– Apstar Pharma acquires the assets of respiratory health company Cohero Health to expands its digital portfolio with a focus on respiratory disease management.
– Cohero Health develops digital tools and technologies to improve respiratory care, reduce avoidable costs, and optimize medication utilization.
AptarGroup, Inc., a global leader in consumer dispensing, active packaging, drug delivery solutions, and services, announces that it has acquired all operating assets and the proprietary portfolio of Cohero Health, Inc. (“Cohero Health”), a digital therapeutics company transforming respiratory disease management for asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (COPD). Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed.
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Founded in 2013, New York-based Cohero Health develops innovative digital tools and technologies to improve respiratory care, reduce avoidable costs, and optimize medication utilization. With this transaction, Aptar Pharma acquires Cohero Health’s turnkey digital health platform and device assets including:
· BreatheSmart Connect digital health platform – care coordination and HIPAA-compliant SaaS cloud service which captures and securely stores data from Cohero Health’s devices and BreatheSmart® software for remote monitoring and patient communications to help manage patient therapy;
· BreatheSmart® App – designed for patient habit creating and behavior change, driving appropriate medication utilization. Provides real-time tracking of medication adherence and lung function, along with reminders, educational materials, and symptom/trigger recording;
HeroTracker® Sensors – Bluetooth enabled medication smart inhaler sensors
designed for both control and rescue medications. Attaches to respiratory
medications to automatically record time and date of doses taken
· mSpirometer™ and cSpirometer™lung function diagnostic sensors – enable comprehensive pulmonary lung function testing in a handheld wireless device.
Acquisition Expands Aptar’s Digital Portfolio
“Cohero Health further strengthens and expands Aptar’s digital portfolio, in this case, with a focus in respiratory disease management,” commented Sai Shankar, Aptar Pharma’s Vice President, Global Digital Healthcare Systems. “Aptar has made previous investments in digital respiratory company Sonmol in China and digital health company Navia Life Care in India. With this strategic bolt on, Aptar now has global capabilities to deploy digital respiratory health, utilizing either the Cohero or Aptar device portfolio/platform. The investment will also facilitate Aptar’s ability to provide diagnostic solutions in respiratory and a significant number of other disease categories.”
– Sharecare launches its offering for employers: [email protected], a virtual solution for COVID-19 that’s integrated with its app-based digital health platform for managing consumer health and well-being.
– The offering is designed for employers – organizations
of any kind – to support their workforces as they return to work when the time
is right (and whether they’re working virtually or remotely).
– The solution features digital health pass, daily screener, telehealth integration, access to testing, and employee readiness surveying capabilities.
Sharecare, the digital health
company that helps people manage all their health in one place, announced [email protected],
Sharecare’s comprehensive COVID-19
readiness solution. Integrated into Sharecare’s robust health management and
engagement platform, [email protected] empowers U.S. employers to address the
evolving emotional, educational, clinical and operational challenges introduced
by the pandemic, while equipping their employees with tools and resources to
stay safe and build resilience, whether continuing to work remotely or
returning to the physical workplace.
Through [email protected], these tools, programs and content, among other new features,
are now available to Sharecare’s enterprise partners. Sharecare’s new COVID-19
readiness solution covers three distinct areas of focus to support U.S.
employers throughout the pandemic and beyond, including:
Assessment & Triage: Empowers employers with a real-time perspective on the overall health and safety of their workforce; while providing employees with a simple and convenient way to track their health status on a daily basis and gain confidence that their colleagues are doing the same. Components include:
Readiness survey: Developed in partnership with Dr. Sandro
Galea, dean of the Boston University School of Public Health; assesses
employees’ willingness to resume activities and what will make them feel safe
Daily screener & digital health pass: Securely monitor an employee’s health;
employer receives reporting status and test results for each employee as well
as aggregated data.
Daily screener: Clinically validated. Provides
employees with a personalized COVID-19 report to view daily entries and monitor
progress; locate nearby testing sites by state and county; and see lab results
from employer-ordered COVID-19 tests.
Health pass: Secure QR code-powered
certification within the Sharecare app, validating each employee’s health
status as part of an organization’s return to work protocol.1
Telehealth integration: Enables employers to seamlessly integrate Sharecare’s
HIPAA-compliant telehealth solution or other third-party telehealth
Testing & Tracking: Provides a decision framework to ensure a safe, confident return to work for an employer and their employees. Features include:
COVID-19 testing: Searchable database of all available sanctioned and credible
testing options. Sharecare, in conjunction with testing and diagnostic service
providers, guides employees through the process to understand if they need to
get tested, which test is appropriate, where to get tested, and their results,
which are privately available to them within the Sharecare app.
Contact tracing: Uses low-emission Bluetooth readings between
mobile phones over time to approximate the proximity and duration of an
encounter between Sharecare app users who opt-in.2 Privately
notifies individuals who may have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
Reporting and analytics: Status and risks for each employee, including
results of positive COVID-19 tests and exposure events. Additional dashboards
can be segmented by geography, worksite locations, and segmentation tactics
applicable to the organization; as well as real-time and actionable reporting
analytics providing clients with insights on population outcomes.
Build & maximize
resilience: Tools and resources to foster resilience
by addressing the emotional, physical and financial challenges that many
employees encounter during the pandemic and as they return to work, including:
Interactive map: Measures and monitors the progression of
COVID-19 cases and mobility data across the country, down to a county-by-county
Anxiety management: From its voice-based stress tracker to the
award-winning relaxation and mindfulness videos, Sharecare has multiple tools
to help people manage stress. Most recently, Sharecare acquired a digital
therapeutics company founded by renowned neuroscientist Dr. Jud Brewer and
whose suite of apps, including Unwinding Anxiety, are clinically proven to
positively affect long-term behavior change.
