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Health Tech Hatch Serves as User Testing Platform and Crowdfunding Resource for Healthfinder.gov Mobile App Challenge

The healthfinder.gov Mobile App Challenge will debut Hatch’s testing capability, which allows developers the opportunity to interact with end users to improve usability. healthfinder.gov is a reliable prevention and wellness website that provides information about preventive services covered under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

Company’s Testing Capability Allows Developers to Work with End Users to Improve Usability of Application and Site for Consumers

Larkspur, Calif. (December 17, 2012) – Health Tech Hatch (Hatch), a crowdfunding and development resource for entrepreneurs creating innovative health and wellness products and companies, today announced it will operate as the user testing platform for the healthfinder.gov Mobile App Challenge. Hatch’s platform already supports health care innovators by providing crowdfunding, clinical and usability testing, and rating of concepts and prototypes, along with mentoring and marketing support to help entrepreneurs succeed in growing their businesses. The healthfinder.gov Mobile App Challenge will debut Hatch’s testing capability, which allows developers the opportunity to interact with end users to improve usability. healthfinder.gov is a reliable prevention and wellness website that provides information about preventive services covered under the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA).

The US Department of Health and Human Services Office of Disease Prevention and Health Promotion, with the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as an advisor, challenges teams of developers and health professionals and health consumers to co-design a mobile app that will be used by the public to access customized decision support for preventive services and wellness information from healthfinder.gov. The ideal application (“app”) will help make healthfinder.gov content customizable and easy to use, reaching users where they are. Developers can register and complete entry requirements at the Health 2.0 Developer Challenge site.

healthfinder.gov’s Quick Guide to Healthy Living is a credible, science-based, and easy-to-use information resource presented in plain language. The Guide informs educates, and motivates users to incorporate healthy behaviors into their lives and take small steps towards improving their health.  healthfinder.gov also provides decision support for preventive services covered by the health care reform law (Affordable Care Act) through the myhealthfinder tool.

The mobile app should include Quick Guide to Healthy Living topics and information about preventive services covered under the Affordable Care Act. The app could include tools to help users integrate myhealthfinder, real-time communication tools to stay in touch with peers, community health services/locators; news, analyses and blogs from outside sources; social media and online networking communities; and/or any open source tools as appropriate.

“Supporting innovations that will actually be used by people to improve health is a shared mission among Hatch, HHS and Health 2.0, and is the inspiration behind Hatch’s testing platform,” says Patricia Salber, CEO of Health Tech Hatch. “We are proud to be a part of the first phase of the challenge, in which developers will submit working mobile app prototypes, along with documentation and evidence of public feedback via Health Tech Hatch. Developers are permitted to crowdfund their projects, although it is not required.”

Hatch’s platform combines crowdfunding with the power of social media to raise funds not only from family and friends but from anyone who may be interested in the project. A computer or mobile device, and an interest in supporting health care innovation, are all that are needed to get involved.

Submissions for phase one of the challenge, accepted until January 25, 2013, will be reviewed based on several criteria including usability and design; health literacy principles; connection to clinical preventive services and wellness information; evidence of co-design with end user, innovation in design, functionality and accuracy, and healthfinder.gov branding.

About Health Tech Hatch

Health Tech Hatch (Hatch)is an online and mobile resource dedicated to launching early-stage innovations in health care and putting them into the hands of patients, physicians, wellness professionals and consumers. HATCH provides a platform for crowdfunding–a groundbreaking method of raising start-up funds for a new business or product–and expert advice for health tech entrepreneurs (both in the for-profit and not-for-profit worlds) who have brilliant ideas ready to hatch. Learn more at www.healthtechhatch.com.

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UCare Selects Edifecs as Strategic Partner for ICD-10 Migration

Today Edifecs announced a new ICD-10 customer partnership with non-profit Minnesota health plan, UCare. Edifecs will support the healthcare system’s transition to ICD-10 through its solution which will ensure operational and financial neutrality. Edifecs’ ICD-10 Solution will prepare the health system’s technical team and clinical staff with the risk associated with the transition and provide a clear picture of how the technology will help them manage the migration without disrupting service to our members.

