Practice Fusion launches new mobile-optimized EHR

By: Jonah Comstock | Oct 28, 2014        

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IPad_Air-assetPractice Fusion has released a new, overhauled version of its free electronic health record, optimized for mobile devices, particularly Apple and Android tablets. The upgrade takes the platform, which is aimed at private physicians and small practices, from a web-based EHR, mostly accessed from desktop computers, to an HTML platform that can be accessed on any device and is optimized for mobile.

“Practice Fusion designers, researchers, and developers have dedicated over 250,000 hours to building our new EHR from the ground up,” the company wrote in a blog post. “This complete redesign and rethink is the culmination of countless hours with physicians in their practices, watching how they work and observing the ins-and-outs of their patient interactions. For the very first time in the history of medicine, direct feedback from tens of thousands of US physicians has influenced the creation of new software for healthcare professionals.”  Keep reading>>

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Limeade raises $25M for employee wellness platform

By: Aditi Pai | Oct 28, 2014        

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LimeadeBellevue, Washington-based employee engagement platform Limeade raised $25 million in a round led by Oak HC/FT Partners. This brings the company’s total funding to $34 million.

Limeade will use the funds to expand its platform and launch new products that in the employee wellness space. In the past two years, Limeade’s staff size has grown 300 percent to keep up with its revenue growth, the company said.

Limeade offers employees well-being assessments, goal setting and tracking, coaching programs, and incentive-based rewards. Employees can integrate data from their digital health apps and devices, including Fitbit and Fitlinx trackers, to the platform too.

When they complete goals, like getting a flu shot, going in for an annual checkup, taking a healthy cooking class, or going for a swim, they earn points that can be redeemed for rewards.

Over the years Limeade has partnered with Valence Health, Axion Health, Healthcare Blue Book, Fitbit, and Total Wellbeing for the platform.

The company’s customers include Washington State Healthcare Authority, Kindred Healthcare, The Ohio State University, Jamba Juice, Box, Stanford Hospital, and Nokia.

Oak HC/FT’s investment was the first of the venture capital firm’s new healthcare and financial technology fund. The company has previously invested in price transparency tool Castlight and EHR company athenahealth.

Vida raises $5 million for app-based health and wellness coaching

By: Brian Dolan | Oct 28, 2014        

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VidaSan Francisco-based mobile-enabled health coaching services company Vida has raised $5 million in its first round of funding from Aspect Ventures, Khosla Ventures, Yahoo Co-Founder Jerry Yang, Signia Venture Partners, The Valley Fund, Yahoo Chairman Maynard Webb, Silicon Valley Bank’s Kevin Scott, and Skip Battle.

The company also commercially launched its app direct-to-consumer health and wellness coaching services, which cost $15 a week. Vida connects its users to nutritionists, physicians, diabetes educators, nurses, and more via its iPhone app. Vida CEO and Founder Stephanie Tilenius told MobiHealthNews the company also plans to develop an Android app for its service in the future.

Tilenius is a well-known in Silicon Valley where she spent the last few years at venture capital firm Kleiner Perkins after leading commerce at Google for a few years. Before Google she was a longtime eBay employee in their PayPal business. In the ’90s she founded online pharmacy PlanetRx.

Vida’s app is launching with eight programs available to its paying users: lose weight, get fit, detox, feel better, reduce stress, lower cholesterol, lower blood pressure, and prevent diabetes. Tilenius said that the company’s coaches have experience with more than 20 health conditions so the program list is likely to expand.  Keep reading>>

Bright.md raises $1 million for doctor-patient communication tool

By: Aditi Pai | Oct 28, 2014        

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Bright.mdPortland, Oregon-based Bright.md raised $1 million in a round led by Seven Peaks Ventures with participation from Portland Seed Fund and Oregon Angel Fund. This brings the company’s total funding to at least $1.1 million.

Bright.md, which was founded in January 2014, has developed a software system that connects patients with their physicians when they have a health concern. Patients can access the system, called SmartExam, online or from their mobile device.

When patients log in to Bright.md, they are prompted to answer a set of questions about their condition, select their pharmacy, and enter their insurance or billing information.

At that point, the patient’s physician gets an alert on their Bright.md account that the patient is waiting for care. Physicians can see all the data that the patient entered and the patient’s answers to Bright.md’s background questions. Bright.md then sends patients the doctor’s after visit summary, sends the prescription, if needed, to the pharmacy, and schedules a follow-up office visit for the patient. The whole process, Bright.md said, takes about two minutes for the physician.

Edge, iHealth’s new activity tracker, tracks swimming, sleep

By: Jonah Comstock | Oct 28, 2014        

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iHealth_EdgeMountain View, California-based iHealth, a subsidiary of Chinese medical device company Andon Health, announced a new device, called iHealth Edge, its second foray into the activity tracking space.

While iHealth’s previous activity tracker, released in May of last year, felt like something of a box-checking exercise in the company’s ever-expanding portfolio, the Edge has some features that might put it into contention in the fierce activity tracker market. The Edge has replaced the previous device on iHealth’s website.

The new tracker, which can be worn on the wrist or clipped onto clothing, tracks steps, distance, and sleep efficiency, just as iHealth’s previous device did. And it actually falls behind the previous tracker in the area of battery life — while the iHealth Wireless Activity and Sleep Tracker had a three-year battery life and didn’t require charging, the Edge has a lithium-polymer battery that must be plugged in and charged.  Keep reading>>

Vitals acquires price transparency company Compass Healthcare Advisers

By: Aditi Pai | Oct 28, 2014        

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Compass Healthcare AdvisersPhysician rating platform Vitals has acquired price transparency service Compass Healthcare Advisers. This acquisition will combine Vitals’ rating system with Compass Healthcare Advisers’ price transparency system so that consumers can consider both options when choosing a provider.

Compass Healthcare Advisers offers their price transparency tool through health plans and employers. When members use Compass Healthcare Advisers’ offering to save money, they receive monetary rewards from the program.

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