Former AMA President to Join higi’s Board of Directors

mHealthWatch learned this week that higi — a health IT company that operates the largest health screening ecosystem in North America — is welcoming Robert Wah, MD, former President of the American Medical Association and Global Chief Medical Officer of DXC Technology to its Board of Directors.

Dr. Wah, a reproductive endocrinologist and OB/GYN, is most notably recognized for his expertise in healthcare and health information technology. He served at the Department of Health and Human Services, where he was the first Deputy National Coordinator for Health IT.

“As higi continues to expand its capabilities to work with leading healthcare organizations to personalize population health, experts like Dr. Wah will insure the appropriate approach and perspective needed to enable sustainable health improvement in the communities across the nation,” said CEO Jeff Bennett.
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Samsung and Hipaax Accelerate Wearables in the Workplace

MHW learned Tuesday that Samsung and alliance partner Hipaax, a developer of TaskWatch — a wearable task management platform — are accelerating use of wearables in the workplace with an integrated smartwatch solution for businesses featuring new capabilities that improve efficiency, increase productivity and enhance customer satisfaction.

Designed to improve workforce management for hospitality, retail and transportation markets, the solution takes capabilities typically associated with smartphones, and brings them to the wearable world—enabling businesses to more easily deploy and manage wearables for enterprise use.
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Vuzix Exec to Keynote Tuesday’s 5th Annual Smart Manufacturing Summit

Vuzix Corporation, a top supplier of Smart Glasses, Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR) technologies and products for the consumer and enterprise markets, announced today that Paul Boris, the company’s recently appointed Chief Operating Officer will be the lead-off keynote speaker at the 5th Annual Smart Manufacturing Summit in Seattle, Washington today, Tuesday May 16, 2017 at 8:30am Pacific Time.

We’re told that Boris will provide an overview of Manufacturing’s next Golden Age – one of data-driven agility.

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Oxitone Medical Receives FDA Clearance

MHW has learned that Oxitone Medical (Oxitone), an Israeli-based medical device and digital health company developing wearable monitoring solutions to transform delivery of chronic disease home care, has received 510(k) clearance from the FDA for its wrist-sensor pulse oximetry bracelet Oxitone 1000.

More than 20 million Americans suffer from cardio-pulmonary chronic diseases that cause more than 420,000 deaths a year, and these numbers are growing.

The wrist-sensor pulse oximeter Oxitone 1000 measures critical vital signs such as SpO2 and pulse rate with the same precision as conventional fingertip pulse oximeters.
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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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ERT Acquires Imaging Solution from Cleveland Clinic

Ahead of the weekend learned that ERT — a global data and technology company — is acquiring ImageIQ, originally established as Cleveland Clinic’s Biomedical Imaging and Analysis Center.

The acquisition, we’re told, enables ERT to offer advanced, end-to-end clinical trial imaging analysis using best-in-class technology that delivers compliant data for use in clinical development.

“After conducting an exhaustive industry search, we determined the cloud-based imaging technology invented at Cleveland Clinic is more advanced than traditional imaging solutions available today,” said James Corrigan, President and CEO of ERT. “At the core of this technology is the ability to capture high quality, compliant data without the dependency on human intervention and bias. Providing this level of accuracy will help our customers eliminate more risk and uncertainty from the development process.”

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AI Platform for Patient Experience Holds Huge Potential, Says Industry Innovator

NarrativeDx, the artificial intelligence (AI) platform for patient experience, recently announced Series A funding led by LiveOak Venture Partners, Cultivation Capital and HealthX Ventures to sustain transformational growth in their next-generation AI and natural language processing technology.

“As a market leader in patient experience analytics, NarrativeDx provides health care providers and organizations with the most accurate, evidence-based and automated technology solution for analyzing and understanding patient feedback,” a provided company statement explains.

According to a 2016 study by Accenture, excellent patient experience increases hospital revenue by 50%. NarrativeDx achieves these outcomes by partnering with healthcare organizations, patient experience and informatics leaders, and consultancies to identify key issues across departments and providers based on patient comments.

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