Digital health deals: Lyft-GreatCall, Google Glass startup Augmedix-Aryaka and more

By Heather Mack
03:51 pm

Ride-sharing company Lyft has partnered with GreatCall, which makes connected health and safety solutions for the aging population to offer a new transportation program. The GreatCall Rides program will provide GreatCall customers with access to Lyft without an app by leveraging GreatCall’s personal operator services. (Customers just have to dial “0” on their Jitterbug phones). The initial pilot will focus on five markets with significant populations of older adults.

Google Glass startup Augmedix has partnered with Aryaka, the global SD-WAN provider, to deploy the their IoT-based application around the world. Augmedix enables physicians to communicate in real-time with human experts across the globe to through a VMware cloud data center to document the health records of patients.

Ethicon, a medical device subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, is collaborating with healthcare technology platform developer Touch Surgery to offer professionals a simulated surgical training program in the form of a free mobile app. The app, which is available on iOS, takes users through a variety of more than 75 simulated surgical procedures. With realistic 3D rendering, the user can cut, stitch, implant and anything else required, with instructions popping up as they go. More

Telemedicine developer Iagnosis, which created DermatologistOnCall, is partnering with the National Psoriasis Foundation to offer teledermatology care options to patients with psoriasis. The NPF Patient Navigation Center provides personalized service to patients who need to manage a range of issues related to psoriasis. Through this partnership, they can now use DermatologistOnCall for such services.

Health IT company BioTelemetry (formerly known as CardioNet), which makes a cardiac monitoring system, has partnered with Bloomlife, an early stage digital health company that is working on a smart pregnancy wearable. Bloomlife will license BioTelemetry’s proprietary telemetry technology to commercialize a patient-focused prenatal health sensor, which will collect a wide variety of prenatal data to expectant mothers that can be shared with their healthcare providers.

WoundRounds, which makes a point-of-care wound management and prevention solution, is now offering their documentation system in a mobile app. The app has quickly been picked up senior care facilities Uplands Village and Nazareth Home.

Telehealth technology company PharmRight, which focuses on medication adherence strategies, has partnered with connected platform provider Zipit Wireless to further support the rollout of PharmRight’s cellular-connected medication dispensing system, Livi.

Leapcure, a provider or patient engagement solutions for clinical trials and pharmaceutical research, has teamed up with, an online pharmaceutical marketplace. The partnership will allow Leapcure to provide patient recruitment services from’s network of 10 pharmaceutical research marketplaces.

Rural Nebraskans will now have a virtual care offering with the partnership between Memorial Health Care Systems and telemedicine platform Bryan Health, which uses virtual care software from  Zipnosis. The online solution, Memorial eVisit, will give community members of rural Seward County a new way to receive a diagnosis and treatment plan from a board certified Nebraska doctor at any time.

BayCare Health System, a not-for-profit healthcare system comprising 14 hospitals and various clinics throughout Tampa Bay and west central Florida, has launched a 24/7 non-emergency telemedicine service. The American Well-powered platform will be available throughout its system that offers virtual doctor visits through a smartphone, tablet or computer. 


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