Window shopping and an improved user experience launch on HealthCare.gov ahead of the new open enrollment period. Consumers browsing the insurance exchange can now compare plans based on costs and see which options offer speciality coverage. The changes come after frequent complaints from the close to 7.3M people covered through federal or state marketplaces. Despite the updates and the recent addition of 1,000 customer service representatives, officials still warn that the site could have unexpected issues during the open enrollment period, which begins this Saturday. New York Times
Provo, Utah, trumps Silicon Valley in dollar-per-deal venture funding this year. With an average deal size of $51.3M over last 9 months, Provo has the highest average venture capital deal size of any US city. So, why are Utah startups taking in so much cash? Local entrepreneurs explains that Utah companies tend to be more established than their Bay Area counterparts. Deeper traction and higher revenue play just one role though — low rent and a welcoming culture also help attract top-notch tech talent. Inc.
Fitness technology startups take in $200M in funding in the past year. With a reported one in five Americans owning a fitness tracker, it’s no surprise that investors are pouring money into the trendy consumer devices. Major players Fitbit, Basis, and Misfit Wearables are leading the way in fitness funding, but non-wearable tech including nutrition tracking platforms are starting to gain traction as well. TechCrunch
Electronic health record giant Epic is moving data to the cloud in 2015. Epic has risen to the top of the EHR game by installing on-site information systems for each of its customers, but with competitors offering remote hosting for years, the Wisconsin-based company started building a massive data center to begin the transition into cloud-based alternatives. While no official release date has been announced, the new service will likely be rolled out first to small hospitals and medical groups that are looking to cut costs. VentureBeat
Only 19% of practitioners are getting paid for telemedicine according to a new survey. In the report released by the Academy of Integrative Health and Medicine, close to 67% of surveyed providers use or plan to use telemedicine to see patients despite the low rates of compensation. Most of the doctors also agree that while telemedicine might not be the best option for the first visit, the digital service works well for follow-ups. MedCity News