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‘Pay-for-Pounds’ Contests Prompting Workplace Weight Loss

The Weight Loss Industry Hopping on The Mobile BandwagonThe following is a guest contributed post from Merilee Kern, MBA

While the modern-day workplace is rife with technology and other advancements that have made it more efficient, productive and profitable from a business standpoint, it seems much of that progress is having an adverse effect on the collective waistline—and well-being in general—of America’s workforce.

According to James A. Levine, an obesity specialist at the Mayo Clinic, “… Sedentary jobs have increased 83% since 1950 and physically active jobs now make up only about 25% of our workforce, which is 50% less than in 1950.”  According to Dr. Vince Kerr, director of Health Care Management at Ford Motor Company, obesity in particular has a “devastating impact” on employees’ health and, in turn, creates a ripple effect on their employers’ bottom line.  He further explained that companies experience a loss in excess of $12 billion per year due to lowered productivity, higher healthcare rates, elevated health and disability insurance premiums, increased absenteeism and other associated weight and obesity-related conditions.

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A New Record Set for Healthcare IT / Digital Health VC Funding

Money, Money, Money Guess What Would Inspire More Family Physicians to Use TelehealthMercom Capital Group, a global research and communications firm, released its annual report on funding and mergers and acquisition (M&A) activity for the Healthcare Information Technology (HIT) / Digital Health sector.

Mercom’s comprehensive report covers Healthcare IT deals of all sizes across the globe.

Venture capital (VC) funding, including private equity and corporate VC, in the Healthcare IT totaled $5.1B (billion) in 622 deals in 2016, a new record for the sector.

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Electronics Innovator Rolls Out New Offerings for Healthcare Space

PanasonicPanasonic, a leader in mobility innovation, recently introduced two new innovations to its Toughbook product family and our sister site MMW was briefed Wednesday about the releases.

According to the insight details shared, here’s what we can tell you about the new offerings:

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SilverCloud Health Raises $8.1 Million

Money, Money, Money Guess What Would Inspire More Family Physicians to Use TelehealthmHealthWatch learned Wednesday that Digital Health company SilverCloud Health, a leading provider of evidence-based online mental health and behavioral healthcare solutions, has raised $8.1 million in Series A funding.

Venture capital firm B Capital Group – founded by Raj Ganguly and Facebook co-founder Eduardo Saverin – led the investment round with significant participation from ACT Venture Capital and returning investors, Investec Ventures and AIB Seed Capital Fund managed by DBIC, NDRC and Enterprise Ireland.

SilverCloud Health is a multi-award winning global health tech company; since launching in 2012 it has gone on to support over 80,000 patients across its global customer base, delivering clinical results that are on par with face-to-face therapy.

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:DentalPlans Takes a Look at 2017 Dental Care Trends and Innovations

DentalPlans_LogoWith 2017 now here, it is unclear whether providing access to affordable dental care will be on the political agenda, says Bill Chase, vice president of marketing for :DentalPlans, though he believes this new year “will bring increased awareness of the essential role good oral health plays in our lives.”

“You can’t be healthy if your teeth/gums are not,” said Chase. “We need to stop separating health care from dental care, and find sensible ways to make quality care affordable.”

According to a provided release,  :DentalPlans believes the following dental health issues will also make headlines in 2017:

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UCAOA 2016 Benchmarking Report Shows Wait Times of 30 Minutes or Less at 92 Percent of Centers

UCAOA 2016 Benchmarking Report Shows Wait Times of 30 Minutes or Less at 92 Percent of CentersThe vast majority of urgent care centers across the country met demands of an increased patient load and kept wait times very low in 2015, according to the annual Benchmarking Report from the Urgent Care Association of America (UCAOA).

According a report summary provided to MHW, data shows that 96 percent of centers saw more patients in 2015 than 2014, and 92 percent kept wait times to 30 minutes or less.

The total number of urgent care centers in the U.S. jumped to 7,357 in 2016, which is a 10 percent increase over 2015.

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Compulink Showcases MACRA-Ready Ophthalmology EHR

rx_notebook_bg_mediumCompulink Business Systems, Inc., a leader in EHR and Practice Management for ophthalmology, will demonstrate the latest enhancements to its Ophthalmology Advantage system at the Hawaiian Eye meeting in Kauai (January 15-20).

Among the key innovations is OneTab—a single tab exam layout that allows providers to easily view and document the exam from one screen, the company tells mHealthWatch.com.

Used by 10,000 providers nationwide, Compulink’s all-in-one system supports the entire practice workflow—clinical, business, and surgical center—to maximize efficiencies, increase profitability. Features include EHR, billing, scheduling, e-Prescribing, ASC, optical, patient engagement tools, telemedicine, and RCM services.

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