Children's Hospital of New Orleans chooses Vocera and more digital health deals

By Jonah Comstock
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Children’s Hospital of New Orleans, a 247-bed medical center, has deployed Vocera’s hospital communications system, which allows doctors and nurses to communicate via secure texting on Vocera’s HIPAA-compliant mobile app.

“We wanted a single solution that solved several of our communication needs– not just one or two of them. So, it made sense to look at Vocera,” Dr. John Heaton, SVP and chief medical officer at Children’s, said in a statement. “The flexibility and scalability of the software platform were key factors in choosing Vocera over other technologies.”

Michigan health system Lakeland Health has tapped Philips for a remote patient monitoring suite. Philips’s IntelliVue Guardian Solution with automated Early Warning Scoring (EWS) will be rolled out at all three of the Lakeland Health's hospitals. 

"Patient safety with zero harm is our number one goal at Lakeland," Arthur Bairagee, chief nursing informatics officer at Lakeland, said in a statement. "The IntelliVue Guardian Solution has changed the way we work by eliminating potential transcription errors and also providing caregivers immediate access to patients' vital signs reducing delays in treatment time. With the help of the Guardian Solution, caregivers are immediately notified of changes in a patient's vital signs which may put them at risk for conditions such as sepsis, cardiac arrest, or respiratory failure. Frequent monitoring with automated EWS allows caregivers and Rapid Response teams to respond earlier – in enough time to make a difference.”

Health technology consulting company Magellan Health and digital therapeutic developer Click Therapeutics announced a partnership to create a stable of disease management apps for which they will seek FDA clearance. The apps will be targeted at people living with insomnia, substance abuse, depression, anxiety, and other behavioral health conditions.

“Using the industry-leading suite of intellectual property and data from Magellan’s existing software, integrated with Click’s leading patient engagement platform, Click will seek regulatory clearance from the FDA to provide indication-specific prescription digital therapies,” David Benshoof Klein, CEO of Click Therapeutics, said in a statement. “We appreciate Magellan’s innovative spirit and focus on helping people address common mental health challenges in a personalized and convenient way, and are excited to leverage Magellan’s vast coverage and reimbursement expertise to make digital therapeutics widely accessible to commercial and government health insurance beneficiaries.”

Loop Medical, a San Fransisco-based healthcare communications company, has worked with app developer Kony to create a new app that helps surgical patients send updates about their condition to friends and family.

“Our goal at Loop is to empower patients and improve facility workflow by enhancing healthcare communication,” Loop cofounder and CEO Shannon Griffin said in a statement. “With Kony AppVantage, we didn’t have to worry about the technical development of our mobile app and instead could focus on the innovative product design and implementation. With Kony, we were able to go live in the high barrier-to-entry healthcare setting with a top-notch service within an accelerated timeframe.”

Palo Alto startup SyncThink, which uses VR headsets to provide quantitative assessments of concussion damage, has partnered with Iowa State University to deploy its Eye-Sync technology at the school, starting with its football and wrestling programs.

“It’s a tremendous opportunity for us to partner with an elite institution and athletics department like Iowa State University”, SyncThink Chief Customer Officer Scott Anderson said in a statement. “ I’m excited for them to see the value our technology will bring to their sidelines and injury clinic, and most importantly to know their student-athletes will be comforted by seeing objectively how their impairments resolve with appropriate treatment, ensuring safe return to sport.”

Telemedicine platform SnapMD has moved its operations to Microsoft’s Azure Cloud Services. SnapMD chief technology officer Daniel Bouganim said in a statement that the primary motivation for working with Microsoft is data security improvement.

“There are many benefits that Azure provides SnapMD, but the most important and directly relevant to our clients is bleeding-edge security. The pun in the industry is that the next level up from a Microsoft datacenter is an NSA datacenter,” he said. “Azure Cloud Services was able to exceed all of our security and compliance requirements and then some. In addition, SnapMD can leverage advanced technologies such as machine learning and the ability to deploy our platform globally at scale that frankly no else could match.”