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Apple’s HealthKit to Revolutionize Mobile Health Market Worth $11.8 Billion by 2018, say GlobalData Analysts

LONDON, UK (GlobalData), 21 August 2014 – Linda Tian, GlobalData’s Analyst covering Medical Devices, says:

“GlobalData believes that Apple’s strategy to unite medical applications, electronic health records and peripheral devices through a platform, reported to be the HealthKit, will be a major milestone in the wave of technology-healthcare alliances.

“This move into the mobile health (mHealth) space promises significant future returns for Apple, as GlobalData forecasts this market to grow at a Compound Annual Growth Rate (CAGR) of 31.5%, from an estimated $3 billion in 2013 to $11.8 billion by 2018.

“In addition, Apple’s timely market penetration and established consumer engagement strategies will potentially enable the company to set the industry standards for future developments, similar to how it revolutionized the smartphone space.”

Niharika Midha, GlobalData’s Analyst covering Medical Devices, says:

“Given the current innovation-driven market dynamics, an increasing number of companies are reconsidering how their products can fit within the hospital ecosystem. One recent example is the partnership between Google and Novartis for monitoring glucose levels in human tears.

“New technologies mean that data concerning a patient’s heart rate, heart rate variability, respiratory rate, skin temperature, body posture, glucose levels, and many other vital signs, can be collated over time. These data can be leveraged for enhanced healthcare delivery and management.

“Apple’s HealthKit will offer a platform for developers to unveil new approaches to help physicians monitor patient health. Big technology companies also provide the ability to collect the data, transform it into meaningful information, and then disseminate it on a large scale.

“However, GlobalData anticipates that tech-medtech alliances looking to take advantage of new mHealth market opportunities will encounter hurdles in seeking regulatory approval in various countries and subsequently overcoming the reimbursement disconnect. Many medical devices are currently able to achieve regulatory approval, but fail to meet reimbursement criteria and therefore face barriers in adoption.”

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August 21, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John 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.

M*Modal Drives Anywhere, Anytime Medical Dictation with Enhancements to iOS Mobility Solution

Understanding that physicians require more comprehensive, flexible clinical documentation solutions that reflect the fast-paced highly mobile health care environment, M*Modal today announced enhancements to its Fluency Flex™ Mobile dictation application for iOS 6.0+ devices. Moving beyond the capture of clinical notes during patient encounters to more robust clinical documentation, the new application allows physicians to select a patient from their appointment schedule to quickly and accurately record clinical notes, improving ease of use and productivity.

“M*Modal Fluency Flex Mobile gives physicians a robust dictation solution—right in their pocket,” said Duncan James, CEO of M*Modal. “This app allows them to dictate on their terms to help them save time, streamline their workflow, and ultimately deliver better care.”

M*Modal Fluency Flex Mobile connects doctors with hospital information systems to access health records and dictate and review notes during patient encounters or on the go. The app captures high-quality audio which is securely and immediately transmitted to the M*Modal Fluency for Transcription™ speech engine for fast text conversion and transfer to electronic medical record (EMR) systems.

M*Modal Fluency Flex Mobile includes the following features:

  • Physicians can select a patient from their appointment schedule with real-time updates when connected to hospital interfaces
  • Online and offline voice capture, leveraging 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity for uploading dictations
  • Ability to play back “in process” dictation and suspend jobs for later review/resume/completion
  • Improved audio quality compared to using mobile carrier voice networks by leveraging the latest noise reduction technology on the iPhone
  • Security features meeting HIPAA guidelines including unique authentication, inactivity timeout, encryption of data on device, secure communication over SSL

The app builds on the same cloud-based M*Modal Speech Understanding™ technology powering all M*Modal solutions, so existing clinician voice profiles can be used easily and instantly for optimal accuracy. The M*Modal Fluency™ family of products give healthcare providers the freedom to choose workflow options – mobile, front- and back-end speech recognition, traditional transcription – that best meet their needs.

The M*Modal Fluency Flex™ Mobile app is certified to run on the iPhone® and can work on any device running iOS v6.0 and above. The app is available in the iTunes App Store and is free to customers of M*Modal’s Fluency for Transcription platform.

For more information on M*Modal please visit www.mmodal.com or follow on Twitter@MModal.

iPhone® is a registered trademark of Apple Inc.

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About M*Modal

M*Modal is a leading healthcare technology provider of advanced clinical documentation solutions, enabling hospitals and physicians to enrich the content of patient electronic health records (EHR) for improved healthcare and comprehensive billing integrity. As one of the largest clinical transcription service provider in the U.S., with a global network of medical editors, M*Modal also provides advanced cloud-based Speech Understanding™ technology and data analytics that enable physicians and clinicians to include the context of their patient narratives into electronic health records in a single step, further enhancing their productivity and the cost-saving efficiency and quality of patient care at the point of care. For more information, please visit www.mmodal.comTwitterFacebook and YouTube.

