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The Cleveland Clinic announced that it will give patients access to physician notes, pathology reports, and health issues via its Epic MyChart patient portal. The transparency and accessibility should encourage patient involvement with their care.

Seamless Medical Systems announced it closed $2 million in early stage funding. Seamless Medical’s cloud-based, enterprise platform called SNAP Practice replaces the paper forms patients fill out in medical waiting rooms with an iPad.

Aetna will include The Leapfrog Group’s Hospital Safety Scores in its DocFind online hospital directory to help patients make better decisions about their care. Aetna members and DocFind visitors will be able to see a letter grade for their hospital of choice, as well as the grades of hospitals in the same area.

Miami Children’s Hospital rolled out the Fit4Kids Care iPhone app that provides indoor campus way-finding, wait times, a physician directory, and the ability to purchase gift shop items and order room service.

GetWellNetwork, Inc. announced a strategic investment from Ascension Health Ventures (AHV), although no financial terms were disclosed. GetWellNetwork uses a variety of tools and programs to engage care team members in collaborative, interactive care along the care continuum.

Health Tech Hatch, a health care crowd funding resource, will provide the user testing platform for the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology’s (ONC) Blue Button Patient Co-Design Challenge. The Challenge will identify patient-prioritized tools and present them as a target to developers.

OMsignal, a developer of bio-sensing clothing line, secured $1M in seed funding from Real Ventures, Golden Venture Partners, and David Cohen (CEO of TechStars). OMsignal’s smart apparel uses physiological signals to deliver actionable information to consumers, medical practitioners and researchers via mobile devices.

GlobalMed, a telemedicine device & software provider, received FDA 510(k) clearance for CapSure Cloud, a cloud based medical imaging software solution that allows clinicians to share and collaborate on CT, MRI, X-ray and ultrasound images, from anywhere in the world.

Xerox acquired LearnSomething, a provider of e-learning solutions and consumer education for the food, drug and health care industries. LearnSomething delivers industry information and educational programs to 85% of all U.S. retail pharmacy chains, and offers regulatory compliance courses through its e-learning platform, Learner Community.

According to an article by Telemedicine and e-Health, several barriers impede the adoption of telemedicine technology by mental health providers. These include concerns about successful clinical relationships with patients, additional training for providers, and licensing requirements.

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