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Sharecare and the Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance Join Forces to Advance Connected Health Innovations

Coinciding with the annual mHealth Summit, Sharecare and the Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance (WLSA) announced today a unique partnership that will help advance awareness for mobile and wireless health technologies in a joint effort to empower consumers with the tools to better manage their health and wellbeing.

Together, Sharecare and the WLSA will collaborate on interactive initiatives and co-develop content and events to elevate the dialogue between, and collaboration among, all players in the healthcare ecosystem. Additionally, the partnership will deepen and broaden their relationships with healthcare technology professionals and connect consumers with key experts to answer their questions about the health innovations of today and in the future.

As Digital Health Leaders Gather at the mHealth Summit, Partnership Advances Awareness of Mobile and Wireless Health Technologies

Atlanta, GA – December 3, 2012 – Aligned in their commitment to improve people’s health locally and globally, Sharecare and the Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance (WLSA) today announced a strategic partnership to collaborate on interactive initiatives and co-develop content and events to elevate the dialogue between, and collaboration among, all players in the healthcare ecosystem. The partnership will focus on advancing understanding, development and adoption of wireless and online health technologies and how they are increasingly supporting positive health and lifestyle change.

“Wireless technologies are fast becoming a defining factor in the delivery and management of personal   healthcare on a local and global level by simplifying the way vital patient information is collected and leveraged,” said Jeff Arnold, chairman and CEO of Sharecare. “By aligning Sharecare’s expert social platform with the WLSA’s thought leadership, membership and community, we can help individuals and medical professionals gain a deeper understanding of how wireless technology will advance medical treatments, procedures and care.”

Through the partnership, Sharecare and the WLSA will deepen and broaden their relationships with healthcare technology professionals and connect consumers with key experts to answer their questions about the health innovations of today and in the future. The key goal of the partnership is to empower patients to better manage their own health and wellbeing by using the best new tech-enabled products, applications and services. Additionally, Sharecare and the WLSA will work together to increase consumer access to digital health technologies and provide educational initiatives on how to manage one’s health responsibly with personal data and direct communications to physicians in real-time via wireless, remote care.

“The WLSA bridges the gap between the technology, healthcare and consumer sectors and between industry, academia, government and foundations. While we connect these global communities to accelerate the development of better solutions for health problems, we must also engage and empower individuals to use them. Success in achieving our mission will come from partnering with like-minded people and organizations who believe that managing one’s health and wellness is our personal responsibility,” said Robert McCray, president and CEO of the WLSA. “A grassroots approach can have a global impact, which is why we are proud to partner with Sharecare – a forward thinking, action-oriented organization that is forging a path in personal health and wellness responsibility.”

As one of the many collaborative projects of the partnership, Sharecare and the WLSA will produce a dynamic and innovative video series featuring interviews with today’s foremost luminaries and leaders driving healthcare innovation over the next decade. “HealthMakers 250: Conversations on the Leading Edge” will launch in early 2013 and consist of a robust online repository of more than 2,000 HealthMakers interviews on Sharecare.com’s existing video channel.

About Sharecare

Sharecare is a health and wellness social media platform that connects people with top-ranking experts, ranging from doctors and specialists to hospitals, healthcare companies and health-conscious consumers. The power behind the site’s unique Q&A format is its collective wisdom, providing health-seeking consumers with answers reflecting multiple expert perspectives – greatly simplifying the search for quality information. Created by Jeff Arnold and Dr. Mehmet Oz in partnership with Harpo Productions, Sony Pictures Television and Discovery Communications, Sharecare allows people to ask, learn and act upon questions of health and wellness, creating an active community where knowledge is shared and put into practice – simply said, sharing care. Launched in 2010, Sharecare is based in Atlanta, GA.

About Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance (WLSA)

The Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance (WLSA) is a trade association dedicated to improving health globally by accelerating the development of connected health solutions.  Its members and affiliates include global companies and start-ups, foundations and providers, scientists, and policy makers. The WLSA is committed to accelerating the adoption of connected health to create value, improve health and wellness for consumers, caregivers and all sectors of the life sciences and technology ecosystem. WLSA members and affiliates are creating wireless and connected health innovations to simplify the management of chronic conditions, preempt disease and improve lives around the world.

December 3, 2012 I Written By

WLSA Announces 2012 iAwards Finalists

The Wireless Life Sciences Alliance (WLSA) today is announcing finalists for the fourth annual iAwards for Wireless Health.

Winners will be announced May 24 at the WLSA Wireless Health Convergence Summit in San Diego – an annual event that brings together innovators, thinkers and investors to brainstorm and map the future of connected health.

Most-promising wireless health solutions to be recognized at Convergence Summit

SAN DIEGO – April 25, 2012 – The Wireless Life Sciences Alliance (WLSA) and TripleTree today announced finalists for the fourth annual iAwards for Wireless Health. A record-breaking 160 applicants flooded the judging team for consideration of the prestigious award. Twelve finalists were selected, four in each of three categories, for demonstrating highly innovative, impactful mobile and wireless solutions in the healthcare industry.

The 12 iAwards finalists will be featured at the seventh annual WLSA Wireless Health Convergence Summit, on May 23-24, 2012, at the Manchester Grand Hyatt in San Diego, California. The winners of each category will be announced on May 24.

The Wireless Health Convergence Summit engages leading executives, innovators, thought leaders, and investors from across the globe, who will participate in lively debate and brainstorming about the advancement of wireless and mobile solutions in healthcare.

The iAwards nominations were judged based upon fundamentals including uniqueness of the business model, growth and traction in the marketplace, clinical/operational/consumer relevance, size of addressable market, international presence, or potential.

