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Chatbots Help Telehealth Companies Rethink Reception
Most telehealth companies have yet to crack the code for profitability. But a growing number are hoping that automation – whether it’s text-based chatbots, questionnaires, or follow-ups – could help them cut costs and treat more patients with fewer resources. And like Am fine CEO Roy Schoenberg points out that automation could help telehealth companies tap into a potentially more lucrative chronic care market by helping them monitor patients more frequently. Still, experts warn there are risks of relying too much on automation, including sidelining patients who don’t speak English or can’t navigate the technology. “Patients who are more on the margins, who have more difficulty accessing the system, will have even more difficulty accessing the system,” Peter Yellowlees, psychiatrist at UC Davis Health, Mohana said. She has the whole story.
What’s interesting about CES 2022 (for now …)
Directory Consumer Electronics Show has had a somewhat mixed start after many companies and participants withdrew at the last minute over fears about the Omicron variant, but there have still been a few announcements of interest so far.
- Home blood pressure monitor manufacturer Omron presented the roadmap on how it will build a health services ecosystem around its products, including a broad expansion of its remote patient monitoring services in the United States and a global launch of a service focused on hypertension in the UK. improved version of his Omron connection as well as an AI research program to predict cardiac events in collaboration with Kyoto University.
- Withings, well known for its portable consumer health devices, announced a new inflated connected scale “with the ability to monitor segmental body composition, heart rate and vascular age” as well as “nerve activity and heart rate using a 6-lead ECG. “It will be available once the device receives FFood and drug administration authorisation.
- Connected light bulb company Sengled announced a Smart Health Monitoring Light, which the company says will be able to monitor health. The kicker, who has attention of some reviewsis that by connecting multiple bulbs, you can create a virtual map of your home to “help detect human behavior and determine if anyone has fallen, then call for help.” The release makes no mention of privacy, and the thought of the light bulbs watching you might scare some people away.
- High health and Bosch will team up to test the industry giant’s SoundSee audio AI technology to see if it can detect pediatric lung conditions. Clinical studies will start at Allegheny Health Network This year.
Takeaways from the Holmes verdict
After Theranos Founder Elizabeth Holmes was convicted of multiple fraud charges this week, Casey has spoken to experts on the takeaways from the trial. Perhaps the most striking aspect of the convictions, they said, is that the investors ultimately turned out to be more convincing victims than the patients who received erroneous test results from Theranos. Holmes gave investors information she knew to be false or misleading, and those investors relied on those lies when they agreed to give Theranos large sums of money. The line between Holmes and the patients is more tortuous, making it more difficult to establish that his actions had a direct impact on their thinking and decisions when they used Theranos’ flawed technology. Read more.
California mandate gives boost to home test makers
California is the first state to force health insurers – including its Medicaid program – to pay for home tests for sexually transmitted diseases as rates climb across the country, reports Rachel Bluth of Kaiser Health News. If other states follow suit, it could mean bigger deals for venture capital-backed test kit companies like Everly Health and Lets check, who have processed tens of millions of Covid-19 tests over the past two years.
Hospitals leave mobile opportunities on the table
Smartphones and tablets have generated some hype as solutions to pernicious bottlenecks in healthcare, such as the difficulties in pulling current EHRs into patient care. But healthcare workers are not yet convinced by mobile technology. A new small study looking to understand where devices can improve hospital workflow has found that what hospitals want most is technology to help them communicate with their teams. The study, published in Human Factors JMIR, interviewed only 12 doctors, nurses and residents. Their overall opinion: Mobile devices and task-specific apps could ease the burden on hospitalists who have to remember to answer patient questions and could also reduce redundant actions in the hospital.
Seeds and acquisitions
- Syntegra, a synthetic health data start-up, raised $ 5.6 million seed money from numerous investors, including Equity Ventures sweatshirt and Adventure hikes.
- Medical tech startup Strados Laboratories raised $ 4.5 million from investors, including SOSV, cultivate (MD), Wavemaker360 Health, Blu venture capitalists, and The angels of the wide street.
- Symplr, which makes healthcare operating software, plans to acquire healthcare data company Midas Analysis Solutions from Driving.
- Babylon Health, a company that sells telehealth tools and software for providers and insurers, acquired Higi, which sells health kiosks, apps, and devices that patients use to track their own health.
- hero, who makes a home pill dispenser, added the former FDA Deputy Commissioner Anand Shah to its board of directors.
- Provider of technological solutions for healthcare Bamboo Health appointed Rob cohen as CEO. He was previously President and CEO of the company.
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