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TAO Connect Announces New Chronic Pain Management Course

TAO Connect, a digital health company focused on mental health therapy, announced this week the availability of its chronic pain course to transform the way patients manage their pain.

The course helps patients learn more about how their condition works within the brain and also provides guidance in using behavioral strategies to manage it.

It’s available through the company’s suite of online mental health tools and can be accessed through its self-help feature or with the support of a case manager or behavioral health provider.

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Enhanced Digital Functionality Touted By Capital BlueCross

Capital BlueCross today announced the launch of its newly designed secure website, allowing members “greater ease and convenience when accessing their health plan information.”

According to an announcement shared with MHW, the digital improvements provide members with a more personalized healthcare experience with streamlined options and easy to find information.

In the complex world of healthcare, it often can be difficult and confusing for individuals to find what they are looking for when it comes to their health insurance information. The new secure site is designed to change that with its customer-friendly design. Members of Capital BlueCross can now find benefit and claims information more easily, from any digital device. The enhancements to the secure site are complemented by recent upgrades to the company’s main website, capbluecross.com, with the same objectives in mind.

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Flex Expands Digital Health Capabilities

Flex — a Sketch-to-Scale solutions provider that designs and builds intelligent products for a connected world — has expanded its service offerings for the healthcare industry with a new digital health offering.

MHW has learned that BrightInsight is a “secure, managed services solution built on Google Cloud Platform that can aggregate data and deliver real-time insights to optimize the value of connected drug, device or combination products.”

The McKinsey Global Institute estimates that applying big-data strategies to better inform healthcare-related decision making could generate up to $100 billion in value annually across the U.S. healthcare system.

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Wildflower Health Confirms $8 Million Capital Investment

Wildflower Health announced it has secured $8 million in capital investment to advance its mission of growing healthy families.

The funding round was led by Health Enterprise Partners, a growth equity firm specializing in healthcare services and information technology whose investors include some of the largest health systems and health plans across the country.

Existing investors Hatteras Venture Partners and Echo Health also participated. As part of the round, Ezra Mehlman of HEP joins the Wildflower Health Board of Directors.

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WEDI Issues White Paper Exploring Various Telehealth Modalities

On Monday, MHW learned that The Workgroup for Electronic Data Interchange (WEDI), the nation’s leading nonprofit authority on the use of health IT to create efficiencies in healthcare information exchange and a trusted advisor to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced the release of their latest industry white paper addressing Telehealth Modalities.

Written by the WEDI Telehealth Workgroup, the 17-page white paper’s purpose is to provide information on the various modes of delivering patient care using telehealth services and technology, including virtual encounters, remote patient monitoring, wearable devices, and integrated care management.

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First Look: Endocrine Society Awards inaugural Baxter Prize to Women’s Health Entrepreneur

MHW has learned that French physician and researcher André Ulmann, M.D., Ph.D., won the Endocrine Society’s first-ever John D. Baxter Prize for Entrepreneurship for his advances in women’s health and rare endocrine conditions, the Society announced today.

Ulmann founded HRA Pharma and built the company into a leader in women’s health and treatments for orphan diseases. The company revolutionized the treatment of uterine fibroids, the formation of benign tumors on the uterus that can cause irregular bleeding and reproductive complications, by developing a treatment that reduced the rate of hysterectomy surgeries. In addition, HRA licensed or developed emergency contraceptives and drugs for treating rare conditions including adrenal cancer and hypercortisolism. Ulmann led the company from 1996 to 2009 as CEO and served as chairman until 2016.

Ulmann received the inaugural Baxter Prize at ENDO 2018, the Endocrine Society’s 100th Annual Meeting & Expo, during a ceremony today. The $50,000 prize is awarded biennially to recognize scientists or healthcare providers who have demonstrated entrepreneurship by leveraging endocrine research to improve patient care.

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European Connected Health Alliance Joins The 2018 Connected Health Conference as a Global Partner

The Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHAlliance), a HIMSS organization, today announced that the European Connected Health Alliance (ECHAlliance) has joined the 2018 Connected Health Conference as a Global Partner.

“We are delighted to extend our partnership with PCHAlliance, to further strengthen cross-border collaborations, knowledge exchange and opportunities to drive the adoption of connected health technologies to improve the quality and efficiency of health, wellness and social care,” said Brian O’Connor, Chair, ECHAlliance. “The Connected Health Conference is an important global platform for advancing technology-enabled health and wellness for all citizens.”

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