FDA clears cellular connectivity hub for home monitoring; Hospital network selects mHealth technology;

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> The U.S. Food and Drug Administration granted 510(k) market clearance to Waltham, Mass.-based Alere Connect's HomeLink, which wirelessly delivers patients home monitoring results to their healthcare providers through the cloud. Alere HomeLink will be deployed in health management programs administered by Alere Health for patients managing chronic conditions, such as diabetes, hypertension, heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, at home. Article

> RegionalCare Hospital Partners, a privately-owned system of regionally-focused community hospitals, has selected mHealth technology from San Antonio-based AirStrip to be its standard for clinical mobility solutions at their hospitals across the country. "This investment in AirStrip solutions will provide our physicians with the mobile technology solutions to deliver state-of- the-art care, while moving the RegionalCare system toward standardization in both infrastructure and operations," said RegionalCare Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer Mark Gilliam in a written statement. Article

> San Diego-based EXUSMED has announced that San Diego-based D4C Product Development will provide the primary engineering, design and hardware implementation for EXUSMED's new national advanced health maintenance programs due to launch in the summer of 2014. Article

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> The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT have implemented their designated test electronic health record program, choosing vendors McKesson and Meditech as the first two EHR developers to be named "CMS designated test EHRs." Measure 3 of Meaningful Use Stage 2's transition of care objective requires eligible professionals and hospitals to conduct one or more successful electronic exchanges of a summary of care document with a recipient that uses EHR technology designed by a different developer, or conduct one or more successful tests with a CMS designated test EHR during the reporting period. Article

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> The number of patients worldwide using telehealth services will rise from less than 350,000 in 2013 to roughly seven million in 2018, according to a new report published by IHS Technology. Additionally, the report estimates that revenue for telehealth services will balloon tenfold, from $440.6 million in 2013 to $4.5 billion in 2018. The report's authors point to the introduction of mobile health hubs and projected growth in wearable technology as catalysts for such growth. Article

And Finally… Put out to pasture in the Sunshine State. Article