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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.

80 Percent of US Physicians Believe Virtual Assistants Will Drastically Change Healthcare by 2018, Nuance Survey Finds

Nuance Enhances the IQ of Intelligent Systems, Offering a Glimpse of Tomorrow’s Healthcare
 
BURLINGTON, Mass., – February 27, 2013Nuance Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: NUAN), the first to bring the power of the virtual assistant directly to consumers through mobile phones and customer service attendants, recently surveyed US doctors about the effect virtual assistants will have on healthcare. Overwhelmingly, 80 percent believe that within five years, virtual assistants will drastically change how they interact and use electronic health records (EHRs) and other healthcare apps, making them more efficient and freeing up time to spend on patients.
 
Doctors stated that mobile virtual assistants could impact healthcare most by helping them access information in EHRs, and navigate through the process using conversational commands. One out of three doctors spends 30 percent or more of their day on administrative duties — activities that could be redirected or removed using voice-enabled virtual assistants.
 
How will virtual assistants put the care back in healthcare?
  • 65 percent say the top role for a virtual assistant: more accurate, timely information to support care or alert them to missing information in records.
  • 73 percent expect virtual assistants could improve healthcare and patient engagement by helping to coordinate care between multiple caregivers.
  • 80 percent believe virtual assistants will benefit patients most by engaging them in the process, prompting them to adhere to health advice and modifying behaviors.
“Mobile virtual assistants have the potential to reinvent the way we deliver patient care,” says Dr. Alireza Shafaie, Palo Alto Medical Foundation. “As a consumer, I already experience the value of mobile assistants, and would love to bring that natural, intelligence-based dialogue to my work as a primary care physician. For every one patient I see I have to communicate my recommendations in three different places. A mobile advisor that could do that on my behalf in one shot would give me back more time in what truly matters – time with my patients.”
 
One area of interest with physicians is intelligent, voice-driven, computerized physician order entry (CPOE) that uses more sophisticated reasoning for ordering medications, labs and radiology exams beyond mere speech. Healthcare developers can embed virtual assistants — ones that conduct meaningful conversations, interpret physician requests, ask for clarification and seamlessly manage changes in course of action much like their human equivalents — directly into any clinical app to enhance a variety of new and existing workflows, including CPOE.
 
Nuance is deeply invested in a new generation of sophisticated and powerful applications underpinned by voice and clinical language understanding (CLU) that reinvents the way doctors and patients experience healthcare, providing direct access to the healthcare information that matters most.
 
“The technology exists today in Nuance to create a more intuitive way for doctors and patients to coordinate care and improve efficiency through dialogue-driven intelligent systems that hear, understand and respond,” reports Joe Petro, senior vice president healthcare engineering and R&D, Nuance. 
 
More than 500 global developers are already utilizing Nuance technology to humanize healthcare and fulfill the promise of virtual assistants in medicine. For a first glimpse of Nuance’s new healthcare virtual assistant project, codenamed “Florence,” visit booth #4025 at the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS) Conference & Exhibits in New Orleans March 3 – 7, 2013.  
 
February 28, 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.

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.

A2iA Launches A2iA Mobility: Next-Generation Mobile Software, Streamlining Mobile Data Recognition

Paris, New York, February 25, 2013 – A2iA (@A2iA), a trusted name in the Worldwide data capture, document processing, and payment systems markets, unveiled today its newest software toolkit, A2iA Mobility™, bringing about next-generation capabilities for mobile data recognition. With a Global footprint and available for integration into a variety of mobile applications, including mobile remote deposit capture / check deposit, A2iA Mobility is available for Android and soon iOS platforms, and performs all image capture, cleanup (image quality analysis, IQA / image usability analysis, IUA) and data extraction directly on the smart phone or tablet — no server connection is required, delivering an immediate confirmation of the data extracted and uncovering new opportunities for users looking to capture information in remote locations.

“A2iA Mobility is a powerful tool that will enable our partners to apply the same proven capabilities of our traditional software to a new generation of mobile applications, unlocking new opportunities for field agents, as well as financial institutions looking to offer a simpler user experience to their customers,” said Jean-Louis Fages, A2iA President and Chairman of the Board. “By performing all processes on the local device, A2iA Mobility delivers capabilities for real-time business operations.”

