patient engagement

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By  Dave Muoio 12:27 pm March 2, 2021
In December, Highmark Health announced a six-year collaboration with Google Cloud that the companies said would lay down the infrastructure of the integrated delivery network's data-driven Living Health Dynamic Platform. Today, the organizations unveiled plans to get Verily and its Onduo chronic care subsidiary in on the action as well. Through another six-year partnership, the partners will work...
By  Stuart Hanson 02:08 pm February 26, 2021
For decades, investors, startups and a broad host of established players have viewed healthcare as ripe for innovation. However, the industry has been challenged by the momentum of the status quo – the scale, complexity, volume and ingrained practices that all need to change to wring out some much-needed efficiency. As we were taught in physics class, the more momentum something has, the more...
By  Dave Muoio 01:32 pm January 28, 2021
This week Reuters reported that two more major digital health companies are discussing potential merger agreements with special purpose acquisition companies (SPACs) that would lead to multibillion dollar valuations. The first, reported late Tuesday, is app-based patient-engagement and benefits-navigation platform Sharecare. Per Reuters' anonymous sources, the proposed deal would see Sharecare...
Three images of the patient preparation tool
By  Dave Muoio 03:33 pm December 2, 2020
Google Health has teamed up with the HHS Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to pilot an online tool that helps patients build a visit plan for their upcoming healthcare visit. The project was detailed in a Google blog post published yesterday, but subsequently removed by the tech company until it was republished this afternoon with no substantial changes. So far only available "to...

Credit: Virti VR headset 

By  Sara Mageit 10:30 am July 2, 2020
VR TRAINING FOR CARE WORKERS IMPROVES INFECTION CONTROL A study carried out as part of the government funded TechForce19 challenge has shown that when carers receive training via immersive digital technology, including VR, it can improve understanding of infection control measures by 76% and knowledge retention of health and safety guidelines by 230%. As part of a randomised control...
By  Sara Mageit 04:06 am June 19, 2020
UK CONTACT TRACING APP SWITCH In a major U-turn, the UK is switching from its existing centralised contact tracing app to the technology provided by Google and Apple. At the Downing Street briefing, health secretary, Matt Hancock said the new app is months from being ready however said the government would not “put a date” on when the app will be launched. In a joint statement from Baroness Dido...