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AdhereHealth deploys 'Papa Pals' to seniors, Providence St. Joseph Health adopts Microsoft's tech and more digital health deals

Also: Varian's Noona app comes to Tennessee Oncology; DiA Imaging Analysis and Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas team up on unified offering.
By Dave Muoio
03:50 pm

Medication adherence technology company AdhereHealth and senior companionship platform Papa have announced a partnership focused on tackling social determinants of health among the Medicare population. Specifically, AdhereHealth’s payer-focused platform will include the option to deploy Papa Pals — the college-age young adults who are paired with lonely seniors — to those who are identified as high risk for loneliness or other poor health influences.

"We could not be more excited about this partnership as it extends the Adhere platform’s reach into the home with Papa assisting those most in need of personal support," Jason Z. Rose, CEO at AdhereHealth, said in a statement.  "Our analytics and clinical workflows will help direct Papa Pals to address a myriad of [social determinants of health] issues our consumers face, such as transportation to doctor appointments and local pharmacies, grocery shopping, housing chores, and other senior services.”

Washington’s Providence St. Joseph Health and Microsoft are entering a multi-year strategic alliance designed to help the health system address clinical and operational needs with emerging cloud-based technologies, the companies announced today. Along with adopting Microsoft 365’ productivity and collaboration tools for its 120,000 caregivers, the system will be using Microsoft’s Azure as its cloud platform of choice.

"Our alliance with Providence St. Joseph Health brings together the expertise of one of the largest and most comprehensive health systems in the country with the power of Azure, Microsoft 365 and Dynamics 365," Satya Nadella, CEO of Microsoft, said in a statement. "Our ambition is to accelerate Providence St. Joseph Health's digital transformation and to build new innovations together that are designed to improve health care delivery and outcomes."

Tennessee Oncology will be deploying Varian’s software application for managing cancer patient symptoms and patient-reported outcomes (PRO) across its 30-plus care centers thanks to a new agreement between the two parties. With this, Varian’s Noona iOS, Android and web app is expected to impact 25,000 patients each year, according to the announcement.

“The healthcare industry strives to move from disease-centered to person-centered care—which requires us to capture information that describes the patient experience,” Corey Zankowski, SVP of oncology software solutions at Varian, said in a statement. “Noona helps us achieve this goal by better connecting patients to their personal treatment and enabling clinicians to collect meaningful PRO data to adapt treatments for each patient and to predict future outcomes.”

Artificial intelligence ultrasound analysis company DiA Imaging Analysis and medical diagnostic imaging firm Konica Minolta Healthcare Americas have announced a deal that will unify the capabilities of each company’s respective software platforms into a single expanded offering. Called the Lvivo Cardiac Toolbox, this product

“Through this partnership, we integrate innovative, AI-based cardiac analysis into [Konica Minolta’s] already powerful and user-customizable structured reporting system; all available anywhere — from a multi-monitor workstation on a hospital network, to a laptop PC on WiFi,” Andrew Horning, product manager for cardiology products at Konica Minolta, said in a statement. “This helps cardiologists make better decisions sooner.”

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