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The Personal Connected Health Alliance Launches with Goal to Improve Health and Wellness through Connected Technologies

Continua Health Alliance, mHealth Summit and HIMSS partner to enable individuals to better manage their health and wellness, anytime and anywhere

WASHINGTON D.C. – (APRIL 17, 2014) – The Personal Connected Health Alliance, an international non-profit organization established by Continua Health AlliancemHealth Summit and HIMSS to represent the consumer voice in personal connected health, formally launched today. PCHA will build upon the global reach, leadership and resources of its founding organizations, to ensure that personal connected health technologies, such as smartphones, mobile apps, sensors and personal health tracking devices, are user-friendly, secure and can easily collect, display and relay personal health data. The Alliance’s work will generate greater awareness, availability and access to plug-and-play consumer-friendly personal health technologies that empower people to better manage their health and wellness, anytime and anywhere, in an increasingly connected world.

“As healthcare delivery evolves and brings care beyond hospital walls to where we live, work, learn and play, individuals are being called upon to engage more intimately with their own health and wellness,” said Jeremy Bonfini, Executive Vice President, PCHA. “The Personal Connected Health Alliance aims to facilitate the development and widespread availability of user-friendly personal health devices, mobile apps, sensors and other connected health technologies, putting consumers in the driver’s seat when it comes to their own health.”

The mission of PCHA is to promote the adoption, standardization and appropriate regulation of personal connected health devices and systems in order to empower individuals to better manage their health and wellness from anywhere, at any time, with stronger links between consumers, their social networks and providers. Additionally, PCHA aims to nurture the technology ecosystem necessary to facilitate “big data” in healthcare. PCHA will continue to develop and publish industry standards for interoperability of personal connected health devices, via the Continua Design Guidelines and certification programs.

“Our Board of Directors is very pleased to join with mHealth Summit and HIMSS to create a strong and dynamic voice to advance personal connected health technologies,” added Clint McClellan, Board President Chair, Continua Health Alliance. “The International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies, recently ratified the Continua family of standards as the defacto global connected health standard for plug-and-play interoperability to create an easily accessible, user-friendly and secure network of personal connected health devices and systems. We are currently working with governments around the world, including Denmark, Abu Dhabi, Singapore and the UK, that are developing implementation plans for groundbreaking national connected health initiatives for their citizens based on Continua’s Design Guidelines.”

The Personal Connected Health Alliance will unite the continuum of care across the healthcare ecosystem, and bring together a unique combination of domestic and global expertise, along with resources focused on personalized health solutions that meet individuals’ lifestyle needs. Each participating organization – Continua Health Alliance, mHealth Summit and HIMSS – will bring a unique perspective to the Alliance, providing a holistic view and approach to promoting the advancement of healthcare technologies that focus on consumers.

“The Personal Connected Health Alliance, in cooperation with the mHealth Summit and Continua, will continue driving the industry forward by generating a new knowledge base around the personal connected health space, providing a strong and united voice on policy, regulatory issues and government relations, and advancing education and awareness for the widespread adoption of personal connected health technologies,” said Rich Scarfo, Vice President, Personal Connected Health Alliance  and Director, mHealth Summit. “The mHealth Summit – the industry’s leading event focused on mobile and personal health topics – will continue to provide an important platform for the industry, and will be expanding its presence to Europe, Asia and the Middle East.”

To learn more about the Personal Connected Health Alliance, visit: www.pchalliance.org.

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About the Personal Connected Health Alliance

The Personal Connected Health Alliance (PCHA), a global, non-profit organization, is a collaboration between Continua Health Alliance, mHealth Summit and HIMSS, focused on engaging consumers with their health via interoperable personalized health solutions that meet their lifestyle needs. PCHA is an independent HIMSS organization, combining the dynamic membership and expertise of Continua, and the networking and reach of the mHealth Summit and global mhealth events, with the global access and leadership of HIMSS to bring greater focus on personal connected health technology. Representing the consumer voice in personal connected health, PCHA brings together a unique combination of domestic and global resources focused on personalized health solutions that meet the needs of consumers throughout their lives. Visit www.PCHAlliance.org.

