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February 13, 2018

Bright.md launches in New Mexico, Oregon and more digital health deals

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Portland, Oregon-based Bright.md, which makes a virtual physician’s assistant app called SmartExam, has announced two new customer wins at Presbyterian Healthcare Services in New Mexico and Providence Health & Services in Oregon. Concurrent with the New Mexico launch, Bright.md has launched a Spanish-language version of the app as well.

“Healthcare systems like Presbyterian and Providence have been paving the way with exciting telehealth and remote care initiatives,” Dr. Ray Costantini, cofounder and CEO of Bright.md, said in a statement. “The addition of SmartExam as a virtual physician’s assistant further extends their leadership in delivering innovative, value-based care that meets the unique needs of their communities. Through SmartExam’s care automation, members of a health system can access their trusted physicians to quickly and easily address their most common health concerns, at a cost that is significantly less than a typical co-pay.”

Health technology company TeleHealth Services and nonprofit Healthwise have teamed up to create new evidence-based patient education platform. Healthwise’s patient education videos will be delivered via TeleHealth Services’ AI-driven patient engagement platform iCare Navigator, which is accessible on mobile devices.

“Quality patient education content is vital to an effective health education program,” TeleHealth Services President Dan Nathan said in a statement. “The powerful combination of the next-generation iCare Navigator technology with Healthwise award-winning videos will help patients make better decisions about their care with support from family members. The iCare Navigator system also establishes a personal care network of family and friends to advocate and encourage adherence with the patient’s post-discharge care plan.”

Pharma company Takeda is supporting Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s launch of IBD&Me, an app to help people with Irritable Bowel Disease select the right drug. The app is unbranded, so it won’t give preference to Takeda’s drugs. It applies the marketing concept of conjoint analysis to healthcare by giving patients a series of two-option choices. Fierce Pharma first reported the story.

Premier, a healthcare improvement company that works with nearly 200,000 provider organizations, has made a group purchasing agreement for ivWatch Model 400, a remote monitoring technology that helps make sure patients’ IVs stay attached. Premier has named ivWatch a Breakthrough Technology, allowing companies in Premier’s network to obtain the device at a lower pre-negotiated price.

“We are thrilled to be recognized by Premier as a Breakthrough Technology which accelerates the standard GPO process and enables us to educate more organizations about our technology offering a new standard of care for PIVs,” Scott Hensley, vice president of sales and business development at ivWatch, said in a statement. “This recognition is a testament to the need for a technology solution in hospitals for continuous IV monitoring for early detection of IV infiltrations and extravasations.”

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