iMedicor and Galaxy Form Nation’s Largest Social Health Information Exchange Network

iMedicor, a social health network platform for hospitals and physicians, announces an alliance with Galaxy Health Networks, a PPO based in Austin, TX that brings Galaxy’s 400,000 plus physicians immediate access to the iMedicor social HIE network.

iMedicor and Galaxy Form Nation’s Largest Social Health Information Exchange Network

iMedicor embeds a social concept to the more traditional HIE infrastructure by delivering a secure virtual communication platform for sharing of medical reports, images, and secure messaging among colleagues across the health network. The resulting platform allows colleagues to collaborate and communicate between care settings and care teams across the 2,700 medical centers and 47,000 ancillary facilities of Galaxy Health Networks regardless of hospital or practice information system.

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EarlySense Raises $15 Million in Financing

EarlySense, the developer of a contact-free patient monitoring sensor that earned FDA approval last month, completes a round of financing which netted the startup $15 million.

EarlySense Raises $15 Million in Financing

"The financing announced today is an important step as it supports the growth of the company by accelerating our initiative to make millions of hospital and long term care beds safer places for patients while concurrently empowering clinicians to provide more effective and efficient care." – CEO Avner Halperin

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App Stores Overwhelmed with Health Apps Offering Snake Oil Promises

A recent review of 1,500 for-profit health apps reveals a significant problem related to the integrity of mobile health apps marketplace. Of 1,500 apps reviewed in the study, 331 claimed to treat or cure a medical problem. These Apps leveraged a variety of on-board instruments to substantiate these claims, from emanating sounds, to vibrations and even light therapy from the camera flash.

Mobile Health app growth has stagnated over the past three years, despite smartphone proliferation and a steady increase of available health apps. The FCC and FDA have both recently pushed for an expanded government role in mobile health app oversight and regulation, citing a promising future for mHealth technology but expressing concern unless the items being sold are held to established medical guidelines.

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Qualcomm Launches Wireless Health Network in Europe

Qualcomm Technologies, announces today during the International Telecare & Telehealth Conference, that it has received approval to expand its 2net Platform into the European market. 2net is a cloud-based interface engine that provides interoperability solutions between mobile health devices and electronic health record systems, portals, data repositories and health apps.

Qualcomm Launches Wireless Health Network in Europe

"We have a number of customers in Europe and the U.S. who want to extend their mobile health solutions in multiple regions around the world, and they need to provide a reliable service that is not impacted by geographic boundaries," – Rick Valencia, VP of Qualcomm Life.

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BlackBerry Smartphones May Cause Allergic Reactions

At the Annual Scientific Meeting of the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, held this weekend, researchers present findings on the allergenic properties of cell phones. The study tested a wide segment of phones for two common allergens: cobalt, and nickel. Of the phones tested, BlackBerry devices contained the highest levels of allergenic material found across the smartphone segment.

BlackBerry Smartphones May Cause Allergic Reactions

"Approximately one-third of all Blackberries contain nickel, but neither cobalt nor nickel was detected in iPhones or Droids. Both metals can cause an allergic reaction including dry, itchy patches along the cheek bones, jaw line and ears."  – Allergist Tania Mucci, M.D., lead study author and ACAAI member. "

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