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Striiv announces the debut of new interactive pedometer. Using points earned from activity, users can contribute to select charities through a partnership with GlobalGiving. The device includes a game called MyLand, in which activity translates to new wildlife and plants on a mystical island.

Trale introduces MyBioCheck, an iPad app that collects and analyzes health data to produce health report cards for individuals and, aggregate reports for employers. The system relies upon manual data entry of clinical data.

A new “intelligent” cast threaded with electromyographic sensors can track wound healing by detecting muscle activity around a fracture site. The cast relays data wirelessly to physicians allowing them to adjust treatments accordingly. Embedded software can also suggest exercises to promote healing based on recorded data.

Elder-monitoring service AFrame Digital has received a research grant from NIH to study applicability of its wireless MobileCare monitoring platform in reducing falls. MobileCare is a watch-like device that wirelessly transmits data on motion, location and vital signs allowing for cloud-based monitoring and alerts.

Sensor technology continues to evolve into novel applications. A team of researchers from the Technische Universitaet Muenchen has developed a prototype implantable oxygen sensor for continuously monitoring tumor growth.

Head of Facebook’s Mobile Platform, Erick Tseng, joins the Epocrates board. The company has ambitious expansion plans underway following its announcement at HIMSS 2011 that it would build its own EHR platform. Another SEC filing also revealed that Epocrates is in the beginning stages of launching SmartSite, a website hosting promotional content for pharmaceutical clients, and the Epocrates App Network, which will develop customized medical apps for iPhone/iPad.

athenahealth announces the launch of its cloud based athenaCoordinatorSM system, providing insurance pre-certification and patient pre-registration services that are shared between different hospitals and providers.

A new study conducted by Humana and the Wisconsin Health Information Exchange has found that use of health information exchanges in emergency departments results in cost savings. Published in American Health & Drug Benefits, the study found an average of $29 in savings per patient visit, largely from reducing redundant testing.

The American Medical Association announces 10 winners for its first ever Health App Challenge. Winning submissions include workflow solutions (i.e. “Rounder” which allows physicians to record information about hospitalized patients and manage task lists while rounding), clinical apps (i.e. “What’s not covered” determines what bugs are not covered by a patient's antimicrobial regimen) and educational programs (i.e. Smart Flash Cards).

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