About Continua Health Alliance

Continua Health Alliance (Continua), an international not-for-profit industry group, is the leading organization convening global technology industry standards to develop end-to-end, plug-and-play connectivity for personal connected health. Continua is dedicated to the development of Design Guidelines and test tools to expedite the deployment of personal connected health devices and systems that will empower information-driven health self-management and facilitate the incorporation of health and wellness into the day-to-day lives of individuals. Continua is a pioneer in establishing standards-based guidelines and security for connected health technologies such as sensors, remote monitoring devices, tablets, gateways and smart phones as well as networked and cloud solutions through its Guideline releases. The Alliance’s activities include a certification and brand support program, events and collaborations to support technology and clinical innovation, and outreach to employers, payers, governments and care providers. With over 200 member companies reaching across the globe, Continua’s Board of Directors feature leading technology, medical device and health care industry leaders and service providers: Fujitsu, Intel, Oracle, Orange, Partners HealthCare Center for Connected Health, Philips, Qualcomm Life, Roche Diagnostics, Samsung Electronics, Sharp and UnitedHealth Group. For more information visit: www.continuaalliance.org.

About the mHealth Summit

The 2014 mHealth Summit, the global convener of the expanding mobile health ecosystem, explores the disruptions, challenges and opportunities of the expanding integration of mobile and wireless technologies into the healthcare system, and in consumer and patient engagement, for the delivery of better health outcomes. The 6th Annual mHealth Summit will take place December 7-11, 2014, in Washington, D.C. Focusing on four fundamental platforms – technology, business, research and policy, the mHealth Summit is presented by HIMSS, in partnership with the National Institutes of Health, the mHealth Alliance and the Foundation for the NIH. For more information, visit www.mhealthsummit.org; and follow at @mhealthsummit or #mHealth14.

About HIMSS

HIMSS is a global, cause-based, not-for-profit organization focused on better health through information technology (IT). HIMSS leads efforts to optimize health engagements and care outcomes using information technology.

 

HIMSS is a cause-based, global enterprise producing health IT thought leadership, education, events, market research and media services around the world. Founded in 1961, HIMSS encompasses more than 52,000 individuals, of which more than two-thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations across the globe, plus over 600 corporations and 250 not-for-profit partner organizations, that share this cause.  HIMSS, headquartered in Chicago, serves the global health IT community with additional offices in the United States, Europe, and Asia.

April 22, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

Ten startups launch into Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator powered by Techstars in Kansas City

World-class accelerator program tackles wellness, chronic illness, animal health and big data

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – March 12, 2014 – Ten mobile health-related startup teams from across the country and Australia have arrived in Kansas City to build and strengthen their businesses in the inaugural Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator powered by Techstars. The three-month intensive mentor-driven program, located in Kansas City’s Crossroads District, officially kicks off this week.

Sprint (NYSE:S) has partnered with Techstars to bring the world-class accelerator program to Kansas City as part of its ongoing activities to help grow the region’s already vibrant startup community.

The Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator powered by Techstars will provide entrepreneurs in this field an amazing advantage to hone their business strategies and structure and be mentored by leading technology experts from Sprint, regional health care leaders and successful entrepreneurs from around the country.  Each startup receives up to $120,000 in funding. The program culminates in June when the 10 companies will pitch to an audience of investors and business leaders from around the U.S. and the Kansas City community.

“The quality of the companies in our Sprint Accelerator program is outstanding,” said Kevin McGinnis, vice president-Pinsight Media+, a division of Sprint, who has taken a leadership role in expanding and strengthening the company’s work with startups. “Sprint is proud to be part of the innovation movement in the healthcare space. The impact these companies can have on so many people in both the technology and healthcare industries is tremendous. On behalf of Sprint, the life sciences and entrepreneurial communities in the region, I welcome the teams!”

