Partners HealthCare Offers Access to PatientsLikeMe Via Patient Portal

PatientsLikeMe announced this morning a five-year agreement with AstraZeneca to provide patient-reported data in support of the pharmaceutical company's research initiatives.

Partners HealthCare announced they would provide their patients access to PatientsLikeMe website tools and information that can help improve decision making with their clinical teams and enhance health outcomes. PatientsLikeMe Executive Vice President of Marketing and Patient Advocacy Michael Evers stated the agreement is the first to provide access to the website from within a provider’s patient portal. Partners Population Health Management Associate Medical Director Adam Licurse, MD, MHS,
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3 Major Trends That Will Transform Genomic Medicine

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After the Human Genome Project was completed in 2003, early successes in genomic medicine fell short of the initial high expectations. But today, a potent mix of influences—including innovation in biology and technology, market demand and consumerism—is furthering an evolution that crosses industries. Healthcare providers can now personalize care plans thanks to lower sequencing costs that allow genomic data to be combined with electronic health data. Life sciences companies can develop
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Physician Save Patient’s Life through Medical Crowdsourcing

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Would you know what this was if someone coughed this up? Many other primary care doctors in the country wouldn't either. Dr. Easton Jackson, a Utah-based primary care physician, treated a boy who had a persistent but otherwise non-serious cough…until he coughed up this branch-like mass. Rather than simply wait for lab results, the doctor snapped a picture and posted it on SERMO to crowdsource insights from colleagues and specialists. He also created a poll listing multiple diagnoses.
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Welltok Acquires Predilytics to Enhance Personalized Health Platform

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Health optimization provider Welltok has acquired Predilytics, a leading healthcare predictive analytics company to help enhance Welltok’s CaféWell Health Optimization Platform. The acquisition adds another powerful layer of consumer intelligence and analytical capabilities to Welltok’s CaféWell Health Optimization Platform, providing even more personalized guidance for consumers and delivering more value and insights to health plans, at-risk providers and other population health
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MD Anderson Pilots Apple Watch for Breast Cancer Treatment

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MD Anderson Cancer Center at Cooper is teaming up with behavioral health technology company Polaris Health Directions (Polaris) on an behavioral health pilot project using the Apple Watch to help improve breast cancer treatment outcomes. The integrated medical behavioral health pilot project will utilize the Apple Watch to capture behavioral data that could affect the courses and outcomes of treatment for breast cancer patients. The partnership brings together MD Anderson Cooper’s expertise
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How the Colossal Clash Will Disrupt the Digital Health Landscape (Infographic)

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Pressures on the US healthcare system coupled with evolving consumer expectations have fueled the appetite for funding of digital healthcare startups and have ushered in a new era of industry innovation. A digital disruption in healthcare is being played out, as witnessed by the emergence of new business models and technology offerings that change social interactions, alter consumer expectations and ultimately improve health outcomes. Billions of dollars are being poured into healthcare
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Hospital to Create Emergency Experiences Using Virtual Reality

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Next Galaxy Corp, a developer of fully immersive consumer virtual reality (VR) technology has inked a multi-year agreement with Miami Children's Hospital to help educate and train medical staff using VR. Next Galaxy will develop immersive virtual reality medical instructional content for patient and medical professional education. Per the agreement,  Next Galaxy and Miami Children's Hospital will jointly work on creating creating VR instructionals on cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and other
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Cleveland Clinic, Human Longevity Partner to Accelerate Genomic Sequencing

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Cleveland Clinic is partnering with Human Longevity, Inc. (HLI) to first sequence and analyze blood samples from Cleveland Clinic's GeneBank study of de-identified patients. As part of the agreement, the two organizations will apply whole genome, cancer and microbiome sequencing focusing on a subset of samples with the goal of discovering novel disease genes and disease pathways associated with heart disease. "In medicine we are constantly exploring opportunities to better understand how
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Precision BioSciences Raises $25.6M to Expand Genome Editing Platform

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Genome editing-based company, Precision BioSciences announced it has closed $25.6 million Series A financing led by venBio. The Research Triangle Park, North Carolina-based company's oversubscribed round was also joined by Fidelity Biosciences, Amgen Ventures, Baxter Ventures, Osage University Partners, the Longevity Fund, and two well-known public market investors. As part of the Series A round, Robert Adelman of venBio and Ben Auspitz of Fidelity Biosciences will join Precision’s Board
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ONC Awards $300k to 6 Digital Health Projects

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The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology (ONC) has announced the winners of the inaugural ONC Market R&D Pilot Challenge. The ONC Market R&D Pilot Challenge breaks down the barriers between promising start ups and health care stakeholders by helping early-stage digital health companies connect with health care organizations that would host pilot programs. The innovative technologies developed by these companies are integral to improving consumer engagement
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