News & Updates

RememberItNow!, a PHR & drug reminder tool, adds new educational Tweet tips via text message, Push and email. Daily tips include those on Wellness, Heart Health, Pregnancy, Diabetes, Inspiration, and Caregiving. This is typical of the “marrying content to care management tools” we’re seeing in the personal care space.

Giant pharma analytics vendor IMS Health has acquired Med-Vantage to expand its capabilities in the payor marketplace. IMS left the payer market when it sold FACETS to Trizetto about a decade ago.

SDI, which provides de-identified patient-level data analytics and related solutions across the healthcare continuum, announced today an ongoing academic research grant program. SDI will also provide access to its longitudinal prescription data; medical claims data and market research audit trend data.

The Children’s Hospital at the University of Colorado School of Medicine releases a new ChildrensMD Mobile App for iPhone and iPad that provides a symptom care guide for children. The application also provides information on medication dosing for children as well as first aid illustrations. Application built by symptommd.com

PatientsLikeMe won the Health 2.0 award for best main stage presentation at the HDI Forum last week for a very cool integration of all their patient records with the clincaltrials.gov database.

Free SaaS EMR Practice Fusion got ONC certified last week. However, it’s a little more complicated than just downloading it and having a check mailed to your practice for meaningful use. We talked with some EMR implementation experts and, apparently, not all the functionality that has been certified is released quite yet and a meaningful user has to attest to be using full functionality for 90 days in 2011 to get their payment. Expect to see an end of year rush here and not just from Practice Fusion users.

Verisk Analytics Inc will pay $60m for Health Risk Partners, a SF healthcare technology firm which analyzes Medicare data to ensure compliance with rules and data collection. Verisk is emerging as the #2 claims analysis firm behind Optum Insight (see Ingenix).

Health care reimbursement solutions provider Burgess joins the SaaS bandwagon, unveiling a web-delivered version of its Medicare-based claims pricing tool.

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