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UC Berkeley Extension Touts New Health Informatics Program

On Monday,UC Berkeley Extension announced the launch of the fully online Professional Program in Health Informatics, a four-course sequence that prepares clinical and nonclinical professionals to understand and deploy health informatics.

So how does it work?

By understanding the underlying information and computer science and health care best practices that comprise this in-demand career, professionals from both medical and IT backgrounds will have the skills—in as little as three months—to meet the growing use of technology in health care delivery.

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Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts Launches Digital Health Solutions Portfolio

Digital health is a hotbed for innovation, with venture capitalists spending nearly $5 billion in the space last year (think FitBits, Smart Scales, and wellness apps). With the constant surge in new products and services entering the market, it’s often difficult for companies to know which solutions can best address their employees’ unique health challenges. That’s why Blue Cross Blue Shield of Massachusetts (Blue Cross) is introducing the Emerging Solutions platform to curate market-leading health solutions and provide advice to employer customers on which solutions could best help improve their employees’ health.

Emerging Solutions is available to self-insured accounts with 1,000+ employees starting July 1, 2018. Currently, our offering includes nationally recognized solutions for diabetes prevention and management as well as fertility, pregnancy, and parenting—key health issues that are of interest to our accounts. These solutions are:

  • Livongo, the leading consumer digital health platform that empowers people with chronic conditions like diabetes to live better and healthier lives.
  • Omada, a digital provider of the Diabetes Prevention Program, delivering the tools and support for participants to improve lifestyle, behavior, and overall health.
  • Ovia Health, which uses technology and predictive coaching to support women from preconception and pregnancy through return-to-work and parenthood.

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News Release: CRF Health’s TrialMax eCOA Solution Selected for Landmark Pain Outcomes Study by Global Japanese Pharmaceutical Company

CRF Health, the leading provider of patient-centered eSource for the life sciences industry, today announced that its TrialMax Touch® and TrialMax Slate® solutions have been selected by a Global Category Japanese Pharmaceutical company for a significant pain trial. The Phase III trial will involve 800 screened and 320 randomized subjects across 40 sites in the US.

CRF Health’s TrialMax Touch® delivers an easy-to-use smartphone solution to collect the primary endpoint data of the study via a daily diary. With home-based patients and daily diary entries, the high compliance afforded by electronic data capture vs. paper was a key requirement. The high-quality solution was selected by the sponsor for the benefits it brings, such as streamlining data collection through instant capture, rather than requiring patients to visit a site, and a high compliance rate which is achieved through the solutions’ notification reminders, intuitive interface and mobility.

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MobileCause Hires New CEO, Victor Limongelli

MHW learned Thursday that MobileCause — a leading provider of online fundraising and donor engagement software — has announced that the company’s board of directors has appointed Victor Limongelli as its new chief executive officer.

Limongelli brings more than 20 years of experience in leading and growing companies in the software industry. Most recently, he served as Chairman and CEO of AccessData, a provider of integrated digital forensics and e-discovery software. Previously, he served for seven years as president and CEO of Guidance Software, a digital forensics, e-discovery, and cybersecurity software company. During his tenure at Guidance, he led the company’s growth to $130 million in revenue, and helped lead its Initial Public Offering (IPO) in 2006.

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Avizia, Aligned Telehealth Partner to Extend Behavioral Health’s Reach

Avizia, powering system-wide telehealth, has announced its partnership with Aligned Telehealth, a leading behavioral healthcare services provider.

According to the details shared in a provided media release:

The partnership fuses Avizia’s robust, interoperable system-wide telehealth platform with Aligned Telehealth’s leading behavioral health solutions: Avizia’s platform equips Aligned Telehealth and its partners with the technology tools, resources and support they need they need to conduct secure, seamless, virtual consultations — including facility-based psychiatry, correctional telehealth and behavioral health consultations.

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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.

PAI Health, Gen Re Partner To Improve Health Outcomes And Reduce Risk
PAI Health (formerly Mio Global), a health technology company with proprietary science-based algorithms that prescribe exercise for optimal health, has entered into a collaboration with reinsurer Gen Re.

MedX Health Corp. Bulks Up Talent Roster
MedX Health Corp. recently announced that Scott Spearn, an experienced medical device executive, joined the MedX team as President.

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Augmented Reality App May Help Patients with Parkinson’s

News Release: It’s appropriate that during Parkinson’s Awareness Month, a team of Rice University seniors will show how augmented reality may help patients with the disease.

That’s the official announcement shared with MMW this week, as we learned that six Rice engineering students have designed an iPhone app to help patients overcome a symptom known as “freezing,” in which the legs temporarily refuse to follow the brain’s command to lift and move forward.

For many of these patients, researchers have found that visual, audio or vibratory cues can help them overcome freezing. The Rice app may be the most elegant and comprehensive way to date to provide those cues, according to the students.

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