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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services announced that it will partner with Text4Baby, a free texting service that promotes maternal and child health. The partnership will help eligible mothers and children enroll in Medicaid and the Children’s Health Insurance Program.

Hello Health, a provider of tools for primary care practices raised $10 million through its parent company Myca Health. Hello Health’s Patient Management platform integrates an electronic medical record, practice management capabilities and a patient health portal.

The Washington, D.C. based National eHealth Collaborative released a new survey, which asked health information exchange stakeholders what they saw as the greatest benefits and challenges to deployments of HIE. Seventy-three percent of respondents said better care coordination is HIE’s greatest advantage, and 61% said funding and sustainability were its greatest challenges.

Joslin Diabetes Center plans to launch a mobile service to distribute diabetes research to patients and primary care providers. The service is part of the hospital’s new initiative “Joslin everywhere,” which helps diabetes patients regularly manage the disease outside of the doctor’s office. In related news American Well announced that it will partner with Joslin to deliver telehealth to diabetes patients.

England’s National Health Service will encourage physicians to prescribe mobile applications instead of doctor visits when appropriate, according to an article in Fierce Mobile. NHS hopes it can get patients to use apps to continuously monitor their health.

Geisinger Health Plan, one of the nation’s largest rural HMOs, announced that its use of telemonitoring services resulted in a 44% decrease in readmissions within a 30 day period, compared to a control group that didn’t receive follow up telemonitoring care. The two year study involved the Geisinger Monitoring Program, which used telehealth offerings from AMC Health.

UnitedHealthcare launched Health4Me, a mobile app for iPhone and iPad devices that allows employer plan patients to connect with nurses 24/7, locate nearby physicians in their network and access their health benefits information. An “Easy Connect” feature lets users ask a question about their claims and benefits and receive a callback from a UnitedHealthcare customer service representative. United said it plans to come out with an Android app this spring.

Health app creator Duet Health launched a care management suite for Apple and Android devices designed to help doctors better communicate with their patients. The app features appointment reminders, medical education materials, secure messaging and a timeline that displays a patient’s expected course of care.

A survey from Aruba Networks involving respondents from 130 hospitals found that about about 85% of priorities support physicians bringing their own device (BYOD) to work. Smartphones and tablets allow physicians to get online when they need, and 24% of doctors are accessing hospital applications, according to the survey.

Engineers at UCLA published findings about their use of an attachable cell phone device to detect E. coli in food and water. The plugin uses LED light that causes E. coli particles to fluoresce on a sample’s surface, and the cell phone is used to take a picture. The tool could be helpful in quickly tracking food poisoning outbreaks.

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