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Fitbit raised a $43 million round from Qualcomm Ventures, SAP Ventures, SoftBank Capital, Foundry Group and True Ventures. Fitbit devices can now be found in more than 15,000 retail stores. Founded in 2007, Fitbit has raised $96 million.

PatientsLikeMe named the first four researchers and teams who will pilot test its new Open Research Exchange (ORE) platform. ORE leverages PatientsLikeMe’s 200,000+ members to guide and contribute to research.

St. Paul, Minn.-based AgePower.org launched a program to support entrepreneurs building technologies for America’s aging demographic. Startups submit their product ideas for the opportunity to do a six-month pilot.

Change Healthcare, a consumer engagement and cost transparency company, closed a $15 million round of financing. The round was led by HLM Venture Partners.

Surescripts, the nation’s largest health information network, expanded to connect an additional 19 state health information exchanges (HIEs) and health information service providers (HISPs).

Interim HealthCare, a Texas and New Mexico based health care system, released a new mobile health app called Interim TX NM. This app provides functions like symptom evaluation, disease management, symptom exploration and a medical library; and helps users in taking care of their everyday health as well as manage chronic diseases.

According to a new study published in Telemedicine and eHealth journal, home based self-monitoring with support guidance from remote care nurses empowered patients with chronic conditions to manage their health more effectively. The study was conducted by researchers from the University of Hawaii.

National Parkinson Foundation debuted a free mobile app called the Parkinson Central, a central repository of information to help patients living with Parkinson’s disease and their family members. The Foundation previously released Parkinson Toolkit, a free app for health care providers.

Access MediQuip, a provider of integrated surgical and implant management solution, is named as a Quality Measurement and Data Analytics Award finalist by URAC, a health care accreditation organization. The award recognizes its Patient and Device Registry Program that connects patients, physicians, surgery centers, health plans, and manufacturers to collect, measure, and use outcomes data to improve quality and patient safety.

Lumo Body Tech, a wearable sensor technology company, launched a new version of its posture sensor, the LUMOback 3.0, with significant hardware and software updates. In addition to tracking posture and movement data, the supporting app will now allow users to track calories.

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