Small survey: Most physicians discuss apps, wearables with patients

By: Brian Dolan | Jun 29, 2015        

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Earlier this month a small MedPanel survey of 415 physicians practicing in the US reportedly found that a very small percentage of them — just 15 percent — were discussing health apps or wearables with their patients. After reviewing the raw survey results, however, it’s clear the company’s press release misstated its survey’s findings. (The company has since corrected and updated it).

One section of the small survey actually found that 71 percent of the physicians it surveyed had discussed health apps and wearables with at least one percent of their patients in the previous six months. Elsewhere in the survey it is indicated that as many as 83 percent of the physicians surveyed have had these conversations with patients. MedPanel suggested to MobiHealthNews that the actual figure likely lies between the two. Regardless, it’s clear 15 percent is way off the mark.

Other media outlets reported on the survey’s findings and these inaccurate reports have likely triggered misguided conversations about how few physicians are discussing digital health with their patients, while the actual results reveal just the opposite.  Keep reading>>

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Wildflower Health’s new $5M will help it expand beyond pregnancy apps

By: Aditi Pai | Jun 29, 2015        

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Due Date PlusSan Francisco-based Wildflower Health has raised $5 million in a round led by Easton Capital and Hatteras Venture Partners with participation from existing investors Cambia Health Solutions and HealthTech Capital. The company has raised at least $6.7 million to date.

Wildflower Health offers an app, called Due Date Plus, which helps pregnant women track their symptoms, monitor key milestones, read health tips, and view their benefits. One of Wildflower’s key customer groups are payers, who offer the app to their members. Many features included in the Wildflower app, like the click-to-call a nurse or “view benefits” features, are already available to the payers’ members, but Due Date Plus helps to highlight them.

The recent funds will help Wildflower launch new programs that help families manage their healthcare. The company also plans to launch a Spanish version of Due Date Plus in the next few months.

“We believe that you’ve accompanied this member, this user, through maternity, and then the natural extension of that is ‘I’m taking care of my newborn and other children, I’m taking care of members of family’,” Wildflower Health CEO Leah Sparks told MobiHealthNews. “We’re going to be adding new programs and services to support the chief decision maker of the family, who’s usually a mom, as she goes about supporting her overall family health.”  Keep reading>>

Walgreens adds J&J’s 7 Minute Workout to Balance Rewards program

By: Jonah Comstock | Jun 26, 2015        

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7MW Screenshot (3)Johnson & Johnson has teamed up with Walgreens to integrate the Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout app into the Walgreens Balance Rewards for healthy choices program.

Balance Rewards for healthy choices allows Walgreens customers to earn rewards points by tracking health markers with devices from Jawbone, Fitbit, iHealth, and Withings and apps like MapMyFitness, MyFitnessPal, RunKeeper, and LoseIt. With the new integration, users will also be able to get points by completing the seven-minute workout within Johnson & Johnson’s app.

“Human behaviors drive the vast majority of healthcare costs,” Len Greer, President of Johnson & Johnson Health and Wellness Solutions, the division of the company that oversees the app, said in a statement. “Approximately 80 percent of adult Americans don’t get the recommended amount of exercise, and lack of time and energy are among the top reasons cited for not exercising. The Johnson & Johnson Official 7 Minute Workout app was designed to address these barriers. Both Walgreens and Johnson & Johnson are committed to helping consumers live healthier and more vibrant lives by providing simple, effective and engaging solutions that are personalized to meet each individual’s unique needs.”

Walgreens first launched its Balance Rewards healthy choices offering in September 2012. Walgreens’ service awards points for healthy behaviors, for example, setting health goals, tracking activity, logging weight, tracking prescriptions, and linking a third party device or app. In 2014, Walgreens updated the service to include behavior change expert Dr. BJ Fogg’s “Tiny Habits” methodology. As of April 2015, the Balance Rewards healthy choice offering had reached 800,000 users and has 250,000 connected devices. Members had set 1.5 million goals and logged 73 million miles. Keep reading>>

Medaxion raises $1.3M for mobile-based anesthesiology EHR

By: Aditi Pai | Jun 26, 2015        

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Medaxion 2Nashville, Tennessee-based Medaxion, which has developed a mobile-based EHR offering for anesthesiologists, raised $1.3 million, according to an SEC filing. This brings the company’s total funding to at least $5 million to date.

Medaxion’s offering, called Medaxion Pulse, which is available on iPads and iPhones, helps anesthesiologists with documentation and communication. After practitioners enter data into Medaxion Pulse, the system will send updates to the clinical team and administrative staff, including event times, case providers, vital signs chart, procedures, and patient history.

Relevant team members also receive detailed text messages when certain events occur, for example, when there’s a role handoff, incomplete case record alert, conflicting schedule data warning, or fax printing error. Medaxion Pulse will use this data to create quality improvement reports and management reports, which include billable hours by provider, procedures by provider, and operating room utilization.

Medaxion’s other offering, called Medaxion Q, helps anesthesiologists with regulatory reporting. The service provides users with a dashboard that displays a number of quality measures like antibiotic administration, surgery start, patient arrival, and patient ready, to help users generate accurate quality improvement reports.

In October 2014, PhyMed Healthcare Group announced that they would start deploying Medaxion Pulse in their anesthesiology practices. PhyMed said at the time that they completed implementation in their Anesthesia Medical Group (AMG), the largest anesthesia practice in Tennessee, and were actively rolling out the solution at major hospitals and healthcare systems within their Tennessee, Kentucky and Pennsylvania markets.

In-Depth: Digital health news recap of H1 2015

By: MobiHealthNews | Jun 26, 2015        

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The first six months of 2015 have been chock-full of digital health news. What follows is an exhaustive recap of the first half of the year with links to MobiHealthNews coverage of notable events throughout. If you’d prefer to navigate to a particular section, here’s where you can find our digital health news round-up section for payor news, pharma news, government and regulatory news, mergers and acquisitions, funding announcements, and survey results, market data, and other industry metrics. Or read on below for our round-up of healthcare provider-focused digital health news.  Keep reading>>

Bosch shutters pioneering telehealth service Health Buddy, US-based unit

By: Jonah Comstock | Jun 26, 2015        

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Bosch Health BuddyEven though telemedicine seems to be having its day in the sun, with Teladoc’s forthcoming IPO and major funding for MDLive, Doctor on Demand, and American Well, one of the oldest, earliest telemedicine companies is shutting down. Bosch has officially closed its US subsidiary Robert Bosch Healthcare, reducing the scope its healthcare operations to a 50-person team based in Germany.

Telecare Aware reported on the news last week after the news broke on Tim Rowan’s Home Care Technology Report. Bosch confirmed the shuttering in a statement soon after.

“Bosch is currently realigning its business in the medical and healthcare sector, and is examining its options in this market,” the company wrote. “The company is currently analyzing future opportunities in this field. Its deliberations center on the company’s key competence in sensor technology, which results in improved diagnostics. To this end, Bosch has established an organizational unit in Germany at the beginning of 2015. It currently employs 50 people. As part of this realignment, Bosch has agreed to close its telehealth business in the US. Despite early entry to the telehealth market, the strategic and economic targets associated with Bosch’s telehealth business did not develop as expected.” Keep reading>>