Apple Reportedly Acquires Digital Health Startup

Apple Rushed to the HospitalPublished reports Tuesday indicate that Apple has acquired a personal health data-monitoring startup.

The company in question, we’re told, is Glimpse.

“Silicon Valley-based Glimpse has built a personal health data platform that enables any American to collect, personalize, and share a picture of their health data,” Fast Company reports.

The company was started in 2013 by Anil Sethi and Karthik Hariharan. Sethi is a serial entrepreneur who has spent the past decade working with health startups, after taking his company Sequoia Software public in 2000. He got his start as a systems engineer at Apple in the late 1980s.

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TreatMD Rolls Out Telemedicine Practice and Billing Software Suite

This week, on-demand healthcare and telemedicine company TreatMD released its practice and billing software.

According to details shared, the Practice Suite platform allows providers and healthcare professionals to launch telemedicine services in their practice or facility, connect with new and existing patients, and bill for their telemedicine services.

Additionally, with telemedicine regulations and reimbursement guidelines changing almost daily, TreatMD says it has customized its Practice Suite platform on a per state basis, thereby meeting the needs of a provider’s current state regulations and billing requirements for telemedicine reimbursements.

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Telemedicine Leader Taps New CMO for Behavioral Health

400539New talent has been tapped for a key position within an emerging telemedicine company.

MYidealDOCTOR, a leading provider of cloud-based telemedicine and mHealth services, recently announced the launch of on-demand access to behavioral health providers for counseling sessions via video.

“In addition to this exciting new service line, MiD has also welcomed David Buxton, M.D., as Chief Medical Officer for Behavioral Health,” reads a statement provided to MHW. “The MiD behavioral health solution offers access to behavioral health assessments and providers, including licensed counselors, psychologists and social workers.”
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New Study Shows Hospital IT Nervous Over Mobile Security Threats

Cybersecurity Remains Top Concern for mHealthThis week, the team at Spyglass Consulting Group released its most recent healthcare study — Point of Care Communications for Nursing 2016.

The study shows that 82 percent of hospitals surveyed expressed grave concerns about their ability to support and protect mobile devices, patient data, and the hospital’s technology infrastructure as a result of the growing threat of cybersecurity attacks.

And the threat is, indeed, growing.
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Health Data Now Easier to Access for CommonWell Members

Health Data Now Easier to Access for CommonWell MembersOn Tuesday, CommonWell Health Alliance announced that members will be giving patients access to their health data for the first time via the CommonWell network.

According to a news release to media, this access will be made possible by extending existing CommonWell services to enable a person to self-enroll in CommonWell, self-link their health records wherever they receive care, and self-query and view their health data available on the CommonWell network.

“Eight CommonWell members have already committed to deploying these services,” today’s announcement confirms.
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More Mobile Rewards on Tap for Retail Pharmacy Giant

walgreens-logoOur sister site MMW is reporting Tuesday that Walgreens Balance Rewards members can now apply their loyalty account at checkout through Android Pay.

This ability, we’re told, furthers the convenience of earning and redeeming points and expanding the company’s portfolio of unified mobile payments solutions.

Monday’s formal announcement explains that this latest integration gives the more than 85 million active Balance Rewards members, many of whom use Android devices, another way to earn and use loyalty points in-store, and eliminates the need to separately scan or enter their Balance Rewards card.

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Black Book Rolls Out New Healthcare Mobile Survey Apps

Black Book Rolls Out New Healthcare Mobile Survey AppsAhead of the weekend, Black Book Research, a surveyor of tech users, announced the release of mobile survey and polling applications for IOS and Android.

In addition to Black Book’s online web surveys, panel interviews and call center conducted assessments, the firm added recent improvements in the choice of survey digital experiences to shed new light on the demands, preferences and recommendations of the all user levels among healthcare software products and services, a provided statement explains.

We’re told that over 1,400 vendors are included in the survey apps with the option for respondents to write-in a vendor’s name if it does not appear.
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