mPulse Mobile Announces $1.7 Million of New Funding

mPulse Mobile Announces $1.7 Million of New FundingOn Wednesday, mPulse Mobile — a mobile experience-management company focused on consumer health and wellness — confirmed in a statement to the media that it recently wrapped up a $1.7 million investment round (pre-series A) lead by OCA Ventures.

According to a statement from the innovative company, this funding “will enable mPulse to continue its organic growth and expand the sales and client support teams to further support its leadership in delivering mobile population health and member engagement solutions to health and wellness companies.”

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CVS Health Turns to Telehealth

CVS Health Turns to TelehealthOn Wednesday, CVS Health announced that it is working with American Well, Doctor On Demand and Teladoc to explore how direct-to-consumer telehealth providers, retail pharmacy and retail clinic providers can make a difference in how healthcare is administered.

Specially, they will take a look at the potential to collaborate in order to improve patient care.

This represents, CVS explains in a provided statement, an expansion of the company’s existing telehealth approach.
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FDA Green Lights Mobile Continuous Glucose Monitoring System

FDA Green Lights Mobile Continuous Glucose Monitoring SystemOn Tuesday morning in San Diego, Dexcom — a provider of continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) solutions for patients with diabetes — announced that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the Dexcom G5 Mobile Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) System.

With wireless Bluetooth technology built into the device transmitter, the G5 Mobile CGM System “is the first and only fully mobile CGM system approved by the FDA for both adults and children as young as 2 years of age that sends glucose data directly to a smartphone.”

This technology, in short, frees users from the need to carry a separate receiver.
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Virtual Healthcare Comes to The Iowa Clinic

Virtual Healthcare Comes to the Iowa ClinicTeleCommunication Systems (TCS), a provider of wireless communication technology, tells mHealthWatch that The Iowa Clinic — the largest physician-owned, multi-specialty group in Central Iowa — has tapped TCS’ VirtuMedix platform to provide “secure, HIPAA-compliant telemedicine services” to its family medicine patients.

Branded as The Iowa eClinic, the new telemedicine service uses VirtuMedix, so Iowa Clinic providers can remotely serve patients from any device.

The addition of this medical group, we’re told, expands TCS’ VirtuMedix footprint in the Midwest.
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HealthSpot Aims to ‘Disrupt’ the Lab Industry

HealthSpot Aims to 'Disrupt' the Lab IndustryHealthSpot, a formidable presence among patient-centric and provider-driven healthcare technologies, says it will soon unveil new point-of-care lab technology from Samsung that analyzes your blood while you wait with a drop of blood from a finger stick.

Pending FDA approval, consumers will be able to obtain fast, easy and accurate blood tests for cholesterol, diabetes and liver tests, as well as other lab tests simultaneously, and get results in as little as 7 minutes.

HealthSpot has already transformed the retail clinic by adding a virtual healthcare provider visit and in the future will be able to automate and integrate lab visits. The HealthSpot technology will connect lab results not only with the doctor’s electronic medical record but with the consumer’s personal health record and with the consumer’s insurance benefit plan and billing.

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Bayer Health Debuts Digital Health Accelerator

Bayer Health Debuts Digital Health AcceleratorAhead of the weekend in Berlin, Bayer HealthCare launched its “Grants4Apps Accelerator 2015″ program in Berlin, Germany.

The organization selected five digital health startups from around the globe that will “advance their business ideas and technology in areas such as hormone tests, patient adherence, breathing patterns, clinical trials and vitamin deficiency.”

Today, five digital health startups officially move into the “Grants4Apps Accelerator” at the headquarters of the company’s pharmaceutical division in Berlin. Each of the startup companies will receive financial support of up to 50,000 Euro.
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Ralph Lauren Debuts Biometric Shirt

Ralph Lauren Debuts Biometric ShirtAccording to a report Monday from MMW, Ralph Lauren’s new sensor-centric shirts are at long last going to be marketed… at $295 a pop.

“At a preview event in New York City, the lifestyle brand revealed pricing and availability for its long-in-the-works PoloTech apparel, made in collaboration with Montreal-based tech startup OmSignal,” explains The Verge. “The “second-skin” fabric workout shirt has silver fibers woven directly into the fabric and a small, sensor-filled black box that snaps into the shirt near the rib cage, to track biometric stats like steps taken, heart rate, breathing depth, and energy exertion.”

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