News & Updates

Team Triangle wins the Boston Code-a-thon by tweaking an XBOX Kinect to track involuntary motion. The physician, developer team has plans to better map this tool to the AIMS scale for in-home monitoring of motion disorders like Parkinson’s and is looking into how this might be applied to refining assessment standards. Check back to see demo videos from all of our East Coast Code-a-thon teams and don’t forget to register to see all our winning teams compete at the San Diego Spring Fling.

DrChrono, a company grown from Health 2.0 events, is now a Y Combinator company. Check out TechCrunch for more details.

– Check out Tricia Pil’s summary of Hospital Consumer Assessment of Healthcare Providers and Systems (HCAHPS). The Science and Sensibility post also features a three-minute video of patient advocate Regina Holliday painting the HCAHPS visualization “Apples to Apples.”

– In a recent post, Kidsdata.org discusses one of its favorite platforms that came out of their Health 2.0 Code-a-thon at the Google campus outside of San-Francisco. For more information, check out the Lucile Packard Foundation for Children’s Health and kidsdata.org online challenge.

iMedicalApps features a great overview of the Health 2.0 Accelerator with an interview from founding member, Erick Von Schweber, CEO of SURVEYOR Health.

– The SoHealth Blog features a provocative piece about How to Get One Million Users. Chris Hall looks at the adoption rate of popular social networking sites and asks: Why can’t health technology do the same?

– Catholic Healthcare West launches it’s Community Need Index (CNI). The platform aggregates socioeconomic indicators and maps them against data from patients hospitalized for manageable conditions. CNI is a tool designed for public health planning that is already being used by healthcare and community organizations to strategically allocate resources.

Continue reading for more on:     DNA Direct  |  Video of Practice Fusion on Analyze This  |  Wellness Layers and Hospitals  |  Capur joins Healthline  |  Blue Asks You NC  | MunchMadness  |  ConnectiCare awards Gerstenfeld  |  Gutman in the Huffington Post  |  LifeNexus  |  FrontlineSMS changes name  | Apixio andMisys  |  Markle HIT Survey  |  PEW Searching for healthcare  |  Connected Technology Solutions  |  Microsoft and Athenahealth  |  PEPID  hight-resolution pill pics  |  Unity Medical  |  Fast Company announced Voxiva  |  TEDx Manhattan  |  OzmosisESP

DNA Direct has recently entered agreements to help four health plans make economic and clinical decisions about genetic and molecular diagnostics.  DNA Direct will provide these health plans with coverage advice as well as access to clinicians and genetic counselors. You can read the full press release at PR Newswire.

– Matthew Douglass, Practice Fusion‘s VP of Product Development, and Bruno Aziza, Director and Worldwide Strategy Lead of Business Intelligence at Microsoft, discuss the Analyze This! Challenge in a video filmed at the O’Reilly Strata Conference.

Wellness Layers is moving into the Hospital market with their new partner PinnacleHealth. More details on their recently lunched patient-centric hospital website can be found here.

– Maya Capur, formerly at Google, has joined Healthline Networks as vice president of business development. More information can be found in their press release on MarketWire.

– Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina just launched Blue Asks You NC, an interactive online community portal. The platform is a crowdsourcing system designed to facilitate communication between BCBSNC and the citizens of North Carolina.

MeYou Health launches Munch Madness a special 6-week online event that lets users go through brackets and decide which fruits and veggies will prevail in head-to-head match-ups.

ConnectiCare has presented Dr. Michael Gerstenfeld, its Healthcare Heroes Award for Innovation. Dr. Gerstenfeld has run a group of contemporary healthcare clinics since 2000, as well as his new healthcare technology start-up, imedcenter.com, a patient-centered cloud-to-health management portal.

– Earlier this month, Ron Gutman, founder and CEO of HealthTap, was featured in the Huffington post. Ron discusses the importance of incorporating individual data into personalized and tailored recommendations.

LifeNexus, announced the launch of their Personal Health Card. The Personal Health Card is an encrypted multi-purpose electronic health card maintaining an individual’s personal health record. The password protected card stores health information such as prescriptions, medical history, allergies, insurance data, emergency contacts, physician’s notes and incorporates a payment option. The press release can be found on PR Newswire.

– FrontlineSMS:Medic, known for addressing medical challenges in developing nations by creating mobile networks, has changed its name to Medic Mobile. Please note that Frontline:Medic’s parent, FrontlineSMS, is still going strong.

Apixio, an EMR search engine featured at Health 2.0 in October 2010, just announced its partnership with Misys Open Source Solutions The full press releace can be found on Businesswire.

– The Markle Foundation collected some interesting survey results on what doctors, patients and consumers expect of HIT in the near future. Check out Healthcare IT News for a detailed review or view the full Markle survey results.

– Searching for healthcare information is now the third most common reason for going online, according to a poll conducted last August by the Pew Internet Project. This story was initially featured in Fierce HealthIT with further write-ups available in Healthcare IT News and the Washington Post.

Connected Technology Solutions unveils an adjustable Patient Check-In Kiosk at HIMSS. The kiosk lets patients check-in for appointments, make co-pays, print forms and is accessible to those in a wheel chair. For further details please see the press release on PR Newswire.

– The Wall Street Journal featured a overview of Microsoft and Athenahealth’s new alliance. The partnership aims to provide cloud-based health services to both patients and clinicians.

PEPID, a developer of clinical decision-support information and technology, released a database of high-resolution pill pictures at HIMSS this week. This is the latest addition to their drug database and has positive implications for patient safety. Read more in the press release available via Global Newswire.

Unity Medical announced their Wellness Engagement Solution at HIMSS this week. The platform offers an interactive video-based risk assessment tool that focuses on increasing participation. The full press release can be found on Businesswire.

– Fast Company magazine announced Voxiva, creators of Text4Baby, Text2Quit and Care4Life, as one of “The World’s 50 Most Innovative Companies.”

– TEDx Manhattan hosted their “Change The Way We Eat” event, which highlighted various aspects of the sustainable food and farming movement. Check out the official website for presentation videos.

Ozmosis released OzmosisESP, a collaborative software platform developed to meet the knowledge management needs of hospitals and health systems.