iSonea receives Frost & Sullivan innovation award; winners of Open App Challenge announced;

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> iSonea, developer of non-invasive devices and mobile health apps, has been awarded Frost & Sullivan's 2013 North American Award for New Product Innovation Leadership for combining its AsthmaSense mobile app with its AsthmaSense Cloud for remote monitoring of asthma symptoms and events. Using AsthmaSense Cloud to help asthma management can make patients more aware of their symptoms, triggers, and potential risks, encouraging adherence to their treatment plans. Article

> Electronic health records software vendor Allscripts announced the winners of its Open App Challenge. Winner of the grand prize was Healthfinch's Refillwizard application, a solution that automates prescription renewal requests. Two companies tied for the second place award: ePREOP, which provides scheduling and authorization tools to help decrease unnecessary testing; and Keona Health's app that helps reduce time spent on unreimbursed medical phone calls to allow practices to see more patients and increase revenue. Article

> AirStrip and Vivify Health have teamed to develop a remote care information platform featuring bi-directional data sharing via a near real-time, single point of access to a comprehensive source that can improve clinical workflows and expedite care decisions. Vivify has come together with AirStrip at the AT&T Foundry to integrate their remote care information platform with the AT&T mHealth Platform. Article

EMR News

> Stage 2 of Meaningful Use should start as scheduled, but the attestation period for its first year should be extended, according to the Healthcare Information and Management Systems Society (HIMSS). In a letter to U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Administrator Marilyn Tavenner and National Coordinator for Health IT Farzad Mostashari, HIMSS President H. Stephen Lieber and Board of Directors Chair Scott MacLean suggested that while it's important for the industry to continue to move forward with the adoption of health IT, there are concerns that many providers may still be waiting for the necessary electronic health record upgrades to meet the 2014 certification requirements when Stage 2 goes into effect. Article

Healthcare IT News

> After three years building its infrastructure, Missouri Health Connection has rolled out the state's health information exchange. The exchange brings together more than 7,000 physicians, 62 hospitals and 350 clinics in the effort--representing more than 45 percent of the inpatient care provided in Missouri. Article

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