Adventist Health, Rideout Health Finalize Affiliation Agreement

Adventist Health — a non-profit integrated health system serving more than 75 communities on the West Coast and Hawaii — joined with Rideout Health this week in announcing that they have finalized an affiliation agreement.

Rideout Health is a non-profit community health system based in Marysville, Calif., with an acute care hospital, clinics and ancillary services located throughout Yuba and Sutter Counties.

We’re told that the affiliation is subject to final regulatory approvals which are expected by early 2018.

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Covenant Health Aiming to ‘Transform Elder Care’ Through Telemedicine Technology

Covenant Health, a regional Catholic health delivery network and leader in values-based, not-for-profit healthcare, has introduced telemedicine technology at four of its skilled nursing facilities in New England.

TripleCare, a telemedicine platform designed for skilled nursing facilities (SNF), is enhancing care delivery and reducing hospital admissions at Covenant skilled nursing facilities in Maine (St. Mary’s d’Youville Pavilion-Lewiston) and the Greater Boston area (Mary Immaculate-Lawrence, St. Joseph Manor-Brockton and Maristhill-Waltham).

TripleCare’s virtual technology and services enables Covenant’s on-site nurses to connect seamlessly with highly-trained physicians to diagnose and treat patients during hours when physicians are typically not on site. Evenings, weekends and holidays are the times when hospital transfers most often occur. The virtual bedside visits allow TripleCare physicians to discern efficiently if patients need to be transported or can be treated in place.

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Grant helps UA’s Southwest Telehealth Resource Center

Helping health-care providers connect with patients in some of the most underserved areas of the Southwest is the mission of the Southwest Telehealth Resource Center (SWTRC), which recently received a $975,000 cooperative agreement grant from the federal Office for the Advancement of Telehealth, a division of the U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).

That’s the official word emailed to MHW, noting that the grant will fund the SWTRC from Sept. 1 through August 2020.

One of only 14 telehealth resource centers in the United States, the SWTRC was established in 2009 under the aegis of the Arizona Telemedicine Program, headquartered at the University of Arizona College of Medicine – Tucson. The SWTRC offers telehealth services to providers in Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah and Nevada.

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Fruit Street Health Hires Rachel Neifeld

Fruit Street Health, the first telehealth provider of the CDC’s Diabetes Prevention Program, has hired Rachel Neifeld RD CDE to lead their digital diabetes prevention program efforts.

If you’re not familiar, Fruit Street enables the delivery of the CDC’s Diabetes Prevention Program via group video conferencing telehealth visits using registered dietitians.

Patients are also issued a wireless scale, Fitbit, and can take photos of their food in a mobile application as part of the program.

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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.

AdvancedMD to Highlight Role of Practice Automation at MGMA17
MHW learned Thursday that AdvancedMD — a pioneer in cloud technology for physician practices — will showcase the benefits of automating the practice’s clinical and administrative workflows with cloud-based integrated technology at the MGMA Annual Conference in Anaheim, California.

MyTelemedicine CEO Tapped for Elite Program
Rey Colon, founder and CEO of MyTelemedicine, has been selected to participate in the upcoming fall cohort of the Stanford Latino Entrepreneurship Initiative (SLEI).

First Look: Medecision Acquires AxisPoint Health’s Platform Business
Medecision, a category leader in population health management solutions for risk-bearing entities, tells MHW today that the company has acquired north of 50 clients from AxisPoint Health.

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CorSense Aims to Optimize Health and Fitness Without Wearables

Things have kicked into high gear for CorSense thanks to a new Kickstarter campaign.

We’re told that CorSense raised $100,000 globally in 48 hours on Kickstarter.

The device is the brainchild of Elite HRV, creators of the largest heart rate variability (HRV) app and platform.

If you’re not familiar, CorSense is an HRV sensor that slips onto your fingertip and helps optimize nutrition, training, recovery, sleep and stress without any need for continuous wearables.

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IDC: Double-Digit Gains Ahead for Wearables

No signs of slowing. That’s according to a new report from IDC regarding the future of wearables.

International Data Corporation (IDC) expects the popularity of wrist-worn devices – including watches and wrist bands – will continue to drive the wearables market forward. Meanwhile, lesser-known wearable products, such as clothing and earwear, will experience market-beating growth in the years to come.

According to a new IDC Worldwide Quarterly Wearable Device Tracker forecast, vendors will ship a total of 121.7 million wearable devices this year, marking a 16.6% increase from the 104.4 million units shipped in 2016. The wearables market is forecast to maintain this pace of growth with shipments reaching 229.5 million units in 2021, resulting in a five-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 17.2%.

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