Digital health news briefs for 5/1/2017

By Jonah Comstock

Health startups lead IoT in funding. A recent report from VC firm Wing — and found that health is one of two areas where IoT funding is the strongest, the other being automotive. 

“Health’s robust end to 2016 was powered by connected monitoring and tracking products,” Partner Martin Giles wrote. “In the last four months of the year there were numerous deals for companies making things such as asthma trackers (Propeller), sleep trackers (Eight), and infant health monitors (Owlet).”

Postpartum depression ResearchKit app comes to Android. PPD ACT, a ResearchKit app that launched last year, is now available on Android phones as well. PPD uses genetic data to explore the question of why postpartum depression affects some women and not others. The study is led by the University of North Carolina School of Medicine and the international Postpartum Depression: Action Towards Causes and Treatment Consortium.

The app is also now available in Australia and Canada, and UNC reported that 14,000 women have enrolled over the past year.

Augmented reality in healthcare. DC-based med tech company eKare called inSight 2.0, which the company says is the first Google Tango-enabled medical app. Tango is Google’s new augmented reality engine that currently runs on a handful of Android phones. Like its predecessor, inSight 2.0 uses the phone’s camera to accurately and consistently measure wounds. It is currently undergoing validation studies.

Health plan launches engagement app. An undisclosed large health plan in Texas, serving more than 200,000 Medicaid members, has from Vital Data Technology, a patient engagement and care coordination app that gives users access to medical information such as immunizations, medications, lab results and health plan details, as well as tools to find the right care.