CVS Health taps three doctor video visits companies to expand its telehealth efforts

By: Brian Dolan | Aug 26, 2015        

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DrAndrewSussmanCVSMinuteClinicThis year continues to be a breakout one for doctor video visits: CVS Health announced this morning that it is working with three established remote visits companies: American Well, Doctor On Demand, and Teladoc, to expand its telehealth capabilities and services. Dr. Andrew Sussman, the EVP and associate chief medical officer of CVS Health and the president of MinuteClinic told MobiHealthNews via email that CVS plans on piloting the telehealth services in half a dozen states and expects to leverage different telehealth companies in different regions of the country.

Sussman pointed to four potential models of care for telehealth services through CVS. The most straightforward would be integrating a telehealth vendor’s services right onto or Another would be extending MinuteClinic’s providers’ scope by giving them the option to consult with telehealth physicians — since MinuteClinic has no physicians on-site — to expand the clinic’s care capabilities beyond those of nurse practitioners and physician assistants when clinically appropriate. Another potential area of collaboration would see CVS MinuteClinics serving as a brick-and-mortar access point of care for consumers who use a telehealth service direct-to-consumer. Finally, Sussman mentioned the care model his company recently piloted: linking Minute Clinics via in-clinic telehealth systems to better distribute the patient load from one clinic to another less busy one.  Keep reading>>


MocaCare raises $2M for handheld, heart tracking device

By: Aditi Pai | Aug 26, 2015        

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MocacarePalo Alto, California-based MocaCare, which has developed a device that tracks cardiovascular health, raised $2 million in a round led by JDM Mobile Internet Solutions with participation from EMB International and Atom Health Corporation. This brings the company’s total funding to $4 million to date.

The device, called MocaHeart, scans the user’s fingertips to measure blood flow velocity and uses that metric to determine heart rate and blood oxygen levels. It also offers users a qualitative measure of users’ overall cardiovascular health, called the Moca Index, which the company says is correlated to blood pressure.  Keep reading>>

DynoSense raises $9.4M for mobile-enabled health sensing device

By: Aditi Pai | Aug 25, 2015        

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DynoSenseSunnyvale, California-based DynoSense, which has developed a mobile-enabled sensor that tracks a number of vital signs and other health biometrics, raised $9.4 million from WI Harper Group, JKOM Cloud Health Technology, Plug and Play Tech Center, Jinmao Capital, and Wilson, Sonsini, Goodrich and Rosati.

DynoSense’s device, called DynoSensor, measures ECG, EKG, pulmonary plethysmography (PPM), blood pressure change, hydration level, sleep, core body temperature, and activity. The company claims the device can capture more than 33 critical health metrics in less than 60 seconds with a single user action. After data is collected, it’s uploaded to a cloud platform, analyzed and can then be sent on to a care team. Users can access this data via mobile devices, set individualized alert levels for certain data values, and share the data with family members as well as caregivers.

The device is designed to be used in managed elderly care, chronic disease care, hospital discharge care, consumer health, and telemedicine.

“Our mission is to be at the forefront of the digital healthcare revolution, a market anticipated to reach more than $26 billion by 2020,” DynoSense CEO Saeed Azimi said in a statement. “With the Dyno, we are marking a new paradigm in how patients can be remotely monitored for physiological changes. We believe this will open up a whole new era of disease prevention that will enhance delivery of care, resulting in leapfrog improvements in efficiency, health outcomes and cost reduction.”

The company will use the funds to start working towards an FDA clearance and commercializing the DynoSensor.

In a video describing the device, Azimi explained that his device is similar to a tricorder, a future category of health sensing devices capable of diagnosing various ailments. This type of device gained popularity after Qualcomm launched a competition, called the Tricorder X Prize, which wraps up in 2016. A few months ago, two of the finalists in the Tricorder X Prize, Scanadu and Intelesens announced that they were merging their teams into one.

Webinar invitation: Who’s paying? Remote patient monitoring business models

By: Brian Dolan | Aug 25, 2015        

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Brian Dolan - MobiHealthNews Editor-in-ChiefThanks to a mix of new payment models and the rise of consumer-driven healthcare, remote patient monitoring and remote care services are increasingly available and increasingly popular.

This year brought with it a number of important developments in digital health reimbursement that will accelerate the trend. In addition to the now, well-known new Medicare billing code for chronic condition management, the government has also clarified the roadmap for future tech-enabled, next-generation ACOs. At the same time private payors — both health plans and self-insured employers — are backing remote care services of various stripes. Against that backdrop a number of telehealth companies are gaining traction — even going public — with mostly direct-to-consumer models too.

Whether you are creating or buying remote patient monitoring devices and services, you need to know the changes effecting costs.

In our next MobiHealthNews webinar (September 24 at 2PM ET) we will examine various business models and payment strategies that remote patient monitoring companies and their provider customers are pursuing today. Lastly, we will review the costs for building, deploying and maintaining remote patient monitoring devices.

Join us for this MobiHealthNews webinar and bring your questions for the always lively Q&A period. Register for this must-attend event today!

Survey finds “sharp increase” in large employers planning to offer telehealth come 2016

By: Brian Dolan | Aug 25, 2015        

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TeladocVideoVisitAccording to non-profit association National Business Group on Health, next year significantly more large employers will offer telehealth services to their employees than this year. The survey, which was conducted in June, included responses from 140 of the largest companies in the US.

The employers survey expect their health care benefits costs to increase 6 percent in 2016, but many plan to lower the increase to 5 percent by making plan changes like cost-sharing provisions, adopting consumer-directed health plans (CDHPs), and rolling out new or expanded wellness initiatives.

While 48 percent of the employers offer telehealth services to employees currently, the survey found that 74 percent of employers in states where telehealth services are legal, plan to offer them in the coming year. The association characterized this spike as a “sharp increase in telehealth”.  Keep reading>>