Nonprofit Health Plan Deploys Edifecs ICD-10 Solution to Mitigate Risk and Achieve Mandate Compliance 

Bellevue, Wash. — December 17, 2012  Edifecs, Inc., a leading healthcare software provider specializing in regulatory compliance solutions for healthcare providers and health plans, today announced that Minnesota-based UCare health plan (UCare) has chosen Edifecs as its strategic partner for ICD-10.

UCare will deploy the Edifecs ICD-10 solution, which is designed to help health plans achieve operational and financial neutrality after the ICD-10 transition by providing greater ability to understand and mitigate risks during each transition stage. UCare will use the Edifecs ICD-10 solution for impact analysis to prioritize remediation and testing efforts, and then use its code-mapping capabilities to speed up the process and improve accuracy.

UCare is the fourth largest health plan in Minnesota, serving nearly 300,000 members in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. Its Medicare health plans cover nearly 100,000 Medicare-eligible individuals.

“UCare is known for its high-touch approach to serving its members, and Edifecs brought that same level of customer care and expertise to solving our ICD-10 transition challenges,” said Rob Beauchamp, CIO at UCare. “After our initial training sessions, our technical team and even our clinical staff were enthusiastic about the Edifecs ICD-10 solution. The mapping and analytics capabilities provide a clear picture of how the technology will help us manage the transition without disrupting service to our members.”

The team at UCare was not only impressed with the Edifecs ICD-10 solution, but also the level of support and ICD-10 education provided by Edifecs. In helping UCare develop its overall ICD-10 transition strategy, the Edifecs team has shared best practices and lessons learned from previous deployments—particularly those that help smaller health plans manage risks and resource constraints that wouldn’t faze larger plans.

“UCare is taking a leadership role among regional health plans by effectively managing its transition from ICD-9 to ICD-10 in a thoughtful, business-neutral way, and Edifecs is committed to ensuring UCare has the tools and expertise it needs to succeed,” said Sunny Singh, CEO of Edifecs. “Our partnership will help UCare manage the complexities of ICD-10 and quickly achieve compliance, while still maintaining the customer service focus the organization is known for.”

The conversion from ICD-9 coding standards to ICD-10 is one of the most comprehensive migration projects the country’s healthcare system will undergo. Because the vast majority of IT systems and many healthcare policies will be affected, the Edifecs’ ICD-10 solution is designed to help healthcare organizations understand where the impact will be greatest and then mitigate the financial and operational risks. The deadline for implementing the ICD-10 system is Oct. 1, 2014.

About UCare

UCare is an independent, nonprofit health plan providing health coverage and services to nearly 300,000 members in Minnesota and western Wisconsin. UCare serves more people from diverse cultures and more people with disabilities enrolled in Medical Assistance than any other health plan in Minnesota. Working in partnership with health care providers and community organizations, UCare serves Medicare-eligible individuals, families and individuals enrolled in Minnesota Health Care Programs such as MinnesotaCare and Medical Assistance, and adults with disabilities.

About Edifecs, Inc.

An industry leader since 1996, Edifecs provides healthcare software solutions that improve operational performance by streamlining the exchange of information among health plans, hospitals, and other healthcare organizations, while enabling compliance with current mandates such as HIPAA 5010 and ICD-10.

Today, more than 250 healthcare customers use Edifecs technology to unify transactions from any information channel source and input mechanism, while automating manual business processes such as enrollment, claims and payments management.

Edifecs is currently recognized as one of the 100 Fastest Growing Private Companies in the state of Washington, 100 Best Places to Work in the state of Washington, an Inc. 5000 fastest-growing private company and one of the 500 Fastest Growing Companies in North America by Deloitte. Edifecs is headquartered in Bellevue, WA. For more information, please visit www.edifecs.com.

