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September 11, 2012

Wearable heart monitor developed with Mayo Clinic gets FDA appproval

Doctors will soon be able to monitor a patient's heart beat after they've left the hospital thanks to a new wearable monitor system developed in Rochester in collaboration with Mayo Clinic.

The BodyGuardian Remote Monitoring System, a series of small wearable monitors created by Preventice with Mayo Clinic, got Food and Drug Administration approval Monday to be used by doctors to track non-lethal arrhythmia or irregular heart beats. The monitors are paired with a dedicated cell phone that allows doctors to check on a patient's heart rate at any time through a secure web site on their computers or via their iPad tablets.
"This is Preventice's single biggest milestone as a company. It's something we've been working toward for two years," says Michael Emerson, Preventice's senior vice president of marketing.

The device tracks a patient's breathing and movement as well as their heart beat to give doctors a complete picture of what is going on, even though the patient is at home.

It is expected to be commercially available by the end of the year, which means doctors will be able to prescribe it as a patient is released from the hospital and continue to monitor their condition.

The devices are expected to be manufactured in Europe and then set-up with software by Preventice in Minnesota. Emerson said the firm has not really begun to talk to hospitals and care facilities about contracting the BodyGuardian system yet, though marketing is expected to start this year.

Mayo Clinic, as the main collaborator that helped develop the system, will certainly have first priority as a customer, he said.

Preventice's BodyGuardian could help reduce the length of hospital stays, which could reduce the cost of health care, says Emerson. And it could improve a patient's recovery in a way that is less invasive than being treated in a medical facility.

"Health care today is very well-orchestrated, right up until the moment you walk outside of hospital," he said. "This technology can help with that transition, both in having it happen earlier and in having it show better success."

Mayo Clinic officials believe BodyGuardian will be a very effective tool.

“This platform has the potential to positively impact health-care outcomes," said Dr. Charles Bruce, a Mayo Clinic consultant in cardiovascular diseases and internal medicine, in the Preventice's announcement about the FDA approval.

Preventice is headquartered in Minneapolis and its main research and development site is in Rochester on West Circle Drive. It also works closely with Mayo Clinic, which holds a financial stake in the company.

The 5-year-old Preventice started out as Boost Information Systems in Rochester, before evolving into its current form. Preventice has created a number of health-related phone apps in conjunction with Mayo Clinic as well as building its own health data platform to keep patients and care providers connected and engaged.

Besides its facilities it Rochester and Minneapolis, Preventice also has an office in Fargo, N.D.

Emerson said the growing company has between 50 to 100 employees at the moment.

This health care niche of remote monitoring is growing rapidly and is expected to be fueled by the need to care for the country's rapidly aging population.

Experts anticipate almost 5 million patients will be using some type of wireless monitoring like this by 2016. The global market for this estimated to be worth more than $9 billion by 2014.

June 15, 2012

Mayo Clinic, DoApp sell mRemedy health app biz

Dial 'H' for health care.

A national health care technology firm announced Thursday that it dialed up a deal to acquire a mobile application company created by Mayo Clinic and local developer DoApp, Inc.

MyTality2Raleigh, N.C.-based Axial Exchange acquired mRemedy, which was formed in 2009. That brings mRemedy's myTality, a suite of patient-focused mobile health care apps, into Axial's platform of hospital care software.

"It's a good move for us. It's a good move for Axial. It's a good fit," says Rochester's Wade Beavers, the CEO of DoApp and mRemedy.

He says this move will take the mobile products that his firm created for patients to use to navigate hospital visits to a new level.

"We wanted to make health care easier for patients, but our solution was limited," says Wade. "Axial is going deeper into EMR (electronic medical records). That will close the loop with the hospital, doctors and patients. We never expected to close that loop."

While financial details of the deal were not released, DoApp and Mayo Clinic now have a financial stake in Axial, as do two Mayo Clinic medical professionals. Dr. Paul Y. Takahashi and Nathan Jacobson will serve on Axial's advisory board, along with two other Mayo Clinic doctors that will be named in the future.

DoApp will continue to work on the development of the mRemedy applications with Axial's team.

Mzl.ptzeeetk.320x480-75As part of the deal, Axial Exchange also gets access to consumer content from to use in its products.

Canaan Partners, Axial’s lead venture capital investor, put this deal together to help accelerate the firm's pipeline of new health care products and enhance their current ones.

"This is a case where one plus one definitely equals three,” stated Dr. Stephen Bloch of Canaan Partners in the announcement. “Axial is quickly growing into a best-in-class solution for improving the discharge process in hospitals. Integrating a patient’s personalized care plans into a hospital’s mobile portal was the logical next step to allow hospital to offer end-to-end patient care."

Beavers says he is personally excited to see the work done by mRemedy moved ahead in the push toward better connectivity and ultimately better healthcare.

"Mobile is hot. It is the hottest thing in the market," he says.

DoApp, which Beavers helped launch in 2008, focuses on web and mobile applications for health care, news and real estate. It has grown from a team of four to 17 full-time staffers.

Look for more news from DoApp in the near future as it continues to make significant moves in the mobile applications industry.

August 31, 2011

Roch. software firm launches pro-am contest for app makers

Here's some from a piece I wrote about Vacava and its new web app creation software.

Take note professional and wanna-be app makers. They are offering $4,000 and two iPads for the best apps submitted to their Application Invitational.

Check out the print edition for the whole story.


A Rochester software firm is confident that its new product can make anyone into a programmer.

Logowhite200straptm To prove it, Vacava is giving its RapidBiz system out for free to both programmers and non-programmers to compete in a contest to see who can create the best web applications.

Winners in each of the pro and rookie categories will receive $2,000. Runners-up will get Apple iPads.

Competitors will also be able to earn for money directly from the marketplace for their work.

All of the business-focused applications will go into Vacava's online "catalog." Following the model of the Apple App Store, customers can directly purchase the applications.
The creators will receive all of the money generated by any sales.

August 16, 2010

Mayo Clinic's Dr. iPhone App hobby turns into company

Remember Dr. App?

That's the Mayo Clinic doctor who took up iPhone application programming for fun and released a photo editing app called iBlurb.

Well, he now has a development company and a new app.

Focusing on the big picture, a smart-phone photo application created for fun by a Mayo Clinic physician is getting serious.

As a hobby, Dr. Paul Friedman learned how to program iPhone apps and created one to allow users to doctor photos with funny messages FoTrixpicand images like mustaches or horns.With the help of his brother-in-law Troy Mikell, he released that app, called iBlurb, in February.

 Priced at 99 cents, it grew to a peak of about a 1,000 downloads a day on Apple’s App Store. Now they have retired iBlurb to be replaced by FoTrix, a new, more feature-rich photo app built on the foundation of Friedman’s amateur programming. It went on the Apple website earlier this month.

FoTrix is the first commercial product of AppGeneration Inc., their new Rochester-based software company. Now instead of Friedman programming during off hours, the team has a professional coder, who is also a doctor who previously worked at Mayo.

“It is a lot of fun to see something that was truly a hobb transform into a real start-up company,” Friedman says.

FoTrix offers more editing features and more than 1,000 images like hats or animals to add, as well as providing a direct link to upload to Facebook.

The coming iPad version also allows users to use their fingers to write or draw on a picture.

Mikell says major retailers are talking to the fledgling firm about possibly using FoTrix as a marketing tool.

Now the hobbyist is no longer needed for programming. Friedman admits he does miss it some.

“However, as much as I love this stuff as a hobby, my true love is medicine,” he says.