August 25, 2015
Thanks to a mix of new payment models and the rise of consumer-driven healthcare, remote patient monitoring and remote care services are increasingly available and increasingly popular.
This year brought with it a number of important developments in digital health reimbursement that will accelerate the trend. In addition to the now, well-known new Medicare billing code for chronic condition...
August 11, 2015
Sotera Wireless's ViSi Mobile monitor.
Some 4 million patients globally will remotely monitor their health conditions by 2020, up from 664,000 patients in 2014, according to a new report from IHS Technology.
IHS also broke out estimates for congestive heart failure, diabetes, COPD, and mental health. Just over 324,000 patients monitored congestive heart failure in in 2014 and IHS predicts the...
August 10, 2015
CareScape V100, a GE patient monitor.
Despite protestations from the American Hospital Association and a cadre of 16 Republican members of Congress, the FCC decided at its August meeting to allow unlicensed devices to use some of the spectrum previously reserved for medical devices.
The AHA and the Representatives both sent letters to the FCC in the last days of July, urging them to postpone...
August 5, 2015
Lowell, Massachusetts-based remote patient monitoring company InfoBionic has raised $8 million led by existing investor Safeguard Scientifics. Other existing investors also contributed to the round, including Excel Venture Management and Zaffre Investments, a subsidiary of Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts.
When InfoBionic raised a previous funding round, in November 2014, the company...
July 16, 2015
Sotera Wireless's ViSi Mobile monitor.
The global advanced patient monitoring market is currently worth about $31.4 billion, according to a report from Kalorama Information. Kalorama added that the patient monitoring market has benefited from the demand in major healthcare facilities and home treatment markets to move to a wireless system.
Advanced patient monitoring offerings, according to...
June 18, 2015
Patients with diabetes may be more likely benefit from a mobile phone-based health coaching program with remote monitoring than patients with heart disease, according to a study of 267 heart patients and 250 diabetes patients, which was conducted in 2012 by researchers in Finland and published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research.
The trial lasted one year and examined whether using a...
June 8, 2015
Samsung has partnered with China-based payor Ping An Insurance to create a digital health platform, according to the Korea Herald. Samsung and Ping An will combine the payor's health services with Samsung digital health offerings, including the company's heart rate sensing smartphones and smartwatches, as well as Samsung's S Health app.
Ping An Insurance has insurance, banking, and financial...
May 5, 2015
Mountain View, California-based Amiigo, which makes an activity tracker that raised $580,000 on Indiegogo in 2013, has teamed up with online patient community platform Alliance Health to launch a new study looking at the combined effect of wearables and peer support on heart failure patients.
“There are a lot of different questions we can begin to ask related to the value of a social networking...
May 4, 2015
Meridian Health subsidiary iMPak Health has teamed up with biomedical and healthcare technology group NetScientific to create a new digital health sales and marketing company called Triventis Health.
Triventis will market combined offerings from iMPak and Wanda Health, a subsidiary of NetScientific, relying on Wanda Health's offerings for data analytics andiIMPak's easy-to-use devices for remote...
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...