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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.

Stratus Video Opens New Facility to Support Sustained Company Growth
On Wednesday, Stratus Video — an industry leader in innovative video interpretation and telehealth solutions — announced that it’s opening its third US office.

HIMSS-Elsevier Digital Healthcare Award Asia Pacific 2017 Winners
MHW recently learned that HIMSS Asia Pacific and Elsevier have confirmed the winners of the fifth Asia Pacific HIMSS-Elsevier Digital Healthcare Award 2017.

Programmatic Health Council Simplifies Programmatic Advertising for Healthcare Marketers
On Tuesday, MHW learned that The Programmatic Health Council (PHC), a healthcare marketing advocacy organization, has released a glossary created to help clarify programmatic advertising terminology for healthcare marketers.

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BioSensics Receives Grant Funding from the NIH in Pursuit of Important Goal

BioSensics, a leader in developing wearable sensor technologies for clinical research and medical applications, has received grant funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop HDWear, a novel telecare solution for Huntington’s disease.

“HDWear, powered by BioSensics’ PAMSys sensor technology, will enable continuous remote monitoring of Huntington’s disease motor symptoms,” this morning’s official announcement reads.

If you’re not famialir, Huntington’s disease (HD) is a hereditary neurological disease that causes progressive nerve degeneration in the brain and affects approximately 30,000 individuals in the United States.

HD is characterized by multifaceted symptomatology including motor, cognitive, and psychiatric symptoms, which begin insidiously and progress over many years.

The 2-year project builds on pilot work performed in collaboration with the University of Rochester Medical Center and Teva Pharmaceuticals and published in the Journal of Huntington’s Disease (2016, Vol. 5, pp. 199-206). The study demonstrated a novel wearable sensor solution for remotely monitoring the severity of upper extremity chorea in Huntington’s disease.

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VirtualHealth Teams with Wellth to Drive Patient Adherence to Medications

VirtualHealth, a leading provider of population health and care management technologies, announced its partnership with Wellth, a digital health company offering incentive-based behavioral change programs, to improve patient adherence to medications and care plans.

We’re told that the collaboration is designed to strengthen both organizations’ missions to provide impactful solutions that help payers and providers succeed with value-based care by improving clinical outcomes and reducing costs associated with managing chronic conditions.

By integrating Wellth’s incentive-based mobile technologies with VirtualHealth’s award-winning value-based care platform, care teams can leverage the power of behavioral economics to improve patient adherence to prescribed therapies — a primary obstacle to effective management of many chronic diseases.

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Ellevest Raises $34.6 Million To Create Powerful Hybrid Platform

Ellevest, the digital investment platform built by, for, and with women, announced today that it closed a $34.6 million funding round.

Led by Rethink Impact, the largest U.S. venture capital impact fund with a gender lens, new participants also included PSP Growth (PSP Capital’s venture arm), Salesforce Ventures, CreditEase Fintech Investment Fund, LH Holdings and SK Impact Fund, LLC. Returning investors Morningstar, Khosla Ventures, Mellody Hobson, Ulu Ventures, Contour Venture Partners and Astia Angels also participated. Jenny Abramson, Rethink Impact’s founder and managing partner, will join the board.

“I’m thrilled these global leaders—who are female “firsts” and technology innovators—are joining Ellevest’s mission to end the gender gap in investing and personal finance,” said Sallie Krawcheck, Ellevest CEO and co-founder. “We will use this new funding to build on the momentum in our digital offering, and develop solutions with women in our community who are asking us for human interaction and financial planning services.”

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Three Healthcare Systems Turn to Fujifilm

FUJIFILM Medical Systems U.S.A., Inc., a provider of diagnostic imaging solutions, confirmed to MHW ahead of the weekend that it has closed new contracts to enhance diagnostic imaging capabilities for existing customers across the United States.

Three healthcare systems will implement Fujifilm’s imaging solutions including, mobile DR systems (FDR Go), the newest DR detector (FDR D-EVO II), DR rooms (FDR Clinica Series of Components) and Fujifilm’s newest mammography solution, the ASPIRE Cristalle with Digital Breast Tomosynthesis (DBT) to provide enhanced diagnostic accuracy and improved patient experience.

“Fujifilm is thrilled to be the imaging partner for our longstanding health provider customers across the United States,” said Rob Fabrizio, Director of Strategic Marketing, Digital Radiography and Women’s Health, FUJIFILM Medical Systems U.S.A., Inc. “With our wide range of offerings from digital radiography to enterprise imaging, customers continue to turn to Fujifilm when they need to add equipment to growing facilities or upgrade to the latest solutions.”

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First Look: Compulink to Unveil Pediatric EHR

Compulink Business Systems, Inc., a leader in EHR and Practice Management solutions, confirmed to MHW today that it will unveil MD Advantage, its solution for pediatrics, at this year’s American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) annual meeting.

With special features to meet the unique needs of pediatricians, Advantage is designed to help providers improve efficiency and increase revenue.

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The 5G Trial Announced by Samsung, Charter

Our sister site MMW reported Wednesday that Samsung Electronics America, Inc. and Charter Communications, Inc. are hard at work on big plans.

The companies announced this week that they are collaborating on 5G and 4G LTE wireless networks lab and field trials at various locations in the U.S.

The trials, which began this summer, will run through the end of the year, an emailed statement explains.

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