SnapMD powers AAP's virtual platform and other digital health deals

By Dave Muoio
03:47 pm

Telemedicine company SnapMD will provide its Virtual Care Management platform to the American Academy of Pediatrics' Member Advantage Program, according to SnapMD. With this, the organization’s 66,000 US pediatricians, surgeons, and specialists will be able to conduct virtual visits as a complement to normal in-person care.

"This new Member Advantage Program directly addresses concerns cited by our members regarding a lack of information about quality telemedicine vendors and the high cost of telemedicine equipment. We hope that this program benefit will encourage more pediatricians to provide telehealth services to the families they serve within the context of their medical home,” Dr. Joshua J. Alexander, chair of the AAP Section on Telehealth, said in a statement.

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Solera Health, a platform that offers a marketplace for benefits and chronic disease management programs, recently announced a partnership with the California Food is Medicine Coalition that will enable the former’s medical nutrition therapy intervention to be covered under California Medicaid.

“There is now industry-wide recognition of the importance of social determinants of health, but it is a challenge to scale these interventions unless they can be integrated into the healthcare ecosystem like any other clinical service,” Dr. Sandeep Wadhwa, chief health officer of Solera Health, said in a statement. “These new interventions must meet the rigorous program integrity, quality assurance and audit requirements for health plans to pay for healthcare-related social supports in the same way as other healthcare services.”

The new collaboration comes roughly a month after Solera had announced another similar partnership with Feeding America.

BMJ Best Practice, a clinical decision support tool, has partnered with Your.MD, an AI platform that helps users search for personalized information online. The arrangement aims to bolster the latter’s product by verifying the medical data featured in its online consumer tool against BMJ’s best clinical practices data.

“Personalized medicine is fundamental to the future of healthcare, and I expect AI to play an essential role in delivering a healthcare service to everyone, everywhere, but the challenges in ensuring a safe, trusted service are not to be underestimated,” Sharon Cooper, chief digital officer of BMJ, said in a statement. “BMJ has a simple mission, to ‘advance healthcare worldwide’, and partnerships such as our relationship with Your.MD are key to enabling us to learn and grow as a digital business to deliver on that mission.”

New Jersey health care delivery system RWJBarnabas Health has announced an initiative to bring Uber’s non-emergency medical transportation program to its patients. Uber Health is initially being implemented at the system’s Jersey City Medical Center, and will expand over the coming months.

“Patients often cite transportation as a reason for missing or rescheduling appointments. The lack of transportation inhibits access to care,” Jim Smith, VP of the Mobile Health Services and Patient Transport Division of RWJBarnabas Health, said in a statement. “We are thrilled to work with Uber Health. This initiative is just another way we are committing to expanding the access to care as well as the performance and stability of RWJBH’s transport services.”


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