July 25, 2013
Health insurer Humana is turning to telehealth systems provider AMC Health in an effort to keep patients with congestive heart failure out of hospitals, saving money for the payer and improving the quality of life for a high-risk population.
In a pilot launched last month, 450 Humana Medicare Advantage members in Ohio with CHF are receiving A&D Medical Products weight scales and blood-...
June 13, 2012
We are getting closer to the day when a smartphone app can detect atrial fibrillation in patients at high risk of a stroke or heart failure.
Researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Mass., have submitted an application to the Food and Drug Administration for 510(k) approval of an Android app that can pick up subtle changes in skin color by scanning blood vessels, thanks to an...
June 15, 2010
At the America’s Health Insurance Plans (AHIP) Institute conference this week, Aetna and Intel released preliminary findings from their Intel Health Guide pilot for chronic heart failure (CHF) patients. The pilots aim was to demonstrate how remote patient monitoring and nurse case management could improve the health of Medicare patients with CHF.
Dr. Randall Krakauer, Aetna’s national Medicare...
June 2, 2010
CardioMEMS, the company developing a wireless implantable sensor for heart failure patients, has recently announced the results of its nearly three year-long CHAMPION trial. One of the topline results from the trial: The number of hospitalizations for heart failure patients reduced by 38 percent over the the full duration of the study.
CHAMPION stands for: CardioMEMS Heart Sensor Allows...
April 7, 2010
"As Accountable Care Organizations and medical homes start thinking about alternative quality contracts that reimburse for keeping patients healthly and not for delivering more care, it's likely that wellness care will include home telemonitoring between clinician visits," Dr. John Halamka, Chair of the US Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel (HITSP) and Co-Chair of the HIT Standards...
January 13, 2010
Wireless remote monitoring technology developer MedApps has announced a partnership with New Jersey-based healthcare provider Meridian Health, to monitor patients who were recently discharged from acute care settings with Congestive Heart Failure (CHF). According to the two companies, the aim is to monitor the patients on a daily "near real-time" basis in an effort to improve patient outcomes and...
January 12, 2010
Anthem Blue Cross, the trade name for Blue Cross of California, announced plans last week to work with wireless health company Ideal Life on a pilot program for congestive heart failure (CHF) patients called CARE (Congestive Heart Failure Ambulatory Remote monitoring and Engagement). Ideal Life is providing its wireless body weight scales for in-home use in an effort to leverage remote monitoring...
November 25, 2009
Remote wireless cardiac monitoring company LifeWatch has announced a new offering for diagnosing sleep apnea: NiteWatch. The company expects to make the service commercially available during the first quarter of 2010.
Unlike its closest competitor, CardioNet, LifeWatch uses an actual smartphone as the gateway for its cardiac monitoring system -- the company has an exclusive carriage agreement...