Technology is offering a new fix for one of the most confounding health-care challenges: getting patients with chronic disease to take better care of themselves.
Diabetes: Keeping the condition at bay
Prediabetes—higher-than-normal blood sugar—increases the risk of stroke and heart attack. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, prediabetes affects 86 million adults, or more than one in three, and as many as 30% of them will develop diabetes within five years unless they lose weight through a healthy diet and exercise.
While many health plans and insurers offer diabetes-prevention plans, the lifestyle changes to ward off diabetes can require daily hand-holding, so more are looking for ways to deliver such programs digitally. In collaboration with the American Medical Association, Salt Lake City-based Intermountain Healthcare, with 22 hospitals and 185 clinics, is pilot-testing an online program provided by San Francisco-based Omada Health for patients at risk for diabetes. The yearlong program starts with a core 16-week online course on better lifestyle habits, and assigns patients to a personal health coach and private online support forum with moderated discussions.
Read More: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/apps-help-patients-manage-diabetes-blood-pressure-copd-2017-07-12
Via: Business Wire
SAN FRANCISCO & BLOOMFIELD, Conn.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Building on the largest enrollment quarter in the company’s history, Omada Health today announced a $50 million fundraising round led by global health services leader Cigna (NYSE: CI). In addition to leading the fundraising round, Cigna will also grow its non-exclusive commercial partnership with Omada, adding the recognized Omada Program to Cigna’s suite of health improvement services. Joining the Cigna-led fundraising round were new investors Civilization Ventures and Sanofi Genzyme BioVentures.
Via: MedCity News
Aside from Humana and Kaiser Permanente Ventures, Omada Health has scored yet another insurer investor: Cigna.
Via: KING 5
Stroke prevention is all about catching a problem before it becomes life or death. Treatment usually involves angioplasty or a stent to increase blood flow in the arteries.
Now, a new procedure promises to lower the chance of stroke during surgery by redirecting and filtering blood.
Traditional surgeries to place a stent can pose the risk of what’s called a 'procedural stroke,' that's when doctors dislodge plaque from the arteries, and it gets into the brain. But Vascular surgeons at Virginia Mason have a new tool to protect from procedural stroke called trans carotid artery revascularization or TCAR.
Here's how it works - a specialized sheath, or tube, is placed in the common carotid artery which reverses the blood flow, directing it away from the brain. That blood then runs through a filter which catches any plaque loosened during the procedure. Finally, a stent is placed in the artery through the same sheath used to reverse blood flow.
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Oxygen-rich blood generally flows from the heart to the brain, but a new technology aimed at preventing strokes temporarily reverses that path.
Outset Medical Sets Out To Upend Dialysis
BEND, Ore. - St. Charles Bend announced Monday it is the first hospital in Oregon to offer a new treatment program for patients at risk for stroke due to blockages in their neck arteries.
Q1 Cash Balance of $156.9M — Cash Through Q3 2019
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Outset Medical announced it received $76.5 million in Series C equity funding. A new investor, funds advised by T. Rowe Price Associates Inc., led the round, which also included participation from existing investors Fidelity Management & Research Company, Partner Fund Management LP, Warburg Pincus, Perceptive Advisors and The Vertical Group.