Weekly Recap 10/4/13

10-2-2013 9-46-20 PM

AthenaHealth announces the release of its first new mobile health app since its merger with Epocrates. The app, called Epocrates Bugs + Drugs, uses Athena’s de-identified patient data to generate location specific antibiotic recommendations and susceptibility panels for clinicians.

10-3-2013 10-16-50 PM

San Francisco-based Evolent Health raises a massive $100 million series B investment round for a suite of population health and risk management tools being designed to help health systems transition from fee-for-service to ACO reimbursement models. The investment round was led by The Advisory Board Company. Advisory Board Vice Chairman of the Board Frank Williams will serve as CEO of Evolent Health.

10-2-2013 10-51-30 PM

Cloud-based content sharing vendor Box is co-sponsoring an mHealth app contest with Dignity Health, and VC firm Social + Capital Partnership. Developers are asked to create apps that re-imagine the way patient education is distributed, and consumed. The first-place prize includes a $100,000 convertible note, one month of free office space, and VC mentorship.

Royal Philips and Accenture demonstrate a proof of concept for the use of Google Glass to aid in surgery. Researchers successfully transferred patient vital signs from Philips Intellivue software to Google Glass, giving surgeons continual access to patient data hands free.

9-30-2013 11-05-55 PM

Rite Aid partners with Text4baby to help increase brand awareness for the Text4baby platform. The partnership will provide Text4baby broader exposure to the general public by placing Text4baby advertisements in Rite Aid’s circular ads, on in-store displays, and across its social media pages.  Rite Aid has also committed to providing 10,000 free flu shots to the first 10,000 Text4baby mothers that respond to an offer made available only on the Text4baby platform.

10-1-2013 10-38-53 PM

Boston, MA-based digital health pioneer Healthrageous closes shop after nearly four years of trying to monetize a health portal designed to help patients better understand and manage chronic conditions. The startup launched in 2010 as a spin off from the Center for Connected Health, a Partners Healthcare/Harvard University-led innovation center focused on digital health.

9-30-2013 10-49-30 PM

In England, the National Health Service announces an initiative that will ensure that all NHS patients being treated for a chronic condition are set up with a personalized, digital care plan accessible either online or via a mobile app. The program, “Transforming Participation in Health and Care” will also encourage entrepreneurs to develop add-on tools for the digital platform to aid patients in the disease management process.

9-28-2013 3-27-29 PM

Johns Hopkins announces the launch of a new online repository of published research findings on mHealth. The goal of the site is to centralize emerging best practice recommendations so organizations will have a resource to turn to when designing mHealth programs for their communities.

9-28-2013 4-03-02 PM

Chicago-based Ensemble launches a new excubator that offers a post-accelerator program support to startups. Excubators operate under a similar model to an incubator, delivering a variety of support services along with office space and mentorship over a long period of time in exchange for equity. Ensemble’s price is $176,000 or $105,000 and 6.8 percent equity for six months.

10-1-2013 10-54-25 PM

Cigna announces the launch of a new mHealth app marketplace during the Health 2.0 conference in Santa Clara, Calif. this week. The new marketplace, called GoYou, will provide Cigna customers a convenient place to find clinically validated, trustworthy medical apps.

10-3-2013 10-36-40 PM

Modern Healthcare names Healthcare’s Hottest 40 Companies for 2013, which honors the fastest-growing organizations in the healthcare industry as measured by revenue growth. RCM was a heavily represented segment. Winners from connected health include telemedicine vendor GlobalMed, mHealth platform Best Doctors, and HIPAA compliant messaging vendor, and HIStalk Connect sponsor, Imprivata.

9-28-2013 4-04-13 PM

Friday’s quarterly report from BlackBerry will probably form its epitaph as it announces a $1 billion quarterly loss, almost all of it due to unsold Z10 touch phones on which the company had bet the farm. It’s hard to believe people still actually work there, but the former RIM (renamed in January to distance the stench of failure) will hack another 4,500 jobs and move its focus to corporate customers. The one-hit-wonder company has evaporated $75 billion in market value in the past five years.

10-3-2013 3-41-21 PM

AirStrip promotes Matt Patterson, MD from chief transformation officer to COO.

10-2-2013 5-42-31 AM

Emdeon, which markets clinical information exchanges and an RCM solution, appoints Neil de Crescenzo to president and CEO.  Neil comes to Emdeon from Oracle, where he served as the Senior Vice President and General Manager for Health Sciences.

10-3-2013 10-41-28 PM

Travis breaks down the various sub-categories within the world of healthcare conferences. He spent the week at Health 2.0 and was able to attend the Launch demos which he gives an excellent recap of in his Health 2.0 Launch piece. Vimty, Medlio and Recovery Record were his personal favorites.

Kyle discusses the Apple-inspired resurgence of companies taking ownership of every layer of product development: designing and building the hardware, writing their own operating systems, and even coding pre-installed applications. The concept is used as a metaphor for the transitions we’re seeing in healthcare, driving organizations toward fully integrated delivery networks where everything can be optimized and controlled.

Shiv Gaglani, MD, discusses his startup Smartphone Physical in our weekly interview.

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