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PokitDok, an online health marketplace connecting consumers and providers, raised $4M in Series A funding. The round was led by New Atlantic Ventures, syndicated with Rogers Venture Partners. Other investors include Subtraction Capital, Zac Zeitlin and FFP Holdings.

Center for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) redesigned the Physician Compare website, an online resource to help consumers search and compare information about physicians and other health care professionals. The redesign is based on user and partner feedback, as a part of improvements in the Affordable Care Act, and includes new information like specialties, EHR use, board certifications and affiliations.

Rhode Island passed legislation allowing for electronic transmission of prescriptions for medications on controlled substance schedules. As of 2009, 68% of all Rhode Island prescribers were using electronic prescribing methods for new or renewal prescriptions, and 100% of all retail pharmacies in the state were capable of accepting electronic prescriptions.

WellnessFX, a cloud-based consumer health platform, partnered with a large national lab to increase access to affordable preventive care for consumers in more than 4,000 locations nationwide in 46 states and Washington D.C. In addition to lab expansions, it will also allow anyone in the U.S. to input their past lab records into an intuitive online dashboard at no cost.

Health123, a Seattle-based health and wellness startup, raised over $1M in equity funding from undisclosed investors. The company provides a digital dashboard to monitor health using biometric data, allows integration of wearable health devices and wellness programs into the platform, and awards points to unlock offers and benefits.

Johns Hopkins Medicine will work with Walgreens to open a new East Baltimore, MD drugstore that will develop health and wellness programs for all Walgreens locations. Offerings will include non-emergency urgent care services delivered by nurse practitioners backed by Hopkins primary care doctors.

Practice Fusion launched a medical imaging API that will allow its practice users to connect to imaging centers, allowing physicians to receive results electronically to satisfy Meaningful Use requirements. Use is free for the practice, but not for the imaging center.

A study published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research found that online health communities (OHCs) can be powerful tools in facilitating and supporting chronic care. Researchers found that OHCs are useful for sharing experiences and knowledge, bridging physical separation, and helping patients stay engaged with their care.

ZirMed announced that the company is consistently achieving a 98 percent or greater running average on its first pass claims acceptance rates. This acceptance rate is among the highest in health care.

The Japanese government announced Y2.4bn ($25m) in grants to companies developing senior care robots. Twenty-four firms were selected to receive subsidies covering between half and two-thirds of the costs of developing “nursing care robot equipment”, including Toyota Motor Corp., Sekisui Hometechno Co., and Toli Corp.

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