Modernizing Medicine joins Xcertia and other digital health deals

By Dave Muoio
12:38 pm

Modernizing Medicine, maker of specialty-specific mobile product suites, announced that it has joined Xcertia, a standards body for mobile apps that launched by the American Medical Association, HIMSS, and others at the 2016 Connected Health Conference. Within the collaboration, the company and other participants will work to develop guidelines and resources to support consumers and clinicians’ mobile health app selection.

"Modernizing Medicine is excited to join Xcertia to help shape best practices and guidelines for the various aspects of mobile health applications such as usability, content, privacy and security,” Mihai Fonoage, associate vice president of mobile strategy and user experience at Modernizing Medicine, said in a statement. “Our expertise in the mobile health space puts us in a position to positively contribute to Xcertia’s efforts, working alongside other leaders in mHealth."

Cigna-HealthSpring has tapped ride-hailing service Lyft’s transportation network to assist its customers traveling to and from their doctors or pharmacies. The service — which has already provided 14,500 rides since being introduced in May — will now provide non-emergency medical transportation in seven states and the District of Columbia.

“Transportation can be an obstacle for older Americans in getting the care they need, which results in delayed care, worsening conditions, and higher costs,” Brian Evanko, president of Cigna’s Government Business, which includes Cigna-HealthSpring, said in a statement. “By providing a convenient, timely, safe ride, we can ensure at-risk customers keep their appointments and get the medications they need to better manage their chronic conditions or prevent them from developing in the first place.”


GE Healthcare has announced two partnership expansions focused on bringing new tech to its digital imaging systems. The first, with graphics processing unit (GPU) and computer hardware company Nvidia, will bring GPU-accelerated AI to GE Healthcare’s 500,000 deployed imaging devices to more quickly process imaging data when detecting liver or kidney lesions.

“Our partnership with GE Healthcare brings together great expertise in medical instruments and AI to create a new generation of intelligent instruments that can dramatically improve patient care,” Jensen Huang, founder and CEO of Nvidia, said in a statement.

GE Healthcare also announced that it will be using Intel’s Xeon Scalable platform, which they say will reduce the total cost of imaging device ownership by as much as 25 percent. The platform can reduce how long radiologists will have to wait to until the first taken image is displayed along with the time to load a full study.

“Radiologist workdays can be enhanced by use of real-time data analytics and increased performance,” Jonathan Ballon, vice president Internet of Things Group at Intel, said in a statement. “The combination of innovative imaging solutions from GE Healthcare with the breakthrough speed of Intel processors promises great advances in imaging that could make a real difference in patient care.”

DigitalHealth.London and RYSE Asset Management have partnered to develop a joint venture focused on enabling public-private healthcare collaborations. The groups’ Early Stage Opportunity Fund looks to fund upcoming digital health businesses, support large-scale adoption across the National Health Service, and create new patient experience-focused digital tools and applications. The fund will be taking applications from interested digital health businesses until Jan. 18, 2018.

"DigitalHealth.London's extensive networks and intimate market knowledge of the health and care sector, particularly around digital solutions mean we are able to signpost RYSE toward innovations that we believe meet a need and offer real potential in providing positive and lasting impacts on the health outcomes for patients,” Yinka Makinde, program director at DigitalHealth.London, said in a statement. “In addition, we bring the highly regarded power of the Academic Health Science Networks (AHSNs) and their proven approach to brokering relationships that can support and facilitate the rapid scaling up of these products.”

Omaha, Nebraska-based corporate incentive company GC Incentives has announced a new strategic marketing partnership with London, UK-based digital wellness technology firm Ovation Incentives. According to a release, GC will introduce Ovation for customer services located outside of the US, with Ovation agreeing to the inverse.

"Our technology powers wellness programs for health providers, and their global clients, located around the world. These providers are looking for a one-stop solution that makes it easy to incent and reward employees for their participation and success in wellness programs — no matter where they are located in the world," Anne Marie Kirby, CEO of CoreHealth Technologies, said in a release. "With GC Incentives, we found a perfect partner to help us deliver a seamless wellness rewards solution to customers."    

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