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Ideal Life Chooses Orange Business Services to Add Global Dimension to Remote Health Management

Solutions Expand in Europe and Latin America with Orange M2M communications

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 3, 2012) – At the 2012 mHealth Summit in Washington, D.C., Toronto-based remote health provider Ideal Life announced that it has chosen Orange Business Services to expand its remote monitoring solutions for wellness and chronic conditions to an international audience. Orange will provide seamless machine to machine (M2M) wireless connectivity for Ideal Life in Europe and Latin America, promoting comprehensive remote care to the home and preventing non-critical re-admissions of patients to hospitals.

“As an established and comprehensive provider of global M2M solutions, Orange Business Services provides us with the perfect platform to deliver our remote health monitoring services to a greater number of caregivers and insurance providers from around the world,” said Harvey Goldberg, CEO of Ideal Life. “For healthcare enterprises in these regions, our expanded services will lead to better regulatory compliance, improve their migration to electronic medical records (EMR) and reduce costs. For patients, we can offer a better quality of life with comprehensive and reliable care to more homes, thereby reducing hospital stays and providing around the clock, non-obtrusive preventive care.”

Ideal Life will be offering new medical hubs containing Orange SIM cards. These hubs will reside in the home, collecting data from a variety of health-related devices, from blood pressure monitors to glucose, oxygen saturation and heart rate meters. Once collected, this information is transmitted in real time over the Orange network to physicians who can access it using a variety of devices such as tablets, smartphones and traditional PCs.  The application can also format the data into a standardized EMR, improving compliance with recent legislation requiring such records.

“Technology is the gateway for transforming healthcare and improving quality of life,” said Thierry Zylberberg, executive vice president, Orange Healthcare, a division dedicated to developing e-health solutions. “Combining our expertise in e-health with our global M2M solutions, Orange is well placed to deliver advanced m-Health services to our customers like Ideal Life, and in turn to their patients, health professionals, caregivers and insurance carriers, with the goal in part to offer patients and their families peace of mind.”

About Orange Business Services

Orange Business Services, the France Telecom-Orange branch dedicated to B2B services, is a leading global integrator of communications solutions for multinational corporations. With the world’s largest, seamless network for voice and data, Orange Business Services reaches 220 countries and territories with local support in 166. Offering a comprehensive package of communication services covering cloud computing, enterprise mobility, M2M, security, unified communications, videoconferencing, and broadband, Orange Business Services delivers a best-in-class customer experience across a global landscape. Thousands of enterprise customers and 1.4 million mobile data users rely on an Orange Business Services international platform for communicating and conducting business. Orange Business Services was awarded three of the telecom industry’s highest accolades at the annual World Communication Awards 2012 – Best Global Operator, Best Cloud Service and the User’s Choice Award. Orange Business Services is a five-time winner of Best Global Operator. Learn more at www.orange-business.com

France Telecom-Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with sales of 45.3 billion euros for 2011 and has 170,000 employees worldwide at June 30, 2012. Orange is the Group’s single brand for Internet, television and mobile services in the majority of countries where the company operates. France Telecom (NYSE:FTE) is listed on Euronext Paris (compartment A) and on the New York Stock Exchange.

Orange and any other Orange product or service names included in this material are trademarks of Orange Brand Services Limited, Orange France or France Telecom.

Orange Healthcare, new Orange technology for healthcare services

For more than a decade, Orange has gained substantial experience in providing integrated and customer centered technology solutions for health professionals, health providers and patients. This has been done through close collaboration with health professionals and providers – ensuring that the technology brings improved quality and efficiency for all. In 2007 Orange signaled its commitment to the health sector with the creation of Orange Healthcare, its new Health Division.

On the strength of its position as an integrated services operator, Orange has technological know-how to be able to develop solutions which are not only simple, reliable and effective for medical and personal care services, but which also contribute to bringing innovation to patients and an enhanced experience in managing their health and illnesses.

New technologies will play an essential role in the modernization and improvement of health care, in the hospital, local clinics and surgeries and in the home. Orange can provide the technology to meet the needs of all stakeholders in the health sector – professionals, managers and IT administrators, patients and public and private health providers. Orange has unrivalled access to the resources of the France Telecom group with leading edge R&D as well as unparalleled commitment to wellness, e-health and improving efficiency and return on e-health technology investment.

