Healthcare IT news - Mobile and Wireless

Healthcare IT news - Mobile and Wireless (83)

Healthcare IT news - Mobile and Wireless

UPMC Partners with Vivify Health for Mobile Population Health and Chronic Care Management

UPMC is partnering with Vivify Health as a customer of and investor in its mobile population health solutions to remotely care for patients.

Vivify Health's technology is used by the nation's largest health organizations, representing more than 500 hospitals and payers, to efficiently manage, monitor and engage patient populations of all sizes and risk levels. Founded in 2009, Vivify was the first company to offer a Cloud-based solution for mobile population health and chronic care management using any consumer mobile device.

"After an extensive evaluation of a number of companies, Vivify Health clearly stood out to us as the one best aligned to deliver patient-centered remote care across UPMC's integrated payer/provider system," said Tal Heppenstall, President of UPMC Enterprises, the commercialization arm of UPMC which led the Vivify investment.  "As we deliver care under an increasingly risk-based reimbursement model, we are excited to become a customer, development partner and investor in Vivify's scalable population health management technology. Backing this kind of innovation to solve critical healthcare problems is at the heart of our mission at UPMC Enterprises."

Uniquely positioned for true population health management

Vivify Health solutions enable insurance and provider organizations to conduct virtual care visits, communicate seamlessly with patients and members, and remotely monitor any patient population, such as those with chronic illnesses. The solutions are tailored to patients of all levels of technology expertise, from an "instant-on" health kit for consumers with limited or no technology experience, to a bring-your-own-device (BYOD) solution for those who prefer to use their own devices, such as smartphones and tablets.

"Vivify's remote monitoring and communication technology is essential to making patients true partners in their care and providing the right services when and where they need them, increasingly at home," said Andrew Watson, MD, UPMC's Medical Director of Telemedicine and Vice President of UPMC International. "As an integrated healthcare delivery and financing system, we are focused on keeping patients well and out of the hospital, and that can happen only with affordable, easy-to-use technology like Vivify's."

Such flexibility to conform to the consumer's unique needs and comfort level has contributed to outcomes that Vivify reports with other customers, such as reducing readmissions by 65 percent, improving return on investment by 144 percent and achieving patient compliance and satisfaction rates well over 95 percent.

UPMC joins growing roster of customer investors

Vivify Health's other investors include several of the nation's largest health systems and health plans, including over 700 hospitals represented by Heritage Group and Ascension Ventures, followed by LabCorp and Envision Health.

As day-to-day users, customer-investors like UPMC take an active role in the continued development of the Vivify Health platform and the company's strategic direction. To that end, Brenton Burns, Executive Vice President of UPMC Enterprises, will join the Vivify Health board of directors. Enterprises' experienced product development team in Pittsburgh will also work with Vivify to enhance its solutions and to deploy them effectively across UPMC's vast system which covers virtually every aspect of care, including not only hospitals and physician offices but rehabilitation and senior living facilities.

"We are honored to partner with UPMC, one of the nation's most prestigious health systems, to advance its mission to provide outstanding patient care and shape tomorrow's healthcare with innovative population health technology," said Eric Rock, Vivify Health CEO. "We look forward to helping UPMC achieve unprecedented outcomes for its patients as part of its commitment to patient-centered, affordable care."


Healthcare Technology Magazine News: CTIA-The Wireless Association® Statement After Testifying Before the House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology

WASHINGTON, D.C. – After testifying on “Promoting Broadband, Jobs and Economic Growth through Commercial Spectrum Auctions” before the U.S. House Energy & Commerce Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, CTIA-The Wireless Association® Vice President Chris Guttman-McCabe issued the following statement: “As I stated in my testimony this afternoon, there are a number of benefits that auctioning more spectrum for the U.S. wireless industry would provide for America and Americans. This includes billions of dollars in revenue for the U.S. Treasury and increasing access to wireless Internet for millions of consumers across the country. In addition, some economists have stated that the wireless industry’s investment in next generation wireless technologies could create as many as 200,000 jobs, which doesn’t include positions in adjacent fields that increasingly rely on wireless technology such as healthcare, energy, education and transportation.



