Weekly Recap 3/8/13

3-4-2013 11-47-20 PM

Big connected health news across the board on the HIMSS floor today. Most notably, Cerner, McKesson, Allscripts, athenahealth, Greenway, and RelayHealth announce plans to join forces to form an independent, non-profit, health information exchange aimed at achieving a higher level of interoperability between systems.

3-5-2013 10-04-59 PM

Allscripts announces that it has acquired patient engagement solutions vendor Jardogs, which offers a highly rated PHR, a disease management solution, and a population health manager.  Allscripts also announces the acquisition of HIE vendor dbMotion. The acquisitions support Allscripts strategy of created a connected community of health solutions. Details were not announced, although a financial publication from dbMotion’s home base of Israel placed that transaction’s value at $235 million.

Fitbit Valued at $300 million

Fitbit has raised $30 million in Series D funding on a valuation of more than $300 million, according to multiple sources. Details were not disclosed on the source of the investments.

3-7-2013 11-18-51 PM

Three hours after giving a keynote speech at HIMSS, during which he discussed the value of mobile health devices and in particular smartphone-enabled ECG solutions, Eric Topol, MD, was flying back to San Diego when flight attendants began asking if there was a doctor on board. Dr. Topol responded and found a patient experiencing an irregular heart beat. He then used the very same device he had demonstrated during his keynote speech at HIMSS to diagnose atrial fibrillation. Dr. Topol was able to calm the woman and the flight landed shortly there-after.

3-5-2013 10-59-21 PM

Verizon unveils a secure messaging service that will allow clinicians to exchange messages and medical records securely regardless of whether they belong to the same health network or HIE. The platform provides an entirely independent option for physician to physician communication and file sharing.

3-4-2013 11-31-04 PM

Lexington, KY-based E-visit startup Me-Visit unveils a new platform which enables physicians across the state to perform “house calls by smartphone.”

3-4-2013 11-09-16 PM

mHealth company Happtique has announced the final certification standards that mHealth app developers will need to adhere to in order to be considered for inclusion in Happtique’s app formulary.

3-6-2013 8-36-38 PM

Inga and Dr. Jayne were both impressed enough with PatientTouch’s demos that it deserved additional attention here. The company offers smartphone-based clinical workflows, communications, medication administration, specimen collection, care interventions, and more, all organized by a centralized patient census system orchestrates care amongst colleagues.

3-7-2013 11-22-41 PM

CMS and ONC have issued a joint RFI asking for suggestions on what more, or less, the federal government should be doing to advance clinical information exchange.

3-6-2013 9-51-47 PM

For those that went, I hope you enjoyed your HIMSS13 experience and you’ve had a less eventful trip home that Dr. Topol.  mHealth was a major theme at this years conference. mHealth stock is rising and it will be an exciting couple of years to see how things play out in our sector. For those that sat this year out, I hope you got the news you expected here.  If you did, consider signing up for daily news alerts.  We don’t spam, sell email lists, forward you irrelevant junk, or otherwise betray your trust.

As will always be the case, my very favorite part of this job is hearing from readers. If you’re hearing rumors, or have thoughts on recent news, leave a comment or email me. – Lt. Dan

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

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