Nike teams with Apple on wearables; Watson takes on virtual health coach role;

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> Nike may have shelved future FuelBand development, but it's not out of the wearables market. The company is partnering with Apple with an intention to expand the product frontier, reports a Bloomberg News video interview with Nike CEO Mark Parker. Parker tells Bloomberg the two companies will collaborate on wearables in a way that wouldn't be possible if done on an independent basis. Video

> IBM is joining its streaming analytics technology with AirStrip's clinical mobility solution to build an AirStrip mobile Acute Care Early Warning System, according to an announcement at Business Wire. Thanks to help from the University of Michigan Center for Integrative Research in Critical Care, the system is aimed at helping physicians better predict declining health with critical ill patients and hospitals better manage acutely ill patients. Announcement

> Metropolitan Health, one of the largest healthcare and financial service providers in South Africa, is debuting the first commercial app of the IBM Watson Engagement Advisor, cognitive computing software providing evidence-based responses to queries in less than 4 seconds. The app will serve as a virtual coach for the provider's healthcare customer service agents, according to a report in The National Law Review. Article

Health Insurance News

> The debate on what constitutes a medical necessity in patient care is going strong with providers increasingly denying treatment deemed not needed. Industry watchers note there is no specific standard in the Affordable Care Act that states who should determine what is a medical necessity, the medical practitioner or the provider, according to a Los Angeles Daily News report. Article

Electronic Medical Record News

> Electronic health records can play a role in identifying patients with pulmonary embolisms and deep vein thrombosis with "high accuracy" according to a new study in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association. Article

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