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Stamford Hospital launches a new blood pressure remote monitoring program for employees. The program uses home-based blood pressure readings to provide feedback and cash incentives for self-monitoring of blood pressure. The system syncs with Microsoft HealthVault PHR and offers individually tailored feedback from Good Health Gateway.

WellApps raises $500K in seed funding to develop mobile symptom trackers for chronic disease. The company, which previously created the “GI Monitor” mobile app, plans to create similar apps for Lupus, rheumatoid arthritis and fibromyalgia that would allow patients to track medications, joint pain, numbness and neurological symptoms. WellApps relies on manual entry of information compared to ginger.io which seeks to intuit symptoms from normal mobile phone use.

Orca Health launches its tenth app, called ENT Decide. The ENTDecide App uses medical images and annotations to help patients understand various ENT conditions, including treatment recommendations. ENTDecide also provides a directory of specialists based on user’s location.

RunKeeper raises $10 million in Series B financing, led by Spark Capital. RunKeeper will use the money to expand its “Health Graph” as it seeks to become the unifying fitness platform bringing together data from diverse fitness apps and services. Since opening up its Health Graph API this past summer, 40 third-party vendors have already integrated their products with the RunKeeper system.

Global 3G/3.5G subscribers are projected to reach 4.27 Billion by 2017, according to new report by Global Industry Analysts, Inc. This growth will primarily be driven by growing consumer demand for high-bandwidth multimedia and increasing adoption of 3G-mobile phones. Asia-Pacific is predicted to become the largest regional market worldwide.

Safeguard Scientifics leads a $7M Series A financing round for Medivo. Medivo offers an online, HIPAA-compliant platform which connects patients to a nationwide network of physicians, lab service centers and home testing services. The financing will support product development and expansion of sales and marketing.

A new report from IDC Health Insights predicts that adoption of ambulatory electronic health record systems will grow from less than 25% in 2009 to more than 80% by 2016.

MinuteClinic partners with the Emory Healthcare system. Under the agreement, Emory physicians will serve as medical directors for MinuteClinic sites in the metro-Atlanta area and Emory hospitals will accept patients who need higher levels of care. The two organizations will also begin to work toward fully integrating their electronic medical record systems.

A new U.S. News and World Report study finds that doctors are increasingly engaging with patients on social media. To date, over 1,300 physicians have registered on the site, TwitterDoctors.net, a database of physicians who tweet health information.

Medley Health, a new physician concierge services company raises $20 million in Series A financing from Cardinal Partners, Technology Partners and Vivo Ventures. Medley Health is using the capital to expand its physician partnerships, invest in its comprehensive suite of digital marketing and practice management services, increase company staff and fund the development of its membership-based practice model.

A new study by GSMA and PricewaterhouseCoopers estimates that Asia Pacific region will generate more than $7 billion in revenues from mHealth services in 2017. This represents a dramatic increase from the current market, estimated to be less than $500 million. The majority of revenue will come from telemonitoring and diagnostic services.

First Life Research announces that they have analyzed 1 billion online posts. Their semantic text recognition software analyzes unstructured data from social media and online discussion forums. Their patient-facing site, Treato, allows patients to see side effects as reports by patients around the world.

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