Partnership paves way for care kiosks, 'smart' first aid kits in nursing homes

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Two tech providers have come together to further spread the telehealth bug to nursing homes and elsewhere.

Menlo Park, CA-based 19Labs, which creates telehealth kiosks and “smart first aid kits,” among other things, just announced that it is partnering up with software and service provider American Well. With that, they will offer American Well customers its kiosks and tablet solutions.

Together, the two say they plan to offer nursing facilities, along with schools and other employers, a full complement of remote monitoring tools, and the ability to emblazon those solutions with their own brand names, according to a press release. Boston-based American Well's platform includes a range of healthcare services and wellness programs, with the ability to connect to remote clinicians and other resources.

"Healthcare is rapidly expanding beyond the hospital setting, into the workplace, nursing homes and schools, and we are seeing incredible acceleration in telehealth deployments in 2018," Roy Schoenberg, M.D., CEO of American Well, said in the press release. "Our SDK makes it possible for innovators like 19Labs to bring telehealth into point-of-care solutions that range from telehealth rooms to portable first-aid kits. This is a significant step forward towards a world where healthcare can be distributed digitally to wherever it is needed."