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Idaho votes to amend legislation that would ban the use of telemedicine to prescribe abortion-inducing drugs
The Idaho State Senate has voted to amend legislation that banned the use of telemedicine to prescribe medications that induce abortion, a move that comes just two months following the settlement of a lawsuit filed by Planned Parenthood condemning the prohibition. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 23, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Harvard researchers develop low-cost, smartphone-based male fertility test
Scientists have developed a method to test for male infertility that doesn ' t require much more than a smartphone. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 23, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Digital transformation - including wearables, IoT - a $20 trillion market, says IDC
DX: Hospital executives and IT pros might as well get used to those initials, which analyst house IDC and some others use to  refer to " digital transformation. " While DX is not an entirely new concept, IDC just projected that the overall DX market will blast off toward $20 trillion in short order, representing more than 20 percent of GDP. Global GDP, that is. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 23, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Digital health hires: Syapse, AxisPoint, and more
Precision oncology company Syapse, which is working with Joe Biden ’s Cancer Moonshot Initiative, has hired a new CEO, Ken Tarkoff. Tarkoff was previously chief operating officer at RelayHealth, a healthcare administration software company bought by McKesson in 2006.  (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 23, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Study: App-based visits seem viable for post-surgical follow-ups
Women recovering from breast reconstruction surgery following a mastectomy may be just fine checking in with their doctors via their smartphone rather than having to visit in person, a small study published in JAMA Surgery suggested.   (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 23, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

New York Attorney General settles with three mobile health apps
The New York Attorney General ' s office announced today that it has settled with three mobile health apps around alleged misleading claims and irresponsible privacy practices. The apps include Adidas subsidiary Runtastic; MIT Media Lab spinoff Cardiio, and Matis, maker of " My Baby ' s Beat " , an app that claims to monitor a fetus ' s heartbeat using the iPhone microphone. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 23, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Digital health news briefs for 3/22/2017
ResMed, maker of devices and software to improve sleep and chronic respiratory conditions, has teamed up with Adaptive Sound Technologies to offer the sound machine through its portfolio of sleep technology products.   (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 22, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

UK data scientists, digital media company team up to develop AI chatbots to triage care for NHS
The University of Essex has a plan to save the National Health Services billions of pounds per year: outsource treatment of minor ailments to a fleet of automated, AI-powered general practitioners, available right on a smartphone. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 22, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

UCSF study: Smartphone geofencing can detect hospitalizations with 65 percent accuracy
A new study from UCSF -- one part of the organizations ' s extensive Health eHeart study -- shows that geofencing (using cellphone triangulation and GPS data to determine a person ' s location) can be used to track hospitalization with 65 percent accuracy and reasonable sensitivity. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 22, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Telemedicine saves time, travel costs, even air quality, new study finds
While telehealth policies, technological advancements and utilization continue to grow, whether it actually reduces healthcare costs and improves outcomes is still a point of some contention. As the bulk of such analysis focuses on the bottom line of health plans and employers, researchers at University of California Davis instead are looking on how it impacts patients at a more basic level: driving costs. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 22, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

VitalTrax gets $150K to bring app-based patient engagement to clinical trials
VitalTrax, a Philadelphia-based startup focused on patient engagement in clinical trials, has received a $150,000 seed investment. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 22, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

HHS names secretary for health technology
The  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that former Louisiana Rep. John Fleming is taking a new post as deputy assistant secretary for health technology.Fleming said as secretary for health technology he will work on issues and regulations tied to technology and the practice of medi cine. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 21, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

FDNA launches app-based tool for clinicians using facial recognition, AI and genetic big data to improve rare disease diagnosis and treatment
Boston startup FDNA, which makes a suite of apps called Face2Gene that use facial analysis, artificial intelligence and genomic insights in hopes of improving diagnoses and treatment of rare diseases, has launched a new tool for clinicians. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 21, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Digital health news briefs for 3/21/2017
MDLive launches new mobile app. Telemedicine vendor MDLive has completely revamped its mobile app. The update includes streamlined onboarding, a new personalized dashboard, and a design that encourages users to use the “find a provider” feature and to update their health records. The app is also customizable for provider partners and MDLive is offering a full SDK to integrate parts of MDLive’s app into their own. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 21, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Bivarus gets $4M for data-driven approach to patient feedback
Correction: A previous version of this article misstated the amount of the raise. It was $4 million. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 21, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Teladoc and Accolade join forces and more digital health deals
Teladoc has teamed up with Accolade, an on-demand healthcare concierge provider for employers, health plans and health systems, to help members (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 21, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Zocdoc launches patient-focused search engine that can understand natural human language
Doctor appointment booking platform Zocdoc is launching a new, smarter search feature to its offering on both mobile and desktop. Now, the ability to find and schedule doctor visits will become more personalized and approachable with Zocdoc ’s Patient Powered Search engine, which employs machine learning and natural language processing to make the experience more conversational. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 21, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

