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Online vision test company Visibly takes the State of Indiana to court in an effort to get a law overturned that prohibits the use of such services. The telemedicine vendor contends the state is trying to protect the interests of brick-and-mortar eye care providers.

The company, formerly known as Opternative, has faced its share of problems including pushback from providers and FDA scrutiny likely brought about at the urging of a letter from the American Optometric Association, which asked that the company be investigated. The FDA followed through, telling Visibly it was marketing its screening app without approval as a new medical device. Founder and optometrist Steven Lee, OD has since worked closely with the agency to make sure its services are in line with regulatory requirements.


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I feel as if I’m the only person who didn’t watch the final season premiere of Game of Thrones last night. I got one or two episodes in to the first season and had to bail, as my eyeballs were burning from the sheer scandal of it all. I did, however, make it through the entire series of books, which are just as scandalous, though not so graphic. (When, oh when will the last one be released!?) I’ve always been of the opinion that books are better than their TV or movie versions, and that the book should always be read before it’s seen on the screen. My opinion is thus far valid, as I can’t recall a movie that was better than its literary counterpart.

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Last week’s book update elicited several reader recommendations, which I’ll sprinkle throughout upcoming posts. Dan shares my angst when it comes to loving a book (or screen version of a book) that you’re sure others would judge you for: “The North Water” is the most savage book I have ever read. It is haunting. While not a pleasurable read, I tore through that book fast needing to know what would happen next. Very dark subject matter, and a very intense writing style. I never knew literature could be written like this. Perhaps comparable to the movie ‘The Revenant,’ but uses words to establish the vileness. I threw the book away when I finished to prevent me from passing it on to friends or family, worried they may judge me for recommending something so dark. You’ve been warned.”

Dan’s review seems on par with others who’ve read the New York Times bestseller; one of which describes the book as “subtle as a harpoon in the head, but totally gripping.”

I’d love to hear about your favorite (or least favorite) book-to-screen experience, or guilty reading pleasure. Email me with all the juicy details.


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Acquisitions, Funding, Business, and Stock

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Medusind Solutions secures a strategic investment from H.I.G. Capital. The Miami-based company offers the PracticeGenie EHR and MedClarity practice management solution, plus RCM software and services.


People

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HIPAA One names Greg Fenton (KLAS) as VP of strategic partnerships.


Announcements and Implementations

The AMA and student-run biotech incubator Sling Health develop the Clinical Problem Database to give AMA members the opportunity to share their experiences with health IT and clinical services. The incubator will use the Insights gleaned from the database to develop new software and products.


Telemedicine

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Concierge house-call company 2UMedical (GA) opts for telemedicine services from ExamMed.

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Eyenuk develops the EyeScreen virtual referral service to give primary and diabetes care providers easy access to AI-powered diabetic retinopathy screening from eye care specialists.

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The American Telemedicine Association’s annual conference gets going today in New Orleans. Based on the tweet stream and exhibitor list, the event seems to cater mainly to enterprise environments. Email me if you’re at the show and come across anything that ambulatory folks might like.


Other

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Nearly 30 Harbin Clinic physicians and employees, including IT staff, will showcase their arts and crafts next month as part of the Healthy Expressions exhibit in the River Arts District in Rome, GA. The clinic opened its own gallery in the Makervillage space at the beginning of this year. “Creativity is important for an integrative approach to improving health,” says exhibitor, poet, and Radiation Oncologist Matthew Mumber, MD. “The same can be said for healthcare providers; being able to tap into our creativity has positive impacts on the care we provide our patients.”


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