News & Updates

Pyle, manufacturer of audio equipment and recreational sports gear, debuted a GPS Sports Watch equipped with a 2.4 GHz digitally coded wireless Heart Rate Monitor chest strap to help users track their workouts and heart rate zones. Other upcoming products like the Basis Watch seek to do away with a chest strap for heart rate monitoring.

Telehealth and personal emergency response provider ActiveCare has signed an agreement to acquire 4G Biometrics, a diabetes management company providing near-real-time blood glucose monitoring series through its Bluetooth-enabled technology. The 4G Biometrics acquisition allows ActiveCare to dramatically increase its membership base while gaining direct access to insurance and self-insured companies that are fully able to reimburse for ActiveCare’s suite of products and services.

The Withings Blood Pressure Monitor has been chosen by the International Forum Design to receive the iF product design award 2012. The iF product design award was introduced in 1954 and rewards products that distinguish themselves by their design, their ergonomics, their functionality, and their degree of innovation.

Walgreens has updated its mobile app to include medication reminders and a new feature called Transfer by Scan that allows patients to add reminders simply by taking a photo of a barcode and setting alert preferences.
Walgreens also announced that it will use e-prescribing network Surescripts‘ Clinical Interoperability services to electronically deliver patient data directly to primary care providers.

Nike opened up its API so that developers can begin building off its NikeFuel beta platform. The Nike FuelBand is a wristband that tracks physical activity and transmits the data wirelessly to a phone or computer.

HP and Digital Scirocco have released three new digital health newsletters that can be delivered daily to your HP printer. Living Healthy provides health and wellness tips; Focus on Health provides health care news for patients with chronic diseases; and Health Pro Daily provides news for health care professionals. All three newsletters are free.

Aetna’s physician finder mobile app iTriage signed a partnership with emergency department vendor T-System. T-System’s 1,700 facilities will receive premium listings, wait times, and remote check-in through iTriage.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has postponed its enforcement of the 5010 standards in all electronic healthcare transactions til June 31. The delay represent the second time CMS has responded to requests by the Medical Group Management Association (MGMA), which represents physician practice administrators, to delay the transition.

Wipro Technologies launched its NextGen Care Management solution. Built on Force.com, the salesforce social enterprise platform for employee facing social apps, the new cloud-based tool is designed to improve care coordination by using SMS, chat, alerts, reminders, and performance analytics. Primary care physicians and specialists can form online Medical Care panels.

Passport Health, which develops revenue cycle and patient access software, purchased STAT Technologies. The acquisition provides Passport with a fully integrated suite of solutions that includes scheduling, eligibility and demographic validation, orders, patient payments, patient self-service, and claims management.

A study from the University of Chicago finds iPad use by medical residents improved efficiency. Schools currently integrating iPads into medical education include Stanford, UC Irvine, and Yale.

Status Solutions will bring its Situational Awareness and Response Assistant (SARA) solution to hospitals in North America with help from HP. SARA is an automated alerting system and awareness engine that provides wireless monitoring and sends voice and text alerts via phones, pagers, emails, computer screens, and PA systems.

HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius published the final rules guiding the establishment of health insurance exchanges by states. The exchanges are to become operational beginning 2014.

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