Digital health news briefs for 5/15/18

By Laura Lovett

Machine learning helps docs view the brain.  Automated cerebrovascular imaging company iSchemaView has just released its latest product Rapid Aspect, a digital imaging tool that helps clinicians assess early signs of brain ischemia in stroke patients. The technology will automatically generate a standardized score for physicians based on machine learning algorithms. The product is designed to help doctors communicate the ischemic changes in a patient's brain, and determine if a patient needs a clot removal. 

“ASPECT scoring plays a critical role in the treatment of brain ischemia leading to stroke and is part of the American Heart Association guidelines for use of endovascular therapy in patients who can be treated within six hours of symptom onset,” Greg Albers, professor of Neurology at Stanford University, director of the Stanford Stroke Center, and cofounder of iSchemaView, said in a statement. “RAPID ASPECTS elevates the ASPECT scoring system, by providing clinicians with more reliable and reproducible scores and powerful visualization tools to support treatment decisions.”


Seniors staying home. CarePredict announced its next-generation, AI-powered elder care technology platform this week. The technology will continuously observe, learn and triggers proactive care for seniors. It can also be integrated with the Tempo wearable sensor so that caregivers can be alerted to an issue before it happens. 

"By measuring the activities of daily living of assisted living and memory care residents, the staff and management team of senior living communities will be able to identify valuable healthcare insights and be more proactive in delivering superior care and raise resident satisfaction and drive revenues along with increased average length of stays,” Satish Movva, CEO and founder of CarePredict, said in a statement. 


Healthy employees. Employee health platform Wellness Corporate Solutions has launched its upgraded wellness portal, called the WellConnect Plus platform. The new platform enables health coaching, prescreening, and flu shots. Users can also streamline their data and see results from an appointment, as well as look at their year-over-year trends. The service also allows for 24-7 secure texting with health coaches. 

"Our expertise in health informatics, data security, and the employee user experience informed the entire development process," Jared Rice, vice president of technology, said in a statement. "We're thrilled to offer our clients and partners an upgrade that will advance their big picture health and wellness goals for employees."


Trust me I learned this on Youtube. VuMedi, commonly called the “Youtube for doctors,” announced that it will be launching its content channels for pharmaceutical brands, PM360 reports. The educational medical video company lets doctors view procedures and curated content. Right now the platform has over 15,000 videos, according to PM360, with the movies come from a broad range of organizations and providers across specialties. 


Fighting the opioid crisis with social support. Digital health startup Data Cubed was named a semi-finalist in the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Opioid Challenge for its platform, called the Resilience IQ app. The app is designed to let a user’s social support network rally around them when they are showing signs they are at risk for relapsing. 

"With the right collection tools, it is possible to monitor people's vulnerabilities to relapse every day and to identify critical moments to keep individuals on track," Paul Glimcher, CEO of Data Cubed, said in a statement. "Data Cubed's unique techniques of gamification in the collection and use of critical data can be a powerful tool. Rich and engaging game environments can be used in many innovative ways, from the fight against the opioid plague to the support of clinical trials for new drugs."


At-home physical therapy. In a recent study, researchers in the United Kingdom found that a device called the Multiple Joint (MUJO) System was an acceptable modality to perform shoulder exercises remotely. Researchers interviewed seven physiotherapist and ten patients in the study.

The system works to train bi-articular muscles or multiple axial joints in a single exercise on a machine, according to the study. It uses built-in sensors to collect joint range angles. The patient receives video instructions on how to set up the machine based on the prescription set by the physiotherapist.  All of the reported movement is displayed on an accompanying Patient App, and physiotherapist also have access to the patient’s data through the Physiotherapy Portal. 


On the record. An editorial published in the British Medical Journal predicts more and more patients will start recording their clinical encounters using their smartphones. It is already happening commonly, the authors wrote, and currently UK patients that record their conversations with providers are not breaking the law.

The editorial goes on to say that the practice of recording calls could help both the patient and clinicians but that it must be discussed by both parties before it is recorded.