Comcast Developing In-Home Health Monitoring Device

Already in millions of homes across the United States through its cable and internet services, telecommunications giant Comcast (Nasdaq: CMCSA) is developing a new in-home health monitoring device capable of detecting falls — and potentially preventing hospital readmissions. While details are scarce at this point, the device is purposefully built with at-home health care in […]

AT&T: In-Home Remote Patient Monitoring Ready to Take Off

While telemonitoring is often facilitated through tablets or smartphones using the internet, AT&T (NYSE: T) and remote patient monitoring company Anelto Health are hoping to change the game with their new in-home technology for seniors. The two-way cellular hub, called HomeAssure, is already being used by at least five home health agencies, creators say. On […]

Current Health CEO: Readmissions, PDGM to Drive Expansion of Remote Patient Monitoring Tech

Current Health — makers of an artificial intelligence-powered wearable remote patient monitoring platform — cleared a major regulatory hurdle last month in securing FDA approval. The U.K.-based technology startup now has its sights set on expanding throughout the U.S. market, largely by helping home health agencies adapt to the Patient-Driven Groupings Model (PDGM) and by […]

Amazon: HIPAA-Compliant Alexa Skills ‘Just the First Step’ in Disrupting Health Care

Earlier this year, Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) made waves when it rolled out new software that makes its Alexa device HIPAA-compliant. The new skills kit allows select patients and health care organizations to securely transmit sensitive medical information — often from the comfort of one’s own home. While the implications of the skills have the home-based […]

Predictive Analytics-Driven Telehealth Program Lowers ED Visits by 20%

In recent years, the U.S. health care system’s shift toward value-based reimbursement has given home health providers cause to test all sorts of approaches aimed at reducing hospital readmission rates or preventing unnecessary trips to the emergency department. Predictive analytics-driven telehealth outreach programs that risk-stratify patients based on medical vulnerability and other factors can be […]

Jefferson Health Using Tech Tool to Fill Communication Gaps with Home Health Partners

Jefferson Health — a 14-hospital system with more than $5 billion in revenue — is turning to a social media-inspired technology platform to fill communication gaps with its home health partners. The platform comes from Chicago-based Prepared Health, which helps hospitals connect and collaborate with the post-acute providers taking care of their patients following discharge […]

24 Hour Home Care Partners with On-Demand House Call Startup Heal

A startup delivering on-demand doctor house calls and a growing home care provider are teaming up to better serve older adults in the Los Angeles market. Heal — which has raised more than $71 million since launching in 2014 — and 24 Hour Home Care announced a new partnership agreement Tuesday. The move is yet […]

Honor Expands to Arizona With Three New Home Care Partners

San Francisco-based home care startup Honor has expanded into a fourth state by partnering with three existing home care agencies serving the Arizona market. Honor, which has raised $115 million since launching in 2014, had previously been operating in California, New Mexico and Texas. Founded as a technology-powered home care provider with plans to Uberize […]

Amazon’s New HIPAA-Compliant Alexa Skills Could Open Doors for Home-Based Care Agencies

Amazon’s Alexa now boasts HIPAA-compliant skills, a development that could create new opportunities for home-based care companies and the senior clients they serve. Amazon (Nasdaq: AMZN) launched Alexa’s secure medical skill kit Thursday. Through the new kit, select entities are allowed to build Alexa skills that securely send and receive protected patient health information. So […]

CMS Launches AI Challenges for Predicting Unplanned Hospital, SNF Admissions 

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced last week the launch of a three-stage challenge designed to encourage the use of artificial intelligence (AI) in health care. As part of the challenge, participants will be tasked with using AI to better predict unplanned hospital and skilled nursing facility admissions — already a key focus […]