For more information visit: www.orange.com/healthcare

About Ideal Life

Ideal Life, the industry leader in remote health management solutions, has created an innovative platform that addresses many of today’s most challenging and costly healthcare issues. Guided by a medical advisory panel of experts, the Ideal Life program makes proactive prevention more realistic than ever as it is instrumental in gauging health issues before chronic conditions manifest themselves into acute events. For people managing chronic conditions such as congestive heart failure, hypertension, diabetes, asthma or obesity, Ideal Life provides relevant, real-time, reliable and actionable data from a person either at home or while on the go. It delivers interactive, personalized communication to incorporate feedback to the knowledge base, allowing individuals to become more engaged and active participants in their own health.

The easy-to-use Ideal Life system utilizes digital, wireless, secure two-way communication, allowing for a more personalized and cost-effective wellness experience. The FDA-cleared and HIPAA-compliant products have, for example, been proven to reduce congestive heart failure hospital admissions by 57 percent, demonstrating they can significantly reduce healthcare costs. For more information, visit www.ideallifeonline.com.

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Eliza Corporation and Voxiva Partner to Provide Personalized, Interactive mHealth Solution for Diabetes Support

Eliza Launches Partner Program for Mobile and Social Health Engagement

WASHINGTON, D.C. and DANVERS, Mass. December 3, 2012 – Eliza Corporation (“Eliza”), the pioneer and recognized leader in Health Engagement Management, and Voxiva, the pioneer and recognized leader in Mobile Health Services, announced today a partnership to offer Voxiva’s Care4Life service as part of Eliza’s bundled multimodal offering, at the 4th annual mHealth Summit (booth #628).

Eliza also announced a Mobile and Social Health Engagement Partner Program, with the aim to measure, analyze, and leverage the most useful mobile and social technologies for driving better health outcomes.

“To help people navigate their own paths toward optimal health we need to be leveraging each and every tool out there that works – collaborating in ways that deliver actual outcomes based on real data – and lots of it,” said Alexandra Drane, founder and Chief Visionary Officer at Eliza. “People are hungry to interact in ways that resonate, that feel relevant, that inspire, that offer value and that leave them happier, healthier and more productive. The bar for consumers who are increasingly being offered choices about where and how they access and experience care will be a high one – and working with Voxiva to deliver communication strategies that exceed that bar will be an honor.”

Paul Meyer, Chairman and President, Voxiva, Inc. states, “Voxiva and Eliza are each at the forefront of leveraging new technologies to deliver proven health content to help people live healthier lives. By bringing our capabilities together, we can deliver better results for our customers and help tackle some of America’s most pressing health challenges, starting with diabetes.”

The Care4Life service is an interactive mobile program service that gives ongoing support to people with type 2 diabetes via text messages, mobile web, mobile app and interactive automated phone calls. Care4Life reinforces diabetes education (leveraging guidelines from the American Diabetes Association, National Diabetes Education Program and the American Association of Diabetes Educators) and provides actionable feedback to help people better manage their diabetes and take control of their health. Care4Life sends users text messages with diabetes education, medicine and appointment reminders, glucose testing reminders, exercise and weight tracking. Users record blood glucose readings, blood pressure, weight and exercise, and adherence via text message and also can view all of their data on a secure portal. Care4Life is available in both English and Spanish.

Adds Drane, “From the way we manage our finances to the way we communicate with our friends, mobile devices are becoming, for better and worse, extensions of us all. This learned craving to access information, anywhere, anytime has resulted in a significant shift of communication modes – creating tremendous opportunity for consumers, payers, providers and the entire healthcare continuum. But, all mobile apps and social technologies are not created equal. Through Eliza’s own mobile and social development programs and our partnership efforts, we’re collaborating with our customers to ensure we’re all leveraging the best and most relevant technologies for real people living busy lives. By extending our collective consumer-focused offerings in ways that truly engage, we continue to sustainably improve actual health outcomes, and most importantly, lives.”

