Aditi Pai

May 19, 2016
Doctors will eventually begin to write their notes more for patients than they will for their own memories or for other doctors, according to OpenNotes Co-director Tom Delbanco who spoke at the Pop Health Forum in Boston this week. Delbanco discussed some of the impacts OpenNotes could have on both the patient and their provider. OpenNotes, which launched in 2010 as a pilot program to give...
May 19, 2016
Smartphone-enabled allergen testing company 6SensorLabs has raised $9.2 million in a round led by led by Foundry Group with participation from Upfront Ventures, SoftTech VC, SK Ventures, Lemnos Labs, and Matt Rogers, the founder of Nest. This bring the company’s funding to around $14 million to date. The company also announced it has rebranded — it will now operate under the name Nima. “This...
May 19, 2016
The California Health Care Foundation (CHCF) Health Innovation Fund has invested $725,000 in Encino, California-based mPulse Mobile. This brings the company’s total funding to just over $14 million. mPulse Mobile spun out of secure mobile messaging company mobileStorm about a year ago to focus on the healthcare sector, which was the fastest growing sector for mobileStorm. mPulse’s secure...
May 18, 2016
Google has announced a new version of its Android Wear software, called Android Wear 2.0, and with it announced two fitness-related updates: automatic activity tracking and a Google Fit data exchange API. The announcement was made at the Google IO event. “We know that the most important role of your watch is helping you stay connected to what matters — to important timely information, to the...
May 18, 2016
Update: Governor Haley's veto was overturned by an overwhelming vote from the state legislature. The Senate voted 39 to 3 to overide the veto while the house voted 98 to 1. Opternative has now ceased operations in South Carolina. South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley vetoed a bill earlier this year that would prevent South Carolina residents from obtaining a glasses or contact lens prescription...
May 18, 2016
Fitbit has acquired the assets of smart payment company Coin’s wearable payments platform as well as the intellectual property. Fitbit also hired key personnel from the Coin wearable payments platform team. The acquisition was completed on May 12. The acquisition will allow Fitbit to integrate an near-field communications (NFC) payment feature into future Fitbit devices, though the company said...
May 17, 2016
Philadelphia-based Noble.MD, which has developed a patient health risk assessment tool, raised $1.45 million from Safeguard Scientifics and BioAdvance to launch two new products. “We have been helping our clients build their patient-reported population health databases for years,” Noble.MD CEO Dr. Todd Johnson said in a statement. “Now we are using that expertise to help our clients directly and...
May 17, 2016
The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has set limits on the monetary value of incentives that employers offer to employees and their spouses to convince them to contribute specific health information to a wellness program, according to the commission's final rules released this week. The rules take effect at the start of 2017. The final rules explain how employers that offer wellness...
May 16, 2016
Wearable tracking device shipments reached 19.7 million units in the first quarter of 2016, up 67 percent year over year from 11.8 million units. Two areas where the market showed continued growth are smart watches and basic wearables, which are devices that don’t run third party applications. "The good news is that the wearables market continues to mature and expand," IDC Wearables Research...
May 16, 2016
Direct to consumer dermatology telemedicine services are lacking in a number of areas, including transparency, diagnostic and therapeutic quality, and thoroughness, according to a small study published in JAMA Dermatology. Researchers who worked on the study were from the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, Pasadena Premier Dermatology, University of Pennsylvania Department...