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By Jonah Comstock February 12, 2019
Last week in advance of HIMSS19, Microsoft announced the launch of Azure API for FHIR, the first in a series of APIs to help customers work with machine learning on protected health information in the cloud. The launch follows up on Microsoft’s open-source release on GitHub last November. “We saw tremendous response to that,” Heather Cartwright, general manager for Healthcare NExT at Microsoft,...
By Jonah Comstock February 6, 2019
Big Health, the London and San Francisco-based digital health app company behind CBT-based sleep app Sleepio, has released its second app, Daylight, which is focused on combating worry and anxiety. Like Sleepio, the app is based on cognitive behavioral therapy. It was developed by a group of creatives the company describes as "leading podcast producers, filmmakers, designers and animators,...

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By Jonah Comstock January 31, 2019
Duke University has received about $500,000 in grant money from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina to build an app designed to help doctors and patients work together to prevent opioid abuse. The investment is part of $2 million in grants distributed earlier this week by Blue Cross NC across five organizations tackling the opioid crisis in different ways, which in turn is part of a $10...
By Dave Muoio January 31, 2019
New York City-based Annum Health, a digital health startup focused on using digital health tools to curb alcohol abuse, is shutting down its operations today, according to a notice published on the company’s website. “Over the last two years, Annum created and brought to market a more effective solution to engage and treat the many millions of people who struggle with heavy drinking,” reads the...

Dr. Alan Lotvin, EVP and chief technology officer of CVS, presenting at the Attain launch in Boston on January 29.

By Laura Lovett January 30, 2019
It’s easy to ignore a flu shot reminder email or grab a donut on your way into work, but Attain — a new voluntary wellness rewards program developed in partnership by Apple and Aetna (recently acquired by CVS) — is aiming to curb these behaviors through personalization.  At yesterday’s Attain launch event in Boston, Apple and Aetna executives stressed the importance of both personalization and...
Sydney Children’s Cloe Benz

Sydney Children’s Cloe Benz

By Jonah Comstock January 30, 2019
Telemedicine doesn’t have to be all or nothing. That’s one lesson the Sydney Children’s Hospital learned from its implementation of a telehealth program for physical therapy, which encompasses both virtual visits and in-person visits. “We are visiting kids in their homes and doing physical therapy treatments in their homes, but we’re also taking their services out of hospital by visiting them via...
By Dave Muoio January 30, 2019
Clover Health, an insurtech startup targeting the Medicare Advantage market, will close a new round of funding within the next couple of weeks led by Greenoaks Capital, Clover CEO Vivek Garipalli announced in a Medium post yesterday. TechCrunch reports that the upcoming round will be valued at $500 million, although a representative of the company who confirmed the funding to MobiHealthNews said...
Sarah Toy-Ding (left) and Tiffany Shields (right)

Dignity Health's Sarah Toy-Ding (left) and Tiffany Shields (right)

By Jonah Comstock January 29, 2019
Using SMART on FHIR integration, Dignity Health was able to quickly roll out a patient-facing app that delivers education and medication reminders in 20 different languages. “Our leadership was looking for an opportunity to improve the patient experience, by engaging patients more in preventive care to help reduce readmission rates, and by being able to communicate more broadly with our patient...
By Dave Muoio January 29, 2019
This morning Aetna (which was recently acquired by CVS) and Apple announced a new wellness program that will leverage health data, a custom app and the Apple Watch. Called Attain by Aetna, the voluntary program will deliver personalized health goals, recommendations and rewards based on members’ daily activity. “From fitness enthusiasts, to casual gym-goers, to parents who get all their exercise...
By Healthcare IT News Staff January 28, 2019
The theme of the 10th Annual event is Looking Back, Leaping Forward.