Applicable to various document types including checks, identification documents and other forms and documents, A2iA Mobility is an API, customizable within the host application and changing the way mobile data recognition takes place with a more seamless user experience. Users receive immediate confirmation that all identified data-points have been accurately captured prior to sending to the financial institution or back office, eliminating manual data entry and reducing the number of time the data and image are transferred between parties. Easily interfaceable with existing banking software, such as
internal risk management solutions, A2iA Mobility allows for permission-based functionality to be applied to each transaction, reducing fraud.

About A2iA Mobility™
A2iA Mobility™ is a patent-pending software development kit (SDK) available in multiple country- and language-versions for integration into mobile data capture and recognition applications, such as mobile remote deposit capture. A robust software with the ability to perform all image capture, cleanup and recognition on the native device, A2iA Mobility delivers application diversity by allowing users to broaden their mobile product offerings for applications such as account openings, bill pay, and payment processing.

About A2iA
A2iA, Artificial Intelligence and Image Analysis (www.a2ia.com / @A2iA), is the worldwide leading developer of handwritten and machine printed text recognition, information extraction and intelligent document classification toolkits. By enhancing solutions from systems integrators and independent software vendors, A2iA allows complex and cursive data from all forms, documents and checks including unstructured handwritten letters, to become part of a structured database, making it searchable and reportable, with the same level of flexibility of printed or digital data. Proven to reduce costs and nearly eliminate data-entry and manual document processing, A2iA has been improving business process automation and delivering a visible ROI for over 20 years. For more information, visit www.a2ia.com or call +1 917-237-0390 within the Americas, or +33 1 44 42 00 80 within EMEA or Asia.

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.

Axiom EPM Announces Innovative Advances in Platform to Support Strategic Financial Planning and Performance Management

Axiom EPM Announces Innovative Advances in Platform to Support Strategic Financial Planning and Performance Management  Company Introduces Version 6.0 of Platform at Annual Performance Management Summit; Updates Include Scenario Modeling, Mobile Support and Dashboard Enhancements

February 25, 2013 — Las Vegas, NV — Axiom EPM, a leading provider of financial planning and performance management software for enterprises, today unveiled the latest version of its unified enterprise performance management platform at its 2013 Performance Management Summit in Las Vegas, NV, the company’s annual conference. The updated platform, version 6, includes innovations designed to help finance professionals more accurately and efficiently plan, budget, forecast and analyze performance for better decision making in today’s dynamic landscape.

Key enhancements to the Axiom EPM unified platform include:

•       Scenario Modeling: Intuitive interface empowers finance executives to perform what-if analysis on existing forecasts and plans to understand the impact of business changes and enable decision makers to make informed decisions based upon the results of multiple scenario models.
•       Mobile Support: Enables access to the Axiom EPM platform across mobile devices including tablets and smart phones, offering decision makers the most-up-to-date information in a convenient and interactive format.
•       Interactive Dashboards: Allows users to create, render and interact with dashboards, adjusting the data displayed in the dashboards and even contributing data to the dashboards via database write-back capabilities. New chart types and visualization options enable executives to monitor, analyze, adjust and add key performance data.
•       Alerts and notifications: Provides enhanced alerts and notifications when a specified condition or threshold is met, allowing users to proactively manage business metrics and outcomes.

“Uncertainty is the new normal,” said Michael Choi, CEO, Axiom EPM. “Organizations are experiencing constant change that impacts their business in ways they’ve not seen before. The new scenario modeling capabilities and dashboard enhancements to the Axiom platform announced today reflect our continued focus on helping organizations stay agile in an ever-changing environment and prepare for the future.”

“Our organization increasingly needs to collaborate around weekly and even daily changes,” said Grant Slovek, Vice President of Financial Reporting and Budgeting, Sturm Financial Group. “Axiom EPM’s interactive dashboards  give our leadership team access to important information in a simple, yet comprehensive format, allowing us to quickly and easily explore the impact of different business decisions.”

Axiom EPM offers solutions specifically designed for enterprises that unify financial planning and decision support functions in a single platform. Axiom EPM’s flexible, scalable solutions address the complicated finance needs of a wide variety of organizations provides finance executives with the tools they need to improve corporate performance. Axiom EPM embraces and extends familiar Microsoft Excel® functionality, allowing finance professionals to manage data in a familiar environment – while providing unmatched modeling flexibility and enterprise performance.  Its applications promote end-user adoption as well as actionable participation across business processes.

