Emanate Wireless Launches PowerPath Temp, Revolutionizes Healthcare Refrigeration Monitoring

Emanate Wireless Chief Executive Officer Neil Diener announced today the launch of the company's newest solution, PowerPath Temp, a healthcare refrigeration-monitoring device Diener says will be "a game-changer in the healthcare industry."

"Today's devices monitor the temperature of refrigerators and let healthcare industry employees know when temperatures fall out of spec," Diener explained. "Our newest device, PowerPath Temp, monitors AC power in addition to temperature parameters. That means it's capable of notifying healthcare workers before there's a problem."

For the healthcare industry, this new product represents an opportunity to preserve often-expensive or even irreplaceable products like pharmaceuticals, vaccines, or human organs and tissues requiring a constant temperature for storage.

By monitoring the AC power current, PowerPath Temp from Emanate Wireless can detect laboring compressors and notify maintenance personnel before refrigeration fails. Notification is accomplished via a browser-based dashboard or mobile application. In this manner, the devices from Emanate Wireless are capable of saving thousands of dollars — or of saving lives.

"Imagine having to explain to an organ or tissue recipient that a donated product has spoiled," said Diener. "Now imagine never having to. That's the difference this new product will make for some people. We couldn't be more proud to bring it to market, and I couldn't be more proud of our engineering team for creating it."

PowerPath is easily installed without any particular, mechanical expertise. It mounts on the side of a healthcare or pharmaceutical refrigerator or freezer and gets plugged-in between the refrigerator or freezer's plug and an AC outlet. Its temperature probe gets inserted from the back of the refrigerator or freezer's plug or behind the door seal.

In addition to temperature and AC power status, PowerPath Temp can monitor other conditions, such as whether a door has been left ajar — another condition that can lead to ruin for healthcare providers. The device includes a rechargeable, lifetime battery and Wi-Fi technology. It also features low-energy Bluetooth technology to communicate to the PowerPath mobile application.

An Ohio company, Emanate Wireless invents, engineers and manufactures real-time location and asset monitoring solutions for the healthcare industry.

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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."

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Procura Attains Mobile Milestone Topping 3 Million Mobile Healthcare Visits

The Procura Group of Companies announced today that a new record has been achieved with their industry leading mobile healthcare solution securing their position as the most successful provider of mobile community and home care services worldwide.

Today, the Procura Mobile platform has successfully supported the delivery of 3.4 million visits. Additionally, the growth in mobile device use on the Procura platform is growing faster than any other mobile solutions with 1 million visits served every three months. This is forecasted to increase to 1 million visits per month by 2015. The Procura Mobile platform has been in use globally since 2011 providing a mobile solution for home and community care providers across the globe. As the innovators in mobile, Procura continues to bring great technology that allows providers perform their care in the home through the convenience of a mobile device. The Procura Mobile platform supports healthcare visits across a wide range of devices, form factors and operating systems.

"Procura has always seen the use of mobile devices as a critical component in the delivery of the vision of Population Healthcare Management," stated Scott Overhill, CEO The Procura Group of Companies. "Our dedication to blending technology across the continuum of care reflects our vision of healthcare to focus the right tool for the right purpose. As an example, our smart phone solution is ideal for personal support services and routine nursing visits."

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Tech-Savvy Seniors Seek Digital Tools to Manage Health

With an estimated 3.5 million U.S. citizens a year expected to reach 65 years-old through 20231, there is more focus on the growing number of tech-savvy seniors (57 percent) who are seeking digital options for managing their health services remotely, according to a new Accenture (NYSE:ACN) survey.

Although many seniors want access to healthcare technology, such as virtual physician consultations (42 percent) and self-serve tools (62 percent) like online appointment scheduling, research shows only a third of healthcare providers currently offer such capabilities.

The growing population of seniors are active online users, as documented by the Pew Internet & American Life Project that shows Internet use between 2000 to 2012 tripled for those 65 and older and doubled among those 50-64 years-old. Accenture’s analysis shows at least three-fourths of Medicare recipients access the Internet, at least once a day, for email (91 percent) or to conduct online searches (73 percent) and a third access social media sites, such as Facebook, at least once a week.

“Just as seniors are turning to the Internet for banking, shopping, entertainment and communications, they also expect to handle certain aspects of their healthcare services online,” said Jill Dailey, managing director of payer strategy, Accenture Health. “What this means for providers and health plans is that they’ll need to expand their digital options if they want to attract older patients and help them track and manage their care outside their doctor’s office.”

Two-thirds of seniors (67 percent) surveyed say that access to their health information is important, but only 28 percent currently have full access to their electronic health records. Similarly, 70 percent of those surveyed believe it’s important to be able to request prescription refills electronically, but, fewer than half (46 percent) say they can do so today. And, the majority (58 percent) want to be able to email healthcare providers, but only 15 percent say they currently have that capability.

“As the digitally engaged senior patient population continues to grow, healthcare systems need to consider the role the Internet can play in making healthcare more convenient for patients of all ages at every touch point,” Dailey added.

1 U.S. Census Bureau: 2011 Estimate of Older Population in the United States, November 2012.

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Mobile Solution Product Family Offers Hospice Leader Choice

Hospice by the Bay Completes Implementation of CellTrak TimeManager™ for Nursing Staff.

Hospice by the Bay focuses on dignity, comfort and quality of life. As the second oldest hospice in the United States, they have the knowledge and expertise to guide and support you. With a specially trained team they offer personalized care wherever someone may call home. Focused on helping patients and families prepare and cope physically, emotionally and spiritually. Hospice by the Bay also provides additional services to the community, including grief counseling and training in end-of-life care. The overall goal of hospice care during a terminal illness is compassionate care and comfort rather than a cure. Managing this crucial point in a person’s life relies heavily on creating a seamless communication, a seamless delivery of service, and a seamless engagement and comfort of the patient.

To easily meet those goals and manage patient care, it was essential to utilize a simple to use and simple to deploy mobile healthcare technology. With a dedicated focus to maximize information exchange among different care providers enabled with successful collaboration and outcomes, CellTrak offered Hospice by The Bay a mobile technology solution product family. Hospice by the Bay first implemented VisitManager for their aides to capture data and the point of care and interface back into the electronic medical record (EMR) provider, Suncoast Solutions. The CellTrak VisitManager seamlessly interfaces to the system and allowed for aides to access schedules and care plans. Recently, they found another need for their nurses to have better accountability and safety, eliminate paper work, and reduce