September 19, 2018
Fitbit on Wednesday announced Fitbit Care. Born directly from its acquisition of Twine Health earlier this year, Fitbit Care is a connected health platform for health plans, employers, and health systems.
Utilizing Fitbit’s wearable devices, Fitbit Care combined health coaching and virtual care to help improve disease management and prevention by leveraging Twine’s health coaching services.
September 10, 2018
Major electronic health record systems vendors are pretty innovative companies when it comes to keeping their products up to date with the changing requirements of delivering healthcare at health systems, hospitals and group practices.
But there is only so much big companies can do, and further, sometimes the perspective from an innovative upstart developer can shed light on new features and...
South Shore Hospital in Weymouth, Massachusetts, is part of the South Shore Health System. Credit: Google Maps
September 7, 2018
Boston's South Shore Health System was facing some challenges with five affiliated OB/GYN physician groups across 40 referring physicians: patient confusion, missed revenue, and negatively impacted Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems scores.
To overcome these challenges, South Shore built a smartphone app. Using "app-as-a-service" technology and specialized blueprints...
Screensnaps of Whats App, iMessage and Facebook Messenger.
August 30, 2018
A majority of UK National Health Service trusts have no official policies to discourage the use of consumer messaging apps such as WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger among clinicians and staff, according to a new CommonTime report.
The study found that despite the clear privacy risks posed by those apps, many trusts also don't provide other more secure alternatives for staff to use.
This is just...
July 4, 2018
UK Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt has announced a new NHS app that will put patients in control of their healthcare and will be available to everyone in England in December 2018.
The new NHS app, which was a key feature of Hunt’s speech to NHS Expo last year, will give patients access to their GP record, enable them to order repeat prescriptions, and access 111 online.
Patients will also be able to...
May 11, 2018
HIMSS Innovator in Residence Adam Culbertson and Brent Hicks, senior director of clinical solutions at the Cleveland Clinic, discuss the opportunities and challenges to tying EHR data with new applications.
December 8, 2017
Alder Hey Children’s NHS Foundation Trust has introduced a new app that uses gaming and augmented reality in a drive to improve patient care through digital.
Children can choose and name their very own avatar which can then help them understand their hospital visit in order to keep them calm during their stay, using a ‘reward’ system after procedures that allows them to access additional...
September 19, 2017
Billed as a "digital health studio," the newly-launched Doctella aims to help healthcare organizations develop patient-facing apps quickly, easily and inexpensively.
Doctella CEO Amer Haider – who co-founded Doctella with his brother, Brigham & Women's Hospital surgeon and public health researcher Adil Haider, MD, and Peter Pronovost, MD, director of the Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety...
September 8, 2017
With Hurricane Irma bearing down on Florida and the surrounding islands, those caught in the path of the destructive category 5 storm may feel like they need to reach out and talk to someone, particularly if they have a health issue that needs immediate attention. Luckily, a number of health plans realize this and are offering help lines and other support as Irma cuts a swath through the American...
September 6, 2017
Update: A previous version of this post included out-of-date information from an older draft of Talkspace's press release.
Online therapy company Talkspace is now flush with $31 million in new financing. Qumra Capital, an Israel-based growth stage fund, led the Series C round and was joined by existing investors Norwest Venture Partners, Spark Capital, SoftBank, Compound Ventures, and FirstTime...