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HMD Launches Indiegogo Pre-Order Campaign for ‘All in One’ Device for Medical Practitioners

banner-01-2This week, the team at HMD — a multi-functional medical device company — announces the launch of their Indiegogo pre-order campaign in an effort to raise funds for manufacturing its new multi-use device, the Omni-Pro.

HMD developed Omni-Pro—the first-ever “11 in 1” patented unit for doctors and other medical practitioners on the go, to be the “Swiss Army Knife” of medical devices.

Each set features 11 commonly used components including an Otoscope, Ophthalmoscope, Tongue depressor, Blue Light Filter, Magnifying Glass, Caliper, Stethoscope, Reflex hammer, Disposable Specula, Sensory Hearing Screener, Tuning forks, Babinski test, plus a disposable Specula and dispenser—micro USB rechargeable.

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ZibdyHealth Launches the ‘Smart HIE’ Health Information Exchange

ZibdyHealth Launches the 'Smart HIE' Health Information ExchangeThis week, Zibdy, Inc. is announcing the launch of its “Smart HIE” for healthcare providers.

In the past few years, numerous health information exchanges have been established across the country to support medical data interoperability. Almost all of these exchanges have been heavily subsidized by tax payers through federal and state government grants. Now many of these exchanges are facing challenges in trying to attain financial viability, the company explained in a provided news release.

This regional Health Information Exchange (HIE) model also has a number of additional problems relating to patient care. A regional HIE rarely connects all of the healthcare providers in a region, thus leaving many patients unconnected. Given their regional focus, these HIEs are not able to share data beyond their coverage area, also limiting their scope. For those HIEs which are currently operating, another major challenge has been linking patient information from different medical record systems (due to differences in identification data between systems). Some HIEs have resorted to linking patient information with social profiles pulled off of the internet, thus jeopardizing patient privacy.

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Mount Sinai, LifeMap Solutions Expand Asthma Health ResearchKit Study

UCLA–USC Working on Technology to Predict Asthma Attacks in ChildrenThe Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai and LifeMap Solutions today announced international expansion of the free Asthma Health app to the United Kingdom and Ireland.

Released in March 2015 alongside the launch of Apple’s ResearchKit platform in the United States, Asthma Health enables individuals with asthma to participate in a large-scale medical research study by simply using iPhone.

The Asthma Health app, we’re told, is designed to “facilitate asthma patient education and self-monitoring, promote positive behavioral changes, and reinforce adherence to treatment plans according to current asthma guidelines.”
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SnapMD Named a Top 10 Telemedicine Company

SnapMD Named a Top 10 Telemedicine CompanyAn accomplished healthcare IT innovator SnapMD has been selected by as one of the top 10 telemedicine companies to watch in 2016, according to an announcement shared with MHW this week.

SnapMD is recognized as a leader “racing to reimagine patient care” with its virtual clinic telemedicine technology that leverages common devices available to patients and providers alike such as mobile phones, tablets and laptops.

Coupled with recognition by CIO Magazine as a “Top 5 Healthcare IT Innovator” and a nod from Becker’s Hospital Review as a “Top 25 Healthcare Technology Disruptor,” SnapMD says it is “building wide market approval for its exclusively private-label (white-label) approach to telemedicine.”
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Diagnostic Imaging IT Innovations May Steal the Show at RSNA 2015

Diagnostic Imaging IT Innovations May Steal the Show at RSNA 2015On Tuesday, Nuance Communications announced several new innovations for its diagnostic imaging solutions designed to help radiologists enhance patient care.

These include multimedia reports, advanced lung cancer screening registry reporting and enhanced quality guidance content for radiologists at the point of interpretation.

Nuance tells mHealthWatch that it will demonstrate PowerScribe 360 version 3.5 along with these new quality based innovations in booth #4729 at RSNA 2015 November 29 – December 4 in Chicago.
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New App Provides Innovative Mobile and Web-based Help for Persons living with Schizophrenia

Today in America, the number of people living with Schizophrenia outnumbers the combined populations of North Dakota and Wyoming.

But as a statement from SARDAA provided to mHealthWatch this week explains, social stigma and a severe lack of resources make managing the disorder a daily struggle.

Since January of 2008, the Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America (SARDAA) has passionately promoted hope and recovery for those with brain conditions, and its new App is about “to revolutionize management of mental health disorders for good.”
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Kurbo Health Announces Partnership with Humana to Combat Childhood Obesity

Kurbo Health Announces Partnership with Humana to Combat Childhood ObesityCalifornia-based Kurbo Health and Humana are teaming up to target a fast-growing threat to today’s youth – obesity.

Starting this month, qualified employers with a Humana health plan will have the option to purchase a twelve-month subscription to Kurbo Health’s mobile health coaching and weight loss program as a wellness benefit for employees’ children.

While insurers in the past have provided access to weight loss programs to companies for adult employees, this is the first time a wellness program specifically designed to help an employee’s children has been introduced on such a large scale.
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