VA extends its partnership with Canary Health and other digital health deals

By Dave Muoio
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The Department of Veterans Affairs will be continuing its partnership with Canary Health, maker of digital health self-management and behavior change programs. This collaboration is responsible for the Building Better Caregivers online workshop, a six-week anonymous, online program which is available for free to caregivers of VA-supported veterans.

"VA recognizes the challenges caregivers face every day and is committed to providing access to the support they need to care for our nation's veterans," Meg Kabat, national director of the VA’s Caregiver Support Program, said in a statement. "Since the rollout of Building Better Caregivers in 2013, VA has referred more than 8,500 caregivers to this free workshop. We are pleased to be able to offer this extra level of high quality services that is dedicated to building better caregivers.”

Telemedicine provider AMC Health has been chosen to provide its services for the second phase of a high blood pressure study being conducted by HealthPartners Institute. The investigation is backed by $6 million received from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute, and will have nurses and pharmacists monitoring patients’ blood pressure remotely from home.

“We are honored to work with HealthPartners to help improve such a widespread, chronic problem,” Nesim Bildirici, president and CEO of AMC Health, said in a statement. “If not controlled, high blood pressure can lead to heart failure, vision loss, stroke and kidney disease, and we’re aiming for our solution to make a significant difference for patients living with hypertension.”

PatientPop’s physician marketing tools will soon be coming to Greenway Health’s EHR and practice management platform, Greenway Prime Suite. The integration will allow platform users to acquire new patients for their practice, expedite front office busywork, and build an online presence and reputation.

“Greenway has partnered with PatientPop for the past few years, and we’re thrilled to now provide full integration between our platforms,” Suzanne Fulton, director of business development at Greenway Health, said in a statement. “Consumer trends and expectations are rapidly changing the way practices operate and market their business. PatientPop and Greenway are both focused on technology ease-of-use, with the goal of making life easier for doctors and patients. Bringing our platforms together is a big step to turn that into a reality for practices.”

ABC Financial, makers of health and fitness payment processing software, will be tapping Textmunication to provide automated SMS messaging for its services. ABC’s clients will receive access to new mobile marketing and engagement functionalities, and will also, for instance, be able to ping members who have not worked out for several weeks with reminders or incentives.

"ABC Financial is excited about our partnership with Textmunication,” Stephanie Johnson, executive vice president of ABC Financial, said in a statement. "This new integration gives ABC customers the ability to seamlessly automate texting campaigns, promotional blasts and keyword text marketing through a TCPA compliant source.”

Glytec, maker of diabetes therapy management and medication optimization software, will be rolling out their eGlycemic Management System (eGMS) to 39 of Adventist Health System’s acute care facilities, the companies announced. eGMS is built around Glytec’s Glucommander insulin dosing software, and includes hyperglycemia surveillance, glycemic status monitoring, analytics, and hospital-to-home planning. The platform will be employed to better standardized care for any patients undergoing insulin therapy, whether on the medical-surgical floor or wihin an intensive or critical care unit.

“We are excited by the opportunity to work with Adventist Health System and bring our eGlycemic Management System to its facilities,” Raymie McFarland, vice president of quality initiatives for Glytec, said in a statement. “We are going to hit the ground running with several new research projects, and will aim to contribute our learnings to better the health and wellness of patients with diabetes.”
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