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FirstLight Fiber Aims to Enhance Home Healthcare Services

FirstLight_Logo_CMYKmHealthWatch learned today that FirstLight Fiber, a fiber-optic bandwidth infrastructure services provider operating in New York and Northern New England, has big news with regard to its increasingly important role within the home healthcare space.

Visiting Nurse and Hospice for Vermont and New Hampshire (VNH), a non-profit organization dedicated to delivering outstanding home health and hospice services, has selected FirstLight for the upgrade of its Internet services in West Lebanon, New Hampshire as well as at its new location in White River Junction, Vermont.

As its remote and administrative staff and offices grow, Visiting Nurse and Hospice seeks to utilize FirstLight Internet services for reliable connectivity and impressive broadband capability.

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Latest Virtual Care Partnership Designed to Help Rural Nebraska Patients

Wound Management Technology Company Closes $40 Million Series A FundingBryan Health and Memorial Health Care Systems have teamed up to launch Memorial eVisit, the first virtual care offering by a Nebraska rural critical access hospital.

The online solution, we’re told, gives community members of rural Seward County, Neb. a new, affordable way to receive a diagnosis and treatment plan from a board certified Nebraska doctor  24/7.

Memorial eVisit, is supported by Bryan Telemedicine, and uses virtual care software from industry leader Zipnosis. The arrangement takes advantage of the virtual care expertise of Bryan Telemedicine and their Nebraska board certified physicians. Bryan Telemedicine physicians will staff the new service, reviewing patient information and making an appropriate diagnosis.

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Apple Reportedly Acquires Digital Health Startup

Apple Rushed to the HospitalPublished reports Tuesday indicate that Apple has acquired a personal health data-monitoring startup.

The company in question, we’re told, is Glimpse.

“Silicon Valley-based Glimpse has built a personal health data platform that enables any American to collect, personalize, and share a picture of their health data,” Fast Company reports.

The company was started in 2013 by Anil Sethi and Karthik Hariharan. Sethi is a serial entrepreneur who has spent the past decade working with health startups, after taking his company Sequoia Software public in 2000. He got his start as a systems engineer at Apple in the late 1980s.

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Telemedicine Leader Taps New CMO for Behavioral Health

400539New talent has been tapped for a key position within an emerging telemedicine company.

MYidealDOCTOR, a leading provider of cloud-based telemedicine and mHealth services, recently announced the launch of on-demand access to behavioral health providers for counseling sessions via video.

“In addition to this exciting new service line, MiD has also welcomed David Buxton, M.D., as Chief Medical Officer for Behavioral Health,” reads a statement provided to MHW. “The MiD behavioral health solution offers access to behavioral health assessments and providers, including licensed counselors, psychologists and social workers.”
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New Study Shows Hospital IT Nervous Over Mobile Security Threats

Cybersecurity Remains Top Concern for mHealthThis week, the team at Spyglass Consulting Group released its most recent healthcare study — Point of Care Communications for Nursing 2016.

The study shows that 82 percent of hospitals surveyed expressed grave concerns about their ability to support and protect mobile devices, patient data, and the hospital’s technology infrastructure as a result of the growing threat of cybersecurity attacks.

And the threat is, indeed, growing.
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More Mobile Rewards on Tap for Retail Pharmacy Giant

walgreens-logoOur sister site MMW is reporting Tuesday that Walgreens Balance Rewards members can now apply their loyalty account at checkout through Android Pay.

This ability, we’re told, furthers the convenience of earning and redeeming points and expanding the company’s portfolio of unified mobile payments solutions.

Monday’s formal announcement explains that this latest integration gives the more than 85 million active Balance Rewards members, many of whom use Android devices, another way to earn and use loyalty points in-store, and eliminates the need to separately scan or enter their Balance Rewards card.

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TreeHouse Health and Accenture Aim to Help Digital Health Startups

telemedicineOn Monday, mHealthWatch learned that TreeHouse Health, an innovation center that invests in emerging healthcare companies to help accelerate their growth, has tapped Accenture to provide “guidance and insights to its growing roster of digital health startups.”

Other insights regarding the pairing were shared on Monday.

“Accenture brings tremendous healthcare experience, insights and reach to TreeHouse Health,” says J.D. Blank, managing director at TreeHouse Health. “We are confident that this effort will help advance the mission of TreeHouse Health and the innovative companies we work with.”

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