For more information about the Eliza-Voxiva Care4Life service offering or Eliza’s Mobile and Social Health Engagement Partner Program, please email info@elizacorp.com.

About Voxiva, Inc.

Founded in 2001, Voxiva is a global pioneer in delivering interactive mobile health services. We leverage the world’s 6 billion mobile phones to communicate and interact with people to help them live healthier lives. All of our patient engagement services incorporate social marketing approaches and evidenced-based best practices to deliver highly effective and engaging solutions. Voxiva’s programs support a broad range of health topics such as maternal & child health, smoking cessation, healthy living and diabetes self-management. In 2011, Fast Company recognized Voxiva as one of the 50 Most Innovative Companies in the World. Learn more at www.voxiva.com.

About Eliza Corporation

Eliza Corporation (“Eliza”) is devoted to making people happier, healthier, and more productive. The pioneer and recognized leader in Health Engagement Management, Eliza draws from more than 800 million interactions with people about their health, and blends business intelligence, technology, and communication expertise to improve care experiences, reduce costs and advance population health. Each program is powered by Eliza’s engagement-based analytics and population segmentation, and delivered via our patented speech recognition technology, rich web and multi-modal delivery platform (including automate calls, emails, text messages, mail, social and mobile interactions). These programs consistently yield the best outcomes in the industry in terms of increased engagement, health and wellness measures, and sustainable ROI. Eliza was founded in 1998 and is headquartered in Danvers, Massachusetts. For more information, please visit www.elizacorp.com.

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Segue Technologies Inc. Announces “Segue Health”

Segue has expanded their capabilities to support Health and Health IT customers by joining a core competency in custom software engineering with 20 years of Health IT experience

Arlington, VA, November 28, 2012 – Continuing a strategy of delivering exceptional Information Technology (IT) services, Segue Technologies Inc. (Segue) has formed a new business division, “Segue Health,” which will focus on application development and digital health communications for Health IT clients. Segue is adding the experience of Peggy McShane and her team from her previous business venture Net New Growth, a marketing and communications firm specializing in the Health industry and Health IT. “Adding Peggy’s experience infuses Segue’s services with strong knowledge of the Health industry,” said Segue Executive Vice President Mike Behrmann. “This partnership will allow Segue to apply our strengths in web and mobile application development to the data and communications challenges of the Heath IT marketplace, ultimately delivering effective tools and outreach strategies for our clients.”

Peggy McShane will be a key component of Segue Health, bringing 20 years of Health IT experience from the hospital setting and commercial consultancy. She will serve as Managing Director, leading overall strategy and health IT client services. “The Health and Health IT markets need an innovative and talented organization to build mobile applications and create seamless health communications to drive consumer engagement,” said Peggy. “Digital communications play an important role in influencing how consumers make decisions about their health care. Additionally, there is growing collaboration across government and the private sector for information exchange. Now is the time to foster greater integration of complex health data into useful health information.”

Segue Health’s core capabilities include:

•             Data Quality, Conversion, and Migration

•             Custom Web, Mobile, and Tablet Application Development

•             Digital Health Communications / Social Media Strategies

•             System Integration

•             Mobile Health Services

About Segue Technologies

Segue Technologies provides government, commercial, and non-profit clients with full-system lifecycle engineering and IT support through a customer-first approach. Segue’s expertise ranges from requirements analysis and design and development to implementation and ongoing maintenance. We specialize in sustaining legacy information systems, while simultaneously developing custom alternatives tailored to client-specific needs for enterprise software applications, network architecture, business intelligence reporting, and systems integration.

Segue was founded in 1997 and is headquartered in Arlington, VA. Segue has been named to Inc. Magazine’s list of America’s 5000 fastest growing private companies (2008-2012), recognized by Washington Technologies as a growing business in the D.C. Metro region, and featured in Virginia Business (2011 and 2012) and Washingtonian Magazine (2011) as one of their best places to work.

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