Digital health deals: PatientPing-Hackensack, Glooko-Ascensia and more

By Heather Mack
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Care coordination platform provider PatientPing is now working with New Jersey’s Hackensack Meridian Health, marking the seventh state where PatientPing’s services are offered. The company’s product is a clinical event notification platform that sends real-time messages (“Pings”) to providers whenever their patients are admitted, transferred to or discharged to or from a facility. The goal is to coordinate patient care as seamlessly as possible, and PatientPing’s service works across the entire continuum of care – acute, ambulatory and post-acute facilities. Hackensack’s 13-hospital system is among New Jersey’s most integrated and comprehensive, and the partnership will ultimately encompass full data sharing across the entire system.

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Glooko, a Mountain View, California-based remote monitoring platform for diabetes, partnered with Ascensia, a business unit created last year when Panasonic Healthcare Holdings acquired Bayer Diabetes Care. Ascensia makes the Contour Next One and Contour Next Link, a pair of connected glucometers that received FDA clearance last year. Another device, Contour Plus One, is not yet FDA-cleared but is sold in other countries. While Glooko has integrated with Ascensia products for years (back when it was Bayer Diabetes Care), the announcement represents "a deeper 'app to app' and 'cloud to cloud' integration" and that the partnership will also likely lead to joint commercial activities in the future. For now, the integration will allow Glooko products to access data blood glucose data to be accessed directly by Contour Next One and Contour Plus One. People with diabetes will be able to view their data both in Glooko's mobile and web apps, and in the Contour Diabetes App from Ascensia. The integration also benefits healthcare providers, who can integrate Ascensia devices and Glooko's clinician-facing dashboard into a cohesive workflow. 

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Phoenix, Arizona-headquartered Banner Health has tapped InMoment, a cloud-based customer experience platform, to improve their patient and care team coordination. InMoment works by collecting surveys, feedback and other customer data, then uses advanced analytics to glean insights and share results throughout an organization so they can adapt to improve the customer experience. Banner will use InMoment’s platform to address and close the loop on patient issues as they unfold, offering guidance for individual and team coaching, and understanding emerging and historical trends. Banner will also deploy a listing strategy at multiple touch points including patient care, online, and the health systems contact center.

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Rockville, Maryland-based DrFirst, which provides healthcare SaaS offerings ranging from medication management to clinical communications, has acquired clinical trial recruitment provider VisibilityRx. The aim of the acquisition is to offer VisibilityRx’s patient identification, recruitment and communication capabilities to DrFirst’s 60,000 physician clients. DrFirst also works with hospitals and EHR and EMR vendors, and offers electronic prescription using the company's SmartSuite predictive analytics software, secure messaging platforms, and patient management dashboards. VisibilityRx works with pharmaceutical manufacturers, patient recruitment centers, clinical and market research companies, and it leverages existing relationships consumers have with retail pharmacies to match them with relevant clinical trials.

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Valhalla, New York-based Bon Secours Charity Health System, part of the Westchester Medical Center Health Network, forged a $180 million population health initiative with technology giant Philips to improve quality of patient care.The agreement will make Philips solutions available to BSCHS in support of its goal to transform the delivery of healthcare to the residents of New York’s Hudson Valley. The initiative includes population health programs aimed at improving care and helping build healthier communities.

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Santa Monica, California-based GoodRx, a digital cost transparency tool specifically for medication, merged with San Francisco-based Iodine, which offers a similar tool for quality assessment and information on medications. People use GoodRx app by entering the name of their prescribed drug and zip code, and receive a list and map of prices for both brand name and generic versions of the drug in return, and Iodine offers drug information and feedback loops from a single search engine. Instead of Googling around and amassing fragmented lists of resources that can be difficult to understand, people can instead log into Iodine and see others’ experiences – including demographics, preferences and tolerances – thus allowing them to ask more informed questions for their doctor or pharmacist. 

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Geisinger Health System, which serves over 3 million residents in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, has tapped clinical decision support and analytics company Stanson Health. Using a catalog of several hundred clinical decision support interventions, Stanson offers physicians alerts at the point of care, with content focused on MACRA, opioid management and antibiotic stewardship.

"As a high-performance health system, Geisinger provides innovation, quality and value to our patients," Dr. Alistair Erskine, chief informatics officer for Geisinger, said in a statement. "We've contracted with Stanson Clinical Decision Support to inject real-time, patient-specific intelligence directly into our electronic health record in order to help our physicians make evidence-based decisions to ensure better outcomes for our patients at a lower cost. We look to their analytics to help us monitor the performance of these interventions, benchmark physician response, and reduce overall alert fatigue."

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Health information technology company InterSystems has partnered with Clinical Architecture, which makes software to manage healthcare terminology. The partnership is in effort to deliver clinically relevant information to healthcare professionals at the point of care through a concise “clinigraphic” display. Rather than forcing clinicians to sift through large amounts of data on a patient’s record to locate the most pertinent information, the jointly-developed clinical interface technology was designed to facilitate better decision making at point of care, avoid errors and improve care quality and health outcomes.