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New App Helps Patients Fill Key Gap in Lupus Treatment

Living with lupus is both challenging and unpredictable, making good communication between physicians and patients vital to managing care.

Recently, Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS), announced the launch of LupusMinder, a new mobile app designed to help anyone with lupus track medications, daily symptoms and appointments.

“People affected by chronic conditions can become overwhelmed by changes in their medications or day to day variations in their symptoms,” said Mary K. Crow, MD, physician-in-chief at HSS. “We wanted to create a comprehensive app to record all pertinent information, lowering the stress associated with managing lupus. By inputting daily symptoms, the app also allows us to chart progress over a short- and long-term period.”

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First Look: Avizia Acquires Carena

Avizia, powering system-wide telehealth, announced late last week that it has acquired Carena, a Seattle-based leading virtual care provider. The acquisition of Carena reinforces Avizia’s position as the largest and most comprehensive telehealth solutions partner for health systems nationwide.

Avizia partners with providers to deploy and power system-wide telehealth strategies.

With the acquisition of Carena, Avizia now offers a comprehensive and customizable telehealth platform which includes software, mobile applications, virtual care devices and a provider network.

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Workplace Wellness: Gamified Dieting for a Healthier, Wealthier Holiday & New Year

The following is a guest contributed post by Merilee Kern, MBA.

Even during the gluttonous holidays and into the New Year “diet resolution” season, weight loss doesn’t have to be a difficult or costly workplace wellness endeavor. It can actually be quite profitable for the participants, themselves. One organization founded on much obesity and incentivization research,, has found a way to help dieters overcome their short-term financial woes and spur weight loss from the start, all boosting business bottom lines, by applying “double-incentivization” methodology.

The company’s various diet-for-dollars program–team-based challenges and other–allows participants to make a wager upfront tied to their intended weight-loss, for which they’ll receive a cash prize payout if they achieve their goal in the allotted time.

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mHealth News: What You Need to Know

Here are some of the top stories in healthcare, telemedicine, and mobile health that we have been monitoring this past week.

Heritage Biologics Unveils Innovative HBnow Virtual Care Program
Heritage Biologics, a leader in Rare Disease Outcomes Management (RDOM), is announcing the launch of their HBnow virtual care program.

iCare Navigator Launched with AI-Driven Virtual Health Coach
On Wednesday, MHW was briefed by TeleHealth Services, a leading provider of interactive patient engagement solutions, on their launch of iCare Navigator — the first enterprise-scale interactive patient engagement platform using an empathetic “virtual health coach” driven by artificial intelligence.

Azalea Health and Prognosis Innovation Healthcare to Merge
Azalea Health, a leading provider of fully-integrated web-based healthcare solutions and services, announced today the merger of Houston-based Prognosis Innovation Healthcare, a leading provider of electronic health records (EHR) to rural and community hospitals.

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Heritage Biologics Unveils Innovative HBnow Virtual Care Program

Heritage Biologics, a leader in Rare Disease Outcomes Management (RDOM), is announcing the launch of their HBnow virtual care program.

“The innovative HBnow program is powered by Avizia’s telehealth platform and provides an easy interface for patients,” a provided statement reads.

Access to Heritage Biologics’ pharmacy and nursing staff through a reliable virtual portal aims to enhance the overall patient experience.

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HRS Adds Telehealth Clinical Excellence to Team of Experts

MHW has learned that HRS is welcoming Jenni Blendu RN, MBA, as the new Senior Director of Sales to continue what the company calls “the rapid adoption of the industry’s most innovative telehealth program.”

Blendu served as an ER, Critical Care, and Home Health nurse for over 15 years and was strongly dedicated to keeping patients in their homes and promoting preventive medicine.

With 15 years of experience in healthcare leadership roles, Blendu has fostered the belief that simple technology not only reduces healthcare costs but also improves patient outcomes.

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New England College of Optometry and Orbis Announce Partnership

New England College of Optometry (NECO) and Orbis International (Orbis) have just announced their formal partnership to address the global unmet need for refractive and low vision services, “with the goal of reducing avoidable visual impairment in low-income regions of the world.”

If you’re not familiar, NECO prepares students for careers as an eye care provider, educator, and innovator through a rigorous curriculum and extensive clinical experiences.

On the other hand, Orbis is an international non-profit committed to the elimination of avoidable blindness through healthcare provider training.

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