To learn more about this release, go to www.axiomepm.com/version-six.

About Axiom EPM
Founded by industry leaders with over two decades of experience in enterprise planning and reporting, Axiom EPM delivers performance management solutions for mid-sized and large organizations around the world.  Solutions for budgeting & forecasting, reporting & analytics, strategy management, capital planning, profitability & cost management are delivered on a single unified platform.  Axiom EPM embraces and extends familiar Microsoft Excel® functionality, allowing finance professionals to manage data in a familiar environment – while providing unmatched modeling flexibility and enterprise performance.  For more information, visit www.axiomepm.com.

February 25, 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.

Qualcomm Life Launches Two New Challenges at Mobile World Congress 2013

— Company Also Launches Global 2net App Developer Challenge, Expanding Availability of 2net Connect APIs to European Developers —

SAN DIEGO, Feb. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ – Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary, Qualcomm Life, Inc., is kicking off a Wireless Walking Challenge in collaboration with the American Heart Association (AHA) at Mobile World Congress 2013 being held at Fira Gran Via in Barcelona, Spain, February 25-28, 2013. The company also announced it is expanding the release of the 2net™ Connect Application Interfaces (APIs) to developers in Europe and initiating its Global 2net App Developer Challenge.

“Qualcomm Life is delighted to be working with the American Heart Association on the Wireless Walking Challenge by providing participants with a fun, engaging wireless solution to track physical activity to improve cardiovascular health,” said Rick Valencia , vice president and general manager, Qualcomm Life. “The openness of the 2net Platform allows challengers to select whichever device or app best suits them, enabling a truly personalized health experience where data is automatically collected and seamlessly aggregated across a variety of sensors, wireless technologies and applications.”

Qualcomm Life and the American Heart Association are working together to launch the Wireless Walking Challenge to encourage people to increase their physical activity in order to ultimately improve their heart health, and attendees of Mobile World Congress have the first opportunity to compete in this global challenge. To participate, attendees can download their choice of a mHealth app, including MapMyFitness, Noom or RunKeeper, or leverage a pre-owned activity monitoring device, including BodyMedia or Fitbit, to track their steps throughout the conference. The mHealth apps and devices are connected to the Wireless Walking Challenge app via the 2net Connect APIs, so participants’ steps are automatically updated and reflected in the app leaderboard. The Challenge app will be a central hub for participants to track their steps and earn prizes based on their total steps taken in relation to other participants enrolled in the challenge. The steps will be tracked via the web-based leaderboard and those with the three highest totals of steps at the end of each day will be awarded $200, $100 and $50 respectively. The grand prize, awarded to the participant with the most cumulative steps at the conference close, is a Dell XPS tablet. Participants and conference attendees are also encouraged to follow the challenge conversations on Twitter by following @QualcommLife and via the #WalkStar hashtag.

Expanded Availability of 2net Connect APIs

The Global 2net App Developer Challenge kicks-off today and runs through August 2013. Cash prizes will be awarded to the first, second and third place entries and will be in the amounts of €15,000, €10,000 and €5,000 respectively. The competition results will be announced at the Uplinq Conference held in San Diego in September 3-5, 2013.

Qualcomm Life’s 2net Connect APIs, previously only available in the United States, create a consolidated stream of biometric data that can be leveraged across multiple data-enabled platforms, including Andriod, iOS, Microsoft and BlackBerry. The value of this consolidated data stream is compounded by the fact that the 2net Ecosystem has grown to be one of the most comprehensive and open wireless ecosystems in the world, with over 220 customers and technology enablers.

Qualcomm Life at MWC

Qualcomm Life will be showcasing the 2net Platform and Hub as well as the latest news and winners of the Wireless Walking Challenge at the Qualcomm Life booth at Mobile World Congress (Hall 3, Stand 3B64).

Qualcomm Life is also participating in the following demonstrations, panels and keynotes:

  • Health: Innovating for Global Health – Rick Valencia , VP & GM, Qualcomm Life (Wednesday, February 27, 4:00 –5:00 p.m.)