WebMD, Scripps Translational Science Institute launch ResearchKit study on pregnancy
Scripps Translational Science Institute and WebMD are launching a new smartphone-based Apple ResearchKit study on pregnant women to improve research as well as resources for expectant mothers. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 20, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

UCB works with Garmin on wellness program for rheumatoid arthritis patients
Global pharmaceutical company UCB has launched Wellness4U, a health and wellness platform for  people living with immunologic disorders which includes, as one aspect, an activity tracker pilot program. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 20, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Aetion gets $11.2M for real-world evidence analytics platform
New York-based healthcare technology company, Aetion, which makes an analytics platform to assess real-world evidence from a range of sources, has raised $11.2 million in Series A funding. Flare Capital Partners, a VC firm focused on early stage health technology and services, led the round, and Lakestar also contributed. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 20, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

betterPT gets $1.5 million to connect patients to physical therapists via mobile app
New York City-based betterPT has raised $1.5 million for its mobile platform for connecting patients to physical therapists. Loeb Partners was the sole investor in the seed round. The genesis of the company grows out of a law recently passed in 29 out of 50 states known as “direct access”, which allows patients to get up to 10 physical therapist visits without a prescription and still be reimbursed for those visits.  (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 20, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Northwell Health masters care transitions with ' LoJack for patients '
Care coordination is critical to the success of population health efforts as it brings all of the moving parts of healthcare together on the same track. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 20, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

In-depth: The path to market for digital tools for mental health and neurological conditions
The human brain and the seemingly infinite number of health complications that can befall it are complex. As such, there aren ’t universally agreed-upon therapies and treatments for conditions ranging from depression and chronic pain to stroke and Parkinson’s disease. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 17, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Intermountain taps Zebra to bring AI to medical imaging
Intermountain Healthcare is working with Zebra Medical Vision, a deep learning imaging analytics company, based in Israel to integrate machine learning in medical imaging analysis. The goal is to provide better patient care. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 16, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Connected fetal monitor maker Monica acquired by GE Healthcare
UK-based Monica Healthcare, one of the earliest digital health companies, has been acquired by GE Healthcare. While the terms of the deal were not disclosed, investor Catapult Ventures shared that it recieved a 3.5x return on its investment. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 16, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

HMS Holdings acquires patient engagement company Eliza Health for $170M
Irving, Texas-based HMS Holdings, which owns a number of subsidiaries that offer software tools for payers, has acquired health engagement platform provider Eliza Corporation for a cash purchase price of $170 million. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 16, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

With $30M in new funding from Omron, Mayo Clinic, AliveCor launches new AI-powered provider dashboard
Smartphone ECG company AliveCor announced $30 million in new funding today, led by the Mayo Clinic and Omron Healthcare. At the same time, the company launched Kardia Pro, its first provider-facing offering, which uses AI to give cardiologists only the relevant information about their patient ' s ECGs. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 16, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Livongo ' s $52.5M round will take it beyond diabetes and beyond the US
Technology-enabled diabetes management company Livongo Health has raised $52.5 million in new funding in a round co-led by General Catalyst, an existing investor, and international investment company Kinnevik. Other investors included Microsoft Ventures, American Investment Holdings, and EDBI, a Singapore-based fund whose portfolio includes WellTok, GoBalto, and Sotera Wireless. All previous investors also participated in the round. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 16, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Cohero Health adds another $1.5M to Series A with new backing from Samsung, Omron
New York City-based Cohero Health, which develops connected health tools and technologies for chronic respiratory diseases, has closed on $10.5 million in Series A funding. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 15, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

VC firm Biomatics Capital closes $200M fund focused on genomics and digital health
Seattle-based venture capital firm Biomatics Capital, which focuses on companies innovating around healthcare and technology, has closed its initiatory fund of $200 million. This exceeds the firm ’s target of $150 million and spans a range of investors including individuals, family offices and institutions. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 15, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Mount Sinai taps Salesforce to connect Medicaid patients ' care communities
When Salesforce, already a powerhouse in customer support systems, entered the healthcare space in 2015, the company ' s scale and experience held a lot of promise for tackling large-scale population health challenges. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 15, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

InTouch, Dignity Health expand telehealth partnership and more digital health deals
Telehealth provider  InTouch Health and Dignity Health have expanded their partnership, extending InTouch’s existing services in Dignity’s acute care settings into post-acute and ambulatory facil (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 15, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

FDA seeking feedback on new Office of Patient Affairs
The FDA is considering the creation of an Office of Patient Affairs, focused on soliciting the perspectives of patients and taking those insights into account as it sets regulatory policy. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 15, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

