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By Brian Dolan June 2, 2010
CardioMEMS, the company developing a wireless implantable sensor for heart failure patients, has recently announced the results of its nearly three year-long CHAMPION trial. One of the topline results from the trial: The number of hospitalizations for heart failure patients reduced by 38 percent over the the full duration of the study. CHAMPION stands for: CardioMEMS Heart Sensor Allows...
By Mike Miliard June 2, 2010
Intuit Inc., the Mountain View, Calif.-based provider of financial management solutions for small and mid-sized businesses, will acquire Medfusion, of Cary, N.C., which makes front-office and back-office software designed to improve patient-to-provider communications. The deal is valued at about $91 million. Medfusion offers online solutions to enable healthcare providers to offer superior...
By Molly Merrill June 2, 2010
Technology is always promising something and the iPad is no exception with some seeing it as a “game changer” for healthcare, and physicians in particular. Connecticut physician Steven A. R. Murphy proposes that every doctor should use one.  “The iPad is going to crush laptops in this healthcare space,” he said. Murphy, the managing partner of The Personalized Medicine Group of Connecticut, said...
By Eric Wicklund June 2, 2010
The American Telemedicine Association’s 15th Annual Meeting and Exposition kicked off May 16 with an expansive attitude, as ATA officials welcomed more than 3,000 registrants representing at least 35 countries to the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center in San Antonio, Texas. “Never has there been greater interest in telehealth,” said Karen Rheuban, the ATA’s president and medical director of the...
By Mike Miliard June 2, 2010
Outdated hospital communications systems -- based on blaring PAs and multiple, often incompatible mobile devices --  are causing confusion, reducing efficiency, wasting money, and helping contribute to serious staffing shortages. So say the findings of a white paper published today by Voalté, a Sarasota, Fla.-based developer of point-of-care communications software for iPhones and BlackBerry...
By Brian Dolan June 2, 2010
Excel Venture Management and angel investors have provided $2.3 million in seed funding for San Francisco-based Snaptic, maker of the 3Banana note-taking app for Android and iPhone smartphones.  What attracted the investors to Snaptic? According to a report in Venture Wire, the app's ability to help users record and keep information on their fitness, diet and health was the reason, Snaptic's CEO...
By Brian Dolan June 2, 2010
Epocrates has inked a deal with Pfizer to add a new feature to its iPhone application: Healthcare providers can now access the Pfizer Medical Information Group and obtain scientific answers to their product questions or to report an adverse event. According to Pfizer, the new feature is an "effort to enhance the safe and effective use of its medicines, and help improve the quality of patient care...
By Brian Dolan June 2, 2010
From a functionality standpoint, PatientKeeper's application is essentially the same regardless of which platform a user is on: BlackBerry, iPhone, PC, or even the newest platform for PK, Apple's iPad. For the past ten years, PatientKeeper has focused on making it easier for physicians to access and work with patient information from whatever device is move convenient and efficient for them....
By Brian Dolan June 2, 2010
NYC-based medical device startup Phreesia scooped up a $16 million fourth round of venture funding last week, led by Ascension Health Ventures (AHV) and with participation by return backers BlueCross BlueShield Venture Partners, HLM Venture Partners, Long River Ventures, Polaris Venture Partners, and Sandbox Industries. Phreesia now has about $40 million in venture capital investments. Phreesia...
By Brian Dolan June 2, 2010
By Frank Avignone You cannot pick up a trade journal, newspaper or watch the news at night without hearing about some new spectacular development in the wireless device or application market. It reminds this author of the Internet boom era, especially the Super Bowl ads during that time, which included infamous characters like the Pets.com puppet. That said, there is more substance to this new...

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