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By Dave Muoio April 22, 2019
Chicago-based ExplORer Surgical, developer of a software platform for surgical teams and device makers, has raised $5 million in a follow-on round to its 2017 Series A. Aphelion Capital led the investment, with additional participation from prior backers as well as new, unnamed investors. WHAT THEY DO ExplORer Surgical’s provider-facing platform looks to help surgical teams better coordinate...

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By Leontina Postelnicu April 22, 2019
Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust in England is expanding an initiative to use robot technology for improving administration of medicines after a trial started on the Pendleton Suite before the end of last year indicated it could free up time for staff. The project centres around the PillTime dispensary that features a robot and an optical checker, installed in the pharmacy department. It uses...
By Dave Muoio April 22, 2019
Recovery Force will be testing out its upcoming wearables for deep vein thrombosis (DVT) prevention at Tufts Medical Center and Eskenazi Health thanks to a $1.8 million NIH grant, according to a recent release from the company. The Mobile Active Compressions (MAC) device is a light, wireless device worn on the calf that replaces tethered pumps or other tools often used to prevent clotting. “While...
By Laura Lovett April 22, 2019
When it comes to privacy and data transparency, smoking cessation and depression apps fall short, according to a new study published in JAMA this morning. The study, which zeroed in on 36 apps, found that 33 of those apps transmitted data to a third party. However, 17 of those apps either “lacked a privacy policy, failed to disclose the transmission policy in text or said that the transmission...
By Laura Lovett April 22, 2019
Earlier this morning Kindbody, a fertility-focused startup providing both virtual and in-person care, announced that it has raised $15 million in Series A funding. RRE Ventures and Perceptive Advisors led the round with participation from Green D Ventures, Trail Mix Ventures and Winklevoss Capital.  WAHT THEY DO Kindbody offers women fertility testing, egg freezing, IVF and wellness care. In...
By Jonah Comstock April 19, 2019
For the over-65 population, falling can be a serious health risk. Three million older people each year are treated in emergency rooms for fall-related injuries, according to the CDC, and one in four older adults falls each year. But the options for guarding against falls are limited. For a long time, the standard of care has been a “personal emergency response system” or PERS device — a pendant...
By Dave Muoio April 18, 2019
Door closes on drug discovery. IBM is tapering off sales of its Watson for Drug Discovery product in favor of other healthcare offerings using the AI technology, STAT reported this morning. The decision was made in response to weak demand and purchases from customers. "We are focusing our resources within Watson Health to double down on the adjacent field of clinical development where we see an...
By Laura Lovett April 18, 2019
While smartphones are yet to replace the eyes as the window into the soul, there is a budding conversation around the technology serving as window into an individual’s wellbeing. Biomarkers from smartphones, such as GPS, usage and physical activity, are now being used by providers and employers as an indicator of mental health. Patients' willingness to share passive smartphone data varies...
By Dave Muoio April 18, 2019
Editor's note: This story has been updated to specify that the telehealth app downloads ranked in the report do not necessarily reflect the entirety of those companies' businesses. Consumers worldwide are downloading and spending money in medical apps more than ever, suggests a market behavior analysis released this week by mobile data and analytics company App Annie. Global downloads of these...

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By Jonah Comstock April 18, 2019
Israel and Finland — two countries that have notably made digital health a focus of their economies — announced this week that they will work together to advance the field, starting with a Call for Proposals for joint projects between Finnish and Israeli companies. The pilot project is being led by Helsinki Business Hub and the Israeli Innovation Authority, which will offer funding and services...

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