Financial protection: Sharecare provides employees direct access to
SmartDollar, an online program designed to help them get on a budget, save for
emergencies, pay off debt, and start investing so they can retire with
Integration with Sharecare’s Existing Digital Health Platform
has integrated these capabilities into its comprehensive digital platform
currently available to 30 million covered lives. By offering an even more
robust solution, Sharecare is ideally positioned not only to support the health
and well-being of its client partners and their employees in the face of the
pandemic but also to enable them to return to work safely when the time is
“Although the ultimate goal of enabling employees to safely return to the workplace is clear, the path for getting there is less certain for many organizations – and that’s further complicated by the daily information overload that is often complex and contradictory,” said Jeff Arnold, founder, chairman and CEO of Sharecare. “A successful return-to-work strategy requires more than just a particular testing protocol; we have to create a new culture of well-being that can adapt and evolve over time while empowering each individual to build resilience and foster longevity. We are committed to helping everyone stay safe against the threat of the pandemic, while equipping our government, employer and health plan partners to work toward recovery as a key component of their comprehensive well-being strategies.”
Healthcare facilities and their sprawling campuses can be overwhelming and challenging to navigate. In fact, facilities lose close to $800 million a year due to missed hospital appointments, and many physicians blame a significant portion of this lost revenue on the problems patients have navigating these facilities.
Figuring out where to park and finding the correct office can be stressful and negatively impact the patient’s experience. Making matters worse, most hospital staff members work in the same unit day in and day out. If a patient approaches them with a question regarding directions, they may not be able to provide an answer or will spend valuable time searching for one. When patients get lost, they tend to arrive late for their appointment, which can back up schedules and create costly inefficiencies for facilities.
Digital wayfinding can help ease this burden on busy staff while improving the patient experience. Visitors also benefit from feeling at ease, knowing they can quickly locate their loved ones. Implementing a wayfinding solution enables healthcare organizations to automate turn-by-turn directions and highlighted routes, making it easy for patients and visitors to find their desired location.
Hospital Wayfinding Mechanics
Most hospital wayfinding systems utilize Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) technology found in smartphones, which allows for seamless connectivity and lets patients and visitors view the hospital map on their device and navigate in real-time. To deploy this application successfully, all buildings and outdoor areas of the facility must first be mapped.
Once a facility’s maps are finalized, they are uploaded to a Content Management System (CMS) with correlating data such as pathways, routes, and points of interest (POIs). If desired, facility administrators can easily access the cloud-based CMS to create, update and manage maps, points of interest, and pathway routing. Advanced analytics such as real-time occupancy, the volume of visits, historical routing and heatmaps, dwell times, space utilization rates, and web usage data are available for in-depth reporting. This information can help your facility better prepare for the future and ensure your patients receive the care they need.
Locating infrastructure, including BLE beacons, are easily installed to provide indoor location data to the application layer. For more precise coverage and use case expansion, facilities can leverage other Real-Time Location System components using a combination of technologies such as Wi-Fi, Second Generation Infrared, Low Frequency, and BLE. Combining a wayfinding solution with other location services investments reduces IT burden, enhances patient and staff satisfaction, and improves ROI. A future-proof solution can continue to add immense value to healthcare facilities for years to come.
Hospital Wayfinding and Patient Experience
The most advanced indoor wayfinding applications offer many features, including interactive hospital directories, pathway management, informative POIs, navigation from home, geofencing, and location sharing. They can trigger appointment reminders, GPS driving directions to the facility, and turn-by-turn directions once a patient has arrived. Various routes are provided to patients, visitors, and staff who can select filters such as ADA compliance or minimized outdoor travel time in poor weather conditions. These routes are customizable and can also be modified for construction routes, new additions, staff-only and visitor access, and even pathways that avoid specific areas, like COVID-19 units, to support infection control.
The mobile application can contain keyword smart search and can also share helpful details such as contact information, hours of operation, images, videos, descriptions, and URLs. While at the facility, patients and visitors can share their indoor location via text and email. When it is time to leave, they can use the save my parking feature to locate their parked car. In the case of an emergency, the application can direct patients where to go to receive urgent assistance to avoid wasting precious minutes.
Other technologies such as Electronic Medical Records (EMR)/Electronic Health Records (EHR) and Real-Time Location Systems are easily integrated with the wayfinding solution to improve patient experience and make healthcare workers’ shifts easier. Patients can access personalized appointment information such as care plans, questionnaires, and check-in capabilities through the app. In-app access to leading EMR/EHR systems allow users to launch navigation directly from appointment reminder texts or notifications as well as search for a physician.
Staff members can utilize the solution to quickly search for and locate available equipment, such as wheelchairs. Additional integrations include visibility to ER and urgent care wait times, transportation services, scheduling systems, and more. Multiple delivery options, including mobile applications, touchscreen digital kiosk displays, and web browsers, are also available.
One day soon, healthcare facilities will be entirely revolutionized by IoT technologies including wayfinding applications. Digital wayfinding solutions are the first application to provide seamless connectivity of indoor and outdoor environments with navigation and routing from home, across campuses, between buildings, and to parking areas. By investing in wayfinding, healthcare facilities can design a better patient experience, improve operational efficiency, and save valuable resources.
About Christoper Thompson
Christopher Thompson is the Director of Patient Experience at CenTrak, a leading provider of location and sensing technology for the healthcare industry. Thompson has a master’s degree in nursing and more than 20 years of experience improving hospital workflow and operations.