Weekly Recap 3/01/13

2-28-2013 9-31-07 PM

Samsung announces the release of the Galaxy S IV, which will be unveiled March 14 in Times Square. Following record-breaking sales of its predecessor, the Galaxy S III, and a lukewarm reception to Apple’s iPhone 5, the Galaxy S IV is the smartphone that technology reporters may one day look back on as the actual iPhone killer. According to reports leaked to a Korean technology reporter, Samsung’s medical device business unit will release an integrated home monitoring device that will capture blood pressure, O2 saturation, pulse, and possibly blood glucose. The device will push integrated clinical data to the Galaxy S IV and any associated apps.

Practice Fusion Acquires Startup 100Plus

Practice Fusion, which offers a free, cloud-based practice EHR, acquires startup100Plus. 100Plus has raised more than $1.2 million in funding since its founding in 2011. The startup applies predictive modeling algorithms to de-identified patient data collected from across 150,000 Practice Fusion providers. The goal is to encourage people to live healthier lifestyles by developing active interventions based on the predictive models.

2-28-2013 9-28-20 PM

Cerner announced Monday that it will acquire health and wellness developer PureWellness . With the acquisition, Cerner positions itself to deliver perhaps the most sophisticated centralized population health platform on the market.

2-28-2013 8-31-09 PM

MModal will partner with Intermountain Healthcare to develop a speech-enabled CPOE app for iOS devices. The app is expected in the fall of 2013 and will be integrated within EHR systems not yet named.

MedSnap releases an iPhone app for medication reconciliation that allows the provider to place a patient’s pills on a tray and use the phone’s camera to take a photo, which the app then analyzes to display the name and strength of each drug along with drug-drug interactions, drug-disease contraindications, and allergies based on the patient’s medical records.

2-26-2013 8-14-31 PM

An India-based startup announces Uchek, a urinalysis app for smartphones. You pee in a cup, not on the phone, and then take photos of dipped chemical strips to monitor diabetes, UTIs, and kidney and bladder problems.

2-28-2013 9-46-16 PM

Vocera stock drops 17 percent following release of fourth-quarter results. Revenue increased 24 percent for the quarter, to $27 million, EPS was $0.10 vs $0.07. What tanked the stock price was adjusted first-quarter forecasts. Vocera reported guidance of $23 million to $25 million, far less than analyst expectations of $28 million. In response, the stock was downgraded from ‘buy’ to ‘neutral’.

2-26-2013 11-07-27 AM

Vocera Communications appoints Sandra Miley (Juniper Networks) VP of corporate marketing.

2-28-2013 9-19-25 PM

CIO.com points to advances in technology, pressure to reduce costs, and bipartisan political support to substantiate its prediction that 2013 will be a flash point for telehealth adoption. Generally, stagnant telehealth adoption has been attributed to a lack of reimbursement for the services. However, as CMS readmission penalties kicked in, telehealth services found a way of substantiating monetary value to health systems.

2-27-2013 11-08-44 PM

Kaiser Permanente releases a comprehensive analysis of Twitter activity from more than 3,200 physicians, 458  members of Congress, and 154 journalists. The analysis found significant differences in how the three groups discuss health in the public forum, which the researchers identified as a troubling signal that America’s key influencers were delivering a disjointed message. A more likely explanation is simply that people tend to stick to their area of expertise when they speak as professionals in a public forum like twitter. A politician may just not feel qualified to engage in health discussions with the same voice that a physician may.

First of its Kind Gesture Control Armband

Thalmic Labs, a Y Combinator-backed startup, unveils its first product, the world’s first camera-free gesture control platform. Unlike Kinect and similar competitors, this device takes a significant step forward by removing the reliance on a camera, and thus the requirement that users stay within the confines of the camera’s fixed view. By removing the camera, users are free to roam.

PatientsLikeMe Nets $1.9 Million to Create A Social Media Research Platform

The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation today announces that UK-based startup PatientsLikeMe has been awarded a $1.9 million grant to create an open-participation research platform with aims of developing patient-centered health outcome measures.

UK Doctors Union Pushes Back on Telehealth Plan

The British Medical Association publicly questions the UK National Health Service’s telehealth plan, saying that it will add significant work for providers and will not likely help patients.

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Travis covers PwC’s report on the impact of expanding connectivity. The report was broken down into health, education, and automotive. It draws a number of conclusions but the primary finding centers around the potential mHealth has on global care delivery.

For those heading to HIMSS this week, you’re looking at temps of high 60s and low 70s all week, so enjoy. New Orleans is a great city for travelers of any type. For those who have never been, Bourbon Street is exactly what you’d imagine it to be. Cheap, strong drinks, and scantily clad women dominate the landscape. If that’s your scene, you need not look further. Even if you’ve never been, it’s worth walking down the street just to see what it’s all about, but don’t spend every night there. New Orleans has much more to offer.

In the Irish Channel neighborhood, check out either Tracey’s or Parasols for po-boys — there’s a rivalry between them over who’s has the best roast beef. I prefer the BBQ, but honestly I’ve been a dozen times and have never had a bad meal. They are also both good spots to stick around after dinner and throw back some drinks.

For live music, head to Frenchmen Street. It’s walking distance if it’s warm and you won’t regret it. The area attracts music of all genres: jazz, reggae, blues, even Latin. Beer is cheap and you aren’t far from your hotel when you’re ready to call it quits.

For those who scored invites to HIStalkapalooza, enjoy! Drop us a line if you see anything amazing. – Lt. Dan

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Lt. Dan, Dr. Travis, Mr. H, Inga, Dr. Jayne.

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