CHICAGO, Dec. 2, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Validic, the world's leading digital health platform connecting healthcare organizations to data generated by consumer and clinical health technologies, and higi, the leading community-based consumer health and wellness platform accessible via retail locations, web and mobile, today announced a strategic collaboration to provide healthcare organizations with richer, more diverse and more actionable health data to improve healthcare treatments and outcomes.
Through this important partnership, Validic's clients – including payers, providers, pharma, healthcare technology vendors and wellness companies – will be able to access higi consumers' real-time biometric data with patient authorization. higi's health station network is the largest of such networks in the nation with more than 30 million unique users. Validic's clients also will have the ability to quickly and effectively engage patients utilizing higi stations where more than 1 million tests are completed a week. By integrating into Validic's industry leading digital health platform, higi will expand their reach and distribution to Validic's 160 million person client population in 47 countries around the world.
"We are excited to expand the digital health ecosystem with higi," Ryan Beckland, CEO and Co-Founder of Validic said. "higi, like Validic, believes that access to actionable health information can not only motivate patient behavior, but can also empower healthcare organizations to deliver a higher quality of care to improve health outcomes."
higi's network has grown to almost 10,000 FDA 510k cleared health stations located in pharmacies, groceries and other retail outlets nationwide – positioning a higi station within five miles of 75 percent of the U.S. population. In addition, higi's platform enables users to track their statistics, participate in challenges and engage with others to change their behaviors and improve their health.
Significant value for healthcare companies can be realized
Hospitals and health systems, for example, would benefit through the development of more efficiently designed clinical improvement programs. Instead of relying exclusively on in-home monitoring devices for the most at-risk patients, a hospital could present lower-risk patients with the option to send vital statistics through a neighborhood higi health station. At higi stations, the check-ins are free for consumers and easily accessible at their local retailer, allowing the monitoring of a larger pool of patients with minimal incremental cost increases.
"We believe all healthcare organizations will be using biometric health data, like the data provided by higi, as the means to quickly and cost-effectively identify at-risk populations to improve treatments and outcomes for their patients. higi is perfectly positioned to partner with a digital health leader like Validic in this effort so healthcare organizations can provide better care because they will now have a more complete understanding of their consumers to provide even more personalized treatments," Jeff Bennett, Chief Executive Officer of higi said.
higi will be featured as part of Validic's upcoming Digital Health Leadership Series webinar on December 9. The webinar series features leading companies in the expanding digital health ecosystem that are helping healthcare and wellness organizations achieve better outcomes, increase engagement and reduce per capita costs. higi will discuss this partnership and its solutions' benefits on the upcoming webinar.
Validic provides the industry's leading digital health platform connecting providers, pharmaceutical companies, payers, wellness companies and healthcare IT vendors to health data gathered from hundreds of in-home clinical devices, wearables and consumer healthcare applications. Reaching more than 160 million lives in 47 countries, its scalable, cloud-based solution offers one connection to a continuously-expanding ecosystem of consumer and clinical health data, delivering the standardized and actionable insight needed to drive better health outcomes and power improved population health, care coordination and patient engagement initiatives. Validic was named to Gartner's "Cool Vendors" list and received Frost & Sullivan's "Best Practices and Best Value in Healthcare Information Interoperability" and "Top 10 Healthcare Disruptor" awards. To learn more about Validic, follow Validic on Twitter or visit www.validic.com.
higi's mission is to get consumers to take small but meaningful steps to create lasting health habits. Its innovative community-based health and wellness platform gives consumers the power to collect and share their health and activity data with trusted partners or communities. These trusted partners can leverage this data from higi (after consumers' explicitly opt-in) and higi's tools to better engage with their customers on health and wellness in a simple, fun and rewarding manner. For more information, visit us at higi.com and follow us on Twitter @higi. In addition, prospective partner developers can learn more about higi's API by visiting developer.higi.com.