News & Updates

Medisana, a German firm out of Düsseldorf, released a new heat sensing dock for iPhones and iPads that can measure body temperature by pointing the infrared sensor to a given body part. The device is similar to another vital signs monitor being developed by the Rock Health company Cardiio which uses the iPhone camera to measure heart rate.

PositiveID has begun selling its FDA-cleared iGlucose mobile health system for diabetes management in the United States. The iGlucose system wirelessly sends blood glucose readings from glucometers to the iGlucose diabetes management portal without requiring a cell phone or wireless plan.

Through a new partnership with National Council on Aging and Humana, Stanford University’s online Chronic Disease Self-Management program will be offered as part of Humana’s chronic care management solution. This represents the first time a national health insurer will offer the solution, which teaches self-empowerment strategies to help people manage their own health.

A new website developed by researchers at Harvard Medical School streamlines the diagnosis of autism. Users answer a seven-question test and post a home video to a website for evaluation.

A new KLAS report has found that fewer than 10 providers in the country are doing EMR integration with their smart pump vendors. Only 60%of pump providers are live on wireless technology, which is required for EMR integration.

At TEDMED, Xerox unveiled a number of new health care initiatives including a digital care coordination system for nurses that uses sensor technology to recognize when a provider enters a room, mobile devices for documentation and in-room displays to provide visible information on orders completed for each patient.  Xerox also highlighted an infection tool that analyzes patient data on symptoms, drugs, and bacteria cultures to proactively identify patients at high risk as well as a smart medication package that provides personalized instructions and tracks whether  a patient adheres to the physician’s orders.

WhiteGlove Health has raised $12.9 million in a new investment round led by Burrill & Company. WhiteGlove is an in-network provider for Aetna and Humana in 7 states, serving more than 500,000 members. Members pay an annual fee in addition to a visit fee. Routine care services include treatment for minor acute. Individual members pay an annual membership fee of up to $420, plus $35 per visit. They also provide physician-telephone consults, as well as in-person visits with licensed nurses. The company has raised $57 million to date.

Following a series of complaints filed by provider groups and health care organizations, the Department of Health and Human Services proposed a 1-year delay in its deadline for implementing the new ICD-10 diagnosis coding system. Under the delay, provider groups will have until Oct 1, 2014 to transition to ICD-10 as well as implement the new standardized health claims form (Version 5010) for electronic health transactions.

WebFirst launched a new mobile health data collection system called PhiCollect. Using the Drupal Data Management platform, forms can be created with a web-based wizard and sent to the phone or tablet to collect GPS, audio, video, barcode, images and text data.