News & Updates

The PositiveID Corporation announced that its FDA-cleared iglucose system has been certified by AT&T as being reliable across its nationwide wireless network. The iglucose system connects to glucometers, transmitting blood glucose readings to the cloud.

MediSwipe, provider of merchant payment services and financial products for the healthcare industry, signed a letter of intent to acquire the assets of, a social media network used by residents in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities. Facilities pay a monthly fee for residents to use the closed-loop, HIPAA-compliant social media network to connect with family members.

According to a new report by research2guidance, a German firm that specializes in research into mobile markets, the global market for mobile health applications for smartphones is expected to nearly double in 2012, rising to $1.3 billion. The mobile health apps market grew seven-fold to $718 million in 2011.

An upcoming Institute of Medicine panel will examine how telehealth technologies can improve care outcomes and control costs in the American health care system. The panel will examine how technological developments including mHealth, electronic intensive care units, remote-monitoring, social networking and wearable devices, in conjunction with the push for electronic health records, can be best used to extend care to those in rural and underserved regions.

Sen. Tom Udall (D-Utah) plans to introduce legislation that would create a national provider database, enabling interstate license portability for physicians, making it easier for them to practice telemedicine in multiple states. Currently physicians must apply for a separate license in each state where they practice telemedicine.

Telehealth provider Consult A Doctor announced that it will debut two new products at the HIMSS 2012 conference to allow hospitals and clinics to customize access plans for cloud-based virtual visits. When doctors communicate with patients using MyHospital 24/7 and MyClinic 24/7, they can add recorded calls or videos to an electronic health record (EHR) for a patient. Consult A Doctor also plans to launch a mobile telehealth platform in the first quarter of 2012.

Canadian telecommunications provider Telus announced that its healthcare division has acquired Wolf Medical Systems, a Canadian IT vendor that specializes in cloud-based electronic health-record systems for physician practices.

ADP, a provider of business outsourcing applications, has acquired PhyLogic Healthcare for an undisclosed sum. PhyLogic is a privately held company that provides financial management services, cloud-based practice management tools and EHR systems.

DocBookMD announced that it raised $2.2 million in seed round funding from private investors involved in the healthcare industry. The new funding will allow the company to accelerate adoption of its rapidly growing mHealth application, DocBookMD. Currently used by physicians in more than 20 states, DocBookMD allows doctors to rapidly exchange text, photos, charts, X-rays and other information to speed patient care and save valuable time.

Digital file cabinet and e-payment solution doxo announced that more than 40 hospitals and 3,000 physicians have joined its service. Patients use doxo to connect with their healthcare providers to securely receive, review and manage their medical and insurance documents and pay their medical bills.

PerfectServe, a provider of clinical communication services, announced that it has raised $10.9 million in a Series C round led by PJC Capital LLC. Additional participants include National Healthcare Services, the strategic investment arm of the MemorialCare Health System and CHV Capital of the Indiana University Health System.

Health Care DataWorks has been named the Outstanding Start-up Business at the 2011 TechColumbus Innovation Awards. The Central Ohio company launched three years ago to provide business intelligence solutions that enable healthcare organizations to improve their quality of care and reduce costs.

OmniCompete has been acquired by InnoCentive, creator of global open innovation competitions. Best known for its annual Global Security Challenge, OmniCompete has executed nearly two-dozen high profile challenges throughout its history in the areas of security, energy, healthcare and cloud computing.

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