Teams participating in the Sprint Mobile Health Accelerator powered by Techstars are developing solutions that encompass hardware, software platforms, transformative services, big data and mobile applications. The teams are:

Company Hometown
Akibah San Jose, Calif.
Fitbark New York
Lifeline Response Chicago
Medicast Palo Alto, Calif.
Ollo Mobile Brisbane, Australia
Prime San Francisco
Sickweather Baltimore
Symptom.ly Salt Lake City
Tenacity Health Boston
Yosko Cambridge, Mass.

 

“The Sprint Accelerator is the first mobile health-focused accelerator for Techstars, and we are thrilled to be in Kansas City bringing together these 10 startups to collaborate and grow over the course of the next three months,” said David Cohen, founder and CEO of Techstars. “The mix of entrepreneurs and the strong roster of mentors – Techstars, Sprint and the health care community – promise to make this a truly great program. We believe that these companies have a chance to make a positive impact on the lives of so many.”

About Sprint

Sprint (NYSE: S) offers a comprehensive range of wireless and wireline communications services bringing the freedom of mobility to consumers, businesses and government users. Sprint served more than 55 million customers at the end of 2013 and is widely recognized for developing, engineering and deploying innovative technologies, including the first wireless 4G service from a national carrier in the United States; leading prepaid brands including Virgin Mobile USA, Boost Mobile, and Assurance Wireless; instant national and international push-to-talk capabilities; and a global Tier 1 Internet backbone. The American Customer Satisfaction Index rated Sprint as the most improved company in customer satisfaction, across all 47 industries, during the last five years. Sprint has been named to the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DSJI) North America in 2011, 2012 and 2013. You can learn more and visit Sprint at www.sprint.com or www.facebook.com/sprint and www.twitter.com/sprint.

March 12, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

TigerText Brings Secure Messaging to the Enterprise

Leader in HIPAA-Compliant Secure Messaging Solutions Announces Several Major Health Care Enterprise Customers Wins

SANTA MONICA, CA, (February 26, 2013)- TigerText, Inc., the leader in secure compliant real-time text messaging for the enterprise, today announced that in early 2013 it won four system-wide contracts with large U.S. health care organizations, including new clients Adventist Health California, Scottsdale Health Partners, Stamford Hospital, and University of Kentucky HealthCare.  These new additions, which comprise over 20,000 subscribers, join a rapidly expanding client base that includes more than 350 facilities across 37 states.

TigerText, which was launched in 2010, is a privately funded company that has raised more than $10 million to solve the secure communication challenge for enterprise organizations. The company has experienced rapid growth as its industry leading HIPAA-compliant communication platform and application have been widely adopted.  TigerText’s technology is used to secure communication between health care staff, doctors and patients, and to allow the sharing of large files such as critical lab reports – a solution that had previously been unavailable given strict industry regulations.

“This is a testament to the need Tiger Text is filling for the most important industry in the U.S. Having such esteemed customers entrust their daily communications to TigerText is a terrific validation of our product and our people,” said Brad Brooks, TigerText, founder and CEO.   “With the advent of SaaS, the Cloud and Mobility, TigerText stands at the epicenter of an opportunity to fundamentally improve the way daily healthcare communication occurs while saving money for enterprises through faster response times and better compliance.”

TigerText allows organizations to embrace text messaging with its HIPAA compliant application and secure messaging platform.  With its easy-to-use interface, organizations that deploy TigerText realize high adoption rates and improved communication with their workforce, ultimately leading to improved patient safety and physician satisfaction.  To support these large deployments, TigerText developed an Active Directory/LDAP integration to leverage existing user management systems, providing a huge benefit when implementing large enterprise customers with thousands of users.

 “After a long and thorough search of the marketplace, TigerText is the most mature solution that offered the features and flexibility to best meet our needs,” says Faron Thompson, CIO for Scottsdale Health Partners. “Even in the early stages of our implementation, TigerText has made real-time communication between our physicians easier, enabling them to collaborate more efficiently and effectively regarding patient care.”

