Patient Experience

Credit: SideKick Health

By Tammy Lovell 08:08 am April 1, 2020
Nordic startup SideKickHealth is working with the COVID-19 response team in Iceland to provide its digital therapeutics platform to people who have been diagnosed with the virus. Its platform allows the remote triaging and managing of large numbers of people in isolation, who self-report on a panel of symptoms and measurements via a smartphone app multiple times a day.  Patients are assessed via...

Credit: Hospitech Respiration

By Sophie Porter 01:28 am April 1, 2020
Hospitech Respiration, an Israeli startup that designed and manufactures a device to prevent health complications caused by ventilator usage, is offering their product to Israeli hospitals battling the coronavirus free of charge. The AnapnoGuard device AG100s was developed to work alongside a ventilator in order to improve patient safety by preventing ventilator-enabled infections and limiting...
By Tammy Lovell 07:43 am March 26, 2020
Dublin-based digital health firm patientMpower has developed a remote monitoring solution for COVID-19 on behalf of the Irish Health Service Executive (HSE). This enables monitoring of otherwise healthy patients with mild to moderate symptoms who are in self-isolation.  The national programme is already operating across several hospitals in Ireland, including the Mater, St James's and Beaumont...

Source: Flow

By Tammy Lovell 05:40 am March 25, 2020
Clinical psychologists at medical device firm Flow Neuroscience have offered guidance to support and manage mental health during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Swedish startup says that its brain stimulation headset is a modern drug-free treatment for depression, which does not require health services, such as the NHS.  Clinical studies published in the New England Journal of Medicine and the British...
By Laura Lovett 02:48 pm March 3, 2020
As digital becomes the new norm, mothers and expecting mothers are looking for new ways to connect to their healthcare providers, however, the term digital health is still far from a mainstream term, according to a recent Xealth report.  The report found that nearly half of new and pregnant patients expected to interact with their doctors digitally (47%). However, only 27% of those survey-takers...

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By Leontina Postelnicu 07:10 am February 28, 2020
Digital health company Zesty has announced a partnership with the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT) in England’s West Midlands to introduce a patient portal as part of a push for the use of digital. The news comes a little over a month after the NHS organisation revealed that it would also be working with London-headquartered Babylon to launch a model of ‘digital-first integrated care’. WHAT...
By Leontina Postelnicu 03:56 am February 24, 2020
The NHS in England has announced that it is piloting home testing for coronavirus, as the number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in the UK went up to 13 on Sunday (23 February). Professor Keith Willett, NHS strategic incident director for coronavirus, said this would help limit the spread of the infection. But those concerned are advised to contact NHS 111 and the public cautioned to follow public...

Above image: A screenshot of the PainChek pain assessment app.

By Dean Koh 10:31 pm February 9, 2020
According to a paper titled Pain Management in the Elderly Population: A Review published in The Ochsner Journal in 2010, pain may be underreported because some elderly patients incorrectly believe that pain is a normal process of aging. In addition, caregivers and relatives are often the most reliable source of information. However, assessing pain levels is usually not straightforward – it can...
By Dave Muoio 05:01 pm January 24, 2020
Update: HIMSS20 has been canceled due to the coronavirus. Read more here. Pamphlets and binders are old hat when it comes to take-home patient education. Instead, a growing number of providers are referring their patients to mobile apps and other digital resources. It’s an approach that South Shore Health System’s Luke Poppish says comes with a number of major benefits for a health system — an...
By Dave Muoio 04:46 pm January 24, 2020
Update: HIMSS20 has been canceled due to the coronavirus. Read more here. Patient satisfaction is a laudable goal for any healthcare provider, but winning high quality ratings and patients’ trust goes well beyond courteous staff and warm bedside manners. Consistent record keeping, robust contingency plans, well-supported staff and strong end-to-end engagement all play a role in crafting the ideal...