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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.

Diet Doc Medical Weight Loss Partners with eVisit
MHW learned today that national medical weight loss company, Diet Doc has partnered with healthcare technology company, eVisit to add “a new level of convenience and innovation to their remote patient/doctor consultations.”

U.S. HealthWorks Touts Telemedicine Offering
U.S. HealthWorks, a provider of high-quality medical care to treat employees with on-the-job injuries, is dramatically expanding its healthcare reach.
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Birth Control App Launches in Michigan

Nurx, makers of a birth control app, are offering new users up to two months of free birth control with the promo code ‘MICHIGAN’ today until June 30th.

We’re told that the telemedicine startup and mobile health platform makes birth control and PrEP (HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis) more accessible to everyone through an app.

New users will receive a $30 credit, which equates to up to two months of free birth control with the promo code. After choosing their birth control type and brand, users answer a few questions and enter their shipping and insurance information for a licensed physician to review. Once the review is complete, the doctor will issue and fill the prescription, which will be delivered to their home at no additional cost.

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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.

BumblebeeMD Generates Buzz with ‘One Card, Six Sweet Benefits’
There’s plenty of buzz surrounding a new launch, the details of which MHW was made privy to this week.

First Look: SERMO Touts New Global Physician-to-Physician Drug Ratings Tool
SERMO, the largest global social network for physicians, announced Wednesday the groundbreaking new “Drug Ratings” tool.

Report: 6S Remains Most Used Smartphone in the World
ScientiaMobile has just released their Mobile Overview Report (MOVR) which shows that that the iPhone 6S is the most used smartphone model in the world.
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TPG Growth Announces Acquisition

MHW learned Monday that TPG Growth — the middle market and growth equity platform of alternative asset firm TPG — has entered into an agreement to acquire a majority stake in Medical Solutions, a leading provider of healthcare staffing solutions for hospitals across the United States.

Beecken Petty O’Keefe & Company (BPOC), who acquired the company in 2015, will retain an equity stake post-close.

The transaction is subject to standard conditions, including regulatory clearance, and is expected to close in the second quarter.

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mPulse Mobile Partners with Harvard Medical School on Texting Program for Medicaid Members

Could targeted and interactive text messages to Medicaid patients improve disease management and boost primary care visits?

That’s something Harvard researchers, in partnership with mPulse Mobile, plan to find out. Mobile health engagement leader mPulse Mobile just announced the new effort, which will be tackled in cooperation with researchers at the Department of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School (Harvard).

The research will start with implementation of two distinct programs.

“One program will evaluate whether interactive text messaging helps new members select and visit a primary care clinician soon after enrolling,” explained mPulse Mobile in a media release. “The second program hopes to activate members with chronic conditions, such as asthma, to enroll and engage in a disease management program.”

The initiative builds on a known medical fact: of all U.S. health problems, chronic diseases are among the most preventable. Since chronic disease management accounts for 86 percent of the nation’s total healthcare costs, improvements in engagement with the Medicaid population could pay big dividends.

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First Look: Medici Launches in U.S. To Change the Way Doctors and Patients Communicate

On Monday, Medici — the next-generation HIPAA-compliant messaging app that enables medical providers and their patients to communicate virtually via text or video — announced its official launch in the U.S. in all 50 states.

“Beginning today, users can invite their existing family physician, pediatrician, dermatologist, dentist, veterinarian, mental health provider, nutritionist and other medical providers to join the Medici platform.” the platform’s makers tell us.

Providers throughout the U.S. can similarly invite their patients to join Medici, which offers a more convenient, accessible and modernized method of communication and represents the latest innovation in healthcare technology.

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ATA 2017: HealthGrid to Showcase Patient Engagement Platform

HealthGrid, a mobile patient engagement leader will exhibit its patient engagement platform at the American Telemedicine Association’s ATA 2017 conference April 23-25 in Orlando, Fla., “focusing on its ability to drive telehealth utilization and improve the patient experience.”

If you’re not familiar, ATA 2017 is the world’s largest telehealth innovation and networking event.

HealthGrid’s patient engagement platform integrates with telehealth platforms and telehealth-specific campaigns for increased utilization. It assists providers in achieving returns on their telehealth platform by driving telehealth utilization and automates campaigns for patients eligible for telehealth for readmission management and value-based care initiatives.

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