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By Jonah Comstock June 2, 2014
At Apple's WWDC event, the company announced its rumored native health tracking platform, which we now know to be called HealthKit. Rumors have circulated that the tracking platform would be called HealthBook, though we noted previously that was probably not the official name. "Developers have created a vast array of healthcare devices and accompanying applications, everything from monitoring...
By Jonah Comstock June 2, 2014
At the American Diabetes Association meeting next month, diabetes management software company Glooko and the Joslin Diabetes Center will launch HypoMap, a new patient-facing platform to help increase patients' awareness of hypoglycemic events. Hypoglycemic events are low blood sugar events associated with both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes. Warning signs like sweatiness, shakiness, and weakness are...
By Aditi Pai June 2, 2014
The Health Data Exploration project, developed at the University of California San Diego and the University of California Irvine, received a $1.9 million grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). Funds from the grant will be used to build out the Health Data Exploration's network of  researchers, scientists, companies that want to experiment with and analyze personal health data. "We...
By Brian Dolan May 30, 2014
What patient generated data used to be and why it is increasingly important Dr. Steven Steinhubl Up until very recently most people have had only one source for the information they could share with their doctors during a visit: How they felt. Observable symptoms, self-reported healthy and unhealthy behaviors, medical conditions or issues that other physicians had diagnosed them with...
By Jonah Comstock May 29, 2014
More than a third of US physicians recommended that a patient use a health app, according to the newest addition of Manhattan Research's Taking the Pulse survey, which details physician mobile and digital health adoption each year. The online survey included 3,066 practicing physicians across a variety of practices. The research group released a smattering of data that suggested physicians'...
By Jonah Comstock May 28, 2014
According to a new study, Wikipedia's medical articles contain numerous errors, or at least don't line up with up-to-date, peer-reviewed journals. In fact, nine out of 10 of the diseases identified as most costly for the healthcare system by the Agency for Healthcare Reform and Quality (AHRQ) had a statistically significant discrepancy between the two. In the study, published in The Journal of...
By Aditi Pai May 27, 2014
Farmington, Connecticut-based physician communication platform and CRM company eVariant raised $18.3 million in a round led by Lightspeed Venture Partners with additional funding from Dignity Health, salesforce.com and existing investor Health Enterprise Partners. This brings the company's total funding to at least $26 million to date. eVariant offers healthcare organizations a platform to ...
By Aditi Pai May 22, 2014
Austin, Texas-based Filament Labs raised $1 million in a round led by Mercury Fund with additional funding from Corinthian Health Services and Arcadia Home Care. The company plans to use the funds to grow its digital care plan delivery tool, Patient IO. Corinthian Health Services and Arcadia Home Care have also signed on as customers of Patient IO. By June Filament Labs expects Patient IO to be...
By Jonah Comstock May 22, 2014
San Juan Capistrano, California-based remote monitoring analytics company Jointly Health has raised $1.3 million from investors including Frost Venture Partners and Reed Elsevier Ventures. This brings the company's total funding to date to $3.8 million. According to CEO Dean Sawyer, the company's first product is still awaiting FDA 510(k) clearance, but they have their first few health plan...
By Jonah Comstock May 20, 2014
More evidence that, at least where doctors at the point of care are concerned, Google Glass is the new iPad: UC Irvine, one of the first medical schools to issue iPads to its students, is now equipping them with Google Glass as well. The school won't be equipping each freshman with a $1,500 Glass device like it did with iPads. Instead, the program will have a total of 30 to 40 Glass units on hand...

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