Geisinger and Apple — Empowering Patients and Reimagining Hospital Care

Apple has posted a video on YouTube featuring the implementation of iOS devices at the Geisinger Health System a health care system with locations in northeastern and central Pennsylvania.  See: Geisinger and Apple – Empowering Patients and Reimagining Hospital Care


Jawbone Exiting Consumer Market to Focus on Enterprise Medical Devices

TechCrunch is reporting that Jawbone is preparing to exit the low-margin fitness bands market sold directly to consumers, to focus on the high-margin business to business to consumer model, Specifically, enterprise medical devices and associated services sold directly to clinicians and health providers working with patients.

MobiHealthNews opines that Jawbone is working on their clinically-focused wearable, building on their 2015 acquisition of Spectros. Spectros specialized in application of spectroscopy in non-invasive molecular sensors for use in pulse oximetry and detection of perfusion and ischemia. Spectros, was a startup founded by Jawbone’s Chief Medical Officer David Benaron.

Jawbone is currently seeking additional funding to support their new initiative. Another entry into the lucrative wearable medical device marketplace.

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Jawbone looks to drop consumer wearables for clinical services

AliveCor Kardia™ Band

AliveCor, developer of the Kardia™ Mobile (formerly known as the AliveCor Heart Monitor) FDA-cleared electrocardiogram (EKG) technology for mobile devices, has announced the introduction of the first medical-grade EKG band for the Apple Watch, Kardia™ Band.

  • The Kardia™ Band is pending 510k clearance and is not yet available for sale in the U.S.
  • The Kardia™ Band will be the first medical grade electrocardiogram (EKG) band for the Apple Watch and a breakthrough in proactive heart health.
  • The Kardia ™Band will be able to provide instant EKG analysis. With a touch of the Watch band, the user will know instantly if the heart rhythm is normal or if atrial fibrillation (AF) is detected.
  • The Kardia™ Band and related app will be able to capture heart activity data and relay it to your the user’s healthcare provider to inform their diagnosis and treatment plan.
  • The Kardia™ Band user can use voice memos to keep track of palpitations, shortness of breath, dietary habits and exercise patterns.
  • The Kardia™ Band Integrates with Health app and Google Fit for personal heart health insights.

Great to see wearable health technology growing in usability and accessability.

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AliveCor unveils Kardia Band, a medical-grade EKG band for Apple Watch

Cardiogram Seeks to Use Apple Watch in Detecting Atrial Fibrillation

Cardiogram, a healthcare startup, was recently awarded $2M from several angel investors to develop gathering the sensor data from the Apple Watch to aid in detecting atrial fibrillation. The Cardiogram app takes the heart rate data stored in the Health app and organizes it into graphs both real-time and short-term graphs, such as the heart rate over the course of a stressful meeting, and long-term trend graphs, like resting heart rate over time.


Cardiogram has been working with UCSF since March to collect user data in a study called mRhythm and use it to develop an app for detecting atrial fibrillation based on on Apple Watch data. The mRhythm study has gathered more than 10 billion sensor measurements from more than 100,000 contributors over the past six months. The Cardiogram app readings from patients with known ECG confirmed atrial fibrillation are being used to teach the software the heartbeat patterns that correlate with the arrhythmia. Their algorithm can reportedly correctly detect 9 out of 10 cases of atrial fibrillation. However, to be of clinical use, the accuracy must be higher. mRhythm study participants with an AliveCor Kardia device are also being asked to link their Kardia data.


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Aetna Rolls Out Major Apple Watch Health Initiative

Health insurance provider Aetna has announced that it will subsidize the cost of an Apple Watch for some of its customers. Employers that offer Aetna health insurance policies will decide if they want to offer the Apple Watch program to their employees. The program offers monthly payroll deductions to make covering the remaining cost easier. In addition, Aetna will provide Apple Watch at no cost to its own nearly 50,000 employees that participate in the company’s wellness reimbursement program, to encourage them to live more productive, healthy lives.


Aetna reports that they are also planning several iOS-exclusive health initiatives, starting with deeply integrated health apps for iPhone, iPad and Apple Watch that will significantly improve the ability of consumers to manage their health and increase healthy outcomes.

Aetna’s iOS-exclusive health apps should be available in early 2017 and include:
will aim to simplify the healthcare process through a number of features, including:

  • A care management and wellness app, to help guide consumers through health events like a new diagnosis or prescription medication with user-driven support from nurses and people with similar conditions.
  • A medication adherence app, to help consumers remember to take their medications, easily order refills and connect with their doctor if they need a different treatment through their Apple Watch or iPhone.
  • Integration with Apple Wallet, allowing consumers to check their deductible and pay a bill.
  • Personalized health plan on-boarding, information, messaging and decision support to help Aetna members understand and make the most of their benefits.

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UC San Diego Jacobs Medical Center Opening with iPad/Apple TV Patient Care Solution

The brand new UC San Diego Jacobs Medical Center will be opening by the end of this year with a patient care solution using iPads and Apple TVs connected to a 60-inch TV in all of their 246 patient rooms. Patients will be able to access their medical information and patient education material using the MyChart Bedside app by Epic, control the lighting, temperature, window shades and the television in their room via the Crestron app. The patient can also stay connected with their family and friends using FaceTime, Skype, and other social apps

A 25 iPad and an accompanying MyChart Bedside app pilot project was conducted at another UCSD hospital over the last six months. eWeek notes that the iPads and the MyChart Bedside apps also allow patients and their families to put video games on the iPads to entertain children who are visiting patients, giving the children something to do while in the hospital. As to outcomes, eWeek quotes an administrator as saying ”We’ve seen measurable results – nurses say that families are staying longer when they visit, which is really beneficial for the patients,” he said. “The goal was to make things easy for the patients, to make them feel more secure.”

From the technical side, when patients are discharged, the iOS hardware uses Jamf Pro and the Apple Device Enrollment Program (DEP) to enable the hospital’s IT department with the ability to remotely wipe and re-enroll the device without ever touching it. The Jamf Pro’s Self Service app catalog enables patients to customize their device and simply install the apps they want or need  – without having to enter an Apple ID or password. Patients can also view content or engage with apps on their Apple TV.

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American Bar Association Ends Support for My Health Care Wishes App

The American Bar Association Commission on Law and Aging has announced that effective in early September 2016, the ABA will no longer be selling or supporting its $3.99 My Health Care Wishes Pro app. Due to reasons of financial sustainability, the app will be removed from both the iTunes and Google Play iStores as of September 3rd, 2016.

A free alternative app is Stanford Medicine’s Advance Directive app.  See here fore more information about the project: Doctor’s Note for End-of-Life Care and here for the app: Stanford Letter Project App on the App Store