Digital health news briefs for 3/22/2017

By Heather Mack
05:43 pm

ResMed, maker of devices and software to improve sleep and chronic respiratory conditions, has teamed up with Adaptive Sound Technologies to offer the sound machine through its portfolio of sleep technology products. 

“With a leading global position in sleep technology and proven track record of offering innovative products and solutions to improve the health and quality of life, ResMed is pleased to support the introduction of Sound+Sleep therapy systems into the MySleep products portfolio,” ResMed e-commerce Merchandising Project Manager Marco Pellegrini said in a statement.


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PatientPing, which makes a platform to connect providers across healthcare systems or hospitals to coordinate patient care, has expanded the data-sharing initiative in its home state of Massachusetts. Customers of the platform include UMass Memorial Healthcare, Boston Medical Center and Wellforce, the parent company of Tufts Medical Center.


"Our network includes multiple community hospitals, more than 1,800 physicians, an academic medical center and children's hospital. Patients may receive treatment at any number of these and other care sites. By sharing information, the patients' caregivers are most prepared to assist them and improve their long-term health," Tufts CIO Bill Shickolovich said in a statement. "It is exciting to be part of the changing technology landscape that connects providers and patients in ways never before possible."


EHR vendor Epic is working with Nuance Communications to bring computer-assisted physician documentation capabilities (CAPD) into patient notes. The CAPD technology electronically analyzes patient notes with deep learning and natural language understanding, looking for clinical indicators. As it identifies relevant documentation, CAPD gives automatic feedback to doctors if there is any important missing information.


Newtown-Wellesley Hospital reported improved patient outcomes after implementing continuous, contact-free monitoring tools from from Early Sense. The technology was employed at the hospital’s medical and surgical units, and featured sensors placed under the mattress pad to measure heart and respiratory rates, as well as to sound alarms when patients who are at risk of falling got out of bed.


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