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#NowTrending: This Week’s MedTech News

We bring you this week’s medtech news, from Boston and beyond:

1. CEPQM introduces first publicly available pediatric inpatient survey tool

Members of the Center of Excellence for Pediatric Quality Measurement (CEPQM) at Boston Children’s Hospital have produced Child Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (Child HCAHPS) Survey – a nationally-developed measure of patient experience and care quality for inpatient pediatric health care. The Child HCAHPS consists of 18 composite and single-item measures that allow parents and caregivers to rate their and their child’s experience as hospital inpatients, including factors such as level of communication with doctor and amount of noise in hospital rooms..

Building off the Adult HCAHPS Survey, the pediatric version is the finished product of a three-year long Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)-funded project.

“Adult providers have relied on Adult HCAHPS for a decade to support care accountability, institutional accreditation and research on care disparities and policy development,” said study senior author Mark Schuster, MD, PhD, in a press release.

“The quality improvement community has eagerly awaited a comparable patient experience tool specifically for pediatrics, especially as insurers have started writing requirements for patient experience surveys into their hospital contracts.”

This past January, the National Quality Forum, endorsed Child HCAHPS as a robust, evidence-based means of measuring patient experience.

devices_header_graphic2. Limelight Health receives $3 million in funding

A company specializing in mobile solutions for the healthcare industry, Limelight Health, has received $3 million in Series A funding. Limelight plans to use the funds to expand its sales and engineering teams as well as make a number of enhancements to its mobile health insurance platform.

Along with LaunchPad Digital Health, MassMutual Ventures and AXA Strategic Ventures were the main investors.

Limelight Health’s QuotePad, a real-time quoting platform, allows healthcare professionals to easily compare employee health insurance benefits and information. The system — which reduces the amount of paper typically used in these process — is a green alternative that also increases portability and flexibility. Because QuotePad operates in real-time, health insurance professionals can utilize real-time analytics, immediately respond to client quote requests and model interactive price plan scenarios.

“With $375 billion wasted each year on billing and health insurance paperwork, there is tremendous opportunity for the right technology solution to reduce unnecessary administrative tasks and inefficiencies in workflow,” said CEO and co-founder Jason T. Andrew in a press release.

“MassMutual Ventures and AXA Strategic Ventures, as partners within the insurance industry, share our vision for changing the way insurance does business, focusing our valuable resources on people, not paperwork.

3. MoveSense app allows for health monitoring of heart and lung patients

A new health-tracking app, MoveSense, can track patients’ oxygen saturation levels. Those suffering from chronic cardiopulmonary diseases are able to monitor their health and alert doctors if necessary with the app. Medical professionals in turn can view patients’ vital signs, predict clinical stability and respond accordingly.

For patients, the app is as easy as carrying around their smartphones. Never before have patients been able to replace the pulse oximeter, which is a non-invasive medical device that measures the proportion of oxygen in the blood, indicating the status of both the heart and lung.

Previous work from lead researcher Bruce Schatz from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign contributed to this recent advancement, as Schatz has previously realized that phone sensors accurately can measure walking patterns or gait.

Nicole Yang

Nicole Yang

    Nicole Yang is an editorial intern at MedTech Boston. She is currently a rising senior at Amherst College, where she studies Neuroscience. During the academic year, Nicole is the Managing Editor of The Amherst Student and has also worked as a Chemistry laboratory teaching assistant. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys playing squash and practicing yoga. Follow her on Twitter @Nicole_Yang12.

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