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Data analytics company Advanced Plan for Health partners with iHealth Labs

BY Michael Johnsen

IRVING, Texas – Advanced Plan for Health, a provider of data analytics technology to help organizations improve health benefits programs, on Monday announced it is teaming with iHealth Labs, a provider of mobile healthcare monitoring solutions. By integrating with iHealth's mobile health devices and solution, and incorporating the health vitals compiled from iHealth's devices into APH's data analytics engine, employers are able to reduce employee health costs, improve health outcomes and empower individuals to be hands-on managers of their own health.

iHealth's software platform and devices make it easy for consumers to track their health vitals, including blood pressure monitoring, weight, glucose levels, activity levels and blood oxygen levels. The devices automatically sync the data to smartphones or tablets and the information is then uploaded into APH's Poindexter, a data analytics risk engine custom-built for population health management, to provide a complete health picture for each individual.

If an individual shows they are maintaining a chronic condition, this may result in lower health plan co-pays, deductibles or premiums, Advanced Plan stated.

"iHealth's line of mobile health devices and solutions enable our users to lead healthier lives by taking a more active role in managing health conditions like hypertension and diabetes," commented Yuchen Wang, chief solution officer, iHealth Labs. "Through our partnership with Advanced Plan for Health, we're now able to help patients not only better understand their health but also realize savings when it comes to their healthcare expenses."

"We need to encourage individuals to change their mindset from patient to consumer," added Neil Godbey, CEO Avanced Plan for Health. "This behavioral approach is how healthcare is being transformed, and we want to be on the cutting edge of this trend. The end result of this partnership is to provide value – in terms of better health outcomes and savings – to self-funded employers, payors, providers and patients alike."

APH announced last month that it also partnered with digital health company Tesser Health. Together, these partnerships help APH to build consumer health management capabilities into the Poindexter platform.

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New supplement manufacturer releases supplement to combat jet lag

BY Michael Johnsen

TORONTO – Bon Voyage Supplements introduced a solution for jet lag that doesn't cause a crash like many caffeine pills, energy drinks and other supplements do.
 
Bon Voyage is formulated with a clinically tested ingredient, Neuravena, which works to promote better travel experiences by enhancing alertness, relieving stress and boosting cognitive function.  

"I found myself jet lagged on my first business trip from Toronto to Beijing for an entire week, and it completely ruined my experience," stated Youcef Boudouh, CEO Bon Voyage. "On my way back home, I pondered that there must be a natural and safe way to stop jet lag. At the time, I was working in the natural supplement industry as an international business development manager."

Forging an exclusive partnership with Mihai Niculescu at Advanced Nutragenomics, Bon Voyage Supplements validated the formula's ingredients and moved forward with the next steps of introducing their supplement to the consumer market.
 
In July, Bon Voyage Supplements will launch a crowdfu nding campaign on IndieGoGo to garner awareness and funds to manufacture and ship out their supplement to travelers everywhere.

"Above disrupting the natural supplement industry with a unique product based on hard scientific and clinical facts, we also wanted to create amazing customer experiences online with our social network strategy based on a mindblowing contest, the $10,000 Backpack Trip Contest and weekly Amazon and Starbucks gift cards," stated Mohit Sadarangani, Bon Voyage founder in charge of marketing.
 
According to Bon Voyage Supplements, they plan to hold similar contests each year.

Bon Voyage Supplements' jet lag formula offers a tablet that is taken twice daily.
 

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CRN adds four companies to membership roster

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WASHINGTON — The Council for Responsible Nutrition on Monday announced the addition of four new member companies to its membership roster, including voting members Piping Rock Health Products and Post Holdings and associate members Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz and Midi Labs.

“As the dietary supplement industry continues to grow, we’re pleased that companies such as our newest members continue to show interest in being part of the industry’s leading trade association,” stated Steve Mister, president and CEO, CRN. “We look forward to collaborating with these companies and to benefitting from their expertise and knowledge, as we solidify the industry’s direction toward greater accountability to consumers.”   

“We are proud to join this team of key players in the dietary supplement industry,” stated Scott Rudolph, CEO at Piping Rock Health Products, in a separate release. “The CRN has set the standards for quality, safety, and efficacy in its commitment to the consumer — something Piping Rock has always stood for. In fact, I was instrumental in helping craft the vision for the CRN many years ago when the organization was in its infancy stages of development and creating its vision for the future."

Piping Rock Health Products is a wellness company and manufacturer and distributor of dietary supplements, aromatherapy and health products. Family owned, the company boasts three generations and more than forty years of expertise in the nutrition industry. Piping Rock’s wholesale divisions include popular products such as Nature’s Truth, Sundance Vitamins and Princeton Research Health brands.

Post Holdings is a consumer packaged goods holding company operating in the center-of-the-store, foodservice, food ingredient, private label, refrigerated and active nutrition food categories. Post's active nutrition businesses market and distribute protein beverages, bars, powders, nutritional supplements and gels sold primarily under the PowerBar, Premier Protein and Dymatize brands.   

Baker Donelson is a full service law firm whose attorneys regularly practice in the most dynamic areas of FDA. The firm takes a creative approach, encouraging innovative solutions, all based on in-depth knowledge of the issues, entities and rules and with a pragmatic, realistic application of that knowledge. Baker Donelson gives clients access to a team of more than 650 attorneys and public policy advisors, all seamlessly connected across 20 offices throughout the Southeast and Washington, D.C.

And Midi Labs is an FDA-registered, cGMP-compliant veteran-owned small business   providing contract laboratory services and technologies for food and supplement manufacturers, personal care, pharmaceutical, agri-bio and research industries, including analysis for quality control and label requirements.

 

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