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By Mike Miliard January 8, 2018
Patient engagement is important and the healthcare experience – particularly in inpatient settings – is increasingly seen by providers as a critically valuable priority. At University of Iowa Stead Family Children's Hospital, for instance, kids can control their own room – not just TV and bedside entertainment, but the lighting, meal ordering, nurse communication and more. With new in-room...
By Laura Lovett January 8, 2018
Fitbit has recently invested $6 million in San Fransisco-based Sano, a company developing a mobile app and sensor that will allow users to continuously monitor blood glucose levels, multiple publications have confirmed.  "This fits into our strategy of looking beyond the device and thinking more about (health) solutions,” Fitbit CEO James Park told CNBC. "I think the complete solution comes in...
By Mike Miliard January 8, 2018
Lots of health systems pay lip service to patient-centric care, but what does that really mean? As healthcare continues its transition to paying for value and outcomes, toward managing wellness rather than treating disease, making the patient an active participant in the process is more important than ever. Some hospitals and health systems are better at doing this that others. Certainly many...
By Dave Muoio January 8, 2018
Fremont, California-based Intuity Medical, a diabetes management technology company, announced that it will be receiving $40 million in equity financing from several of its previous investors, including Accuitive Medical Ventures, Investor Growth Captial, KCK Group, affiliates of Luther King Capital Management, PTV Healthcare Capital, US Venture Partners, and Versant Ventures. The company also...
By Jonah Comstock January 8, 2018
San Francisco-based Amino, which has offered a consumer-facing cost and quality transparency tool since 2015, is launching a new offering: its own Health Savings Account (HSA) and debit card. “This addition of an Amino debit card, combined with, in our app, a complete HSA interface allows consumers, who are increasingly in high-deductible plans, to be successful,” CEO David Vivero told...
By Laura Lovett January 8, 2018
Boston-based telemedicine provider American Well  announced today that it landed $59.2 million in funding from insurer and asset manager Allianz Group's digital investment unit, Allianz X. “Allianz X’s investment with American Well will result in better access, lower cost, and more connected care for our customers through a leading-edge health platform,” Solmaz Altin, chief digital officer of...
By Laura Lovett January 5, 2018
Although generations of Americans have struggled with opioid addiction, what was once seen as a peripheral drug problem has lately hit the American public with force. Opioid overdoses have become so common that they are the number one cause of injury-related deaths in the United States, according to CDC reports. In 2015 alone opioids were involved in 33,091 deaths, according to the agency. The...
By Bill Siwicki January 5, 2018
InTouch Health, which markets an enterprise telehealth platform, will acquire TruClinic, which specializes in direct-to-consumer online virtual care. The goal of the deal is for InTouch to expand its existing portfolio to deliver a fuller range of virtual care programs to healthcare provider organizations, better enabling continuity of care between physicians and patients, said InTouch officials...
By Dave Muoio January 5, 2018
To achieve the full promises of digital health, the future of healthcare technology will inevitably revolve around unobtrusive monitoring, convenient care, and more efficient management of data, argues Juhan Sonin, director of application design firm GoInvo and a lecturer at MIT. “Humans don’t want to think about health or healthcare in general. They don’t. We’re biologically switched to only...
By Ascensia January 4, 2018
Diabetes is a major health problem, affecting 425 million people globally, a figure projected to rise to more than 629 million by 2045, according to the International Diabetes Federation. Given this substantial and increasing burden, both on an individual and societal level, new innovative ways to manage this condition are urgently required to meet this need and in turn reduce the growing strain...

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