TigerText will be announcing several key strategic initiatives at the upcoming HIMSS 2013 conference in New Orleans March 3-7, 2013 (Booth #4771).

February 26, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

HIMSS13: New Offerings and Programming for Health IT Professionals

Enhancing the In-Person and Virtual Experience, HIMSS Unveils Several New Conference Features Focusing on Industry Trends Including Meaningful Use and Mobile Health

CHICAGO – January 24, 2013 – HIMSS, the cause-based organization devoted to improving healthcare delivery through health IT, today announced new programming and educational offerings that will be part of the 2013 Annual HIMSS Conference &Exhibition (HIMSS13) in New Orleans from March 3-7. This year’s latest offerings will be infused throughout the education sessions, exhibit hall programming and live-streaming sessions to provide attendees with the latest health IT content and enhanced networking opportunities.

“We are at the pivotal moment in healthcare we’ve all been waiting for,” said Carla Smith, Executive Vice President, HIMSS. “Technology mandates and quality healthcare have finally come together in a way that we’ve never seen before, and in response, we’ve created specific content around the coming trends in 2013, with a particular focus on meaningful use, mobile health and consumer engagement.”

For example, the Meaningful Use Experience is a special interactive area on the exhibit floor for providers to view demonstrations of certified EHR solutions – including complete EHR and EHR modules for acute and ambulatory settings. Providers will have the unique opportunity to view these solutions side-by-side, listen to vendor presentations and evaluate products based on their specific needs in a credible setting.

Additional new programming for HIMSS13 includes:

  • ·         Expanded Workshop Program As part of educational offerings, HIMSS has added hands-on sessions around the mHIMSS Roadmap, Clinical Workflow Analysis, Health IT Adoption and Mobile App Development
  • ·         HIMSS13 Online – Registered attendees can access six on-demand sessions and 12 e-sessions; interviews with top speakers, broadcast live
  • ·         The Patient Experience through HIT Forum – Features three new sessions dedicated to the value of enhancing the patient experience
  • ·         Top 25 Education Sessions Roundtable Forum
  • ·         Clinical & Business Intelligence Symposium
  • ·         Extended Learning Webinars and Events
  • ·         Global Health Forum
  • ·         Public Policy Events and Educational Sessions

HIMSS13 keynote speakers will include President Bill Clinton, Warner L. Thomas, Eric J. Topol, M.D., Karl Rove and James Carville.

With over 300-plus general education sessions and networking events, attendees will also have many, outstanding opportunities to earn continuing education credit at HIMSS13. This year, the Certified Associate in Health Information and Management Systems (CAHIMS) has been added to the certification list. HIMSS13 will also be expanding ways to access these materials as well via its new virtual offering: HIMSS13 Online.

“Quality education comprises a majority of the conference agenda, and to make that programming more accessible, we are offering HIMSS13 Online,” said JoAnn Klinedinst, vice president, professional development, HIMSS. “Due to budget and staffing realities, we understand that many health IT professionals cannot join us in New Orleans. For them, HIMSS13 Online offers conference access – anywhere, anytime – allowing registered attendees to participate virtually in on-demand learning, interact with exhibitors in the virtual setting, and attend selected live simulcast sessions.”

For more information regarding the conference and for a full description of all the latest updates, please the conference website at www.himssconference.org.

About HIMSS

HIMSS is a cause-based, not-for-profit organization exclusively focused on providing global leadership for the optimal use of information technology (IT) and management systems for the betterment of healthcare. Founded 52 years ago, HIMSS and its related organizations are headquartered in Chicago with additional offices in the United States, Europe and Asia. HIMSS represents nearly 50,000 individual members, of which more than two thirds work in healthcare provider, governmental and not-for-profit organizations. HIMSS also includes over 570 corporate members and more than 225 not-for-profit partner organizations that share our mission of transforming healthcare through the effective use of information technology and management systems. HIMSS frames and leads healthcare practices and public policy through its content expertise, professional development, research initiatives, and media vehicles designed to promote information and management systems’ contributions to improving the quality, safety, access, and cost-effectiveness of patient care. To learn more about HIMSS and to find out how to join us and our members in advancing our cause, please visit our website at www.himss.org.

