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UK-based BlueMaestro debuted a dishwasher-proof smart pacifier, which has a built-in temperature sensor that will track a baby’s temperature over time. The pacifier transmits information to the parents’ iOS and Android devices through Bluetooth Smart and a companion app.

IMS Health is preparing for an initial public offering, which could value the company at up to $6.97 billion. IMS Health provides prescription data to drug makers and health care providers, and recently launched an app marketplace for providers called AppScript.

PayasUgym closed a £1.6 million funding round led by Albion Ventures and MMC Ventures. PayasUgym offers an online platform to search for flexible, discounted gym passes within a network of gyms in the UK.

A new report from Kaiser Permanente looks specifically at how some of the 10.5 million patient-doctor visits that occurred digitally (via email, telephone, or video tools) took place. For example, the report notes that in 80% of cases where an email with images was sent to a dermatologist, providers were able to offer a definitive diagnosis and prescription without an office visit.

The Obama administration may allow people to enroll in health coverage after a March 31 deadline if they tried HealthCare.gov earlier but couldn’t enroll due to system problems, according to sources cited in a Reuters report.

SharePractice, a social medical reference platform, raised $1.3M in seed funding from Founders Fund, China Rock, and Scrum Ventures, and launched the iOS version of their physicians rating application.

American Well, a telehealth services provider, received the 2014 North American Frost & Sullivan Company of the Year award, for providing a turnkey telehealth service that connects hospitals, ambulatory care practices, and other care delivery networks with patients.

Hyginex, a patented wearable hand hygiene compliance system for health care providers, received an undisclosed amount in funding from Persistent Venture Fund. The investment will allows Hyginex to expand its operations in the U.S.

Satellite Healthcare‘s SPIN was named the top EMR system based on the results from a survey conducted by Nephrology Clinical Solutions Research in May 2013. Participants of this survey were pre-qualified members representing health care professionals in the full range of dialysis practice settings.

The Gary and Mary West Health Institute and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) released a white paper summarizing the HCI-DC 2014 conference, and featuring guidelines for driving interoperability.

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