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CVS Caremark added a drug interaction checker to its CVS Mobile app that warns consumers when an over-the-counter medication might interact with other drugs they are taking. For those with a myCVS online account, the app automatically checks OTC drugs against the patient’s pharmacy history.

Predixion Software, a developer of collaborative predictive analytics solutions, raised $20 million in a Series C financing round led by Accenture and GE Ventures. Predixion counts Aetna and Kaiser Permanente among its customers.

The latest annual report from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation found that in 2012, 44 percent of hospitals reported having a basic electronic health record system – up 17 percentage points from 2011.

Cleveland Clinic Innovations and Rigney Dolphin announced the launch of RelateCare, a new joint venture that will commercialize a centralized patient scheduling and communication model developed at the Clinic. The partners say the focus of these programs is preventive care, timely intervention and patient education.

Greenway Medical Technologies and Epic Systems achieved a measure of interoperability between their systems for two of their customers in Lancaster, PA. The EHR systems of both companies are exchanging industry-standard Continuity of Care Documents (CCDs) between a large OB/GYN practice and the local hospital-based health system.

CardioSleeve, a mobile-enabled stethoscope accessory that allows clinicians to record, display and analyze electric and acoustical heartbeat of a patient, received 510(k) clearance from the FDA. It connects to any mobile device using Bluetooth, and can store data in a HIPAA compliant cloud or integrate into an EHR system.

Nashville based digital health startup InQuicker has developed an online check-in tool to help hospitals reduce the wait-times for patients in their Emergency Rooms (ER). The InQuicker platform allows patients with non-life-threatening ailments to check in online instead of waiting in the ER for their turn. The platform is being used in 150 hospitals across the country.

According to a new study by Spyglass Consulting Group, despite facing integration challenges and lacking adequate ability to turn patient data into actionable information, more than half of the surveyed accountable care organizations (ACOs) are using remote patient monitoring for their high-risk chronically ill patients.

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) awarded the contract for developing a process to identify and prevent health information technology related events that could cause serious or fatal harm to patients to the Joint Commission, a non-profit accreditation and certification organization.

Wellness Layers and PinnacleHealth Hospital System received the 2013 Web Health Award for PinnacleHealth’s Pregnancy & Childbirth Microsite. This microsite is part of the Social Hospital Network developed by Wellness Layers, and allows patients to access latest news, posts and videos within the OBGYN department, as well as share experiences with other patients via PinnacleHealth’s discussion forums or social media outlets.

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