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Its a big week in mobile health as the mHealth summit gets underway in Washington, DC.

Interactive health network HealthTap announces $11.5M in Series A funding led by Mayfield Fund, Mohr Davidow Ventures, and Eric Schmidt’s Innovation Endeavors. HealthTap will use the funding to accelerate growth, recruit talent, and engage more physicians and patients in its online community which already has more than 6,000 physicians and 500 healthcare institutions participating since launching two months ago.

A new study in Science finds that individuals who are paired with “health buddies” with similar age, body mass, diet preference and fitness level are more likely to adopt healthy behaviors and use wellness tools such as a diet diary than participants in more heterogeneous buddy groups.

HealthRally raises $400K in an angel round that included prominent investors such as Esther Dyson. HealthRally is building a crowdfunding platform allowing users to share health goals and have friends and family pitch in and offer award incentives.

Affectiva releases as new Bluetooth-enabled version of its mood sensor that measures and broadcast the wearer’s mood to the web. The device, which is worn on the wrist, tracks movement, temperature and electrical change in the skin that varies with activation of the sympathetic nervous system.

MedApps announces that it has been granted 8 new patents for its remote health monitoring platform. Updates to the MedApps system include integration with MedMinder, a new medical device hub, as well as an RFID based remote professional tracking system.

CareFusion releases its Nicolet EEG Wireless Amplifier after receiving FDA 510(k) clearance this past April. The device The Australian government has announced a $8 million initiative will enable 300 chronically ill veterans from NBN connected areas to have their health monitored from home. In addition to having their vital signs monitored from home, veterans will have access to high definition video consultations with their primary care providers.

Qualcomm announces a new subsidiary, Qualcomm Life within its wireless health business unit, as well as a new $100 million wireless health investment fund that will be managed by Qualcomm Ventures. Qualcomm also unveiled its new 2net Hub which plugs into a standard electric outlet and serves as a gateway to the 2net cloud Platform which it hopes will become an integrated platform for medical devices and mobile medical apps.

MergerTech Advisors establishes a new $50 million fund for health IT investments to be led by Maneesh Goyal, formerly of Miramar Ventures. According to the company press release, the fund will focus on “IT infrastructure associated with healthcare, including cloud services, data security, consumer Internet, mobile applications, and managed IT.”

We loved this video showing 3D printing technology being used to create new bone. The device is able to scan a 3D image, and recreate it exactly by printing layers of plastic, obviating the need for a bone graft. Some groups are even putting special power in the plastic mix to ensure that the printed object will show up on x-rays.

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