Digital health briefs for 4/5/2017

By Jonah Comstock
05:18 pm

Stanley launches mobile app for seniors. Stanley Healthcare, a division of Stanley Black and Decker, has added a mobile app component to its Arial Emergency Call platform. The Arial app is designed as a better way for caregivers to be notified when a senior activates the platform via a pendant or a wall-mounted call station. The app makes it easier for caregivers to identify notifications, take notes within the app, and coordinate with other staff. It also measures the caregiver’s response time, giving an organization another metric to track performance. The app is already in use at the Judson Park continuing care community in Des Moines, Washington.

Pebble sets up its devices to outlive its support. A new update added to Pebble Watches yesterday decouples them from Pebble’s cloud services, allowing users to continue using the devices after Pebble stops supporting them (something that's inevitable following the wearable's acquisition by Fitbit last year). Users will be able to side-load apps and install new firmware. However, as The Verge notes, it’s unclear what this will mean for features like weather and messaging that depend on the cloud.

Red Cross blood donor app clears million-download mark. The Red Cross reports that 1 million people have downloaded its blood donor app and that the app has led to 988,000 new donation appointments. The app, launched in 2014, allows users to easily locate blood drives, schedule donation appointments, track their total donations, and earn rewards.

VA using data analytics to prevent suicides. The Department of Veterans Affairs has launched a program called Recovery Engagement and Coordination for Health – Veterans Enhanced Treatment (or REACH VET) to use data from veterans’ health records to identify those at statistical risk for suicide. “Using a new predictive model, REACH VET analyzes existing data from Veterans’ health records to identify those at a statistically elevated risk for suicide, hospitalization, illness or other adverse outcomes,” a press release from the agency explains. “This allows VA to provide pre-emptive care and support for Veterans, in some cases before a Veteran even has suicidal thoughts.”


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