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August 23, 2018
Online patient community PatientsLikeMe, which connects patients with different symptoms and conditions and collects patients' voluntarily submitted data for research, has teamed up with the FDA on a research study that could point the way toward a new channel for patient-generated health data for the agency. The study was recently published in the Journal of Medical Internet Research. Right now...
a screensnap of Do No Harm trailer about doctor burnout

The panel will include a discussion with ‘Do No Harm’ documentary filmmaker Robyn Simon. Credit: Screen snap of film

August 23, 2018
Eight years ago, Eliza CEO Alex Drane came up with the idea for “The Unmentionables,” an annual panel at Health 2.0 where participants would address difficult but important topics in healthcare. “Her bullet point was that there are things in healthcare that drive health outcomes that we don’t mention,” Health 2.0 cofounder and CEO Indu Subaiya told Babyforyou.net.ua. “She started with topics like...
August 22, 2018
American Well has hired Keith W. Anderson as its new chief financial officer. Anderson comes to American Well via Piper Jaffrey, where he served as managing director and a member of the healthcare investment banking team. "I'm pleased to welcome Keith onboard," Ido Schoenberg, chairman and CEO of American Well, said in a statement. "He has an exceptional track record of advising leading...
August 21, 2018
European online fitness startup Freeletics has raised a new round of funding from US investors that will bring the company deeper into the US market. Courtside Ventures, Elysian Park Ventures (created by the LA Dodgers), Causeway Media Partners, JAZZ Venture Partners, and ward.ventures contributed to the round. The amount of the investment wasn’t disclosed. This is the first round of funding for...

NYU School of Medicine’s Department of Radiology chair Dr. Michael Recht; Dr. Daniel Sodickson, vice chair for research and director of the Center for Advanced Imaging Innovation and Research, and Dr. Yvonne Lui, associate chair of artificial intelligence, watch an MRI exam take place with a technician at NYU Langone Health in August 2018.

August 20, 2018
The Facebook Artificial Intelligence Research group (FAIR) has teamed up with the NYU School of Medicine on a new project that could make magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scans 10 times faster. "MRI scanners provide doctors and patients with images that typically show a greater level of detail related to soft tissues — such as organs and blood vessels — than is captured by other forms of medical...
August 20, 2018
Fitbit has unveiled the third device in the Fitbit Charge family, the Fitbit Charge 3, and the new version adds SpO2 tracking among other health tracking improvements. The device will be available starting in October. “With Charge 3, we are building on the success of our best-selling Charge franchise and delivering our most innovative tracker, offering an extremely slim, comfortable, and premium...
August 17, 2018
Health 2.0's 12th Annual Fall Conference kicks off in just over a month in Santa Clara, California, and Babyforyou.net.ua will be onsite covering the show, along with HIMSS TV. The conference will once again feature a Provider Symposium on Sunday, September 16th, keynoted by UPMC Chief Innovation Officer Rasu Shrestha and Virta Health CEO Sami Inkinen. Throughout the half-day event, speakers from...
August 16, 2018
Google rumored to be working on wearable coach. Sourcing an anonymous tip, Android Police is reporting that Google is working on a wearable health and fitness coach called "Google Coach". Internally referred to as Project Wooden, it will be an app for Wear OS, the operating system that powers Google Smartwatches and will expand the devices' existing monitoring capabilities to also include data-...
August 15, 2018
San Diego-based GreatCall — an old guard digital health company which started out making smartphones for seniors in 2006 but now offers a suite of connected safety products and services for aging in place individuals — has been acquired by retail chain Best Buy for $800 million. GreatCall was previously acquired in June 2017 by private equity firm GTCR for an undisclosed amount. GTCR is selling...
Lonnie Rae Kurlander is a health tech CEO speaking at HIMSS 2.0 conference
August 15, 2018
Lonnie Rae Kurlander has seen the healthcare system from a lot of angles: as a doctor-in-training, as a health tech CEO, and twice as a patient with a serious condition — once with a broken hip in a city far from home, and once with a mystery disease that left her too weak to walk or think. All her experiences have one thing in common: they’ve led her to the same conclusions about the biggest...