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Morning Read: VA pilots mobile health initiative with iPad apps

The Department of Veterans Affairs is undertaking an experiment in coordinated care and mobile health. It’s handing out 1,000 iPads loaded with VA-developed apps to caregivers of veterans, who will test the usability and utility of the apps. Intended to strengthen communication among veterans, family caregivers and clinicians, the apps facilitate two-way exchange of health […]

The Department of Veterans Affairs is undertaking an experiment in coordinated care and mobile health. It’s handing out 1,000 iPads loaded with VA-developed apps to caregivers of veterans, who will test the usability and utility of the apps. Intended to strengthen communication among veterans, family caregivers and clinicians, the apps facilitate two-way exchange of health data and allow for administrative needs and patient education to be handled remotely.

Mimicking technology the FBI uses to train agents in interrogation tactics, a new video game being developed by a researcher at Northwestern University aims to help doctors recognize prescription drug abuse in patients. The web-based game, which targets medical students and primary physicians, includes about 2,000 statements from actors simulating patients.

A misinterpretation between Vertex Pharmaceuticals (VRTX) and a data analysis firm led the pharma company to revise results reported three weeks ago for a study of two cystic fibrosis drugs which turned out to be less beneficial to patients than previously reported. Stocks fell 15 percent in early trading.

Are we making progress on price transparency in healthcare? There’s evidence for and against. An Arizona bill requiring facilities to make prices publicly known died in the state’s House of Reps earlier this year, but some places like the Surgery Center of Oklahoma have begun posting prices of procedures they perform online.

Morgenthaler Ventures and Health 2.0 are accepting applications from Series A-ready startups for this year’s DC to VC Health IT Startup Showcase.

California United Behavioral Health (UBH), United Healthcare Insurance Company and US Behavioral Plan are subjects of a class action lawsuit alleging that they have denied coverage for necessary mental health care. The plaintiff says the insurer denied and improperly limited mental health coverage by conducting reviews of routine outpatient mental health treatments when no such reviews exist for routine outpatient treatments for other medical conditions.

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