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Withings, creator of the WIFI Body Scale, launched a new application called Health Companion. Users can store and manage information about their weight, physical activity, heart and sleep data on one dashboard.

Online health community PatientsLikeMe partnered with Merck for a project designed to help better understand and treat psoriasis. PatientsLikeMe already has a community of nearly 2,000 psoriasis patients.

SWOG, formerly the Southwest Oncology Group, will use startup Sequenta’s LymphoSIGHT platform to measure minimal residual disease (MRD) in a clinical trial. Sequenta is commercializing its LymphoSIGHT platform for clinical use in MRD and is also looking at its use for other diseases.

Allscripts will integrate American Well‘s Online Care telehealth platform into its electronic health record. The University of South Florida will be the first to use the new feature.

The Burrill Report said that a Senate bill that would create an innovation bank just got backing from Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-New York). S. 2369: America Innovates Act of 2012 was introduced in April and was created to fund competitive grants.

A study published in the journal Teaching and Learning in Medicine concluded that more medical students use EHRs than physicians in practice, but students might not be getting sufficient training in using the systems.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services published a notice in the Federal Register asking for public comment regarding health care organizations’ readiness for ICD-10 conversion. Responses will be used for CMS’ education and won’t be used for policy purposes.

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