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By Laura Lovett January 3, 2018
StartUp Health, a digital health group that supports, connects and finances startups, just landed $19.3 million from Ping An Global Voyager Fund, GuideWell, Masimo Corporation, and a consortium of partners through its Transformer Fund II.  “This [funding] is a really good opportunity to focus on health innovation globally—not just looking at the hubs here in the US … but the dozens and dozens of...
By Jonah Comstock January 3, 2018
NHS set to offer AI system free to all hospitals. The BBC is reporting that new AI systems for interpreting cardiac and lung scans could save England's National Health Service a billion pounds. The cardiac system, called Ultromics, was developed at Oxford's John Radcliffe Hospital. It checks radiology scans for signs of heart disease and will be offered to hospitals starting this summer. The...
By Laura Lovett January 3, 2018
This year the Canadian government will start using artificial intelligence to help track social media posts that could indicate someone is at risk of suicide, according to a contract.  The Canadian government recently signed a contract with Ottawa-based AI firm Advanced Symbolics to monitor social media posts for suicidal behavior.  In the first phase of the partnership, Advanced Symbolics will...
By Dave Muoio January 2, 2018
Boston- and San Francisco-based Pear Therapeutics, maker of a prescription digital therapeutic platform, announced today the closure of $50 million in Series B funding. The round was led by Singapore-based investment company Temasek, with participation from returning investors 5AM Ventures, Arboretum Ventures, and JAZZ Venture Partners, as well as new partners Novartis, EDBI, and the Bridge...
By Jonah Comstock January 2, 2018
Citing anonymous sources within Apple, reports in Bloomberg and the New York Times over the past weeks continue to add to the pile of leaks and rumors about two of Apple's currently under-development health devices: a wrist-worn glucose sensor and an EKG built into the Apple Watch. Combined with Apple's public efforts like the Stanford Heart study, previously documented conversations with the FDA...
By Bernie Monegain January 2, 2018
MedStar Health announced that it will begin offering expectant mothers a “Mommy Kit” containing an iPhone app, wireless weight scale, and wireless blood pressure cuff.  The not-for-profit health system in Maryland and the Washington, DC area, said it joined forces with startup Babyscripts . The kit can be used to generate patient data that, in turn, is captured and transmitted automatically to...
By Laura Lovett January 2, 2018
Using an artificial pancreas (closed-loop control system) could make it easier for adolescents with Type 1 diabetes to participate in intensive outdoor physical activities, according to a study published in Diabetes Care.  The study, which had participants ski or snowboard for five days, found that subjects who used an artificial pancreas maintained a healthy blood sugar level more of the time...
By Dave Muoio January 2, 2018
Following some confusion, a Survey & Certification Letter sent last week has reaffirmed CMS’s stance on texting patient information, specifying that messages sent among clinicians are permissible so long as healthcare teams use a secure platform. Texting patient orders, however, is still prohibited across all platforms. CMS’s clarification comes shortly after a December 18th report from the...
By Babyforyou.net.ua December 29, 2017
This was an impressive year for digital health investment. In total, Babyforyou.net.ua covered 224 companies’ funding announcements constituting just over $5 billion in investments — roughly twice the amount we saw last year. Fifty-two of these funding announcements were in the first quarter of the year ($1.32 billion), 81 in the second ($2.58 billion), 53 in the third ($579 million), and 38 in the...
By Babyforyou.net.ua December 27, 2017
This quarter, hospitals and clinics continued to integrate digital health into their practice, using it to engage and treat patients, as well as improve hospital workflows. Telehealth continues to be a growing field. More healthcare providers have expressed interest in expanding their telehealth offerings, according to the Foley survey. Hospitals have also started to integrate augmented and...

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