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#NowTrending: This Week’s MedTech News

1. A Partners Program Lowers Hospital Admissions & Mortality Rates

Partners HealthCare Connected Health announced this week that their remote monitoring program for heart failure patients resulted in lower hospitalization and mortality rates (you can see the full results in their study, published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research last month).

“These findings suggest that our Connected Cardiac Care remote monitoring program successfully reduced hospitalization and mortality rates during the four-month program, and kept more patients alive by allowing for earlier detection of symptoms of worsening disease and just-in-time intervention,”  Kamal Jethwani, MD, MPH, Senior Director of Connected Health Innovation at Partners HealthCare, said in a release. You go, Partners.

2. The Boston VA Launches a Wearables Study


Basis donated 1,000 of their Basis Peak wearable tracking devices to the VA. Photo via Forbes.

The Boston VA is at it again, this time launching a pilot study that will use the Basis Peak wearable to evaluate the effect of certain drugs on veterans’ sleep. According to MobiHealth News, Basis donated 1,000 devices to the VA. Some will be used for the sleep study, while others will be used for their new “Move!” weight management program.

Not surprisingly, the sleep study will focus on veterans who struggle with PTSD-related nightmares. Researchers will track nightly changes in sleep quantity and quality, according to MobiHealth, in addition to light, deep and REM sleep staging over time.

3. Brigham & Women’s Hospital Links Up with Rock Health

In an unprecedented union, Brigham & Women’s Hospital will partner with Rock Health to vet the seed-stage investment fund’s newest technologies. Wisely, this partnership will give the hospital first dibs on the most effective digital health technologies coming out of Rock Health’s programs.

In a conversation with the Boston Business Journal, Brigham Innovation Hub executive director Lesley Solomon said that she’s most focused on getting access to good digital technology that will impact patient care. “We will have the opportunity to collaborate with thought leaders in the digital space developing tech that (has) the potential to dramatically transform health care delivery,” Solomon said.

Jenni Whalen

Jenni Whalen

    Jenni Whalen is the Executive Assistant of Editorial at Upworthy. She was previously MedTech Boston's Managing Editor and has an MS in Journalism from Boston University, as well as a BA in Psychology from Bucknell University. Whalen has written for Greatist, Boston magazine, AZ Central Healthy Living and the New England Journal of Medicine, among other places. She has also worked as a conference planner, ghost writer, researcher and content developer.

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