What’s Your Patient Engagement Strategy?

I like to ask people from health systems, most of them from the IT side, about their patient engagement or digital engagement strategy. It’s interesting to hear how systems think about digital engagement considering the buzz and hype it is getting from vendors and pundits.

My unscientific opinion is that very few systems have anything resembling a patient engagement strategy. Despite getting so much attention, most healthcare delivery organizations aren’t preparing for patient engagement.

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Digital Health Joins The Fight Against Parkinson’s

The Michael J. Fox Foundation announces that it is partnering with Intel on a new project that will outfit Parkinson’s patients with smartwatches made by Intel’s recently acquired activity tracker business, Basis.  Michael J. Fox launched his foundation in 2000, after being diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease at just 30 years old. The foundation has grown to become the leading nonprofit funder of Parkinson’s research in the world, with $350 million invested to date.

Digital Health Joins The Fight Against Parkinson’s

In its latest project, Parkinson’s patients involved with clinical trials will be outfitted with Basis activity trackers and a custom smartphone app. The Basis watch records physical activity, sleep patterns, heart rate, and a variety of other metrics useful to researchers. The trackers will pair with an app that will allow users to record medication intake as well as symptoms, such as tremors and impaired memory.

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Validic Raises $5 Million Series A To Expand Digital Health Integration Engine

Durham, NC-based digital health startup Validic closes a $5 million Series A round co-led by Greycroft Partners and SJF Ventures. SJF is a returning investor, after leading Validic’s $1.25 million seed round in March of this year. In total, Validic has raised just north of $7 million in venture funding since its 2010 launch.

Validic Raises $5 Million Series A To Expand Digital Health Integration Engine

The rate at which Validic is burning through its investment funding might be of concern to some, considering that the company is closing a multi-million dollar round just on the heels of its million-dollar seed round in March, but the startup has good reason for needing fresh capital. In July, with just $2 million in funding under its belt, Validic acquired Infometers, one of its key competitors. The acquisition brought additional technical capabilities, an influx of new employees that were already familiar with the emerging industry, and a presence on the west coast to complement its Durham, NC headquarters.

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Apple Pushes Deeper Into Traditional Healthcare With New HealthKit Partnerships

Reuters reports on a number of emerging partnerships in the works between Apple and several major healthcare and health IT entities as the company ramps up preparations for the launch of its HealthKit data aggregation platform.

HealthKit was originally unveiled in June at the 2014 Worldwide Developer Conference. It was introduced as a developer tool that would operate as a central data repository, storing any health data generated by third-party apps and then sharing the data with any other health apps that had a use for it. When the concept was introduced, it was presented in conjunction with two key early partnerships, Mayo Clinic and Epic Systems. Mayo is developing a HealthKit-enabled app that will push patient-specific health information to users as new health data is entered into the HealthKit platform.  Epic Systems is building integration points between its popular EHR platform and the Apple HealthKit app, ultimately allowing users to share chronic disease management metrics, like glucose readings, BMI, and blood pressure, with their local care providers.

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TelePharm Raises $2.5 Million To Bring Telehealth To Rural Pharmacies

Iowa City, IA-based digital health startup TelePharm announces that it has closed a $2.5 million Series A funding round led by angel investors John Pappajohn, president and founder of VC tech firm Pappajohn Capital Resources, and Bruce Rastetter, and with additional participation from Built By Iowa, an equity fund designed to provide seed funding to local Iowa startups. TelePharm is also participating in Rock Health’s current accelerator class in San Francisco.

TelePharm Raises $2.5 Million To Bring Telehealth To Rural Pharmacies

TelePharm is helping rural pharmacies stay solvent by reducing the need for full-time, on-site pharmacists at every location. It’s TelePharmacy platform connects rural pharmacies staffed by pharmacy technicians with remote pharmacists who can verifying medications and direct operations across multiple retail locations. The pharmacist and pharmacy tech communicate through secure chat or audio/video connections, and the prescription verification process is built directly into the pharmacist’s workflow. The platform also provides local patients a virtual counseling service that improves patient to pharmacist communication by letting patients ask questions from home, after they’ve read any medication instructions and when they are most likely to realize they have unresolved questions. At that point, patients can initiate a conversation with the pharmacist through a secure web app to get any clarification needed or to discuss unforeseen side effects.

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Twitter Analytics Project HealthMap Outperforming WHO in Ebola Tracking

HealthMap, a collaborative data analytics project launched in 2006 between Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, has been quietly tracking the recent Ebola outbreak in Western Africa with notable accuracy, beating the World Health Organization’s own tracking efforts by two weeks in some instances.

Twitter Analytics Project HealthMap Outperforming WHO in Ebola Tracking

HealthMap aggregates information from a variety of online sources to plot real-time disease outbreaks. Currently, the platform analyzes data from the World Health Organization, Google News, and GeoSentinel, a global disease tracking platform that tracks major geography changes in diseases carried through travelers, foreign visitors, and immigrants. The analytics project also got a new source of feeder-data this February when Twitter announced that the HealthMap project had been selected as a Twitter Data Grant recipient, which gives the 45 epidemiologists working on the project access to the “fire hose” of unfiltered data generated from Twitter’s 500 million daily tweets.

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News 8/8/14

Practice Fusion acquires Ringadoc, which offers an after hours call service for providers. I have a few friends that use Ringadoc and seem to like it, at least after using for about six months. Ringadoc will be integrated into Practice Fusion’s EHR product, though it already announced a year ago that it had integrated with Practice Fusion’s API. The CEO of Practice Fusion, Ryan Howard, was one of the seed/angel investors for Ringadoc. Howard was also one of the co-founders of 100Plus, the behavioral change app that was also acquired by Practice Fusion.

News 8/8/14

Figure1, which some call “Instagram for doctors,” announces a $4 million Series A. The round is led by well known VCs Union Square Ventures (USV). Figure1 is based in Toronto and has pretty impressive stats – 125,000 registered users and 60,000 comments. I wonder how those engagement metrics compares with Doximity? If we’re following the non-health social networks, Doximity will be acquiring Figure1 relatively soon.

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Apple’s iOS 8 Beta Release Introduces New Health Features

 

Apple unveiled iOS 8 at its World Wide Developers Conference in June this year, where it announced that the new version would see a general release sometime this fall. Since then, app developers have been given early access to the platform so they can begin updating their apps to take advantage of the new features that iOS 8 will bring. This week, Apple released an update to the iOS 8 developer platform and digital health programmers immediately noted that the version was packed with new previously undisclosed health features.

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