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2015 mHealth Summit Theme Will Be ‘Anytime, Anywhere: Engaging Providers and Patients’

2015 mHealth Summit Theme Will Be 'Anytime, Anywhere Engaging Providers and Patients'This year’s mHealth Summit theme has been announced as “Anytime, Anywhere: Engaging Providers and Patients.”

The goal of the 2015 summit will be to develop more dynamic, interactive, and patient-driven mobile health experience—particularly in rural and low income areas.

Once again, organizers of the mHealth Summit will be partnering with Global mHealth Forum and work to facilitate discussion on the roles that telemedicine can play in the global healthcare arena.

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Mobile Health Tech Rakes in Venture Capital in Q1 Of 2015

Mobile Health Tech Rakes in Venture Capital in Q1 Of 2015Now that the Q1 2015 numbers are in, the amount of venture capital placed in mobile health technology ($282 million) has proven to be quite substantial. While funding fell within all other health technology groups, the mobile health investment was about the same as in Q4 of 2014.

Aside from the significant amount of venture capital, mobile health receive 65% of funding among consumer focused companies. This is accounts for an impressive 36% of the funding raised throughout all of the Digital Health and Health IT Groups.

According to MercomCapital, while total venture capital was down $2 million from Q1 of 2014, the number of deals made grew from 41 to 56. To break things down a bit more, mobile health companies brought in 35 of the 56 deals, totaling in approximately $220 million.

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Kaiser Permanente Bringing 900 Tech Jobs to Georgia

Kaiser Permanente Bringing 900 Tech Jobs to GeorgiaWith innovation comes opportunity. Not surprisingly, the always innovative Kaiser Permanente, a leading not-for-profit health plan provider and a leader in health information technology, is creating job opportunities for 900 individuals in the state of Georgia.

mHealthWatch has learned from the Georgia Department of Economic Development (GDEcD) that Kaiser Permanente  will create approximately 900 IT jobs by 2019.

At that time, the job count will bring Kaiser Permanente’s total presence in Georgia to more than 4,000 employees and physicians.
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FDA Launches ‘Drug Shortages’ Mobile App

FDA Launches 'Drug Shortages' Mobile AppThe U.S. Food and Drug Administration has just launched what’s being called the agency’s first mobile application “specifically designed to speed public access to valuable information about drug shortages.”

Conveniently, the app identifies current drug shortages, resolved shortages and discontinuations of drug products.

Drugs in short supply can delay or deny needed care for patients. Drug shortages may also lead health care professionals to rely on alternative drug products, which may be less effective or associated with higher risks than the drug in shortage.

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GE Ventures, Stanford Health Care Confirm New Digital Health Company

GE Ventures, Stanford Health Care Confirm New Digital Health CompanyOn Thursday, GE Ventures and Stanford Health Care confirmed the launch of Evidation Health.

The new venture, which will serve as an independent company, is designed to improve health outcomes with “evidence-based digital medicine.”

“Focused on generating real-world clinical and economic evidence for digital health products and platforms, Evidation Health combines health outcomes data with new approaches to predictive analytics to identify and deploy the most effective and efficient patient management strategies and interventions,” the partners said in a joint statement.
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Walgreens, WebMD Connect for ‘Digital Wellness’ Programs

Walgreens, WebMD Connect for 'Digital Wellness' ProgramsLast fall, mHealthWatch covered the freshly announced partnership between Walgreens and WebMD. Now, several months removed from that initial announcement, we’re learning more about what is to come of this promising coupling.

Walgreens and WebMD Health Corp. have just unveiled “Your Digital Health Advisor,” which is described in a news release as being “a virtual wellness coaching program powered by WebMD, on Walgreens.com.”

Additionally, Chain Drug Review reports, the companies confirmed this week that they have integrated the Walgreens Balance Rewards customer loyalty program and Walgreens prescription services into WebMD’s flagship mobile application to “spur consumers to make healthier choices at home, work and on the go.”
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ATA Accreditation of Online Medical Services Registration Now Open

ATA Accreditation of Online Medical Services Registration Now OpenRegistration has opened for the American Telemedicine Association (ATA) seal of approval for online medical services.

ATA is welcoming limited registrations for organizations desiring the association’s imprimatur. The accreditation program is designed to recognize organizations that provide safe and high quality online patient healthcare services that benefit of both consumers and payers. More than 50 organizations have already registered to begin the application process for accreditation.

What organizations should apply?

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