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By Brian Dolan March 30, 2016
Last month a study published in JAMA Internal Medicine made headlines and caused a few waves in digital health after concluding telemonitoring supported by a nurse call center intervention after discharge did not have an effect on outcomes for congestive heart failure patients. This week Dr. Joseph Kvedar, Vice President of Connected Health at Partners HealthCare, which was not involved in the...
By Jonah Comstock October 29, 2015
A Kaiser Permanente video visit. Doctors, technologists, and entrepreneurs have a lot of different visions of the future of medicine, and they don't always line up. Dr. Robert Pearl, the Executive Director and CEO of The Permanente Medical Group, part of Kaiser Permanente, thinks some digital health offerings -- like video visits -- will revolutionize medicine. Others -- like health monitoring...
By Jonah Comstock October 29, 2015
Dr. Joseph Kvedar Dr. Joseph Kvedar, the vice president of Connected Health at Partners HealthCare, thinks the future of healthcare is in ever increasing levels of personalization and automation -- to the point where in just a few years, we might all have little automated health coaches in our smartphones, operating similarly to Siri, Cortana, or Google Now. "This is quite doable," Kvedar said...
By Jonah Comstock October 28, 2015
AdhereTech, the New York City-based smart pill bottle company, has begun shipping the generation 2 version of its bottle to pharma and provider customers. The new version incorporates a number of changes based on user feedback that make it more robust, easier to use, and expand the reach of the company outside the United States. AdhereTech raised $1.75 million to develop the new bottle last year...
By Jonah Comstock July 29, 2015
A Kaiser Permanente video visit. Nearly 60 percent of healthcare organizations are either behind on their digital health strategy or lack one entirely, according to a new survey of 450 healthcare companies from Validic. Specifically, 59 percent said they were behind on their strategy or didn't have one, while 41 percent said they were on track with their digital health strategy. Respondents...
By Jonah Comstock June 18, 2015
Personalized medicine was a hot topic at the BIO conference in Philadelphia, but in a session on digital health and patient engagement, payer and provider panelists also talked about how, in order to really drive medication and treatment adherence, patient engagement also has to be personalized. "You have to understand what are they worried about, what are their fears, what are they trying to do...
By Jonah Comstock May 27, 2015
Focus group data from the Center for Health Care Strategies Digital health is one of the biggest areas of opportunity to help low income populations and, in the process, reduce costs for providers that treat Medicaid populations. But challenges hold it back, including available apps that aren’t up to snuff, and a system for validating digital health interventions that’s somewhat lacking. That...
By Jonah Comstock May 26, 2015
Cambridge-based online patient community business PatientsLikeMe is teaming up with Boston-area health system Partners HealthCare to provide information and insights from PLM's platform to Partners' patients. “We’re excited to work with such an esteemed health system to help patients and their care teams have a more complete understanding of patients’ whole health experience, and to support...
By Jonah Comstock April 23, 2015
A retrospective matched-pair cohort study of 348 patients in Partners HealthCare's Boston-area hospitals shows that remote monitoring in congestive heart failure patients can reduce 120-day hospitalizations and mortality. Interestingly, while the reduction in mortality held beyond the 120 days of the study, the hospitalizations for the monitoring cohort actually went up after the monitoring...
By Jonah Comstock April 15, 2015
Samsung S Health apps Partners HealthCare has announced a partnership with Samsung Electronics to co-develop mobile health solutions. Initially, the Boston-based integrated health system will work with the electronics giant to create chronic condition management software. Partners will launch a clinical trial of the new software in June. A press release from Partners indicates a focus on...