MedAware partners with Allscripts, Qardio integrates with Greenway Health, and other digital health deals

By Dave Muoio
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Clinics on Wheels units will go to Puerto Rico

A new partnership will deploy three custom-built solar-powered mobile medical clinics to Puerto Rico. Credit: Clinics on Wheels

AI-based patient safety company MedAware has announced a partnership with Allscripts that will bring its medication decision support product to the latter company’s EHR system. With this, providers choosing a prescription for their patients in a live setting will receive notifications concerning medication-related risks, such as adverse drug events or opioid dependency, and can amend their recommendation if deemed necessary.

"MedAware is excited to collaborate with a leading global EHR vendor so prominently known for its focus on safety and healthcare innovation," Dr. Gidi Stein, cofounder and CEO of MedAware, said in a statement. "This partnership is a huge milestone for MedAware. We look forward to demonstrating the impact our clinical monitoring technology will have on providing safer patient care and helping to curb the opioid epidemic that continues to devastate families and communities throughout the US."

Qardio announced today that its QardioMD remote monitoring plaform is now integrated with Greenway Health’s EHR and practice management systems. As a result, doctors using Greenway’s platforms who are providing Qardio’s monitoring products to their patients can see their remote data displayed across the two company’s systems.

“The QardioMD remote monitoring solution is part of our commitment to preventative health and is a revolutionary tool to help doctors using the Greenway platforms to work more efficiently, grow their practices and offer better care,” Martina Janeckova, VP of business development at Qardio, said in a statement. “Doctors get faster and more efficient access to remote monitoring that fits easily in their daily workflow.”

Healthcare IT firm IllumiCare announced yesterday that its Smart Ribbon technology has been integrated in 22 hospitals using Epic’s EHR, with more facilities being added. The technology offers wholesale cost information for medications, lab tests, and other services alongside within the EHR in a way that, according to the company, is unobtrusive for providers.

"We care deeply about providing our customers with products that make a difference in the care they deliver," G.T. LaBorde, CEO of IllumiCare, said in a statement. "We are thankful for the opportunity to work with Epic to increase access to actionable data that decreases variation and overutilization in the healthcare system.”

University Hospitals’ effort to bring genomic data into its clinical workflow will be powered by the 2bPrecise platform, according to a statement released yesterday. 2bPrecise, a subsidiary of Allscripts, was chosen for its cloud-based and EHR-agnostic design, University Hospitals said, and will be a key part of the integrated health system’s push toward precision medicine.

“The area of precision medicine is evolving rapidly, and technology that is now considered a competitive differentiator will soon become the standard,” Dr. Jeffrey Sunshine, chief medical information officer at University Hospitals, said in a statement. “As an organization that values innovation, we knew now was the time to begin to build a solid foundation for our precision medicine initiative, and we believe 2bPrecise LLC, a groundbreaking company backed by our long-time partner, Allscripts, will get us to where we need to be.”

In conjunction with the Puerto Rico Department of Health, World Housing Solution and Florida Hospital Nicholson Center deployed three custom-built solar powered mobile medical clinics to the U.S. territory. The units serve as a general medical clinic outfitted with X-ray, OB-GYN, and dentistry capabilities, and include telemedicine capabilities for live video conferencing with medical experts.

“We originally created our telemedicine technology to provide revolutionary remote medical training across the globe. The fact that we can now work with World Housing Solution to bring this technology to help thousands of Americans get the healthcare they need is fantastic,” Scott Bond, administrator of the Florida Hospital Nicholson Center, said in a statement. “The Mobile Med Solution has the usability of FaceTime with operating room quality, allowing seamless communication between hospitals and clinics. Puerto Rico is in need of an easy-to-use health solution, and we look forward to making that happen through accessibility and connectivity.”

Scandit’s mobile data capture tech was at the heart of a recent successful pilot conducted by the Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust under its Scan4Safety program. Specifically, the company’s software-based barcode scanning offering was integrated with the trust’s electronic patient record system, which allowed providers to scan patient writstbands using mobile phones and other smart devices. According to a statement, staff participating in the pilot were able to conduct an increased number of scans and were pleased with the technology.

“The pilot to test the Scandit solution worked so well that both clinicians and nurses didn’t want us to take it away,” Stuart MacMillan, program manager at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, said in a statement. “In terms of Scan4Safety eProcurement deliverables, we are now in a very strong position, so our next task is to plan how we roll it out to more than 800 devices across the Trust and engage with staff in other departments, particularly in the operating theaters.”

Healthcare blockchain company Medicalchain announced yesterday that it has signed a joint working agreement with Mayo Clinic to investigate the technology’s role in care.

"We are thrilled to be working with Mayo Clinic. Mayo Clinic will provide their world-class healthcare and health IT expertise, while Medicalchain will provide our knowledge of blockchain and crypto,” Dr. Abdullah Albeyatti, CEO of Medicalchain, said in a statement. “Together we will work on several use cases using blockchain-based EHRs. There's a lot of opportunity out there, and we feel this working agreement will be of benefit all healthcare stakeholders.”