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> Basis Science, the company behind the Basis Health Tracker Watch--a fitness tracker compatible with both iOS and Android devices--is in acquisition talks with Apple, Google, and perhaps even Samsung and Microsoft, according to a report. Article

> A Chinese study has found that a classification scheme that classifies mobile apps available for older adults in the "Health & Fitness" category of the iTunes App Store is effective. According to researchers, by using the proposed classification system, older adult app users would be better positioned to identify apps appropriate for their needs. Article

> A new app has been developed that allows users to donate the processing power of their mobile phone for scientific research while they sleep, according to an announcement. The research is focused on deciphering protein sequences in order to help with medical advancements in disciplines such as genetics and heredity, biochemistry, molecular biology and cancer research. Article

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> The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services' Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality is ramping up its research on the safe use of electronic health records and health IT, issuing two special emphasis notices of funding opportunities for interested researchers. The funding opportunities encompass several different types of research projects. Article

Health IT News

> The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has posted a final rule in the Federal Register mandating that device manufacturers and importers submit adverse event reports for medical devices electronically. According to FDA, the rule--which doesn't go into effect until Aug. 14, 2015--will help the agency to improve its data collection and analysis efforts. FDA says the rule is part of a greater initiative to adopt electronic technologies to boost operational quality. Article

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