News & Updates

Bayer started a health care accelerator for Europe-based companies, selecting five companies from 70 applicants. The program offers 3.5-months of mentoring, free office space in Berlin, and around $65,000 financial support, taking up to 10 percent equity in return. Bayer has been active in digital health starting Grants4Apps as a crowdsourcing initiative, which we helped market, and partnering with Healthbox London last year.

Johnson & Johnson and Sanofi are using IBM Watson’s computer brain/big data cruncher to support research and development. Watson will help identify new uses for existing drugs and leaf through scientific papers that detail clinical trial outcomes in an attempt to visually uncover patterns and pinpoint connections in related data. Researchers the world over are holding their breath – equal parts excited for the potential and relieved for having someone else to dredge through abstracts.

Medical and engineering researchers at the University of Washington in Seattle developed a smartphone app, called BiliCam, that they claim can diagnose jaundice in newborns via a smartphone’s camera. Digital diagnosis continues to creep beyond clinic walls, and this app in particular is one we may want to test out with a brand new Health 2.0-er joining the team last week!

Apple won’t sell your health data. The company updated its privacy policy to prohibit companies whose apps connect to its HealthKit platform from selling user data to marketing firms. The change comes just ahead of the expected announcement of new health-related iOS 8 capabilities. As you might imagine, health data privacy advocates are fairly excited about this move.

The University of California San Francisco built CareWeb, a secure new clinical communications and collaboration platform. The platform gives doctors and other caregivers a social networking-like space where they can keep track of a patient’s care in the hospital. There are quite a few tools for this type of communicating and coordinating already available, but sometimes a homegrown solution is the key to getting providers on board.

Flagler, a Florida based acute care hospital will implement M*Modal Fluency Direct, Fluency for Transcription, and Fluency for Imaging software as part of its health IT infrastructure. It is interesting to note that M*Modal filed (and was approved for) voluntary petitions for relief under Chapter 11 of the United States Bankruptcy Code earlier this year. Under new terms, the company reduced its debt by 55%, and is projected to earn $57M before taxes and other items this year and $71M a year by 2017, according to court papers.

MedDiary, a mobile health software company, launched a cloud-based mobile health software-as-a-service platform that enables health care providers to create a custom mobile health app for their patients and monitor them remotely. With a $35 monthly in-app subscription fee, patients get access to a concierge level service in seven different health management modules– food & nutrition, symptoms, medications, self-measurements, physical activity, sleep, and bowel movements. MedDiary also compensates providers with a $15 monthly services fee for coordinating the patient’s care.

eClinicalWorks, a provider of ambulatory health care IT solutions, was selected by the Department of Homeland Security, to implement eClinicalWorks’ cloud-based electronic health records system to help manage care at all 23 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detention facilities. Standardizing the EHR system will allow the department to create a complete longitudinal record and share data between said facilities. The system also permits providers to utilize chronic and preventative care measures like intake screening process flows, electronic medication administration, and infirmary management.

Inspired by the success of Healthvault, Microsoft is teaming with TracFone Wireless to bring the benefits of smartphone technology to underserved and high-risk populations. The two companies will work with Health Choice Network, a nationwide network of community health centers, to conduct a pilot project targeting diabetes patients to help them better manage their care. Patients participating in the HCN pilot will receive a Windows Phone with TracFone’s prepaid services, along with access to a variety of apps, and other mobile devices connected to HealthVault.

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