February 7, 2013 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 5000 articles with John having written over 2000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 9.3 million times. John also recently launched two new companies: InfluentialNetworks.com and Physia.com, and is an advisor to docBeat. John is highly involved in social media, and in addition to his blogs can also be found on Twitter: @techguy and @ehrandhit and Google Plus.

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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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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The Next Generation of Withings Internet Connected Scales Arrives in the US

Paris – November 5, 2012 – Withings, innovators of Internet connected devices, announces the US availability of its next generation Internet-connected bathroom scale, Wireless Scale WS-30. The WS-30 scale combines Bluetooth Smart technology and WiFi connectivity to offer a seamless and computer-free experience from the install stage to everyday use.  This gem of simplicity features the latest Withings technology to provide users with an ultra-intuitive experience, including Withings Position Control™ technology, which provides on-screen visuals to help properly position a user’s body on the scale for high-accuracy weighing.   

By just stepping on the scale, the Wireless Scale gives users their weight and body mass index (BMI) on a large backlit display.  Then, after each weigh-in, the scale uses its built-in connectivity to automatically transmit the data to the user’s Withings Health Companion App and personal Withings webpage.  A user can also decide where else to send their information, like their physician, Twitter feed, and over 60 Withings compatible applications including Lose It!, Runkeeper, MyFirnessPal, Daily Burn, Zeo, and Body Media.
With its enhanced connectivity, including Bluetooth and WiFi, the new Withings Wireless Scale adapts to your lifestyle and connects automatically, whether you keep it at home or take it with you on holiday – you don’t even require a computer to set up the scale, just a Smartphone or tablet with Bluetooth.
Cédric Hutchings, Co-Founder of Withings says: “With Wireless Scale, we have simplified even further the way people automatically assess how fit they are.  Now anyone can enjoy the benefits of self-measurement in a really simple way without worrying about connectivity.”
The WS-30 is perfect for the whole family since it can instantly recognize eight individual users.  Each user can easily create a custom profile with privacy & sharing settings.  Users can decide to share weight readings with other users or keep them private so no one else can see.  Sharing results with a physician or coach and publishing results to Facebook, Twitter or other compatible applications is made simple within the Withing set up.
In addition to partnering with over 60 applications, Withings has created the free Withings Health Companion App.  This free application is designed to be the ultimate health and wellness application that enables users to store, access and manage their weight, physical activity (Body Media), heart and sleep data (Zeo) on a single user-friendly dashboard.  This application also comes rich with features such as goal setting, coaching services, and generating of weight graphs.
Wireless Scale WS-30 is available now from www.withings.com for $129.95.
About Withings
Withings is an innovative company that creates smart products and apps to help people across the world easily take care of their health and well-being. Founded by French executives Cedric Hutchings and Eric Carreel, Withings has been pioneering Health 2.0 since the launch of their first Wi-Fi Body Scale in 2009 and is leading the way of the connected health movement. By extending the capabilities of an object through network resources, Withings provides access to infinite computing and storage facility at no extra cost, turning objects into smart connected devices. Since 2009, Withings has extended those benefits to a wide range of lifestyle friendly devices including the Smart Body Scale, the Smart Blood Pressure Monitor and the Smart Baby Monitor. By connecting through appliances such as mobile phones and computers and opening up its platform to the wellbeing ecosystem, Withings now works seamlessly with over 60 partner apps and devices, providing users with a whole new dimension to their day-to-day life. Read more about Withings on www.withings.com

November 20, 2012 I Written By

Create Your Ultimate Health and Fitness Monitoring System with the New ANT+ Product Directory

Heart rate monitors, power meters, speed & cadence sensors, GPS watches and more – Search by brand, activity and compatibility to find the health & fitness devices that work for you

Cochrane, Alberta – (November 15, 2012) – ANT+, the world-leader in health and fitness monitoring technology, unveils the new ANT+ Product Directory. This expansive database matches fitness devices by activity, sensors, brand name and compatibility. Users can now mix & match innovative products and create the ultimate monitoring system to fit their lifestyle. An essential tool for sports, wellness management and home health monitoring, ANT+ connects users to the most accurate, consistent and detailed health and fitness data available. All ANT+ certified and manufacturer verified products can be found in the ANT+ Product Directory, including devices from top global brands such as adidas, Garmin, Timex, CycleOps and more.

