Partners Healthcare

By Jonah Comstock 10:52 am May 27, 2015
Focus group data from the Center for Health Care Strategies Digital health is one of the biggest areas of opportunity to help low income populations and, in the process, reduce costs for providers that treat Medicaid populations. But challenges hold it back, including available apps that aren’t up to snuff, and a system for validating digital health interventions that’s somewhat lacking. That...
By Jonah Comstock 10:17 am May 26, 2015
Cambridge-based online patient community business PatientsLikeMe is teaming up with Boston-area health system Partners HealthCare to provide information and insights from PLM's platform to Partners' patients. “We’re excited to work with such an esteemed health system to help patients and their care teams have a more complete understanding of patients’ whole health experience, and to support...
By Jonah Comstock 08:38 am April 23, 2015
A retrospective matched-pair cohort study of 348 patients in Partners HealthCare's Boston-area hospitals shows that remote monitoring in congestive heart failure patients can reduce 120-day hospitalizations and mortality. Interestingly, while the reduction in mortality held beyond the 120 days of the study, the hospitalizations for the monitoring cohort actually went up after the monitoring...
By Jonah Comstock 08:56 am April 15, 2015
Samsung S Health apps Partners HealthCare has announced a partnership with Samsung Electronics to co-develop mobile health solutions. Initially, the Boston-based integrated health system will work with the electronics giant to create chronic condition management software. Partners will launch a clinical trial of the new software in June. A press release from Partners indicates a focus on...
By Jonah Comstock 11:37 am March 25, 2015
A screenshot from Share the Journey. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a philanthropy dedicated to public health, has always been a big supporter of mobile health projects. Lately, though, it seems like RWJF's funding is going further than ever in the mobile space. Notably, the organization backed two of Apple's premier ResearchKit apps and just gave $468,000 to Partners HealthCare for...
By Aditi Pai 08:51 am December 8, 2014
Dr. Joseph Kvedar Recently quite a few big name companies, including Apple, Samsung, and Google, have launched digital health-focused products and services. While this entry into the digital health space has sparked a lot of enthusiasm, or even exuberance, from the community, Center for Connected Health Director Joseph Kvedar points out that it may be irrational. When Kvedar spoke at the...
By Jonah Comstock 06:22 am November 6, 2014
Ginger.io, a health startup focused on passive data collection through smartphones, announced a number of high profile clinical pilots that have been quietly employing its technology. Ginger.io is now working with UC San Francisco, Partners HealthCare (Massachusetts General Hospital, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and McLean Hospital), Duke University, UC Davis and University of Nebraska Medical...
By Jonah Comstock 10:53 am October 23, 2014
The key to cracking patient engagement isn't better kinds of technology, it's understanding patients better. That was the theme that emerged from a panel discussion at the Partners Healthcare Connected Health Symposium, where a doctor, a consultant, and two healthcare executives spoke about their own experiences working with patients in the healthcare system, especially patients with behavior...
By Jonah Comstock 11:01 am August 26, 2014
Raiing's smartphone-connected thermometer, the FDA-cleared iThermonitor Beijing-based Raiing is working with Boston's Partners HealthCare to pilot Raiing's smartphone-connected wireless thermometer, iThermonitor, at Massachusetts General Hospital. Partners researchers led by Dr. Kamal Jethwani will test the temperature monitoring device on 25 children and adolescents with leukemia. "Fever and...
By Jonah Comstock 09:30 am June 17, 2014
Vidscrip, a Minneapolis-based patient engagement startup, has inked a deal to provide its video-making software to physicians across Partners Healthcare in Boston. It's the two-and-a-half-year-old company's largest deployment yet, and Vidscrips will open up a Boston office to support the rollout. "We had an opportunity to present what we were doing to their senior population health leadership [at...