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The University of North Carolina Hospitals are tagging all surgical supplies with radio frequency identification (RFID) tags. Instead of manually counting surgical supplies, the surgeon can quickly scan the surgical cavity with a RFID-detector to confirm that all surgical tools have been removed.

Mercy Hospital in Missouri announces plans for the nation’s first brick and mortar virtual care center. The $90 million facility will host 24/7 teleradiology and telepathology services in addition to around the clock primary care, specialty, and nursing staff for tele-consult and tele-triage services. Patients will be connected to the center via home-based technologies to monitor weight, blood pressure, blood glucose, EKGs and more.

The philanthropists who donated $90 million to the West Wireless Health Institute have put forth another $100 million in order to launch the West Health Investment Fund. The investment will go towards improvement of health technologies and early stage product and service development.

The Consumer Electronics Association releases new study gauging consumer interest in health technologies. Encouraging findings include: over a third of consumers want to send information to their physicians wirelessly, manage their health information online, have telehealth visits with their physicians, and use remote monitoring technologies such as vital sign meters and mobile fitness devices.

Great Lakes NeuroTechnologies receives $2 million in federal grants to develop a portable essential tremor monitor that can track tremor severity and activity throughout the day. Continuous tremor tracking will allow physicians to monitor response to therapy and better characterize changes in tremor character over time.

A report prepared for the Center for Connected Health estimates that California’s Medi-Cal program could save $1.3 billion dollars from its new telehealth law through the use of disease management programs that use electronic home monitoring systems for patients with diabetes and heart failure. For example, use of telehealth to detect retinopathy among diabetes patients could result in $2,500 in savings over the lifetime of a patient.

Clinical work flow and integration technology provider, Orion Health, has acquired Microsoft hospital information system software assets.

A new Cybercitizen Health study by Manhattan Research estimates that 26% of US adults have used their mobile phones to access health information over the past year. This figure is twice that reported in 2010.

AT&T and Washington Hospital Center have released an app called CodeHeart whereby doctors can view critical care patients in transit via a video display. The app allows users to view the patient, speak to the patient, view test results and ECG’s, and prep for ER entry. CodeHeart has already been released for use at six hospitals.

HealthSaaS partners with Happtique to create a custom app catalog of mobile health applications that will securely connect patients via their mobile devices with their healthcare organizations. The new connected health app catalog will offer a suite of mobile apps that will capture physician-requested data collected by patients on their mobile devices onto a secured, white-labeled provider portal and optionally into backend EHR.

GreatCall, and emergency responder product developer, has launched a personal responder device, as well as an app with similar functionality. It’s a single button that calls out to certified response agents, and uses GPS to track down the user.

PharmaSecure Inc closes a $3.9 million investment round from Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors, Gray Ghost Ventures, Healthtech Capital and the TEEC Angel Fund. PharmaSecure labels pharmaceutical packages with unique ID codes that allow consumer authentication by SMS to counter the challenge of counterfeit drugs in developing countries.

Chartis, AIG’s largest division, has elected to offer discounts on its medical stop-loss insurance to employers that adopt the MedEncentive Program. MedEncentive uses payer-sponsored financial incentives to reward both doctors and patients for adhering to evidence-based care and healthy behaviors.

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