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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention awarded a $47.7M contract to Lockheed Martin, a technology and intelligent security company, for providing information technology, operational and logistics support to the Office of Public Health Preparedness and Response (OPHPR).

Health care information technology spending is poised to increase to more than $34.5B in 2014, as per the SourceIT Healthcare Report by Technology Business Research. The spending will be spread across industry applications, business applications, productivity applications, business intelligence and analytics, database and technology, and systems management.

Audax Health, a digital health care technology company, raised $20M in Series B funding from Navigy Holdings, a wholly owned subsidiary of Florida Blue Cross Blue Shield. It also secured additional funds from Jack Rowe, current board member, Dan Rose, VP of Partnerships at Facebook, and others.

Robert Bosch Healthcare Systems, an evidence-based telehealth solutions company, partnered with Remedy Health Media, a provider of clinical resources and wellness tools, to develop a suite of web-based products and solutions for supporting better patient engagement in telehealth, and improve compliance with medical care.

Ringful Health, a health application developer, launched an app in partnership with Consumer Reports, to help patients compare drugs. Called Best Drugs for Less, the app identifies the best, yet cheapest drugs for 20 most common ailments, based on their effectiveness, safety, convenience, and side effects.

The Mayo Clinic published a study on using a Fitbit activity tracker to monitor recovery in cardiac surgery patients. The preliminary data suggests that collecting step data could help determine the appropriate length of stay for a patient recovering from surgery.

Fitness app maker Endomondo added a training feature to the premium version of its Endomondo Sports Tracker app. The company also raised the subscription price of its premium app.

A Facebook intervention led to increased HIV testing among high-risk men, according to a study from UCLA. After 12 weeks of the intervention, more intervention participants had requested an HIV testing kit than control participants (44 percent vs 20 percent, respectively).

GreatCall announced the launch of Jitterbug Touch 2, its second generation smartphone offering for older Americans. GreatCall’s Jitterbug phones are specifically geared to the older, less tech-savvy demographic.

The Mayo Clinic will be working with Northern Arizona University to test the feasibility of using a telemedicine robot to assess athletes with suspected concussions during football games.

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