Digital health news briefs for 2/10/2017

By Heather Mack
04:35 pm

Digital diabetes prevention program Omada Health was featured in a recent study examining the outcomes of a Medicare population who participated in a program that combined digital health with human coaching. Out of a starting population of over 500, the study found support for such programs in improving weight, health and well-being.

Launchpad Digital Health announced seed funding for four companies enrolled in its accelerator program, marking their start of a 12-month immersion program. They also announced the close of a follow-on round for corportate wellness company LifeDojo. The other companies are: Amicomed, which is working on a digital platform for high blood pressure management; Tueo Health, which is developing an asthma management system using sensors and a companion app; Aida Health, a care coordination platform; and Stop Breathe & Think, a mobile platform featuring meditation and other wellbeing activities.

Solera Health, which works as an integrator for chronic disease prevention and management programs, has earned certified status from the Health Information Trust Alliance (HITRUST). This certification serves as validation to Solera’s health plan, employer and health system clients that the company meets the highest industry standards in protection and risk management of healthcare information, including compliance with state and federal laws. 

Sano Intelligence is working on a wearable continuous glucose monitor in the form of an adhesive patch and companion app – but it won't be marketed, at least initially, to people with diabetes. Sano shared new details about their device with Gizmodo, who cast some doubt on the wisdom of a CGM for wellness. The company is marketing the device as a product for “metabolic insight” for people who do not have diabetes, thereby dodging the purview of the FDA. Sano wants to get the device into beta release this year, and claims it would offer the everyday person data that would provide “personalized metabolic insights in real-time” to help them figure out how what they eat affects their blood sugar and metabolism.

A new study from the Bridgeport Hospital in Connecticut showed the impact of an app to help save people who have experienced a heart attack. The app, called Carmaforlife, features educational content to direct a code blue team through resuscitation. The idea is to keep all practitioners up to date on all American Heart Association-established Advanced Cardiac Life Support protocols, and each type of cardiac arrest is listed in detail. The app features a series of timers (with a metronome) to perfect pacing of chest compressions during practice sessions with mock code simulations. The app also has documentation and retrospective performance reviews with the aim of promoting continuous practice.

Inbox Health, which makes SaaS for patient billing and payments, raised $1.5 million in seed funding in a round led by Connecticut Innovations. Additional funding came from Launch Capital, Enhanced Capital, I2BF Global Ventures, Mohawk Ventures and angel investors. 

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