CareDox raises $6.4M for digital student health record platform
New York-based CareDox, which offers a digital platform for schools to manage, store and transfer children ’s health records, has raised $6.4 million in Series A in a round led by Digitalis Ventures. First Round Capital, Giza Venture Capital, TEXO Ventures and Prolog Ventures also contributed. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 15, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Mango Health, Express Scripts announce strategic investment, longterm partnership
Digital health company Mango Health, which makes a gamified app for patient engagement and medication adherence, has announced a strategic investment from — and longterm partnership with — Express Scripts, the largest pharmacy benefit management organization in the United States. The amount of the investment was undisclosed. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 14, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Epic launches long-planned " App Orchard " app store
Epic announced with little fanfare that its App Orchard is now officially open for business. And the EHR vendor is inviting third-party developers to highlight their best work, not only with FHIR, but also other open application programming interfaces. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 14, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Genentech gives UC Riverside $100k grant for MS telemedicine pilot
For people living with the autoimmune disease multiple sclerosis (MS), there can be many impediments to traveling to the neurologist ’s office for regular visits, including personal mobility limitations, pain, or vision impairments. And those are just the physical challenges of MS. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 14, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Digital health briefs for 3/14/2017
Google Fit, the company ’s health and fitness platform that launched in 2014 as an Apple Health competitor, is headed in the same direction as the rest of the tracking app industry: collecting more data on users and serving it back to them as personalized insights. Head of health and fitness apps for Google Play Mary Liz McCurdy spoke on a panel at SXSW this week about that trend.  (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 14, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

UK arthritis resource charity taps IBM Watson to build virtual assistant
Millions of people around the world are living with arthritis. In the United States alone, the Centers for Disease Control puts that figure at nearly 23 million, or one in every four adults. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 14, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

CarePredict gets investment for wearable-based senior monitoring platform
CarePredict, a Fort Lauderdale, Florida-based company that makes a wearable for at-risk seniors, has raised an undisclosed funding round led by Las Olas Venture Capital, a fund that invests in innovative tech startups and previously invested in telemedicine company MDLive. The amount of the investment was undisclosed. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 14, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Leo Innovation Lab invests $5.5M in five startups to drive development of digital tools for mental health, skin conditions and diagnostics
Copenhagen, Denmark-based Leo Innovation Lab announced a $5.5 million Series A funding round that will go to five startups around the world, ranging from mobile app makers to AI platform providers. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 13, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Survey: Four in ten doctors say patient-generated data will among the most useful data sources in 5 years
The importance of genomic and patient-generated data will increase dramatically in the next five years as healthcare managers gain control of big data to develop precision medicine. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 13, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Data show gamified, personal coaching program SidekickHealth a good complement to in-person DPPs
Digital coaching and a gamified approach to healthy lifestyle choices may be a powerful tool in managing chronic conditions, according to new data from health engagement platform provider GoodlifeMe, which makes SidekickHealth. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 13, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Teladoc, CareCloud, and more digital health hires
Telemedicine company Teladoc has added a new position, executive vice president and chief revenue officer, and has tapped Peter Nieves for the role. Nieves was previously the EVP of employer markets at Optum, where he built that business up to be worth more than $1 billion according to a release from Teladoc. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 13, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

In past editorials, Trump ' s FDA pick advocated hands-off approach for health apps
With previous rumored Trump picks to lead the FDA, we ’ve had to rely on speculation to gauge their approach to mobile and digital health. Not so with former FDA deputy commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb, Trump’s final pick as of Friday.  (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 13, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Mount Sinai Apple ResearchKit study on asthma shows feasibility of smartphone-only studies
A new study demonstrates that conducting some studies entirely via smartphones is feasible, fruitful and scalable: it stands up to scientific rigor, allows for large-scale participant enrollment,and captures unique environmental data not available through traditional methods, as researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai have learned. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 13, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

With strategic investment from Guardian, PokitDok sets sites on blockchain
San Mateo, California-based PokitDok,  which offers a suite of API-based software tools for appointment reminders, price transparency, patient check-in, and more, has received a new investment from the investment arm of Guardian Life Insurance Company of America. While the company didn ' t disclose the amount of the investment, they did say it will be used to fund the development of a blockchain for healthcare, dubbed DokChain. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 10, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

iExhale gets $1.86M for mental health mobile app
Los Angeles-based online mental health company  iExhale has raised $1.86 million in seed funding in a round led by Dorilton Capital. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 10, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Digital health news briefs for 3/10/2017
Former FDA deputy commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb is the rumored choice to head the agency, with the full nomination expected by the end of the day. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 10, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news

Review of VR studies shows promise for the technology
A team of researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles has published a review of randomized trials studying the use of virtual reality in inpatient settings. The research team included Dr. Brennan Spiegel, who heads up a team that uses virtual reality for pain reduction at Cedars-Sinai. (Source: mobihealthnews)
Source: mobihealthnews - March 10, 2017 Category: Information Technology Source Type: news