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By Dave Muoio June 29, 2018
Healthcare is improving with each passing year, allowing more aging patients to enjoy longer and healthier lives. Unlike in years past, though, this population isn’t necessarily limited to years of hospitals and assisted living homes. Driven by a desire for lower costs and increased independence, a broad range of new technologies are aiming to keep aging loved ones healthy in the comfort of their...

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By Laura Lovett June 28, 2018
Over a year ago Partners Health and biopharmaceutical company UCB teamed up to tackle a moonshot goal: make Boston the best city to live in for people with epilepsy. So the team decided that in order to design a digital health platform to support this task, it was vital to go to patients for input and ideas.  “We want to be patient centric, but what does patient centric mean?” Dr. Kamal Jethwani...
By Dave Muoio June 28, 2018
Medical device cybersecurity software company MedCrypt announced today that it has raised $1.9 million in new seed funding. The round’s primary backer was Eniac Ventures, with additional participation from Sway Ventures, Nex Cubed, Oronoco Investments, and Friedman BioVentures. Mike Kijewski, CEO and cofounder of MedCrypt, told Babyforyou.net.ua that his company will be using the proceeds from this...
By Jonah Comstock June 28, 2018
Dr. Joshua Mandel has left his position at Alphabet's Verily as health IT ecosystem lead for a position as chief architect at Microsoft Healthcare. Mandel isn't the only big name Microsoft just picked up; Jim Weinstein, former CEO of Dartmouth-Hitchcock, joined the company at the same time as VP and head of innovation and health equity. "Jim and Josh join us at an exciting time, as healthcare...
By Dave Muoio June 28, 2018
Babylon Health’s announcement yesterday that its triage chatbot outperformed doctors in a simulated version of the UK’s Member of the Royal College of General Practitioners (MRCGP) exam made waves, but maybe not the type that the company had initially hoped for. During a livestream, the company said that its AI recorded an 81 percent score on the recreated test, 9 percent higher than the average...
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By Stephanie Nieman June 28, 2018
It is highly likely that the following statement has been erroneously attributed to Albert Einstein, but we can hope he, at least, also had some internal debates on the topic. “It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity.” At SJF Ventures, we’re both impact and venture capital investors, so much of our thinking is dedicated to how technology can dramatically...
By Laura Lovett June 28, 2018
This morning Amazon broke the news that it is acquiring virtual pharmacy PillPack. With this, the online retail giant that has made itself famous for “one-click shopping” for consumer goods is positioning to expand its services to include prescription medication.  “PillPack’s visionary team has a combination of deep pharmacy experience and a focus on technology,” Jeff Wilke, CEO of Amazon...
By Laura Lovett June 27, 2018
Every patient experiences mental illness differently, but as technology becomes more ingrained in people’s lives, it’s easier to track behavior and how that correlates to mental health, John Torous, MD, co-director of digital psychiatry at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center said today at Mad*Pow's Health Experience Design (HXD) Conference in Cambridge, Massachusetts. “In some ways the first...
By Jonah Comstock June 27, 2018
At Massachusetts General Hospital and Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, the approach to fostering internal and external innovation is deliberate, thought out, and informed by years of experience. At HXD 2018 in Cambridge yesterday, Julia Jackson, managing director of Massachusetts General’s Healthcare Transformation Lab and Josie Elias, program manager for Brigham’s Digital Health...
By Laura Lovett June 27, 2018
On Monday, the FDA granted connected health company Fresca Medical a de novo authorization to market its Curve device, a positive airway pressure delivery system that treats obstructive sleep apnea.  "Fresca Medical is committed to developing disruptive and effective technologies for sleep apnea sufferers who cannot tolerate the currently available therapies," John Cox, president and CEO of...

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