May 5, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John 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.

CEA Announces Formation of Health and Fitness Technology Division

Esteemed roster of industry leaders to steer consumer awareness effort


Arlington, Va., May 1, 2014 - The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® announced today the newly formed Health and Fitness Technology Division, a response to the growing role consumer electronics devices are playing in improving health and fitness. The Division, originating as the Health and Fitness Technology Working Group in 2010, has made several valuable contributions to the industry during the past four years.

“Technology innovations now offer unprecedented opportunities for consumers to take control of their health and engage in their personal fitness,” said Gary Shapiro, president and CEO, CEA. “Under CEA’s leadership, the Health and Fitness Division brings together a group of proven leaders in the space to further raise awareness that these products can help us change our lives for the better.”

CEA’s report, The Connected Health and Wellness Market, created in conjunction with Parks Associates, forecasts that the evolution of U.S. healthcare will result in a 142 percent increase over the next five years in personal health and wellness product sales as well as software and service revenues. Additionally, the CEA report Understanding the Market for Wearable Health and Fitness Devices shows consumer interest in purchasing dedicated wearable fitness devices specifically in the next 12 months, quadrupled in 2013, making it the largest year-over-year increase for any category of fitness device.

“We live in extraordinary times, where consumers are taking more responsibility for their health and fitness. New technologies are playing a key role, transforming health care and empowering people to reach their fitness goals as never before,” said Health and Fitness Technology Division Chairman Woody Scal, chief revenue officer, Fitbit. “I’m excited to help establish a truly impressive board to help move that transformation forward.”

Prominently on display at the 2014 International CES®, digital health technology had its largest dedicated footprint ever, increasing by 40 percent, as did the digital fitness presence, which increased by 30 percent. The 2014 CES included notable health and fitness announcementsfrom Intel, LG, Reebok, Scosche, Skulpt and many more.

Last year, the Health and Fitness Technology Working Group joined others in sponsoring an ongoing educational program series, the “Mobile Medical Apps (MMA) Roadshow,” to demystify the FDA requirements for new app developers and identify best practices among those already producing regulated apps. CEA also conducted a satellite media tour, reaching 4.3 million consumers directly, to promote health and fitness technology products directly to consumers, suggesting products to get and stay healthy in the New Year.

The 2014 CEA Health and Fitness Technology Division Board will provide CEA members with educational and networking opportunities conduct market research and educate consumers about health and fitness technology products, apps and services. The members of the inaugural board are:

  • Chairman: Woody Scal, chief revenue officer, Fitbit
  • Tim Alessi, director, new product development, LG Electronics
  • Kirk Dulaney, executive director, strategic business development, Sony Electronics
  • Chris Eschbach, director of exercise science and clinical trials, Valencell
  • Bettina Experton, M.D., M.P.H., CEO, Humetrix
  • Christy Hedgpeth, senior director, connected fitness, Under Armour
  • Nitesh Jain, corporate strategy and business development, Wearables and Fitness, Verizon
  • Isaiah Kacyvenski, head of sports and fitness segment, MC10
  • Craig Kaiser, director, business development, AT&T, Emerging Devices Organization, Healthcare
  • James Mault, M.D., F.A.C.S., vice president and chief medical officer, Qualcomm Life
  • Andrew Rosenthal, product manager, health platform, Jawbone
  • Casey Ryan, senior director, emerging products, Samsung
  • Johana Shelton, senior policy counsel, Google
  • Jon Shimp, senior vice President, business development, Fitbug
  • Jeff Sweeney, marketing manager, Linear LLC
  • Robert Terkelsen, vendor business manager, Ingram Micro
  • Krijn Van der Raadt, vice president, IT and software development, GreatCall
  • Sonny Vu, CEO, Misfit Wearables
  • Stanly Yang, CEO, Neurosky

Health and Fitness Technology Division Board meetings are open to all CEA members and the next meeting will be held May 20 at 2 p.m. EDT. To get involved or learn more about the division, please contact Kinsey Fabrizio.

About CEA:
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) is the technology trade association representing the $208 billion U.S. consumer electronics industry. More than 2,000 companies enjoy the benefits of CEA membership, including legislative advocacy, market research, technical training and education, industry promotion, standards development and the fostering of business and strategic relationships. CEA also owns and produces the International CES – The Global Stage for Innovation. All profits from CES are reinvested into CEA’s industry services. Find CEA online at CE.orgDeclareInnovation.com
May 1, 2014 I Written By

John Lynn is the Founder of the HealthcareScene.com blog network which currently consists of 15 blogs containing almost 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John 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.

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 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John 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 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John 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 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John 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 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John 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 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John 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 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John 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 6000 articles with John having written over 3000 of the articles himself. These EMR and Healthcare IT related articles have been viewed over 14 million times. John also manages Healthcare IT Central and Healthcare IT Today, the leading career Health IT job board and blog. John 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.