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IDC: Worldwide Wearables Market to Nearly Double by 2021

As the wearables market transforms, total shipment volumes are expected to maintain their forward momentum.

That’s according to data from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker.

The IDC estimates that vendors will ship a total of 125.5 million wearable devices this year, marking a 20.4% increase from the 104.3 million units shipped in 2016.
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Raintree Systems Confirms New Alliance with Physitrack

Raintree Systems, a comprehensive, single application enterprise practice management and clinical documentation tool, has just announced a strategic alliance with Physitrack — an innovative patient engagement solution provider.

This allegiance was formed, we’re told, due to the commitment each organization is making to improve how therapy is conducted in the United States.

The integration between Raintree and Physitrack will not only make Physitrack’s solution easily and conveniently available to Raintree users, but will also offer their patients an unmatched experience.

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Preferred Risk Administrators Announces Partnership with First Stop Health

According to a new announcement shared with MHW ahead of the weekend, Preferred Risk Administrators has partnered with First Stop Health to begin offering a new telemedicine service to employer groups across the county.

“Telemedicine is a service that allows a member to speak with a physician over the phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,” a provided statement adds for further color. “There is no copay, deductible, or any other out-of-pocket expense for the member to pay for using the service.”

For certain illnesses, the company says, the physician is typically able to make a diagnosis over the phone and call in a prescription directly to the member’s pharmacy of choice.
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eConsult Technology Joins the Ranks of Mainstream Telehealth Models

Safety Net Connect, a leading provider of innovative web-based healthcare technology for organizations assisting underserved populations, announced this week that “eConsult” (electronic consultation) technology – including SNC’s Converge platform, a next generation eConsult system – is gaining dynamic traction in the mainstream telehealth sector, as made evident by the overwhelming number of presentations addressing this transformative technology at last week’s CTN Telehealth Summit.

According to a provided media statement, summit discussions spanned a range of timely eConsult topics, including models of adoption, integration strategies, and success stories within a broad range of entities such as public health departments, integrated delivery networks (IDN), and Medicaid plans.

Panelists reported outcomes including specialist access within 1-2 days and over 60% of cases being resolved without the need for a face-to-face specialist visit.

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New SENSATE Stress Management Wearable Unveiled

On Tuesday morning in London, Stress management technology developer, BioSelf Technology, unveiled SENSATE – a wearable device and app that tracks and reduces stress in real-time.

So how does it work? We’re told that SENSATE is the first device to both track biometric stress markers and reduce stress levels, on the spot, giving the wearer the ability to reach meditation-like states to promote enhanced relaxation.

According to the World Health Organization, stress-related illnesses cost the UK economy tens of billions of dollars every year year.

The small, pebble-like device is placed comfortably against the chest and collects biometric data on stress markers, including heart rate, respiration, posture, temperature and mood. This data is fed back to the SENSATE app on the wearer’s smartphone, which uses proprietary algorithms to analyze the data and calculate the optimum therapeutic response of SENSATE for the wearer.

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Brother Mobile Solutions to Address New Urgency

MHW has learned that Brother Mobile Solutions will showcase its PocketJet 7 series of full-page mobile printers at the second annual Post Acute Link Care Continuum Conference to be held at the Sheraton Grand Chicago through Tuesday.

If you’re not familiar, rhe Post Acute Link Conference connects senior leadership from all four sectors of post acute care – home care, hospice, skilled nursing and senior living – with future-focused education sessions and solution partners who can help providers become highly effective participants in the new value-based care ecosystem.
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AdvancedMD Named Leader in Gartner’s FrontRunners for Mental Health Software Quadrant

Ahead of the weekend, MHW learned that AdvancedMD — a pioneer in integrated provider/patient workflow for independent medical practices — has earned a Leader spot on Gartner’s FrontRunners for Mental Health quadrant.

The Leaders quadrant includes all-around strong products, offering a wide range of functionality to a wide range of customers.

All told, more than 150 mental health EMR products were evaluated by Gartner, 23 were named FrontRunners, and five, including AdvancedMD, were placed in the Leaders quadrant.
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