News 4/26/16

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New York-Presbyterian Hospital is fined $2.2 million after the hospital allowed patients, including a man who died on camera, to be filmed without their consent. The federal fine involves the case of Mark Chanko, who was hit by a garbage truck and taken to the hospital. A crew from the ABC program “NY Med” filmed as doctors unsuccessfully sought to save his life. Mr. Chanko’s widow recognized her husband while watching the show the next year.

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The Public Health Agency of Canada and the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care confirm the first positive case of sexually-transmitted Zika virus in Canada. The individual from Ontario is suspected to have contracted the virus from a sexual partner who was diagnosed with Zika virus after travelling to an affected country.

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CareSync is named a company to watch over the coming years in an article written by Steve Krupa, CEO and managing partner of Psilos Group, a New York-based digital health growth investor. CareSync is a family health record that collects, organizes, and stores health information on a secure privacy-oriented platform.

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Validic is featured in an article in Fortune. The North Carolina-based startup connects with more than 270 health-monitoring devices, collecting data from more than 223 million people. Validic, which has raised more than $18 million, doesn’t monitor patients — it acts as a conduit and dashboard for data from various mobile devices and apps. The data goes into Validic’s cloud, where doctors can review it along with the rest of a patient’s information.

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Google Glass Startup Augmedix secures $17 million in a strategic round of funding. Investors include Sutter Health, Dignity Health, Catholic Health Initiatives, TriHealth Inc., and one other healthcare system. Augmedix is a HIPAA-compliant service that allows forms, health history, lab orders, and prescriptions to be completed using remote scribe, verbal notes, and commands with the help of Google Glass. The company serves hundreds of primary care doctors, specialists, and surgeons who together see approximately 5,000 patients per day.

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LifeMap Solutions, co-developer of ResearchKit-enabled app Asthma Health, launches a new service to develop custom smartphone apps and research studies for partners worldwide. As the only commercial developer to participate in the launch of Apple’s ResearchKit, LifeMap Solutions has garnered worldwide attention for creating engaging, innovative, and data-driven mobile health (mHealth) apps.

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HealthTap offers physicians certification in the delivery of virtual care. The company which offers subscribers doctor-created personal health information, is seeking to define standards and best practices for tele-health. According to their CEO, HealthTap worked with its network of more than 100,000 physicians to develop the course material.

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Humana launches its Pharmacy app for Apple Watch and updates the iPhone version of it. The Apple Watch app features refill reminders and order tracking. A third feature that will remind members to take their medicine will be added later this year.

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Divurgent partners with Sensato to form a medical device cybersecurity task force. The task force is a voluntary organization comprised of healthcare organizations that have a vested interest in developing and sharing best practices. It is a group open to the entire industry and there is no charge for the products/solutions developed. HIStalk reported in February that Divurgent and Sensato jointly offer healthcare cybersecurity and privacy services.

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