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Cityblock CEO Iyah Romm at CHC in October/Photo Credit:Christopher Huang 

By Laura Lovett April 12, 2019
This morning Cityblock, a startup focused on addressing socio-economic health disparities through tech, announced that it landed $65 million in Series B funding. The round was led by Redpoint Ventures with participation from 8VC, Echo Health Ventures, StartUp Health, Sidewalk Labs, Thrive Capital, Maverick Ventures, Town Hall Ventures and EmbelmHealth.  WHAT THEY DO  Cityblock, a spinout of...
By Laura Lovett April 11, 2019
There is an app for just about everything, and the mental health space is no different. But industry experts warn that not all mental health apps are created equally. While there are exemplars of tools that have been clinically validated, there is also a slew of technologies that have not been tested at all.  “There are lot of opportunities for patients to receive bad care through apps right now...
By Dave Muoio April 11, 2019
This morning, digital therapeutics maker Akili Interactive announced it has added a new CFO and general counsel to its ranks. The former is Santosh Shanbhag, a senior executive who boasts a prior VP role at Vertex Pharmaceutical as well as positions at Capgemini Consulting and Texas Instruments. Jacqueline Studer, on the other hand, served as CVP, general counsel and secretary at IDEXX...
By Laura Lovett April 11, 2019
Telemedicine giant Teladoc announced this morning that it is teaming up with Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center on a new project aimed at creating a consumer pediatric telehealth platform for hospital and health systems.  As part of the partnership, doctors from Cincinnati Children’s will lead the advisory team. The hospital team is set to advise on pediatric-specific workflows,...
By Laura Lovett April 10, 2019
This morning virtual care company InTouch announced a new telehealth product called Solo that is a fully integrated, end-to-end care platform.  Solo is able to integrate scheduling, eligibility confirmation, e-prescriptions, patient surveys, payments and digital signatures. A number of major EHR platforms such as Epic, Allscripts and Cerner are able to integrate with the technology.  The platform...
The AI-enabled Superpower Glass system was recently shown to improve socialization skills among children with autism spectrum disorder.
By Dave Muoio April 10, 2019
Cognoa, the maker of a machine learning-based app for tracking children’s health and development, announced today that it has exclusively licensed an AI system designed to improve socialization skills in children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) from the Stanford University School of Medicine. Called Superpower Glass, the technology runs on Google Glass and is designed to encourage children’s...
By Dave Muoio April 10, 2019
VR cardiac care training. Healthcare training and education firm Health Scholars has launched a VR training simulation to help clinicians practice their advanced cardiac life support (ACLS) skills. The app was built to follow the American Heart Association’s guidelines and programs and incorporates a voice recognition component. “Our mission is to improve patient safety, and by virtualizing ACLS...
By Laura Lovett April 10, 2019
There is a new way to explore gene-environment interaction (GxE) thanks to a new virtual reality prototype. The new technology was born out of a partnership between the National Human Genome Research Institute and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and PreviewLab, who will be developing the technology.  GxE refers to the combination of our genes and environmental factors including mold,...
By Dave Muoio April 10, 2019
A study published last month in JMIR Cardio demonstrated significant systolic and diastolic blood pressure reductions in hypertension patients who received a mobile app-based behavior change intervention. The investigation examined Better Therapeutics’ candidate digital therapeutic for cardiovascular disease, a daily-use app that encourages users to set and record their progress toward...

CMS Administrator Seema Verma on stage at HIMSS 2018.

By Laura Lovett April 9, 2019
Yesterday at the World Medical Innovation Forum in Boston, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma argued that government can often foil innovation.  Verma, a well-documented opponent of single-payer healthcare, has her eyes set on cutting down on paperwork and reevaluating regulations as a means to facilitate technological innovation. “One of the things that troubles...

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