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By Jonah Comstock March 4, 2019
Blood-testing startup gets $27.8 million. Sight Diagnostics — an Israeli digital health company that offers small, fast, point-of-care complete blood count tests requiring only a fingerprick — has raised $27.8 million in Series C funding, including a $10 million strategic investment from consumer digital health fund Longliv Ventures. Other investors included Jack Nicklaus II, Steven Esrick and...
By Laura Lovett March 4, 2019
A new study conducted at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston in partnership with The Fenway Institute at Fenway Health will be using eTectRx’s ingestion event monitoring system to research adherence of the HIV prevention drug Truvada for pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).  PrEP is a preventative drug designed to be taken by people who do not have HIV but are at risk for the condition. and must...
By Dave Muoio March 4, 2019
Sword Health has highlighted data from two recently published studies indicating that its artificial intelligence-powered digital physical therapy tool more effectively improved recovery among patients recuperating from total knee arthroplasty. Both investigations were conducted by researchers with affiliations with the Portuguese company, and suggest that the intervention could improve patient...

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By Leontina Postelnicu March 4, 2019
A&E departments in the UK should introduce AliveCor’s KardiaMobile device into standard care, researchers have said, for patients presenting with heart palpitations or feeling lightheaded, after a study found it was five times more effective than current tests used to diagnose heart rhythm problems. Although often harmless, if patients fully recover before getting to A&E, detecting the...
By Laura Lovett March 4, 2019
Microsoft announced that come the end of May it is shutting down its Health Dashboard and offering refunds to Microsoft Band users. This news comes two and a half years after the tech giant discontinued its fitness tracker offering.  Until the end of May, users will be able to transfer their data using a Microsoft export tool; after that, all the data will be deleted. Existing Bands will still...
By Dave Muoio March 4, 2019
San Jose-based mobile healthcare device maker Vocera Communications has shipped the first order of its updated wearable for clinicians, the Vocera Smartbadge, to a nearly 700-bed Georgia hospital. The company’s prior device, the Vocera Badge, has long offered secure, hands-free, wireless communications support to practitioners. The newer Smartbadge will offer Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital many...
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By Leontina Postelnicu March 4, 2019
Pharma giant Novartis and O2 innovation arm Wayra UK revealed last week that Virtue, TestCard and ExSeed would join its nine-month Health Hub accelerator programme. “After a rigorous judging day, I believe the innovations these three startups offer will make a significant difference to patients and the NHS,” said Novartis Market Access Director Fiona Bride. “I look forward to supporting them over...

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By Leontina Postelnicu March 4, 2019
Helsinki-based health data science company Kaiku Health, which offers digital patient monitoring and patient-reported outcome services, has announced that is teaming up with Amgen to roll out digital symptom tracking for multiple myeloma, a type of bone marrow cancer. In collaboration with Turku University Hospital’s hematology unit in Finland, Kaiku Health developed in 2017 an adaptive algorithm...
By Laura Lovett March 1, 2019
Adorned with balloons and celebratory flowers, the maternity ward is often seen as the beacon of hope at a hospital. But for many families, childbirth is a challenging, dangerous and sometimes even fatal process for both moms and babies.  This is particularly true in the US where women are more likely to die of a childbirth or pregnancy-related cause than any other affluent country in the world, ...
By Leontina Postelnicu March 1, 2019
Global Digital Exemplar Chelsea and Westminster Hospital NHS Foundation Trust announced earlier this month that it had launched a digital postnatal discharge system in a new partnership with Lumeon. This week, Babyforyou.net.ua visited the company’s London office to find out more about their work with the NHS trust and plans to scale operations in the US after securing $28m in funding in December...

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