mHealth News: What You Need to Know

Here are some of the top stories in healthcare, telemedicine, and mobile health that we have been monitoring this past week.

Amalgam Rx Partners with UCB for New Digital Health Solution
MHW can confirm that Allay Rx — a subsidiary of Amalgam Rx, Inc. — a leading digital therapeutics company, has cemented a partnership on a comprehensive behavioral and patient support program, BEYOND, for patients living with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.

First Look: Tabula Rasa HealthCare Named Best Performing IPO Among Top 50 Digital Health Companies in 2017
MHW has learned that Tabula Rasa HealthCare, Inc., a healthcare technology company advancing the field of medication safety, was named by Rock Health as the best performing IPO among digital health companies in 2017.

Avizia Becomes Nation’s First Telehealth Provider to Earn URAC’s Telehealth Accreditation
MHW learned this week that Avizia has become the nation’s first telehealth provider to earn URAC’s telehealth accreditation.

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First Look: Progress Releases Progress Health Cloud Built on a HIPAA-Compliant Platform

Progress, a leading provider of application development and deployment technologies, recently announced the availability of Progress Health Cloud, the first and only enterprise health cloud that fully integrates industry leading frontend, backend and data connectivity technologies into a serverless and HIPAA-compliant platform for quickly creating apps to drive patient engagement and better healthcare outcomes.

Today, the healthcare industry rates among the lowest of all industries in customer experience scores, according to the Temkin Group.

With the advancements in digital business, healthcare providers, insurance payers, pharmaceutical companies and medical device companies need to act like other consumer-facing businesses, delivering high quality, engaging digital experiences that will improve patient care and drive better healthcare outcomes.

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Philips Expands Population Health Management Business

Ahead of the weekend, MHW learned that Royal Philips — a global leader in health technology — has acquired VitalHealth, a leading provider of cloud-based population health management solutions for the delivery of personalized care outside of the hospital, for example, in regional care networks.
We’re told that VitalHealth’s products and services are being used by more than 100 healthcare networks in various countries including the US, India, China, Sweden, Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands.

The company was founded in 2006 by Mayo Clinic and Noaber Foundation (the Netherlands) and employs approximately 200 employees.

Financial details of the transaction were not disclosed.

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Amalgam Rx Partners with UCB for New Digital Health Solution

MHW can confirm that Allay Rx — a subsidiary of Amalgam Rx, Inc. — a leading digital therapeutics company, has cemented a partnership on a comprehensive behavioral and patient support program, BEYOND, for patients living with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis.

BEYOND is a mobile application and provides patients with a trusted source of information, tools, and support. The app is designed to help people living with psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis reduce stress and improve resilience while living and dealing with the physical and psychological burden of the diseases.

Psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis are chronic auto-immune conditions affecting millions of people globally. Stress can be a common trigger for many patients living with these diseases because it increases inflammation, which can worsen symptoms and cause new flare-ups. Growing evidence indicates that the same processes that trigger inflammation in psoriatic disease also creates changes in the brain that affect emotional states. A study published in the journal Archives of Dermatology found that those living with psoriasis have a 39 percent greater risk of being diagnosed with depression and a 31 percent risk of anxiety than those without the disease.

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First Look: Tabula Rasa HealthCare Named Best Performing IPO Among Top 50 Digital Health Companies in 2017

MHW has learned that Tabula Rasa HealthCare, Inc., a healthcare technology company advancing the field of medication safety, was named by Rock Health as the best performing IPO among digital health companies in 2017.

According to a provided release to media, the Rock Health announcement released December 4 stated: “Tabula Rasa HealthCare provides at-risk healthcare organizations technology and services to optimize medication regimens with the goal of reducing hospitalizations, lowering costs, and mitigating risk. Tabula Rasa stock is up 140% based on YTD growth, which is the largest percent increase among public digital health companies in 2017.”

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Tivity Health and Linkwell Health Recognized for Efforts to Engage Seniors through Digital Platform

Tivity Health, Inc., a leading provider of fitness and health improvement programs for older adults, and Linkwell Health, a leading digital content marketing company serving health organizations, took home top honors for their digital health engagement program, winning the gold award for Best Overall Content Solution at the 2017 Pearl Awards on December 7.

If you’re not famialir, The Pearl Awards recognize and reward exceptional content marketers and companies that are demonstrating creativity, innovation, and best-in-class results.

In 2016, Tivity Health partnered with Linkwell Health and global digital agency Isobar to transform the consumer experience and increase awareness of SilverSneakers through our social media presence and broader marketing strategy.

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Worcester Polytechnic Institute and University of Connecticut Researchers Create App to Cut Down on Overeating

Researchers at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) and the University of Connecticut (UConn) are collaborating on a smartphone app aimed at helping users manage their overeating challenges in three key ways: by tracking eating patterns, providing interventions, and helping change behavior. The app—and its distinctive methodology—showed tremendous promise in an early pilot study.

A paper on the research was recently presented at the annual symposium for the American Medical Informatics Association, a nonprofit organization that focuses on the development of information technology to benefit healthcare. The WPI/UConn research report noted that a user study of 16 participants, all over the age of 18, overweight, and not necessarily trying to lose weight, showed positive results. At the end of the month-long pilot, nine of the participants lost an average of five pounds, three weighed the same, and four gained an average of two pounds.

The paper’s co-authors include the project’s principal investigators: Bengisu Tulu, associate professor in WPI’s Foisie Business School; Carolina Ruiz, associate professor of computer science at WPI; and Sherry Pagoto, professor of allied health sciences at the University of Connecticut and director of UConn’s Center for mHealth and Social Media.

The research team’s three-pronged approach is an important differentiator in a crowded marketplace. According to a 2017 report in the International Journal of Obesity, there are nearly 29,000 weight-related apps on the market, with most focused only on tracking physical activity, calories, and body weight. The drawback with most weight-loss apps is that they are burdensome to use and don’t focus on actually trying to change the user’s behavior.

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