Weekly Recap 6/14/13

Wellness Startup Movable Raises $1.9 Million in Seed Round

Cleveland, OH-based Movable announces a $1.9 million seed round led by a group of angel investors including Ray Shealy of RelayHealth and Joseph Laguardia of Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield, Wellpoint, and Kaiser Permanente. Movable runs a social fitness platform that facilitates community fitness goals and operates the corporate wellness sectors.

Asthmapolis Announces Secondary Funding

Asthmapolis has received a second investment by the California HealthCare Foundation, bringing CHCF’s total investment in Asthmapolis to more than $1 million. This additional funding comes just two months after the startup closed a Series A round worth $5 million.

Basis Launches Android App For Its Activity Tracker — Finally

Basis has released an app to support its newly released B1 activity tracker. The tracker was unveiled at CES and was positively reviewed aside from the glaring omission of an app to link the device with. Interestingly, Basis chose to start with Android and release an iOS app at a later date.

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Hello Doctor introduces an iPad app that allows patients with complex medical conditions to organize their medical records for conversations with their physicians.

Shareable Ink Taps Former Allscripts Exec as New CEO

Nashville, TN-based Shareable Ink announces the selection of Laurie McGraw, former chief client officer at Allscripts, as the growing company’s new CEO. She replaces founder Stephen Hau, who will step down as CEO and take the role of chief technology officer.

AirStrip Gets Green Light To Pursue DoD Contract

San Antonio-based AirStrip receives a key security certification issued by the Department of Defense Information Assurance Certification and Accreditation Process that will allow it to begin competing for DoD contract opportunities. DIACAP verifies that software applications adhere to strict network authentication and encryption requirements as mandated by DoD and other federal agencies.

Apple Begins Rejecting Apps That Include Drug Dosages

In what may be a disheartening setback for the mHealth community, Apple has started applying a longstanding but rarely enforced restriction on app developers that prohibits medication dosing information from being displayed by anyone other than the medicine’s manufacturer.

University of Michigan Receives $1.7 Million Grant to Develop Mobile Dementia App

The University of Michigan Health System has received a $1.7 million grant from the National Institutes of Health to design an easy-to-use Web-based app that will help caregivers track and understand the behavioral symptoms associated with dementia.

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The New York Times reports on a study conducted at Arizona State University that pits activity trackers against one another to measure accuracy and determine if there is a performance advantage between wrist-worn versus clip-on style devices. The study concluded that activity trackers are most accurate when measuring brisk activity, but that light-intensity activities like cleaning were significantly undervalued, and for armband monitors, computer work (typing) was significantly overvalued.

Travis spent some time at the Start Me Up HIT event in Madison this week, planned to coincide with the Digital Healthcare Conference that Epic’s Judy Faulkner was keynoting. Tim Thompson from Epic gave a presentation on how they evaluate third party vendors and gave some pointers to startups hoping to land a partnership with Epic.

Yesterday I had the opportunity to sit in on a demo of the new Continuity of Care Document standards that will soon be shipped to sites gearing up for Stage 2 of Meaningful Use. Stage 1 called for the ability to both send and consume a CCD document with basic patient information like Allergies, Home Medications, Problem List, etc. Stage 2 requires EHR systems to be able take that information and auto-populate the patients allergy profile, problem list, and home medication list. I couldn’t help but wonder how long it will be, if ever, before third-party mHealth startups are able to start connecting and interacting with that data.

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