Humana supports Florida seniors with Papa, Cognoa's developmental tool screens for LEARN Behavioral, and more digital health deals

Also: MaxQ AI's software to be distributed with Samsung NeuroLogica medical imaging hardware; Boston Children's Hospital's specialists staff 2nd.MD virtual platform.
By Dave Muoio
10:57 am

Papa, a startup that schedules companion visits for lonely seniors, has partnered with Humana to support those covered under Medicare Advantage. The Florida-based company trains and provides college-aged assistants to meet and spend time with seniors in their home, and bills itself as a “grandkids on demand” service.

“At Humana, we know if we truly want to impact the health of our Medicare Advantage members, we need to look at the whole person, and that includes the social determinants of health, like loneliness and social isolation,” Humana Central and North Florida Medicare President Deb Galloway said in a statement. “We are excited to continue to look at innovative ways, like this partnership with Papa, to improve the well-being of our members.”

Digital behavioral health company Cognoa will be deploying its digital development tool to nine regions serviced by LEARN Behavioral, a network of providers for children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). By using Cognoa’s Child Development app, parents who are prospective clients of the network will have access to a standardized, validated assessment of their child’s risk of developing ASD.

"Delays in getting an autism diagnosis mean that most children are missing out on early intervention,” Justin Funches, president of Autism Services for LEARN Behavioral, said in a statement. “While many children are impacted by developmental delays, access to timely diagnosis can be difficult, complicated and too expensive. Today, we have the opportunity to empower more parents with state-of the-art resources to identify children with delays and provide earlier treatment with our professional teams to improve outcomes. We are proud to partner with Cognoa to offer families critical access to these solutions.”

Children’s National Medical Center’s upcoming study on ocular motor deficits among youths with concussions will include SyncThink’s EYE-SYNC tech, according to a recent release. The year-long study will generate new validation data for SyncThink’s platform, as well as work to improve early detection of post-concussion issues.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to collaborate with a premier medical center and their esteemed faculty in Dr. [Gerard] Gioia and Dr. [Christopher] Vaughan to help establish the EYE-SYNC technology as a reliable assessment tool for the care of children and teens,” SyncThink CEO Laura Yecies said in a statement.


Intelligent diagnostics company MaxQ AI and Samsung subsidiary NeuroLogica have signed a distribution agreement that will bring the former’s Accipio Ix software to NeuroLogica’s medical imaging hardware. The deal applies to imaging devices in both the US and EU, and comes shortly after regulatory approval of the algorithm.

"Designed for seamless integration into CT and PACS systems, our platform coupled with the unique mobile CT offering of Samsung Neurologica, will bring critical life-saving decisions directly to patients in Mobile Stroke Units and to the bedside of acute care hospital departments,” Chris Schnee, SVP of commercial operations for MaxQ AI, said in a statement. “Intelligent imaging, empowering physicians to make more accurate assessments in any location, at any time.”

Boston Children’s Hospital’s medical staff are lending their support to 2nd.MD’s specialist consultation platform, thanks to a newly announced partnership. In addition to receiving virtual second opinions, the deal also allows 2nd.MD users to more easily transfer their care to the hospital if necessary.

“In addition to the unsurpassed care and amazing work being done by our surgeons, doctors and clinicians, Boston Children’s is working to create better access and overall experience for families every day,” Dr. Steven Fishman, president of the Boston Children’s Physicians Organization, said in a statement. “This partnership with 2nd.MD creates a pathway for millions of families who may not be conveniently located near one of our hospitals to consult with our experts.”

Nicklaus Children’s Health System in Miami, Florida is deploying an app-based clinical image sharing tool, tapping startup WinguMD and medical imaging company Dicom Systems. The WinguMD BodyMapSnap app allows clinicians to take pictures and share them with one another on a social media-like platform. Images can be associated with particular patients either from the start or retroactively and, thanks to technology integration provided by Dicom, clinicians can also upload those images to the EHR and other data repositories.

“Prior to deploying the application, clinical photos were stored in multiple devices using numerous manual processes,” Elise Hermes, chief nursing information officer for Nicklaus, said in a statement. “Quality, continuity, security and integration were our key drivers and intended outcomes. WinguMD is a single and seamless solution for clinical photos that answers the needs of our care teams.” More.

Dicom Systems also played a role in another deal between the imaging company and Life Image, a clinical and imaging data network. This partnership will improve providers’ access to content housed within the company’s systems, a move the two said was motivated by a shared pool of existing customers.

“Dicom Systems and Life Image share a longstanding commitment to achieving seamless interoperability in an industry plagued by technical and institutional barriers to the free flow of compatible data,” Dmitriy Tochilnik, president and CTO of Dicom Systems, said in a statement. “Together with Life Image, we will be able to address internal and external compatibility within a single healthcare organization, and fast, accurate and secure information-sharing across organizations. This allows deeper and wider connections throughout the ecosystem to accelerate the development of the broadest network for medical information access.”


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