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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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IDC Publishes Two New MarketScape Reports

IDC Mobile Solutions Can Address MEA's Healthcare ChallengesPRESS RELEASE: International Data Corporation (IDC) has published two 2016 IDC MarketScape reports evaluating the enterprise mobile app development platform (MADP) capabilities and strategies of the largest, enterprise-focused, integrated platform vendors. IDC MarketScape vendor analysis reports utilize a rigorous scoring methodology that produces a definitive assessment of each vendor’s current market capabilities and strategies for competing in the future.

The IDC report, IDC MarketScape: Worldwide Enterprise Mobile Application Development Platform 2016 Vendor Assessment — B2CApps Alignment (IDC #US41915916), assessed and profiled ten vendors, naming IBM, Kony, Salesforce, and SAP as Leaders.

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Main Street Alliance Wants Answers on Healthcare from President-Elect Trump

Infographic The Small Business Guide to the ACAThis morning, Main Street Alliance — a national network of small business coalitions working to build a new voice for small businesses on important public policy issues — issued a statement seeking clarity on what the incoming Trump administration plans to do with healthcare.

As for the announcement, it is as follows:

The health care industry, our nation’s largest private sector industry and employer, makes up more than 17 percent of our Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The US health care industry has grown accustomed to the post-Affordable Care Act (ACA) business climate and faces uncertainty heading into a Trump Administration–one that has vowed to repeal the ACA as early as day one and provide a replacement at a later date. That uncertainty is shared by the small business owners on Main Street and could have a wide-ranging impact on the economy as a whole.
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Report: Moms Want 24/7 Access to Physicians

What Mobile Marketers Need to Know About Health Conscious MomsThe results of a new “Moms and Health Technology Survey” reveal that moms are constantly looking for better and easier ways to manage their family’s health, with all agreeing (100%) that having round the clock access to a doctor would be helpful.

Per the findings, seventy-one percent (71%) of moms surveyed reported losing more than two hours from the work/school day due to taking their child for a doctor visit, underscoring the critical need and importance of more convenient access to healthcare.

The survey was released by LiveHealth Online, an online resource that provides 24/7 access to board-certified doctors who are accessible via video chat on smartphones, tablets or PCs.

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Vocera Report Examines Physician and Nurse Burnout

HealthTap Touts First of Its Kind Doctor TrainingVocera Communications, a leading healthcare communications company, tells us that its Experience Innovation Network, focused on research and designing the next standards in care, has released a new report.

The report — Human Experience at the Forefront: Elevating Resilience, Well-Being, and Joy in Healthcare — presents research that examines how leaders at hospitals and health systems are addressing the challenges of care team burnout and compassion fatigue.

More than 150 executives from in-patient and out-patient organizations across the United States and Canada participated in the Experience Innovation Network study.
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