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By Jonah Comstock April 3, 2019
FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb may be stepping down, but he isn’t slowing down on his way out the door. Yesterday the agency dropped a 20-page exploratory whitepaper on how it could address artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms. “As algorithms evolve, the FDA must also modernize our approach to regulating these products,” Gottlieb wrote in a statement. “We must ensure that...
By Jonah Comstock April 3, 2019
Giblib, a medical education streaming service with offerings including both VR and traditional videos of medical lectures and surgeries, has raised $2.5 million in seed funding, with participation from some notable strategic investors. Those include Mayo Clinic, the Venture Reality Fund, Wavemaker 360, USC Marshall Venture Fund and Michelson 20MM. “With our partners’ support, Giblib is uniquely...
By Laura Lovett April 2, 2019
Yesterday NextGen Jane, a femtech company focused on reproductive health, announced that it scored $9 million in Series A funding. The round was led by Material Impact, with participation from Access Industries, Viking Global Investors, Liminal Ventures and unnamed angel investors.  WHAT THEY DO  The Oakland, California-based startup uses tampons in order to tell women about their reproductive...
By Dave Muoio April 2, 2019
The Loop System, a continuous remote monitor developed by Palo Alto-based startup Spry Health, received 510(k) clearance from the FDA last Friday, according to an update to the agency’s database that was confirmed by the company. Designed for management of COPD and other chronic conditions, the wristband wearable collects and monitors a user’s pulse-oximetry, respiration, heart rate and blood...
By Dave Muoio April 2, 2019
Boston-based addiction recovery platform DynamiCare Health has collected $4.1 million in seed funding from Hyperplane Venture Capital, former US Representative Patrick J. Kennedy and other unnamed investors. What they do Founded in 2016, DynamiCare Health has built a platform supports users’ substance use disorder recovery with a number of smartphone-based features. These include random breath...
By Dave Muoio April 2, 2019
Blueprint, a startup building software for mental health data collection and clinician review, has raised $1.3 million in a funding round led by Lightbank and Hyde Park Angels. What they do Blueprint’s app-based platform distributes standardized clinical assessments to patients and automatically logging behavioral factors such as sleep or exercise with the smartphone’s sensors. Data from both of...
By Laura Lovett April 1, 2019
Providers using DrChrono’s digital EHR system will now be able to conduct virtual appointments through a smartphone. This comes after the company announced that it is integrating Beam, a digital health platform that lets providers bill and connect patients to virtual care, into its system.  Physicians already on the DrChrono system can will now be able to see their patients through HD, HIPAA-...
By Laura Lovett April 1, 2019
In order to make impactful strides in your fitness regiment, you may need more than a consumer fitness app, according to a recent study.  In March, JMIR published a meta-analysis revealing that while fitness apps modestly increased physical activity, the average step count between app users and nonusers was nonsignificant. The researchers, who represented the University of South Australia and...

Inside the wearable device, the blood pump sits in the upper left corner while the heparin injector runs the length of the near side of the box. The green circuit boards control the blood pump, heparin injector and provide display data. Photo Credit: Tae Hyun Kim

By Dave Muoio April 1, 2019
In an open Nature Communications paper published today, researchers from the University of Michigan described a prototype wearable device that could continuously collect bloodborne cancer cells often used as a biomarker for treatment. Currently, blood draws are required to identify and examine circulating tumor cells (CTCs), and are often limited by inconsistent CTC counts as well as the health...
By Dave Muoio March 29, 2019
Backpack Health, maker of an app and dashboard-based personal health record platform, announced this week the launch of a new dedicated group within the service specifically designed to help transgender and non-binary people manage their health data. Along with data regarding their general healthcare, the tool can track medical information unique to the needs of these populations including...

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