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By Jonah Comstock May 16, 2018
When it comes to dental health, companies seem to more and more see consumer technology and insurance as natural partners. Beam Dental, which started out in the smart toothbrush space but expanded a few years ago into dental insurance, raised $22.5 million today. At the same time, quip, a smart toothbrush company that raised $10 million last year, acquired dental health plan Afora, in a move that...
By Dave Muoio May 16, 2018
Charlottesville, Virginia-based connected monitor company CareTaker Medical has closed a $3.4 million investment. The funding round was led by IrishAngels, KOFA Healthcare, and Jaffray Woodriff, with participation from other new and existing investors. The company’s new funds will be used to accelerate global commercialization of the device, according to a statement. "We're grateful for the...
By Laura Lovett May 16, 2018
DNA, health records, and blood test results are not only intimately personal, they are also a valuable asset to researchers. Recently a smattering of companies have been working to create a market for people to share and sell their personal data to researchers and healthcare players. Those efforts are going one step further, as two growing names in the health data and blockchain industry are...
By Dave Muoio May 16, 2018
Verily Life Sciences has filed a patent application for a “smart diaper” carrying a sensor for detecting and differentiating between feces and urine. The diaper would also contain a transmitter capable of wirelessly communicating whether waste is present to a separate device via Bluetooth, WiFi, or other means. The patent application, spotted by Jenny Morber (@JRMorber), was filed by Verily in...
By Jonah Comstock May 15, 2018
A new simulation study of 58 physicians shows that AirRx, an iOS and Android app, can help physicians to perform better during inflight emergencies in some ways, though it might slow them down in others. AirRx, which launched in 2016, provides a doctor with a to-do checklist, common medications available on flights, best practices for airline medicine, and information on legal rights and...
By Dave Muoio May 15, 2018
Jerusalem, Israel-based BrainQ has raised $5.3 million in its latest funding rounding, bringing the digital neurodisorder therapy company’s total funding to $8.8 million. Participants in the round included Qure Ventures, OurCrowd.com, Norma Investments, IT-Farm, and other angel investors. The company is working on technology that identifies high resolution spectral patterns in brain waves. With...
By Laura Lovett May 15, 2018
Earlier this month Otsimo, a digital health startup focused on developmental disorders, rolled out an expansion of its app in the US to help kids with autism, down syndrome, and other cognitive learning disorders.  The Turkish startup offers more than 50 different games through its app that target specific areas of development. For example, the app lets kids focus on specific skills such as...
By Jonah Comstock May 15, 2018
In a survey of 200 healthcare professionals, 80 percent rated their online reputation as very or extremely important and 90 percent expressed concern about the risks of negative feedback. But only 46 percent of respondents were planning to put resources toward improving that reputation in the next year. The survey was commissioned by PatientPop, a digital health company with a vested interest in...
By Dave Muoio May 15, 2018
A recent investigation of seniors with mild cognitive impairment suggested that pairing regular exercise with mental stimuli — in this case, screens depicting a virtual bike ride or an exercise-driven video game — could lead to greater cognitive benefits than prescribed exercise alone. As the final qualifying sample consisted of just 14 seniors, however, the researchers noted that a larger...
By Laura Lovett May 15, 2018
Machine learning helps docs view the brain.  Automated cerebrovascular imaging company iSchemaView has just released its latest product Rapid Aspect, a digital imaging tool that helps clinicians assess early signs of brain ischemia in stroke patients. The technology will automatically generate a standardized score for physicians based on machine learning algorithms. The product is designed to...

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