About Qualcomm Incorporated

Qualcomm Incorporated (NASDAQ: QCOM) is the world leader in 3G, 4G and next-generation wireless technologies. Qualcomm Incorporated includes Qualcomm’s licensing business, QTL, and the vast majority of its patent portfolio. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, operates, along with its subsidiaries, substantially all of Qualcomm’s engineering, research and development functions, and substantially all of its products and services businesses, including its semiconductor business, QCT. For more than 25 years, Qualcomm ideas and inventions have driven the evolution of digital communications, linking people everywhere more closely to information, entertainment and each other. For more information, visit Qualcomm’s website, OnQ blog, Twitter and Facebook pages.

Qualcomm is a trademark of Qualcomm Incorporated, registered in the United States and other countries. 2net and Qualcomm Life are trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated. All Qualcomm Incorporated trademarks are used with permission. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.

February 23, 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.

World’s Only iPhone Powered Cycling Computer, the New Wahoo Fitness RFLKT Bike Computer

Available today, the RFLKT wirelessly receives or “reflects” your cycling App data, heart-rate, speed, cadence, music data and more, all while your iPhone stays safely in your jersey pocket or storage box

Atlanta, Ga. – (February 13, 2013) – Wahoo Fitness, the leader in iPhone™ powered fitness, running and cycling, announces the RFLKT iPhone bike computer, the world’s first and only iPhone powered cycling computer. Using Bluetooth Smart, Wahoo’s newest innovation allows cyclists to transmit their cycling App data from the iPhone 4S or iPhone 5, wirelessly to the handlebar-mounted RFLKT. Shipping today, Wahoo Fitness’ RFLKT is available for $129.99 at www.WahooFitness.com.

RFLKT Bike Computer in Action: CLICK HERE FOR VIDEO

RFLKT Page Link: WahooFitness.com

The RFLKT wirelessly receives all App data and ride info from the iPhone 4S and/or iPhone 5 via Bluetooth Smart. Equipped with control buttons, cyclists can operate their favorite iPhone cycling App, toggle between screens, start/stop intervals and even control iPhone functionality such as music playback all from the RFLKT, while the iPhone remains safely in a jersey pocket or bike mounted compartment. RFLKT’s sleek profile and lowly 2 ounce weight, make it virtually unnoticeable when mounted, while the coin cell operated battery has a life of over one year and requires no charging.

“RFLKT is the perfect solution for App loving, data junkie cyclists that shy away from mounting their pricey iPhone on their handlebars risking drop, crash and weather damages,” says Chip Hawkins, CEO of Wahoo Fitness. “Whether to monitor their ride with a cycling App or just for safety, cyclists and triathletes routinely carry their iPhones during their rides. Instead of the iPhone sitting idle in your back pocket, the RFLKT captures all that data from the iPhone and displays it on your handlebars in real-time. This puts your App info, GPS, music, speed/cadence, heart rate, power and all other cycling data, conveniently within view and reach like a traditional bike computer.”

RFLKT iPhone Bike Computer features include:

• Wirelessly receives data, images and cycling App features from the iPhone 4S and new iPhone 5 via Bluetooth Low Energy
• From the RFLKT cyclists can navigate screens, start/stop timer, control music playback and additional App features, while the iPhone remains securely in your jersey pocket or bike mounted compartment
• Coin cell operated, requires no recharging with a battery life of 1 year
• Weighs 2 ounces and measures 2.4” L x 1.6” W x 0.5” H, making it lightweight and compact like the top bike computers on the market

Available at: http://www.wahoofitness.com/Products/Wahoo-Fitness-Wahoo-RFLKT-iPhone-Powered-Bike-Computer.asp

Wahoo Fitness has fully integrated the iPhone into all aspects of cycling fitness. With Wahoo’s speed & cadence sensor for iPhone, heart rate monitor for iPhone, the recently unveiled KICKR Power Trainer and now the RFLKT iPhone Bike Computer, Wahoo users can track and power their cycling with their iPhone on the road, the trail and the trainer. Wahoo Fitness’ iPhone cycling system allows users to monitor all the vitals including power, speed, cadence, heart rate, pace, distance, location, course and more.

