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In a new report “Identifying Personal Genomes by Surname Inference” published in the journal Science, researchers described how online genetic data can be used to identify individuals. While it’s been well-known that this could possibly be done, this report describes exactly how researchers were able to do it.

Flatiron Health, developers of an oncology data platform, raised $8 million in a Series A financing round led by Google Ventures. In 2010, Google acquired Invite Media, the previous company of Flatiron founders Nat Turner and Zach Weinberg.

Orca Health and Harvard Medical School partnered to update Orca’s education iPad apps to include more detailed animations, videos, and 3D content. In January Harvard will also release a heart-focused iBook series powered by Orca.

LifeAlly, an online personal health tracker and rewards program, officially launched. With LifeAlly users record data from Foursquare, RunKeeper, and Weight Tracker. They can also use the site for grocery and pharmacy savings.

The Pew Internet & American Life Project released a new report called Health Online 2013. Based on a survey of more than 3,000 adults, Pew found that 35% have sought information online in order to diagnose a medical condition they or someone else might have had.

Wireless services provider GreatCall released the Urgent Care app. The free iPhone app lets patients access health care information as well as certified physicians 24/7. It will also be available for Android devices later this month.

Social media monitoring firm Crimson Hexagon recently conducted a Twitter and Facebook analysis of more than 400,000 posts about the flu. Of those, 42% were posts saying, “I have the flu,” and 35% were flu-related news and educational posts.

SeeChange Health, which provides employers and health plans with software for employee wellness programs management, raised $15 million in Series C financing from previous investors Psilos Group and Maverick Capital.

Private equity firm Welsh, Carson, Anderson & Stowe acquired GetWellNetwork, Inc. GetWellNetwork, founded in 2000, equips providers with tech tools that they can use to educate patients about their care. The company also provides a patient data management console for administrators and staff.

A report published in the Annals of Family Medicine found that just about 80% of family physicians had adopted electronic health records in 2011. The group has adopted EHRs at a higher rate than any other, but there are significant variations at the state level, the report said.

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