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Mobile Health News Weekly – Week of August 18, 2013

The Mobile Health News Weekly is an online newsletter made up of the most interesting news and articles related to mobile health that I run across each week.  I am specifically targeting information that reflects market data and trends.

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In order to support its efforts to leverage mobile technology for its 3.3 million members, CareFirst BlueCross BlueShield announced a partnership with Cognizant.  Under this engagement, CareFirst is working with Cognizant to provide its members with quick, secure and convenient ways to manage their health coverage anywhere using smartphones and tablets.  Read Original Content

CollabRx, Inc., a healthcare information technology company, has announced an agreement with Everyday Health's MedPage Today, the leading provider of real-time breaking medical news for healthcare professionals. The forthcoming app, scheduled for release later this year, will target oncologists and pathologists and will focus on the molecular aspects of laboratory testing and therapy development for cancer treatment.  Read Original Content

Futura mHealth, a Philadelphia-based joint venture from Futura Mobility and Temple University Hospital, has developed an app the company says can reduce hospital admissions for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) by 38 to 40 percent. Read Original Content

AnyPresence is a mobile development platform that reduces the time and cost of mobile-enabling enterprise business processes, products, and services. It offers organizations the ability to assemble and deploy backend servers, native iOS, native Android, and HTML5 mobile web apps without platform "lock-in". This newsletter is sponsored in part by AnyPresence.

Wearable fitness-device startup Fitbit has landed a $43 million Series D round of funding. The funding comes from Qualcomm Ventures, SAP Ventures and SoftBank Capital, along with previous investors Foundry Group and True Ventures.  Read Original Content

Cardiothoracic surgeon Pierre Theodore recently performed surgery wearing Google Glasses, the wearable computer by Google Inc., and found he could alternate between looking down at his patient and glancing at that patient’s medical imagery on the lens. “I had thought it was going to be a gimmick, but after that I became a zealot,” said Dr. Theodore.  Read Original Content
According to a new Research and Markets report, around 2.8 million patients worldwide were using a home monitoring service based on equipment with integrated connectivity at the end of 2012. The figure comprises all patients that were using dedicated devices for remote monitoring.  Read Original Content

Smartphones have gotten good enough to provide nearly continuous, closed-loop, outpatient control of blood sugar in people with diabetes, according to a recently published study from Boris Kovatchev, director of the University of Virginia’s Center for Diabetes Technology.  Read Original Content

Mobile healthcare applications that run on mobile phones could be held up in African countries owing to a lack of regulations governing the privacy of patient data, a Trustlaw Connect report has found.  Read Original Content

Developed by members of the International Center for Eye Health, the app Peek can conduct visual acuity and color vision tests. It also keeps a record of patients examined along with geotagged info.  Read Original Content

Researchers at Brown University have created a cry analyzer app they hope will one day decode a baby's cry, as first spotted by Network World's Michael Cooney.  The tool can detect slight variations in cries imperceptible to the human ear. These sounds indicate if a baby is suffering with some kind of condition or neurological problem.  Read Original Content

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