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The U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded $30 million in rural telemedicine grants to recipients in 34 states. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced the funding, which will aid 100 distance telemedicine projects. He said it will help rural Americans to receive care that’s equally as good as care provided in metropolitan areas.

Results from a three year pilot found that electronic health records provide better care at lower costs. Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Rhode Island said that its program helped 79 local physicians implement EHRs. BCBSRI found that EHR use lowered monthly health care costs between 17 and 33 percent per member.

The Flagstaff Medical Center in Arizona will launch a mobile health program to monitor the home-based cardiac patients. Care Beyond Walls and Wires enrolled its first 50 patients and will target Arizona’s underserved population. The program involves a collaboration between Qualcomm Incorporated, Zephyr Technology, Verizon Wireless and the National Institutes of Health.

Connecticut Innovations, a quasi-public organization responsible for technology-based economic development in the state, committed $150,000 in financing to MedAdherence. MedAdherence provides an automated communication system for health care practitioners to monitor patients remotely.The company will use the financing to continue development of its technology, complete current beta testing and secure additional customers.

Healthline Networks announced a partnership with First Life Research to add Social Search to Healthline‘s Drug Notebook. First Life developed the Treato platform which maps more than a billion posts from forums and blogs around the Web. Social Search will be used within Drug Notebook to search social media and forum discussions about medications.

Dossia, a personal health management system provider announced that it deployed its system at six of its founding member companies. Dossia aims to empower its employees to make smarter and more informed decisions about their health. The Dossia Founders group includes AT&T, Applied Materials, BP America, Cardinal Health, Intel, NantWorks, Pitney Bowes, sanofi-aventis, Vanguard Health Systems and Walmart.

Apple picked its favorite medical apps for 2011 in its “App Store Rewind” section in iTunes. Among the top apps are iMuscle, The Eatery, Fooducate, EyeDecide MD and Skeletal System Pro II.

Leading cancer research and treatment center Dana-Farber Cancer Institute launched a new blog. The site will feature expert contributions about the latest discoveries and treatment options, tips for patients and families dealing with cancer and inspiring patient stories.

Sotera Wireless a vital signs monitoring medical device company received $12.2 million Series D financing led by EDBI, a Singapore-based firm. The ViSi Mobile System detects early signs of deterioration through constant monitoring of all vital signs. Other investors in the technology include Cerner Capital, Sanderling Ventures, Qualcomm Ventures, Intel Capital and West Health Investment Fund.

An employment report from MedZilla, a web site for jobs in the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, medicine, science and health care fields found that health care IT is creating a significant number of jobs. The report said that the number of available health care and related industry positions increased in November with 17,000 new jobs produced in the medical field alone.

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