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— Two Madison health IT companies are making a joint effort to help ensure those who get joints replaced at hospitals aren’t readmitted.
Wellbe’s specialty is in letting people know what they need to do before and after a procedure, while Kiio ensures patients complete physical therapy correctly with exercise templates and sensors that track their progress.
And the two want to help hospitals improve their care as they begin adjusting to a new payment method for joint replacements being tried out by the Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services.
“Technology like this really makes sense because we can drive down the costs and still keep quality high and outcomes very good,” said Wellbe CEO James Dias.
Wellbe, founded in 2009, is the more established company of the two. It lists hospitals across the country as customers and having 27 employees, Dias said. Its product has increased engagement from hospital patients and boosted the rate at which they followed prescribed exercise regimens.
Kiio, meanwhile, was founded in late 2012 and was looking for more ways to expand after launching its product with several customers this year. Its platform offers individualized exercises for patients and integrates with its Kiio sensor, a device that “calculates complex muscle function metrics” to help physical therapists understand how patients are doing.
“We can help with the content of what goes into [Wellbe’s] Guided CarePath, and they can really help with exposing us to a lot more potential customers that could use our content,” Kiio CEO Dave Grandin said.
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— Alliant Energy’s efforts to build a natural gas-fueled plant in Beloit have taken a “major step forward,” the Madison company says.
The Madison-based utility has applied with state regulators to build the 650 megawatt plant, but We Energies and Wisconsin Public Service Corporation intervened in the process, with We Energies saying it has enough energy supply to sell to Alliant Energy and fill its needs.
But Alliant Energy said yesterday evening it’s reached an agreement with the intervenors on a “solution that makes sense for energy customers across Wisconsin.”
“The agreement creates mutual opportunities for the parties to invest in joint-ownership generation projects, and contemplates a joint-development agreement for renewable resources, among other items,” the Alliant Energy news release said.
The news comes as the state’s Public Service Commission is scheduled to begin its technical hearings on the issue Monday.
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— New research from the Medical College of Wisconsin could decrease the number of infections acquired during a hospital stay.
The research focused on a bacterium that’s often resistant to antibiotics and is typically found in the digestive system. That bacterium, E. faecalis, can multiply when exposed to antibiotics, causing infections as it enters the bloodstream.
The researchers, MCW’s Nita H. Salzman and Christopher J. Kristich, monitored the bacteria and were able to make an antimicrobial that could eliminate bacteria “from their home in the gut.”
The NIH-funded research was published in the journal Nature.
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