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Dell company Virtustream announced Tuesday that it is launching a Healthcare Cloud service via its enterprise cloud product. The healthcare cloud, revealed at the Dell EMC World 2017 conference in Las Vegas, promises to provide “cloud-based hosting of mission critical healthcare platforms and applications on Virtustream Enterprise Cloud in a HIPAA/HITECH compliant environment,” according to a statement from Virtustream.

The new offering aims to arm healthcare organizations with the cloud infrastructure and managed services necessary to implement and maintain digital transformations.

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Six senators have reintroduced a bill that aims to promote cost savings and quality care in Medicare through telehealth and remote patient monitoring. The Creating Opportunities Now for Necessary and Effective Care Technologies (CONNECT) for Health Act of 2017 was originally introduced in 2016 and builds on another recently introduced telehealth bill, the CHRONIC Care Act, which looks to expand reimbursement for the use of live video-conferencing systems to enhance at-home care for Medicare recipients.

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Zoom Video Communications has launched a cloud-based telehealth service that integrates the Epic electronic health record system.

The product, Zoom for Telehealth, offers a “standard feature set for healthcare enterprises and providers, enabling reliable, HIPAA-compliant communications between organizations, care teams, and patients,” according to a press release.

The integration with Epic EHR aims to smooth telehealth workflows for providers.

“With the introduction of Zoom for Telehealth and the Epic integration, we are further streamlining and simplifying the process for healthcare administrators and their end users to deploy and use Zoom for healthcare,” said Eric S. Yuan, Zoom’s founder and CEO, in the statement.

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Samsung and digital health company WellDoc have entered into a partnership offers access to WellDoc’s new diabetes health app, called BlueStarC, through Samsung’s mobile health application. The application, now in its third iteration, is designed to help individuals manage their chronic condition, according to a press release.

The diabetes app aims to offer real-time support for self-care, videos and other resources around lifestyle choices, “easy tracking of blood glucose readings, food, medications, physical activity and sleep,” and more.

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With the aim to more effectively monitor patients from home and allow physicians and nurses to better coordinate care, data from Garmin’s vivofit wearable activity tracker will now stream directly into Medtronic’s Medtronic Care Management Services' (MCMS) remote patient monitoring platform.

The aim of the program, which syncs data from the wearable into Medtronic’s NetResponse application, is to use connected data and personalized care coordination to more effectively evaluate patient health information, consider early intervention points and even avoid unnecessary intervention, a press release on the new capability notes.

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A new cloud-based machine learning tool for healthcare apps has launched with the aim to better analyze the massive amounts of data generated by the apps. Cerebrum, the HIPAA-compliant platform by Medable, which is currently being piloted by several healthcare institutions, is looking to generate actionable insights from the data that can improve patient care.

Satish Misra, cardiology fellow at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, writes on iMedical Apps about the platform:

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A new facility dedicated to improving interoperability in healthcare has opened its doors in Nashville. The Center for Medical Interoperability consists of health systems and provider organizations that aiming to eliminate “current barriers to swift and seamless communication of patient information among medical devices and electronic health records,” according to a press release.

The ultimate goal of the center is to provide physicians with easy access to relevant patient data, improving patient care.

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A new app for GN Hearing’s IoT-connected hearing aid allows users to control settings from their iPhone or Apple Watch.

The ReSound LiNX 3D hearing aid includes Smart Fit software that enables remote fine-tuning and hearing aid updates by a physician after an initial fit at a clinic. Moreover, an app available for iOS and select Android models aims to give users the ability to personalize their controls on the go from their smartphone or smartwatch.

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Healthcare organizations will up investments in Artificial Intelligence systems over the next three years, according to a new report by the International Data Corporation (IDC). With revenues for cognitive and AI systems standing at $12.5 billion in 2015, the report expects that number to skyrocket to $46 billion in 2020 as a result of investment from several fields, including health, retail manufacturing and others.

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Biopharmaceutical company UCB has partnered with Garmin to launch Wellness 4U, “a multi-channel health and wellness program” that uses, in part, a wearable to engender healthier behaviors in people with immunological disorders.

The initiative includes a Wellness 4U Activity Tracker pilot program that provides a Garmin vivofit 2 activity tracker to monitor the activity and sleep patterns of patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

Patients can access data on their daily activity through an online platform that also provides them with information and tips on ways to live healthier lifestyles. The data gathered through the program will also be used to provide physicians and researchers on information around how behavioral changes have impacted the health of patients.

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