At launch, the RFLKT will be compatible with the Wahoo Fitness App with more scheduled to roll out in the future. To request additional information on the RFLKT, please contact PR Representative Brad Hobbs at (305) 374-4404 x119 or by email at bradhobbs@maxborgesagency.com. For more information on Wahoo Fitness, please visit www.WahooFitness.com and for a complete list of compatible Apps, please visit www.WahooFitness.com/Apps.

About Wahoo Fitness:
Located in Atlanta, GA., Wahoo Fitness connects iOS devices and smartphones to your favorite fitness activities – running, biking, and gym going. Wahoo Fitness’ award winning products also include its Wahoo Run/Gym Pack, which adds heart rate training to your iPhone, and its Wahoo Bike Case, which simultaneously protects your phone and connects it to the sensors on your bike. For more information on Wahoo Fitness, please visit www.wahoofitness.com.

February 15, 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.

Teladoc Aligns with HealthSpot to Form Strategic Partnership to Advance Telehealth Access

(LAS VEGAS) Jan. 9, 2013 at 8 a.m. EST -  Teladoc, the nation’s first and largest telehealth provider, today announced an agreement in principal on a new strategic partnership with HealthSpot, a pioneer in patient and provider driven health care technology. The initiative will enhance Teladoc’s current solution with the ability to offer an on-site option through HealthSpot’s cutting-edge telehealth system that provides medical diagnostic technology in a private, walk-in kiosk: the HealthSpot™ Station.

“Teladoc’s focus is on providing options for customers to access non-emergency, primary care and HealthSpot is a great complement to our current suite of solutions,” said Jason Gorevic. “Patients’ lives have become increasingly busy and the HealthSpot Station provides our members with one more choice in how they interact with a physician – via a physical kiosk, along with our current telephone or secure video options.This offering will accelerate our vision of transforming health care by providing patients with access to affordable, high-quality care when, where, and how they want.”

This partnership, reached in principal and subject to negotiating and executing a definitive agreement, will expand Teladoc’s current telehealth solution with another access point of care for employers, health plans, health systems and patients. For clients interested in adding this component to their telehealth solution, Teladoc will offer the HealthSpot Station, an 8-foot by 5-foot, ADA accessible, fully-enclosed kiosk furnished with a touch screen, audio system, and a two-way high-definition screen that includes multiple high-tech, digital biometric devices that transmits information to doctors through a secured HIPAA-compliant connection. Teladoc’s solution will provide a seamless, integrated experience for patients, whether they access care by phone, online video, health kiosk, or an upcoming mobile video option.

“Partnering with Teladoc has proven invaluable to furthering HealthSpot’s mission,” said Steve Cashman, founder and CEO of HealthSpot. “With the HealthSpot Station adding a new platform for Teladoc’s vast network of state licensed, board-certified providers, we are able to extend the reach of care to patients who cannot access the care they require in a timely fashion. This creates an incredible opportunity by presenting an innovative solution to combat barriers to broad adoption of telehealth.”

Teladoc’s service may be used when a patient is unable to visit their doctor, such as after office hours, and is not a replacement for their primary care physician. Through the service, patients may receive treatment for non-emergency medical issues, such as allergies, bronchitis, pink eye, sinus problems, ear infection for adults and children and other conditions. Physicians may also write short-term prescriptions for non-controlled substances if medically appropriate.

About Teladoc

Founded in 2002, Teladoc is the nation’s first and largest provider of telehealth services. With 5 million members nationwide and an average response time of 16 minutes, Teladoc enhances access to affordable, high-quality medical care for adults and children via videoconferencing or telephone consultations. The U.S.-based, board-certified physicians meet or exceed National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) standards and delivers a 97 percent patient satisfaction rate. Teladoc partners with payers, corporations, organizations and patients that seek accessible and affordable high-quality medical care. Additionally, through its TeladocConnect service, physicians are able to offer the convenience of Teladoc and provide their patients with a high level of care around the clock.For more information, please visit www.Teladoc.com or www.TeladocConnect.com.

About HealthSpot™

HealthSpot is pioneering patient and provider healthcare technology with a comprehensive, turnkey system called the HealthSpot™ Station which enables patient access to medical diagnostics from board certified doctors via high definition video conferencing and interactive, digital telehealth tools. An innovative approach to the integration of telehealth and acute care, HealthSpot uses digital technology to empower doctors and specialists to provide care that is smarter, simpler and within anyone’s reach.

January 31, 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.