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Researchers from the University of Washington, UW Medicine and Seattle Children’s Hospital created an app that lets patients test their lung function at home.The research app called SpiroSmart works with a smartphone to analyze sound wave frequencies to detect whether or not patients can breathe normally.

Cancer information resource provider Navigating Cancer raised $2.25 million led by Western Technology Investment. The company created an online portal that integrates with patients’ health records. Navigating Cancer plans to use the funding to expand its engineering team.

Apple recently patented a device-charging method that could pave the way for smartphone charging via motion. It could end up giving desk job working Americans an excuse to get up and on their feet. However, a TechCrunch article said the technology is a long way away from being ready.

Skylight Healthcare Systems received $5 million in a series D funding round from Duchossois Capital Partners. Skylight Healthcare is the creator of Skylight CareNavigator, which provides patients and families with medical education and information.

Illumina, Inc. and Partners HealthCare teamed up to create an infrastructure for geneticists and pathologists to communicate genetic sequencing data. The tools help to streamline workflow so that scientists can better analyze, interpret and report complex genetic test results.

The UC Davis Health System established the California Health eQuality (CHeQ) program, which will use health information exchange technology to transmit information between hospitals and doctors’ offices. CHeQ was established through an interagency agreement with the California Health and Human Services Agency and is a 16-month, $17.5 million program.

Healthsense, creator of aging services technologies, raised $7 million in a round of series D financing led by Merck Global Health Innovation Fund and Fallon Community Health Plan. Healthsense will focus on extending the reach of its remote monitoring services.

Medical research organization, The West Health Institute developed technology that uses Microsoft’s Kinect for physical therapy. The Reflexion Rehabilitation Measurement Tool allows medical professionals to remotely monitor patients and keep them on tack with their routines. Clinical trials of the system will begin at the Naval Medical Center of San Diego.

CommunicateHealth, Inc. will host a design hack-a-thon aimed at improving health information literacy. The event will take place Oct. 13-14 at The University of Massachusetts Amherst.