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Virginia Health Care Foundation Launches New Mobile App

mHealth News Here’s What Happened This WeekWith the financial support of Owens & Minor, Inc., the Virginia Health Care Foundation (VHCF) has just launched what we’re told is a “ground-breaking, easy to use, mobile application for its web-based software, The Pharmacy Connection (TPC).”

The offering “expedites access to low or no-cost prescription medicines for uninsured Virginians.”

Created by VHCF, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving access to primary care for uninsured and medically underserved Virginians, this app helps doctors, who treat healthcare safety net patients, quickly identify and prescribe free or low-cost medications for chronically ill, uninsured individuals throughout Virginia and in 14 other states.
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How Everyday People Can Train Like Elite Athletes

Marathon Training Gets Some Mobile Assistance in Los AngelesDo you have dreams of becoming a professional athlete? Then you better lace up your skates.

Of the five most popular professional team sports in North America, those who play high school hockey have the best opportunity – a one in 598 chance – to play professionally. Unfortunately, people have better odds of being killed in a car accident – one in 113.

Just because your childhood dreams being a superstar have been dashed, doesn’t mean you can’t train like an elite athlete.

Dr. Greg Wells, a scientist who specializes in extreme human physiology, and author of the book “The Ripple Effect: Eat, Sleep, Move And Think Better,” says that many people are starting to recognize their poor health habits and are taking action to change them.

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GSMA Announced ‘Big Data for Social Good’ Initiative

GSMA Focusing mHealth Efforts on Sub-Saharan AfricaThis week in Barcelona, Spain at Mobile World Congress, the GSMA launched the “Big Data for Social Good” initiative.

The effort, we’re told, will leverage mobile operators’ big data capabilities to address humanitarian crises, including epidemics and natural disasters.

According to the official word on the initiative, the program is being launched with 16 of the world’s leading mobile operators – Bharti Airtel, Deutsche Telekom, Hutchison, KDDI, KT Corporation, Millicom, MTS, NTT DOCOMO, INC., Orange, SK Telecom, Telefónica, Telenor, Telia, Turkcell, Vodafone and Zain – which collectively account for over 2 billion connections across more than 100 countries.

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Sensely Secures $8 Million

Major Money Raised for Low IncomeSensely, a virtual medical assistant application for patient engagement and chronic disease monitoring, announced Tuesday the completion of an $8 million Series B financing led by Chengwei Capital with participation from Bioveda Ventures, Fenox Venture Capital, Mayo Clinic, and Stanford StartX.

“This funding will accelerate Sensely’s mission to provide efficient and affordable care to people around the world utilizing artificial intelligence and machine learning tools,” said Sensely’s founder and CEO Adam Odessky. “Supporting over 20 conditions and protocols, our healthcare solutions have achieved remarkable results regarding patient compliance, reduction of readmissions, and lowering of costs. The capital raised will allow us to serve our clinicians and patients much better as well as expand our presence in the US, UK, and international markets.”

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A New Record Set for Healthcare IT / Digital Health VC Funding

Money, Money, Money Guess What Would Inspire More Family Physicians to Use TelehealthMercom Capital Group, a global research and communications firm, released its annual report on funding and mergers and acquisition (M&A) activity for the Healthcare Information Technology (HIT) / Digital Health sector.

Mercom’s comprehensive report covers Healthcare IT deals of all sizes across the globe.

Venture capital (VC) funding, including private equity and corporate VC, in the Healthcare IT totaled $5.1B (billion) in 622 deals in 2016, a new record for the sector.

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Thousands Play New Game That Seeks to Save Lives by Educating People About Liver Disease

Thousands Play New Game That Seeks to Save Lives by Educating People About Liver DiseasePress Release: In an effort to reduce the high death rate from liver disease among the local Hispanic population, The El Paso Times, The Hospitals of Providence and gamification software company OfferCraft have partnered to create an interactive game to educate people about how to prevent the illness.

The game, which comes in English and Spanish versions, is a trivia quiz that features short embedded educational videos, links to a podcast, and infographics on liver disease and its prevention. It has already been played more than 3,000 times on mobile phones, computers and tablets.

“While this game deals with liver disease, in the future we aim to release new games to provide important information about many other diseases,” said Aron Ezra, CEO of OfferCraft. “Making education about a tough subject less intimidating and more memorable can help improve health and save lives.”

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Moving Beyond Buzzwords: Enabling the Future of Healthcare with Platform Technology

Avizia Focusing on Secure Messaging for Healthcare ProvidersThe following is a guest contributed post from David Reis, SVP and CIO of Lahey Health.

Across the country, health care organizations are re-envisioning how to deliver care. Major health systems like Lahey Health are seeking out new solutions that allow us to transition from episodic care to wellness – minimizing the impact of disease and managing the health of populations more effectively. At the same time, patients continue to demand more from their care providers. We now must bring care to patients at the time and location of their choosing, and this is the beginning of the consumerization of healthcare. These shifts require technology that can provide more comprehensive and context-aware views of patients’ data, support for collaborative care across the continuum, and allow health systems to scale their delivery of care in new ways. Consequently, CIOs face constant challenges to seek out the most effective technologies that will ensure an organization’s vision can come to fruition.

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