Personal Connected Health Alliance, WEGO Health Strive to Advance Patient-Driven Innovation

The Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHAlliance), a nonprofit organization formed by HIMSS, and WEGO Health, a Boston-based digital health company, today announced a new strategic partnership to strengthen collaboration between connected health companies and freelance experts drawn from the patient and caregiver community.

According to the details shared with MHW via email on Tuesday, The partnership will accelerate patient-focused innovation by deploying the expertise of patient experts who bring both professional skills and personal health experience.

“PCHAlliance and WEGO Health share a commitment to ensuring that connected health solutions are designed not just for patients, but with patients,” said Patty Mechael, PhD, executive vice president, PCHAlliance. “We believe we can support our members by helping them quickly discover vetted experts from the patient community who have the skills and experience to serve as consultants and who can be hired on-demand through the WEGO Health Experts platform.”

Companies that participate in the PCHAlliance are among the world’s leading developers of connected medical devices and apps that are aimed at improving patient care. Members include global technology and life sciences companies such as Intel Corporation, Roche and Qualcomm Life, as well as early stage digital health companies such as Propel Health, Get Real Health and Numedics. While worldwide adoption of connected devices continues to increase, studies show persistent challenges in patient adoption, including high abandonment rates and reduced impacts on long-term behavior.

“We see tremendous opportunities for connected health companies to bring patient expertise into every stage of these companies’ life cycles, to ensure that apps and devices are co-designed, managed and adopted by the intended end users,” said Jack Barrette, WEGO Health’s founder and chief executive officer. “PCHAlliance members are on the bleeding edge of digital health technology and they need a low-friction way to find and collaborate with the early adopters on the patient side.”

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