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By Dean Koh May 14, 2019
Theranica, an Israel-based biomedical technology company focused on developing advanced electroceuticals for migraine and other prevalent diseases, announced that Omron Ventures has joined its $35M series B funding round, which was announced earlier this March. The investment sum by Omron Ventures has not been disclosed.  Omron Ventures, the venture capital arm of Japan-based Omron Corporation...
By Dave Muoio May 13, 2019
Kibbutz Shefayim, Israel-based deep learning startup Zebra Medical Vision announced yesterday that it has received an 510(k) clearance for an artificial intelligence tool that can read medical imaging to identify potential cases of pneumothorax — a build-up of gas between a lung and the chest wall. The HealthPNX product scans a chest X-ray or digital radiography scan for signs of the condition,...
By Dave Muoio May 13, 2019
Apple has acquired the worldwide rights to a patent describing a means of monitoring a user’s health while they sleep, without the use of a smart device like the iPhone, iPad or Apple Watch. The patent, registered with the European Patent Office and spotted yesterday by Patently Apple, incorporates sensors placed near or remote to the patient to monitor individual, environmental, physiological...
By Laura Lovett May 13, 2019
Miscommunication and misinterpretation have long plagued text and email messaging. But when it comes to healthcare communication the stakes are high. Balancing efficiency and empathy in text communications can be a difficult task for medical teams.  “There are many ways in which we communicate digitally,” Dr. Richard Frankel, of the Indiana University School of Medicine, said this morning during...
By Laura Lovett May 10, 2019
It’s no secret digital health is iterating and evolving at breakneck speed. But many are starting to ask the question, "Are those technologies made with all in mind?" Industry players have warned that many patients groups are being left behind— namely, people of color, underserved communities, members of the LGBTQ population and women.  The problems and opportunities  “I would say communities of...
By Laura Lovett May 9, 2019
This morning a private equity firm by the name of Warburg Pincus merged DocuTAP, maker of a tablet-based EMR and practice management software, with Practice Velocity, an urgent care EHR company. The firm plans on uniting the two companies under the name Experity.  WHAT’S THE IMPACT After the merger, the company promises existing clients that it will continue to support all platforms and service....
By Dave Muoio May 9, 2019
At-home lab test startup LetsGetChecked has brought in a $30 million Series B raise headed by health IT investment firm LTP. Optum Ventures and Qiming Venture Partners USA also returned to participate in the round. WHAT THEY DO Founded in 2014, the New York City-based company offers consumers a range of lab tests that can be ordered through an online site or partner retailers. Customers receive a...
By Dave Muoio May 9, 2019
Aging adults living in care homes who are given and engage with robotic pets often experience health and quality of life benefits, according to a recent meta-analysis of 19 studies examining the devices. These findings are primarily based on qualitative responses collected during the included studies. While most quantitative data obtained in the review generally supported this trend, all but an...
By Laura Lovett May 8, 2019
This morning integrated EHR platform MedHost announced that Ken Misch will serve as its next president, in addition to his current role as CFO. In this position Misch will oversee innovation projects and the growth of the company’s hosted, managed and cloud-based platforms.  Before joining MedHost in 2013, Misch served as CFO and CIO at Dyna Vox.  “Ken’s leadership and commitment to our customers...
By Dave Muoio May 8, 2019
Google goes big on AI for accessibility. A substantial portion of yesterday’s Google I/O developer conference keynote was devoted to the tech giant’s efforts on increasing device accessibility for those with speech, vision and hearing impairments. During its onstage presentation, the company demonstrated how artificial intelligence could record, interpret and ultimately transcribe the speech of...

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