“WLSA founded the iAwards in 2009 to recognize innovation, insight and initiative in the connected healthcare industry that wireless makes possible,” said Robert B. McCray, WLSA President & CEO. “This year’s nominees provided a great challenge for our judges to select the finalists due to the exceptional, innovative and forward thinking solutions presented. We are very excited about the slate of talented companies that will be highlighted.”

The 2012 iAwards finalists are:

Consumer Experience – Best solution to enrich the consumer or patient experience

1.    Centene Corporation
2.    Fitlinxx
3.    Optum
4.    Silverlink

Clinical Application – Best solution that enriches clinical care delivery

1.    Consult-a-Doctor
2.    Eviti
3.    Telcare
4.    Watermark Medical

Operational Effectiveness – Best solution for reducing costs and improving operational efficiency

1.    AwarePoint
2.    CureMD
3.    HomeCare HomeBase
4.    Mobile Heartbeat

Past iAwards finalists include innovators such as AirStrip Technologies, BodyMedia, Phreesia, Zeo, CellTrak Technologies, Healthagen and Epocrates.

About Wireless Life Sciences Alliance (WLSA)

The Wireless Life Sciences Alliance (WLSA), a trade organization for global wireless and mobile technology innovators, scientists, physicians, policy makers, service providers, and investors, is committed to accelerating the innovation and adoption of connected health, creating value for all sectors of the life sciences and technology ecosystem.

May 10, 2012 I Written By

Nukona Chooses Integer Wireless To Enter Growing Wireless Healthcare Market

Nukona and Integer Wireless are combining their expertise to help healthcare providers meet unique privacy and security needs emerging as hospitals and physicians practices go wireless.

The news release below, provides information on how the two Southern California-based companies plan to support the move toward mobile healthcare (mHealth).

Reflecting the new relationship, Nukona will be featured in the Integer Wireless Experience Center, a hands-on innovation showcase and testing facility whose construction was announced in this release.

Two Southern California companies team up to secure, deploy and manage mobile apps and wireless data in healthcare facilities nationwide

SAN DIEGO and NEWPORT BEACH, Calif. May 11, 2011 – As hospitals, physicians groups and other healthcare providers expand their use of smartphones and tablets, they have unique security and privacy requirements far beyond those of general enterprises. Two Southern California companies – Nukona of San Diego and Integer Wireless of Newport Beach, Calif. – today announced a relationship designed to help healthcare organizations meet those needs quickly and cost-effectively.

Nukona’s services – including private app stores and app-security “wrappers” – provide enterprises with end-to-end solutions for securing their mobile devices, the data on them and the networks to which they connect. Integer Wireless specializes in designing, building and optimizing in-building and campus-wide cellular and Wi-Fi networks that provide healthcare organizations with secure, HIPAA-compliant voice, data and video communications.

Announced at the Wireless-Life Sciences Alliance’s annual Convergence Summit in San Diego, the relationship will enable Nukona to quickly expand into the wireless healthcare market by leveraging Integer Wireless’ expertise and its 16 years of relationships with hospital CIOs, IT managers and other decision-makers. Beginning immediately, Integer Wireless will include Nukona’s mobile device applications management platform in its solutions portfolio.

Nukona also will be featured in the Integer Wireless Experience Center, a 10,000-square foot facility providing a rare, hands-on opportunity to test a wide variety of enterprise-grade wireless solutions from more than 20 vendors, application developers and service providers. For more information about the Integer Wireless Experience Center, which opens this fall in Newport Beach, visit http://pop.to/2c3f.

“For healthcare organizations, wireless is both an opportunity and a challenge,” said John Clarey, Integer Wireless CEO. “Wireless provides new options for improving patient care, employee productivity and asset management, but the proliferation of mobile devices and network access points also creates security concerns. Nukona addresses those concerns by enabling healthcare providers to secure smartphone and tablet applications, and protect patient data every step of the way.”

“During our beta phase, healthcare IT executives frequently said that Nukona solves a variety of problems created when their nurses and other staff began using smartphones and tablets,” said Chris Perret, Nukona founder and CEO. “Integer Wireless was a natural choice for us because they specialize in secure, private, highly reliable cellular and Wi-Fi networks. This relationship gives healthcare providers a powerful new option for ensuring end-to-end security and privacy, from the app through the device and into the network.”

About Nukona

Nukona is a mobile management company that enables IT organizations to easily secure, deploy and manage business applications and enterprise data on company-owned and personal mobile devices. Nukona is headquartered in San Diego with offices in San Jose, Calif.  For more information, visit https://www.nukona.com or follow Nukona on Twitter at @nukonainc.

About Integer Wireless

Based in Newport Beach, Calif., Integer Wireless specializes in designing, building and optimizing reliable, highly secure in-building and wide-area wireless networks for healthcare, hospitality, general enterprise, aerospace, corporate campuses, public sports and entertainment venues, retail and government facilities. Over the past 16 years, Integer Wireless has led more than 1,000 cellular, DAS and Wi-Fi projects, including deployments for Apple, Coors Field, Denver Department of Health, Kaiser Permanente, Hoag Hospital, Hyatt, Intel, NASA and Walmart. Integer Wireless partners include Cisco, Corning Mobile Access, AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, Ekahau and other leading providers of infrastructure, applications and services. This fall, the company will debut the Integer Wireless Experience Center, providing executives with a hands-on opportunity to discover the latest wireless solutions available to meet their industries’ unique needs. For more information, visit http://www.integerwireless.com.

May 11, 2011 I Written By