patient engagement

By Heather Mack February 16, 2017
The digital physical therapy, telehealth and patient engagement platform from UK-based Physitrack is getting a boost in users thanks to a new partnership with mobile EHR company drchrono. Tapped directly by Apple under the tech giant’s largely stealthy Mobility Partner Program, the two companies are joining forces to integrate Physitrack’s home exercise program into drchrono’s EHR on the web,...
By Heather Mack February 9, 2017
A telehealth initiative at Charleston Area Medical Center led to reduced readmission rates for several chronic conditions, the health system reported today. What led to the reductions wasn’t the advent of video consultations with specialists or sophisticated biometric sensor monitoring, but health information for patients and workflow integration for hospital staff via SmarTigr, TeleHealth...
By Jonah Comstock February 3, 2017
Dr. Adrienne Boissy's title at the Cleveland Clinic is chief experience officer, and her mandate is to improve and optimize the patient experience. But one of Boissy's strongest contentions is that the physician experience is important too -- in fact, it's intrinsically linked with the experience of the patient. "I think there’s absolute clarity for me and for this organization that there is no...
By Heather Mack January 5, 2017
Online network PatientsLikeMe, which serves as an information, support and study recruitment source for people living with chronic conditions, has secured $100 million in new funding, largely from a new partnership with health data and genomics company iCarbonX. Existing investor Invus also contributed to the funding round, which is still open. “This partnership is very exciting, as it...
By Tom Sullivan December 14, 2016
Engaging patients via connected health apps, devices and other technologies to take charge of their own health seems like an obvious progression for the healthcare industry to make. So why isn’t it happening faster? That was a central question in multiple sessions here at the Connected Health Conference on Monday. Partners Healthcare vice president of connected health Joseph Kvedar, MD, pointed...
By Jonah Comstock December 14, 2016
Exco InTouch, a Nottingham, England-based clinical trial technology vendor responsible for powering early, influential mobile-enabled trials, has been acquired. ERT, a 45-year-old global clinical trial services company, purchased Exco last week for an undisclosed amount. While both companies provide technology and services to support clinical trials, their focus areas are different, with ERT...
By Jack McCarthy November 11, 2016
Healthcare organizations are moving fast to embrace mobile apps, with 82 percent implementing a mobile strategy, and 78 percent achieving positive ROI from mobile app investments already, according to a new survey published by open source software specialist Red Hat. In the coming year, Red Hat found, U.S. demand for patient-facing apps (60 percent) is expected to slightly outpace demand for...
By Jonah Comstock October 26, 2016
Toronto-based SeamlessMD, a company that has developed an engagement tool for surgery patients, is rolling out its offering at Saint Peter's Healthcare System in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Saint Peter's will tap SeamlessMD to create an app-based ERAS (enhanced recovery after surgery) program for its cesarean section patients. Eventually it will also expand the program out to patients recovering...
By Jonah Comstock October 25, 2016
A new study from San Diego-based sleep monitoring company ResMed shows that patients on positive airway pressure (PAP) therapy for their sleep apnea are more likely to be compliant when they manage their therapy with a patient-facing app.  The study of 128,000 patients, which is being presented tomorrow at the annual meeting of the American College of Chest Physicians, wasn’t randomized but did...
By Jonah Comstock October 18, 2016
Kayentis, a French technology company creating data collection and patient engagement tools for clinical trials, has raised $3.9 million (3.6 million euros) in a funding round led by Innovation Capital. Existing investors Extens, Lenapart, and KCE also contributed to the round. The seven-year-old company specializes in electronic clinical outcome assessments (eCOA solutions). That includes...