News 4/1/16

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Gauss Surgical announces $12.6 million in Series B financing, bringing the company’s total funding to $24.6 million. The company offers surgeons and their teams an FDA-cleared app called Triton. It can estimate the surgical blood loss in canisters that hold blood and surgeons can estimate blood loss in surgical suction containers using the iPad’s camera. Images are uploaded to the cloud where an algorithm estimates the hemoglobin content and the blood loss.

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ONC invests in a strategy that calls on innovators to develop market-ready, FHIR-enabled applications. The two challenges and competitive funding opportunities carry awards of $625,000. The first contest is geared toward helping customers get and use their health information. The second targets improving the user-experience and utility for providers. Both require the use of open APIs. A third coordinated action aims to help providers choose technology that best fits their needs and workflow.

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EarlySense launches a multi-parameter alert to support hospital sepsis protocols. A bed sensor tracks heart rate, respiratory rate, and motion. It calculates and updates twice per second and displays trend data over minutes, hours, or days, allowing clinicians to gain better insight into patient health and detect deterioration sooner. Sepsis is a life-threatening illness that occurs in one of 50 hospital patients in the developed world. Early diagnosis is critical because statistically, for each hour that passes, mortality is 7.6 percent more likely.

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The WHO mHealth Technical Evidence Review Group develops a checklist for reporting of health interventions using mobile phones. It identifies a minimum set of information needed to define what the mHealth intervention is, where it is being implemented, and how it is being implemented. They believe through adoption of the guidelines, the quality of mHealth evidence reporting will be standardized, which will indirectly improve quality.

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Digital Health authority Monique Levy joins PatientsLikeMe as senior vice president, head of customer strategy and value delivery.

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PerfectServe expands its US physician user base by 8,000 to 58,000, or one out of every 13.

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Apple begins collecting ResearchKit data from two programs, a melanoma study called Mole Mapper and the mPower Mobile Parkinson Disease Study, backpedaling on a previous claim that it was not interested in user-submitted data. Apple will be listed as a researcher and will receive data from participants who consent to share it. The company hopes to build a better toolset for medical researchers looking to conduct health studies on the platform.

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