Penn Medicine

By Laura Lovett February 20, 2018
The University of Pennsylvania's Penn Medicine has been an active player in the telehealth game for sometime with multiple telehealth units, but last week it went a step further to announce that it will be centralizing its telemedicine activities into the Penn Medicine Center for Connected Care.  “Patients today increasingly expect to engage with health care providers with the same clickable...
By Jonah Comstock January 24, 2018
Correction: A previous version of this article said that Gliimpse founder Anil Sethi was still at Apple. In fact, he left the company last year. After many months of rumors, Apple announced today that it is launching a personal health record (PHR) feature with iOS 11.3, the beta of which launched today to users in Apple's iOS Developer Program. The feature, called Health Records, will aggregate...
By Mike Miliard January 22, 2018
So many well-meaning patient engagement efforts are based on a fallacy. The logical assumption is that by connecting patients with technology – equipping them with access to their personal health data or the educational information relevant to their condition – they'll take a more active role in their care. But all the portals, pedometers and Bluetooth-connected scales in the world will only make...
By Heather Mack January 17, 2017
In a first for the University of Pennsylvania Health System, Penn Medicine launched a new ResearchKit app today aimed at people with a rare condition called sarcoidosis, which is characterized by inflammation to one or multiple parts of the body including eyes, skin, lungs, heart, brain and other organs. Called simply Sarcoidosis, the app combines patient resources with research, providing people...
By Aditi Pai March 24, 2016
Philadelphia-based accelerator Dreamit Health has announced the 15 health startups that will join its next accelerator class. As in previous years, the accelerator is sponsored by Penn Medicine and Independence Blue Cross, but this year, Dreamit Health also added medical device company Zimmer Biomet as a partner. The larger number of startups in Dreamit’s cohort this year is the result of a $325,...
By Aditi Pai October 29, 2015
Two challenges to scaling digital health technologies within a provider group are lack of collaboration between departments and too much focus on the technology instead of how the technology can be applied within a care model, according to Dr. Lauren Cheung, medical director of strategic innovations at Stanford Health Care. Cheung spoke at the Connected Health Symposium in Boston along with...
By Jonah Comstock July 15, 2015
Philadelphia-based digital health accelerator DreamIt Health has announced its third class. As in previous years, the accelerator is sponsored by Penn Medicine and Independence Blue Cross. DreamIt Health takes an 8 percent equity stock in accelerator companies. In exchange, companies get $50,000 in seed funding with a possible $250,000 in follow-on funding, as well as other benefits: free...
By Jonah Comstock June 18, 2015
Personalized medicine was a hot topic at the BIO conference in Philadelphia, but in a session on digital health and patient engagement, payer and provider panelists also talked about how, in order to really drive medication and treatment adherence, patient engagement also has to be personalized. "You have to understand what are they worried about, what are their fears, what are they trying to do...
By Aditi Pai April 9, 2015
New York City-based Health Recovery Solutions announced that its tablet-based program reduced the 30-day readmission rate for 130 congestive heart failure (CHF) patients at Penn Medicine’s Penn Care at Home program by 53 percent. Health Recovery Solutions looked at Penn Care at Home's data between July 2014 and February 2015. During this time, the readmission rate fell from 8 percent to 3.8...
By Brian Dolan March 13, 2015
The big digital health story this week was, without a doubt, Apple's unveiling of ResearchKit, a forthcoming developer tool that will make it easier for medical researchers to use apps to collect health data for clinical studies. (If you haven't already, be sure to read our original coverage of the ResearchKit announcement right here.) What follows is a comprehensive round-up of the most...