For communications, hospitals increasingly move toward purpose-built devices

In recent years pagers have gone out of vogue as more and more hospitals have adopted smartphone messaging systems to communicate. But while "bring your own device" (BYOD) was once the trend, hospitals are increasingly moving toward hospital-owned, purpose-built smartphones.

Modernizing Medicine joins Xcertia and other digital health deals

Modernizing Medicine, maker of specialty-specific mobile product suites, announced that it has joined Xcertia, a standards body for mobile apps that launched by the American Medical Association, HIMSS, and others at the 2016 Connected Health Conference. Within the collaboration, the company and other participants will work to develop guidelines and resources to support consumers and clinicians’ mobile health app selection.

Mission Health CTO shares how his health system chose, implemented secure messaging

The medical team at Asheville, North Carolina-based Mission Health system reported a significant increase in the ability to locate staff across fields after a hospital messaging system was implemented. 

“What we wanted was a single communication device across the enterprise,” Joseph Wolfgram, chief technology officer at Mission Health said at the Healthcare Messaging Conference and Exhibition at Harvard Medical School on November 29th. 

Through new Optum Ventures unit, UnitedHealth Group will invest $250M in digital health startups

Optum on Tuesday launched the venture fund Optum Ventures, which has $250 million to invest in digital health startup companies.

The venture fund will invest in companies that use data and insights to help improve consumers’ access to healthcare services and how care is delivered and paid for, according to a statement from UnitedHealth Group, Optum’s parent company.

Prognos, formerly Medivo, gets $20.5M to offer disease detection AI to payers, pharma

Prognos, the healthcare AI company that was known as Medivo until a major pivot in January, has raised $20.5 million in new funding according to a report in the Wall Street Journal. Cigna, Guardian Life Insurance, Hermed, Hikma Pharmaceuticals, Maywic, Merck Global Health Innovation Fund, and Safeguard Scientifics all contributed to the round, which brin