Weekly Recap 5/10/13

Qualcomm Life Acquires HealthyCircles

San Diego-based Qualcomm Life, a subsidiary of Qualcomm that focuses on the wireless health market, acquires startup HealthyCircles. HealthyCircles provides patients, family members, and caregivers a way to securely share information related to chronic care and outpatient care. Through a Web-based platform, doctors can share and view medication history, lab data, and other information entered by the care team, the patient, and the patient’s family members.

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Vocera Communications reports Q1 numbers: revenue down 3.1 percent, EPS –$0.14 vs. -$0.08. CEO and Chairman Bob Zollars says the company saw an increase in new customer signings but did not complete several significant hospital deals.

WebMD CEO Cavan Redmond, who has been on the job less than a year, will leavethe company, along with CFO Anthony Vuolo.

HealthTap Closes $24 Million Series B Round

Palo Alto, Calif-based HealthTap raises $24 million in its second round of funding since its 2010 launch. The company raised $11.5 million in its Series A round, with $38 million raised to date. HealthTap developed an app that allows patients to receive answers to their anonymous health questions from its 38,000 physician users. The app has been drawing more than 8 million unique visitors per month.

Tactio Launches Diabetes Patient Monitoring Platform

Austin, Texas-based Tactio launches a diabetes management app designed to help patients with type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes track various aspects of their disease state and share this information with their physicians on a secure web-based platform.

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PerfectServe launches DocLink, a secure communications network for physician-to-physician communication.

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MIT and athenahealth co-hosted a hack-a-thon this past weekend and have announced a winner of among the 20 teams that competed. Top honors and $5,000 went to Project MIST, which came up with a hardware prototype that helps glaucoma patients overcome aiming difficulties and more easily administer their eye drops.

American Telemedicine Association Conference Kicks Off In Austin

The American Telemedicine Association kicked off its 18th annual conference in Austin, TX with Mercy Health President and CEO Lynn Britton giving the keynote address, in which he spoke of about telemedicine and the return on investment Mercy Health realized from its initiatives.The conference ran Sunday through Wednesday and played host to a telemedicine venture fair, a state-based policy summit, and two days of exhibit halls and panel sessions.

CMS, HHS Announce Collaboration with Archimedes Analytics Company

Calif.-based analytics company Archimedes announces a collaborative effort that it will undertake with CMS and HHS to gain access to years of CMS claims data. Archimedes’ analytics software will allow researchers to analyze and query the de-identified data to develop new protocols and help accelerate evidence-based care.

UCSF Creates Center For Digital Health Innovation

The University of California San Francisco is creating a Center for Digital Health Innovation to drive the hospitals transformation from disease-based treatment into the era of “individualized precision medicine.” The goal of the center will be to apply emerging technologies to common health issues, study social media to understand the characteristics generate sickness, validate the efficacy of new digital health devices, and incubate important new technologies.

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Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health will hold a Google Glass event in Washington, DC the evening of June 18.

Travis discusses the recent announcement by Box that it is now HIPAA compliant and earlier this week covered the subject of patient engagement in a piece he titled Patient Engagement: A Primer, it got a good bit of buzz on twitter.

This weekend is Mother’s Day, so Happy Mother’s Day to all our mom readers. You’re doing more to keep the world healthy with a bowl of chicken soup and a cold facecloth than all the mHealth apps combined.

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Sponsor Updates

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