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WellDoc, a health care behavioral science and technology company, launched BlueStar, an FDA approved mobile prescription therapy for Type 2 diabetes. It is the first mobile health product eligible for insurance reimbursement similar to other prescription products.

Sessions began a clinical trial of its mobile-based coaching program for inactivity and nutrition at Mayo Clinic, as reported by MobiHealthNews. Sessions is a member of Rock Health‘s Class of 2012.

Basis, maker of wrist-based health trackers, launched the mobile app for Basis Band, its flagship product. The app is currently supported by Android platforms only. Basis raised $ 11.5M in Series B funding earlier this year.

UC San Diego Health System began a pilot program at its Emergency Department to study the effectiveness of telemedicine in addressing crowding and reducing patient wait times. The study will use cameras to connect on-call doctors to patients in need who are outside of the hospital.

Scientists at the National Science Foundation developed a new smartphone app that allows 911 operators to virtually collect biometric data, remotely control the smartphone camera to view the scene of emergency, provide speech to text guidance, and send GPS coordinates to first responders.

Nuance released a new version of Dragon Medical Practice designed for smaller practices that includes voice shortcuts to aid searches for medical information and more than 90 specialized medical vocabularies.

A KLAS report on EMRs that targeted the voice of ambulatory physician leadership found that success in achieving high usability ranges from 85 percent to 55 percent. The report noted that the burden for the EMR usability gap was shared between vendors and providers.

Chemists at the University of Pittsburgh demonstrated a sensor technology that could diagnose and monitor diabetes through breath analysis alone. The team is currently working on a prototype of the sensor, with plans to test it on human breath samples soon.

England is launching a cancer database tracking all 350,000 new tumors detected each year as well as 11 million historical records going back as far as 30 years, in an attempt to advance personalized medicine. The database will be updated monthly with information from every acute NHS trust.

Stanley Healthcare launched their Hugs infant protection solution on the AeroScout Wi-Fi-based RTLS Platform. The new Hugs system works with standard Wi-Fi, and is able to track the location of babies and provide protection wherever Wi-Fi coverage exists.

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