Oscar, Humana team up and more digital health deals

By Jonah Comstock
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Oscar Health is working with Humana to offer commercial health insurance to small businesses in a nine-county Nashville, Tenn. area. Tech-saavy insurance startup Oscar is teaming up with incumbent Humana at a time when it’s just begun to expand from the individual market into working with employers through its Oscar for Business unit. Humana will provide licenses to operate in Nashville as well as the doctors themselves, but the plan will be administered via Oscar's technology framework.

“We started Oscar for Business to bring a seamless, consumer-focused health experience to more Americans, and we’re excited to have the opportunity to work with Humana to serve members in the Nashville area,” Oscar CEO Mario Schlosser said in a statement. “Humana is an ideal partner for Oscar because of our shared commitment to innovation, technology, and our members.” More.

HelloMD, which uses telemedicine to connect patients with medical cannabis, has signed a partnership with PharmaCannis, a medical cannabis provider. While the company’s current focus is on delivering education and prescriptions, the partnership will also allow them to facilitate access to cannabis for users in New York. More.

K4Connect, a technology company focused on seniors and those with disabilities, has partnered up with Garmin International on wearable devices geared toward residents of senior living communities, as well as staff and operators.
 
The devices will be part of K4Community, K4Connect’s “connected-life” platform. The idea is to give senior living residents a means of tracking their wellness and fitness information through use of a simple app; concurrently, the staff will have access to that information, in theory giving them the means to help the residents achieve personal fitness goals. More.

Abbott and Bigfoot Biomedical have entered into an agreement to develop and commercialize diabetes management systems, integrating Abbott's FreeStyle Libre glucose sensing technology with Bigfoot's insulin delivery solutions. 
 
Under the agreement, Abbott will supply glucose measurement sensors for all of Bigfoot's insulin delivery systems in the U.S. as the exclusive sensors for those systems. Bigfoot, meanwhile, will develop and commercialize multiple systems using Abbott's FreeStyle Libre sensor technology -- including systems designed to perform auto-titration for Bigfoot's connected insulin injection devices -- as well as automated insulin delivery using Bigfoot's insulin infusion platform. More.

Novo Nordisk and Glooko are working together to help people manage diabetes from their phones. The companies have partnered on the Cornerstones4Care Powered by Glooko, an app melding Novo Nordisk’s knowledge of diabetes and personalized patient support with Glooko’s digital platform and data analytics know-how.

The idea behind the app is to provide, for people with diabetes, a means of measuring and tracking their blood glucose, activity and meals in one place. Using Glooko’s technology, a user can sync their blood glucose and activity data from most available diabetes and exercise devices. More.

GE Healthcare and HeartFlow are working together to increase the clinical availability and adoption of HeartFlow FFRct, a proprietary technology that helps clinicians diagnose and treat patients with suspected coronary artery disease. The goal of the partnership is to increase the clinical availability and adoption of the technology. More.

London-based Drayson Technologies, a healthcare IoT company, is getting a high profile gig and funding to help build out and commercialize digital health tools for the University of Oxford and Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. 
Under a five-year, Strategic Research Agreement, the three entities will join forces to develop digital health products based on research from Oxford Biomedical Research Center and funded by the National Institute for Health Research. More.

Clinical research organization Worldwide Clinical Trials has selected Medidata to manage payments through its Medidata Payment Cloud.

“Worldwide’s success as a CRO is down to our ability to partner successfully with our trial sponsors and sites – going above and beyond in the delivery, operation and support of all of our services,” Anthony Doyle, Chief Financial Officer at Worldwide, said in a statement. “Medidata Payments Cloud stood out as a truly end-to-end solution, driven by EDC, and for the opportunity it provides us to reimburse sites as quickly and accurately as possible – important as we invest in processes and technology that help Worldwide continue to stand out as a top-ranked performer for service and customer loyalty.” More.