A Medical Device Daily Staff Report

Janssen Healthcare Innovation, a team within Janssen Research & Development (San Diego), reported the launch of Care4Today Mobile Adherence, a secure messaging platform, mobile application and web site (www.care4today.com). The mobile platform is designed to improve adherence to treatment regimens through reminders to take medications, refill prescriptions, and visit healthcare providers.

The Care4Today Mobile Adherence platform works with almost any phone with web browsing capabilities, regardless of platform or service provider, including iPhone, BlackBerry and Android devices, as well as many feature phones. The mobile adherence platform can be used for any kind of prescription or over-the-counter medication or nutritional supplement, including, but not limited to, products from the Johnson & Johnson (New Brunswick, New Jersey) family of companies.

"Janssen Healthcare Innovation is developing products and services to transform the patient experience and promote better health outcomes. We have identified improving medication adherence as one of our key initiatives," said Diego Miralles, MD, head, Janssen Healthcare Innovation. "The Care4Today Mobile Adherence platform can help overcome the number one barrier to consumers taking their medications by providing customized reminders delivered via secure messaging directly to their cell phone, a device that most people carry with them at all times."

In other HIT news: GNAX Health (Atlanta), Acuo Technologies (Bloomington, Minnesota) and Client Outlook (Allen, Texas), reported the formation of a new strategic alliance to provide an integrated and simplified solution for medical image access, exchange and management.

The cloud-based, clinical content management solution delivered through this alliance offers healthcare providers a cost effective way to deploy a best-of-breed solution that includes a vendor neutral archive (VNA) platform, an integrated universal medical image viewer and image exchange strategies that fit the needs of healthcare organizations.

The solution, available through a single contract, combines Acuo's Universal Clinical Platform (UCP) with Client Outlook's eUnity clinical image visualization, sharing and collaboration toolset, hosted within GNAX's healthcare-focused cloud infrastructure and tier-4 data centers – all supported by a cohesive customer support program. This collective offering provides necessary components critical to building a highly secure disaster recovery and business continuity solution for medical imaging without the infrastructure and costs associated with a traditional model. This solution also provides an economical way to store and protect data by freeing up primary local storage, reducing the total amount of storage needed and shifting from a capital intensive local archive to a pay-as-you-go operational service.

GNAX Health is also in the final stages of developing a web-based image exchange service, called SDEX (Secure DICOM Exchange). Integrated into the foundation of Acuo's UCP and data structure as well with the Client Outlook viewer, SDEX provides customers with the benefits of a single, best-of-breed exchange solution. It meets the challenge of complicated workflows by integrating with the provider's employee and patient identification systems to secure access and simplify patient searches. Studies are retrieved from any of the connected PACS, local edge devices or from the cloud archive, making the location of the image transparent to the end user. Providers are able to securely exchange and view images with other GNAX VNA and non-GNAX customers seamlessly, creating a health information exchange (HIE) platform with a workflow for medical imaging.

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