News & Updates

Aetna launched “Metabolic Health in Small Bytes” and the “Metabolic Health Advisor”, an evidence-based online assistance program and virtual host for managing metabolic syndrome. Early data from a pilot study showed weight loss among individuals in the Metabolic Health in Small Bytes groups.

Premier Healthcare Alliance and Phytel, a medical software company, partnered to automate population health services via a comprehensive population health suite. This suite will combine data from both entities, and allow efficient management of patient care, with a better understanding of outcomes and total cost.

Geoffrey Clapp announced the launch of his new startup, Better. The app focuses on symptom navigation with medical content supplied by The Mayo Clinic. Clapp will be moderating a panel at Health Refactored this May.

Instabeat, makers of wearable performance tracking device for swimmers, launched an Indigogo crowdfunding campaign to raise $35K. Previously known as Butterfleye, Instabeat’s optical sensors attach to swimming goggles and provide real-time performance analysis at eye level.

Unfrazzle, a smartphone app focusing on easing the mental burden of caregivers, is in beta testing. The iPhone version will be released in the Apple iTunes App store in May with an Android version following shortly.

Availity and Greenway Medical Technologies partnered with Florida Blue to enable physicians to exchange clinical care summaries with the health plan through EHRs. The exchange makes patient-specific clinical information accessible at the point of care, and is a step towards collaborative coordinated care for Florida residents.

Mercom Capital Group, a consulting firm, released a report on funding and mergers and acquisitions (M&A) activity for the Healthcare IT (HIT) sector during the first quarter of 2013. The report stated that this quarter’s venture capital (VC) funding in the HIT sector was $493M as compared to $301M in Q4 2012.

Massachusetts General Hospital joined the Digital Pathology Network, a cloud based information exchange and consultation platform for pathologists. This global network was launched by PathCentral in March 2013.

Palomar Health is piloting DIRECT messaging technology for the secure exchange of patient information among providers. The system uses the DIRECT Project’s protocols, which have been proposed as national standards for secure messaging.

Carticept Medical, a developer of drug delivery systems, received 510(k) clearance from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for its enhanced Navigator Delivery System (DS), a computer-controlled injection system. The system also records treatment data for transfer to an EMR system, and integrates with ultrasound imaging to improve injection accuracy.

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