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> Wearables fitness device maker Fitbit is releasing two new products, the Charge HR wristband and Surge, its first smart watch product, reports CNET. The Charge HR provides round-the-clock heart monitoring. Surge offers GPS, music control and text notification. Article

> A new telemedicine option, called the Fruit Street Wellness Clinic, promises to monitor patient lifestyles and provide virtual caregiver consultation via a FDA and HIPAA compliant video feature, according to mHealth News. It integrates with wearables from Jawbone, FitBit, iHealth Labs, Withings and the Apple iWatch. Announcement

> Oral-B is prepping to deliver its PRO 7000 SmartSeries Bluetooth-enabled electric toothbrush to U.S. consumers within a few months, states a CNET report. The brush, which has been available abroad, works in conjunction with an app to give users brushing feedback and help stop bad brushing habits, such as being too tough on gums. It also reminds you to do a full two-minute routine. Article

Health IT News

> A dedicated supercomputer will provide the new Chan Soon-Shiong Children's Precision Medicine Institute at Phoenix Children's Hospital faster genomic sequencing for quicker and more accurate disease treatment. Article

> The ability for patient data to follow an individual as they go from hospital to home and beyond is becoming an essential part of healthcare, notes a new Health IT Buzz Blog post. Donna Cryer, a liver transplant survivor and health IT advocate, says sharing her electronic health record with providers is key to continued care. Article

Health Finance News

> Healthcare organizations are increasing hiring lines in 2015 budgets, and embarking on new ways to lure talent, reports a CareerBuilder survey. The survey reveals 47 percent of employers intend to hire temporary or contract workers this year and more than half of that percentage intend to hire on a permanent basis. Article

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