Sno’ news is good news? Not here! (US/CA/BR)

As what is being termed a ‘historic blizzard’ descends upon Editor Donna’s city….a blizzard of news:

Nearly $15 million round for Sotera Wireless: Dr. Eric Topol-approved (on NBC Rock Center) Sotera Wireless, with the wrist-worn VisiMobile doctor monitor capable of tracking blood pressure, respiration etc. for multiple hospital patients, raised $14.8 million in its latest round from a combination of eight investors, including Qualcomm Life, Delphi Ventures and Safeguard Scientifics. Gigaom……Outbound IVR partially successful in identifying adverse drug reactions. A Canadian study published in JAMA Internal Medicine tested outbound automated interactive voice response (IVR) at 3 and 17 days after prescriptions were issued to check on adverse drug reactions with 629 patients at family health practices in Quebec. The automated calls identified 46% of adverse drug reactions, with the most frequent events being non-compliance after three days (but 2/3 of patients did not comply) and new adverse symptoms after 17. iHealthBeat, HealthLeadersMedia……EHRs ‘underwhelming’ in pediatric practices. Only 19% met basic EHR definitions, with only 6% ‘fully functional’. Reasons why: EHR systems don’t typically have weight-based medication dosing features, automatic growth chart plotters, immunization tracking and catch-up immunization calculations. No wonder. Study published in Pediatrics with researchers from Seattle Children’s Hospital, East Carolina University and the American Academy of Pediatrics. HealthcareITNews…..Finally some news from Brasil. Telefónica Digital announced Monday (4 Feb) the acquisition of a controlling stake in Axismed, a chronic care management and eHealth provider which currently monitors about 180,000 patients. According to TechCrunch, this is Telefónica’s first eHealth investment…..Teledental? A group of 11 California health care organizations are participating in a program to increase access to dental care for an estimated 2,000 children from low-income households, the disabled and older adults. Exams will be performed at schools, residences and nursing homes by hygienists and assistants; results will be transmitted by imaging equipment and online dental record systems to dentists for review and action. iHealthBeat

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