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Surgeon General Regina Benjamin announced a new Healthy Apps challenge at the mHealth summit to facilitate the development of fitness, nutrition and integrative health apps to help people stay healthy and active.

Swimtag has developed a new swim sensor that monitors split times, stroke type and distance. Data is uploaded to the user’s online account, allowing for analysis, sharing, setting of training goals and engagement in online competitions. Integration with JustGiving allows users to raise money for charity as they swim. Swimtag is available for free in the UK to members at private pools and for a monthly fee in public pools.

Interactive Health Technologies, which develops digital fitness systems, is partnering with Sony to introduce a NFC-enabled tag designed for school gym programs. The system measures each student’s cardio activity allowing educators to evaluate the student’s physical activity and endurance.

GAIN Fitness announced that it has raised $650K in seed funding from InterWest Partners, Slide COO Keith Rabois, and others. GAIN creates personalized workouts based on certified trainers’ expertise.

In response to numerous complaints regarding early failure of the Jawbone UP, Jawbone is offering full refunds for anyone unhappy with the product. When functioning properly, the Jawbone UP records its user’s daytime footsteps, buzzes to provide “Activity Reminders” and offers nighttime sleep monitoring, all measured and present in a graphical interface.

WellnessFX raises $4 million in series B funding led by Javelin Venture Partners. WellnessFX, which launched at Health 2.0 this fall, provides a personalized wellness service helping users asses their health through use of cutting edge diagnostic tools and individualized expert consultations.

InterComponentWare, an international healthcare IT provider, received the 2011 Karl Storz prize for Telemedicine by the German Society for Telemedicine for its participation in the “Partnership for the Heart” consortium which provides telemedicine software for congestive heart failure patients.

Britain’s Department of Health is planning to install remote patient monitoring in 3 million homes. The 3Million Lives project was inspired by the success of the Whole System Demonstrator program which found a 45% reduction in mortality among the over 6,000 diabetes, heart failure and COPD patients enrolled. Use of telehealth also reduced ED admissions by 20% and decreased overall hospital bed days by 14%.

Online retailer Ecomom raised $4M from Cue Ball Capital and a number of Angels to grow its organic food and eco-friendly clothing business. Noteworthy participants include Dave McClure, Tony Hsieh, Chamath Palihapitiya (Social+Capital Partners) and 500 Startups.

Medical and legal advice Avvo introduced new gamification elements designed to deepen engagement among its more than 120,000 contributors. Doctors and lawyers on Avvo will receive points for answering forum questions, writing guides and creating information that is further shared in social networks.

Tribogenics announced $2.5 million in funding from Flywheel Ventures and an assortment of angel investors. Tribogenics has created an ultra-portable X-ray machine, based on static electricity. The battery powered x-ray machine fits in a pocket and is one step closer to the development of a medical tricorder.

CMS announced that almost $2 billion dollars in Meaningful Use awards have been paid out to date. Medicare Meaningful Use payments have gone to 10,155 eligible professionals, 34 Medicare-only hospitals and 377 Medicare and Medicaid hospitals. Medicaid meaningful use payments have been distributed to 11,270 eligible professionals and 800 hospitals.

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