News & Updates
MeYou Health won best app in the Healthcare and Wellness category in the 16th annual Massachusetts Innovation and Technology Exchange awards. MeYou’s Daily Challenge app moves users toward healthy behavior by helping them make small changes in their daily lives. Daily Challenge was launched in 2010 and has 170,000 users internationally.
The Sanofi iBGStar Blood Glucose Monitoring System (made by Agamatrix) received FDA 510(k) clearance. It’s the first FDA-approved blood glucose meter that directly connects to the iPhone. Patients use the device to test their blood glucose levels and results are immediately displayed on their phone’s screen. iBGStar is now available in the United States after being sold in Germany, France, Switzerland, the Netherlands and Italy.
George Washington University Medical Center released findings from a demonstration that showed that type 2 diabetes patients who used the WellDoc DiabetesManager cut their hospital and ER visits in half over a 12 month period. DiabetesManager is a software program that provides clinical decision support for patients and coaches them as they manage their health. In the past, the program has been shown to effectively help patients reduce their blood glucose levels.
Costco launched its electronic health record nationwide. Prior to this, Costco entered into an agreement with Etransmedia, and Allscripts, to test market the software solution to its health care provider members, but early success led the company to open it up to providers across the country. Costco executive members pay $499 per month for the EHR.
A recent study by the UK Department of Health reported that patient mortality rates were reduced 45% with the use of telehealth technology. The DH’s Whole System Demonstrator was created in 2008 to examine the use of telehealth to manage chronic conditions. According to the study, telehealth can also reduce emergency admissions by 20%.
Physicians Interactive released an enhanced version of its Skyscape RxDrugs mobile app. The suite of transactional applications, including eSampling, interactive learning programs and mobile solutions is based on Physicians Interactive user-generated, proprietary and public data.
General Electric and Microsoft created a joint venture which includes almost of all Microsoft’s clinical applications including Amalga and most of GE’s HIE activities, along with its clinical guidelines products.. This is essentially Microsoft exiting the clinical arena although its consumer data utility layer HealthVault will not be in the new venture.
An Israeli hospital developed an iPad application that provides staff, patients and family members with real-time tracking of progress in catheterization and angioplasty procedures. The app by the Invasive Cardiology Institute at Rabin Medical Center and codeveloped with McKesson also allows doctors to explain to patients the catheterization procedures on the iPad with clear cut high resolution imaging.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has given employers and consumer groups access to claims data. The goal is for these groups to use the newly freed information to evaluate health care providers and to create health care tools for patients. Information identifying specific patients, however, will not be released. This is the restricted process heavily criticized by consumer groups a few months back.