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DeviceLab Exhibiting and Hosting Wearable Medical Device Panel at DeviceTalks West 2017

Ahead of the weekend, DeviceLab Inc., a Southern California medical device design and manufacturing company, announced it will be both hosting an exhibition booth and moderating a panel discussion at DeviceTalks West 2017, to be held December 11-12 at the Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa.

A Gold-level sponsor, DeviceLab will feature its popular “Apollo” and “Athena” wireless medical device mannequins at exhibition booth #304 during regular exhibition hours.

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First Look: UnitedHealthcare Touts New Healthy Pregnancy Mobile App

MHW can now confirm that the UnitedHealthcare Healthy Pregnancy mobile app — an interactive program providing expectant women with personalized content and 24/7 nurse support during pregnancy and after delivery — is now available to people enrolled in most UnitedHealthcare employer-sponsored plans.

Employers can offer the UnitedHealthcare Healthy Pregnancy mobile app to their employees at no additional cost as part of their benefit plan.

People eligible for the UnitedHealthcare Healthy Pregnancy program can download the app onto their iPhone and Android devices. The app offers personalized features and pregnancy-related information, and integrates with UnitedHealthcare’s maternity care platform as another way to connect with maternity nurse support throughout the prenatal and postnatal phases.

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MintHealth Announces Vidamints (VIDA) to Align Stakeholders in a New Healthcare Ecosystem

Looking for a new offering that’s in mint condition? Look no further.

MintHealth, we’re told, is now offering a global decentralized health platform with a portable, secure, and self-sovereign personal health record (PHR) built on blockchain technology and designed to drive healthy patient behavior through the Vidamint token.

This week, MintHealth announced the immediate availability of the associated white paper behind a planned Vidamint (VIDA) token sale in Q1 of 2018. The company also announces the addition of Wyche “Tee” Green, III, founder and director of Greenway Health, to the MintHealth Board of Directors.

Started by a team of veterans in the healthcare industry, MintHealth is tackling two fundamental problems in healthcare today – the lack of a patient-controlled health record that can be seamlessly shared with key stakeholders, and an incentive model to promote proactive patient behaviors for the purpose of combatting the incessant global rise in chronic disease related healthcare costs.

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Science 37, Otsuka Pharmaceutical Collaborate to Advance Digital Health Innovation

Science 37, a company focused on “site-less” clinical trials, and Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization, Inc., announced today a strategic collaboration to support efforts to further digitize Otsuka’s mobile clinical study protocols with a strong focus on psychiatry and behavioral health.

According to this morning’s official announcement, the collaboration follows an investment in Science 37 by Otsuka as a minority shareholder as part of the final close of a $35M Series C investment round earlier this year.

“Otsuka is dedicated to promoting innovation in clinical trials as a means of expanding the diversity of patients enrolled in studies, as well as bringing new products to market faster,” said William H. Carson, MD, president and CEO of Otsuka Pharmaceutical Development & Commercialization. “This collaboration with Science 37 is also the latest example of our commitment to leading in digital medicine and identifying new ways that technology can help transform the lives of patients.”

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CVS Health to Acquire Aetna

Over the weekend, it was officially announced that CVS Health and Aetna are executing a definitive merger agreement under which CVS Health will acquire all outstanding shares of Aetna for a combination of cash and stock.

Under the terms of the merger agreement, which has been unanimously approved today by the boards of directors of each company, the transaction values Aetna at approximately $69 billion.

Including the assumption of Aetna’s debt, the total value of the transaction is $77 billion.

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Gary D. Stuart Named President of Hearst Health’s MedHOK

Hearst announced Monday that Gary D. Stuart has been named president of Hearst Health’s MedHOK, a leading provider of software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions for health plans.

The appointment was announced by MedHOK CEO Anil Kottoor, Hearst Health President Gregory Dorn, MD, and Hearst Business Media President Richard P. Malloch. Stuart assumes his new role today and reports directly to Kottoor.

“Gary’s fluency in technology, leadership and the needs of health plan customers makes him a natural fit for our team,” Kottoor said. “He will be instrumental in driving our continued expansion.”

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First Look: VisitPay Welcomes New Investor Flare Capital Partners

Last week, at the Digital Healthcare Innovation Summit in Boston, VisitPay announced Flare Capital Partners as its latest professional venture capital investor.

Flare Capital is a leading healthcare investment organization with strategic industry relationships whose advisors and partners include some of the most respected names in US healthcare.

Gary Gottlieb, an Executive Partner at Flare Capital and former CEO at Partners HealthCare, commented: “As the consumer share of payments skyrockets, VisitPay provides a uniquely patient and provider centered solution to engagement and billing.”

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