ANT+ Product Directory: http://www.thisisant.com/directory/

Which heart rate monitor works with my running watch? Which power meter can I use with my bike computer? These are questions fitness enthusiasts, newbie triathletes and seasoned marathoners are asking every day. Regardless of fitness goals, the new ANT+ Product Directory allows you to create the ultimate monitoring system to fit your needs. You can search by activity, sensor type, brand name and compatibility to generate a list of relevant devices. This allows you to build the best monitoring system for your needs, and knowing that they are part of the certified ANT+ family means they work seamlessly, confidently and accurately, every-time.

“The new ANT+ Product Directory is the Google of health and fitness monitoring devices,” says Rod Morris, Vice President of ANT Wireless. “Products such as heart rate monitors, foot pods, GPS watches, weight scales and speed & cadence sensors from the world’s most trusted brands all connect and communicate using ANT+ technology. With over 60 million ANT+ devices in use today, the ANT+ Directory provides consumers with an extremely simple way to find the device or combination of devices needed to monitor progress and reach personal goals.”

Athletes, fitness enthusiasts and health professionals of all levels can benefit from data monitoring with ANT+. Check out the new ANT+ Product Directory and see which devices will help you meet your health and fitness goals.

To request additional information about ANT+ or any of its partners, please contact PR Representative Brad Hobbs at (305) 374-4404 x 119 or by e-mail at bradhobbs@maxborgesagency.com.
About ANT / ANT+ (www.thisisant.com):

ANT+ is the technology that lets your wireless monitoring devices talk to each other.  Leading brands design ANT+ into top products to ensure that consumers get the data they want, when, and where they want it.  And because ANT+ devices are compatible, products can always be upgraded or added to a person’s monitoring system.

ANT is a proven protocol and silicon solution for ultra-low power (ULP) practical wireless networking applications. ANT+ facilitates interoperability between ANT+ Alliance member devices and the collection, automatic transfer and tracking of sensor data. Applicable in sport, fitness, wellness management and home health monitoring, ANT+ (built on the base ANT protocol) defines device profiles that specify data formats, channel parameters and network keys. The ANT+ Alliance is an open special interest group of companies who have adopted the ANT+ promise of interoperability. The Alliance ensures standardized communications through optimized brand value and partnerships with other top tier products.

The company behind ANT Wireless is Dynastream Innovations Inc. Dynastream was established in 1998 and became a wholly owned subsidiary of Garmin Ltd. in December 2006. Dynastream is based in Cochrane, Alberta, Canada, and is a world innovator in the research and development of inertial and wireless technology. www.dynastream.com

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Critical Health Information at Your Fingertips: Low-Cost Technology Turns Smartphones and Mobile Devices into Medical Monitors

Affordable, Accessible, Real-Time Measurement of Blood Oxygen Levels, Blood Pressure and Temperature Through Mobile Devices

Vancouver, B.C. – October 18, 2012 – Lionsgate Technologies Inc. (LGTmedical), a leading provider of mobile health (mHealth) technology, will launch a revolutionary universal interface that transforms smartphones, tablets and laptops into mobile medical diagnostic tools capable of real-time vital signs monitoring.

Using standard medical sensors connected directly through the universal audio port of virtually any mobile device, the proprietary interface, called the Vital Signs DSP™ (Digital Signal Processor), provides precise monitoring of blood oxygen levels, blood pressure and body temperature which are displayed on the mobile device’s monitor.

