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EvergreenHealth partnered with Microsoft to give patients access to Microsoft’s HealthVault, a personal heath record. EvergreenHealth is a Washington-based health care organization that serves more than 400,000 people.

Orca Health launched its first free app called HeartDecide, which lets users view detailed images of a heart from all angles. Orca has similar apps called SpineDecide and EyeDecide.

InQuicker, which lets patients view wait times at nearby ERs, performed a study that looked at its partners’ wait times. InQuicker said that eight out of 10 patients who use its service wait less than 15 minutes in the ER before seeing a health care provider. The company said that only 18 percent of ER patients nationwide are seen within that time frame.

Optum launched Enterprise CAC, a computer-assisted coding (CAC) platform, which helps hospitals with their transition to ICD-10. Geek Doctor John Halamka blogged that CAC might be a “silver bullet” for the process.

Electronic health record company Allscripts and biopharmaceutical services company Quintiles partnered to create software aimed at improving the drug development process.

Healthper, an online personal health program, released the My Health portal. The add-on allows users to manage their personal information and track their health goals.

The University of Michigan developed an app designed to help patients monitor suspicious moles or other skin lesions. UMSkinChec lets users monitor skin changes through photographs.

Athenahealth, provider of cloud-based services for practices, launched an online Leadership Forum in partnership with Harvard Business Review. It’s made to be a place hospital leaders can go to discuss and read about challenges from achieving Meaningful Use to preparing for ICD-10.

Merkle, a customer relationship marketing firm, acquired 5th Finger a provider of mobile health care technology. 5th Finger’s offering is called RedShop Rx, which provides secure health tracking, education, engagement and sales support functions.

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