patient education

By Dave Muoio 01:50 pm June 20, 2019
HIV patients demonstrated greater adherence to their antiretroviral therapy (ART) following the use of a low-cost educational VR application, according to a new study published in the Interactive Journal of Medical Research. Delivered in English and Spanish on a Dell Windows Mixed Reality headset, the seven-minute experience consisted of an interactive look at the cells and pathogens of a virtual...
By Laura Lovett 12:16 pm April 10, 2019
There is a new way to explore gene-environment interaction (GxE) thanks to a new virtual reality prototype. The new technology was born out of a partnership between the National Human Genome Research Institute and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and PreviewLab, who will be developing the technology.  GxE refers to the combination of our genes and environmental factors including mold,...
By Dave Muoio 01:53 pm April 4, 2018
Seattle-based patient engagement and clinical education provider MedBridge has received a strategic investment from private equity firm LLR Partners. The two companies did not disclose details on the sum of the investment, but noted that the funding will be used to support the growth of MedBridge in existing markets and its expansion into new areas of healthcare. “By providing healthcare...
By Dave Muoio 10:22 am February 12, 2018
Hurried conversations, paper brochures, and other long-standing approaches to patient education often fall short of their goals, so it’s little surprise that researchers are eyeing digital technologies as a potential solution. “The bedside education that is given in paper is usually not consumed by the patient — they’re either throwing it away or they’re just forgetting about it,” said Nick...
By Jonah Comstock 01:04 pm December 7, 2017
Alder Hey Children's Hospital in Liverpool, UK has launched a new augmented reality tablet app for children to entertain, educate, and distract the hospital's young children. In Alder Play, available on iOS and Android, children can choose an animated avatar who will appear on the app as they visit different parts of the hospital and offer them entertainment, information, and support, as well as...
By Jonah Comstock 04:42 pm November 9, 2017
Rightway Healthcare, which provides patient-facing care navigation tools to employee populations, has raised $2 million in seed funding. The round was made up by individual investors. The company works with both self-insured and fully-insured employers to help employees understand and utilize the health benefits available to them, through what CEO and Cofounder Jordan Feldman describes as an “...
By Heather Mack 03:05 pm June 28, 2017
PatientPoint, the Cincinnati, Ohio-based company that makes education and engagement platforms for patients and providers, has raised $140 million in new funding from Searchlight Capital Partners and Silver Point Capital. The company – which provides content through a variety of delivery methods including digital waiting rooms and interactive touchscreens in exam rooms – plans to use the latest...
By Mike Miliard 04:35 pm April 27, 2017
Epic will embed authoritative health information from Mayo Clinic in its MyChart and MyChart Bedside portals, aiming to give patients the opportunity to put their healthcare into context. Mayo Clinic medical experts routinely review and update the evidence-based content – articles, videos, slideshows, Q&As and more – with new material, provided in English and Spanish, which is added weekly....
By Jonah Comstock 03:28 pm September 29, 2016
Sharecare has made another acquisition, buying virtual reality company BioLucid for an undisclosed amount. BioLucid's technology, which uses virtual tours of the body to educate patients, will be incorporated into Sharecare's growing stable of patient engagement tools, but the company will also continue to operate out of its Sarasota, Florida office under the name "Sharecare Reality Lab". “Visual...
By Jonah Comstock 11:05 am June 23, 2015
What constitutes a successful patient portal? Is it enough that patients engage with the portal, or do they actually need to demonstrate that they've learned new information from it? These are questions hospitals are grappling with as they seek to deploy patient portals and meet Meaningful Use guidelines. One study, recently published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Society,...