Healthcare payment vendor SwervePay receives $10M in funding; McKesson, mscripts team on mobile coupon initiative;

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> Healthcare payment vendor SwervePay is getting a funding infusion of $10 million to expand business, hire on new staff and boost its channel partner network. The investment is led by Garland Capital Group. Announcement

> McKesson Patient Relationship Solutions and mobile pharma platform maker mscripts are teaming up on a mobile coupon initiative involving manufacturers, according to Drug Store News. Patients will be able to receive coupons via text or a mobile app for more than 500 products. The goal is to increase medication and treatment adherence and boost the pharmacist-patient relationship as well as save costs. Article

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> The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs puts a heavy emphasis on the expansion of telehealth efforts in its proposed fiscal year 2017 budget. Overall, President Barack Obama proposes $182.3 billion for the VA, the agency announced. VA's healthcare budget totals $68.6 billion, with $1.2 billion of that earmarked to fund telehealth. Article

> Although the healthcare industry has moved with "tremendous speed" in addressing security in the past couple of years, Internet of Things health devices are creating more potential for cyberattacks, according to cybersecurity expert Tyler Cohen Wood. Article

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> Healthcare already has its hands full with rapid shifts in the status quo, but an even more dramatic change could be on the way: robotic doctors powered by artificial intelligence or AI. What sounds like science fiction is already poised to take other industries by storm in the form of innovations such as self-driving cars. Article

> Nurse advocates have long argued that improved staffing ratios boost patient safety, and a new study published in the British Medical Journal backs that up, finding that patients are at much higher risk of death when their nurse is responsible for more than six patients at once. Article

And Finally... Guess what? Einstein was right about those gravity waves. Article

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