $8.95 to $19.95.

The glucometer received its CE Mark in August 2012. At the time, MobiHealthNews reported that Philosys was looking for a telecom company to partner with it to bring the device to market in Europe.

Moving forward, Philosys wants to bring the data into the cloud so patients can share data with caregivers and pharmacists.

A similar device, Sanofi’s iBGStar, which uses an iPhone’s dock connector to sync the glucometer received its first FDA 510(k) clearance in December 2011.

While Sanofi offers a glucometer that connects directly to the mobile, another company, Glooko, offers users a cable to connect some of the most popular off-the-shelf glucometers to a smartphone to view and record readings. The company announced its Android-compatible cable in October 2013, three years after it launched a cable for iOS devices.

Another device, made by LabStyle Innovations, called Dario, is still seeking FDA clearance. The company received its CE mark certification in September 2013 and this year Labstyle partnered with nutrition app maker FatSecret. With this partnership in place, Dario users can log food from FatSecret’s database, an important part of the routine for a person with diabetes.


HealthPrize raises $3 million for medication adherence platform

By: Brian Dolan | Aug 20, 2014        

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HealthPrize.iPhoneNorwalk, Connecticut-based medication adherence platform company HealthPrize has raised $3 million in a new round of funding led by Mansa Capital to help it expand globally. The investment firm has the option to invest an additional $2 million over the course of the next year, according to a report from Dow Jones. HealthPrize, founded in 2009, had previously raised about $4 million from angel investors including dLife Founder Howard Steinberg and former Advo CEO Robert “Kam” Kamerschen.

HealthPrize’s mobile and online offering uses education and rewards to help patient take their medications, while also collecting information like accurate prescription-histories and market research about patients verified to be on particular therapies, for their pharmaceutical customers. HealthPrize offers branded pharmaceutical programs for conditions including hypertension, acne, and diabetes.

It has also piloted its diabetes program with an unnamed “top PBM”, which HealthPrize said showed adherence lifts for average number of fills per patient increasing 20 to 40 percent over the brand’s known baseline.

HealthPrize sells its platform as an SaaS to pharma companies on a brand-by-brand basis. Depending on the pharma company’s patient acquisition strategy, patients using that particular medication are then typically invited to the platform via online lead generation campaigns or via “starter-kits” distributed at the point of prescription in their doctor’s office.  Keep reading>>

Listrunner raises $500,000 for physicians’ rounds app

By: Aditi Pai | Aug 19, 2014        

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ListrunnerMountain View-based Listrunner raised $500,000 for its newly launched app, which helps physicians stay organized while doing their rounds, according to a post from VentureBeat.

The app puts patient notes, lists, and tasks in one place so that physicians can input all information related to their patient while doing their rounds. Listrunner says its app also makes for easier handoff between care providers. It also helps physicians and care teams coordinate care by more quickly figuring out which providers are taking care of, for example, a patient’s CT scan. The app, which is available for desktop and both Android and iPhone devices, can integrate data from McKesson, Cerner, Allscripts, and Epic EHRs, too.

Listrunner, which is currently enrolled in Silicon Valley accelerator Y Combinator, is free for medical students and offers several different pricepoints for hospitals.

A basic version of the product is also free, but while the pro and enterprise plans offer unlimited provider users per list, the free plan only offers 10 users. The basic version also keeps discharge data available for up to 30 days, while the pro version offers it for six months, but the data is downloadable at any time. The enterprise version offers a permanent archive of the discharge data. The plans also offer differentiating levels of analytics, checklist customization, and EMR integration.

The company is conducting a trial at 12 hospital departments including two well-known facilities in California.

Self Health Network discloses funding rounds for its population health management platform

By: Aditi Pai | Aug 19, 2014        

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Self Health Networks appSan Francisco-based Self Health Network has raised approximately $11 million over the past six years, according to recently posted filings in the SEC. The company’s current product focus is a population health management platform. The funds include equity, debt, options, and securities.

Self Health offers its software to hospitals and employers. For employers, Self Health offers a platform, called MyPersonalWellnessGuide. Employers can customize the offering for their employees by choosing from several kinds of services including fitness device integration, a social network, nutrition planning, fitness planning, challenges, rewards, stress management tools, medical records, and health resources.

Hospitals can use Self Health to help coordinate patient care after the patient leaves the hospital. The app, called I’m Home!, enables caregivers and patients to monitor adherence to treatment and discharge instructions from the hospital. From the app patients and caregivers can manage medications and schedule future appointments.

The company’s offering is active in at least one hospital pilot program, CEO Kevin Murphy told MobiHealthNews.

Self Health partnered with UK-based risk management and insurance company Aon in 2012. Through the partnership, Self Health began using Aon as a sales channel for its product. That same year, the company also announced that Aspen Clinic signed on as a customer. At the time, Aspen Clinic said it would use Self Health’s tools to manage its orthopedic rehab patients.

California court’s BYOD ruling could affect hospitals’ policies

By: Jonah Comstock | Aug 19, 2014        

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Female Doctor with TabletA new California Court of Appeals ruling has dealt a major blow to bring your own device (BYOD) policies. Although the case focused on employees working in retail, the court’s decision may have implications for any employer with a BYOD policy in place. It could potentially have repercussions for healthcare down the road.

In a class action lawsuit, a customer service representative named Colin Cochran sued his employer, Schwan’s home food delivery service on behalf of 1,500 customer service reps who had been denied reimbursement for work calls made on their personal mobile phones. Overturning the verdict of the California Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals ruled that employers must reimburse employees for some “reasonable portion” of their phone bill, even if the employee’s phone plan was unlimited (so the work calls cost them no additional money) or was paid for by a third party.

“It does not matter whether the phone bill is paid for by a third person, or at all,” the court wrote. “In other words, it is no concern to the employer that the employee may pass on the expense to a family member or friend, or to a carrier that has to then write off a loss. It is irrelevant whether the employee changed plans to accommodate work-related cell phone usage. Also, the details of the employee’s cell phone plan do not factor into the liability analysis. Not only does our interpretation prevent employers from passing on operating expenses, it also prevents them from digging into the private lives of their employees to unearth how they handle their finances vis-a-vis family, friends and creditors.”  Keep reading>>

Atonarp raises $8 million for cancer-sniffing sensor device

By: Aditi Pai | Aug 19, 2014        

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Atonarp graphTokyo-based Atonarp raised $8 million in a round led by Walden Riverwood Ventures to further develop the company’s smart spectrometer. Atonarp is developing a spectrometer that can non-invasively detect early phase cancer detection and it also has designed on non-invasive blood glucose measurement.

To detect cancer, the company’s device analyzes a user’s breath. Atonarp’s website notes that several different organizations have conducted research, including Cleveland Clinic, on how to detect cancer through a user’s breath. The company noticed that while some of these studies got as high as 93 percent accuracy for detecting devices, a dog that was trained to detect cancer had 98 percent accuracy.  Keep reading>>