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By Laura Lovett February 4, 2019
This morning Google unveiled two new apps aimed at tackling accessibility issues for people living with hearing loss. One focuses on quickly translating everyday speech into text, and the second focuses on amplifying sounds for the user.  The first, called Live Transcribe, is app that uses a phone’s microphone to turn real-world speech into captions, according to a blog post released by Google. ...
By Dave Muoio February 4, 2019
A Google patent application published on Thursday by the US Patent and Trademark Office gives a few more details on a predictive EHR system first highlighted by the tech company last May. The application was filed by Google in July 2017, and has not yet been granted. As described in the application, Google’s system can aggregate and store EHRs for a diverse population, while compiling each...
By Dave Muoio February 4, 2019
Dr. Karen DeSalvo, formerly an acting assistant secretary for health at the Department of Health and Human Services and the chief of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology, has joined digital venture platform LRVHealth as an executive advisor. “My entire career has been focused on improving the health of people and communities by catalyzing solutions to address...

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By Jonah Comstock February 1, 2019
In 2009, the iPhone was a year and a half old. The iPad was just a rumor. The Apple Watch wasn’t even that. There was no such thing as a Fitbit. CMS didn’t have an innovation center and the FDA didn’t have any guidelines about apps. Telemedicine had been around for a while, but it was something that involved bulky carts. No one thought that Apple, Google, or Amazon would ever be thought of as a...
By Laura Lovett February 1, 2019
  Yesterday morning addiction-focused telemedicine company Workit Health announced a new Series A funding round led by Blue Cross Blue Shield Venture Partners for an undisclosed amount. Other funders include Endeavor Catalyst, Montage Ventures, Lux Capital, Wakestream Ventures, Invest Detroit and RRE Ventures.  This marks the second funding round for the Californian startup. Originally founded in...
By Laura Lovett January 31, 2019
This morning diabetes self-management company One Drop announced its platform’s integration with Apple’s Health Records. As part of the integration patients who use the One Drop | Experts are able to share their EHRs with their personal diabetes coach. This gives patients the ability to share their vitals, lab results and medication history with One Drop coaches.  This news coincides with the...
By Dave Muoio January 31, 2019
A literature analysis of research published by healthcare unicorns has found that many high-profile startups, digital health included, have few or no peer-reviewed papers. The review, which sought published research data from 18 current and 29 exited healthcare unicorns, specifically highlighted the risk of “stealth research” among these startups in light of the recent and highly publicized fraud...

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By Jonah Comstock January 31, 2019
Duke University has received about $500,000 in grant money from Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina to build an app designed to help doctors and patients work together to prevent opioid abuse. The investment is part of $2 million in grants distributed earlier this week by Blue Cross NC across five organizations tackling the opioid crisis in different ways, which in turn is part of a $10...
By Laura Lovett January 31, 2019
This morning San Francisco-based telemedicine platform HeyDoctor announced that its customers will now be able to receive naloxone, including Narcan, through its website and mobile app.  Users will first go through a text chat-based consultation with a physician on HeyDoctor about how and when to use the medication, which can reverse the effects of an opioid overdose. The prescription can then be...
By Dave Muoio January 31, 2019
New York City-based Annum Health, a digital health startup focused on using digital health tools to curb alcohol abuse, is shutting down its operations today, according to a notice published on the company’s website. “Over the last two years, Annum created and brought to market a more effective solution to engage and treat the many millions of people who struggle with heavy drinking,” reads the...

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