As technology continues to penetrate the business of health care, more hospitals and physician groups are working to adopt and modernize their practices, introducing features such as telemedicine to offer convenience.
Jupiter Medical Center, a not-for-profit institution with capacity to treat more than 500 patients at a time, is the latest organization to launch an online platform to treat patients remotely – think Skype, but for when someone needs help with a sudden cold or rash.
The regional hospital announced Monday the launch of Care Anywhere, a private remote-access platform that can be downloaded on both Apple and Android app stores and accessed via desktop, tablet or smartphone.
“In today’s busy world, there are times when getting to the doctor’s office just isn’t possible – either it is after office hours or you’re simply unable to make the trip,” said Judy Magalhaes, Jupiter Medical Center’s VP of Ambulatory Services.
Founded in 1979, Jupiter Medical Center has about 1,600 team members, 615 physicians and 640 volunteers. The hospital has the capacity to treat more than 300 patients simultaneously on-site, in addition to offering care at three urgent care facilities. The debut of Care Anywhere is the latest, and most tech-oriented, move by the hospital to be more accessible.
Miami Children’s Health System followed a similar route in April with the launch of MCH Anywhere.
The telehealth market is projected to be worth more than $38 billion by 2022, while a consumer survey found that seven out of 10 patients are comfortable with seeing their doctor virtually, instead of in person. Meanwhile, more than 25 states have passed bills requiring insurance companies to cover telehealth appointments.
A recent survey of the most technology-advanced hospital in the United States recognized Nicklaus Children’s Hospital as one of the “most wired” in the nation.
The 19th annual survey by the American Hospital Association’s Health Forum recognized the U.S. facilities that are taking the most advantage of tech and innovation to deliver care to patients.
“Most Wired” hospitals are using smartphones, telehealth and remote monitoring tools to create more ways for patients to access services and for administrators to gather information, according to the survey.
“The Most Wired hospital … are investing in new delivery models in order to improve quality, provide access and control costs,” said AHA president and CEO Rick Pollack.
For one, Miami Children’s Health System, the parent organization of Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, announced in April that it will build on its existing telehealth platform MCH Anywhere through a partnership with TytoCare, a New York City-based startup.
The deal aims to improve care delivered by doctors within the Miami Children’s health system, particularly when it comes to post-operative patients or those with complex or more acute medical needs and conditions.
“We believe [telehealth] can dramatically improve the quality of our care and extend our reach beyond our facilities,” said Edward Martinez, senior vice president and chief information officer of Miami Children’s Health System.
The for-profit investment group of Miami Children’s Health System has invested an undisclosed sum in an Atlanta startup that develops clinical research automation technology.
Children’s Health Ventures announced Tuesday that it participated in Aces Health’s most recent fundraising round, which also included venture capital firms from New York, Silicon Valley and Miami.
Miami Children’s Health System is the region’s only health care system dedicated exclusively to children. Children’s Health Venture works to advance innovative health care products and services through investments.
Aces Health is a digital platform for healthcare companies and researcher that captures and tracks patient data and communications to ensure clinical safety.
Children’s Health Venture’s participation in the fundraising round establishes a relationship that will add value to both organizations, said Aces CEO Jordan Spivack.
“We firmly believe that innovation breeds innovation,” Spivack said. “With direct relationships with more than 25 of the largest Clinical Research Organizations and pharmaceutical companies, we are excited to add Miami Children’s Health System and Miami Children’s Research Institute to our cohort.”
Founded in 2015, Aces has raised about $300,000 to date, according to venture capital database Crunchbase.
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