mHealth News: What You Need to Know

Emanate Wireless Upgrades PowerPath TempHere are some of the top stories in healthcare, telemedicine, and mobile health that we have been monitoring this past week.

Virtual Reality Admitted to Children’s Hospital
According to a new report from VRJournal, pediatric cardiologists at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford are embracing the power of virtual reality.

WellDoc and the Healthy Trucking Association of America Partner to Address Diabetes in Trucking Industry
Digital health leader WellDoc and the Healthy Trucking Association of America (HTAA) announced their partnership to help truckers living with diabetes.

IdeaCrew Adds Health and Regulatory Leader to Management Team
On Wednesday, in an effort to support its growing benefits enrollment and technology-based health services business, IdeaCrew announced that Patrick Canavan, Psy.D., has joined the company as Vice President of Consulting Services.
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Avaya Aims to Drive Smarter Healthcare with Telemedicine Robot

Avaya_Telemedicine_Robot,_Brazil-9b9ce846bc8e9a61a774fadcf2dc65e6_originalProgress in the area of telemedicine has increasingly demonstrated the positive impact technology can have on the relationship between doctors, patients and healthcare institutions.

That’s the admission today from Avaya, a company that, along with its business partner Itscon, is contributing to the progress in patient care with a telemedicine robot that is built on Avaya video conferencing at a large pediatric complex in Brazil.

So how does it work?

Equipped with medical supplies and a fast-charging, two-hour battery, the telemedicine robot is free to roam through the hospital’s corridors and ICU rooms. Through the telemedicine robot, doctors at the Brazilian pediatric hospital can interact via video with U.S.-based hospital specialists and exchange information on patients’ progression — all in full HD imaging.

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TELUS Health and DOmedic Use Digital Health Technology to Improve Medication Management for Seniors

NY Attorney General Warning Seniors of mHealth ScammersMedia Announcement: TELUS Health and Groupe DOmedic, Inc., a Quebec start-up that designs high-tech products to improve medication compliance, have announced a partnership that will enable better health monitoring and improved medication management for seniors with the launch of xPill PHARMA. Offered by DOmedic to retirement homes, and connected by TELUS Health to the pharmacists through their pharmacy management solution, the technology also empowers nurses and care staff working in retirement homes to safely administer medication to patients.

“DOmedic and TELUS Health now offer a powerful integrated medication management platform that will enable retirement homes and Canadian pharmacists an optimized administering and dispensing medication cycle in compliance with traceability requirements,” said Benoît Demers, President, Groupe DOmedic, Inc. “xPill PHARMA provides patients, their families and the care teams administering the medication with peace of mind that they are receiving the correct medication, in the correct dosage, at the correct time, and administered in the correct way.”

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Virtual Reality Admitted to Children’s Hospital

hospitalAccording to a new report from VRJournal, pediatric cardiologists at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital Stanford are embracing the power of virtual reality.

The report in question indicates that the doctors at the esteemed organization are “taking inspiration from the video-game and consumer technology industries” in their work. How? By leveraging virtual reality as a “vital tool” for both providers and patients, VRJournal explains.

All told, The Virtual Reality Program at the Children’s Heart Center is “going beyond gaming with three VR projects that are already improving patients’ education, health, and hospital experience and helping physicians treat cardiac patients more effectively.”

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Football Goes High Tech with Its First Ever Robot

rogers-athletic-logo-1The Future of football has arrived and taking leagues by storm to help with safety in the sport. The seriousness of injuries has been a growing concern for many Americans who have played sports or have children currently playing sports. For instance, Recent CDC reports show that the amount of reported concussions has more than doubled in the last 10 years. The American Academy of Pediatrics has reported that emergency room visits for concussions in kids ages 8 to 13 years old has also doubled, and concussions have risen 200 percent among teens ages 14 to 19 in the last decade.

While the first hit can prove problematic, the second or third can cause permanent long-term damage.

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WellDoc and the Healthy Trucking Association of America Partner to Address Diabetes in Trucking Industry

Biotech Veteran Named New President of WellDocDigital health leader WellDoc and the Healthy Trucking Association of America (HTAA) announced their partnership to help truckers living with diabetes.

The development also corresponds with the news that WellDoc unveils its consumer diabetes health app, BlueStar C, which is designed to aid individuals living with diabetes to manage their chronic condition.

Both organizations, through this initial launch, will introduce BlueStar C to truckers and fleets at the Mid-America Trucking Show (MATS) in Louisville, Kentucky, which takes place from March 23-25.
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Connance Teams With Text-First, Mobile Patient Engagement Solution Provider

Connance Teams With Text-First, Mobile Patient Engagement Solution ProviderConnance, a leading provider of healthcare predictive analytics solutions, has partnered with CareWire, a text-first, mobile patient engagement solution provider, to integrate a new set of predictive analytics into CareWire’s HIPAA-compliant messaging platform for patients.

Connance and CareWire are piloting the solution and anticipate general release of the enhanced capabilities in Q4.

We’re told that CareWire will incorporate the Connance predictive analytics solution into its existing platform to further enhance messaging tactics and personalize interactions.
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