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BetterDoctor, a mobile based patient-doctor matchmaking service, is integrating Medicare’s provider and payment data. This will allow patients to search Medicare procedure and pricing data at the doctor Level, as well as view Medicare’s doctor-to-doctor referral data.

1871, a digital entrepreneurial hub based in Chicago, announced a $2.5M expansion plan for housing larger companies that have outgrown their current space but want to continue to grow within the 1871 environment. The announcement was made by Governor Pat Quinn along with Howard A. Tullman, CEO of 1871, and Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center board of directors.

iPatientCare, a provider of cloud based ambulatory EHR, integrated practice management and patient portal solutions, introduced Patient Kiosk for physician’s offices. The customizable kiosk is integrated with iPatientCare EHR. It streamlines patient check-in process, and documents patient complaint information before the patient walks into the exam room.

PatientsLikeMe, a patient network and a real-time research platform for medicine advancement, debuted a suite of services for pharmaceutical companies that allows them to collaborate with patients on the design of clinical trials and other research.

Medica selected RedBrick Health, to provide its members with access to RedBrick’s health engagement and behavior change platform. Members will be rewarded for participating in personal health improvement activities, through their preferred channel i.e. web, mobile or tablet.

WebMD will launch Healthy Target, a service that collects data from wearables, wireless scales, glucose meters and other devices to offer up personalized health content and tips.

In China, Internet giant Alibaba, which has more sales than eBay and Amazon combined and is planning a US IPO, unveils a 10-year plan to disrupt China’s hospital system with online payments, patient scheduling, e-prescribing, hospital transfer, insurance claims management, and eventually wearables and other prevention technologies.

Merck launched a global registry to evaluate the experiences and outcomes of approximately 20,000 patients with type 2 diabetes in real-world settings over three years. Merck plans to use a Web-based patient portal to collect data on health and lifestyle behaviors, practices and beliefs from patients.

Home care management service ClearCare raised an $11 million Series B round. ClearCare is a web-based software solution that helps home care agencies with scheduling, caregiver messaging, and marketing.

Walmart will open its second and third company-owned clinics in Texas, expecting to expand that to a dozen this year in a pilot project. They will offer primary care services for $40 and will treat insured Walmart employees for $4, but they won’t take private insurance.

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