patient engagement

By Mike Miliard April 27, 2017
Epic will embed authoritative health information from Mayo Clinic in its MyChart and MyChart Bedside portals, aiming to give patients the opportunity to put their healthcare into context. Mayo Clinic medical experts routinely review and update the evidence-based content – articles, videos, slideshows, Q&As and more – with new material, provided in English and Spanish, which is added weekly....
By Jonah Comstock April 25, 2017
Cincinnati, Ohio-based clinical communications provider Doc Halo has raised $11 million in a series A round led by Bane Capital Ventures. Cincinnati-based Refinery Ventures also contributed to the round. Doc Halo has been operating for seven years in the clinical comms space, but this is its first outside funding round; cofounders Dr. Jose Barreau and Dr. Amit Gupta, both former practicing...
By Heather Mack April 12, 2017
Bloomington, Minnesota-based HealthPartners, an integrated nonprofit healthcare organization serving some 1.5 million medical and dental health plan members, has teamed up with consumer health SaaS company Welltok to offer members a personalized health platform. HealthPartners is one of the nation’s consumer-governed largest nonprofit health care organizations, and serves patients across several...
By Bernie Monegain April 7, 2017
Asking patients to prepare notes ahead of a doctor visit boosts physician-patient communication and efficiency, according to new research from the University of Washington School of Medicine. The researchers asked patients at the Adult Medicine Clinic at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle to type what they wanted to discuss with the doctor into their medical records using computers in the...
By Heather Mack April 3, 2017
Healthcare communications software companies Sense Health and Voxiva have merged to form Wellpass, a messaging platform to connect payers, providers and the patients they serve. By joining forces, the two companies are blending sizable customer bases and an experience working with the complex organization structures of Medicaid programs. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed....
By Jonah Comstock March 31, 2017
The health subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce committee met this week to question Jeffrey Shuren, director of the FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health, about the medical device user fee amendments (MDUFA). MDUFA is an agreement between the FDA and industry in which the FDA agrees to do certain things in return for industry groups supporting the agency’s work by paying fees...
By Bill Siwicki March 24, 2017
UCHealth in Denver tested CareLoop’s real-time social feed of information and messages and found that 96 percent of patients responded well to the experience. The feed, which is akin to Facebook for emergency departments, delivers messages from caregivers, questions from patients, test results, explanation of care delivered, what to expect next and more. This way, patients have a live feed giving...
By Jonah Comstock March 22, 2017
VitalTrax, a Philadelphia-based startup focused on patient engagement in clinical trials, has received a $150,000 seed investment. It is the first investment from a new $6 million digital health fund, launched this past December, led by Ben Franklin Technology Partners, Safeguard Scientifics, and Independence Health Group.  "With its strong leadership and dedication to consumerizing the...
By Bill Siwicki March 20, 2017
Care coordination is critical to the success of population health efforts as it brings all of the moving parts of healthcare together on the same track. Care Managers at Northwell Health, New York State’s largest healthcare provider and private employer, with 21 hospitals and more than 550 outpatient facilities, are constantly in motion, tasked with digging into EHRs, compiling data, while also...
By Jonah Comstock March 15, 2017
The FDA is considering the creation of an Office of Patient Affairs, focused on soliciting the perspectives of patients and taking those insights into account as it sets regulatory policy. The move grows out of a provision in the Food and Drug Administration Safety and Innovation Act (FDASIA), signed into law by President Obama in 2012. FDASIA instructs the HHS secretary to  "develop and...