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Fitbit Medical Director John Moore. Photo by Christopher Huang.

By Jonah Comstock October 19, 2018
Part of the value — and fun — of conferences like Connected Health Conference is seeing all the newest technologies debuting in the space, but sometimes tech evangelists need to be reminded of the limits of technology. That’s what speakers from both Fitbit and Johnson & Johnson shared this morning at the show. “When I started in this space, there was a tremendous amount of excitement about...
By Dave Muoio October 17, 2018
Devoted, a Waltham, Massachusetts-based company that uses technology to blend health insurance with provider services, announced yesterday that it has landed a staggering $300 million Series B investment and is now enrolling Medicare beneficiaries living in eight southern and central Florida counties. The funding round was led by Andreessen Horowitz, with Premji Invest and Uprising also joining...
Doctor texting.
By Laura Lovett October 17, 2018
Texting between doctors and patients has become more commonplace in recent years. But before the two parties start sharing every intimate detail, experts urge providers to take a step back and consider security. HIPAA guidelines HIPAA permits “readily producible”private health information to be transferred to a patient through their preferred medium, as long as the provider can do so in a way...
Cloud illustration with padlock.
By Jonah Comstock October 15, 2018
In the last few years, cloud computing has moved from an option for healthcare providers to, increasingly, a business necessity. By outsourcing data management to a cloud services company, hospitals can free up their own technical staff to do more work closer to their core competencies. “Microsoft coming along with a public cloud infrastructure, once upon a time, seemed like an unlikely...
Doctor making a phone call.
By Phil Galewitz, Kaiser Health News October 15, 2018
The Trump administration wants Medicare for the first time to embrace telemedicine across the country by paying doctors $14 for a five-minute “check-in” phone call with their patients. But many physicians say the proposed reimbursement will cover a service they already do for free. And the Medicare reimbursement — intended to motivate doctors to communicate with patients outside the office —...
Telehealth imaging appointment.
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By Intel October 15, 2018
Centralized care, with a hospital as the “hub,” is the standard in the U.S. today. But this familiar model is changing rapidly, as providers embrace remote care at scale. After decades of experimentation, why now? "Five to seven years from now, we’ll look back on this time period as when the inflection happened, when remote care flipped from eclectic proof of concepts and pilots to become the new...

CNBC reporter Christina Farr talks to Bob Sheehy, CEO of Bright Health.

By Laura Lovett October 11, 2018
As consumers become more involved in their healthcare, payers and providers alike are being forced to think about the industry differently. But this could give new insurers the opportunity to start looking at the consumer space, Bob Sheehy, CEO of Bright Health, said at Digital Health Innovation Summit in Boston today.  “The thing about healthcare is often times we’ve forgotten about the consumer...
Doctor using a medical imaging device.
By Dave Muoio October 11, 2018
Between high-profile hacks and hospitals’ growing dependency on connected medical devices, cybersecurity is as relevant to healthcare as it’s ever been. And while providers and device manufacturers are rightfully making protection a priority for newly developed or purchased medical devices, older legacy devices pose the greatest security risk to healthcare organizations. "There are any number of...
By Jonah Comstock October 10, 2018
Barcelona-based Mediktor, which makes an app- and web-based symptom checker, has raised $3.46 million (€ 3 million) to support its continuing expansion into the US market. Alta Life Sciences led the round, with additional support from Castel Capital, Naos, and several other individual investors. Mediktor makes a non-diagnostic consumer-facing symptom checker for pre-diagnosis, triage, and...
By Dave Muoio October 5, 2018
Carepoynt, a Newport Beach, California-based startup offering an incentive-based health platform, is receiving a $5 million preferred equity investment from an unnamed source, according to a recent announcement from US Capital Global, which is acting as the deal’s exclusive financial advisor. Charles Towle, managing partner at US Capital Global, said that the healthcare rewards company sought the...
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