SeamlessMD

Appointments, post-surgery instructions, and quality analytics are a touchscreen away with SeamlessMD, an app-based interactive navigator for surgical patients. SeamlessMD replaces paper-based patient instructions with an interactive, personal navigator that delivers surgical-care data via smartphone, tablet, or the Web. Pre- and post-operative modules provide text-message appointment reminders and track surgical complications and recovery. Analytics help providers screen for interventions and compare quality indicators across departments and over time.
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July 1st, 2015
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Pingmd

Healthcare workers can engage with patients through pingmd, a mobile app that provides a “safe harbor” for referrals, transitions, and discharge instructions. Providers manage referrals and care transitions through two-way messaging, calling, and videochat capabilities. Care teams can share patient data, use images and videos for quick consults, and send timely information for referrals and interventions.
 

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July 1st, 2015
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GetWellNetwork

GetWellNetwork shares patient education, medication, and discharge information on an open platform, accessible via smartphone, tablet, or TV. Patients manage chronic conditions and providers streamline transitions to avoid readmissions. GetWellNetwork integrates with provider portals to engage patients and improve outcomes.
 
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July 1st, 2015
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Care at Hand

Elder Services of Merrimack Valley, in Lawrence, MA, reduced 30-day readmissions by nearly 40% with Care at Hand, a mobile care coordination technology that measures impact on admissions by disease state. Care at Hand helps to prevent readmissions by deploying nursing staff skills to maximum efficiency. The platform-agnostic app provides quality patient indicators and billing data, and can be accessed via smartphone, tablet, and laptop.
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July 1st, 2015
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Vocera Care Experience

Vocera Care Experience takes a multitier approach to readmission reduction, combining patient engagement, communication, and care coordination in a single app. Touchscreen technology includes prearrival communication for scheduled appointments, care rounds to measure patient experience in real time, discharge instructions, follow up care, business analytics, and hospital updates. It can help hospitals improve patient satisfaction and outcomes, increase efficiencies, and decrease the cost of care.
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July 1st, 2015
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The focus on preventing hospital-acquired infections has led to another problem: surfaces that are wearing out from repeated cleaning. One company has created a new plastic material that can stand up to harsh disinfectants.

Marie Thibault

RTP tested materials for chemical resistance by putting tensile bars of the materials under strain, applying chemicals every 24 hours, and allowing the bars to dry and oxidize over 96 hours.

Hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) are a big problem for healthcare, with a CDC survey finding that about 1 in 25 hospital patients get a HAI. Clinics and hospitals have reacted to those fear-inducing statistics with thorough...

July 1st, 2015
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HealthySteps

HealthySteps, an app from Washington-based InfieldHealth—named one of this year’s top innovative health companies by The Journal of mHealth—guides patients, pre- and post-surgery. The app’s custom care plans, based on patient data, predict recovery plan adherence while its two-way communications provide support to keep patients on track.
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June 30th, 2015
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ReadySetGo

Jigsaw puzzle pieces provide step-by-step discharge instructions for pediatric patients with ReadySetGo, an app developed by researchers at Boston Children’s Hospital that took top honors at a hackathon in Massachusetts last year. Touch a puzzle piece and up comes detailed instructions and tools to keep track of patient progress. Puzzle pieces become transparent as pediatric patients make progress.
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June 30th, 2015
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By helping to reduce readmissions, these mobile apps could keep money in providers' pockets. 

Sherree Geyer

Medicare spends about $17 billion annually on avoidable hospital readmissions, but with CMS imposing penalties of up to 3% of inpatient claims for 30-day readmissions, hospitals now have an incentive to keep patients from coming back.

The good news is, there’s an app for that. Mobile apps—accessible via smartphone, tablet, or computer—can help hospitals reduce costly readmissions by engaging patients in their own care. Engaged patients lead to better outcomes and reduced...

June 30th, 2015
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Academic research points to FDA as the regulator with the appropriate amount of oversight for medical devices.

Marie Thibault

There's a surprising finding in a recent academic paper on medical device regulation and its impacts on innovation—FDA strikes the right balance as a regulator. It's a novel conclusion regarding the agency, since stakeholders often claim FDA is either too strict or too lenient.

The paper, "Regulating Innovation with Uncertain Quality: Information, Risk, and Access in Medical Devices," was authored by Matthew Grennan, PhD, assistant professor of Health Care Management at The Wharton School...

June 30th, 2015
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