First Opinion Raises $6M To Expand Its Text-A-Doctor App

First Opinion

First Opinion, an iOS mobile app that provides users remote personal health consultations with physicians, today announced a $6 million series A funding round led by Polaris Partners and existing Investors True Ventures, Felicis Ventures, Scrum Ventures and Monashees Capital.  Studies from the American Medical Association show that roughly 1 billion doctor visits occur each year in the United States, and of those, 70 percent are unnecessary and could be avoided by consulting with a physician
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Can A Mobile Health App Reduce Eye Age by 8.6 Years?

Mobile Health App Reduce Eye Age by 8.6 Years

Can a mobile health app improve your eye vision? Various studies in neuroscience and advances in mobile technology healthcare seem to show that it is possible. GlassesOff is a new mobile health app that is clinically proven to reduce “eye age” by an average of 8.6 years. It is designed to reduce and eventually eliminate your dependence on reading glasses. What is the app all about and how does it work? Is it really as helpful as it claims to be? Is there scientific data to support the claims?
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Can A Google Glass App Help the Hearing Impaired?

Can A Google Glass App Help the Hearing Impaired

Close to 30 million people in the US alone suffer from hearing impairment. Researchers at Georgia Tech have developed a Google Glass app especially designed for the hearing impaired called Captioning on Glass (CoG). How does the technology work? Is it genuinely useful to the hearing impaired? What are the pitfalls of the app? While some researchers say that it is possible, others deny it. How does Google Glass work for the hearing impaired? A Georgia Tech research team is credited with
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64% of Americans Do Not Use Online Patient Portals

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64 percent of Americans do not currently use online patient portals, according to the results of Xerox's 5th annual EHR Survey. The survey revealed that 57 percent of Americans would be much more interested and proactive in their personal healthcare if they had online access to their medical records. Of those Americans that don’t use patient portals, 35 percent did not know a portal was available and 31 percent said their physician had never spoken to them about portals. Based on requirements
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KLAS: Phytel Takes Lead in Population Health Vendor Market Race

KLAS: Phytel Takes Lead in Population Health Vendor Market Race

  Population health management is one of the hottest emerging markets in the health IT space and vendors are quickly racing to carve out market share.70% of providers report that they see tangible benefits to patient care when using certain population health vendors, according to KLAS. But with so many PHM vendors and very little data, healthcare providers are having a hard time identifying who is the best vendor to help them maximize the benefits of their population health efforts.  To
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Orange, USAID Partner to Accelerate Mobile Health in Africa

Mobile Health Innovation in Africa

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and global telecommunications operator Orange announced a new alliance to accelerate mobile health in Africa at the mHealth Summit 2014 in Washington, DC. These mHealth innovations will help treat and care for individuals in developing countries across Africa. Alliance Overview The goal of the USAID/Orange alliance is to create a framework for easily replicating these important mobile services in a number of African countries throughout the
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Top 5 Concerns for Hospital CFOs in 2015

Hospital CFO_New Financing Program Minimizes Impact of ICD-10 Revenue Delay for Private Practices

Continued meaningful use expenses for EHR, HIE, analytics, portals and mobile apps are hitting today's hospitals hard as changes in payment models based on patient compliance, pricing transparency, and population health demand even more capital. For chief financial officiers (CFOs) working at hospitals that are struggling financially, the outlook looks increasingly bleak.  According to a recent Black Book report, 94 percent of hospital CFOs self-identified as “struggling”, reported that delayed
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McKesson Launches Venture Fund to Invest in Early/Growth Stage Healthcare Companies

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McKesson Corporation today announced that it has launched McKesson Ventures, a strategic venture capital fund, to invest in early and growth stage companies addressing both current and emerging business challenges facing the healthcare industry. Healthcare industry veteran Tom Rodgers has joined McKesson Ventures as managing director and will lead the fund’s investment portfolio. “McKesson Ventures will help us support the development and commercialization of innovations taking place across
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Blackberry, NantHealth Launches First Secure Cancer Genome Browser


  Blackberry and Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong of NantHealth has announced the launch of the NantOmics Cancer Genome Browser™, the first secure clinical genome browser on the BlackBerry® Passport smartphone that places a super-computer and big data in the palm of a doctor’s hand.  For the first time, doctors will have  unprecedented access to patients’ genetic data to make the most informed treatment decisions at the bedside. Cancer Genome Browser Platform Overview Powered by BlackBerry’s
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ONC Issues Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020

Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020

Today the ONC has issued the Federal Health IT Strategic Plan 2015-2020, a coordinated and focused effort to appropriately collect, share, and use interoperable health information to improve health care, individual, community and public health, and advance research across the federal government and in collaboration with private industry. The Strategic Plan, which is open for 60 day comment period serves as the broad federal strategy setting the context and framing the Nationwide
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