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In England, the NHS is preparing to kick-off of a nation-wide program designed to expand out-of-hospital care availability, and drive down non-emergency visits presenting in local emergency rooms. The program, called the Prime Minister’s Challenge Fund, is backed by an $80 million fund, and focuses on funding primary care groups willing to pilot new technologies related to telemedicine, access, and care management.

Palo Alto-based personal health assistant service Better raised $5 million in seed funding from Social+Capital Partnership and The Mayo Clinic. Founded last year by Geoff Clapp and Chamath Palihapitiya, Better is debuting with a free basic service and access to a personal health assistant for around $50 per month.

A VA survey of 18,000 randomly chosen users of its My HealtheVet system found that a third of them use Blue Button, with three-quarters of those saying its main value is collecting their information in one place. Barriers to adoption were identified as low awareness and usability issues.

Nike fired 55 of the 70 members of its FuelBand team and canceled the planned fall release of a new model. Nike says it wants to focus on software, not hardware.

Healthbox, which runs medical accelerator programs, raised $7 million in expansion funds. One of its investors is Intermountain Healthcare. The company will also launch Healthbox Solutions to showcase healthcare IT products to hospitals.

Physicians Interactive, a provider of online and mobile clinical resources and solutions for health care professionals, launched free iPhone and Android versions of its Omnio application. Omnio allows clinicians to have access to the right clinical data by channeling the vast array of information into a customizable interface, directly within their workflow.

MDLIVE, a provider of telehealth services and software, partnered with Carenet Healthcare Services, a provider of care management, nurse triage and engagement solutions, to combine MDLIVE’s 24×7 physician solution with Carenet’s Nurse Advice Line service.

Webby Awards, presented for excellence on the Internet by The International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, named 11 mobile applications as honorees. The list includes AskMD, PingMD, WebMD, MyFitness Journal, Veteran’s Mental Health Apps Suite, First Aid, Diabetes HealthMate, CVS Pharmacy mobile app, My Pregnancy Today, Fit Star, and ZYRTEC AllergyCast app.

vRad, a telemedicine and radiology practice with over 450 physicians, completed a strategic partnership with E-Techco Information Technologies, a telehealth company based in China. The partnership names vRad as E-Techco’s exclusive agent for remote professional radiology interpretations in mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Macau beginning in May 2014.

iPatientCare, a provider of cloud based ambulatory EHR, integrated practice management, and patient portal solutions, launched updated version of its native iPad EHR app miPatientCare.

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