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By Jonah Comstock February 11, 2019
Before we can solve the problems of patient engagement, we have to make sure we’re not the ones creating them. That was one takeaway of Geisinger CIO Karen Murphy’s remarks at the HIMSS Patient Engagement and Experience Summit in Orlando this morning. “We’re trying to innovate because […] patient engagement and patient experience is truly not ideal,” she said. “We have the system arranged so that...
By Dave Muoio February 11, 2019
MDLive launched a new asynchronous virtual care service last week that lets patients submit describe their condition through a text-based assessment and receive an emailed treatment plan within two hours. MDLive Go — which the telehealth company is demoing this week at HIMSS19 in Orlando, Florida — collects, organizes and documents the results of a condition-specific assessment provided to...
By Jonah Comstock February 11, 2019
Private equity firm Francisco Partners has acquired Qualcomm Life, the Qualcomm subsidiary focused on medical device connectivity. The terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. Qualcomm Life will spin out as a new company under the name Capsule Technologies — the name of a clinical data management company that Qualcomm acquired in 2015. The new Capsule Technologies will continue to use the...
HIMSS TV at HIMSS18
By Jonah Comstock February 8, 2019
HIMSS TV, the video arm of HIMSS Media, launched last year at HIMSS18 — and now we’re coming back for HIMSS19 in Orlando next month. First things first: This year, HIMSS TV will be hosted by Kate Milliken, an entrepreneur and patient advocate with some serious health IT chops of her own. Kate will be hosting a range of guests from health system executives to startup CEOs, health IT pros at...
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By Bradley Merrill Thompson February 8, 2019
About the Author: Bradley Merrill Thompson is a member of the firm at Epstein Becker & Green, P.C. There, he counsels medical device, drug, and combination product companies on a wide range of FDA regulatory, reimbursement, and clinical trial issues.  In January, FDA released version 1.0 of its Working Model for the agency’s Precertification Program for Software as a Medical Device (SaMD) (i....
By Jonah Comstock February 7, 2019
DrChrono has announced that its EHR, which runs on the iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch, has attained ONC certification for Meaningful Use Stage 3. The company believes it is the first to obtain that certification for a mobile-based product. “The way that I look at the world and the way that the company looks at the world, everybody has a hugely powerful computer in their pocket where they can do a...
By Laura Lovett February 7, 2019
This morning the Mayo Clinic announced that it is teaming up with technology company Leidos to build an accelerator on the former’s Jacksonville, Florida campus. The new accelerator will be using Leidos’ integration systems and applied public health applications. The goal is to develop and commercialize products.  "The shared values and deep passion for transforming healthcare make this...
By Dave Muoio February 7, 2019
Thanks to a new CMS rule supporting more non-medical support services, Lyft announced today in a blog post that it will be expanding two existing partnerships to bring company’s non-emergency medical transport (NEMT) service to Medicare Advantage (MA) plans. The first builds on a roughly 19-month relationships with Blue Cross Blue Shield, and will provide NEMT to certain BCBS MA plans by the...
By Laura Lovett February 7, 2019
This morning Seattle-based startup KenSci, maker of a risk prediction platform for healthcare, announced that it has scored $22 million in Series B funding, bringing the company’s total funding to $30.5 million. Polaris Partners led the round, with participation from Osage University Partners and Mindset Ventures.  What they do KenSci uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to identify...
By Jonah Comstock February 7, 2019
iQ Group claims to have saliva-based connected non-invasive glucometer. The iQ Group, an Australian consortium of life sciences companies, is developing a smartphone-connected real-time glucose monitoring test that uses saliva, rather than blood. Glucose levels in bodily fluids like saliva, sweat, and tears can serve as a reasonable proxy for blood glucose, but so far the many attempts at making...

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