Health2047-Celgene, Samsung-Tigertext, and more digital health deals

Health2047, the American Medical Association-backed technology incubator, is working with pharma company Celgene to create a new healthcare information transfer system. As part of the deal, Health2047 is developing a new data transfer protocol for healthcare, focused on security, trustworthiness, and connectivity. More.

Samsung recently announced two interesting partnerships around health. First, the Samsung Gear S3 wearable will be part of a comprehensive system from startup Revolutionary Tracker that was used to monitor the health of athletes on the US team in the Invictus Games, a paralympic event for wounded veterans and service members. Second, Samsung announced a strategic partnership with TigerText. The two will work together to create a platform that combines TigerText’s hospital communication and care team coordination software with Samsung’s rugged and secure devices.

Nomad Health, which offers an online platform to connect doctors with freelance clinical work, has partnered with the Texas Hospital Association. Nomad launched its Texas marketplace in July, and the endorsement of the Texas Hospital Association will help the startup expand its reach in the Lonestar State. More.

Cincinnati, Ohio-based PatientPoint, which makes education and engagement platforms for patients and providers, has partnered with Shatterproof, a national addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery nonprofit to distribute opioid-related educational materials to 25,000 physician offices around the country. PatientPoint will add content to its digital waiting room screens with the goal of reducing the stigma around opioid addiction, as well as content to promote Shatterproof’s fundraising efforts. More.

Advanced care planning company Vynca Health is teaming up with The Carolinas Center, a nonprofit serving the hospice and palliative care industry in North and South Carolina. The two have teamed up to create “My Health Peace of Mind,” an online platform where users can share their end-of-life wishes with family and care providers. The project is being funded by a $1.1 million grant from The Duke Endowment, a private foundation based in the Carolinas. More.

Otsuka, the Japanese pharma company that makes the antipsychotic drug Abilify, has partnered with Australian digital health company Medibio to use Medibio’s system to assess the efficacy of its flagship product. Medibio uses wearable-derived data about heart rate, motion, and sleep to create objective biomarkers for mental illness. Objective data can help companies like Otsuka get a better idea of how much of an effect a treatment is having. For this partnership, which is a paid commercial relationship, Medibio will analyze an existing set of data from Otsuka. More.

Mobile textile company Sensoria Fitness and Genesis Rehab Services, a subsidiary of Genesis HealthCare have entered into a strategic partnership to form a new company called Sensoria Health, the companies announced on stage at Health 2.0 in Santa Clara last week. Sensoria Health will be using digitally-enhanced footwear — such as the updated Sensoria smart sock and new Sensoria smart shoes — to monitor the daily activity of older adults and guide their rehabilitation therapies. More.

Miami-based CareCloud, a developer of practice management software, and commerce technology company First Data have launched Breeze, a mobile and web platform that allows patients to flexibly view, manage, and pay for their care. The jointly-built platform runs natively on First Data’s Clover Mini and Clover Station, and allows practices to access and integrate over 300 business applications curated on the Clover App Market within their Breeze interface. More.

Qualcomm Life is working with electronics company Benchmark to create low-cost, disposable biometric patches that will help hospitals monitor patients inside and outside the hospital. While there are a number of biometric patches currently available to hospitals — many of which measure more than just motion and thermometry — Qualcomm and Benchmark are aiming for the bottom of the market, to create a patch that is cheap and disposable. While Benchmark will build the device and be the manufacturer of record for the FDA, Qualcomm is helping develop the technology. Qualcomm will also handle the connectivity through its 2net platform, which will allow the patch to send data to EHRs, mobile devices, care dashboards, or wherever else a particular provider customer needs the data to go. More.

Garmin’s upcoming effort to woo younger customers will have the support of some big brands, as the company announced recently that its vivofit jr. 2 wearable activity tracker will prominently feature Minnie Mouse, Captain America, and other Disney licensed characters. The new $99.99 device builds upon the core features of its predecessor — namely, daily activity counters, a point-reward system, one-year battery life, a waterproof design, and a connected smartphone app. While there are some new hardware features, such as a color screen, Garmin’s most prominent hook is the Disney-themed games and rewards that children will receive upon meeting daily goals. More.

Sanofi and Innovation Health — an insurance company jointly run by Inova and Aetna —have announced a pilot program examining the impact of digital health strategies to improve care for Type 2 diabetes patients. The program will tap One Drop, a diabetes self-management app and Bluetooth blood sugar monitor, and Gocap, a mobile-friendly device and insulin dose management platform that emphasizes physician involvement, in an effort to improve medication adherence and patient outcomes. More.

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