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Amerigroup Washington Offers All Members Free Access to Digital Behavioral Healthcare Resources

6a9f934ae2bb01c0ac158f8bccdc45e3While the holiday season is meant to bring feelings of love and cheer, the post-holiday season and winter blues sometimes bring an increase of depression and struggle for many. To address these heightened stressors both now and throughout the year, Amerigroup Washington is working together with myStrength, Inc., an innovative leader in digital behavioral healthcare, to provide mental health and wellness resources to all Amerigroup Washington members, dramatically increasing access to mental health services throughout the state.

One in four people struggle with behavioral health challenges, yet nearly 70 percent do not receive effective care, due in large part to stigma and access. According to Mental Health America, Washington ranks 30th out of 50 in the nation for prevalence of serious mental illness. This low overall ranking indicates higher prevalence of mental illness and lower rates of access to care. Unfortunately, lack of access and care directly results in poorer quality of life and greater risk of disease.

Through this collaboration with myStrength, Inc., all Amerigroup Washington members now have access to online behavioral health resources. These digital resources promote emotional wellness and help those struggling with anxiety, depression, substance use disorders and chronic pain to manage and overcome the challenges and are available 24/7.
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A Healthy Outlook Ahead for iOS in Business, Healthcare and More

Visually Impaired Want More from iOSThe latest smartphone OS sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech shows Android sales declined in the US, GB, and France, as iOS continued to make gains across most regions in the three months ending November 2016.

“For Android, this marks the sixth consecutive period of decline in the US, at 55.3% of all smartphone sales, down from 60.4% in the same period a year earlier,” the Kantar crew says. “In Urban China, iOS was down year-on-year at 19.9%, but continued strong period-on-period growth with sales from iPhone 7.”

iPhone 7, iPhone 7 Plus, and iPhone 6s were the three most popular smartphones in the US at the beginning of the holiday period, for a combined 31.3% share. The Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 edge were the fourth and fifth best-selling phones in the US, with Samsung capturing 28.9% of smartphone sales.

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MyndBlue Taps New Talent in Serial Medical and Digital Health Entrepreneur Nancy Briefs

indexMyndBlue, an mHealth company that has developed a wearable-but-discreet medical device which is designed to detect a relapse of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD) and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in advance of a crisis, announced that it has elected Serial Medical/Digital Health Entrepreneur, Nancy Briefs, as a director.

According to a provided announcement, Ms. Briefs’ career includes 30 years as an Entrepreneur, CEO, Angel Investor, Independent BOD Member and Business Advisor.

“We are extremely pleased that Nancy has joined our board,” said MyndBlue founder and CEO, Dr. Denis Fompeyrine. “She understands well that early-stage investors quickly comprehend the value proposition for MyndBlue, a potentially transformational paradigm for treating mental health disorders.”
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New Telemedicine Partnership Announced

rx_notebook_bg_mediumAhead of the weekend, Analyte Health, Inc., an integrated health care partner that connects patients and telehealth providers with laboratory testing services and Teladoc, Inc., a leader in telehealth, announced a partnership that delivers lab diagnostics services through the Teladoc telehealth platform.

“The evolution of telehealth has changed the way we receive and deliver care. Our integrated solution enhances diagnostic capabilities for physicians while meeting patients’ growing demands for private and convenient health care,” said Dr. Frank Cockerill, CEO of Analyte Health. “Teladoc’s leadership in the telehealth industry has transformed the approach to care and we are excited to assist them in expanding their services. The partnership between Analyte Health and Teladoc bridges the gap between lab testing and telehealth, and together, we are reinventing the health care experience for patients and physicians.”

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SnapMD Adds New Administrative Patient Queue Management Tools

HealthTap Touts First of Its Kind Doctor TrainingAhead of the weekend, SnapMD — a telemedicine technology innovator — announced the introduction of new Administrative Patient Queue Management tools to its Virtual Care Management (VCM) telemedicine platform, which enables non-clinical staff to manage patient traffic and clinical staff schedules.

We’re told that the fully redesigned administrative interface allows for platform administrators to view all patients waiting in the queue, patient demographics, location on a global scale, appointment type, and much more.
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Blockchain in Healthcare to Premier at HIMSS17

himss17-logoPremiering at HIMSS17, IEEE Computer Society’s  Blockchain in Healthcare, a Rock Stars of Technology Event , co-hosted with the Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHAlliance), will provide healthcare business and IT professionals the knowledge they need now “to protect and secure data, electronic health records, connected devices, and health information exchanges with new blockchain technologies.”

According to a statement emailed to MHW today, Blockchain in Healthcare, one of the most controversial technologies of 2017, promises to address security and data integrity issues of the increasing volume of patient data managed by doctors, hospitals and insurance companies.
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LifeMap Solutions, Stanford University School of Medicine Researchers to Launch App

LifeMap Sciences Announces Partnership with MedGenomeLifeMap Solutions, a digital health pioneer and co-developer of ResearchKit-enabled app Asthma Health, has just announced that the company has worked with researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine to develop and launch MyHeart Counts 2.0.

This version of the ResearchKit app–which is driving one of the largest studies of cardiovascular health ever conducted–presents users with graphs that show how they compare to other users in terms of how many steps they take each day, how happy they are, how much they sleep and the quantity of vegetables they are eating.

Most notably, the app also features the Stanford Coaching Module, which includes personalized coaching that varies for each user, depending on his or her activity profile.

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