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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.

WellnessLiving Partners with Google
WellnessLiving, the all-in-one business management software focused on wellness businesses, has partnered with Google.

Doctor On Demand Brings Affordable Video Visits to Texas
On-demand video medicine provider Doctor On Demand today announced that it will offer video visits with US-trained, board-certified physicians for $10 to consumers within the State of Texas.

ClearHealth Quality Institute Forms Telemedicine Accreditation Standards Committee
MHW learned Thursday that ClearHealth Quality Institute (CHQI) has formed a Telemedicine Accreditation Standards Committee.

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Signature Medical Raises $2.5 Million in Series A Financing

Signature Medical, Inc., an Allied Minds portfolio company, confirmed to MHW on Wednesday that it has completed a $2.5 million Series A funding round.

We’re told that the round included participation from Riot Ventures, an early stage investment group focused on emerging technologies; Bose Corporation, a global leader in audio innovation; and Allied Minds.

If you’re not familiar, Signature Medical is developing AcoustiCare, its “flagship wearable product focused on heart failure evaluation and monitoring to improve patient outcomes while preventing hospital re-admissions.”

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WellnessLiving Partners with Google

WellnessLiving, the all-in-one business management software focused on wellness businesses, has partnered with Google.

The partnership, we’re told, centers on “an exciting pilot that can help beauty and wellness businesses connect with Google users through a new acquisition channel.”

So how does it work?

Reserve with Google allows Google users to reserve a fitness class–and now beauty services–directly from Google Search or Maps. To make a reservation, users simply need to search the name of the studio or salon they’d like to visit on Google, and Reserve with Google automatically populates a direct booking link on the business’s Google listing, providing instant access.

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Healthcare Facilities Expected to Benefit from New Partnership

Stratus Video — a leading language access and telehealth company — and One Call Care Management (One Call), a leader within the workers’ compensation industry, have partnered to launch the first end-to-end language and transportation solution designed for healthcare facilities.

“While transportation and interpretation are not necessarily medical services, they are critical components of the treatment plan,” said Joseph McCullough, senior vice president of product at One Call. “Missed medical appointments due to a lack of transportation, or the inability to clearly and accurately communicate with a patient, can dramatically impact the road to recovery. The goal of this partnership is to eliminate these barriers so the patient may receive effective and timely care.”

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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.

MobileHelp Shares Results of New Healthcare Provider Survey
Ahead of the extended holiday weekend in the United States, MobileHelp — a leader in mobile Personal Emergency Response System (mPERS) and healthcare technology solutions — reported that nearly 30 percent of healthcare providers have implemented telehealth programs into their clinical operations.

Smaller Hospitals and Health Systems ‘Struggle’ to Deliver Value-Driven Care
A new EY survey of U.S. health care providers reveals top priorities and challenges for 2017.

First Look: NorthBay Helps Parents Take ‘Baby Steps’
According to a formal announcement emailed to MHW on Wednesday, NorthBay Healthcare is joining forces with a Boston-based health technology company to create “Baby Steps by NorthBay,” for new and expectant families.
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vRad Recognized for Company Culture and Health Programs

vRad (Virtual Radiologic), a MEDNAX company and a leading teleradiology services and telemedicine company, announced Monday that it has received honors for both its corporate culture and its company wellness programs.

The Star Tribune’s 2017 “Top Workplace” recognizes companies who receive high ratings from surveys completed by their employees.

According to the survey, vRad was selected because its employees: 1) believe in the company’s mission of providing exemplary patient care, 2) think the company sets a clear direction for its future, 3) feel vRad has a culture of high performance, and 4) agree that vRad creates a strong connection with its employees by showing appreciation and bringing meaning to work.

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Minnesota Timberwolves, Fitbit Announce Partnership

MHW learned today that The Minnesota Timberwolves, as part of a series of summer announcements highlighting a new era for the organization, have formalized a new three-year partnership with Fitbit, a leading global wearables brand.

According to a provided statement, Fitbit is now the “Official Wearable” and “Official Sleep Tracker” of the Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Lynx and Iowa Wolves in a partnership that extends to the court, arena, back-office and fans.

In short, Fitbit will provide access to devices to all three teams, including business and basketball staffs, offering personalized insights that can be used to gain a competitive advantage and improve performance throughout the organization.
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