The availability of an accurate, affordable mobile medical diagnostic tool has sweeping applications in the medical/clinical and consumer markets as well as in the developing world where 64 per cent of mobile phone users are found.

“Pairing medical diagnostics with mobile phones will greatly advance the assessment, diagnosis and treatment of critical diseases in developing countries,” said Dr. Mark Ansermino, Associate Professor, Department of Anesthesiology, Pharmacology and Therapeutics, at the University of British Columbia (UBC), whose team developed the technology.  “The availability of portable, easy-to-use and affordable mobile health monitoring technology will move medical diagnostics from the hospital to non-hospital settings, helping reduce global health inequities and improving health outcomes worldwide.”

LGTmedical’s technology, which includes applications for pulse oximetry, temperature and blood pressure monitoring, requires no external signal processors, microcontrollers, power sources or displays. Users just download a proprietary app that allows their mobile device to drive a low-cost standard medical sensor.

The company plans to launch its flagship product, the Phone Oximeter™, into clinical markets in 2013, with blood pressure and temperature applications to follow. This new technology platform supports ultra-low cost product design, which will make these applications affordable for everyone.  LGTmedical’s mHealth devices are expected to cost between $10 and $40, which is significantly less than competing products on the market today.

The Phone Oximeter™ will enable mobile devices to provide non-invasive measurements of blood oxygen levels. After downloading the app, a standard medical sensor attached to the patient’s finger is connected to the audio port of any phone, tablet or laptop.  The sensor detects concentrations of oxygen in the blood and displays the readings in colorful symbols on the mobile device’s monitor making pulse oximetry easy to use and accessible. (http://www.youtube.com/user/LGTmedical)

The World Health Organization recognizes the importance of making pulse oximetry available and affordable to the developing world.  The diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases like pneumonia, which claims the lives of two million children under five years of age every year, can be greatly enhanced by affordable pulse oximetry.  There are also large consumer market for mHealth vital signs applications in the areas of chronic disease management, personal care management, sleep apnea and fitness.

Driven by the explosive growth of mobile phones and tablets and the pressing need to improve health outcomes and reduce healthcare costs, the global mHealth market is projected to reach US$ 23 billion by 2017, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers.  Mobile monitoring services will account for the largest share of the global market (approximately 65 per cent), expected to reach US$ 15 billion in 2017.

“Mobile vital signs technology will serve as a valuable tool in assisting with medical diagnosis, decision support, chronic disease management and patient engagement in the coming years,”said Tom Walker, President and CEO of LGTmedical.  “We are proud of our innovations which mark a significant shift in the evolution of mHealth. From headphones to healthcare, making affordable health monitoring tools available to clinicians and consumers will help improve the quality of care, save lives and reduce healthcare costs.”

The Vital Signs DSP™ technology was developed by a research team at the University of British Columbia, the Child & Family Research Institute (CFRI) and BC Children’s Hospital known as Electrical & Computer Engineering in Medicine (ECEM).  Dr. Mark Ansermino and Guy Dumont, Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at UBC and a CFRI Scientist, who led the team, received the prestigious Brockhouse Canada Prize for Interdisciplinary Research in Science and Engineering from the Natural Sciences & Engineering Research Council of Canada in 2010 for their work on the Phone Oximeter.

R&D and field testing of the Phone Oximeter™ has been conducted in both North America and emerging markets, such as Uganda, through the generous support of UBC, BC Children’s Hospital, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, and other sponsoring foundations and government agencies.

About LGTmedical

LionsGate Technologies (LGTmedical) is a spin-off company out of the University of British Columbia, the Child & Family Research Institute and BC Children’s Hospital. The Vital Signs DSP™ is the company’s proprietary signal processing platform for the development and commercialization of ultra-low cost vital signs monitoring applications in mHealth.  LGTmedical is developing a suite of mHealth technologies to meet the important global need for accurate, accessible and affordable medical diagnostics. For more information, please visit http://lgtmedical.com

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