Digital health deals: Samsung-Nestle, Jenny Craig-Solera and more

By Heather Mack
08:17 pm

Samsung Strategy and Innovation Center is now partnering with the Nestle Institute of Health Sciences. By combining Nestle’s nutrition and biomedical science expertise with Samsung ARTIK IoT platform vision and deep semiconductor expertise, the collaboration aims to better understand the “voice” of the body, according to a statement from Samsung. Additionally, the collaboration aims to provide individuals with the tools to better manage their own health and wellbeing with relevant and contextual recommendations around nutrition, lifestyle, and fitness.

Texas-based health insurance company Humana has added mindfulness program provider eMindful to its offerings. Employees can participate in eMindful’s online, live webinar-style classes at their work computer, on a mobile device, or in a group setting. Participants can hear, speak with, and interact with the expert instructor, as well as with other class participants.

Weight-loss company Jenny Craig will now offer support tools to help people living with prediabetes reduce their risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Thanks to a new partnership with Solera Health, a personalized preventive health program that specializes in diabetes management, Jenny Craig will offer at-risk patients support tools in the form of “greater choice when it comes to selecting a proven weight loss and lifestyle modification plan.” Under the terms of the partnership, Jenny Craig will join Solera's national health network of CDC-recognized digital health and community-based Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) providers. Jenny Craig's one-on-one personal weekly consulting will now also be made available to eligible patients as an Affordable Care Act (ACA) covered benefit.

Wearables maker Misfit has been named official activity tracker of race organizer runDisney and the ESPN sports complex at Walt Disney World Resort. As part of the new agreement with Disney, Misfit becomes the presenting sponsor of the 2016 Wine & Dine Half Marathon Weekend and an official sponsor of the seven other runDisney races.

The state of Colorado announced the next phase of a multi-year collaboration with Denver-based Welltok, which provides SaaS-based health and wellness programs through its CafeWell Health Optimization Platform. The new phase of the program will be focused on rewarding health behaviors, such as getting flu shots or completing preventive screenings.

Healthcare technology company MD Insider, which analyzes physician performance with big data, has partnered with healthcare services company Private Health, which works to lower costs and improve care for corporate clients and individuals through a proprietary physician-sourcing process. Through this partnership, MD Insider claims data and analytic software will enhance Private Health’s ability to find the highest quality physicians.

Boston-based PatientPing, a digital network that aims to coordinate care between healthcare providers, has partnered with the University of Massachusetts Memorial Health Care. The collaboration is a data-sharing initiative that aims to create information transparency between disconnected health care providers. PatientPing has been developing a network to connect healthcare providers across the country with real-time care guidelines whenever and wherever their patients receive care, ultimately working to reduce readmissions and costs.

The Los Angeles Unified School District, one of the country’s largest, will initiate a telehealth program this fall, enhancing the reach of overworked school nurses, providing healthcare for students in underserved areas and cutting down on missed school days by sick students. Five selected schools will be part of a pilot study with Boynton Beach, Florida-based telemedicine company LifeMD, with plans to gradually expand further into the district. School nurses will assist in the use of LifeMD’s telehealth equipment such as ear, nose and throat scopes, medical-grade cameras, stethoscopes, thermometers and glucose meters that work with LifeMD’s mobile cart or kiosk, transmitting data across a cloud-based video conferencing system. The platform connects to a network of pediatricians from the community’s health providers, and parents will also have the option to join in remotely during the telehealth visits.


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