Bethany Christian Care Improves Resident Safety And Care With Amcom Software's Communications Solution

Fusion system from Amcom Software's Commtech Wireless division detects alerts from residents' bedside and sends them immediately to the right caregivers on their Cisco Wi-Fi phones Solution helps progressive facility improve response times, allowing Bethany Christian Care to meet its goals and aged care regulations Perth, Western Australia – June 7, 2011 – Amcom Software, Inc. today announced that Queensland-based aged care provider Bethany Christian Care has improved their responsiveness to resident calls for assistance by using Amcom Software's Commtech Fusion middleware.


New Report on “The Market For Mobile Application Development Services – Selling The Spades For The App Gold Diggers”

How can mobile app developers take advantage of the US$100 billion app development market?

Breaking Healthcare IT News 13/7/2011, Berlin, July 13th 2011 – The market for mobile app development services is already twice as big as the app download market, and is still growing. For application developers this represents a unique opportunity to generate business, not by developing their own apps, but by providing sought-after services to 3rd parties.

What average daily rates, average margins and development periods can developers and clients expect? How can developers reduce outsourcing costs? Which platforms offer the best business opportunities? The answers to these pressing app development questions are in the new report “The Market For Mobile Application Development Services” by research2guidance. The publication is interesting for IT service companies, app developers, app publishers and app store providers, as well as consultants and will allow readers to access the market strategically.


Hospice Provider Increases Productivity and Improves Patient Care with BlackBerry and CellTrak

Breaking Healthcare IT and technology news, Schaumburg, IL (July 13, 2011) - Hospice of Baton Rouge is a nonprofit organization providing medical care and grief counseling to people in the final stages of a terminal illness. Of the hospice’s 60 staff, half are nurses, chaplains, social workers and certified nurse’s assistants (CNAs) who care for patients in their homes within a 50 mile radius of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. This interdisciplinary healthcare team serves approximately 800 patients and their families per year.


FDA Proposes Health 'App' Guidelines

Want to know how a medication might affect your breast milk? Got a question about a disability, aging, mental health? There’s an app for all that—and a whole lot more. The variety and availability of smartphone applications—or apps—have exploded in recent years as multi-tasking consumers increasingly use their phones to keep up with the latest on news, finance, and health.


Sensei Health Hub Revolutionizes Health Resource Delivery

With the release of the Sensei mHealth Home, industry leader Sensei, Inc. revolutionizes delivery of health resources and benefits with their integrated, cloud-based delivery system.

Sensei, Inc., a leader in healthcare and mHealth, announces the release of the Sensei mHealth Home™, a personal health cloud for all health resources and benefits information at a user’s fingertips. This cloud-based system allows personalized interaction of integrated health information and services from any source. Health plans, government agencies, employers, hospital systems and ACO’s (at risk hospital physician partnerships) will spend more than $200 billion prompting better health and health benefit choices including telephonic coaching, 1-800 call centers, generic web content, email, printed material and texting.


CellTrak adds to Executive Leadership Team

CellTrak have announced the addition of Kristin Hackney to its executive leadership team. Kris has been appointed to the new role as Vice President Partner and Market Development. In this new role Kris will be reporting directly to the President and CEO of CellTrak Technologies, Inc, Michael K. Wons, and will be a member of the CellTrak Executive Leadership team.



As one of the industry’s fastest growing home health care organizations, Infinity Home Health Services has a reputation for being a forerunner in the use of new technology. Guided by a mission to constantly enhance patient service by streamlining administrative processes, Infinity quickly recognized the opportunities inherent in using the Apple iPad* in conjunction with their existing Procura home health care software solution.


CellTrak Announces: Home Health and Hospice Leader Completes Successful Implementation of Mobile Solution for Compliant Aide Documentation


CellTrak Announces: Home Health and Hospice Leader Completes Successful Implementation of Mobile Solution for Compliant Aide Documentation
  • St. Francis Home Health & Hospice Implements CellTrak Home Health and Hospice Leader Completes Successful Implementation of Mobile Solution for Compliant Aide Documentation.


St. Francis Healthcare System of Hawaii is one of the largest providers of non-hospital care in the state, offering a growing number of world-class specialty healthcare programs since 1978. Sponsored by the Sisters of St. Francis of the Neumann Communities, it is the only Catholic healthcare system in Hawaii. The organization carries on the legacy of St. Marianne Cope and the Sisters of St. Francis, who came to the Islands in 1883 to care for those afflicted with Hansens disease. While remaining true to its roots, St. Francis Healthcare System is a forward-looking and places a strong emphasis on healthcare innovation.

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