PatientPoint tackles chronic disease with AMA, Sutter Health adopts Suki and more digital health deals

Also: Dictum Health and Complete Telehealth Solutions partner up; Washington University School of Medicine study features SilverCloud's digital intervention.
By Dave Muoio
02:25 pm
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Cincinnati, Ohio-based patient and provider engagement company PatientPoint is teaming up with the American Medical Association to help improve the prevention, identification and management of Type 2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease. As part of the collaboration, the tech company will be disseminating AMA-developed chronic disease education and engagement content through its point of care digital platform, which can be found in the waiting rooms and exam rooms of nearly 6,500 practices.

“We are honored to work with the AMA, who shares our mission of making every doctor-patient engagement better by delivering trusted, best-in-class education in the moments that matter most along the healthcare journey,” PatientPoint founder and CEO Mike Collette said in a statement. “We look forward to helping the AMA continue to inform and inspire Americans to take charge of their health and to help reduce the burden of type 2 diabetes and hypertension in this country.”

Telehealth platform maker Dictum Health and Charlotte, North Carolina-based Complete Telehealth Solutions (CTS) have inked a deal focused on providing remote psychiatric care to those living in rural areas affected by the opioid crisis. Specifically, Dictum’s Virtual Exam Room platform will act as the effort’s tech backbone, while CTS’ telepsychiatry teams will provide the care.

"CTS brings full program design and implementation for services beyond basic behavioral health to include substance abuse treatment, PTSD, patient assessment, progress mapping, education, training, and access to specialty providers," Josh Botbol, president of CTS, said in a statement. “With Dictum Health’s technology, we can now expand clinical care to those who need it most.”

Northern California-based Sutter Health will soon be arming its physicians with Suki, a voice-powered digital assistant, thanks to a deal announced yesterday. The tool combines physicians’ voice commands and other information to build clinician notes that can be uploaded to a hospital’s EHR system. Sutter will begin by deploying Suki to its primary care, dermatology and orthopedics providers.

“We are excited to work with Sutter network doctors to help ease the burden of administrative work like medical charting and to give doctors time back in their day,” Punit Soni, Suki’s CEO and cofounder, said in a statement. “Through this collaboration, we will expand our footprint into new specialties, allowing Suki to master new skills from one of the most tech-savvy health systems in the country.”

Digital behavioral health company SilverCloud has entered a research partnership with the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis that will explore the effectiveness of the company’s digital behavioral health therapy product for depression, anxiety and eating disorders among students. The project will be led by univeristy professor Denise E. Wilfley, who received a five-year $3.8 million grant from the National Institute of Mental Health for this type of research.

“College and university students nationally are experiencing increasing levels of anxiety and mental health challenges, making the need for easy, accessible tools and resources for managing and effectively treating these conditions a top priority for schools of all shapes and sizes,” Ken Cahill, CEO of SilverCloud Health, said in a statement. “SilverCloud Health is honored to be collaborating with the Washington University School of Medicine as the digital therapeutics partner for this research initiative.”

Atlantic General Hospital has signed a multiyear agreement with Welltok’s subsidiary Tea Leaves Health. The deal will provide the hospital with Tea Leaves’ Physicianology software product, which helps facilitate physician network outreach and patient referral monitoring.

“Physicianology was specifically designed to help executives understand and affect the behavior and referral patterns of physicians in the market,” Simon Bradstock, Welltok’s provider market president, said in a statement. “In many cases, providers are simply unaware that they could be referring to a peer and would prefer to do so. We’ve created a solution to systematically identify these opportunities to educate physicians, better facilitate referrals and ultimately help high-performing organizations like Atlantic General Hospital thrive in their community even more.”

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