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Amazon expands Sunday delivery with 15 additional cities

BY Antoinette Alexander

SEATTLE — Amazon.com has announced that customers in 15 additional cities are now eligible for Sunday delivery.

In addition to the Los Angeles and New York metro areas where Sunday delivery launched in November 2013, Amazon customers in the following locations are now receiving deliveries on Sunday:

  • Austin, Texas
  • Cincinnati
  • College Station, Texas
  • Columbus, Ohio
  • Dallas
  • Houston
  • Indianapolis, Ind.
  • Lexington, Ky.
  • Louisville, Ky.
  • New Orleans
  • Oklahoma City, Okla.
  • Philadelphia
  • San Antonio
  • Shreveport, La.
  • Waco, Texas

“So far, the most common items delivered on Sunday include baby supplies such as newborn apparel, books and toys — Sunday delivery is clearly crossing errands off the weekend to-do list,” stated Mike Roth, Amazon’s VP North America operations. “We know our Amazon customers love the convenience of everyday delivery, and we’re excited to be offering Sunday delivery in more cities across the U.S.”

Amazon and the U.S. Postal Service plan to continue to roll out Sunday delivery to a large portion of the U.S. population this year. To participate, Amazon customers can add any of the millions of eligible items to their cart and see the Sunday delivery promise at checkout when available in their region.

 

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Telehealth provider Teladoc to accelerate growth with AmeriDoc acquisition

BY Antoinette Alexander

DALLAS — Teladoc, a telehealth provider with more than 7.5 million members, has announced the acquisition of AmeriDoc, a telehealth company founded in 2007.

Teladoc stated that the acquisition supports its strategy for growth into new and fast-growing market segments.

“The positive impact of telehealth on our health care system has fueled rapid adoption across all market segments," stated Jason Gorevic, Teladoc’s CEO. “With this acquisition, Teladoc will accelerate the reach of its services to a larger base of clients, partners and patients, and extend its leadership position in the exploding telehealth arena."

Through Teladoc, patients consult with a physician via phone or secure online video to receive treatment for non-emergency medical issues, such as allergies, bronchitis, pink eye and sinus problems. Teladoc physicians complete more than 250,000 consults annually, have an average of 15 years experience and score a 95% patient satisfaction rate.

Teladoc is also the first and only telehealth company to be certified by the National Committee for Quality Assurance.

 

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FDA approves sensor, mobile app designed to better control asthma, COPD

BY Michael Johnsen

MADISON, Wis. — Propeller Health, the FDA-cleared digital health solution for chronic respiratory disease, earlier this week announced that the Food and Drug Administration granted 510(k) clearance to market its latest generation of the Propeller platform, including a new sensor.

“Our goal is to minimize or eliminate exacerbations — that drives everything we do. Key to that, particularly as we move deeper into COPD, is optimizing both the patient and provider experience on Propeller,” stated David Van Sickle, CEO of Propeller Health. “We remain focused on building ever better tools to passively collect timely data about inhaled medication use, provide people with coaching and guidance that is relevant, personalized and actionable, and make care teams more efficient through new opportunities to intervene.” 

Propeller is a digital therapeutic designed to help patients and their physicians better understand and control asthma, COPD and other respiratory disease to reduce preventable emergency room visits and hospitalizations. With a combination of sensors, mobile apps and analytics, the system encourages adherence to maintenance therapy and remotely monitors use of rescue medications to facilitate early intervention and avoid exacerbations.

What is Propeller? from Propeller Health on Vimeo.

Under the new clearance, the Propeller system can now be used to help predict exacerbations in patients with asthma and COPD. By comparing Metered-Dose Inhaler use to a patient’s baseline and the clinical guidelines, Propeller alerts care teams to people who do not have their disease under control, or who may be worsening and heading to an exacerbation.

The system can now also be used to reduce the frequency of respiratory health symptoms and exacerbations by increasing adherence to medications through feedback, such as reminders, notifications and self-management education. Propeller’s automated, real-time coaching educates users about how best to manage their disease, recognize symptoms and avoid triggers. For the first time, that coaching can include inhaler technique — a major barrier to the optimal use of inhaled medications — using information captured during the normal course of use.

The latest sensor is 30% smaller and features a new collar that removes the need for adapter caps, and support for Bluetooth Low Energy which eliminates charging, increasing battery life to over 18 months.

Propeller is designed for healthcare providers, health plans, employers, and other population health management organizations seeking ways to reduce utilization through adherence, patient engagement and remote monitoring.

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