Teladoc and Accolade join forces and more digital health deals

By Heather Mack
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Teladoc has teamed up with Accolade, an on-demand healthcare concierge provider for employers, health plans and health systems, to help members navigate their telehealth benefits. The integrated service is now available to several of the two companies’ shared clients, and is showing increased utilization of Teladoc’s offerings: When a member is using the Accolade platform, the company’s Health Assistants (guided by Accolade’s Maya intelligence engine), can steer them towards their Teladoc benefits, then shepherd them through the appropriate plan of action depending on their needs. Likewise, Teladoc will inform its customers and partners of Accolade’s availability.

“It can be difficult and time-consuming for people to find their way around our highly fragmented healthcare system,” Accolade VP of Strategic Partnerships Tim FitzGerald said in a statement. “To make the shift to patient-centered care, we need to deliver simple, unified experiences. That’s what our integration with Teladoc is about – making it easy for employees and members to get the highest quality health care services they need – when, how and where they need them.”

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Massachusetts General Hospital has launched an interactive campus map, available on mobile and desktop, that guides visitors through various parts of the facility as well as nearby restaurants, hotels, amenities, wheelchair accessible routes and pharmacies, plus parking location services and walking directions. The tool is available thanks to a partnership with concept3D, which makes interactive maps and virtual tour software with technology known as atlas3D. The Mass General map is built on top of Google Maps and features detailed 3D models that can easily be searched, and users can have personalized links sent directly to them for specific directions.

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Scripps Translational Science Institute and WebMD are launching a new smartphone-based Apple ResearchKit study on pregnant women to improve research as well as resources for expectant mothers. The Healthy Pregnancy Study is built on a newly updated version of WebMD’s popular Pregnancy app, and participants will be asked to anonymously answer questions and share connected device data with researchers in effort to help them better understand what makes pregnancies – and their outcomes – healthy. More

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Global pharmaceutical company UCB has launched Wellness4U, a health and wellness platform for people living with immunologic disorders which includes, as one aspect, an activity tracker pilot program. In the activity tracker pilot, which has been launched in Houston, Texas; Charlotte, North Carolina; Louisville, Kentucky; and Los Angeles, California, patients receive a Garmin vivofit 2 activity tracker to measure daily steps and sleep. Patients can access the data, as well as educational materials and social support, through a Wellness4U online community platform. The pilot is aimed at patients with rheumatoid arthritis and has so far enrolled 50 patients. More

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Intermountain Healthcare is working with Zebra Medical Vision, a deep learning imaging analytics company, based in Israel to integrate machine learning in medical imaging analysis. The goal is to provide better patient care. Zebra-Med’s analytics engine receives imaging data and analyzes findings indicative of cardiovascular, pulmonary, metabolic and bone health. Intermountain will use the results to identify patients at risk. As Zebra-Med’s engine grows with new insights it will be able to provide increasingly comprehensive reports that will lead to more accurate, cost effective patient treatment. More

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HealthGrid’s mobile patient engagement platform is now working with Microsoft Power BI to integrate population health reporting and analytics. This new capability allows health system partners to learn more about their patient populations and improve clinical and financial outcomes by assisting with patient acquisition and retention, provider network utilization, care plan adherence and regulatory compliance.

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RedBrick Health, which makes a wellness and chronic condition management platform for employers, health systems and partner providers, has started a program to address obesity an related avoidable chronic diseases in partnership with digital weight management and disease prevention company Retrofit. Through the collaboration, both companies’ clients will have access to an integrated program using Retrofit’s toolkit in personalized, on-demand coaching and goal-oriented healthy lifestyle planning and RedBrick’s engagement platform.

"The RedBrick team has long admired how Retrofit addresses key pain points in our industry and delivers a scalable solution in a more personal way," Jeff Dobro, RedBrick's chief medical officer and co-creator of its behavior design lab, said in a statement. "This approach enhances our portfolio of solutions and complements RedBrick's Behavior Change Framework, which produces meaningful engagement and real results for our consumers and clients."