Also: Microsoft and Imprivata developing healthcare access management platform; SyncThink pairs with QuesGen Systems.

WellDoc integrates Validic's device ecosystem, More Health's hospital partners and more digital health deals

By Dave Muoio
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Remote monitoring data management firm Validic has partnered with digital chronic disease management company WellDoc to help BlueStar users connect their wearables, apps and other home health monitoring devices to the platform. According to the companies, the integration will allow for more streamlined aggregation of users’ health data and more precise digital coaching.

"Today's healthcare consumers are more empowered than ever before to take action for better health," Validic CEO Drew Schiller said in a statement. "By integrating consumer health technologies and personal health data into programs like BlueStar, we are enabling a level of real-time feedback that provides actionable insights for positive behavior change to individuals living with chronic conditions."

More Health, a San Mateo, California startup with a digital platform for specialist second opinions, has cut two new deals with Boston Children’s Hospital in Massachusetts and Columbus, Ohio’s Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Both agreements will provide the company’s HIPAA-compliant Physician Collaboration Platform with pediatric specialists from the hospitals, with the Boston Children’s deal specifically slated to extend care into China.

"In addition to the unsurpassed care and amazing work being done by our surgeons, doctors and clinicians, Boston Children's is working to create better access and overall experience for families every day,” Dr. Steven Fishman, president of the Boston Children's Physicians Organization. "This partnership with MORE Health creates a pathway for families who may not be conveniently located near one of our hospitals to consult with our experts.”

"Nationwide Children Hospital is a top ranked US hospital and champion for the well-being of children everywhere. This agreement helps us deliver on our promise to provide access to the best physicians in the world to our patients," Hope Lewis, cofounder and CEO of MORE Health, said in a statement.

SyncThink, a Palo Alto-based startup using VR and eye-tracking to track concussion damage, has buddied up with contract research organization QuesGen Systems. The deal will allow institutions with sports programs conducting concussion research to more easily transfer research data, in particular by ending the need for clinicians to separately document injury reports in accordance to guidelines.

“Collaborating with QuesGen allows us to simplify the process for the end user, eliminating the requirement for double documenting of encounters, and also allows us to support many institutions who use a wide variety of electronic medical record systems,” SyncThink CEO Laura Yecies said in a statement. “We are pleased to support the important mission of the collegiate sports injury research programs.”

Microsoft and Imprivata, an IT security company specializing in healthcare, are partnering on the development of a cloud-based, end-to-end identity and access management (IAM) platform, the latter announced earlier this week in a press release. Backboned by Imprivata’s software and supported by Microsoft’s Azure Active Directory, the platform is preceded by the launch of a jointly-developed single sign-on product for enterprises, Healthcare Seamless SSO, which has already launched.

“Imprivata has made great strides expanding on its proven, industry-leading solutions by integrating with Microsoft Azure Active Directory to help healthcare organizations leverage the cloud to lower costs,” Chris Sakalosky, VP of Microsoft US Health & Life Sciences, said in a statement. “This product integration with Imprivata OneSign is the exact type of technological solution that we’re proud to offer to our healthcare customers.” 

Florida-based AdventHealth Dade City has extended its existing partnership with telemedicine company Advanced ICU Care with the deployment of the latter’s tele-ICU services. The deal allows for 24-7 oversight of AdventHealth patients by certified intensivists, reducing the strain on the hospital’s in-person staff.

“The Advanced ICU Care team of intensivists work remotely around-the-clock complementing the care provided by the AdventHealth Dade City physicians,” Gwen Alonso, chief nursing officer at AdventHealth Dade City, said in a statement. “Patients in our ICUs are typically facing life-threating medical conditions. This program continuously monitors real-time patient vital signs, medications, labs and clinical status to provide an extra layer of care that enhances patient safety.”

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