Sidekick Health teams up with Jenny Craig and six more digital health deals

By Jonah Comstock
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Employee wellness company Sidekick Health, which makes a suite of online, customizable wellness and disease prevention programs for providers and employers, has teamed up with weight loss company Jenny Craig. Through the partnership, employees in Sidekick’s employee wellness program with prediabetes will be referred to Jenny Craig’s weight loss program, which includes healthy eating tips and personal coaching.

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Teladoc is now powering the telemedicine services of Philadelphia-based Jefferson Health, a large health system affiliated with Thomas Jefferson University. The platform is live for Jefferson’s network of outpatient and inpatient care, which is comprised of six colleges, nine hospitals, and 34 outpatient and urgent care locations -- serving over 2.6 million patients annually.

The Teladoc platform will be white-labeled under Jefferson’s telehealth program called JeffConnect, and will cover inpatient, outpatient and care transition periods. Patients can access the platform through their smartphone, tablet or computer. More.

UK provider network IPRS Health has launched the virtual physical therapy platform from Physitrack to their customers under global insurer QBE, allowing patients to use app-based physiotherapy in lieu of some in-person sessions. The QBE deal is a big one for Physitrack, which was founded in 2012 and has enjoyed considerable success across Europe, Australia, New Zealand and the United States. QBE is the first private payer in the UK to start offering the virtual therapy service, but Phyistrack said it immediately opened the door for other large payers to follow. More

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PeraHealth, a Charlotte, North Carolina-based healthcare data analytics company, is working with Sinai Hospital of Baltimore. Sinai, a 520-bed facility, will be the first hospital in Maryland to adopt PeraHealth’s predictive analytics technology, which uses a range of physiological measures – including EHR data, labs, vital signs and nursing assessments — to continuously measure patient conditions and provide early warnings of trouble. 

“As part of LifeBridge Health’s ongoing commitment to quality improvement, we are always open to innovation and new approaches,” Barbara Epke, vice president at Sinai Hospital parent company LifeBridge Health, said in a statement. “We are interested to see how PeraHealth’s analytic technology will enhance our array of clinical tools to ensure that our doctors, nurses and other providers have the information they need to make the best care decisions for our patients.”

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MedyMatch Technology and Samsung NeuroLogica are working together to help paramedics and EMTs more quickly and accurately assess stroke patients in prehospital environments.

By integrating MedyMatch's artificial intelligence technology into ambulance-based mobile stroke units equipped with Samsung NeuroLogica's CereTom computed tomography scanner, the companies say first responders can more easily use CT scans to determine whether a patient is suffering from a blood clot or hemorrhage. More.

Los Angeles-based clinical decision support company Zynx Health and Healthwise, a health education, technology, and services company, will integrate their products in a new partnership. Healthwise educational content will be mapped to each stage in Zynx’s plans of care, giving physicians appropriate educational content they can share with patients throughout the patient’s hospital stay.

"Both Healthwise and Zynx are well-respected industry leaders with solid reputations for delivering healthcare professionals vital health information that improves the delivery of patient care," Kevin J. Daly, president of Zynx Health, said in a statement. "By including Healthwise evidence-based education in plans of care, care teams can easily deliver patients relevant resources from within their EMR workflows. Patients are then empowered with the information they need to better manage their health."

Healthcare content provider FDB has deployed its Meducation platform, which provides medication instructions to patients at high risk for non-adherence, at Health First, a not-for-profit community health system in central Florida, after a successful pilot at Health First’s Cape Canaveral Hospital. Meducation is integrated directly into Health First’s Allscripts EHR.

“Health First providers can now use Meducation without interrupting their normal workflow,” Edye Cleary, chief quality officer at Health First, said in a statement. “This allows patients to have medication instructions that are clear, easy to understand, and are tailored to each individual patient. In fact, our patient satisfaction scores for communicating medication information have improved as Meducation usage rolled out across Health First.”