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Above image: The Dinsow mini, an elderly care robot made by Thai manufacturer CT Asia Robotics​. Credit: Dinsow Elderly Companion

By Dean Koh February 8, 2019
Under its Thailand 4.0 vision, Thailand plans to leverage on its reputation and excellence in medical services and medical devices and strengthen its position as the regional medical hub. To promote medical robotics, Thailand Board of Investment (BOI) has offered a wide range of investment promotion incentives related to three targeted activities – manufacture of automation machinery/equipment...
By Jonah Comstock February 7, 2019
DrChrono has announced that its EHR, which runs on the iPad, iPhone, and Apple Watch, has attained ONC certification for Meaningful Use Stage 3. The company believes it is the first to obtain that certification for a mobile-based product. “The way that I look at the world and the way that the company looks at the world, everybody has a hugely powerful computer in their pocket where they can do a...
By Laura Lovett February 7, 2019
This morning the Mayo Clinic announced that it is teaming up with technology company Leidos to build an accelerator on the former’s Jacksonville, Florida campus. The new accelerator will be using Leidos’ integration systems and applied public health applications. The goal is to develop and commercialize products.  "The shared values and deep passion for transforming healthcare make this...
By Dave Muoio February 7, 2019
Thanks to a new CMS rule supporting more non-medical support services, Lyft announced today in a blog post that it will be expanding two existing partnerships to bring company’s non-emergency medical transport (NEMT) service to Medicare Advantage (MA) plans. The first builds on a roughly 19-month relationships with Blue Cross Blue Shield, and will provide NEMT to certain BCBS MA plans by the...
By Laura Lovett February 7, 2019
This morning Seattle-based startup KenSci, maker of a risk prediction platform for healthcare, announced that it has scored $22 million in Series B funding, bringing the company’s total funding to $30.5 million. Polaris Partners led the round, with participation from Osage University Partners and Mindset Ventures.  What they do KenSci uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to identify...
By Jonah Comstock February 7, 2019
iQ Group claims to have saliva-based connected non-invasive glucometer. The iQ Group, an Australian consortium of life sciences companies, is developing a smartphone-connected real-time glucose monitoring test that uses saliva, rather than blood. Glucose levels in bodily fluids like saliva, sweat, and tears can serve as a reasonable proxy for blood glucose, but so far the many attempts at making...
By Laura Lovett February 7, 2019
Yesterday Embleema, a healthcare blockchain startup that lets patients share their data with stakeholders, announced that it landed $3.7 million in a Series A funding round. The round was led by Pharmagest and Techstars.  The news coincides with the announcement that Embleema will be joining the Alchemist Blockchain Techstars Accelerator, a three-month program that gives startups access to...
By Dave Muoio February 7, 2019
Roughly a month after introducing customizable mobile features for its workplace messaging platform, Microsoft announced this morning new features for Microsoft Teams that are specifically aimed at improving communication and coordination between healthcare providers. The service is now able to integrate FHIR-enabled EHR data so that care teams can quickly access and view a patient’s records on...
By Tammy Lovell February 7, 2019
The Association of British HealthTech Industries (ABHI) has reassured its members that a UK product safety mark to replace the CE mark in the event of a no-deal Brexit will not apply to medical devices. In the UK, all medical devices are subject to EU legislation, which requires manufacturers to place CE marks on their products to show compliance to applicable standards. Earlier this week, the...
By Dean Koh February 7, 2019
Digital therapeutics company Kaia Health has unveiled a feasibility study to examine the impact of its digital therapeutic treatment of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) on Japan’s ageing population. This follows a German pilot study which successfully decreased symptoms. COPD is an umbrella term to describe chronic lung diseases that cause limitations in lung airflow. According to the...

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