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The Beckwith Institute awarded 11 new grants to UPMC clinicians and other staff to try out changes big and small that will involve patients and raise the level of care. Projects range widely and include an effort to develop a shared decision-making tool for family members of patients in intensive care units and the creation of an interactive, Web-based “thermometer” to monitor the mood and energy of adolescents with bipolar disorder.

ShapeUp, a provider of social networking and incentives-based employee wellness solutions, debuted three new Social Wellness challenges. Each new challenge helps employers creatively and actively engage employees in their health.

PumpUp, makers of an app that allows users to post their fitness and health goals and progress, closed a $2.4 million seed financing round led by General Catalyst Partners. The app currently has over 1.7 million users, according to the startup.

Healthgrades joined athenahealth’s More Disruption Please program, giving athenahealth’s practice customers the ability to post appointment availability online for patient self-scheduling.

The parent company of Lumeris announced $71 million in new financing from new and existing investors, which it will use to boost its population health management capabilities and expand from eight to 20 markets for its value-based care solutions. The parent company’s other companies are Accountable Delivery System Institute (accountable care education), Essence Healthcare (Medicare Advantage plan), and NaviNet (communication network).

e-MDs, a provider of electronic health records and practice management solutions, ranked fifth overall in the Medscape EHR Report 2014, and in the top five in 13 other categories including EHR by practice situation, ease of use, satisfaction, vendor support, and connectivity.

The State of Arkansas connected Allscripts’ electronic health record solutions with the state’s health care information exchange (HIE) for more efficient and effective exchange of critical patient information, and improve the quality and delivery of care.

Comanche County Memorial Hospital, a non-profit, acute care facility in western Oklahoma, selected Merge HealthCare‘s vendor-neutral archive and image viewing and sharing solutions for improved disaster recovery and operational workflow. This will enable the hospital to meet Meaningful Use 2 (MU2) requirements, support health information exchange (HIE), and enhance patient experience.

Varian Medical Systems, provider of medical devices and informatics software for managing comprehensive cancer clinics, radiotherapy centers and medical oncology practices, will equip the first satellite radiotherapy center in Scotland.

Maryland Innovation Initiative awarded $6.4M to 67 commercialization projects and start-up companies in fiscal year 2014, including 7 health care and life sciences projects like respEQ, MedSense, EMOCHA Mobile Health, and SilcsBio.

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