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By Leontina Postelnicu September 14, 2018
Babylon has announced that it is investing $100 million (75 million pounds) to double its London team of scientists and engineers, expand its capabilities, and apply artificial intelligence to assist with management of chronic diseases. Babylon CEO and founder Dr. Ali Parsa said the investment was a "strategic catalyst in helping to support and foster the necessary R&D ecosystem for Britain...
By Jonah Comstock September 13, 2018
Yesterday, Apple dropped a bombshell on the digital health world, as it is prone to do in its highly-produced launch events. While the announcement included fall detection on the Apple Watch and some improvements to heart rate monitoring, the headline was definitely the announcement that the Apple Watch Series 4 would contain an FDA-cleared ECG sensor. While much of the reaction has been positive...
By Dave Muoio September 13, 2018
Following in the footsteps of its parent company, Instagram is looking reduce its potential role in the ongoing opioid epidemic. Whenever a user searches a drug or substance-related term on the platform, they will now be served a popup that includes a link to addiction and drug misuse resources. Should users click through the popup alert, Instagram redirects to a webpage asking users whether they...
By Dave Muoio September 13, 2018
Hurricane season is swinging into full gear again as this week’s natural threat, Hurricane Florence, makes landfall in the US Southeast. Between the gusting winds and “catastrophic flash flooding” heralded by meteorologists, the Category 2 storm threatens to leave emergency responders and local health care systems overwhelmed. Fortunately, these groups will have some support. Much like in storms...
By Laura Lovett September 13, 2018
This morning Wellth, maker of a mobile platform designed to improve treatment adherence through behavioral economics, announced that it scored $5.1 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Boehringer Ingelheim’s Venture Fund and NFP’s Venture Fund, with participation from Leonard Schaeffer, CD-Venture, the Partnership Fund for New York City, and Yabeo.  “We are looking forward to working...
By Jonah Comstock September 13, 2018
Dr. Kelly Gebo, a Johns Hopkins professor and expert on HIV research, has joined NIH's All of Us Research Program in the key role of Chief Medical and Scientific Officer. Gebo will "lead the program's scientific agenda" according to the NIH, with a particular focus on including under-represented populations.  “Kelly has the right combination of research skills, leadership experience, and passion...
By Dave Muoio September 13, 2018
Google Street Breathe? San Francisco-based startup Aclima has announced plans to outfit Google’s fleet of camera-sporting Street View vehicles with mobile air quality and climate emissions sensors. According to the company, all of the data collected using the new system will be aggregated and made available as a public dataset on Google BigQuery. The companies are planning an initial rollout of...
By Tom Sullivan September 13, 2018
Pamela Dixon of SSi-Search on the emerging CDO role and how it differs from traditional CIOs, CTOs and other executive positions.
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By Susan Morse September 13, 2018
Cigna has launched corporate venture fund Cigna Ventures with $250 million in capital to invest in early and growth stage startups, the company announced today. The investments will go to emerging companies that are driving innovation in healthcare through the strategic areas of insights and analytics, digital health and retail, and care delivery and management.  Cigna Ventures is a wholly-owned...
By Dave Muoio September 12, 2018
From Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica woes to news of the first deaths attributable to autonomous cars, the tech industry has lately found itself engulfed in moral controversies. Unfortunately, the health tech sector is no different. Just this year, multiple consumer exercise apps revealed classified GPS and identifying data through their APIs, genetic testing companies continue to grapple with...

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