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A group of researchers in Toronto developed an app that measures a patient’s alcohol withdrawal tremors in order to determine whether they are real or fake. To use the app, patients hold a phone in their outstretched hand; the app sets a timer and measures the patient’s tremors; the frequency with which the user’s hand shakes is measured, based on the iPhone’s accelerometer, to determine whether the patient is actually experiencing tremors. What will we be able to do with smartphones next?

PulsePoint is making headlines this week for being credited with saving the life of a one month-old baby in Spokane, Washington. The app, which was onstage last year at Health 2.0, connects CPR-certified individuals to emergent situations in their areas based on GPS. In Spokane, EMS dispatchers sent out an alert when they were notified that a one-month-old baby went into cardiac arrest at a local store. Just two blocks away, mechanic Jeff Olson’s phone lit up. The volunteer EMT raced down the street to the store, where he performed CPR on the infant, who survived and was cared for at Sacred Heart Children’s Hospital.

Wellframe, a Boston-based company that uses texting to deliver step-by-step instruction for personalized care plans, closed $8.5 million in financing led by DFJ. Wellframe is one of several startups that can be broadly described as texting for health, though Wellframe wraps services around the core messaging, and has several clinical trials on the books to demonstrate validity. Ultimately these types of startups, and Wellframe in particular, are showing how connecting providers to consumers’ lives away from the office can be a powerful driver for behavior change.

Google’s Calico partnered with biopharmaceutical company Abbvie to research age-related diseases at a cost of up to $1.5 billion. Calico will build an R&D center in the Bay Area and tackle diseases like neurodegeneration and cancer. Looking forward to seeing where this moon shot goes.

In case you didn’t have enough trackers to keep you busy, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich said activity tracker company Basis Science will release a new version of its device sometime this year. Intel acquired Basis Science in March for an undisclosed sum. The Basis Band is super high tech and includes an optical blood flow monitor, a 3-axis accelerometer, a perspiration sensor, plus skin and ambient temperature sensors.

Sleep monitoring company Beddit closed its latest financing round with Inventure, bringing total funding to$8 Million. Beddit debuted on Indiegogo with a record-breaking campaign, and recently partnered with Misfit Wearables to launch the Misfit Beddit Sleep System. Beddit’s system involves a thin sensor placed under the bed sheet whereas other systems, notably Withings’ Aura, involve bedside units. Health 2.0 office poll says we know we sleep terribly, it’s those coaching tips Beddit offers that we’d need.

Geneia, a provider of advanced clinical, analytical, and technical solutions for health care, signed a multi-year strategic partnership with Covidien, a global supplier of medical devices, to enter the $21B remote patient monitoring market. Covidien recently acquired Zephyr, a biometric wearable sensor maker, and has provided Geneia with rights to sell the ZephyrLIFE solution to target in-home monitoring of patients with heart disease, diabetes, and other chronic illnesses.

According to a new study by MarketsandMarkets, the global Care Management Solutions Market was valued at $2.8B in 2013, and is poised to grow at a CAGR of 21% to reach $7.3B by 2018. Factors driving this market are the legislative reforms like Affordable Care Act (USA), demand for the improved quality of care, rise in aging population, and incentives for the adoption of HCIT and care management solutions. However, barriers like huge investments, lack of skilled analysts, fragmented end-user market, and security of patient data are restraining the growth of this market.

Your.MD, a UK and Norwegian mobile health company, released the iOS version of their Your.MD mobile app (previously limited to Android devices only). Your.MD is powered with content from NHS Choices, and brings clinically tested health care analysis and advice to the underserved areas. Your.MD was released in emerging markets in May 2014, and became the highest rated, and most downloaded health and fitness app in 12 countries on the Google Play Store.

Frost & Sullivan awarded eClinicalWorks with the 2014 North America Frost & Sullivan Award for Enabling Technology Leadership, in recognition of the eClinicalWorks Care Coordination Medical Record, a web-based, cross-functional platform for population health management and coordinated care. eClinicalWorks customers have seen reduction in emergency room visits by 50%, hospital readmissions going down by 22%, short-term complications due to diabetes being lowered by 37%, and hospitalizations due to congestive heart failure decreasing by 22%.

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